News & Notes from Northern Westchester
By MARK JEFFERS
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, our family sure did as we ate, drank and solved many world problems over a wonderful dinner, then naps & football. I am re-charged and ready to start this week’s “full and happy” edition of “News & Notes.”
Pace University in Pleasantville raised over $19,000 at its first all-night dance marathon to benefit Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla; nearly 300 members of the Pace community and friends of the hospital attended the P4K (Pace for Kids) marathon.
Congratulations to our friend and Scarsdale resident Brandon Steiner for being named Humanitarian of the Year by the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research.
The Katonah Museum of Art is featuring 20-minute portrait sessions with local portrait artists on Sunday, December 8th, at 12:00pm. So come commission a portrait for the family fireplace mantle, that is if you can get your family to sit still long enough.
My parents met on a blind date at the movie version of “White Christmas,” which is now on stage at the Westchester Broadway Theater in Elmsford through January 12th.
The Fox Lane Middle School is holding a book sale on December 5th on campus in Bedford. The book fair will have a panel of eight novelists who will discuss reading, writing, and life. There will be a book signing to follow, so come check out the great books and holiday gifts.
The Bedford Hills Christmas tree lighting is set for Saturday December 7th at dusk at the train station. Retiring Bedford Hills Library Director Rhoda Gushue will be honored by the Bedford Hills Neighborhood Association by lighting the holiday tree.
Phi Sigma Sigma will host its ninth annual Holiday Bazaar in Pleasantville on December 8th collecting donations for the National Kidney Foundation.
Teens come to the Field Library in Peekskill on December 9th and make a winter ornament, great for decorating or giving as a gift. All supplies included free of charge.
This year Caramoor is celebrating the holiday season with a variety of concerts including musical sing-along fun for the entire family. A variety of musicians will perform starting Thursday, December 5th and run for two weeks. In addition to this festive event you can join others in a tour of the beautifully-decorated Rosen House and enjoy a special tea for the season. The tea may help improve my singing voice…
Here is a fun way to go shopping this holiday season… The Jewish Family Congregation in South Salem is hosting a clothing swap on December 10th. Bring a bag of clothes you don’t wear anymore, and find something else to put in your closet. There will be refreshments and raffle prizes.
A Candlelight Christmas Concert will be presented on December 20th at 7pm at the Assumption Church in Peekskill, featuring Mario Tacco, Mary Mancini and the Victor Springs Quartet.
The trees are lighting up all over town…If you missed the big tree in Rockefeller Center, don't fret, the Scotts Corners tree lighting will take place on December 7th at 5:00pm and the Bedford Village tree will light up on December 6th at 7:00pm.
There are so many opportunities this month to spread holiday cheer by singing loud for all to hear. The Charis Chamber Voices will have their holiday concert on December 7th at the Presbyterian Church in Mount Kisco. On the same day the Bedford Hills Elementary School will host a fun-filled Winter Fest. The Canticum Novum Singers present Welcum Yule a holiday concert also on Saturday, December 7th.
Good luck to former Bedford AD Rod Mergardt as he takes the vacant Tuckahoe School District athletic director position.
The Mistletoe Mart opens on December 7th at the Bedford Presbyterian Church from 9:30am to 3pm.
The Open Door Foundation is once again collecting toys for children from families of less fortunate means, so please drop off unwrapped toys at 30 W. Main Street in Mount Kisco, for details call 914-502-1468.
It is always smart to beat the holiday rush late in December, so if you are looking to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping or need a last minute Hanukkah gift, stop by all the local stores throughout Northern Westchester. You’ll be able to find unique presents for everyone on your list, and isn’t community giving and support what this time of year is all about?
With Thanksgiving come and gone, I just wanted to thank you for reading and get ready for a festive holiday season…see you next week.
Mark Jeffers resides in Bedford Hills, New York, with his wife Sarah, and three daughters, Kate, Amanda, and Claire.