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A New Piano for the Music Hall

By Dean Gallea –  On Tuesday, February 13, the Tarrytown Music Hall unveiled its new Steinway Model D Concert Grand piano, at a “Piano-Warming” party for member-donors, Board members, staff and dignitaries. Music Hall Board Treasurer Kent Sheng purchased the piano from Steinway Hall in New York and donated it to the Music Hall. He had auditioned a number of ... Read More »

March Exhibit at the Irvington Public Library: “Forest and Trees” by Jim Maciel

Jim Maciel artwork

Irvington-On-Hudson March Exhibit at the Irvington Public Library: “Forest and Trees” by Jim Maciel Jim Maciel returns to the Martucci Gallery in the Irvington Public Library to exhibit “Forest and Trees,” detailed Sumi Ink brush drawings on watercolor paper.  Sumi Ink is the black ink used in Japanese calligraphy.  Maciel works from photographs taken during his travels, this time through ... Read More »

Irvington Town Hall Theater Celebrates Black History Month with Groundbreaking Play on February 24

The Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) continues its celebration of Black History Month with a one night only, fully-staged reading of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking play, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, presented by 4th Wall Theatre, on Saturday, February 24th at 7:30 pm. The piece is billed as a “choreopoem” and weaves together 20 separate poems with music, movement, and narratives to tell ... Read More »

Hamlet and I HATE Hamlet to be Staged at Lyndhurst

by Morey Storck –  M&M Performing Arts Company will bring I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick, a comedy with a ghost, to the Lyndhurst mansion for four consecutive weekends, opening February 10 and running through March 4. The plot revolves around the character Andrew Rally, an actor who seems to have it all: a hit television series, a beautiful girlfriend, ... Read More »

A Chorus Line Is One Singular Sensational Blast at WBT

by Morey Storck –  A Chorus Line opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on July 25, 1975, with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante. The musical was conceived, choreographed and directed by Michael Bennett, and for the first time, effective control moved from the creators to the ... Read More »

Winning Poems To be Engraved On Sleepy Hollow Sidewalk

Sidewalk

By Robert Kimmel –  While Hollywood stars have their footprints and handprints immortalized in cement  in front of  Grauman’s Chinese Theater, local rivertown residents now have a chance to make a literary impression in cement.  It is an opportunity that doesn’t arrive very often, and it doesn’t involve footprints or handprints. “Poetry in the Pavement Program” is part of a ... Read More »

Irvington Town Hall Theater To Present “Rock the Winter Blues” Film Series January 12 and February 2

The Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) Commission, which oversees the historic 115-year-old, 432-seat theater in Town Hall of Irvington, New York has announced the launch of a two-date winter film series — Rock the Winter Blues — at the theater, with screenings on Friday, January 12, 2018, and Friday, February 2, 2018, each starting at 7:30pm. Both screenings will be followed by live music ... Read More »

Winter Blues Concert to Rock the Music Hall

Tarrytown Music Hall - photo by Tim Thayer

by David Neilsen –  On Saturday, Jan 6, the Tarrytown Music Hall will be transformed into a local dance club as the venue for the 5th annual Winter Blues concert. Produced by the Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Boosters, the event features local acts The Incumbents, Juke Joint and the Tarrytown Horns, and the always-popular Losing Our Faculties–a band made up ... Read More »

Sleepy High School Freshman Makes History in Music

by Tom Pedulla –  When Ben Poret was an infant, his parents, Amy and Hal, would stand at the foot of the crib, singing anything but lullabies. “He was getting Pink Floyd and Cat Stevens and Yes and Paul Simon,” Hal said. “Whatever I could get on guitar and sing.” Perhaps that helps to explain the source of Ben’s extraordinary ... Read More »

Tarrytown Resident Releases Debut Album After 20-Year Hiatus

by Rick Pezzullo –  It is said good things come to those who wait, and patience is a virtue –  two proverbial phrases that Tarrytown resident and musician Brad King can certainly attest to. In the mid-1990s, King, who is also a freelance writer for The Hudson Independent, formed a group called Lotus Revival with Noelle Doughty in New Paltz. ... Read More »

Creative Hearts: A Unique Art and Enrichment Program for Children

by Morey Storck –  Director and lead teacher Emily Gosweiler is the founder of Creative Hearts and the creator of its unique, uplifting approach to educating the whole child. As their mission statement emphasizes: “We use every moment of the day as a teaching tool to focus on empathy, compassion, kindness, self-confidence, and love. We accept and respect them, just ... Read More »

