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Winter Guide 2019

This special section by Halston Media is your go-to guide for all things winter.

January 17, 2019

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Winter weekends

Innings.” Peter has a new CD coming out, which is
a collection of acoustic guitar pieces.

Friday, Jan. 18

Illusionist Tom Pesce, 6:30-9 p.m., at Hayfields, 1 Bloomer Friday, Feb. 1

Road, North Salem. Tom Pesce can certainly draw a crowd Barts Tree Service Comedy Series featuring

and keep you enthralled! Tom’s ability to consistently create new comedian Vic DiBitetto and opening act Eric

jaw-dropping and hilarious illusions has defined him as one of magic’s Tartaglione at 8 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse,

most creative innovators, speakers, and mentalists. From his highly visual 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, Conn. Visit

and entertaining stage programs, to for more information.

his monthly sold-out parlor shows, to Saturday, Feb. 2
his famous close-up miracles taking

place right in your own hands, Tom’s live Patrick Chaisson presents N.Y. Air National Guard

shows are unlike any you’ve ever seen. Visit in the Vietnam War, 1-3 p.m. at Lasdon Park for more information. and Arboretum, 2610 Amawalk Road, Katonah.

Chaisson, himself the son of a New York Air Guard

veteran, will tell how the Air Guard went from a

Saturday, Jan. 19 poorly-funded “flying club for weekend warriors”—
1-2 p.m. there’s a Senior Social with coffee, as some saw it—to a professional organization that

Third Saturdays at The Aldrich Contemporary Art conversation and connection while learning about served with distinction in South Vietnam from 1965

Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn. From the art. From 3-5 p.m. drop-in to enjoy family- to 1969. For more information, visit

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate Helena Hernmarck’s friendly activities, gallery games, and art projects Sunday, Feb. 3
materials and processes at the monthly free at Imagine It After School where families are

admission day. Work with teaching artists and invited to enjoy interactive pop-up activity stations, American Girl Live! featuring all-original songs

museum staff on warm wintery projects while gallery games, and art projects around the KMA. and unforgettable experiences at 4 p.m. at the

enjoying hot cocoa and seasonal treats. Family Saturday, Jan. 26 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridge-
Workshop: winter weaving 10 a.m. to noon for field, Conn. Visit for more

children ages 2-5 and from 1-3 p.m. for children Laurel Massé and Peter Calo, 8 p.m. at The information.

ages 6-10. Create your own cardboard loom Schoolhouse Theater, 3 Owens Road, North

with a museum educator and then use paper, Salem. Laurel Massé is a founding member of Friday, Feb. 8
fabric, and yarn to weave your own multimedia the world famous, multi-Grammy award-winning

masterpiece to take home with you. Tour the group The Manhattan Transfer. In 2018, Peter was The Terrapin Family Band & Friends featuring

Helena Hernmarck exhibit, Weaving in Progress, the Musical director for the PBS special, “Jimmy Jason Crosby, Grahame Lesh and Alex Koford

noon to 1 p.m., for all ages. Webb Live from The Kate.” Peter composed the with Special Guests Elliott Peck and Chris Crosby

Sunday, Jan. 20 music and performed in the Schoolhouse Theater’s at 8 p.m. at The Capitol Theatre, 145 Westchester
production of “The Mask Of The Jaguar King” and Avenue, Port Chester. Visit

Muscoot Farm presents All About Ice, 1-2:30 has recently completed scoring the film “Extra for more information.

p.m., 51 Route 100, Katonah. Learn about what

role ice played at Muscoot Farm in its hey-day,

and take a walk to the ice pond for an ice cutting Sunday, Jan. 27

demonstration, (weather permitting). Farmers in

the early 1900s relied on cold winters to provide Visit The Aldrich Contemporary Art

ice that would keep food and milk fresh through Museum for “In Dialogue: How Art

the year. But how did they harvest it? And how Changed the Prison” with Jeffrey Greene,

did they keep it? For more information, visit 2-3 p.m. at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn. Join Jeffrey Greene, curator of How

Art Changed the Prison and manager

Friday, Jan. 25 of Community Partners In Action Prison
Arts Program, for a discussion with

