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Wanted: A Worthy Candidate for the 2018 “Martha Washington Woman of History Award”






Each year, Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site selects a recipient for the Martha Washington Woman of History Award. This award is given to a woman who has distinguished herself in the field of Hudson Valley history. The award is presented at the Site’s annual program, “The General’s Lady,” held in March, during Women’s History Month. Is there a woman from the local Hudson Valley area you feel deserves to be the 2018 recipient of this honor? If so, then nominate her!

The Woman of History award acknowledges Martha Washington’s important place in history as a devoted patriot in support of the American Revolution and the ensuing new nation. This will be the sixteenth year the award is given, continuing the site’s desire to honor women who carry on Martha Washington’s legacy by sharing in their devotion to Hudson Valley history. Previous recipients of the award are:




There are many women who are dedicated to sharing and preserving our history. Perhaps you know of a woman who shares her love of history with children by telling them stories, or taking them to historic sites. Is there a woman who has done research about the Hudson Valley and has shared her findings to encourage others to do the same? Do you know a woman who has used her private time or resources to preserve a landmark of historic significance? These are just a few examples of what could qualify a woman to be a candidate for this award.

Nominations must be completed and received by January 12, 2018.

To access a nomination form, please go to the website at, , click on this Link or call (845) 562-1195. The award will be given during a ceremony in March.

Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is a registered national historic landmark. It is located at the corner of Liberty and Washington Streets within the city of Newburgh’s East End Historic District. The site is one of 35 historic sites within the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is one of 28 facilities administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New York and New Jersey. For further information contact: (845) 562-1195. For more information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.nysparks. com. For more information call 845-562-1195 or visit us on Facebook at







Help us save the Tower of Victory! The Palisades Parks Conservancy has completed a capital campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the Tower of Victory at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh, NY. The Tower of Victory is truly one of the treasures of the Hudson Valley. For 125 years, it has stood as the nation’s only monument to the lasting peace that came after the end of the Revolutionary War. Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of the President and then Secretary of War, commissioned John Hemingway Duncan, one of the nation’s most renowned architects at that time, to design the massive stone arched structure that hosts bronzes sculpted by William Rudolf O’Donovan, the pre-eminent monumental sculptor of the day. It stands on the property where General Washington created the “Badge of Military Merit” now called the Purple Heart medal.

Mail your donation to: Palisades Parks Conservancy, P.O. Box 427, 3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain, NY 10911. Or donate online: Remember to put the Tower of Victory in the subject line so we know you want to be a part of the campaign!

October 12, 2017 |

Washington’s Headquarters’s Fall/Winter Hours Begin November 3rd


As the seasons change, Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site changes its hours of operation. The last day of our extended hours will be Sunday, October 29th. The site will reopen on Friday, November 3rd to begin its Fall/Winter hours, which are Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Schools and other groups of one or more can visit Tuesday through Saturday by pre-arranged appointment, and the site will also open for Special Events. The site plans to expand its hours again in mid-April.

Come in from the brisk outdoors and take a guided tour of the historic farmhouse used by General and Mrs. Washington, several of his aides, guards, servants and slaves during the last 16 ½ months of the Revolutionary War. Walk In the same rooms as the General did in the house where he announced the cease fire, rejected a monarchy, and created and awarded the Badge of Military Merit, precursor to the Purple Heart.

Visit our multi award-winning exhibit, Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington’s Headquarters’ Collection. From our grounds enjoy the scenery of the Hudson Highlands and the majestic Hudson River view during the Autumn/Winter season.

For further information contact 845-562-1195.

October 11, 2017 |

Brewster Dance Studio Offers Free Story Time Program




Parents join their children in a fun and creative story time

Story Time with a Twist is a weekly story time group combining movement, music and mostly just fun! Seven Star School of Performing Arts is offering this FREE program to the community.

This program is open to all children 1 – 4 year olds and will be held on Thursday mornings from 9:00-9:30 AM! Parents and children are invited to stay and play afterwards during open studio time until 9:45 AM!
In addition to having some fun, quality time with their children, parents have the opportunity to introduce their children to performing arts in a warm and friendly environment. The arts build skills such as problem solving and critical thinking; they bring opportunities for the development of language/communication, mathematics, as well as the development of social and interpersonal skills.
Seven Star School is located at 509 Route 312 in Brewster. For more information about this and other programs visit them at or call 845.278.0728.




October 4, 2017 |

New Rochelle Opera Pays Tribute to Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura


Sunday, November 5, 2017 – 3:00 PM
The Fountainhead, New Rochelle, NY

(NEW ROCHELLE, NY) October 3, 2017 – New Rochelle Opera will host a tribute to Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The fundraiser will be held at The Fountainhead, located at 55 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, NY. All proceeds will support the Company’s 2018 production of Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme.

