Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone! We have so much to be thankful for in our community, and I am thankful to be part of the Town of Ossining team. Before we all disperse to spend time with family and friends, take a minute to check out some special events going on in Ossining to kick off the holiday season!
Ready to enter shopping mode? This weekend, make sure to stop by the 4th Annual Ossining Public Library Holiday Market, part of the Northeast Etsy Artists Collective. All kinds of handmade gifts, like ceramics, jewelry, stationary and more will be proudly displayed for sale—buying from local artisans helps folks right in our community, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Ossining Public Library, it’s a win-win-win. Check it out on Friday between 11AM and 5PM and Saturday between 10AM and 4PM.
The Library is just one place to shop local this weekend. Small Business Saturday is November 30th this year, so make sure to get out there and buy your holiday gifts right here in town. Melita’s Home Furnishings on Main Street in the Village of Ossining is also hosting her 5th Annual Shop Small Saturday with an Artisan Market of local shops and handmade vendors. Between Melita’s, and Penny & Ting in downtown Ossining, Mike Risko Music Store and Ossining Wine & Liquor in Upper Ossining, plus the restaurants on North State Road and the shops on Pleasantville Road in Briarcliff—there are tons of great options right here in our neighborhood!
Westchester County is getting in on the fun too-- Season Passes at Playland will be sold for $55 (instead of the usual $95) between Friday, November 29th and Monday, December 2nd. Get yours here!
Then, make sure to be local on the evening of December 6th, the Village of Ossining will be lighting the Market Square tree at 6:30PM, followed by the appearance of the Santa and his team. The Mike Risko Band and the Gimme the Mic kids from OHS will be there to play some holiday tunes, and free hot chocolate and cookies for all. What more could you ask for on a Friday night?
On Saturday, December 7th, visit the Ossining Historical Society Museum again for “Military History Genealogy”, a presentation by Joyce Sharrock Cole. Starting at 1PM, learn how to develop and execute a research plan for obtaining the military records of family members, as well as how to navigate obstacles on your journey.
Also, plan to stop by Campwoods for their Holiday Craft Fair. This is one of my go-to events every holiday season, and I will see you there for sure!
That same weekend, starting on Sunday December 8th, the shop windows along Croton Avenue will be getting a seasonal makeover—the Ossining Girl Scouts will be making things festive with some cheerful winter scenes.
Sadly, at this time, the Ossining Lights Trolley Tour is all but sold out, but you can give your own version a try! Make sure to stop by Jenkins Court for a light display that will blow your mind—you can even set your car radio to a certain station and see the lights dance along with you! Opening night is this Saturday, November 30th at 5PM-- just drive right up Havell Street, you can’t miss it.
Speaking of getting thankful, there are quite a few furry friends at the SPCA who would love nothing more than to share some turkey with you tomorrow! SPCA 914 shared their "Pets of the Week" with us, and check out these two companions who are worthy of your consideration! Chloe is a 2-3 year old domestic shorthair who came to the SPCA with a serious tail injury, which unfortunately required amputation. But as Chloe says, no tail, no problem! She doesn't like being picked up (surely you understand) but she LOVES being pet!
More of a pup person? Stop by and see Patrick, a 2 year old Collie/Retriever mix who is looking to join a family that likes to have fun! He's a little shy at first, but has made many people and animal pals at the SPCA and is ready to make friends with a family with a dog!
The SPCA is on North State Road-- check out their website for information on hours and adoption fees.
Finally, please remember that the holidays are not always so happy for everyone. If you or someone you know does not have someplace to celebrate tomorrow, Little Drunken Chef in White Plains will continue their annual tradition of serving a complimentary buffet on Thanksgiving Day between 11AM and 2PM to anyone and everyone looking for a warm meal and companionship. Owner Bonnie Saran recalls the days when she first moved to the US and spent the holidays alone, and wants to make sure no one has to feel that way on Thanksgiving. If you plan to stay a bit closer to come, the Ossining Presbyterian Church will host a traditional (also complimentary) meal for the 34th year in a row-- come for roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and pie, and enjoy a cheerful meal with your neighbors. Want to help out, or not able to make it to the church for a meal? Call 941-0540 and leave a message. Thanks to the volunteers from Scarborough Presbyterian, Briarcliff Congregtional, and Ossining Presbyterian for making such an important and generous gesture for Ossining families.
One last reminder—Town and Village offices will be closed tomorrow (11/28) and Friday (11/29) and the Town Board will not be meeting formally next week, although we WILL meet at 16 Croton at 8AM on Monday (December 2nd) for our final two departmental budget meetings. Our next Town Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:30PM in the Courthouse. On behalf of the entire Town Board and staff, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and peaceful time with your loved ones.