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Journey to the Magical World of Neverland as Seven Star School of Performing Arts Presents Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.


Journey to the magical world of Neverland as Seven Star School of Performing Arts presents Disney’s Peter Pan Jr on May 12 & 13 at Brewster High School Performing Arts Center 50 Foggintown Rd in Brewster, NY.

Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up! The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs, such as “Following the Leader,” “You Can Fly,” “The Second Star to the Right” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.”

Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook!
The cast includes student from Brewster, Patterson, Carmel, Wingdale, Putnam Valley, Mahopac, Dover Plains, Holmes, Fishkill and South Salem, NY and Danbury, New Fairfield and Ridgefield, CT.


Members of the cast are Lauryn Ariola, Isabella Basile, Sophia Bran, Kiley Brooks, Emily Bruno, Jacob Caraballo, Massimo Cartategui, Maggie Cassidy, Sarah Cassidy, Mason Cipriani, Sadie Cipriani, Jordan Coates, Sean Condon, Angelina Curtin, Gabriella Dimas, Hayden DiTomaso, Adalina Donohue, Emma Donovan, Emiko Dunn, TJ Fink, Shayla Franklin, Erika Gard, John Gard, Katie Grgecic, Joshua Grill, Rebecca Grill, Lauren Guarna, Carter Hamboussi, Davis Hamboussi, Breanna Harding, Jemma Hollander, Macey Hollander, Sarah Kelley, Lori Kreh, Ariana Lopez, Paige Marchand, Hannah E. Martin, Kaitlyn McCarthy, Aracely Mendez, Sofia V. Molé, Stevenson Nadig, Chelsea Nicole Newton, Sophia Salvatore, Alexandra Schajer, Kaelyn Schuchat, Calianna Schwark, Olivia Schwark, Sarah Shectman, Andrew Smith, Kayla Smith, Ava Stano, Isabella Tamaro, Liliana Tamaro, Lucia Trudo, Madison Vendel, Hailley Vieira, Anastasia Villani.

The production will be co-directed and choreographed by Nicole Aravena & Williams Coates with Lisa Lombardo as musical director. Student stage manager is Grace Lara and co-producers are Donna Aravena and Margaret Carey. Students were also taught by special guest director, Michelle Aravena currently in “A Bronx Tale” on Broadway.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. For more information visit , email or call 845.278.0728.


April 24, 2017 |

Sunshine Children’s Home Presents: “Communicating with Your Special Needs Child Care Providers”-Sunday, April 30


Sunday, April 30, 1-3 pm

Gary Shulman, Advocate for Families of Children with Special Needs
will Launch “Sunshine Sunday Speakers” – A New Community Speaker Series

WHAT:          The Sunshine Children’s Home in Ossining, NY has launched “Sunshine Sunday
Speakers” — a free Community Speaker Series, aiming to bring in top speakers
to families of children with disabilities in the area.

Sunshine Sunday Speakers will kick off on Sunday, April 30
from 1:00-3:00pm, with:

“Communicating with your Special Needs Child Care Providers”

Learn how to have successful communications with the various support professionals in your children’s lives. This interactive workshop will explore:

• How to express what you need so professionals will listen
• How to document your communications
• How to deal with difficult encounters
• The importance of creating an environment where everyone is on the same page, working together to meet your child’s needs.

*Participants are encouraged to bring their stories, strategies and wishes to achieve positive and productive communications with their child’s team.

Light refreshments will be served.

Gary Shulman has over 25 years of experience working as an advocate for families with special needs children. His stated passion is and has always been bringing relief to families of children with disabilities, as well as to the professionals who support them. He has worked as a teacher, advocate, educator, resource ‘guru’. Through a safe and interactive format, participants will be taken on a journey of discovery. 

**Advanced Registration is Recommended as seats are limited. To Register, please contact: Paula Listi, 914-333-7051 or

WHEN:         Sunday, April 30, 2017, 1-3 pm
WHERE: Sunshine Children’s Home
15 Spring Valley Road
Ossining, NY

WHO: The mission of the Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center, located in
Ossining, NY in the Town of New Castle, is to create a loving and supportive
environment that provides the highest level of quality pediatric care for
children who need it. Sunshine provides a quality home for children from
birth to 18 years of age, who require post-acute medical care and/or
rehabilitative therapy, combined with psychological and developmental
interventions. About 46 percent of the children in residence require palliative
care, while an equal percentage of others improve enough with care to be
discharged to a group or community facility, or ideally, at home with their
families. For more information, visit


April 20, 2017 |

7th Annual Volunteer Fair at Washington’s Headquarters


Find out what organizations in your community are doing, and how you can lend them a helping hand. Come to the 7th Annual Newburgh Volunteer Fair at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site on Saturday, April 29th, from 11 AM until 3 PM. Learn how you can get involved with local community organizations. Representatives from many of the non-profit organizations based in Newburgh and the surrounding area will be there with information about volunteer opportunities for teenagers, adults and seniors. This is a chance to build useful skills, meet new people and take a more active part in your community. Come and see what opportunity is waiting for you. All are invited to attend the Fair, visit the tables, learn about and make connections with these important local groups.

