OK, we're not going to pull any punches. We have had some rotten weather in the past 24 hours. The bad news is that you're going to need a chair (or, a few layers of blanket) to sit on tonight. But the GOOD news is, Novablue will have you up on your feet most of the evening! Our band tonight is bringing a fusion of Latin, funk, Brazilian and jazz to the Engel Park stage. Wear your dancing shoes (or go barefoot, no judgement) and dance the night away with us at the Waterfront.
We also have our second-to-last Food Truck Friday, brought to you by our friends at the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce. Lots of good trucks tonight-- we will have Sing Sing Kill Brewery & Croton Tapsmith to quench your thirst, along with Aji Limo/Peruvian Cuisine, Sloppie Joe's, Westchester Burger Company, Brothers Fish & Chips, LobsterCraft (summer is almost done-- chomp those claws while you still can!) and newcomer Baked By Susan (a personal fave of mine from Croton, she has awesome empanadas frequently with lots of veggie options!). Come chow down starting at 5PM. The music starts at 7PM, which gives you plenty of time to absorb those magical energy-giving calories before you burn them off on the dance floor (slash dance lawn) with us.
Earlier today, Village Manager Karen D’Attore, Victoria from my office, and I participated in a kick-off call with the Climate-adaptive Design Studio team at Cornell University as they prepare their fall semester session featuring Ossining as the host community. As you may recall, we learned a few weeks back that Cornell and the New York State DEC’s Hudson River Estuary program selected Ossining through a competitive application process open to all Hudson River waterfront communities to host this innovative learning experience for landscape architecture graduate students at Cornell. The Climate-adaptive Design (CaD) Studio is a semester-long course created by Cornell Department of Landscape Architecture Associate Professor Joshua F. Cerra that links students with Hudson riverfront communities to explore design alternatives for more climate resilient and connected waterfront areas. The CaD studio assists municipalities in evaluating their waterfront and developing a vision for integration of diverse uses in ways that are visually appealing, highly functional, and resilient to flooding and other climate-related risks. The semester kicks off in just a few weeks, and we have been hard at work figuring out logistics and sharing more information about our community to assist the students as they start background research and visioning for our waterfront. Stay tuned for details on public engagement sessions this fall and updates in the coming weeks – we are so excited to get started!
Last weekend was Clear the Shelters Day and over 50 animals at the SPCA of Westchester on North State Road found their forever homes! Check out the lines from last Saturday, even before opening. Huge shout out to the amazing team at the SPCA for all they do, and coordinating all of these adoptions last weekend. Also, did you know that all of the proceeds from this year's Forest O' Fears Haunt at Cedar Lane Park will go towards the SPCA? Please consider being a sponsor, mark your calendars for ticket sales to start September 2nd, or consider donating directly to the SPCA to support their great work.
Since the summer is wrapping up, things are a little quiet in Ossining this weekend. If you do plan to hop out of town this weekend (or next), please be aware that a special schedule will be in effect for Metro North for August 24th-25th to accommodate some track work near Garrison. Check out the revised schedule here.
Our Mind Body Spirit Ossining programs are winding fown for the season-- check out these awesome photos, courtesy of Elisha Simpson of Crossover Yoga, from her class at Engel Park last Saturday!
Wanna participate on that very stage? You have a chance this weekend-- Sue of Studio95 Zumba will be offering a free class tomorrow (Saturday) at 4PM-- come for an awesome, fun workout with an unbeatable backdrop.
On Monday, September 2nd, wind down after a great weekend with Shannon Reilly, who will be back with her free "Yoga in the Park" in Briarcliff Manor's Law Park. After all the Labor Day festivities, I bet a nice outdoor workout will be a welcome way to clear your head before it's back to reality for most of us!
Also, we learned this week that fecal coliform levels were very high in the Croton River in the vicinity of the Unique Area and have exceeded the levels safe for swimming. We have alerted the NYS DEC who is responsible for policing the area and requested that signs be posted in the area informing visitors that swimming is not safe at this time. We are hoping that the DEC will test the water continuously so we can keep up to date on the situation. We have also requested heightened police patrols in the area to make sure it is safe for all.