Weekend Planner: NY Firehouse Grille Grand Opening, Civil War Presenations and Ballot Box Reception

Check out the variety of events going on around the region this weekend.


The NY Firehouse Grille Returns With New Look and Old Traditions
When/Where: Saturday, Oct. 20, at the NY Firehouse Grilll, 50 Welcher Ave in Peekskill
Why Go: The NY Firehouse Grille is back and ready to sizzle again!  The longtime neighborhood favorite restaurant will be hosting their Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, October 20th at 50 Welcher Ave, Peekskill NY.  Ribbon Cutting will take place at 12:30 PM and raffles, giveaways, specials, and more are on the agenda to officially welcome back old and new customers for good times and great dining.
Price: Menu prices vary.

Peekskill 150th Anniversary American Civil War
When/Where: Saturday, Oct. 20, 12:30 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery, Oregon Road in Peekskill; 2 p.m. at the Peekskill Museum, 124 Union Ave in Peekskill.
Why Go: In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Civil War, the Peekskill Museum presents a program dedicated to the local men who served and those who died defending the union. The day’s activities start with a memorial tribute and wreath-laying at Billy Pattison’s gravesite in Hillside Cemetery on Oregon Rd where a number of graves of the men who served and died are located. An account of Billy Pattison’s heroic death at Antietam will be given. Activities continue in the Peekskill Museum at 2 p.m. with a number of historical presentations.
Price: $5

On the Road with Antique Treasures at the Little Red Schoolhouse Host
When/Where: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m.at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor.
Why Go: Jessa  Krick, art collections manager for Historic Hudson Valley (HHV), will present a power point program of on-screen photos chronicling the making of the Winter Antiques Show Loan Exhibition and how HHV took this show on the road in 2012. Sponsored by The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, the program is open free to the public.
Price: Free.

Opening Reception for "The Ballot Box" Art Exhibition
When/Where: Saturday, Oct. 20 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The BeanRunner Cafe, 201 S Division St. in Peekskill,
Why Go: The opening reception for the art exhibition ballot box takes place from from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The BeanRunner Café Gallery is hosting “The Ballot Box” an invitational exhibition with work by twenty artists. The following artists were invited bye Peekskill artist Carla Rae Johnson to have their work exhibited: Curt Belshe/Lise Prown, Anne E. Bruce, Laurel Garcia Colvin, Andrew Courtney, David Fox, Marcy B. Freedman, Janet Goldner,Tom Halsall, Claudia Jacques, Carla Rae Johnson, Charles McGill, Willie Marlowe, Sherry Mayo, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Tom Smith, Nicole Tschampel, Julie Overskei, Anthony Volpe and Lavinia Wiggins. The exhibit will run until Nov. 25.
Price: Free.

Other Regional Events

Pumpkin Day at Hilltop Hanover Farm
When/Where: Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown
Why Go: Grab a sweater and head over toHilltop Hanover Farm to celebrate "Pumpkin Day." Guided tours of Hilltop Hanover Farm will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the tour you will be able to see the progress of the new chicken house. Families are encouraged to bring their own picnic or pick up lunch in town.  You can also choose a pumpkin for carving (nominal fee) or visit the farm stand to pick some fresh ingredients for a fall soup.
Contact: For more information, visit the Farm's website at hilltophanoverfarm.org.

Taconic Opera Presents Boito's Mefistofele
When/Where: There are five performances: three performances at the Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce Street on Oct. 19, 20 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 2 p.m.; two performances at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY-Purchase on Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.
Why Go: Taconic Opera, winner of the 2012 Arts Organization of the Year Award, opens its 15th season with a remarkable opera, Arrigo Boito's Mefistofele, based on the story of Faust. This is the consummate story of love, lust and redemption as Faust struggles between the forces of good and evil - with music to match. Arrigo Boito was Verdi’s best friend and one of his principal librettists. As an opera, Mefistofel was ahead of its time both musically and dramatically and broke all the sacred opera rules of its day
Price: Ticket prices range from $57-$32 with discounts for seniors and those who purchase tickets to multiple operas; students can attend for $15.