Join the Katonah Museum of Art for a day of former inmates and others involved in

events. From 9:30-10:30 a.m. attend the Stroller Connecticut’s correctional system on the impact of the visual arts for those incarcerated in the state’s

Tour. Bring the baby and enjoy a lively conversation prisons. Following the panel discussion, view the exhibition at the opening reception from 3-5 p.m.

inspired by the art on view. Crying babies welcome For more information, visit

and activities provided for older siblings. From SEE WEEKEND EVENTS PAGE 6


Bundle up
for outdoor

Clarence Fahnestock Winter Park

1498 Route 301, Carmel
The Winter Park located in 16,000-acre Clarence Fahnestock
Memorial State Park, is at an elevation of 1,100 feet, which helps
capture and maintain snow.
• Skiing: Fahnestock offers 20 km of machine groomed and
tracked trails for skiers of all ability levels. There is plenty of flat
beginner terrain near the lodge for first time skiers and dedicated
snowshoe trails and a sledding and tubing hill.
• Rentals: Skis, snowshoes and tubes for all ages are rented in
the lodge. There are both classic and skate skis for rent.
• Cafe: The café provides hot food, snacks and hot and cold
beverages. There is both indoor and outdoor seating and a
fire pit. Hats, gloves and some basic ski supplies are available.
Restrooms, changing rooms and showers provided onsite.


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Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park

Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights Experience
The park’s hills and trails are perfect for winter sports. The young and the Mahopac
young at heart will enjoy sledding or cross-country skiing. In wintertime, the Golf Club
water’s tree-lined border provides a winter wonderland backdrop for ice fish-
ermen. The following activities are offered: Ice fishing, recreation programs, “Best Value
sledding (accessible), snowmobiling, snowshoeing trails, and cross-country in the Area”

Go Ice Fishing

The following Westchester County Parks allow ice fishing:
• Blue Mountain Reservation, Peekskill • Wampus Pond, Armonk
• Mountain Lakes Park, North Salem • Wilson’s Woods, Mount Vernon
• Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers

Go Sledding Make New Memories At
A Club Steeped In Over
The following Westchester County Parks allow sledding: 100 Years Of Tradition

• Croton Gorge, Cortlandt • Saxon Woods Golf Course,

• Dunwoodie Golf Course, Yonkers Scarsdale

• Lasdon Park and Arboretum, Somers • Ward Pound Ridge Reservation,

• Mohansic Golf Course, Yorktown Cross River •Devereux Emmet Designed •Flexible Golf Membership

Heights 18 Hole Course Options

Go Cross Country Skiing •Practice Range •Private Events: Weddings,

The following Westchester County Parks allow skiing: •Short Game & Putting Green Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Golf

• Blue Mountain Reservation, Peekskill • Lenoir Preserve, Yonkers

• Bronx River Pathway, Valhalla to • Marshlands Conservancy, Rye •Full Service Pro Shop Outings, Beach-Side Parties

Mount Vernon • Merestead, Mount Kisco •Members Only Private Beach

• Cranberry Lake Preserve, North • Mountain Lakes Park, North Salem

White Plains • North County Trailway, Tarrytown All On The
ShoresOf Beautiful
• Croton Point Park, Croton-on- to Putnam County Line
Lake Mahopac
Hudson • South County Trailway, Elmsford

• Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown to Yonkers

Heights • Ward Pound Ridge Reservation,

• Kitchawan Preserve, Ossining Cross River


601 North Lake Boulevard, Mahopac, NY 10541

845-628-9335 •


WEEKEND EVENTS Sunday, Feb. 10 ‘em the way they want to hear them played!

