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Westchester Community College Presents Chicago’s Tidings of Tap on December 3


A performance of Chicago Tap Theatre’s Tidings of Tap! is scheduled for Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 pm in the Academic Arts Theatre on the Valhalla campus at Westchester Community College.

In this holiday spectacular, tap-dance-glam will rock you! This celebration of joy and love as the American dance form of tap breaks the creative ceiling with innovation and high-octane energy. A memorable family event!

Tickets are $24 (general admission), $22 (for seniors), and $18 (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 |

Hudson Valley Young Professionals Toy Drive to Bring Cheer






For the eighth year, the Hudson Valley Young Professionals, a committee of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, will host a holiday toy drive, sponsored by Foam and Wash Car Wash and Guardian Self-Storage, with donations this year benefiting children receiving services from The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

“Giving back to the community and assisting local nonprofits is central to the mission of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals,” said committee co-chair, Geoff Brault from MidHudson Regional Hospital.

Through December 14, bring new, unwrapped gifts to any of five participating Foam and Wash locations in Fishkill, Poughkeepsie, and Wappingers Falls to receive a free car wash. Other locations to drop off toys include the Chamber’s office in Poughkeepsie or at the upcoming Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, November 15 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.

“We are grateful for the support we receive from the community year after year. These generous contributions … will help brighten the spirits of those in need this holiday season,” said co-chair Julia Pagones from Dutchess County Government.

Last year, more than 10 large moving and storage boxes were filled to overflowing with toys, games, and gifts to bring cheer and the committee is hopeful to duplicate that this year.

“It is an honor to serve as a conduit of the generosity of the Hudson Valley, and to work alongside such great partners … I hope this year’s toy drive is our most successful yet,” Brault said.

Toy Collection Locations:
· Foam & Wash Laundromat, 1520 Route 9, Wappingers Falls
· Foam & Wash Mobile Mart/Oil-Change Plus, 1942 Route 9, Poughkeepsie
· Foam & Wash Oil Change Plus, 778 Route 9, Fishkill
· Foam & Wash Car Wash, 20 Merritt Blvd., Fishkill
· Foam & Wash Car Wash, 15 North Grand Avenue, Poughkeepsie
· Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400, Poughkeepsie

About the HVYPs: The Hudson Valley Young Professionals provides opportunities to learn, lead, grow personally and professionally, network effectively and give back to the community. Through educational forums, training sessions, social networking events, and community involvement, the group gives members the tools to develop business skills in a professional environment. The Chamber believes that the more informed, involved and networked young professionals are, the more likely they will stay in the region, and the more influence they can have on what the region becomes. For more information, visit

About DCRCOC: Founded in 1907, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to the growth and development of local businesses and the economy. For more information about Chamber happenings, the complete events calendar, or to find out how we might best serve as an advocate for you and your business, please visit





November 13, 2017 |

Local Students in Rehearsal for Holiday Tradition


Visions of dancing sugar plum fairies are already the focus of over 175 local performers who were selected for the Seven Star School of Performing Arts’ holiday tradition of The Nutcracker coming to Brewster, NY on December 15 through December 17 at Brewster High School’s Performing Arts Center.

Anita Intrieri, the Director of Ballet, cast over 150 young dancers who range in age from 4 to 20 to perform in the four performances of The Nutcracker.To maximize the number of children who will have the incredible experience of participating in the production, several roles are double-cast, with some students dancing in more than one show.

The Nutcracker Ballet, by Tchaikovsky, is one of the most famous ballets in the world. Performing as well as watching The Nutcracker is an important Christmas holiday tradition,” explains Ms. Intrieri. “More than any other ballet, The Nutcracker is about children and the magic of childhood. In America, The Nutcracker is generally a child’s first real professional experience. Performances are typically filled with audience members of all ages anxiously awaiting the memorable dances, beautiful music, and glorious scenes they have cherished year after year. Performing this ballet is an event to be remembered as well as an honor for all involved.”

This version of The Nutcracker is choreographed and staged by Anita Intrieri, Pat Sorrell, Melissa Wittek, Jaclyn Yarusso, Nicole Aravena, Erin Burton, Jackie Medera and William Coates

Tickets are available at Seven Star School of Performing Arts 509 Route 312 in Brewster. Performances are Friday, December 15th at 6:30 PM; Saturday, December 16th at 3 PM & 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 17th at 3 PM. Pre-sale tickets are $15 and $20 at the door.

Seven Star School offers special discounts for Senior Citizens and Girl Scouts. People over 65 can purchase their own ticket for only $10 and a coupon for one free concession item. Girl Scouts can purchase a ticket package for $10 to receive a ticket to The Nutcracker, a Fun Patch 
and a Goody Bag. Girls can come independently with a guardian or with their troop. 
Tickets for both Senior Citizens and Girl Scouts must be purchased in advance by December 6th.

