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Food for Thought – Westchester’s Only 21st Century Butchery + Charcuterie Opens in Dobbs Ferry

by Linda Viertel “Everything that happens here is an effort to utilize the whole animal,” said Matt Campbell, owner of Campbell Meats Butchery + Charcuterie in Dobbs Ferry, which opened on August 2. And, he means it. Campbell and his co-butcher, Darin Theuret, whom he met when both fabricated meats at the famed Harlem Shambles butcher shop, prepare cuts of ... Read More »

Commentary – The Truth About Lead in Your Water

by Dean Gallea (on behalf of the Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council) Recently, Tarrytown was cited by the U.S. EPA for several violations in reporting and following up on certain positive tests for lead in the Village’s drinking water. Village Administrator Mike Blau has issued an open letter on the Village website, explaining in detail how a single violation in 2013 ... 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 »

Harvest on Hudson – Teatown Lake Reservation and Wildflower Island

by Marcie Cuff What began as a gift of 190 acres of pristine wilderness in 1963 has quadrupled in size over the past half-century—Teatown Lake Reservation now spans 1,000 acres in Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle. More than 25,000 hikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and environmental educators use its 15 miles of marked and well-maintained trails annually. The trails seamlessly traverse ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Local Eateries Perfect for Picnic Fare

by Linda Viertel Picnics are one of summer’s great delights. Enjoying free summer evening jazz concerts at Pierson Park or Lyndhurst and spreading a blanket on the ground, or climbing onto picnic table benches and “dining out” surrounded by the beauty of our Hudson River and Westchester greenery provides glorious relief from the heat and a hard day’s work. But, ... 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 »

Food for Thought – Restaurants Move Outside for Summertime Dining

by Linda Viertel Summer has finally arrived; patios are being swept off, gardens replanted and seasonal furniture is making appearances throughout our river towns. Sidewalk dining on our Main Streets has become ubiquitous – a touch of Manhattan’s culinary atmosphere in Westchester. But, several new restaurant gardens have cropped up over the past year or two, in addition to patios ... 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 »

Food for Thought – Westchester Magazines’ Wine & Food Festival Welcomes Tarrytown Chefs

By W.B. King Tarrytown’s Little B’s Burger Bar and Babalu’Q, an authentic Cuban catering company, are among 100 of the County’s top eateries presenting at the 2016 Wine & Food Festival. Billed as Westchester’s best block party, the sixth annual event is sponsored by Westchester Magazine and runs Wednesday, June 8 through Sunday, June 12 at various locations. “We expect that ... Read More »

Westchester Power Program Achieves Clean Energy Goals

by Robert Kimmel Customers within Irvington and Tarrytown will receive electric power bills beginning this month that reflect their villages’ entry into Westchester Power’s program to boost the production of renewable, clean energy. Of the 112,000 customers eligible for participation within 20 Westchester municipalities in the program, only some 6.3% opted out of the overall plan, according to Leo Wiegman, ... 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 »

Food for Thought – Irvington Farmer’s Market Vendors

Sundays 9:00-1:30 starting June 5th Main Street School 110 Main Street Irvington, NY 10533 Arlotta Food Studio – Watermill, NY Arlotta Food Studio is a family-owned business based in Watermill, NY. Their story began generations ago, raising olives in orchards in southern Italy. Today, their organic olives are grown and harvested in California on a small family farm using the same ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Farmers Dish the Dirt at First TaSH Talk

by Suzanne Sorrentino Melons that look like beach balls, tomatoes that taste like lychee fruit, bouquets beautiful enough to grace a dining room table but delectable enough to eat. That’s just a taste of what some Westchester County farmers plan to showcase at the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market, which opened May 28 in Patriots Park. The farmers spoke ... Read More »

Ongoing “What’s Happening” Calendar Events for May

Lightscapes: Evening display of sculpture, light, sound and special effects at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson. May 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-30. Call 366-6900 or visit The Meditative Life: May 6 – 25 at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. Call 747-5555 or visit Jazz Sessions: The greats on camera May 12 –June 9 at Jacob Burns Film ... 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 »