FROM PAGE 3 Random Farms Kids’ Theater presents Rent, Friday, Feb. 22
2 p.m. at the Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main Street,
Saturday, Feb. 9 Tarrytown. Visit for more Stand-up comedy at Tilly Foster Farm. See three
information. comedians on Feb. 22 at Tilly Foster Farm, 100 Route
Teatown Hudson River EagleFest, 9 a.m. to 312, Brewster. The featured performers are Billy
4 p.m., at Croton Point Park, 1 Croton Point Friday, Feb. 15 Garan, Peter Sasso and Missy Allan. Doors open for
Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson. The bald eagle’s a dinner buffet at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at
return to the Hudson Valley after being on the Max Weinberg’s Jukebox at the Tarrytown Music 8 p.m. A cash bar is available throughout the night.
brink of extinction is one of the great conserva- Hall, 13 Main Street, Tarrytown. Visit tarrytownmu- Visit for more information.
tion success stories of our time. Watch as the for more information. An interactive con-
region’s bald eagles descend upon the Hud- cert experience...YOU choose the setlist! Performing Saturday, Feb. 23
son River as part of their winter migration. Cel- songs from the glory days of rock and roll, choose
ebrate the return of this magnificent bird with from a video menu of over 200 songs—everything The Wailers, at 8 p.m. at the Tarrytown Music Hall, 13
live bird-of-prey shows, educators with view- from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Main Street, Tarrytown. Visit
Street Band’s biggest hits—and hear the group play for more information.
ing scopes observing
wild eagles, chil- Saturday-Monday, Feb. 16-18
dren’s activities,
food trucks, The Royal Hanneford Circus comes to Westchester County Center,
and more 198 Central Avenue, White Plains. Carrying on the tradition, The
than 25 en- Royal Hanneford Circus is stepping into the new age of the circus
vironmental in America. The Hanneford Family is guaranteed to bring smiles
organizations— and laughter to each and every audience with their wide variety
all in heated tents! of high end acts and talents from all over the world. For more
Visit for information, visit
more information

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WEEKEND EVENTS 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah. Enter a Friday-Sunday, March 8, 9, 10
Mediterranean-style house inspired by Old World
FROM PAGE 6 The Spring Baseball Card Show is at
Westchester County Center, 198 Central
Sunday, Feb. 24 Europe, cultivated and curated by Caramoor’s Avenue, White Plains. There will be thousands
founders Walter and Lucie Rosen. Visit of cards, sports and card supplies, ball hold-
ers and autographed holders, and on-site
Bluegrass Brunch: Too Blue at Daryl’s House. for more information. autograph authentication. This is the largest
show in the tri-state area. For more informa-
Doors open at 11 a.m. and the show starts at noon. Sunday, March 3 tion, visit
Daryl’s House is located at 130 Route 22, Pawling. Visit for more information. “Lost in Yonkers” at The Brookfield Theatre

for the Arts, 184 Whisconier Road, Brookfield,

Friday, March 1 Conn. By America’s great comic playwright,
this memory play is set in Yonkers in 1942. Visit

Tour the Rosen House at the Caramoor Arts Center, for more information.

Saturday, March 2

Late winter snowshoe or hike, 10 a.m. to
noon at Mt. Lakes Camp, 201 Hawley Road,
North Salem. Peter Gross and Dan Welsh
lead a snowshoe followed by a bonfire,
music and hot cocoa. Meet at the camp
office at Mt. Lakes Camp, Hawley Road,
North Salem. Snowshoes not provided. In
the event of shallow snow, it will be a hike.
Dress in layers and enjoy! Inclement weather
program postponed until Sunday March 3.

Sle ing. Have fun this eason!
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The sweetest syrup is

Muscoot F

51 Route 100, K

Stop by Muscoot Farm during the month
sugaring is in full swing. There are dem
named sugar house that show how mapl
the following dates and times: From no
March 2, 3, 9. Sugaring off is from 1-3 p


made in the Hudson Valley

From tree to bottle, there are plenty of places in your neighborhood to see how maple syrup is made this winter. Some offer demonstrations and how-to’s
and some allow for tasting while drizzled over a stack of pancakes. Either way, these events are sure to create sweet memories for the whole family.

Farm Green Chimneys

Katonah 33 Clearpool Road, Carmel

hs of February and March when Join Green Chimneys for a Maple Syrup and Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10. The cost is $5
monstrations at the appropriately per person to take part in this annual tradition. After the pancake breakfast, take a short walk to the Sugar House
to see first-hand the maple sugaring process of boiling down sap to make pure maple syrup. Purchase raffle tickets
le sap is turned into syrup during to benefit Green Chimneys summer camp scholarship program and enter to win local products from a variety of
oon to 3 p.m. Feb. 17, 23, 24, vendors. There will be multiple demonstrations, guided hikes, carnival games, free crafts and more for all ages.
p.m. March 10. Free for all ages.