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 13, 2017 |

Visit Washington’s Headquarters During Thanksgiving Weekend and Create Your Own Bookplate

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After all the festive dining, football games and parade floats, Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, invites you to get out of the house and explore General Washington’s Headquarters on Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, November 25th, 11 AM until 3 PM.

Tour the historic Hasbrouck House where General and Mrs. Washington, several aides, guards, servants and slaves were housed during the last 16 ½ months of the Revolutionary War. While there, visit our Museum that houses over 1,300 artifacts.

Stop by our Community Gallery and design your own take-home craft, a personalized bookplate for your favorite book as a reminder of your visit to the first publicly owned historic site in the nation. We’ll even provide sample designs for additional inspiration!

Admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and students and children 12 and under are free. The craft is free with museum admission.

For further information call 845-562-1195.

November 1, 2017 |

Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands Holds Annual Meeting and Film Screening








The Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands will be holding their Annual Meeting at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, Newburgh, on Sunday, November 5th, at 2:00 PM. The public are invited to this free event.

Following the brief meeting, there will be a screening of Newburgh local Joe Santacroce’s film “The Mansion on the Hill.” The film tells the story of the Hasbrouck House, known as Washington’s Headquarters and the place it has held in history throughout the years.

The Hasbroucks, a prominent family in early Newburgh, are featured in the narrative. It was Mrs. Hasbrouck’s farmhouse that General Washington chose for his headquarters during the last remaining months of the Revolutionary War. This distinction led to it becoming the first publicly owned historic site in the country. Hear what happened in that house when you come to the meeting and stay for the film.

For more information, call 845-562-1195.

The Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands supports the efforts of Washington’s Headquarters, New Windsor Cantonment, and Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Sites. Members enjoy free admission, emailed announcements of upcoming events, and invitations to “members only” events.


October 26, 2017 |

Pelham Art Center Craft Marketplace, November 17 – December 30, 2017



Pelham Art Center
Craft Marketplace: Exhibition and Sale of the Handmade
November 17 – December 30, 2017

Free opening reception and all-ages craft workshop: Friday, November 17, 6:30-8:00PM
10% Member Discount Sale: December 4 – December 9, 2017

Pelham Art Center’s annual artisan and craft exhibition is back, with some exciting and fresh changes, including highly affordable and unique gifts, perfect for the holidays. Craft Marketplace: Exhibition and Sale of the Handmade will highlight a dynamic collection of quality, affordable handmade items for sale, from Friday, November 17 through Saturday, December 30, 2017. Many skilled craft disciplines will be represented; ceramics, silver works and other types of unique jewelry; glass, leather, and more. Craft Marketplace will feature over 15 local and national artists who represent a range of traditional and modified artisan techniques, creating one-of-a-kind items. Supporting both the local economy and artists alike, Craft Marketplace is a creative alternative to commercial holiday shopping. A quirky illustration print, a pair of finely crafted metal earrings, or an artist’s 2018 calendar could be a unique and perfect gift. The opening reception will include a free all-ages hands-on craft workshop on wire jewelry. The Pelham Art Center members will receive a 10% discount on all Craft Marketplace gallery sales during a special Members’ Holiday Sale, December 4-9. Craft Marketplace is curated by Anki King, PAC’s Gallery and Public Programs Manager.

Victoria Beerman (NY), silk scarves; Batsu/Maru (CA), jewelry; Noriko Desjardins (NY), candles; Hotspot Glass (CT), glass works; Mateo Mattia (NY), leather; Mayuko Fujino (NY), paper works; Mary Louise Gladstone (FL), jewelry; Elizabeth Grubaugh (NY), prints; Filomena Iolascon (NY), LP bowls; Andrew Knox (NY), lighting; Maria Liebana (NY), ceramics; Rebecca Lockhart (MA) jewelry; Avera Morrison (MA), watercolor; Susan Nathenson (NY), ceramics; Donna Ross (NJ), ceramics; Kerri Ann Ruhle (NY), photography; Susan Saas (NY), mixed media: Marysa Sacerdote (NY), jewelry.

About Pelham Art Center
Pelham Art Center’s mission is to provide the public with a place, the resources and the opportunity to see, study, and experience the arts in a community setting. Currently serving more than 16,000 adults and children in Westchester County and parts of the Bronx by offering high-quality free and affordable art programs year round, Pelham Art Center is committed to the belief that the public’s access to and participation in the arts strengthens communities and fosters lifelong engagement in the arts.

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.


Pelham Art Center:  155 Fifth Ave., Pelham NY 10803 — 914-738-2525 —

(Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway Exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop)



Rose Quartz Vining Ring by Marysa Sacerdote













October 26, 2017 |
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