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Washington’s Headquarters Has “A Cure for Cabin Fever”


Come to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, and find “A Cure for Cabin Fever” on December 27th through 30th, 11 AM until 3 PM each day. Visitors will be able to take a guided tour of the historic headquarters, seasonally decorated, and hear how the Washingtons acknowledged their holiday season during the final winter of the Revolutionary War. Explore the Museum featuring the multi award-winning exhibit, Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington’s Headquarters’ Collection, with over 1,300 artifacts. Finish your visit creating a take-home craft, free with Museum admission.

For further information, call 845-562-1195.





November 30, 2017 |

Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” Ballet in Brewster


Nutcracker with Clara

Add some sparkle to your holiday season with a magical adventure into a glittering world of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” presented by Seven Star School of Performing Arts. Perfect for young audiences and the young at heart; follow Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they travel through the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy. This holiday tradition of includes a cast of over 175 local performers, beautiful choreography and stunning costumes and picturesque sets.

Performances will be held at the Brewster High School Performing Arts Center at 50 Foggintown Road in Brewster, NY on Friday, December 15th at 6:30 PM; Saturday, December 16th at 3 PM & 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 17th at 3 PM.

Purchase tickets in advanced for only $15. Discounts for Senior Citizens (65+) and Girl Scouts are available for advance ticket purchase by December 6th. All tickets are $20 at the door. Tickets are available at Seven Star School of Performing Arts 509 Route 312 in Brewster, NY.

Visit, email or call (845) 278-0728 for more information.


About Seven Star School of Performing Arts

Seven Star School of Performing Arts is currently entering its 15th year! SSSPA offers a complete performing arts education in dance, acting and voice. Whether you are looking to take your first class, or are an advanced dancer looking for pre-professional training, SSSPA is the place for you!

Seven Star School of Performing Arts believes in education that inspires young people to be the best they can be. Through proper training your child will experience a physical activity that will inspire dedication, teamwork, and discipline as well as other qualities that will last long after their classes are over.

November 29, 2017 |

Harry Potter Fans Invited to Yule Ball in Brewster


Attention Wizards, Witches and even Muggles! Harry Potter Fans of ALL AGES are invited to attend the “Yule Ball” at the Studio Around the Corner at 67 Main Street in Brewster on December 30, 2017.

The Yule Ball is a formal dance, which is a tradition of the Triwizard Tournament as written in J.K. Rowling’s 4th Harry Potter book, “The Goblet of Fire”. After the overwhelming response to their “Day at Hogwarts” event this summer, the Cultural Arts Coalition is offering a magical event to ring in the New Year! The first session will be held from 4-6pm for $5 and is open to all ages. The second session will be held from 8-11pm for $10 and is open to anyone 16 and older.

Both sessions will include activities such as wand making, divination (fortune telling), costume contest, photo booth and trivia. The evening session will also include a DJ, Dancing and an ultimate Trivia contest. Themed concessions will be available for purchase.

Attendees are invited to come in costume, formal attire or muggle-wear. We suggest purchasing tickets in advance since we anticipate that this event will sell out. Tickets are available online at Space is limited. For more information visit, email, or call 845-363-8330

Cultural Arts Coalition and Studio Around the Corner
67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509



Andrew as Harry Potter at the “Day at Hogwarts” event at the Studio Around the Corner. (Photo Courtesy of Shana Maresca).

November 27, 2017 |

Newburgh Historical Society Presents Candlelight Tour




Visitors to Newburgh’s Historic District are awed by its architecture and its views of the Hudson River. For the past three decades, supporters from all over have joined the Newburgh Historical Society in celebrating a treasured architectural history during the annual Candlelight Tour.

The self-guided tour will take place this year on Sunday, December 10, between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The 1830 Captain David Crawford House, the Society’s headquarters located at 189 Montgomery Street, is the starting place for the Tour.

The house tour features a diverse assortment of public and private spaces within and beyond the City of Newburgh’s East End Historic District. These include city and suburban houses homes in the rehabilitation process and some of Newburgh’s most important landmarks.

The Crawford House will be decked out in natural greens and floral arrangements, with wreaths and trees, and period decorations typical of the 19th century. “It is a labor of love by the volunteers of the Historical Society to create such a splendid exhibition of natural beauty with garlands and bows, decorative fruits and candies that dazzle the eyes of visitors year after year,” said planning committee member
Warren Cahill.

This tour is the Historical Society’s major fundraiser. The money raised is applied towards the preservation of the Crawford House that is undergoing
some extensive renovations, including a recently completed top-to-bottom painting of the house’s exterior. Neighbors will open their fascinating houses, showcasing their historic significance or their modern take on holiday expression.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (845) 561-2585. Visitors will save $5 off the regular $30 ticket price by purchasing tickets in advance. An illustrated guide booklet and a custom map will be provided
to add historical context and enrich the visitor experience.