The fair is being held at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, the first publicly owned historic site in the nation. It was here that General Washington, his wife, Martha, and several of his aides, guards, servants, and slaves resided during the final months of the Revolutionary War. While here General Washington announced the cease fire, a prelude to the signing of the Treaty of Paris which officially ended the Revolutionary War, composed his circular letter, laying out his principles for a new government, and created the Badge of Military Merit, precursor to today’s Purple Heart. Support from our sponsors has made admission to the Hasbrouck House and Museum free for the day, encouraging visitors to experience the important role Newburgh played during the War of Independence.

Music and refreshments will be offered. The Newburgh Volunteer Fair is a yearly event organized by Washington’s Headquarters, Safe Harbors of the Hudson and the Newburgh Free Library. In case of inclement weather, the Fair will be held in the Historic Green Room located in the Cornerstone Residence (rear entrance next to the Ann Street Gallery) at 104 Ann Street. For more information call 845-562-1195.

Also, on the same day, the Newburgh Urban Farming Fair will be happening at 80 Broadway, on the corner of Broadway and Grand Street. Urban farming is a celebration of farm fun with “how-to” demos, kids’ activities, chickens, bees, goats and more! This is another opportunity you might want to support and promote that strengthens the community by working together

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, or . For more information call 845-562-1195 or visit us on Facebook at


April 20, 2017 |

Ripton Cooke and Cheryl Lewis Have the Spirit in the East Hudson Youth Soccer League


The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Ripton Cooke and Cheryl Lewis are being honored as our Personalities of the Month for April.

The married couple are natives of Jamaica who came to soccer in different ways. Ripton played soccer recreationally growing up on the Caribbean island, then played on his high school team at Evander Childs High School in the Bronx during his senior year. He also played on a military base in England while he was enlisted in the US Air Force.

Cheryl explained, “I never played the sport because girls were not encouraged to participate when I was growing up in Jamaica. We became involved with soccer as parents 14 years ago when our son Nathan was five years old and playing AYSO.“

Ripton became an emergency coach for Nathan’s team when he was eight years old and the coach quit in the middle of the season.

“It took quite a bit of convincing on my part to get him to do it but once he became involved, it quickly developed into a passion,” said Cheryl.

Ripton, along with Donovan Evans, Steve Lawrence and Curtis Walker, co-founded the Spirit of Mount Vernon Soccer Club ten years ago in 2007 as a non-profit organization when they put together a summer clinic for the City of Mount Vernon, then ran an indoor soccer program at the Sports Underdome that winter.

“We were formed as Mount Vernon FC was folding. They catered to only the top players in the city,” Ripton said. “We instead wanted to serve all the players in Mount Vernon.”

The Spirit of Mount Vernon joined the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) with one team in 2009 and four teams––Boys-Under-12 Tsunami, Boys-Under-14 Lightning, Boys-Under-17 Hurricane and Boys-Under-19 Thunder––now wear the club’s red, white and blue uniforms in the EHYSL. A total of seven girls compete on those four boys teams. Other kids in the city are registered with neighboring clubs who also play in the EHYSL while other children and teens there play pick-up soccer only and are not on any formal teams. Since Mount Vernon has a population of 67,292 (according to the 2010 census) coming from 98 nations, the club has room for growth.

“With the right funding, we could work wonders because the kids in Mount Vernon have tremendous raw skill,” Ripton explained.

It is very appropriate that its teams are named after storms as the Spirit of Mount Vernon has faced many challenges during the past decade, with finding a field to play on being a huge one despite a new turf field seemingly debuting every month in Westchester County.

Through Ripton’s role as assistant coach of the boys varsity team at Mount Vernon High School, the soccer club was able to secure the use of their grass field a couple of years ago. He was promoted to head coach last fall. But the club, and not the city or school district, maintains it by cutting the grass and lining the field. Ripton volunteers his time as club President and head coach and Cheryl serves as club manager despite having moved seven years ago to Wappingers Falls, a whopping 60 miles from Mount Vernon.