Trail Side Nature Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Routes 35 and 121, Cross River

Take part in one of several syrup-themed events in Cross River. There’s a Family Tapping Experience that includes a tapping how-to, a bottle of maple
syrup once the season has ended and a souvenir photo in a frame. This event is $50 per group and reservations need to be made ahead of time by
calling the museum at 914-864-7322 or visiting There are slots open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 2 and
9. The museum hosts a Sugarhouse Chat from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 23 where you can chat with the staff while they make maple syrup. On March
3 at 1 p.m., the museum offers a presentation of Maple Sugaring: Past to Present, along with a demonstration. The grand finale is a Sugaring Off Party,
an annual celebration with food, music, and sugaring demonstrations from noon to 3 p.m. If that still hasn’t satisfied your sweet tooth, learn about the
Effects of Climate Change on Sugaring at 1 p.m. March 30 and learn how increased temperatures have an effect on the local sugar maple trees.

White Oak Farm Tea Town

680 Croton Lake Road, Yorktown Heights 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining

Learn how to make your own maple syrup This sprawling nature preserve allows you to rent a bucket for maple syrup
in this Backyard Sugaring Workshop from production. Every February, the preserve taps its maple trees and turns the sap
9 a.m. to noon Feb. 17 and 24. White into syrup at Warren’s Sugar House. The cost is $50 and includes one sap bucket,
Oak Farm is the only commercial maple 8 ounces of teatown syrup, and two tickets to the pancake brunch. The Pancake
syrup producer in Westchester County with Brunch is from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 16. This event starts with stacks of
2,400 trees tapped. In this visit, you’ll see hotcakes and maple syrup, coffee, sausages and more. Follow up the meal with a
a traditional sugarhouse and learn the visit to Warren’s Sugar House to watch a demonstration. You can also take a free
techniques to make your own syrup with half-hour bird walk. There are seating times at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m.
a focus on the history of maple syrup and 12:15 p.m. The cost is $18 for adults and $10 for children under 10. Before
production, tree identification, tapping, the pancakes, attend one of the Sugaring Sundays events from 1-4 p.m. Feb.
collecting, boiling, filtering and packing. 24, March 3, and 10. From tapping to collecting, boiling and bottling, Teatown’s
The workshop costs $50 per person to naturalists will share facts and folklore from Warren’s Sugar House. There are time
attend. Visit to register. slots at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Call 914-762-2912, ext. 110 to register.