Tarrytown Student Touring Country in School of Rock

by Morey Storck – Alex Louis is a 12-year-old seventh grader in the Tarrytown Union Free School District. Among the extracurricular activities he enjoys are acting and drumming, a skill he has been studying for four years. Toward the end of third grade, he appeared as Charlie in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory as his initiation into theater. The Tarrytown ... Read More »

Tarrytown Music Hall Cancels Garrison Keillor Performance

The scandals involving sexual misbehavior within the entertainment, political and media worlds have had a repercussion in Tarrytown. The Tarrytown Music Hall cancelled  a show which had been scheduled for December 1, starring Garrison Keillor, the former long-time host of radio’s  “A Prairie Home Companion.” A day before the performance, the Music Hall indicated that, “In the light of the ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Elegant Choices for Local Holiday Dining

What better way to celebrate December good cheer than by hearing top-notch jazz performed by Mark Morganelli and his Jazz All-Stars at Equus restaurant located in the sparkling Oak Room? A veteran of more traditional jazz clubs like Manhattan’s Birdland, Morganelli seems right at home in the classy confines of Tarrytown’s famous Castle Hotel and Spa, certainly the grandest and ... Read More »

HVWC Annual Benefit

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center annual benefit gala this year named Sr. Susan Gardella, Executive Director of the RSHM LIFE Center in Sleepy Hollow, as one of the honorees for her decades of service to the families and youth of the community. The benefit also paid tribute to HVWC board treasurer and author Jim Tilley for his dedication to the ... Read More »

Who benefits from Halloween in Sleepy Hollow Country?

by Elaine Marranzano –  Halloween in Sleepy Hollow country is getting bigger every year. There are now more activities and more tourists than ever before. So, where does all that money go? Who benefits economically from Halloween? The undisputed winner is Historic Hudson Valley. The nonprofit’s tax returns show soaring “program service revenues” of $4.86 million in 2015, compared to ... Read More »

Events for December

Friday 1 Lyndhurst December Events: Several programs have been scheduled for December at Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown. Holiday Décor Mansion Tours are being conducted Thursdays through Mondays  Described as one of the “Ten Best Historic Holiday Tours” by USA Today, see Lyndhurst mansion transformed into an extravagant wonderland of holiday splendor. Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle ... Read More »

Magical, Unique Glass Portraits on Display at Canfin Gallery

by Morey Storck –  Isabelle Scheltjens, a Belgian artist, studied at SISA, the Antwerp City Institute for Decorative Arts and Crafts, where she concentrated on all aspects of decorative glass. The outstanding, world-acclaimed glass designs of her husband, Dirk Neefs, inspired her to proceed in that creative direction. After years of intense study and experimentation, she developed her extraordinary glass-fusing ... Read More »

Notes from the HVWC: Hidden Gem

by Jennifer Franklin –  Often called a “hidden gem” and praised as “the most beautiful place in which I have ever read,” The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center is housed in the historic and lovingly restored Philipse Manor Train Station. The Center hosts a series of classes and readings by writers in all genres, runs social outreach programs for youth and ... Read More »

North Country Chairs Find a Home in the Rivertowns

by Dorothy Conigliaro Many hands make light — and artful — work when put to a good cause.  This was the case when a group of volunteers lent their time and talents towards the decoration of Adirondack chairs for our community. Christina Blatt, Art Director for the Neighborhood House in Tarrytown, first imagined the idea, and wondered how it might ... Read More »

Annie Get Your Gun: Brilliant at WBT

by Morey Storck By any measure, the Broadway musical comedy classic, Annie Get You Gun, revived by Westchester Broadway Theatre with an extraordinary singing and dancing cast, and a brilliantly directed production, is marvelous, joyous entertainment. Everything about it is appealing. Let’s start with the score. What an amazing hit-song collection it is: “Doin’ What Comes Naturally,” “You Can’t Get ... Read More »

Inspiring Speakers to Present at Tedx Rivertown Event

by Linda Viertel With lightning speed, TED (technology, education, design) talks have proliferated throughout the world. A nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, in the form of short powerful talks (19 minutes in length or less), TED invites leading thinkers and doers to present at its annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia which are taped and made available, free, ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Singer/Songwriter Uses Cancer Diagnosis as Inspiration

by W.B. King From an early age, Bianca Muniz was enveloped by an eclectic range of rhythms and melodies. So, it’s not surprising that this talented 22-year old singer, songwriter and pianist will follow up her 2016 EP release, “Scary Dreams,” with an anticipated full-length album, “For You,” next summer. What’s surprising is that she is battling cancer for the ... Read More »

