Hudson Valley Writer’s Student Showcase

by Madeleine Jacobson –  Introducing the first in a new series from The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center (HVWC), showcasing excerpts from students in various genres and across ages and backgrounds. For more info on classes and e... More »


Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest

Please join us for a huge, fun and FREE literary festival coming to multiple venues across Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown on Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10 am – 5 p.m. (and later into the evening at Hudson Valley Writers Center). Th... More »


Bicentennial Kick Off for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

by Char Weigel –  On April 3, the Headless Horseman will gallop into the Old Dutch Church Burying Ground. This time, he’ll be searching for a slice of birthday cake instead of Ichabod Crane. County Executive George Latimer wi... More »


HVWC Student Showcase: Youth Edition

In this semi-regular series, the Hudson Valley Writers Center proudly showcases recent creative writing excerpts from local students in various genres and across ages and backgrounds. For more information on classes and event... More »


Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest

Coming May 18, 2019, the 1st Annual Sleepy Hollow Lit Festival (SHLF) promises to be a lit fest like no other, for all kinds of readers and writers. Save the date and see our website for updates. http://sleepyhollowlitfest.or... More »


What’s Happening – April 2019

  Monday 1 Exhibit: Mary Ellis is presenting her solo exhibit One A Day through May 5 at the Donald Gallery at South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Ellis’ work is colored abstract paintings on paper and canva... More »

Great Speakers Are Made, Not Born

Who needs a class on how to become a better speaker? The obvious answer is EVERYONE. Whether you want to read your poems to friends, host a radio show, be a comedian, a teacher or just be more confident in a business meeting—better public speaking skills are necessary. In the past: “Practice, practice, practice,” the answer to the old joke about how one gets to Carnegie Hall always seemed the best... More »


Heard Around the W@tercooler

by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Local Arts Groups Awarded Grants The Arts$WChallenge, a public/private matching grant program administered by ArtsWestchester, has raised $526,158 in private support for arts and culture. Matching cou... More »


What’s Happening – March 2019

SEE EVENTS ADD YOUR OWN EVENTS TO OUR EVENT CALENDAR Friday 1 Landscape Paintings Exhibit: Painted Terrain features artist Edward Bear Miller’s landscape paintings at The Donald Gallery at South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broad... More »


Pleasantville’s Village Bookstore Under New Management

by Linda Viertel –  Inveterate booksellers, Roy Solomon and Yvonne vanCort, owners of Pleasantville’s iconic Village Bookstore, have handed the reins to Jennifer Kohn who took over on December 8. After 15 years of owning and ... More »


What’s Happening – January Calendar

Wednesday 2 Israeli Folk Dancing: Every Wednesday in January (except January 9), from 7 to 10 p.m. at Temple Beth Abraham, 27 Leroy Ave., Tarrytown. Info: Thursday 3 Mah Jongg: Meets at 1 p.m., Temp... More »


What’s Happening – Nov 2018

Thursday 1 Landscape Art Exhibit: Look Around in Dobbs Ferry features artist EB Gregor’s abstract and illustrative landscape paintings. The exhibit, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is being held through Dec. 9 at ... More »


What’s Happening – Sept 2018

Alex Katz Exhibit: “Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s” is being held from July 1 through Oct. 14 at the Neuberger Museum of Art, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., on the campus of Purchase College. Info: 251-6100 or www.neube... More »


HVWC Student Showcase: Eric Odynocki

Another round of a new series from the Hudson Valley Writers Center (HVWC) showcases excerpts from students in various genres and across ages and backgrounds. For more information on classes and events at the HVWC, visit writ... More »

Poetry in the Pavement Winners Selected by HVWC

By Robert Kimmel –  Walking along Riverside Drive in Sleepy Hollow’s Philipse Manor neighborhood this spring could be a literary experience for you.  Glancing at the pavement, your eyes will catch some unusual engravings in the cement.  You’ll be looking at an array of brief poems written by the local winners of the “Poetry in the Pavement” program, sponsored by the Village and the Hudson Valley W... More »


Winning Poems To be Engraved On Sleepy Hollow 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 cemen... 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 Hudson River is where most of my characters come to... More »

Six Candidates Vying for Three Seats on Sleepy Hollow Village Board

| by Rick Pezzullo |   Two incumbents are among the six candidates vying for three available seats on the Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees on March 18. Running on the newly formed Unite Sleepy Hollow line with Mayor Ken Wray is Trustee Glenn Rosenbloom, who is seeking a second two-year term, John Leavy and Denise Scaglione, both residents of Philipse Manor. Teaming up with trustee and mayoral hopef... More »


The Westchester Poetry Festival

9th Annual Westchester Poetry Festival Saturday,  April 6, 2019  1:00-5:00 PM Estherwood Mansion, 49 Clinton Ave, Dobbs Ferry. Presented by The Masters School and The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center Key Note poet: Victoria Chan... More »


What’s Happening – May 2018

Wednesday 2 Israeli Folk Dancing: Israeli Folk Dancing with Leng will be held on May 2, 16, and 30 at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown. RSVP required: or 631-1770. Crimes of the Heart: Axial Theat... More »