Chocolate, please!
There’s more than meets the eye to this delicious treat

BY KIM KOVACH beverage for its aphrodisiac powers. and contains caffeine (a stimulant) and se- chocolate, rocky road, chocolate walnut,
Chocolate was imported to Europe rotonin (which acts as an antidepressant). chocolate peanut butter and chocolate
Chocolate is not just for Valentine’s The high cocoa content in dark chocolate cookie monster. The Sweet Shop ships
Day! This delectable confection and consumed as a beverage until the is a heart-healthy choice to improve blood worldwide—I’ve ordered its delicious
has been tantalizing taste buds 1850s, when the first solid chocolate flow to the brain and lower blood pres- fudge for ultra-special birthday presents.
for centuries. Chocolate truffles, bars, was produced. In 1875, milk chocolate sure. Chocolate consumption also stimu-
cookies, cakes, brownies and beverages was invented by adding powdered milk lates endorphin production—that “feel Googling around on the computer I
are popular all year long. to the dark chocolate. Across the Atlan- good” sensation. Dark chocolate has a discovered the upcoming Hudson Valley
tic, Milton Hershey took chocolate mak- 65 percent or higher cocoa content, far Wine and Chocolate Festival scheduled
ORIGINS OF CHOCOLATE ing up a few notches when his factories more antioxidants than in milk chocolate. for April 13 and 14 in Patterson. Mark your
Chocolate originated in early Meso- started producing the delicious treats in Need any more reasons to indulge? calendars!
bars and individually wrapped “kisses.”
america, produced from the beans of WHERE TO FIND THE GOOD STUFF TRY SOMETHING NEW
the cacao trees. Chocolate was first used CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU My taste for high quality chocolate Why not sign up for chocolate candy-
as a ceremonial beverage (the beans Chocolate is one of my major food
were ground into a bitter paste and has certainly come a long way from my making classes to have fun while satisfying
combined with chili peppers and water) groups. In recent years, we’ve learned first birthday cupcake with chocolate your chocolate cravings? The Chocolate
around 1,000 B.C. The Mayan word for that there actually are health benefits to icing and the Yodels and Hostess Cup- Florist in Croton-on-Hudson and Choco-
chocolate, xocolatl, means “bitter wa- eating dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is Cakes packed in my lunchbox. When I late Works in Scarsdale offer classes for
ter.” The Mayans and Aztecs revered this a powerful source of antioxidants (which was living and working in Manhattan, adults and children to mold, dip and
can protect the body from cell damage) I discovered Teuscher Chocolates in decorate chocolate. What a great way to
Rockefeller Center. These divine high- spend a winter afternoon or evening!
Winter, Summer, Spring & Fall… We work all year long! end gourmet chocolate truffles are
made in Switzerland and shipped to I’m always looking for new chocolate
Take Down & Removal the U.S. in a variety of flavors including flavor combinations to try. I particularly
Pruning / Trimming the famous champagne truffles. enjoy dark chocolate with crystallized
Topping ginger pieces. Yum! Be adventurous and
Land / Wood Clearing My quest for the perfect chocolate savor luscious chocolates with flavors in-
Stump Grinding continued with a long-ago February cluding cardamom, red pepper, cocoa-
weekend at a chocolate festival at Mo- nut and cinnamon. For a nice crunch,
Mention this Ad for honk Mountain House in New Paltz. The milk chocolate pairs well with pecans,
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*Must mention ad when booking estimate. ning there was a 20-foot chocolate des- and ingredients to bake brownies for
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samples than you can possibly eat) and treat? I recommend the outrageously
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Sweet Delites Pastry Shop in Somers.
A couple of years ago on a trip, I was These scrumptious confections combine
surprised to find a wonderful source an almond macaroon base with a choc-
of mouth-watering chocolate fudge at olate buttercream filling and a coating
the Howe Caverns Sweet Shop. Go for of semi-sweet chocolate. Heavenly!
the cave tours and stay for the fudge!
The fudge has been made on the site Kim Kovach enjoys eating chocolate and writing
in Schoharie County since 1985 with
classic and seasonal flavors including about chocolate. Kim teaches ction writing

workshops for adults and creative writing classes

for children and teens. Please visit her website at


Whip up something sweet for your sweetheart

Certain times of year give everyone license to indulge in sweets. While no chocolate devotee is liable to scoff at a box of delicious chocolates, lovers who want to
hit a homerun with their sweets-loving sweetheart can try their hand at crafting their own confectionary concoction this Valentine’s Day. This recipe for Chocolate
Cardamom Truffle Cake from Maxine Clark’s “Chocolate” can amaze that special someone and make this Valentine’s Day extra special.

Chocolate Cardamom Tru e Cake
Serves 10 to 12

Amaretti Base • To make the amaretti base, finely crush the amaretti in a food
•5 oz amaretti processor or put them in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling
•1/2 stick (4 tbps) unsalted butter pin. Melt the butter and sugar in a pan over low heat, then stir in
•5 tbps sugar the amaretti crumbs. Press the mixture evenly over the base of the
Cardamom Truffle Filling prepared cake pan and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
•2 1/3 cups heavy cream • To make the cardamom truffle filling, put the cream and
•4 to 6 green cardamom pods, lightly cardamom pods in a pan and heat until almost boiling. Remove
bruised to open them from the heat and set aside to infuse for 20 minutes.
•25 oz dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa • Meanwhile, put the chocolate and butter in a saucepan. Strain the
solids), grated infused cream through a fine strainer onto the chocolate (the cream
•1/2 stick (4 tbps) unsalted butter, cubed will be warm enough to melt the chocolate). If it doesn’t melt, warm
•4 tbps chocolate liqueur over very low heat, stirring occasionally, but do not allow to boil. Stir
Cardamom Cocoa Sugar in the liqueur, then set aside until almost cold, but not set. With an
•3 green cardamom pods electric mixer, beat the chocolate mixture for a couple of minutes. This will give the cake a lovely airy texture. Pour
•1/4 cup sugar onto the amaretti base. Let cool, then cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or up to 48 hours before serving.
•1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa • To make the cardamom cocoa sugar, remove the black seeds from the papery cardamom pods and put the
•1 10-inch cake pan with a removable seeds in a spice grinder with the sugar and cocoa. Grind to a powder. Carefully remove the cake from the pan
base, base and sides lined with nonstick and peel off the lining paper. Set on a chilled serving plate and sift the cardamom cocoa sugar evenly over the
parchment paper top. Serve immediately, cut into very thin slices.