The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands was launched unofficially when the Hasbrouck House (Washington’s Headquarters Newburgh) was in danger of demolition after the Revolutionary War. The current Society, incorporated in 1884, has always been an advocate for Newburgh’s history. The Society’s headquarters, 1830 Captain David Crawford House, was purchased in 1954 to save it from demolition and symbolizes their dedication to preserving and protecting Newburgh’s assets.

The Crawford House, a historic house museum and Society’s headquarters, located at 189 Montgomery Street within the City of Newburgh’s Historic District is open for tours by appointment. For more information about admission, tours, or programming please call (845) 561-2585.


Crawford House Interior Front Parlor

November 22, 2017 |

Warm Up at The Washingtons’ at Washington’s Headquarters


Come to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, and Warm Up at the Washingtons’ on Sunday, December 10th, 12 PM until 4 PM. Historic interpreters in each seasonally decorated room will greet visitors and share what took place when the Washingtons occupied the Hasbrouck farmhouse during the last winter of the Revolutionary War.

The Salmagundi Consort will perform period appropriate music by an indoor Dutch jambless fireplace, while cookies and warm cider are served near an outdoor fire.

Admission is free for the day, compliments of the Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands. Call 845-562-1195 for details and directions.

While in the neighborhood visiting us, stop in and see the homes in the Newburgh Historic District featured on the Candlelight Tour. Contact the Crawford House at 845-561-2585 for more information and ticket prices.

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!

November 22, 2017 |

Under the Covers Winter Concert to Warm Up Brewster Village



Music Director Daphne Sasson

Join the Cultural Arts Coalition “Under the Covers” as they present an entertaining concert of cover songs about winter weather, the holidays and love! NYC musicians and vocalists along with some of the best local talent present an eclectic mix of jazz, rock, soul, and traditional versions of holiday favorites, original songs and radio’s biggest hits for a unique holiday celebration!

The Choir Around the Corner will sing selections from musical theater, Harry Potter and Vulfpeck. The Choir includes Antonia Carey, Elizabeth Dimeo, Max Likens, Tim O’Hara, and Amelia Sasson.

Jazzy versions of wintery tunes will be performed by a duo of the NYC based Rafael Rosa (Guitar) and Benjamin Sutin (Violin).

Arin Maya Lawrence and Edson Sean (bka Write Angle) will present soulful renditions of favorite holiday and romance music along with a few originals.

You will want to sing along to the YouTube style cover of a bass and flute duo mashup of chilly pop songs.

The winners of our cover song competition, SUNY Purchase jazz student Martine Mauro and Brewster High School student Max Likens will also perform their songs!

The “Under the Covers Winter Concert” will be presented twice on Saturday, December 2nd at 2:00PM and 7:30PM at the Studio Around The Corner located at 67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY. Purchase tickets online in advance by December 1st to receive discount admission of $10 for Adults and $5 Students/Seniors.

Please note: Seating is limited; any available tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 Adults and $10 Students/Seniors. Audience members can join in on the fun by participating in an Ugly Christmas (Holiday) Sweater contest! Plus, spend the day in Brewster by attending our concert before or after the Magic Show at 4:30 at the Southeast Museum and Village of Brewster Tree Lighting at 5pm.

For more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit:, call (845) 363 – 8330, email or find us on Facebook at “Cultural Arts Coalition”.
Cultural Arts Coalition and Studio Around the Corner
67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509

(845) 363-8330




About The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition

The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining cultural arts within the Town of Southeast and its surrounding region. TOSCAC was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in August 2010 with the purpose, as detailed in the incorporation papers, “… to promote and raise funds for the development and effective management of affordable, accessible performance space that will provide citizens of the Town of Southeast opportunities to participate in and appreciate cultural arts, including lectures, theater, dance, film, music, visual arts, and inclusive community events.”

Our current focus is the renovation of the Southeast Old Town Hall, a historic landmark within the Village of Brewster and a perfect venue to serve as a cultural hub. The Old Town Hall has been described as a “Jewel in the Center of Brewster” and its renovation will help foster the revitalization of downtown Brewster.


November 16, 2017 |

Westchester Community College Presents Skatetacular Dreams on Ice on January 27


A performance of SkateTacular Dreams on Ice is slated for Saturday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. in the Academic Arts Theatre on the Valhalla campus at Westchester Community College.

Introducing a unique full-length musical on ice, this family friendly show includes incredible professional skaters, sensational music and an enchanting original story line featuring a wintry wonderland experience, fusing theatre and the art of figure skating.

Tickets are $30 (general admission), $28 (for seniors), and $24 (children under 13). Tickets can either be purchased in advance by mailing with a check or by cash at the Box Office, 30 minutes before the scheduled performance time. For online credit card purchases, please visit and click on the “Buy Tickets” link.

For more information about this performance or the many other exciting cultural events, please call the Office of Cultural Affairs at 914-606-6262 or visit us online at



November 15, 2017 |
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