Play by Irvington Couple Delves Into the World of Autism

autism

by Barrett Seaman  Andy Paris and Anushka Paris-Carter of Irvington are an unusual couple that have written an unusual play about unusual people that will open October 25 at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture’s Loreto Theater on Bleecker Street in Manhattan. And, at the risk of being overly repetitive, it is a play that is being produced, directed ... Read More »

Notes from the HVWC: Bringing Writing to LIFE

by Joan Potter It was the first day of my fourth-grade writing workshop at the RSHM Life Center in Sleepy Hollow. The mission of the Center, which is directed by Sister Susan Gardella, is to serve the needy. Among its many services is an after-school program, in which I participated. I was told that most of the 22 boys and ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Take a Look at the New Generation Broadway. Bold. Young. Now, This Adventure is in Your Own Backyard!

by Morey Storck When White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) General Manager Kathleen Davisson, and Associate Producer and Resident Musical Director Stephen Ferri, were asked what would be their suggestion for the headline of this article, it just fit. They are enthusiastic, energetic, and optimistic with a vision for this professional theatre, and that is to bring the New Generation ... Read More »

Irvington Singer/Songwriter Miyuki Furtado’s Band, Divining Rod, Breaks New Musical Ground

By Robert Firpo-Cappiello Like many Westchester dads, Irvington’s Miyuki Furtado traded Brooklyn for a quieter life in the ‘burbs right around the time he became a father. Unlike most, however, Furtado also traded a life of round-the-world rock-n-roll touring for afternoons strumming an acoustic guitar while his daughter napped. Those quiet moments of guitar playing would lead Furtado to launch ... Read More »

Westchester Community Foundation Awards Grants to Tarrytown Agencies

 The Westchester Community Foundation, one of the largest funders of nonprofits in Westchester, has awarded grants totaling $45,000 to three agencies in Tarrytown working to ensure the summer is filled with free concerts, cultural experiences, and lots of fun. A grant to Jazz Forum Arts will support 16 free jazz concerts in the village, a grant to Lyndhurst will open ... Read More »

Scripts Sought for ITHT Stage Door Playwright Festival

Daryl Samuel Irvington Town Hall

The Irvington Town Hall Theater is excited to announce the inaugural year of the ITHT Stage Door Playwright Festival. After three seasons of hosting innovative and compelling readings of new works by contemporary playwrights, the series has evolved into a weekend festival. It will launch this November in the beautiful historic theater situated above town hall in Irvington on Hudson. ... Read More »

Notes From the HVWC: What Are They Doing in There?

(A new monthly column from The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center of Sleepy Hollow) by Lynne Lori Sylvan Commuters returning home late Wednesdays to Philipse Manor train station have been peering into the old train depot wondering what in tarnation is going on. Blazing lights illuminate people skipping around the carpet, blowing on zucchini shofars, talking into dog-clicker headsets and exfoliating ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Annie Bets on “Tomorrow” at the Westchester Broadway Theatre

by Morey Storck The inspiration for Annie as a Broadway musical came from a chance reading of a book entitled Little Orphan Annie: Her Life and Hard Times, based on Harold Gray’s classic American comic strip. That reader was Martin Charnin (lyricist), who eventually persuaded Charles Strouse (music) and Thomas Meehan (book) to turn the classic into a Depression-Era musical ... Read More »

Modern Movie-Going Experience with iPic in Dobbs Ferry

by Jake Leary Going out to the movies is an increasingly expensive prospect: Ticket prices are at an all-time high, and that’s before you factor in snacks and an after-film meal. Why pay a premium price for a non-premium product? iPic cinemas, started in 2006 by Hamid Hashemi, is the answer to this modern movie conundrum. Each theater is paired ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Author Pens First Novel

by Greg Clary A new novel by a Sleepy Hollow writer highlights the Hudson Valley as the setting for a suburban woman’s rebirth after a nasty divorce. For 25-year resident Rebecca Chianese, the local streets are as familiar now as those of her Brooklyn youth, and her book Mercy easily captures the people and experiences of each. “Walking along the ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Local Playwright Dramatizes Gospel Teachings at Christ Episcopal Church

by Morey Storck Howard Lipson believes, emotionally and spiritually, that his is “a journey of faith, which involves the melding of theatrical presentation, the Bible, social awareness, scripture, and my faith.” He fulfills that calling in Tarrytown at the Christ Episcopal Church. Howard, his wife Trish, and their infant son moved to Tarrytown from New York City in 1987. “We ... Read More »

