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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel



Throughout the year, there are scores of lovely events going on around the Hudson Valley with many at no cost to attend. Depending on the time of year, these can be outdoor concerts, fairs, craft shows, lectures, workshops or a host of other activities that appeal to guests of all ages. Right now there are two such events coming up that readers might like to know about.

Artisan Faire

Starting on November 30th and running through December 3rd, Muscoot Farm in Katonah will host an Artisan Faire, a unique idea for a holiday shopping experience. It will feature and highlight handicrafts similar to old world creations. Muscoot Farm is an early 20th-century interpretative farm museum on Route 100. The farm is owned and operated by the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. It was opened as an open-air interpretive museum and park in 1974. It now features year-round events open to the public. The Faire will be located in the Main House and includes vendors selling hundreds of handmade items. Shoppers will find baskets, woven towels, pillowcases, ornaments, table runners and mats, baby items, wall hangings, soaps, pottery, wood boards and more.

Hours for the Artisan Faire are Thursday, November 30th 3 to 8 pm, December 1st noon to 5 pm, December 2nd noon to 4 pm and December 3rd noon to 4 pm. For more information visit or call (914) 864-7282.

Art Exhibit

In addition to being a place for reading and borrowing books or films, libraries are perfect places for a variety of activities happening there, including lectures, workshops, exhibits and cultural displays. In December, the John C. Hart Library in Shrub Oak will be hosting an art exhibit and welcomes guests to come see the display. The artwork on display will be paintings by students that joined the Yorktown Parks and Recreation class of Jeanne Demotses, an art teacher. She has taught there for many years as well as in other venues throughout Westchester. Ms. Demotses is also an artist and maintained a studio in Peekskill’s art district for more than 20 years and is now at The Hat Factory there. Jeanne’s own work has been exhibited in galleries and public space and is also in private and public collections both in the U.S. and Europe.

The opening reception is on December 9th from 2 to 4 pm. The paintings will be on display from December 9th through December 31st, 2017. Library address: 1130 East Main Street, Shrub Oak, NY.

November 29, 2017 |

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