Friday, August 1, 2008

Weekend Events

Activities and things to do this weekend in Northern Westchester:

Peekskill Celebration The 12th annual celebration culminates this weekend. On Saturday, over 30 teams of dragon boats (right) will compete in the annual race from 8:00 to 4:00. Watch the boats from the Riverfront Green Park. Performances at the riverfront bandstand start at 11:00 and feature the Hand-to-Mouth Players, singer Vickie Russel, and guitarist Burr Johnson, among many others. Saturday's events end with a fireworks display. On Sunday, visit the antiques fair and flea markt. Saturday and Sunday, all day. Peekskill Celebration

Caramoor International Jazz Festival Trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Wynton Marsalis headlines this year’s festival and makes Saturday night swing. Elio Villafranca and Chuchito Valdes—two of today’s most eminent Cuban pianists—square off in a Cuban musical summit. The afternoon concludes with Brazilian duo Ricardo Peixoto and Claudia Villela in an exploration of 50 years of Bossa Nova. On Sunday, Jimmy Heath turns up the heat and the weekend concludes with Dominican pianist Michel Camilo. Saturday and Sunday, multiple performances. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

Family First Saturday: Animal Power Kids can explore representations of animals in African art and culture and then engage in related hands-on art activities. Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00. Neuberger Museum of Art

Campout at Sunnyside Bring a backpack and tent for this popular, overnight event for families. This outing features a picnic supper, a flashlight story walk at twilight, songs and stories around the campfire, and a complimentary continental breakfast on Sunday morning. Saturday, 5:00. Washington Irving's Sunnyside

Dancing in the Park This week's show features classical ballet, the SAGA Dance Company from South Africa, and ethnic dances from India, Italy, and Hawaii. Saturday, 6:00 to 8:00. Yorktown Community and Cultural Center

Encounters at the End of the World Werner Herzog's exploration of life in an Arctic outpost. Saturday, 8:00. Paramount Center for the Arts

Dutchess Di Enjoy the swinging blues of Dutchess Di and the Distractions. Saturday, 9:30 to 12:30. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar

Duck Soup and Brideshead Revisited Try a classic or a new take on one. In the 1933 Marx Brothers comedy, Groucho reigns as the nutty dictator of Freedonia. Sunday, 12:00. Julian Jarrold's new adaptation of Brideshead Revisited tells the story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence. The film stars Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, and Emma Thompson. Multiple days and showings. Jacob Burns Film Center

River Day Take a boat ride and celebrate our relationship to the river in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Hands-on activities include fishing, hearth cooking, and brick making, plus modern boat building. Visitors can enjoy music, picnic food, and storytelling. Sunday, 12:00 to 6:00. Van Cortlandt Manor

Terroir Series: Dairy Panel Think of terroir as that special “sense of place” captured in foods and drinks. The Dairy Terroir Panel and tasting will bring you together with local cheese makers and help you discover that eating local is also about appreciating the locale. Sunday, 1:00 to 3:00. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

Flowers in the Field This excursion will take us to the fields to explore flowers such as Canada Lilies, Ironweed, Thistles, and Queen Anne’s lace. Sunday, 1:00. Westmoreland Sanctuary

A Wood Frog's Life Kids can listen to a story about a wood frog and then meet a real one. Sunday, 11:00. Teatown Lake Reservation

Sleepy Hollow String Band Listen to the bluegrass sounds of the Sleepy Hollow String Band as you sip an iced coffee. Sunday, 1:00. Peekskill Coffee House

The Gardener's Palette
The author of The Gardener’s Palette, Sydney Eddison, explains how to look at colors in your garden and use them effectively. Sunday, 5:00 to 6:00. Katonah Museum of Art

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a said...

Planning on heading to Peekskill this weekend. Any sense whether Saturday or Sunday would be a better day to go. We were thinking we would go up on Sunday because we love flea markets, but maybe we would get more of a sense of what the Celebration is all about.

Northern Westchester Home said...

As far as the Celebration goes, Saturday is definitely the bigger day. I believe that the flea market is the only event on Sunday. But if the goal is to get a sense of Peekskill, Sunday might be even better as far as seeing the town on an average day.