Food for Thought – PikNik in Tarrytown

by Linda Viertel A delectable smokey scent now wafts along Tarrytown’s Main Street, thanks to the opening of PikNik, the newest restaurant/take-out venture from Hassan and Alberta Jarane, whose thriving Mint Premium Foods is just up the block. Real southern barbecue has arrived in our river towns! Whether your favorite is vinegary-based sauce on ribs and pulled pork from the ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Local Farmers Markets Opening Soon

by Linda Viertel The TaSH returns even bigger and better! The Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market, also known as the TaSH Farmers Market, opens for the season Memorial Day weekend with the same great vibe, more vendors, expanded educational programming about food, nutrition and the environment and improved access for low-income shoppers. The market runs every Saturday, May 28 ... 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 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 »

Food For Thought – Nikko Opens on 119 in Former TGI Friday Location

by Linda Viertel Tarrytown’s former TGI Friday location is now home to Nikko Hibachi•Sushi•Lounge, a grand transformation that took place in late February. This sparkling new restaurant provides customers with a full range of sushi, sashimi and teriyaki offerings, in addition to the always entertaining choice of hibachi style cooking, not to mention a lively bar scene. The atmosphere is ... 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 »

Food for Thought – Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Returns March 7–20

Record number of restaurants to participate in the event’s 10th anniversary by Dorothy Conigliaro Ready? Set? Eat! And there will be plenty of opportunities for good eating during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (HVRW), March 7-20. This year, a record number of restaurants, more than 220, have already registered for the two-week culinary event that’s presented by The Valley Table magazine. ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Valentine’s Day Destinations

by Linda Viertel Valentine’s Day is a holiday about romance, so why not salute the most romantic of the many tales explaining its origin? Legend has it that the original St. Valentine was executed for his role in helping Christians escape from the harsh reality of Roman prisons in the year 275 A.D. Before he was led away, however, he ... Read More »

Solarize Tarrytown Presents Students Speak for Solar Contest

Solarize Tarrytown and the Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council will be presenting a special event on Monday, February 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Warner Library – Students Speak for Solar – followed by a workshop on solar panels. Refreshments will be served. Solarize Tarrytown, the initiative sponsored by The Village of Tarrytown and supported by New York State will award ... 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 »

Harvest on the Hudson – Random Acts of Love and Kindness

by Marcie Cuff February has long been celebrated as a month of romance and giving. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written valentines didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Comfort Foods for Cold Winter Days

by Linda Viertel Winter seems to have arrived – finally, and with the chilling weather comes a complementary need for comfort food. Luckily, our river towns provide a wealth of warming sustenance to help stave off the frost and biting cold, an inevitable reality in the coming months. To help relieve the ennui of oncoming darkness and chilly winds, The ... 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 »

Harvest on Hudson – Indoor Places to Explore

by Marcie Cuff Winter is a curious thing. All year long we brainstorm snowman and paper snowflake designs, then we stack the wood, clean the gutters, sharpen the skates, knit a collection of sparkly wool infinity scarves, and await the slightest sign of it. The past few years it arrived prematurely with a powerful punch. This season, it’s been more ... Read More »

Muddy Water Opens in Tarrytown with a ‘Big Bang’

by Linda Viertel A bustling, vibrant new coffee and café venue, Muddy Water, opened in October and is already attracting crowds eager to sample richly brewed caffeinated and decaf coffees, teas, delicate sweet and savory pastries, sandwiches, wraps and soups. The brainchild of Ossining residents, Loretta Oleck and her partner Linton Suttner, Muddy Water, located at the southern end of ... Read More »

Public Workshop to Describe How Solar Panels Work

The public is invited to get a close-up look at solar panel technology at a workshop, Sunday, December 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Tarrytown Neighborhood House, 43 Wildey Street. Organized by Solarize Tarrytown and the Village, the event will offer attendees a demonstration of how a solar panel works, and how it could be adapted for their ... Read More »

Wild Wintery Walks

By Marcie Cuff Wasn’t it just a minute ago that you had your hand on a frosty glass of cucumber-infused mint water? Well, now it’s cold outside. And already you’ve put the kettle on and have liberated last year’s winter cocoon—your colossal wool infinity scarf. There is just no way around winter’s merciless brutality. Time slows to a crawl and ... 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 »