Tarrytown’s Mark Morganelli Brings Jazz to Local Audience

by Maria Ann Roglieri Mark Morganelli is a jazz trumpet player, a producer, Executive Director of Jazz Forum Arts, and owner of the new Jazz Forum Club at 1 Dixon Lane in Tarrytown. He boasts an impressive biography (see his website http://jazzforumarts.org/mark-morganelli/) and has contributed much to the cultural life of Tarrytown and Westchester. He began enriching the Westchester arts ... Read More »

Irvington Playwright Robert Firpo-Cappiello to Perform Solo Show in NYC on June 6

Robert Firpo Cappiello

by Paula Romanow Etzel Irvington resident Robert Firpo-Cappiello will perform his new play, Festa, at Dixon Place in Manhattan on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. Firpo-Cappiello is a writer, actor, director, and composer whose highly-acclaimed solo show Beggars Rain was presented as part of the Irvington Town Hall Theater’s Stage Door Reading Series in October, 2015. Upon garnering rave reviews ... Read More »

Irvington Playwright Robert Firpo-Cappiello To Perform Solo Show in NYC on June 6

by Paula Romanow Etzel Irvington resident Robert Firpo-Cappiello will perform his new play, Festa, at Dixon Place in Manhattan on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 pm. Firpo-Cappiello is a writer, actor, director, and composer whose highly-acclaimed solo show Beggars Rain was presented as part of the Irvington Town Hall Theater’s Stage Door Reading Series in October, 2015.  Upon garnering rave reviews ... Read More »

MAY 2017 Happenings: Daily and Ongoing

Happenings in MAY Monday 1 Jews and Jazz: Presentation at 10 a.m. by Cantor Randy Herman at Shames JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown. Call 366-7898 or visit www.ShamesJCC.org. Life on the Stage: This Conversation and Film series kicks off at 7 p.m. with the documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened followed by Q&A at Jacob Burns ... Read More »

Irvington Town Hall Theater Presents International Short Film Festival (As iFF) on April 22 Followed by After-Party with Filmmakers and Actors

The All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) will screen its spring program at 7:30 pm on April 22 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater.  An after-party for all festival ticket-holders will follow at Red Hat on the River (1 Bridge Street, Irvington) where audience members can meet and talk with filmmakers and actors. The spring program features 11 outstanding live ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Celebrating the Hamiltons of Irvington

Principal creative people involved in the James Hamilton show. (L-R:) Eighth-grader Sasha Paris Carter, vocal coach; eighth grader Liam Oley, composer; retired Irvington High School Principal Dr. Scott Mosenthal, librettist. —Photo by: Barrett Seaman

by Barrett Seaman Who Will Tell Your Story? asks the title of a brand new musical production about Hamilton—that is, the family that survived Alexander Hamilton after Aaron Burr shot him to death in 1804. The story, subtitled An Evening with the Hamiltons of Irvington, focuses on the life of Hamilton’s oldest surviving son, James, whose own legacy is deeply ... Read More »

Our Neighbors – Tarrytown Music Hall Board Chair Rob Clarfeld

Tarrytown Music Hall Board Chair Rob Clarfeld poses in his office.

by Barrett Seaman  Like the corner office he occupies on the third floor of a modern office building on White Plains Road, Rob Clarfeld is big, bright, expansive, guileless. He’s also a highly successful money manager. His Clarfeld Financial Advisors was ranked fourth among the top independent wealth managers by Barron’s last year, and Forbes singled out his penchant for ... Read More »

Award-Winning Playwright Samuel Harps Presents Reading in Irvington on April 13

Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT)’s Stage Door series will present a reading of The Burning of New York by award-winning playwright Samuel Harps on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. Now in its third season, the series produces staged readings of original works followed by a Q & A with the playwright and actors. Without the technical aspects of a fully-staged show, the ... Read More »

