First thing's first-- what are you doing behind your computer? Don't you know it's National Doughnut Day? Our very own First Village Coffee on Main Street is hosting a pop-up with Peaceful Provisions, the makers of some of the finest donuts you ever will taste, from 5PM to 8PM tonight (they happen to be vegan, but if I hadn't mentioned it, you wouldn't have guessed.) Go get one and then come back to the update. I'll wait.
We had a great week in Ossining. Since we last spoke, two new businesses have opened their doors in our downtown to great acclaim. On Friday evening, the long-awaited Sing Sing Kill Brewery hosted a ribbon cutting at their home on Spring Street, the weather was perfect and the crowd was eager!
After the ribbon cutting, we all gathered inside to get a taste of what they've been cooking up-- aside from a beautiful, clean, industrial-chic atmosphere, the beer is delicious and the brewery offers a great selection. You can even grab a "crowler" (a giant can) of your favorite to bring home with you!
Just up the block on Main Street, a new toy store opened. Penny and Ting has lovely toys and gifts for children-- make sure to stop in and welcome them to town!
Over the weekend, I was honored to attend several touching Memorial Day events in Ossining. On Monday, I gathered with several hundred marchers along Croton Avenue for Ossining's annual Memorial Day Parade. Thank goodness the weather held out-- we have not been quite so lucky in years past.
Your local elected officials were joined by dozens of groups marching with their banners, including Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, the Ossining Fire Department, students from the Ossining High School Band, and many other service and fraternal organizations from around Ossining-- we were well represented and everyone was looking mighty fine in their uniforms, as were the many hundreds of onlookers cheering from the sidelines.
The parade route came down Croton Avenue and ended at Nelson Park. Once everyone caught up, our very own Michael G. O'Connor, with the help of the Central Committee of Organized War Veterans, led a moving ceremony and read the names of all Ossining veterans who have passed away since the Revolutionary War while the assembled crowd paid their respects.
It is incredibly exciting to have so much participation by Ossining's younger generations on this important weekend. As is tradition, our Boy Scout troops helped to decorate Veteran graves on Sunday in all of our cemeteries, and in a recent tradition, our Girl Scout craft beautiful wreaths to help all of our community organizationsdisplay our honor for those who are no longer with us. Thanks to Ossining Girl Scout Troops 2353, 2600, 2226, 2233, 2205, 1215, 2237 and 2341 for their hard work to honor our bravest, and special thanks to Michael G. O'Connor for his efforts to organize such a touching ceremony and inviting us all to participate.
Later that morning, we met up with the Mayor and Trustees from the Village of Briarcliff to parade down Pleasantville Road, around the local streets and into Law Park, where we participated in another touching ceremony, during which we heard from two Briarcliff High School student leaders about the importance of recognizing those who serve our country.
It was a wonderful day in our town, and I feel honored to be part of a community that pays such careful and dignified respect to our shared history. Looking very much forward to seeing everyone next year.
This morning, I was joined by Mayor Victoria Gearity to raise gun violence awareness around the nation as part of #WearOrange weekend.
People across the country are wearing orange to honor victims of gun violence and those who have lost them, and to demand a future free from gun violence. Actions we can all take are:
- Wear Orange to raise awareness today (June 1st) and tomorrow (June 2nd)
- Attend a rally tonight at 7:30PM at Yonkers City Hall (40 South Broadway)
- Add your photo with the hashtag #wearorange on social media and speak out about why you are committed to end gun violence
Going into the weekend, we have some great events coming up, but there is a bit of exciting news to share also. USA Network's show "The Sinner", starring Jessica Biel, has been filming in Edith Macy Park in Briarcliff this past week, and has been utilizing Ryder Park for some of their overflow crew parking. We appreciate the film industry's contribution to our local economy as well as to the Town's bottom line, so we were thrilled to learn that they planned to stay an extra few days. Please be advised that parking at Ryder Park (specifically at the Pavilion) will be limited through early Saturday morning. When the new season premieres, see if you can spot any local landmarks!
