A guide to local happenings in and around the county.
In town this holiday weekend? Consider yourself lucky. Say goodbye to summer with one of these sunny day ideas.
Head to Katonah for a Labor Day Antiques Fair at Lasdon Park from 10am to 5pm on Monday, September 3. See the wares of several dozen antiques dealers selling everything from vintage costume jewelry to fine Persian rugs and pillows. There’s also a plant sale and live music. Another big draw: Lasdon Park itself. The 234 acre park is definitely worth a stroll. There are lovely hedged gardens, fountains and trails meandering through, making this park perfect for restless children — and adults. Admission is $7 for adults; free for children under 13. Lasdon Park and Arboretum, 2610 Amawalk Road, Katonah; 914-273-4667, cordshows.com. [...]
We sampled peppermint lemonade and Indian food at Martha Stewart's neighborhood market.
Some Farmer’s Markets are more than a place to buy fruits and veggies. We love the Irvington Farmers Market and the White Plains Market for this reason, and we heard rumors that Martha Stewart loves the John Jay Homestead Farm Market (and her house is just down the road). We decided to check it out and see what all of the fuss is about.
Located on a 62-acre historic site that was once a working farm, the John Hay Homestead Farmers Market has a lovely, open feeling. There was a band playing and families sat on the lawn listening to the music and eating lunch and ice cream. With many lunch options, like tasty Indian food from Chutney Masala in Irvington, and plenty of food to sample you can come at the beginning of the market (9 am) and leave after lunch. [...]
Fly a kite, roast marshmallows, and meet some North American wolves.
Every week I am so impressed with how many things are going on in Westchester County. (Check out our extensive calendar and you’ll see what I mean!) To narrow down your choices, we pick our favorite events for the weekend and give you some time to plan by posting the schedule on Thursday morning. Here are our favorite picks for the weekend of July 21.
Let’s go fly a kite on Saturday at the Katonah Museum of Art’s Kite Festival! Make your own “guaranteed-to-fly” kite at their Kite Making Workshop from 10 am to 2 pm (every half hour) at the museum. Then head to the Harvey School field down the road to watch the kite’s soar. There are performances, like Chinese dragon kites at noon, and fighting kites at 2 and 3 pm. Here’s the fun part for adults – You can lunch from the Rickshaw Dumpling Truck at the Harvey School from 12 to 4 pm. Register for the kite making workshop by calling, 914-232-9555. Materials are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. All kite activities at the Harvey School field are free. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street – Route 22, Katonah. The Harvey School: 260 Jay Street Katonah. [...]
Katonah's Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts may be Westchester's Best Kept Secret.
The fireflies are out, and I’m walking through a stand of cedar trees. The path curves around and spits me out in front of a grand stone gate. My 2-year-old runs through with two of his pint-size buddies, and they turn around and grin. We’ve found a secret garden. There are neat rows of hedges and perennial borders overspilling with white hydrangeas; they climb up a Medieval Mount, a stepped-garden that offers views of the Sunken Garden below.
We’re at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, and the grounds aren’t just beautiful, they’re exquisite. We came for “Dance at Dusk,” a family music event held at the art center a few Wednesdays this summer; you can also enjoy family concerts on Sundays during Al Fresco Sundays. We brought along several of our neighbors and their kids, camping out on blankets for a potluck picnic until the music started up. On the night we’re there, there is a Flamenco band, Flamenco Vivo Carlos Santana, and a Flamenco dancer to inspire the kids to wiggle their hips.
Celebrate summer with fresh eggs, a classic summer carnival and Beethoven al Fresco.
We are very proud of (and work so darn hard on) our events calendar so every Thursday we highlight a few things happening this weekend that we think are extra special. This weekend, June 30 to July 1, is all about Fish Tales, collecting fresh eggs, a summer carnival and Beethoven’s Sonatas Al Fresco. Intrigued? You should be.
Have your kids ever collected their own eggs? Mine haven’t either, unless you count picking up the carton at Trader Joe’s. At Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, every Saturday and Sunday, kids (age 2-14) can help the farm hands with farm activities including collecting eggs. Children must be accompanied by an adult and must wear closed toe shoes. Egg collecting times this weekend are: Saturday at 11 to 11:45 or 12 to 12:45 and Sunday at 11 to 11:45 and 12 to 12:45. Advanced tickets are required; these programs sell out fast! Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills; 914-366-6200
Here are over 250 places to hear free live music this summer.
ArtsWestchester is a really cool non-profit organization that helps organize arts events all around Westchester County. They also help compile existing arts events into a daily central calendar. So if you’re looking for a cool exhibit or family art event, a search of ArtsWestchester’s calendar is a must.
A few days ago ArtsWestchester published a really killer list of all of the outdoor music events around the region this summer. They call it Music in the Air, and all of the 250+ concerts listed are either free or less than $20.
You can find deets on the free Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Series and free band concerts in Chase Park in Scarsdale as well as larger concerts like the American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor Center for the Music & Arts in Katonah and quirky events like a Neil Diamond Tribute in Yorktown.
I’ve been using this list to plan some fun early evening family picnics. What’s better than live music outdoors on a warm summer night? Can’t think of much.
Looking for a unique way to celebrate your child's birthday -- head to the farm.
You know you’ve been to too many birthday parties when you quietly groan at the site of yet another cake. When we got an invitation for a party at Muscoot Farm in Katonah, I knew this party would be different. The morning of the party, the sky was threatening rain, so we put on our rain boots and arrived at the farm in a steady drizzle.
Here’s the thing about Muscoot Farm birthday parties: They’re fun rain or shine.
It also helps when the two moms hosting the party are Scarsdale elementary school teachers. To say these ladies are good with kids is an understatement. I didn’t need to worry about a little ol’ rain. We were greeted by some friendly “big kids ” who led us to a charming white barn. There we had a large room to ourselves with tables set up for the kids to color.
Bronxville Sidewalk Sale, Dance 'til you Drop, and Lots of Street Fairs
We’re so proud of our events calendar. On any given weekend, you can find hundreds of things to do in Westchester — and that’s just in one day. Still, every Thursday we give you our top event picks for the upcoming weekend. Here are some things we’re extra excited about for the weekend of June 2 to June 3.
Does this shop look familiar? Guess what town it’s in and you’ve found yourself a happening spot this weekend…