Recipe courtesy of Metro Creative Connection via Maxine Clark’s “Chocolate”

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Snuggle up at these date night spots

BY NANCY SORBELLA extensive, creative cocktail, craft beer

When planning a date night in and wine selection menu.
winter, the first thing I think
of is cozy, the second, a Peter Pratt’s Inn

673 Croton Heights Road, Yorktown

fireplace, and after that, off the beaten

track. Don’t get me wrong, I love trying Since 1965, the Pratt family has owned

new places and our area does not and operated this Westchester land-

disappoint, but on a cold, dark night I mark and hosted events and intimate

want to warm up by a roaring fire and dinners (date nights are a specialty).

embrace the season. Perhaps it goes Everyone needs to have a Peter Pratt’s

back to spending much of my life in a ski experience and a fireside date on a

lodge, or trailside, and winter date nights cold winter night is a favorite of mine.

are best when they evoke that vibe. Dining in the historic, warmly lit, wood

Dogwood and stone converted barn dining room
evokes romantic times past, surpassed

47 East Main Street, Beacon only by the classic, hearty American cuisine. The impeccable service and

Off the beaten track yet a part of one you can also stay the night in one of burger and a glass of wine from their warm atmosphere allows for lingering

of the Hudson Valley’s coolest towns, their tastefully classic rooms. extensive wine cellar collection. well into the evening.

The Dogwood is both highbrow and Brookside Grille Travelers Rest La Camelia Restaurant
lowbrow at the same time. Cozy

booths with an old fashioned feel, 1 Oscawanna Lake Road, Putnam Valley 25 Saw Mill River Road, Ossining 234 North Bedford Road, Mt. Kisco

fabulous bar, plenty of wood, black

and white tile floor and exposed brick. Formerly House of O’Connor on Or- Westchester’s oldest (since 1876) One fireplace is all I need for that quint-

They offer live music regularly, great egon Corners, this recently reopened family owned and operated restau- essential winter date night, but La Ca-

food (burgers, sandwiches, and plenty tavern fits my winter date night per- rant, Travelers Rest has a fireplace in melia has more. This charming coun-

of vegetarian/vegan and gluten free fectly. Knotty pine, fireplace, and cozy every dining room and my personal try inn-style restaurant features classic

choices) and a well-stocked bar with corners to dine in. The menu is clas- favorite, the Lantern Room, also has Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, includ-

a great selection of locally sourced sic pub fare, great service, a large bar cozy leather booths. Long known for ing a large tapas selection, all made

craft beer (16 taps), wine, mead and (featuring a robust happy hour) and hosting generations of special events with fresh, often grown on the premises

signature cocktails. The staff is outgo- plenty of vintage reminders of the old and their generous portions of classic ingredients, and extensive wine list. The

ing and knowledgeable and no one rustic casino style restaurant it once German and American fare, there are windows around the perimeter of the

rushes you out. was in another incarnation. Your date also small plate and a la carte options, restaurant highlight the lovely landscap-

White Hart Inn night can be enhanced now with live ideal for that romantic date night. The ing and seasonal gardens.

music and trivia nights, which have re- extensive manicured gardens are lit Half Moon

15 Under Mountain Road, Salisbury, Conn. cently been added. throughout the year, but are especially stunning during the holiday season. 1 High Street, Dobbs Ferry