RiverArts Pilots Art Studio Tour to Tarrytown with Help from Jazz Forum Arts and The Music Hall

by Morey Storck “It’s essentially a pilot program with great expectations. Our Art Studio Tour now covers the river towns of Hastings, Dobbs Ferry and Irvington. However, serious discussions about reaching out to the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow communities have been under consideration for the past three years and now, we’ve decided, is the right time,” explained Doug Coe, Executive ... Read More »

Warner Oral History: Vital Arts Organizations of 10591

Mark Morganelli

In a week when American arts institutions were feeling very threatened by President Trump’s proposed federal budget cuts, a half-dozen local leaders of arts institutions got together for the latest culture-themed Warner Library Oral History session. Björn Olsson of the Tarrytown Music Hall was in attendance, while jazz entrepreneur Mark Morganelli had to duck out early to take care of ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists Relocating to Ossining

by Morey Storck For the past 17 years, Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists (SHPA), with founder and Artistic Director Debralyn Press at the helm, has been one of the most creative and intellectual exponents of modern dance and classic ballet in the rivertowns region. And, as she strongly asserted, “Our overall passion is promoting individual self-esteem in mind and body through ... Read More »

John André: The Spy Who Loved Us

by Charlene Weigel On a chilly Saturday, The Historical Society of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow was alive with visitors in search of a dead man. Not just any man. He had to have charm and wit, but be honest to the core. Cultured. Handsome. Schooled in the arts. Massively charismatic. Perhaps a bit full of himself, but with good reason. ... Read More »

Unassuming Smile

by W.B. King   As a literary genre, horror fiction usually connotes blood, guts and fear. Authors who conjure dark tales of fright and flight with deliberate moxie, however, often present juxtaposed character traits than their ghoulish protagonists. “When people look at me they are surprised that I write horror,” said Irvington resident and author Lori M. Myers. “But I’m a ... Read More »

Black History Month Art Exhibit

A Black History Month Art Exhibit will be held during the month of February at Warner Library in Tarrytown. A Meet the Artists Reception, where visitors will have the opportunity to view the works of Ron Brown, Steven Ferri, Ella Hall and Don Whitely and chat with the artists, will take place on Sunday, February 12 from 2 to 4 ... Read More »

Lifelong Tree Climber Plants ‘Great Spruce’

By Krista Madsen A grand Norway spruce stands, rootball and all, awaiting a plot somewhere in Irvington where it will rise up to 100 feet. The tree, now about 15 feet, all lit up in the courtyard adjacent to the Red Hat restaurant, comes as a generous gift to the village, to plant where it sees fit, from local tree ... Read More »

Film Based on Irvington Author’s Best Seller Postponed to the Spring

In addition to fall and spring All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) film events, the Best of Film Series returns to the Irvington Town Hall Theater this season. The popular series, which premiered in 2009, presents full-length documentary and feature films. North By Northwest, the Alfred Hitchcock classic, will be presented on December 8 at 7:00 pm in collaboration with ... Read More »

Special Holiday-Themed Cabaret on the Hudson Event Brings NYC Performers to Irvington on December 11

The Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) kicks off the third season of its highly acclaimed Cabaret on the Hudson series with a special holiday-themed program on Sunday, December 11th at 3:00 pm. A collaboration of ITHT and NiCori Studios and Productions, this intimate series allows the audience and performer to engage in a musical conversation. Series host, multi-award-nominated cabaret singer ... Read More »

Janet Lippmann’s New Paintings in Oils and Pastels on Display in One-Person Irvington Exhibition

by Morey Storck It started with sea shells and her attraction to colors and shapes. But, as Janet Lippmann smiled and explained, “Collecting shells on a Rockaway Beach and painting them did not translate into art classes in those years. Particularly at age seven. My parents gave me piano lessons instead. That’s what families did then!” It wasn’t until college ... Read More »

Irvington Town Hall Theater Presents International Short Film Festival and “Short Shots” After-Party on Nov. 12

  The second season of the All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) will be presented at the Irvington Town Hall Theater (85 Main Street) in two parts: Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. The fall program will feature 10 outstanding shorts (ranging from 3 to 22 minutes in length) from countries including Afghanistan, Denmark, England, Germany, Iran, Poland, and the ... Read More »

All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF): Screening and Q & A with Filmmakers and Actors – Followed by “Short Shots” After-Party

Irvington Town Hall Theater Presents International Film Festival and “Short Shots” After-Party on November 12 The second season of the All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) will be presented at the Irvington Town Hall Theater (85 Main Street) in two parts: Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. The fall program, at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 12th, will feature 10 ... Read More »

