And another week comes to an end. You know what that means-- live music at the Waterfront! Tonight, The Mike Risko Band will be taking the stage at Louis Engel Park at 7PM-- will we see you there? Gyro Uno Food Truck will also be there whipping up some delicious dinners, so pay them a visit or bring a picnic and watch one of Ossining's legendary sunsets with your friends and neighbors. We will have another extra special guest this week for the kiddos-- the Home Spun Merry-Go-Round is back in action this week, so come take a (slow) spin!

 

 

 We managed to luck out this week with the weather and finally (finally, FINALLY!) are finished up at Gerlach Park.

 

Our paving contractor came to finish up on Monday, and the rest of this week was devoted to raking out the ground around the paved areas and covering them with grass seed, hay and then topsoil.

 

With the tender loving care of our Parks crew, the grass will grow in shortly and this beautiful park will finally be back to normal. Well, not back to normal-- even better than before!

 

We are so excited to have this pavilion back online-- it will be ready to rent for the last few weeks of the season, but we look forward to a full summer of rentals in 2019! There are a few aesthetic fixes that need to happen between now and then (painting the bathrooms and the pavilion floor, and planting wildflowers), and we are still waiting for some parts for our swing set, but as far as construction work, this pavilion space is DONE, at long last!

Thanks to Town Parks staff Mario, Marco, and Mark for their tireless work out there in this blazing heat. If you see them around Town (they're the ones in the green trucks), please thank them for a job well done. We have learned they are quite partial to ice pops from The Blue Pig. No pressure.

 

 

There is a lot to do in and around Ossining this weekend, what are your plans?

 

 

Of course I plan to hit the Farmers Market. It’s just about peak season right not, and between the peaches and blueberries, the eggplant and summer squash, the hot peppers and the greens, you really can’t go wrong. Tomorrow is the last day of National Farmer's Market Week, and Down to Earth Markets shared this cool graphic about how shopping at farmers helps our local economy along with our health-- check it out!

 

For the tennis players among us, the Croton Harmon Community Tennis Association will be hosting the Croton Summer Classic tonight (Friday, August 10th) and tomorrow (Saturday, August 11th). Come to this fundraiser ready to compete—NTRP levels of 3.0- 4.5, men and women are welcome. Visit www.crotontennis.org/crotonclassic for more information.

 

 

Also, on Saturday, August 11th at 3:30PM, come down to the Engel Park Stage at the waterfront for an invigorating Zumba class as part of Mind, Body, Spirit – Ossining.  Get ready to dance like crazy for about an hour, and sweat that much more. And, you guessed it, it’s free.  If it rains, this will not happen, but try again same time next Saturday, same space.

 

 

Looking for something a little less athletic? From 11AM-1PM, Teatown will be celebrating Open Gate Day at Wildflower Island. Have you ever been?-- I can say it is absolutely worth going, if you haven’t seen it yet. Check out this awesome new perspective of Teatown for this free event geared towards families with children aged 10 and up. Lassie and Fido will have to sit this one out though-- no pups allowed. Visit Teatown's website for more information.

 

 

Also on Saturday, August 11th, as part of their 125th Anniversary Celebration, the Ossining Public Library will be burying a Time Capsule to share the best of today's library with the next generation.  Come be a part of OPL history! The event begins at 12:30PM, all welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be served on the back patio on library grounds.  

 

 

On Sunday, August 12th, join Dr. Alan Stahl at The Jug Tavern for a walking tour of the historic Sparta neighborhood. After a viewing of the video "The Battle For Sparta," Dr. Stahl will lead the group around Ossining's most storied blocks, sharing the history of the beautiful homes and what historically significant events happened right in our backyard!  The event begins at 1PM and will wrap up around 3PM. This tour is free, but space is limited-- email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to hold your spot. Not going to make it to this one? Never fear-- there are two more dates scheduled for 2018-- September 9th and October 7th (both Sundays). 

 

 

Can't get enough local history? Well, you're in luck! The very next day (Monday, August 13th), The Jug Tavern will host "From Garden to Table," featuring Westchester resident Peter G. Rose, as part of their "Sparta Speaks" Series.

 

 

Are you still looking for something for your littlest ones to do before school starts? Bethany Arts Community on Somerstown Road is offering their first ever Scribbler Summer Camp sessions starting Monday, August 13th for day campers entering K through 4th grade. Week 1 (8/13- 8/17) is "Super Size Me" and encourages campers to make large-scale art, like giant self portraits and sculptures. Week 2 (8/20- 8/24) will feature mazes and puzzles as part of "From Start to Finish," and Week 3 (8/27- 8/31) will help campers go "Back to School in Style" by making their own school supplies! Learn more about all three sessions here.

 

 

We will be hustling on the 3rd floor of 16 Croton next week working on our school tax bills, so it's great to know that next Friday is going to be a day to shake it off. On the evening of Friday, August 17th, we will be having a double header down at Engel Park that you won’t want to miss. At 5:30PM, join Tasia Sabatino of Rebel Yoga Studio for a beachfront yoga class before DJ Catch1 hits the Engel Park stage at 7PM for a dance party. Get a taste of Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining and the Summer Concert Series all in one, and it’s all free!

 

 

On Saturday, August 18, 2018 the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy’s next Gravestone Cleaning and Restoration Workshop is from 9am to Noon at Historic Dale Cemetery, 104 Havell Street. It’s free, fun and educational for all ages. No experience necessary, material and training provided, and students can get community service credit. Just follow the yellow signs.

 

Also, Lobsterfest was rescheduled and is coming up fast—mark your calendars for Saturday, September 8th for this special community event, hosted by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce. Tickets for the 4th Annual Ossining Lobsterfest are available at www.ossiningchamber.org.

 

It's shaping up to be a wet weekend-- make sure you check to make sure activities are on as scheduled before heading out! If it is indeed a washout, pay a visit to the Ossining Public Library and grab a book to escape to somewhere new for a while. Have you seen the Library's new website? They recently commissioned a redesign and it's looking fresh. Finding your new favorites has never been easier! If you're looking for an adventure story, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah will take you to rural Alaska without leaving your couch-- it comes highly recommended by our resident book junkie Maddi, so give it a try!

 

--Dana

 

 

Town Board Contacts

Town Supervisor: Dana Levenberg - phone (914) 762-6001 - fax (914) 762-0833

Council Members: Karen D'Attore, Elizabeth Feldman, Jackie Shaw, Northern Wilcher Jr.