100-year-old Sleepy Hollow Woman Still Has Sense of Humor

|by Stefanie Sears| Miriam Frandsen, who turned 100 years old last month, hasn’t let the years dim a noteworthy part of her personality. Frandsen has a very rich, happy life, and if there is anything about her that impacts the life of her daughter, Carole St. Mark, it is her “wry sense of humor,” St. Mark said. And Frandsen’s full-time, ... Read More »

Examining a Disease Found More Frequently in Women

|by Robert Kimmel| Quick Quiz: What health problem is four times more prevalent in women than in men? Osteoporosis is the answer; a common ailment, but many people with the disease don’t realize they are suffering from it until they fracture a bone. Millions of Americans suffer from the condition, defined by loss of bone density and bone mass. Older ... Read More »

Food for Thought: Turkey Tips for Thanksgiving

|by Linda Viertel| Benjamin Franklin may have contended that the turkey was a more appropriate symbol of the new United States of America than the bald eagle, but luckily he lost that argument. As a result, we have enjoyed roast turkey ever since the first Pilgrim fall feast celebration, given in thanks for a good harvest. In 1941, President Franklin ... 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 »

World’s Best Pumpkin Pie

| by Marcie Cuff | Ahh! The air has a sudden new crispness. As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, we find ourselves straddling the line between fall and winter. That tiny respite between hot-tempered seasons. An ending, a new beginning. An energizing breath of fresh air. October. If you are like me, you spend the majority ... 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 »

Halloween Happenings 2015

October 1-31 Sleepy Hollow Cemetery:  Free maps for a self-guided tour to 8 major gravesites, including Washington Irving’s, are available at the cemetery office or at the south gate, adjacent to the Old Dutch Church.  The cemetery gates are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Stone rubbing ... Read More »

Jewish Spy in Nazi Territory to Speak in Tarrytown

| by Alexander Roberts |  Just 22 years old, the pretty blond woman pretended to be a nurse searching for her Nazi soldier boyfriend behind enemy lines in Nazi–occupied France during World War II.  But in actuality, Marthe Cohn was a French Jew with forged papers who spoke fluent German, recruited by the Allies to funnel information about German troop ... Read More »

Food for Thought: Rivermarket and Suzanne’s Table

| by Linda Viertel |  Neopolitan Pizza Arrives at RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen in Tarrytown RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen’s wood-burning oven is now open for business, offering Neopolitan-style pizza to local diners who might not have the good fortune to be able to travel to Naples. Owner Glenn Vogt is providing his customers with the real deal, and he’s had ... Read More »

Astorino Kicks Off Halloween Tourism Season in Sleepy Hollow

| by Rick Pezzullo |  Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino paid a visit to Sleepy Hollow in mid-September to bring attention to the upcoming Halloween tourism season in the area. A few days before Circus Latino! dazzled audiences for three days, Astorino joined Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray, Historic Hudson Valley President Waddell Stillman and others to invite visitors to ... Read More »

Spooky Halloween Events Highlight Month Ahead

| by Robert Kimmel | Spine tingling experiences, ghost stories, haunted hayrides, a costume parade, and more await you during this spook-tacular month of Halloween in the villages. October is packed with events that will chill, thrill and amuse both adults and kids.  The line-up includes all of the following. Horseman’s Hollow Historic   Philipsburg Manor becomes a very scary ... Read More »

Rick Stevens, Jean-Francois Larrieu to be Exhibited at Canfin

| by Morey Storck |  Canfin Gallery in Tarrytown will be showing the work of Rick Stevens and Jean-Francois Larrieu in October and November. Both artists articulate a number of aesthetic influences and thematic references as windows into their artistic endeavors. Rick Stevens: “My work is a combination of being self-referential and alluding to something else. By self-referential I mean ... Read More »

