June 21st-- the longest day of the year! Otherwise known as the Summer Solstice. How will you be celebrating? Good thing we have a lot of options available right here in Town tonight! There are still a few hours left of "Make Music Day" presented by Mike Risko Music -- if the Ukulele Jam at Gourdine Park can't put you in a good mood, literally nothing will. Please notice this last minute addition: OHS grad Justin Ciuzio's band, Nine Seven Pta, will be rocking The Boathouse from 6-7PM.
Also, special shout out to Mike & Miriam Risko-- did you know that, earlier this week, Mike Risko Music was named one of the Top 100 Music Stores... WORLDWIDE? And that it is their 6th time receiving the honor? Way to go, guys!
Another idea-- Westchester Collaborative Theater will be hosting an evening of sketch comedy tonight at 8PM, right down on Water Street.
You could also head over to Nelson Park to see Moana, courtesy of the Ossining PBA and the Ossining Elks. It's a good, wholesome choice for kids of all ages, and the weather seems to be holding up. Just make sure to bring something cushy to sit on-- the ground is probably a little damp.
Looking for something a little more... air conditioned? Head over to the Ossining Public Library for Friday Night Flix with a screening of Jordan Peele's Us. It is sure to be a creepy and chilling night at the library, but you will be thinking about this movie long after it's over. Doors open at 6:45PM, and the movie begins at 7PM -- popcorn and drinks will be served!
Wrap up your night-on-the-town with Austin Kopec, who will be debuting his newest EP at Sing Sing Kill Brewery from 9PM to 11PM. Accompanied by Jacob Levine on drums and Tyler Cottrell on tenor baritone guitar, come to enjoy Austin's music, which is a mix between indie/alt and dark R&B. There is no cover for this event.
We had a great week in the Town. On Thursday, I was invited to speak at the joint Chamber of Commerce breakfast at 105 Ten in Briarcliff. The Greater Ossining Chamber and the Briarcliff Manor Chamber were excellent hosts, and we had about 50 attendees. The breakfast was exceptional (consider doing brunch at 105 Ten this weekend-- the French toast with sauteed bananas was beyond belief.)
I got a chance to speak to the assembled group of local businesses about all of the great things happening in Ossining, which all have a common theme-- planning for a healthy Ossining. And that doesn't just mean physical health-- all of the goals of my administration for the past (almost) four years have also been focused on the environmental, mental and economic health of our community. I spoke about our many strides in this direction, including our work towards a waning reliance on fossil fuels (electric vehicles & charging stations, C-PACE financing for businesses that want to go green, LED streetlights, food composting and leaf blower legislation to name just a few of our initiatives), helping our residents get mentally and physically fit with Mind, Body, Spirit- Ossining and improving our Town parks and physical infrastructure like roads and sewer pump stations, and constantly looking for ways to save money while preserving services. We have a lot to be proud of-- Ossining, Represent! I also brought along some of the awards we have received recently to remind folks that we actually walk the walk.
Thanks again to Gayle Marchica and Johnny Girolamo from the Greater Ossining Chamber, and to Michael Milano from the Briarcliff Chamber, for including me in this special event.
Oh yeah... and our new Parks truck came! This is one of the five trucks that we ordered back in February, and it's the first one to arrive. Our Parks Department has been desperate to get their hands on it-- we have not had good luck with vehicles this past year. It traveled over to the Highway Department on Thursday to get its Town decals and plates, and you will see it on the road shortly! Make sure to wave and tell the guys congratulations-- we are considering a naming contest. Let us know if you have any ideas.
Those guys have been hustling too. They had safety training on Wednesday, and also took advantage of the wet weather to get the floor installed at the Ryder Park Caretaker's Cottage...
...while also managing to fix a broken stormwater pipe in the driveway to Ryder Park on Monday.
They got it working again, as we knew they would! It's a good thing, with all the rain we got this week.