Elizabeth Butler 7th Annual Walk-A-Thon
When/Where: Sunday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. at the North Salem Lion’s Club, located at Mills Road and Route 22
Why go: The walk was created to help raise awareness about teen domestic abuse in memory of Elizabeth Butler, a victim of dating violence. The day’s activities include an interactive safety demonstration by Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts, BBQ, music and more. The first 200 participants will receive free T-shirts. Founded in 2005, Elizabeth G. Butler Foundation is a non-profit foundation for education of teens and parents about teen dating abuse in memory of Elizabeth Gabrielle Butler who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend when she was 17. The goal of the foundation is to help young adults understand and use the concepts of communication, self-discipline and self-respect in relationships.
Contact: For more information or to donate visit http://egbaf.tripod.com/

The Lakeland Education Foundation's Family Fun Day and Craft Fair
When/Where: Saturday, Oct. 20 at Ben Franklin Elementary School from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Why Go: The fair will benefit the Lakeland Education Foundation's efforts to provide support for the district students and schools. It will feature performances by Unfunded Mandate and Uncle Bros. Band. In addition there will be a Funflatables (obstacle course, double sided slide, sponge bob and princess castle) with 100 percent of the wristband sales donated back to the LEF.
Also on hand will be the representatives from the Yorktown fire and police departments, Alliance for Safe Kids, and the United for the Troops organization.  PTA from the Lakeland Central School District will have booths for face painting, sand art, tattoos, cards for veterans, and creating a chain of kindness. Patches the clown/creative balloon maker will be on hand. There will be a total of 20 vendors on hand as well. Bob's Barbeque will be there with their food truck and will donate 25% of what is sold to the foundation.
Other events include, Cheerleaders of all ages performing at 2:00, Tae Kon Do show 2:30-3:00, and Zumba Tayna Class 3:00 to 3:30.
Price: There is a $5 family admission fee. Wristbands unlimited access are $10.

Children's Annual Tag Sale
When/Where: Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Yorktown Community Nursery School (247 Veterans Rd.).
Why Go: The Yorktown Community Nursery School is hosting it's annual Children's Tag Sale. Collected are gently used toys, books, clothes, baby equipment. There will be raffle prizes too.

Pleasantville Home Garden Tour
Where/When: 21 Ashland Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Why go: Take a self-guided tour of Jean Nonna's award-winning garden, as part of the Garden Conservacy's Open Days program. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Garden Conservancy and the Friends of Rocky Hills.
Pricing: $5/person; free for children 12 and under

The Mitzvah Project
Where/When: Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester
Why go: Middle and high school students are invited to play baseball with special needs through the Miracle League of Westchester. RSVP by emailing allison@­rosenthaljcc.­org.
Pricing: Free

Pet Adoption Day
Where/When: Thornwood Self Storage (950 Broadway) on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Why go: Meet some of Pets Alive Westchester's adoptable animals this weekend and you could take home a new family member the same day. Dogs, cats and rabbits will be on-site.
Pricing: Free to browse

Halloween Costume Swap
Where/When: Memorial Plaza gazebo in Pleasantville on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Why go: It's the last day to drop off an unwanted Halloween costume or pick one up for free. Read more about this PleasantvilleRecycles initiative here.
Pricing: Free

Historic Cemetery Tour and Headstone Cleaning
When/Where: Chichester cemetery, 9:30-11:30am
Why go: There will be a demonstration of headstone cleaning with the opportunity for volunteers to give it a try. Bedford Town Historian John Stockbridge and members of the Friends of Bedford Burying Grounds will talk history, point out unique headstones, and share fascinating facts about some of Bedford’s 30+ burial grounds.
Price: Free

Fall Foliage Walk with the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy
When/Where: The Richard's Preserve on Honey Hollow Road, very close to #134. The Richard's Preserve is on the west side of the road. 10 a.m.
Why go: What color does a sugar maple turn in the fall?  What about white oak?  What about white ash?  When our forests explode in their autumnal color, they follow patterns which will be examined during this lite walk through the Richard's Preserve. Join Tate Bushell, the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy's Land Steward/Educator on a delightful walk through a protected woodland and see the forest in a new way.
Price: Free

St. Patrick’s School Fall Family Festival
When/Where: Saturday, Oct. 20 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the St. Patrick's School in Bedford.
Why go: There will be fun and games for all as our outside grounds transforms into a fall festival atmosphere!  There will be Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Sand Art and Pumpkins, Pie Eating Contests Food Tent and much more. You can even buy some Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Yankee Candles.  Welcome the arrival of fall with a fun family day helping to support a new school science lab.
Price: Entry is free, purchase game tickets



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