Theatre NOW New York Premieres CARRIE, The Musical At Irvington Town Hall Theatre, Halloween Weekend

| by Morey Storck |  Theatre NOW New York (TNNY) is a non-profit professional theatre company emerging from two established companies: the Genesius Theatre Guild in New York City and ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Its mission is to “facilitate the creation and development of new theatrical works, the re-imagining of previously produced known titles and the reinterpretation ... Read More »

Food for Thought: Home Cooking in Dobbs Ferry and Tarrytown

| by Linda Viertel | Piccola Trattoria – Italian Home-Cooking in Dobbs Ferry “In my dining room, everyone who comes here is family,” declared Sergio Penacchio, Piccola Trattoria’s chef/owner and Irvington resident. This August was his second anniversary in his Dobbs Ferry trattoria, which he took over from his brother. After a remodel, he fashioned his traditional Italian menu with ... Read More »

Rising from the Ashes: Local Students Bring Shakespeare Back to the Park

| by Zoe Kaplan |  “Let’s get back to basics. What more do we need for Shakespeare in the Park than Shakespeare and a park?” Kristen Ippolito, former camper, counselor, and assistant director of YMCA Summer Theater, felt incomplete with a change the program brought to the summer 2015 schedule: performing a musical rather than Shakespeare. While she, along with ... Read More »

The TaSH Farmers Market Reaches Seniors, Vets and the Underserved

The NEW Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market (the TaSH) has made strides toward making healthy, fresh, locally produced food more accessible to senior citizens, veterans and low-income residents. The TaSH now accepts Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks available to both low-income mothers and to senior citizens, and also began accepting SNAP or food stamps. Those who use their SNAP ... Read More »

Tarrytown Teen to Star in New Family Channel Sit-Com

| by Elizabeth Nutig | Watch out Judd Apatow, Demetri Martin and Patton Oswalt, because there’s a new kid in town. He’s funny, he’s dark, he’s witty, AND he’s only 15. Simon Cadel is one of a kind, and is about to star in The Family Channel’s newest sitcom The Wonderful Wayneys.  A Tarrytown native and sophomore at Sleepy Hollow High ... Read More »

Local Music Teacher’s Incredible History Surfaces with Re-Release of Two Albums

| by Tess Weitzner | “I can’t talk right now, I’m at school,” said Greenburgh music teacher Bobby Lance. It was nearing lunchtime when the phone rang. “Just tell me, are you Bobby Lance?” pressed the man on the other end. “I’ve been looking all over for Bobby Lance!” When Lance replied, “Yes, that’s me,” the record label representative hardly paused ... Read More »

What’s New at the Irvington Town Hall Theater? Everything!

If you’ve walked along Main Street in Irvington this summer, you’ve likely noticed renovations taking place outside of Village Hall.  Change is happening inside the building as well, especially on the third floor: The Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) has unveiled a new website, ticketing system, and logo—and is about to launch several innovative, new programs in addition to returning favorites. ... Read More »

Circus Latino Concludes Sleepy Hollow’s Vibrant Arts Initiative

| by Robert Kimmel | Sleepy Hollow’s riverfront will come alive with circus aerialists, acrobats, Latino music and dancers for three days this month in an exciting culmination of this year’s multi-art activities hosted by the village. The Circus Latino performances, along with a lantern art exhibit, are scheduled for September 18,19 and 20 on what was the vacated site of ... Read More »

Local Restaurant News

| by Linda Viertel | The Taco Project has recently obtained its liquor license and will now be serving Mexican beers, predominantly Spanish red, white and rose wines, plus Argentinian chardonnays and red and white sangrias. Owner Nick Mesce is excited about this next phase of the restaurant’s development, noting that eventually brunch specialty drinks such as mimosas and micheladas ... Read More »

Tarrytown/SH Fans Salute the Grateful Dead With Trek to Chicago for Final Concerts

| By W.B. King | July 4, 2015: Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow residents gather at Congress Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Front row: Maddy McGovern, Laura Kiss, Joanne Malandrino-Daly, Sharon Bucci-Thomas, Stella Goldstein, Heather Whitaker and Belle Gonzalez. Back row: Myles Birrittella, Kyle McGovern Jr., Tom Kiss Jr., Tom Kiss Sr., John Korzelius, Brad King, Laurie Birrittella, Kyle McGovern, Tom Shumacher, ... Read More »