“A Taste of Sleepy Hollow” Scheduled this Saturday, October 22

Visitors to Sleepy Hollow and local residents will have a chance to sample the remarkable variety of the Village’s diverse community and its rich tradition of culinary, musical and artistic talent.  That variety will be on display during “A Taste of Sleepy Hollow,” scheduled from noon to 6:00pm on Saturday, October 22, on Valley Street.  Culinary delights including Chilean, Peruvian, ... Read More »

Tarrytown 12-Year-Old World Irish Dance Champion

Daniel Callanan has the gangly look of a middle school student, just coming into his own as a young man with the glint of Ireland in his eyes and the polite handshake of an eldest child. He’s an athlete with a busy schedule, a good student, and the oldest in a tight-knit family of six including three younger siblings. The ... Read More »

Award-Winning Boston Author Explores Cancer Recovery Contemplations in Original, One-Woman Play October 16th in Irvington

Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) launches the third season of its Stage Door Reading Series on Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. with a reading of the highly acclaimed one-woman show, Regeneration by Dr. Nancy Rappaport followed by a Q & A with the audience. Until she was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 2015 at age 55, Rappaport ... Read More »

New Jack O’Lantern Stamps Unveiled at Historic Hudson Valley Blaze

by Rick Pezzullo Historic Hudson Valley kicked off the new season of its annual The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze on September 29 with the unveiling of the United States Post Office’s Jack O’Lantern stamps. Both the stamps, which feature four different photographs of carved pumpkins, and The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze® celebrate the American symbol of Halloween. This is not ... Read More »

Long Journey for Jazz Forum Arts to Set Up in Tarrytown

by Morey Storck The magical yellow brick road is never as beautiful and unencumbered as it is depicted in novels. It can also be a winding, meandering path filled with unexpected turns, twists and potholes during that quest for Oz. Mark Morganelli has taken such a journey, and he did get to the Emerald City, eventually. Morganelli is the founder ... Read More »

Ongoing Events – Fall, 2016

Ongoing Events – Fall, 2016 Literacy Volunteers Tutor Training Workshop: Six Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, Sept. 17 & 24, Oct. 1, 8, 22 & 29 at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Sign up by calling 488-4250 or visit www.lvtarrytown.org. Retro Revival: “Howards End” will be shown Sept. 9 – 15 at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. ... Read More »

RiverArts is Cultivating and Celebrating All Art Forms for an Appreciative, Creative Audience in the River Towns

by Morey Storck When speaking with Doug Marouk-Coe, Executive Director of RiverArts, one can imagine entering a giant white box with nothing inside. Just four blank walls, a ceiling and a floor. No windows. A place to sit and contemplate. Slowly, you begin to envision those walls with striking color and form: a crowded floor with movement and vitality, echoes ... Read More »

Tarrytown in High Demand for TV Shows and Movies

by Rick Pezzullo The Village of Tarrytown has become a hotbed for television and movie productions. On Monday, July 18, the popular ABC television show Quantico spent the day filming on Main Street, equipped with four tractor-trailers. It’s star, Priyanka Chopra, was spotted near Main Street Sweets, and the Setback Inn was used for some scenes. Quantico was interested in ... Read More »

Sunnyside Art by Seniors Brightens Up Warner Library

by Krista Madsen Amidst the densely displayed art show on the gallery walls of Tarrytown’s Warner Library for the month of July was a summery rendition of Sunnyside, purple wisteria draping its façade. Over the main reception desk at the library entrance was an even grander, more colorful scene: a large canvas giddily depicted women with parasols on the lawn, ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Irvington Resident Robert Firpo-Cappiello Presents Highly Acclaimed Monologue in New York City on August 16

 A blind on the outskirts of Zero, and the ghosts are linin’ up to shake my hand. Last October, two-time Emmy Award nominee Robert Firpo-Cappiello performed his darkly comic monologue, Beggars Rain, at the Irvington Town Hall Theater’s Stage Door Reading Series, garnering outstanding reviews. The mission of the Stage Door Series is to premiere works in progress in a ... Read More »

Jazz Forum Arts Presents FREE Outdoor Live Jazz Performances Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Nights Throughout August!

