There is no question about it-- we are surfing a heat wave this week! But we have a plan-- it's always cooler by the water, and tonight, Out After Curfew will hit the stage at Engel Park for a night of live music as part of our summer concert series. Join us for some classic rock covers and a picnic by the Hudson-- bring your own or visit the Gyro Uno Food Truck for dinner, and get ready for what promises to be an amazing sunset.
While we got started a little early this year, the usual kickoff for the Ossining Waterfront Concert Series is the Independence Day Fireworks Celebration, which is coming up this Tuesday, July 3rd. Our staff in both the Town and Village have been hard at work making preparations for what is sure to be a memorable night-- The Jon Bates Band will start the rock at 7:30PM and at 9:15PM, the fireworks will begin.
If you're anything like us, you will get there nice and early and plan to stay late, and you will be in good company-- food trucks and vendors from Ossining will be there to keep you fed and happy, including our friends Gyro Uno, Good Choice Kitchen, Lonnie's Fish and Chips, The Blue Pig, Eliza's Ice Cream Truck, Hudson Corn & Lemonade, Kona Ice Truck, Frites of NY, and our buds (and newly-named "Best of Westchester" winners) Abeetz Food Truck! Gullotta House will also be on site selling cotton candy, with proceeds going back to families struggling right in our own community, and a volunteer for Maria Fareri Children's Hospital will be selling glow sticks to benefit children with asthma. It's going to be a great night in Ossining celebating our hard-fought freedoms together. I hope you plan to join us!
Pro tip: To make the most out of your fireworks experience here in Ossining, check out the Ossining Police Department's Facebook and Twitter pages-- they will be blasting out hints for first timers and regulars alike.
We got a lot of great news this week in Ossining-- let's just say a lot of people think we're the best :) First off, the Ossining Fire Department was named 2018 Champions at the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention last weekend, a well deserved honor for sure. We look forward to congratulating you tomorrow night at your Inspection Dinner-- I know those trucks will be looking fine.
Ossining also had a long, long list of Best of Westchester winners this year! Congratulations to the Ossining Public Library, who once again has been honored by Westchester Magazine readers with the title of "Best Library" AND "Best Children's Library" for 2018! Also taking home a win? Pets A Go Go, Jimmy Dee Entertainment, Terra Tile, Club Fit, Vaza Salon, Theater O, Westerly Marina, Art Barn, Family Veterinary Care of Ossining, Atria Senior Living, For Kids Only, Hudson Valley Motorcycles, and 3 Westerly Bar & Grill. We all feel so incredibly fortunate to be part of such a thriving community-- onwards to more awards in 2019, eh?
More exciting news to celebrate? Last night, our Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz (who also happens to chair the Scholarship Commitee of the Ossining Lions Club) attended the Lion's Club Scholarship Dinner and celebrated two incredible outgoing Ossining High School seniors. Darwin Arias, who is headed to Columbia University this Fall, was honored by the Lions with the 2018 Ann & Ed Klotz Scholarship Award in recognition of a lot of fine work in our community, including assisting with organizing the March for our Lives Rally, sat on the National Honor Society Senior Citizens Prom Commitee, worked with The Veteran's Project and, in his spare time, volunteers with OVAC. Alexa Rudley, who is en route to SUNY Stony Brook with hopes of becoming a surgeon, was awarded the Service Scholarship Award, which seems like a perfect fit-- aside from Alexa's exemplary academic record, she also volunteers as a teaching assistant and has, for many years, volunteered with the Dysautonomia Foundation Cycling Tour, and she also emceed the March for our Lives Rally. Congratulations to Lexi and Darwin, and best of luck during your next exciting chapter!
Speaking of our schools, Ossining Schools’ Superintendent Ray Sanchez has introduced the Summer Kindness Challenge, encouraging students and families to perform as many acts of kindness as possible over the summer, and to post them to #ossiningkindness. There are great ideas on the school district’s Kindness Webpage, if you need some ideas. Remember: Giving makes you feel good, it makes you stronger and happier when you perform an act of kindness, it has proven psychological benefits including strengthening your immune system, improving cognitive performance, and increasing your energy, and as a result, being kind to others benefits not only the recipient, but also the giver!
(As a reminder-- school is officially out for the summer, but camps are in session. Make sure you drive slowly and keep your eyes peeled!)
(Also as a reminder, the Ossining Cultual Arts Advocates and the PTA did awesome with their shoe drive! Thanks to all who donated to help raise money for teacher grants and student scholarships! We saw lots of shoes coming into the box at 16 Crotonso fingers crossed, OCAA made its goal!)
We have a few cool events going on around Town this weekend-- if you don't join us at Engel Park tonight, consider visiting Westchster Collaborative Theater for their "Play in the Box" reading of Pro Bono by Natalie Bates-- like all "Play in the Box" performances, this is a work in progress-- come share your feedback with the cast and director. Visit wctheater.org to learn more. WCT will be taking a field trip to the Budarz Theater on Saturday, June 30th-- "A Taste of WCT" (a free event) will begin at 2PM, so come check out this collection of four one-act plays.
Also, on Saturday June 30th between 3PM and 5PM, join Robert J. Stava at 6 Degrees of Separation to celebrate the release of his latest novel, “The Lost World of Kharamu,” from Severed Press. Copies of the book will be available at the event. Robert will share a one-hour interactive presentation on the inspirations and research behind the novel, including locations, latest developments in dinosaur paleontology, and where fact becomes fiction in his latest Science Fiction-horror tale set on a remote island in the South China Sea. Q&A will be followed by a book signing. More information available at www.wyvernfalls.com & www.severedpress.com.
On Sunday, July 1st at 7PM, world class musician Erik Lawrence returns to Campwoods for his annual Sound Healing visit. Erik Lawrence has traveled the world with Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Joan Osborne, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne and countless others. Still touring with Little Feat, Henry Butler and Tony Levin he has developed a practice of Sound Guidance, healing and encouragement, both private and in large group settings, using many sound and vibrational modalities. This event, like all installments of the Campwoods Annual Summer Services, is free, but donations will be accepted for historic preservation and maintenance of the auditorium. Visit www.campwoodsgrounds.com for more information.
Another chance to catch some live music coming right up-- singer-songwriter Annie DiRusso will perform on Thursday, July 5th as part of the Ferry Sloops Summer Music Series. This free performance will begin at 7:30PM at Shattemuc Yacht Club-- learn more about Annie and get more information on the Series here.
Finally, the Briarcliff Manor Concert Series, sponsored by the Briarcliff Chamber of Commerce, kicks off at the Law Park Field on Thursday July 12th at 7pm, and continues for the next three Thursdays. Food, wine, beer and music. What could be better on a summer Thursday? Check out the Village of Briarcliff’s website for more info.
Will I see you at the Down to Earth Farmer's Market tomorrow in Market Square? We have a few Farmer's Market junkies here in the Supervisor's Office, and if you are one too, you know why this weekend is so exciting-- it's time for garlic scapes! Mixing up a batch of garlic scape pesto to serve on grilled bread from Bread Alone sounds like an excellent way to spend some time this weekend.
Since it's going to be a hot one this weekend (100+ degrees on Sunday-- there will be an air quality advisory in effect!), we will be extending the hours at the Engel Spray Park-- come down and cool off between 11AM and 7PM all weekend long! Due to the holiday, the Town Board will not be meeting on Tuesday, and Town offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. I hope you enjoy some down time with friends and family this week and give thanks for the extensive freedoms we enjoy due to the great sacrifices of so many.