The Toolbox of Summer Fun

| by Marcie Cuff | During the summer months, the living should be easy, right? And so, every kid should be provided with a warm-weather plan—a summer toolbox filled with things to help him or her experiment with ideas about how things and people work. And, while it’s not always wise to provide wild, passionate little people with a supply ... Read More »

Riverstone Yoga in Tarrytown

| by Elizabeth Nutig | As daily life becomes more chaotic and interconnected, allowing time to cool down to be with ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually is essential, and one of the most credible ways to do that is through yoga. Fortunately, a yoga studio in Tarrytown has what’s needed for residents to revive themselves. With the iconic hum of ... Read More »

Arts Are Alive in Tarrytown Summer Camps

| by Zoe Kaplan | Fourteen years ago, former Tarrytown Superintendent of Schools Dr. Howard Smith asked Alison Paul to “do something with the arts when the buildings are empty in the summer.” With about 30 kids at the time, Multi Arts summer camp was born. Although in an academic location, the camp is focused on creating an environment without ... Read More »

Young Actor Takes on Challenging Role in Shakespeare Festival

| by Jonathan Ortiz | The character of Mamillius from Shakespeare’s late romance, The Winter’s Tale, despite only living through the first half of the play, is in no way an insignificant role. The death of Leontes’s heir, Mamillius, marks the tale’s turning point from the cold psychological tyranny of the King’s bitter jealousy to his remorse and the eventual rebirth ... Read More »

Flea Fun Hits Westchester

The “flea” experience has arrived in Westchester.  The Hastings Flea is a monthly, curated, specialty outdoor flea market at the Hastings-on-Hudson Metro North Train station parking lot (131 Southside Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY), overlooking the Hudson River.  At the Hastings Flea, local vendors sell unique, authentic, handpicked and handmade items including vintage finds, antiques, furniture, home goods, comics, crafts, jewelry and ... Read More »

YMCA Theater Camp Moves from Shakespeare to Les Misérables

|  by Zoe Kaplan  | For the past 10 years, local director Peter Royston has brought numerous Shakespeare productions into the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow community. From As You Like It to Romeo and Juliet, tweens and teens alike have not only performed but also learned the magic of Shakespeare. However, this year moves away from “Shakespeare in the Park.” The 2015 production ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Offering Art Activities During Summer

|  by Robert Kimmel  | Artistic skills are being honed and shown in Sleepy Hollow during this summer, thanks to grants the Village received from New York State and several other sources.  As part of The Sleepy Hollow Art Initiative, activities range from woodcut workshops, and a multi-art-form summer camp, to painting murals and Flamenco dance classes. The woodcut workshops are ... Read More »

Ticked Off! A Small Bug Looms Large in Summer Season

|  by Krista Madsen  | These things are certain: death, taxes…and, here in the Northeast add to this dreadful list: ticks. Judging from the fast and abundant feedback I got when I started asking who’s out there in our midst suffering from Lyme Disease, these tiny critters have had a huge impact on the lives of so many here, and ... Read More »

Mark Morganelli, Jazz Forum Arts Relocate to Tarrytown

|  by Morey Storck  | In 1991, Executive Director Mark Morganelli relocated Jazz Forum Arts to Dobbs Ferry from New York City. For 24 years this was home and office for Morganelli and his family. The location was well-suited to serving his growing commitments in Westchester and throughout the tri-state area as a jazz promoter and performance organization.  But when the ... Read More »

Irvington Stage Door Welcomes Original Scripts from Playwrights

Last year, the Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) introduced two new series:  Irvington Stage Door, which presents readings of original works in progress followed by “talkbacks” between the creative team and audience, and Cabaret on the Hudson, which brings professional Cabaret artists from the New York City region to the Irvington stage.  Both series will return this fall, each featuring ... Read More »

Visit Dobbs Ferry and Ossining for New Dining Experiences

|  by Linda Viertel  |  An easy, short drive north or south of our river towns provides diners with a variety of culinary options during summer’s leisurely pace. Your trip along Broadway to new casual destinations is sure to offer the adventurous an engaging meal in a new river town Sam’s Ristorante in Dobbs Ferry opened in 1952, and is still ... Read More »