34 Free Summer Concerts Presented by NewYork-Presbyterian: Jazz at Henry Gourdine Park, Ossining: Alternate Mondays through Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Jazz at Horan’s Landing, Sleepy Hollow: Tuesdays Aug. 2-23 at 6:30 p.m. Sunset Jazz @ Lyndhurst: Thursdays through Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Jazz At Pierson Park, Tarrytown: Fridays through Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. All Concerts 6:30–8:00pm (see below ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Bjorn Olsson’s Vision for The Music Hall: “A Living Room for The Community”

by Morey Storck In a wide-ranging interview, backstage at the Tarrytown Music Hall, Bjorn Olsson, Executive Director, discussed his thoughts about where the Music Hall founders and administrators started, what they learned, where they are, where they plan to go, and what he means by “A Living Room for The Community.” Olsson became involved with the Music Hall in the ... Read More »

Painting by the Numbers on Behalf of At-Risk Teens

By Krista Madsen Before the June 4th Bridge of Hope mural unveiling celebration/fish fry at Christ Church in Tarrytown, there was a series of community painting days, which were just as much fun. “We didn’t want to stop,” two volunteers gushed, “it’s so relaxing.” “It’s mindful,” said mural mastermind Karen Viola, who designed the span of two different worlds of ... Read More »

Caramoor Presents Expansive Summer Season of Music

Where else does Beethoven rub shoulders with bluegrass and Broadway, or Chick Corea with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s? From world premieres to classical masterworks, from Tahitian dance to Independence Day fireworks, Caramoor Center for the Performing Arts is an idyllic home for musical and artistic diversity. With eight weeks of orchestral, chamber, jazz, American roots, opera, multi-ethnic dance, and ... Read More »

RiverArts Presents Second Annual Multi-Village Music Tour TODAY, June 4th

Last year, RiverArts debuted a new multi-village event: The RiverArts Music Tour. The unprecedented, all-day event was enthusiastically received by both the wide diversity of Rivertowns musicians and the listening public– encompassing more than 150 musicians, 24 venues, and 3,000 audience members. Back by popular demand on June 4th (and expanded to include 90 performances), 40-minute sets will take place on ... Read More »

World Premier Musical Performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The musical world premiere of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will be performed in its namesake village on Sunday, May 15, 4 p.m., at Kusel Auditorium, Sleepy Hollow High School. Composed by James M. Stephenson, for narrator and band, the Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble, a 45 piece orchestra, will be supporting Michael Loften’s narration. Loften, who has performed with the ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Painting a Bridge of Hope to El Salvador

by Krista Madsen Tarrytown’s Christ Church’s longstanding relationship with El Salvador will become brilliantly vivid as an ambitious public mural project gets underway this month. Church members had been talking since last fall about “more active ways our parish community can support and partner with Foundation Cristosal to address the horrifying crisis of violence in El Salvador and the resulting ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – All Shorts Irvington Film Festival Celebrates Female Filmmakers May 6

The All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) presents its season finale, “As iFF the Lens Can’t Shift: Filmmaking Through Women’s Eyes” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater. Seven short films from countries including France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and the United States will be screened, ranging in length from 11 to 23 minutes. ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Historic Hudson Valley Presents Lightscapes 2016

by Morey Storck Historic Hudson Valley, creators of The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, is presenting Lightscapes ’16 at Van Cortlandt Manor, in Croton-on-Hudson, April 29-May 1, and each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May, plus Memorial Day Monday. It was a spectacular production last year, and this current presentation, by the same special-events creative team, led by Creative Director ... Read More »

Ongoing Calendar Events for April (for Daily Events, Visit “What’s Happening” Calendar Listings on our Homepage)

Ongoing Events for April Westchester Jewish Film Festival:  Through April 20 at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville.  Call 747-5555 or visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org. Lincoln and the Civil War: Lectures by Dr. Sara Mascia at 7 p.m. April 4 & 18, May 2 & 23 at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. To register call 631-7734. FrameWorks: Art on Film: April 28 – ... Read More »

Penny Peyser to Present Documentary Film in Irvington

Many of us panic if the WiFi goes down or we forget our phone charger. While we might occasionally dream of unplugging from the world, the documentary film Stillpoint — which screens at the Irvington Town Hall Theater on Friday, April 8th followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker — tells the story of an eclectic group of seekers who ... Read More »

