Another soggy day in Ossining! We have seen more than our fair share of rain over the past few days (we shouldn't complain, the grass really needs it) and are feeling a bit blue. However, that sun is moving in, and tonight's Waterfront Concert is still on! Join us at Louis Engel Waterfront Park for an evening of smooth jazz stylings with Ossining's own Soul Projekt. This local favorite always puts on a great show, and we are looking forward to a great night at the waterfront. Just FYI, blankets may not cut it tonight, the grass is a little slippery, so bring chairs if you got em! I have been craving fries from Gyro Uno all day long, so you will likely find me at the truck for at least part of the evening.
Since we've spoken last, we had two more fantastic nights at Engel Park. Last Friday evening, we were joined by Out After Curfew as part of our Summer Concert Series-- they played to a crowd of about 200, and the weather couldn't have been more perfect.
That is, until Tuesday night, when we celebrated Independence Day at the waterfront. All day long, scattered theunderstorms and torrential rain had us on edge, with threats of more to come right around showtime. However, whatever ugly weather was coming our way blew out to sea and we ended the day with a stunning sunset-- despite what we thought might happen because of the iffy weather, we had a record-breaking crowd for the fireworks. Between the great Jon Bates Band, an incredible assortment of food trucks and tents, so many friends, old and new, and a solar powered merry-go-round, there was truly something for everyone leading up to and following the great light show in the sky.What a fantastic night! My heartfelt thanks go out to Town and Village Parks crews, the Ossining Police Department, the Ossining Fire Department, the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps Superintendent of Parks & Rec Bill Garrison and my wonderful office staff, Maddi and Victoria to be exact, for all the hard work and planning, and clean up that went into this (no easy task, I will tell you!) We are already planning a meeting to discuss how we can do even better in 2019!
I want to offer a very heartfelt thanks to all who worked so hard behind the scenes to deliver this incredible event to the community, this year and every year. This is no small feat, and it requires a whole lot of coordination from a lot of our staff. Thanks to the Ossining Police Department, the Ossining Fire Department, the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Ossining Recreation Deparment, and our Town and Village Parks crews for getting the parks ready for visitors and cleaned up afterwards (no easy task, I will tell you!) We are already planning a meeting to discuss how we can do even better in 2019!
There was quite a bit of prep work that you may not even have noticed-- the Parks crew did some patch work to smooth out the parking lot area by the boat ramp...
Since that's where the food trucks were going to set up, we knew there would be an awful lot of foot traffic, and we made sure all the cracks were filled up to keep everyone safe (especially once it got dark!)
Another big job for the week was replacing the light fixtures in all of the restrooms on both sides of the Comfort Station. As you can see, they've been there for a while.
The new fixtures are "low draw," which means they use less power and can be used 24/7, but we still have them on a timer (as you probably know, our parks are only open from dawn to dusk, and that includes the restrooms!) The plan is to replace all of our restroom light fixtures in our Town Parks with these low draw fixtures by year's end.
After the holiday on Wednesday,we got right back to work. The Town is working with CGI Communications on a series of videos (free to us!) and I was visited by their videographer today to tape our first promo.
Look forward to a collection of videos about how great it is to live, play, work, eat and shop in Ossining this fall.
Take advantage of a low-key weekend around Ossining-- I'm very much looking forward to some downtime and cooler temperatures, it's been a week for the books!
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.
Are you considering adding an electric car to your family's fleet? Check out the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace on Friday, July 13th-- you can catch this awesome all-electric vehicle on Main Street between 1:30PM and 3PM. This model has a 240 mile range, and don't forget-- you can charge it at Engel, Cedar Lane or Ryder Park (and the first 3 hours are free!)
Next Sunday morning I invite anyone interested in a wonderful morning on the Hudson to join me for Women’s Kayak Day at Shattemuc Yacht Club. Bring or borrow a kayak (they may have a few extra to loan if you let them know early), have a bagel and paddle the morning away while making new friends! I will share more info with you in next week’s update or check out the Shattemuc Yacht Club website.
An event a little farther out? A Summer Evening Cruise on the Evening Star sounds good to me! This 3 hour sightseeing cruise (begins at 6PM, ends at 9PM on Saturday, July 28th) departs from Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill and will take you on a tour up the Hudson River-- learn about the history of our region over a potluck summer. Learn more and get your tickets at www.ferrysloops.org.
I hope everyone enjoys the weekend coming up-- I hope to see you out and about in Ossining! The weather is expected to be a litlte milder this weekend, so it should be a great time to catch up on some outdoor chores and maybe spend some time in the garden while the air is a bit cooler.