Tarrytown Director Films Documentary on Investing in Humanity

Sherry Saturno

  |  by Stefanie Sears  |   Inspirational. That is one way to describe social worker Sherry Saturno’s new documentary Human Investment. Educational is another. The 20-minute film consists of individual interviews with a group of social workers in the healthcare field that were all participants and speakers at the Care Management Summit at Binghamton University last year. They each ... Read More »

Caramoor Celebrates 70th Season with Summer Music Events

Lucinda Williams

|  by Paula Romanow Etzel  |   Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts celebrates its 70th anniversary season with music programming that includes the American Roots Festival on June 27, the Caramoor Jazz Festival on July 18, and special events throughout the summer — all produced on the historic 90-acre Caramoor estate in Katonah, New York (149 Girdle Ridge ... Read More »

Blue Hill at Stone Barns Adds Another Feather to Cap

Chef Dan Barber;

|  by Linda Viertel  |   It should come as no surprise to food-lovers in our region that Blue Hill at Stone Barns, in Pocantico Hills, won the Best Restaurant Award at the annual James Beard Foundation Awards dinner in early May. Blue Hill’s famed chef, Dan Barber has received multiple James Beard awards including Best Chef: New York City ... Read More »

RiverArts Presents Multi-Village All-Day and Evening Music Tour Event on June 6

The first annual RiverArts Music Tour will take place on Saturday, June 6 throughout Irvington, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, and Hastings-on-Hudson beginning at 12 p.m.  This inaugural event is modeled after the RiverArts Artists Studio Tour (now in its 22nd year) which showcases works each spring by local visual artists in the river towns community. More than 150 musicians will participate ... Read More »

Proper Weight Vital for Staying Healthy

|  by Robert Kimmel   |   Shedding those extra pounds is a key to a healthy lifestyle, but apparently many Americans have not mastered the necessary strategies to lose weight — or just don’t make the effort. Recent national studies show that about two-thirds of adults over the age of 20 are overweight, and nearly a third of all ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow’s Red-Hatted Women Defy and Celebrate Aging

The Red Hatters at Sleepy Hollow’s River Grill. Back row (L to R): Mafalda Tornello, Josephine Galgano, Eleanor Hunt, Elaine Byrnes. Seated (L to R): Molly Helwig, Emma Serena, Irene Amato — Photo by: Krista Madsen

|  by Krista Madsen  | Sleepy Hollow’s Mafalda Tornello, in her late 80s, fondly recalls the sweet, very walkable village she grew up in, when you could get everything you needed here and near – thread at Woolworth’s, three shoe shops, dress stores, and Beekman Avenue was loaded with mom-and-pops that “suited the times.” She remembers when the embankment down ... Read More »

Two New Places to Drink and Dine in Tarrytown


|  by Linda Viertel  |  Tarrytown’s Main Street has just expanded the village’s food and drink offerings exponentially, with the opening of Bibille, serving Korean fusion food, and The Oath Craft Beer Sanctuary across the street. Bibille, housed in the former Chibouste site, and The Oath, located at the previous Santa Fe Restaurant spot next to the Music Hall, have ... Read More »

Irvington Farmers Market Opens on Sunday, May 31

Irvington’s 2015 market has switched from its Wednesday offering to Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., “With a whole new ‘hands on’ board (literally –  we are meeting in May to make hand-painted signs for the market and our vendors), and, with it, a new look, new website, and new energy,” said Pascale Le Draoulec, the Irvington Farmer’s Market ... Read More »

Brrzaar Yogurt Café Opens at the Irvington Train Station

|   by Linda Viertel  | Inside the newly renovated Irvington train station, Brrzaar offers a charming venue serving frozen and fresh yogurts accompanied by a variety of appealing topping choices, artisanal coffee, and a unique iced coffee taste treat from New Orleans – French Truck Cold Brew Coffee. Owners, and newlyweds, Michelle DeForest Leddy and Brian Leddy, frozen yogurt consumers ... Read More »