Speaking of Briarcliff, here is some news from Village Manager Phil Zegarelli's e-blast-- you may want to take note that the work at 9A and North State Road may affect your commute next week:
Tonight, there are some exciting events going on right here in Town! Once you've had your fill of doughnuts at First Village, wander up the hill (cardio) to Good Choice Kitchen and meet Ossining's newest published author (Sharon Rowe will be signing copies, but this is a free event), or drive to the Ossining Elks Club on Croton Avenue for a night of beer and comedy. It's all happening in Ossining, so keep it local tonight!
Lots to do this Saturday, June 2nd. Start the day off with an electric car show at Teatown! Between 10AM and 1PM, electric car owners and experts will be on site to share their experience and answer your questions during a panel discussion and a Q&A session, followed by a car show of several popular models on the market right now. Come for a no-pressure learning experience and find out if an electric car is a good fit for your family or business fleet. Learn more here.
On Saturday evening (6/2), Westchester Collaborative Theater will host Les Hommes de Cave, a five-piece jazz band featuring the vocal stylings of Ossining resident and professional chanteuse Ann Gulian-- come on down to Water Street for an evening of mainstream jazz infused with Haitian and Brazilian influences.
Performance Artist Tim Youd with the Cristin Tierney Gallery has been recognized for his innovative art. On Sunday (6/3), he will be in Ossining to start his retyping of John Cheever’s Falconer from inside the old Guard Tower at the south end of Louis Engel Park. For a unique cultural experience, stop by in the daytime opver the next few weeks (he expects to be done around 6/15) to watch him at work on his typewriter. Check out more about his work in this NYTimes article from this April.
This coming Thursday, Ossining resident Mark Fineberg and friends will be performing at the Paramount Theater in Peekskill-- come rock out to some of Billy Joel's greatest hits as played by Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, as well as members of Billy Joel's touring band.
Be sure to mark your calendar for the Ossining Jazz Festival, a tribute to women in jazz and blues, taking place on Friday June 8th through Sunday June 10th. On Friday night, check out Anne Carpenter and Camille Gainer Jones starting at 7:30PM at the Elks Lodge-- Saturday night will also take place at the Elks Lodge, featuring Kristen Mather de Andrade at 7:30PM and KJ Denhert at 9PM, and on Sunday, Bethany Arts Community will host the Ossining School Jazz Ensemble beginning at 12:30PM. Purchase your tickets here.
Finally, the OCAA (Ossining Cultural Arts Advocates, a volunteer group working with the Ossining Union Free School District) wants you to clean your closet and donate to our schools. The OCAA and PTA are collecting shoes to raise money for teacher grants and student scholarships, and the goal is to collect 2500 pairs of new, used and gently-worn shoes by the last day of school. There is a collection box in each OUFSD school, and also one at Theater O on State Street. They aren't too picky when it comes to style-- bring your shoes from last season, those outgrown by your kids, galoshes, cleats, crocks, clogs, platform shoes, even swim flippers!
Come check out the offerings at Cedar Lane Arts Center this summer, including classes the whole family can enjoy. Learn about adult classes below, or visit the Ossining Recreation website to learn about children and teen classes like Portraiture for Young Artists (entering 3rd-5th grades), Art in the Park (3rd- 7th), 3D Creations- Clay and More ((5th - 9th), Intensive Origami (3rd- 7th), and so much more.
Lastly, don't forget that Father's Day is right around the corner. Ron Jankowski was a Captain and Lifetime Member of the Scarborough Engine Company (Engine 92) where he mentored countless firefighters in training before passing away tragically at the age of 53. In his honor, the 8th Annual Ron Jankowski Father's Day 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, June 16th starting at 8AM at Law Park. Sign your team up here-- all proceeds go to benefit the Ron Jankowski Memorial Fund, which provides annual scholarships to local students in Briarcliff, Ossining and Mahopac who exemplify Ron's commitment to service.