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Fun, Arty Studio Cafe is Back November 4th!


Art to be auctioned: Findings by Jason Rohlf



Saturday night, November 4th, Pelham Art Center will be aglow, live music pouring through the tented courtyard, studios and galleries; while the delectable aroma of southern Westchester restaurants’ signature entrees waft through the air. The bars will be hopping as 200-plus guests happily sample the fare and peruse an exciting range of original, affordable art donated by exhibiting artists, as well as must-have auction experiences.

Back by demand, the edgy painting performance group, EYE (, will live-paint a wall-size work of art composed of multiple canvasses, riffing to the smoky sounds of The Jazzy 3. Studio Café guests will be able to bid on the sections as they are being painted. Last year enthused bidders bought every canvas, with clamors for more!

For people in the know, the perennially popular Studio Café fundraiser is casual, fun, and arty. With tickets priced at $85 in advance ($100 at the door), it is a fun, affordable evening of delicious food, art, music, wine and friends. And the benefits go back to the community with Pelham Art Center’s wide variety of free and unique arts experiences and access.

Some quietly spectacular auction items are: a five-day stay In Deer Valley (sleeps 11), a cocktail party and hors d’oeuvres for 20 in the comfort of your own home, a sunset dinner for six on a yacht catered by a world-class chef – and more.

Studio Café this year is chaired by Jennifer Bland, with food overseen by Diane Essig and decorations by the ever-creative Paula McKeever. Proceeds from Studio Café will enrich the entire community with free exhibitions, performances, workshops and events; art scholarships for all ages; after-school art programs in underserved communities; and free folk arts cultural experiences for everyone.

Pelham Art Center would not be able to offer the breadth of its free workshops, performances, and more without the community’s supportive businesses. This year Studio Café’s Gold Sponsor is McClellan Sotheby’s International Realty. Pelham Art Center is grateful for the generosity of the contributing restaurants, businesses, artists and donors who help make the Art Center’s free arts access possible.

Tickets: $85 advance/$100 at the door; Patron tickets: $125: or call 914 738 2525 x111.

Pelham Art Center 155 Fifth Avenue Pelham, NY 10803 914-738-2525
Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10–5pm; Saturday, 10–4pm
Directions: Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop
These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Community Foundation; Strypemonde Foundation; ArtEffects; Town of Pelham; Junior League of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; the Rutsch family; Christopher Tahbaz; Jon and Nancy Warner; Members and Annual Fund Donors.



October 20, 2017 |

Hitchcock Meets Hilarious in Carmel High School’s Production of “The 39 Steps”


The Carmel High School Drama Club presents The 39 Steps on October 27 and October 28 @ 7:30PM with a special matinee on October 29 @ 2:00PM at Carmel High School, Casey Hall 30 Fair Street, Carmel NY. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This thrilling tale is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, vaudeville routines and some good old-fashioned romance!

You will follow our hero, Richard Hannay, played by Aidan Wilk, as he attempts to clear his name for a murder and find out about “The 39 Steps”. Along the way he meets an array of interesting characters. Among them are lovely women who aid him, salesmen who distract him, police who are chasing him, and thugs who are ruffing him up. Professor Jordan played by Benjamin Hitchcock, holds the secret to this mystery. Come find out what transpires during this movie come to life!

Space is limited. Advanced tickets are available online at

Deanna Prekalaj and Andriy Gura, under the guidance of the club’s Drama Advisor, Margaret Carey, direct the this wildly entertaining comedy. The talented cast of 25 Carmel High School students includes Samantha Altman, Alieyah Brown , Franchesca Cabrere, Julie Daza, Allison Devane, Julia Field, Jake Groundwater, Olivia Hamilton, Benjamin Hitchcock, Lauren Hoffmann, Caitlin Krause, Hannah Loughran, Ayden Mallegelo, Lena McKee, William Meyers, Madeline Olsen, Jovani Perez, Elizabeth Pulley, James Purr, Allison Sanel, Beck Spears, Liam Tuffy, Anthony Velez, Aidan Wilk, and Natalie Wright.

“This show is perfect for the very funny and talented students of Carmel High School’s Drama Club,” explains director, Margaret Carey, “They are spoofing the genre, adding a bit of modern elements and totally embracing the shtick.”

THE 39 STEPS premiered in the West End in 2007 where it received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy and upon its transfer to Broadway, garnered two Tony Awards. Audience Advisory: Very light violence and adult content may not be suitable for our youngest patrons. “The 39 Steps” is a play adapted from the film by Alfred Hitchcock by Patrick Barlow & John Buchan. “The 39 Steps” is presented by arrangement with Samuel French, LTD.




(c) Richard Hannay (Aidan Wilk) tries to escape the clutches of the heavies, Jovani Perez (l) and James Purr (r).

October 20, 2017 |

Art Exhibit Gala: Celebrate Our Veterans


Art Exhibit Gala: Celebrate Our Veterans
Art, Photography, Music and Written Works by local Veterans at Studio Around the Corner

The Cultural Arts Coalition in conjunction with Putnam County PFC Dwyer Vet 2 Vet Program proudly announces “Celebrate Our Veterans” a Gala highlighting the artistic talents of our local Veterans. The Gala will be presented during the month of November at the Studio Around the Corner located at 67 Main Street in Brewster, NY.

The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 7 to 9 PM.
On display during the month will be artwork created by Veterans of Putnam County including paintings, photographs and sculpture. During the month there will be readings from poetry and other written works by our Veterans from their Writers workshop as well as from our book Hero’s Highway. Music by local Veterans will also be performed.

Opening Reception Gala
Friday, November 3, 2017 from 7 – 9PM

Additional Gallery Hours: 12 – 2PM
Saturday, November 4: Artwork Display
Saturday, November 11: Music with Gil
Saturday, November 18: Poetry & Readings
Saturday, November 25: Artwork Remains Up For Viewing
Sunday, November 26: Show closing.
Studio Around the Corner at Old Town Hall
67 Main Street, Suite 101
Brewster, NY 10509
(845) 363-8330


For more information about the Vet 2 Vet program visit
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.
About Putnam County PFC Dwyer Vet 2 Vet Program
On June 28, 2008, Private First Class Joseph P. Dwyer, a combat medic and a veteran of the Iraq War died as a result of an inhaled sedative, which he used to self-medicate his diagnosis of PTSD and depression. Although the Veterans Administration and friends and family tried to help treat his PTSD, Dwyer could not be saved from his “inner demons” and he lost the valiant fight.
Lobbying with veterans groups and with acquired input from friends and family of Joseph then-New York State Senator and veteran Lee M. Zeldin (NY R-Third District) help to introduce legislation creating grants and funding for the Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Outreach Program of New York.
The first four counties in New York, were Rensselaer, Jefferson, Suffolk, and Saratoga in 2012. In 2013, seven additional counties were added including Putnam, Westchester, Nassau, Erie, Onondaga, Orange, and Rockland, and four more were added in 2014, then one more was added in 2015 bringing the total to 16 counties in New York as of this date. Today, the Putnam County program is run by Iraq war veteran John Bourges, who started working as a coordinator and peer-to-peer ambassador.
Open to any Putnam County veteran of any era, Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Outreach Program of Putnam County connects veterans who have experienced and overcome post-service social and emotional challenges including PTSD, TBI, substance abuse, and other illnesses. It is our goal with this program to utilize that unique relationship from one vet to another to help foster a relationship and direct the veteran to any services they may need.

Cultural Arts Coalition and Studio Around the Corner
67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509
(845) 363-8330



October 19, 2017 |

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 |
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