Ripton coaches practice six days per week and Mount Vernon plays games on Sundays while Cheryl travels to Mount Vernon four days weekly to manage the club.

“Both Ripton and Cheryl are great representatives of their club within our league,” stated EHYSL President Jim Purdy. “The greatest contribution they make is giving the youth of Mount Vernon the opportunity to play our great game. It is clear to me the reason those children and young adults have the opportunity to play soccer is due to the unwavering dedication of both Ripton and Cheryl. This recognition from Eastern New York is very well-deserved.”

And all this volunteering is in addition to being parents to six: Jeremiah (25 years old), Nathan (19), Naomi (17), Nazari (just turned 15 in April), Neriah (just turned 14 in April) and Neah (11). Jeremiah played youth soccer plus Nathan, Neriah and Neah are currently playing soccer.

With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Special Children. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.

(Photos attached courtesy of Ripton Cooke and Cheryl Lewis. The first photo is of the couple. The second photo is of the Mount Vernon Thunder receiving awards with Ripton on the far right.)





















April 19, 2017 |

Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst: May 5-7, 2017 — Over 90 Local Artists!


Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst

May 5, 6, 7, 2017


Westchester’s Most Beloved Out-Of-The-Box Shopping Experience!

A Fun Day for the Entire Family!


Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst is a celebration of all things handmade and returns to Tarrytown, New York, on May 5, 6, 7, 2017, just in time for Mother’s Day shopping! Featuring 300 modern American artists, designers and craftspeople, it is Westchester County’s most beloved arts event and favorite shopping experience at one of its most popular landmarks. It is a perfect day for the entire family

This festive semi-annual event is located in the beautiful Hudson Valley which National Geographic, Fodor’s and Time Magazine have all recently named one of the“Top Places to Visit” in the world. The festival is held on 67 park-like acres at one of the world’s most beautiful historic estates, Lyndhurst, home to a magnificent mansion museum (with on-going tours), a fabulous carriage house and one of America’s first bowling alleys; all with scenic views of the Hudson River. Crafts at Lyndhurst is a destination event not to miss!

New York is well represented with items from 90 outstanding artists (20 of which are from Westchester County), including: hand-built and wheel thrown, custom designed dinnerware, coffee mugs and flower vases by Connor McGinn (Sleepy Hollow); handcrafted, eco-friendly wooden toys made from sustainable American hardwoods in the shapes of cameras, robots and binoculars by Michele Chiaramonte (Bellport); felted and vibrantly colored women’s scarves and vests by Marjolaine Arsenault(Chestertown); hand-forged Damascus knives by Robert Perogine (Elmsford) and deconstructed architectural rings, earrings and necklaces by Michael Alexander (New York City).  A full list of Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst artists is available

Festival-goers can meet talented emerging and seasoned artists from 25 states who will be selling their exciting contemporary creations which include one-of-a-kind and limited edition designs in every material imaginable. These exceptional indie artists infuse each of their pieces with a distinctive creative vision. Find earrings made of stingray; handbags made from antique books; flowers made of glass; pens made of money; necklaces made of meteorites; even bowls that look like cantaloupes; alongside contemporary wood furniture, handwoven fashions, craft pottery, steel indoor and outdoor sculpture, blown glass vases and more. Visitors should also plan to visit the gourmet specialties section to fully experience scrumptious hand-crafted delights.

Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst will also have many creative activities and interactive art experiences. Visitors will have the chance to make their own Shibumi silk scarves with Patricia Disantis; watch and participate in craft demonstrations by potter Scott Martin, canoe carver Larry Benjamin, pen turner Don Hart and spun fiber artist Anna Upston; enjoy a smorgasbord of tantalizing foods for lunch (including delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options); sample and bring home yummy sweet or savory gourmet specialty foods and beverages; and entertain the kids with a variety of children’s activities including interactive puppet theater with Middle-earth Studios,caricatures with Thorneater Comics, face painting, storytelling, balloon animals, stilt walkers and more! And don’t forget to take a tour of the incredible Gothic Lyndhurst mansion! Tours are discounted with admission to Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst.

For more than 30 years hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed this semiannual cultural phenomenon that has become one of the most beloved arts festivals in the United States. Crafts at Lyndhurst has raised almost four million dollars for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and has helped sustain the careers of thousands of artists from across the country.