We are excited to announce Ossining Day at Playland this summer! On August 7th, Ossining residents will receive special discounts with proof of ID. These discounts include one free mini golf entry, one 2 for 1 ride admission, one free beach or pool admission, and $1 off one food value meal. You will also get a $5 discount off parking on a return visit to Playland. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for some more fun announcements about Ossining Day! Also, be sure to keep an eye out for Coaster -- or "Coastie" as we lovingly call him in the Supervisor's and Village Manager's office -- the Playland mascot around Ossining, as we prepare for a fun day at Playland later this summer!
There are two great Mind, Body, Spirit -- Ossining events this weekend. Join Sue of Studio95 Zumba Saturday, June 22nd at 4PM for Zumba for all ages at Louis Engel Park. If you're looking to perfect your mindfulness practice, head over to the Cedar Lane Park Pavilion Sunday morning at 9am for Tai Chi Easy with Ben Leavitt. Registration is not required to join in the fun, but register online to qualify for raffles and giveaways from some of our other participating businesses. There are already quite a few people registered for this weekend!
It's time to get ready for summer reading! The Ossining Public Library has a few events coming up this week to help you find some great books to dive into this summer. On Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd, the Friends of the Ossining Public Library will be holding a Summer Reading and Movies sale on the lower level of the library. Come and pick from their collection of books and movies for all ages! On Wednesday, June 26th, the Ossining Public Library is officially kicking off summer reading with a celebration at 3PM. Come to register for one of their summer reading programs, enjoy some delicious snacks, play games, and dance the afternoon away courtesy of a guest DJ! Here in the Supervisor's Office, we are already making our summer reading plans -- who is going to join Maddi in reading the Harry Potter series for the first time?
After you pick out your books at the Summer Reading sale, stick around the library Sunday at 2PM for a multi-media live concert and 100th birthday tribute to Pete Seeger, performed by national award winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih accompanied by Stephen Fricker.
From 12PM to 1PM, head over to Sing Sing Kill Brewery for a West African Dance Class instructed by Gladys Lowe. Come and learn the fundamentals of West African dance accompanied by hand drumming. All you need is comfortable clothes to learn the simple, high energy steps. Tickets are limited, but the $20 also gets you a flight of Sing Sing Kill Brewery's handcrafted farm beer. Purchase your tickets in advance on their Facebook page.
The Campwoods Annual Summer Services continue Sunday, June 23rd at 7PM with Nanette Garcia and her band, Skin Against Metal. Nanette, her husband Maurice Minichino, and their band will showcase their unique brand of percussion performance music. Nanette will then explain the Afro-Cuban Tradition and open up the evening for an interactive drum circle. If you have your own, bring along drums or any other type of shaker, rattle, or instrument. If you don't, you can just clap along to join in the fun. This event is free, but donations are welcome to support historic preservation and maintenance of the Campwoods Ground Auditorium. Please find parking outside of Campwoods! For more information, visit the Campwoods Grounds website.
Next Tuesday, June 25th starts the annual St. Ann's Parish Festival, running every night from 6pm to 10pm at St. Ann's on Eastern Avenue until Sunday, June 30th. The St. Ann's festival is a great way to kick off the summer with games, rides, and food celebrating St. Ann's multicultural parish. Call the rectory at (914) 941-2556 about buying tickets in advance for "bracelet night" -- you can ride all the rides for just $20 for the night on Tuesday and Sunday. Also, tickets for the Big Raffle ($20 each) and the 50/50 raffle ($5 each) are available during the festival, at the rectory, or after all the weekend masses. Buy a ticket to the Big Raffle and you just might win the $10,000 first prize or one of the other five prizes of $1,000. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold and the drawing is next Sunday -- not bad odds!
It is hard to believe that the Fourth of July is less than two weeks away! Mark your calendars for Ossining's annual fireworks display on Wednesday, July 3rd, with music from the Jay Prince Band starting at 7PM. You are going to want to head down to Louis Engel Park a bit early around 5PM-- the Ossining Chamber has lined up a bunch of great food trucks, including our friends at Abeetz (who have recently added both a French Onion and a Clam Chowder pizza to their menu, which are reported to be out of this world delicious.)
Thanks to all of our Food Truck Friday/Summer Concert Series sponsors (see above!) who are making more free music at our waterfront park (with the best sunsets anywhere!) possible. Happy Summer!