The event will celebrate the life and careers of Eggerth and her husband, Kiepura. Together, the couple appeared in over 2,000 performances of The Merry Widow—Eggerth portraying Hanna, the wealthy widow, and Kiepura singing the role of her suitor, Count Danilo. The presentation will consist of discussion, video clips and photos as told by Marjan Kiepura and Jane Knox, son and daughter-in-law of Eggerth and Kiepura. Additionally, a short concert of selections from the operetta will feature NRO artists Kelli Butler and Youngjoo An.

The program will begin at 3:00 pm. All tickets are $40, and include a coffee and dessert reception following the presentation. To purchase advance tickets, visit, or call 1-800-838-3006, Ext. 1. All tickets will be held at the door. For further information, call (914) 576-1617.

New Rochelle Opera was formed for the purpose of presenting imaginative and appealing operatic productions to the Westchester community. It serves to create a deeper understanding and appreciation of live opera, and make it accessible and affordable to a diverse audience. The company presents the art form in its various aspects (e.g. fully staged performances, opera in concert, school programs, opera workshops and demonstrations), engaging aspiring young artists as well as experienced professionals.

Presented by New Rochelle Opera
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm
The Fountainhead
55 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, NY
Tickets: $40
For tickets, visit or call 1-800-838-3006, Ext. 1.
For more information: (914) 576-1617

October 4, 2017 |

Scenic Hudson Valley 120-Acre Hemlock Hill Farm Finishes Renovations for Fall with a New Store, Food Truck & BBQ Event on 10/14


Located on 120 acres of the scenic Hudson Valley in Cortlandt Manor, Westchester, Hemlock Hill Farm (500 Croton Ave. / 914-737-2810 / has just completed a major property renovation for Fall which includes the opening of a new market storefront open seven days a week/365 days a year which sells a range of their all-natural farm pastured raised meats in a variety of cuts & roasts, whole hog or lamb for barbeque & fresh poultry processed on the farm each week. The store also sells their fresh seasonal produce & over 200 artisanal products including locally grown honey, maple syrup, flowers, fine cheeses, yogurt, fresh made breads and Hemlock Hill’s pepper jelly, marinara & hot sauces, bone broth, pickled beets, carrots, cucumbers & more. The store is open Mon-Wed 9am-6pm; Thur. 9am-7pm; Sat. 7:30am-5:30pm; and Sun. 7:30am-2pm. The store also sells a selection of lamb skins & cowhides, and the farm just added a food truck on the property which features dishes made with delicious Hemlock Hill meats & produce.

On Saturday, October 14 from 12pm-5pm Hemlock Hill Farm will be hosting a special family BBQ event all day with all the great farm fresh foods served at the food truck, plus special BBQ items for the event in addition to craft beer tasting from their growing selection (which includes Captain Lawrence, Peekskill Brewery, Black Hog, and Six Point Breweries). The event will also offer tours of the property & their seasonal pumpkin patch as well as Live Jazz Music from The Adirondack Trio featuring Steven Frieder on saxophone, Luke Franco on guitar and Bob Meyer on drums & cymbals.

Established in 1939 by Bronx native Nicolas J. DeMaria, Hemlock Hill Farm is one of the largest family-owned farms in the region (third generation) and one of only a few in the United States who grow fresh produce, have both poultry & livestock, onsite processing and a farm store. ‎This fall & winter they are planning to do several more special events (including events with prominent chefs & Westchester residents), some to take place in the upstairs corridor of the newly renovated main building. The ground floor is the market storefront now officially open 365 days a year; the upstairs has a charming, modern barn design and a stunning birds eye view of property and the breathtaking Hudson Valley landscape.

They also offer tours of the grounds every Saturday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm: join Hemlock Hill Farm’s Head Gardener as she gives a fun & insightful guided tour around the farm, which includes a special look at aspects not open to the general public. Hemlock Hill restaurant customers include: Lucia (Bedford), 105-Ten Bar & Grill (Briarcliff Manor), Hudson National Golf Club (Croton), Monteverde (Cortlandt), Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. (Elmsford), Bonnie Briar Country Club (Larchmont), Camp Nabby (Mohegan Lake), Skinny Buddha (Mt. Kisco), il Buco Alimentari & Vineria (NYC), Birdsall House (Peekskill), Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill Coffee House, Taste of NY (Taconic), RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen (Tarrytown) & Bloomingdale’s (White Plains).

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September 27, 2017 |

Westchester Community College Foundation Presents Great Chefs Cooking Demonstrations and Dinners in October and November


The Westchester Community College Foundation is presenting its Great Chefs of Westchester Cook for Westchester Community College series of cooking demonstrations and three-course dinners in October and November. These tantalizing events will be held in the college’s state of the art instructional kitchens and Culinary Dining Room. Host Chef Philip McGrath, Curriculum Chair of the college’s Culinary Arts and Management Program and former chef and owner of Iron Horse Grill, has assembled a stellar cast of culinary celebrities who will create epicurean delights and teach you how to dazzle future dinner guests.