Check out what all of the fuss is about on May 5, 6, 7, 2017. A weekend pass is $12; seniors (62+) are $11; children 6 – 16 are $4 and children under 6 are free. Mansion tours are additional. Show hours are Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm. For more information, discount coupons, group rates and travel directions visit or call 845-331-7900. Crafts at Lyndhurst is held at 635 South Broadway in Tarrytown, New York, is under tents and is a rain or shine event. Pets are allowed on the Lyndhurst property but not inside the festival site.



Lyndhurst, the Gothic Revival mansion and its picturesque 67-acre estate are an outstanding example of 19th century landscape design including sweeping lawns accented with shrubs and specimen trees (some that are found only on this property) as well as a thriving rose garden and the nation’s first steel-framed green-house conservatory.  Lyndhurst is also part of Westchester’s River Walk which spans 14 municipalities and is a part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway. Tours of the magnificent Lyndhurst mansion are available at an additional cost.

Artrider Productions Inc. has produced arts events since 1982 and has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the craft and arts communities, raising thousands of dollars for CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources) and almost $4 million for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  In addition to Crafts at Lyndhurst, Artrider produces CraftWestport for the Westport Young Woman’s League, the Rhinebeck Arts Festival for the Dutchess County Agricultural Society and Craft Morristown.



April 17, 2017 |

Your Art Picks: A Bluegrass Twist to Grateful Dead, Hudson River Photography, Books Transformed into Art, and More!



Different Strokes

Through April 29, Mamaroneck Artists Guild’s Different Strokes exhibition will showcase the paintings of four unique artists: Suzanne Montresor, Lois Palestine, Helen Schiliro and Marion Schneider. The exhibited works feature intricate watercolors of botanical shapes, acrylic paintings of locations such as Martha’s Vineyard, oil paintings that evoke nature, and more. A reception will take place on April 22. Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat: 12-5pm.



The Mask of the Jaguar King

This Friday, Schoolhouse Theater continues to captivate audiences with performances of Stuart Warmflash’s The Mask of the Jaguar King. The play, set in 1933, follows the story of an American archaeologist who is stranded at a Mayan temple with a dangerous revolutionary who is intent on stealing priceless artifacts. Performances are held on Thursdays through Sundays through April 23. Times vary.



Books Transformed Into Art

Artist Shiela Hale presents books as works of art— she alters them, builds them and brings them to life in her new Lost and Found installation at the Ossining Public Library. The installation, on view through April 30, will include the artist’s latest piece, The Scholar’s Desk, as well as her ongoing Volumes from a Black Library project. Times vary.


THURS, APR. 20: Keller Williams Performs Grateful Dead

Multi-instrumentalist Keller Williams will take the stage at The Capitol Theatre this Thursday with his Grateful Grass project. The band gives an improvisational twist to the iconic songs of Grateful Dead in a style that is inspired by traditional bluegrass music. The night will open with Love Canon, which gives the bluegrass treatment to 80s classics. Begins at 7pm.


THURS, APR. 20: Opening Reception:Joseph Squillante Photography

This Thursday, Atelier 811 presents an opening reception forJoseph Squillante Photography: A Progression From the Hudson River to Recent Work. The exhibition, on view through May 25, will provide a survey of works from the 40+ year career of Hudson River photographer Joseph Squillante. The event will include a PowerPoint presentation and lecture by the artist. Begins at 6:30pm.



April 17, 2017 |

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne Tours Green Chimneys Facility



Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,Ref-Mahopac) had the privilege of touring Green Chimneys on Monday, April 10. The school, currently celebrating its 70th Anniversary, is one of Putnam County’s largest employers.
Representatives of Green Chimneys welcomed Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,Ref-Mahopac) for a tour of its facilities on Monday, April 10. Not only is the school, which is currently celebrating its 70th Anniversary, one of Putnam County’s largest employers, but it has also cultivated a reputation as one of the most innovative in the state by educating and caring for young people facing a large variety of needs. By integrating animals and nature into its educational and therapeutic programming, Green Chimneys provides not only unique and beneficial learning experiences for students throughout the 94th Assembly District, but a safe and supportive environment for young people to establish lasting connections with their family, community and environment.

“I’ve had the privilege of visiting Green Chimneys through various community events in years past, but I never truly understood how many beneficial services they provide for Putnam County’s residents and visitors,” said Byrne. “Touring this facility was an absolute pleasure, and I look forward to continuing to serve as a partner and advocate for this worthy organization in the state Assembly.”

On Sunday June 4, Green Chimneys will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of its annual “Birds of Prey” event. The festivities will feature over 100 birds of prey on display with falconers from across New York and Connecticut, as well as free-flying bird demos, live animal presentations and activities for the entire family.


April 12, 2017 |
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