Irvington Teen’s Play to be Staged at Town Hall Theater

by Stefanie Sears “When a young man agrees to go on a fishing trip with his estranged father, old tensions rise to the surface. Fishing is an unflinching portrait of a broken relationship between father and son.” That is the description of 16-year-old Riverdale Country School sophomore Stephanie Okun’s play, Fishing, which has been chosen for the “Irvington Stage Door ... Read More »

Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley Launches Fundraising Campaign with Broadway Show Music Concert

by Morey Storck On April 8 the first of four 30th Anniversary Celebration Fundraisers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hudson Valley Chapter will be held at The Tarrytown Music Hall. The benefit concert of Broadway show music will present headlining performers who have appeared in starring or featured roles in recent Broadway musical theatre productions. These four signature events sponsored by ... Read More »

“Spring Harmony” Classical Event Slated

Sleepy Hollow High School students along with professional and semi-professional performers will be taking part in “Spring Harmony,” Saturday, April 30, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., at Hudson Harbor Lodge, Tarrytown. The classical music event will benefit the Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Boosters, with proceeds from the evening used to benefit several music related activities at the school. Income from ... Read More »

Random Farms Kids’ Theater: Stars on Stage, in The Community, and Now in Book Stores

by Morey Storck “Imaginative and inspiring! Just goes to show you don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to live your dreams.”(Middle Shelf Magazine) “…the story is full of heart…The text is riddled with musical theater references, and aspiring actors will enjoy the theater tips and lingo…”(School Library Journal) Those are not the usual theater critics’ glowing reviews of ... Read More »

All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) Explores Love on February 13

The All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) will present “a love letter to short film” at the Irvington Town Hall Theater on Saturday, February 13th at 7:30 p.m. Following its enormously successful sold-out premiere last November, As iFF’s second international short film festival features the topic of love (fittingly, on the eve of Valentine’s Day).   Through animation, documentary ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High School’s Success in the Performing Arts

by Heather Colley Interviewing Gail Persad, who is both the chorus teacher and the fall drama director at Sleepy Hollow High School, was a little difficult because of the euphony of singing coming from every corner of the chorus room. As she instructed students on how to hit a particular note, Persad simultaneously gave me insight into why the Performing ... Read More »

Dreamworks Filming Movie in Irvington

Dreamworks Studio’s The Girl on the Train that has been filming in Irvington since early November, and will continue into January. But, filming reached its zenith in mid-December, when crews descended upon several locations in the village at once. In front of Village Hall, which will appear in the film as the Ardsley Police Station, a platoon of equipment trucks ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Center In Step with The Dance Rhythms of Today

by Morey Storck Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts (SHPA) is a 10-year-old not-for-profit dance company, school and studio located at 362 N. Broadway in Sleepy Hollow, with Artistic Director Debralyn Press at the helm. Their mission is to “educate, elevate, and inspire the arts in Westchester by creating a safe artists’ community in which all arts and artists are celebrated.” And, ... Read More »

New Jazz Forum in Tarrytown Hosts Sold-Out David Amram Birthday Celebration Concert

Jazz Forum Arts presented a night of live jazz to a sold-out audience at a special “Sneak Peek” fundraiser party celebrating music legend David Amram’s 85th birthday on November 21. The event took place at the soon-to-be new Jazz Forum located at 1 Dixon Lane in Tarrytown. Amram is a composer, conductor, improvisational lyricist, author and multi-instrumentalist known for integrating ... Read More »

A Superb and Relevant Show Boat at WBT

|by Morey Storck| When Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein I asked Florenz Ziegfeld to produce their new Broadway musical, based on Edna Ferber’s novel, he was immediately impressed and agreed to mount the elaborate production. “This is the best ‘musical comedy’ I have ever been fortunate to get hold of. I am thrilled to produce it. This show is the ... Read More »

Yefim Bronfman Recital Highlights Friends of Music 2015-16 Concert Season

| by Robert Kimmel |  Continuing its 62nd concert season, Friends of Music will be presenting five additional performances, with a recital by renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman highlighting the schedule which runs into the spring of 2016. The Emerson String Quartet opened the chamber music season on September 26th before an enthusiastic audience that heard a program including scores by ... Read More »

The Real Ghosts of Sleepy Hollow

In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the Washington Irving story that seems to increasingly imbue its village namesake with a literary yet spooky mystique, the haunted part of the story is really only a ruse. The real Sleepy Hollow, however, when you tap into a certain village vein, seems decidedly, if quietly, haunted. In the second installment of an ongoing ... Read More »