This will be a short update, since we are preparing for the Cedar Lane Arts Center grand opening tonight! I do hope to see everyone there for some delicious food from Good Choice Kitchen, extra treats and paper goods courtesy of the Ossining Elks and the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, great music by Mike and Miriam Risko, innovative artwork curated by the Ossining Arts Council, and a sneak peek at our new programming. The children's craft event will begin at 4PM, but be sure to arrive by 5:30PM to check out the facility and grab a bite before the ribbon cutting and celebration at 6PM.
Want to hear more about what will be happening inside the Arts Center? Instructors Keith Gordon and Cathy Carabee-Faiella joined us this week at our Town Hall Meeting and gave a quick overview of the programming that will begin shortly. Check out the pdf Recreation brochure (2.92 MB) to sign up for classes which start in May. We also put together a Powerpoint presentation to show all of the work our Parks crew has done on the building and the site-- pdf you can check that out here as well (9.26 MB) .
Tonight's grand opening is only the start of an exciting weekend in Ossining. Tomorrow, April 22nd, the Ossining Historic Cemetery Conservancy will be hosting their first gravestone cleaning of the season at Dale Cemetery from 9AM to 12 noon. No experience is required, as folks will be on hand to instruct first-timers. Make sure to wear clothes that you don't mind getting wet or muddy, and take part in the preservation of some of our community's historical assets.
Also on Saturday, April 22nd is Ossining's 7th Annual Earth day Celebration down at Louis Engel Park. Ossining's Earth Day, led by Suzie Ross and Green Ossining, is the largest of its kind in Westchester County, and *fingers crossed*, the weather looks clear with highs around 60 degrees. Green Ossining has put together a great program again this year with great music, eco-friendly craft vendors, local vegan and vegetarian food, and a new addition this year, a performance by Arm of the Sea Theater. I hope you'll join me at the waterfront, along with 4000+ of our friends and neighbors, to celebrate Earth Day at this zero-waste event and learn more about this year's theme, food sustainability. Bring your recyclable bags for your purchases-- you can plan to buy your food for the week from Down to Earth Farmers Market vendors as well, as they will be set up at the Earth Day event in the park for their special outdoor opening for the season.
After a full day of fun at the waterfront, why not wrap up the day with an evening of jazz? The Blue Jays will be playing at the Elks Lodge starting at 7:30PM, so come on down to hear some cool tunes after a day in the warm sun.
Sunday, April 23rd, will be a great day for history buffs in Ossining.
The Community Center will host the Housing Ossining Community Celebration between 12PM and 3PM at the Community Center, where families can learn about the community and our housing stock in an interactive way.
Also on Sunday, Teatown will host "Skulls, Scat and Signs," an all-ages program for anyone who wants to better understand the trails and clues left behind by our animal friends. Pre-registration is required- you can register here.
Speaking of Teatown, NEXT Saturday, April 29th, Superintendent Ray Sanchez and I will be leading a hike at Teatown, and we will be heading out at 10AM. I hope you will join Superintendent Sanchez and me to explore our local natural resources and all the exciting activities going on at Teatown, in the Town of Ossining and in our Ossining schools.
Also on the 29th, WCT will be holding a benefit concert at their brand new space on Water Street featuring Ossining chanteuse, KJ Denhert. Come down to check out the new space, take in some exceptional crooning, and support the local arts scene. Sign up on the WCT website here.
(WCT will be holding the ribbon cutting on the new space just days before on April 26th at 10AM.)
Although a bit farther out, please mark your calendar for the Jug Tavern Annual Meeting on Monday, May 1st. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Village Historian Dana White is known for her exceptional presentations, and this is one you will not want to miss.
If you are attending the Cedar Lane Arts Center grand opening tonight and just can't get enough of all things Ossining, consider heading straight to ArtsWestchester in White Plains to see Westchester Collaborative Theater's presentation of Lot's Wife in a new venue! I have seen this production several times, and I think it's great that this Ossining group has been invited by the prestigious ArtsWestchester organization to perform in their space, for one night only!