The evenings begin with liquid refreshments, followed by a demonstration of the how-to’s of each meal. Afterward, enjoy the chef’s succulent creations paired with an accompanying wine or beer. Each guest will leave with recipes for dinner and beer/wine pairing information. Sign up for one or two events or the entire series. All of this culinary decadence is in support of scholarships and programs for students. Bon Appétite!

*Fig and Olive, Chef Cristian Petitta, 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 16. Petitta learned to cook alongside his mother and grandmother in the family’s kitchen outside of Rome. After attending culinary school in Rome, he worked at the St. Regis in Rome; the Baglioni Hotel, a five star hotel in England; and a yacht club in Porto Cervo in Sardinia. After moving to the U.S., he was Executive Chef at La Bocca and Pax Romana and is currently Chef de Cuisine at Fig and Olive in Scarsdale. A teacher at heart, the Chef will share his techniques and recipes for making fresh mozzarella and pasta.

*Moderne Barn, Chef Ethan Kostbar, 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 23. Kostbar is a self-described “Jewish Yenta” with a love for food. His experiences at The Culinary Institute of America and the opportunity to work with some of the country’s most renowned chefs influence his menu choices. Join him to learn how he balances an appreciation for local, handpicked ingredients with his well-loved mantra: “Simple, seasonal food is delicious food.”

*bartacco, Chef Jonathan Rohland, 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 30. Rohland began his career at John Harvard’s Brew House in Atlanta, then became the Culinary Leader of Nordstrom’s restaurant division. Joining the bartaco team in 2015, he brought his focused passion for the brand and culture to this restaurant inspired by the healthy outdoor lifestyles and beach culture of Brazil, Uruguay, and Southern California. Join the Chef and learn how to fuse fresh ingredients to create the bold flavors of three barcaco signature dishes, all paired with the restaurant’s signature maragita made with the brand’s Libelula tequila.

*Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges, Chef Ron Gallo, 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1. After completing his degree at the Culinary Institute of America, Gallo went on to the acclaimed La Cote Basque. From there he went to Lafayette, the four-star New York City restaurant. Currently Chef de Cuisine at The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges, he will teach how to subtly balance flavor and texture.

This series helps ensure the ability of the Westchester Community College Foundation to meet student and college needs not met by public funds. As part of its mission, the Foundation raises funds in order to provide scholarships for student scholarships. More than $20 million in scholarship support has helped more than 16,000 students complete their education since the Foundation was created in 1969. In the 2016-2017 academic year, over $1.6 million in scholarships was awarded to students.

One of the many programs that the Foundation funds scholarships for is the Culinary Arts and Management curriculum. It leads students to careers, not only in restaurants, but also in commercial, on-site, and institutional establishments. Course work includes culinary arts, business management, work experience, and a basic liberal arts core. Culinary Arts and Management graduate move into positions in the field or transfer to four-year colleges to continue their studies. Participation in the Great Chefs series helps transform lives through the gift of educational opportunity.

One hundred percent of all funds raised from the Great Chefs Series go directly to the Westchester Community College Foundation’s Scholarship and Program Fund, which supports the On Campus Food Pantry. The pantry assists our students who are struggling with food insecurities.

Tickets for each event are $150. For details, please visit the college website at or call 914-606-6558.




September 27, 2017 |

Ari Fleischer, Ruth Marcus, David Sanger Address the State of the Nation at Westchester Community College Event on November 12



Westchester Community College is pleased to present the institution’s annual President’s Forum event, United or Divided: One Year Later, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 12. A year has now passed since the 2016 presidential election. Our distinguished panel of journalists will examine the new administration and Congress, covering what has been or has not been accomplished. Do we now have more unity or more division? What can we expect in the years ahead?

The event will begin with a two-hour panel discussion moderated by Lester M. Crystal, longtime Executive Producer for the PBS NewsHour and former President of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.

The panelists are:

Ari Fleisher, former White House Press Secretary and Spokesperson for President George W. Bush, Fox News Contributor, President of Ari Fleischer Communications, and bestselling author of Taking Heat.

Ruth Marcus, Editorial Board and Op-Ed Columnist for The Washington Post, specializing in American politics and domestic polity, finalist for Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

David Sanger, Senior Writer and National Security Correspondent for The New York Times, bestselling author of Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, and The Inheritance. He has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize.

Following the panel, there will be a reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The President’s Forum, a fundraising event for student scholarships and faculty and institutional development, has been presented by the college’s Foundation for the past 31 years. Tickets range from $75 to $350. Reserve tickets online at For further information, please call 914-606-6558.

September 27, 2017 |
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