Heard Around the Watercooler – May 2018

    by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Congratulations Sleepy Hollow High School Students Sophia Meyer and Natalie Smith both scored their 100th goal in varsity women’s lacrosse. Hannah Lustik made her 300th save. Meanwhile, performing... More »


Heard Around the Wa­ter­cooler – April 2018

by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Tarrytown’s Make-A-Wish Foundation Honors Andrew C. Quinn Andrew C. Quinn, wish dad and board member of Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley, will be honored at the annual Wish Ball on Friday, May 11 at the Slee... 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 yout... More »

Community Coalition Holiday Effort Announcements

Open Door Family Medical Centers Holiday Toy Drive November 18 – December 15 Please donate new, unwrapped, toys and gifts for our young patients ages newborn to 14 years old. Suggested value between $10 – $20 Please bring you donations to Sleepy Hollow Open Door, 80 Beekman Avenue Thanks so much for bringing holiday cheer to the kids and helping reduce the stress for families in need during the ho... 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 S... 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 se... 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 the... More »

JULY 2017 Happenings (Daily and Ongoing)

 Sunday 2 Float Like a Butterfly: At 1 p.m. learn about the amazing life of a butterfly at the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale. Call 723-3470 or visit www.greenburghnaturecenterorg. Wednesday 5 Yoga with Nicole: At 10:30 a.m. practice beginning yoga stretches at the Irvington Public Library. Call 591-7840 or visit Movie Matinees: The Scarlet Coat showing at 2 p.m. a... 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 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 Film Center in Pleasantville. Call 747-5555 or visit ww... More »

Mark Morganelli

Warner Oral History: Vital Arts Organizations of 10591

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 Libra... More »

March 2017 Happenings

Happenings in MARCH  Thursday 2 An Acoustic Evening: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo perform at 8 p.m. at the Tarrytown Music Hall. Call 877-840-0457 or visit Friday 3 Bodies in the Library Book Group: Meets at 12 noon to discuss Blue Monday by Nicci French at the Ossining Public Library. Call 941-2416 or visit Literary Evening: At 7:30 p.m. poets Ma... More »


Happenings in February  Friday 3 Shabbat Fun: At 4 p.m. for children up to age 5 with an adult at JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown.   Call 366-7898 or visit Literary Evening: At 7:30 p.m. poets Cynthia Manick Read and Mike Lala read from their first collections at Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow. Call 332-5953 or visit Saturday 4 Playin’ ... 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 thei... More »

Happenings in JANUARY, 2017

Happenings in JANUARY Monday 2 New Member Center: From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. learn all about the new Shames JCC memberships that begin in June at JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown. Call 366-7898 or visit Tuesday 3 Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle: At 7:30 p.m. discuss arts, books and current events relating to women with Rabbi Lisa Izes at JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown. RSVP to lisa.ize... More »

Happenings in DECEMBER

Happenings in DECEMBER  Thursday 1 How the Jews Invented Musical Theater: At 10:30 a.m. Arthur R. Aldrich explores Jewish contributions through live music, narrative and film clips at JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown. Also Dec.8, 15 & 22. “Absolute Tyranny Over These States”: At 7:30 p.m. lecture by Dr. Richard Borkow on what Thomas Jefferson’s words meant to the Founding Generation at the Irvington... More »

Watercooler – Heard Around the Watercooler

NOMINATED Congratulations to Sleepy Hollow High School for winning 12 Metro Award nominations for its 2016 musical, “Seussical!” including Best Overall Production. Henry Titcomb was nominated as Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as the Cat in the Hat; Zoe Kaplan was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role as Gertrude McFuzz; and Francis Pace-Nunez, who played Horton the Elephan... More »

SH High Student Wins Science Award

by Robert Kimmel Sleepy Hollow High School senior Elizabeth Silver, recent winner of the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award, “is genuinely concerned about treating and healing human diseases,” stated Janet Longo-Abinanti, Career Coordinator and Science Research Instructor at SHHS. She described Silver as “…one of the top students of my career not only because of her high level of intelligence but ... More »

What’s Happening: September 2015

Tuesday 1 What Counts in the College Admission Process: Seminar at 7 p.m. for high school students and their parents at the Irvington Public Library. To register call 591-7840 or visit Wednesday 2 “Far from the Madding Crowd”: Starring Carrie Mulligan showing at 2 p.m. at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Call 631-7734 or visit Stump the Historians: ... More »

What’s Happening

Tuesday 4 Kids Cook with Renana: At 11 a.m. children ages 2-5 learn to make something delicious and healthy at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Registration required. Call 631-7734 or visit “Tootsie”: Starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lang and Dabney Coleman showing at 2 p.m. at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Call 631-7734 or visit Thursday 6 Classic ... More »

Chef Dan Barber;

Blue Hill at Stone Barns Adds Another Feather to Cap

|  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 ... More »


Camp Directory 2015

| by Janie Rosman |   If the winter blues have you down, then now’s the time to plan for summer. AYSO Soccer Camp Kingsland Point Park, 299 Palmer Ave., Sleepy Hollow Phone: 914-560-6067 or email: http://... More »