Full disclosure: I only know about this Crabtree’s Kittle House When making a reservation, choose
place because my parents honey- Restaurant and Inn
mooned there en route to skiing in New either window or fireside seating and I just can’t complete my date night list

you won’t be disappointed. without including at least one of my

England. I have been visiting many 11 Kittle Road, Chappaqua Restaurant 121 Dobbs Ferry faves. Half Moon, for-
times over the years, but in its current merly The Chart House, is a date night

incarnation it is hands down a great I honestly didn’t think of this until just 2 Dingle Ridge Road, North Salem classic. It has the requisite fireplace;

date spot, day or night. There are sev- now, but this is where my parents had large and contemporary and great for

eral dining venues from casual, White their wedding reception! A Westches- This charming North Salem staple has enjoying cocktails around before din-

Hart Provisions, to The Dining Room at ter classic for date nights and much a fireplace, which keeps it cozy during ner. On a clear night you can see the

the White Hart Inn; simple but more ro- more, this storied inn has been owned the winter months and a classic, clean- Palisades, the Manhattan skyline and

mantic and intimate. Lunch, dinner and and operated by the Crabtree family lined aesthetic. The fusion of the older the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The menu

a really nice, relaxed brunch provide since 1981. There are numerous din- building, low ceiling, intimate space is extensive and creative, it’s a very

options if you happen to be day tripping ing options, all serving unique farm with simple, fresh style match the con- busy spot, but I have never felt rushed

in Millerton, Conn. or the Berkshires. to table selections. My favorite spot temporary/classic farm-to-table fusion to leave. Lingering while watching the

Fireplace, check, cozy atmosphere, for date night is in the Tap Room with of cuisines on the menu. They serve winter sun set on the river is a sight I

check, updated yet vintage, check, and live music and small plates or a classic lunch, dinner and brunch, feature an will never tire of.


Skip the roses, try these Valentine’s Day events instead
Stray from the pack this
Valentine’s Day and take part season is such a magical time for packs This program is for adults 21 years old from several gift ideas. For children in
in one of these unique Hudson in North America, while also assem- and over. Pre-registration is required.
bling “wolfy” valentines for their Am- Fee is $20 per person. Grades 2-5.
DIY Valentine’s Day Light Up

Valley activities. bassador Wolves! Guests will enjoy hot Treat your kids Cards, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the
beverages in their woodstove-heated Lewisboro Library, 15 Main Street, South
For a romantic getaway classroom. Dress for cold weather. Pre-
Fun with Chocolate, 5 p.m. Feb. 7, Salem. This is for Grades K-5. Show a

Mohonk Mountain House, registration is required. Cost is $15 for at the Mahopac Library, 668 Route 6, loved one that they really Light Up your

1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, adults and $12 for children under 12. Mahopac. Create sweet treats for you life. Visit Winter Howl for Adults: Mating and your valentine, for grades 6-12 in Fun With Candy Hearts, 1 p.m.

Valentine’s Week, Feb. 11-15. Cel- and Dating. This is a Winter Howl for the community room. Visit Mahopac Feb. 15, 15 Main Street, South Salem.

ebrate with your sweetheart with a ro- Adults only, 5 p.m. Feb. 9 and 5:30 Registration is required. This is for preschoolers. Enjoy a snack,

mantic getaway to their historic Victorian p.m. Feb. 15. Wolves are “mono-es- Valentine’s Story and Craft at read a book and have fun with science

castle. Reconnect with a week-long stay trus” breeding only once a year during Muscoot Farm, 1-2 p.m. Feb. 9, 51 experiments using leftover candy hearts.

filled with crafts, live music and dancing. the winter months. Hence, Valentine’s Route 100, Katonah. Join in for a read- Visit

season is an exciting time for wolves in ing of “Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Spend it with the girls

e love lives of wolves North America. This year the Center is Cool.” After the story, stay to make a

Wolf Conservation Center, hosting five critically endangered wolf craft. Space is limited and pre-registra- Celebrate Galentine’s Day at

7 Buck Run, South Salem, breeding pairs! Learn about lobo love tion is required. Call 914-864-7282 for Jar Worthy, 14 Fair Street, Carmel

Lobo Love. A Valentine’s Day Party during a special Evening Howl and additional information and to register. Create your own custom blended

with Wolves at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. enjoy visiting the wolves during their Valentine’s Day Gift Workshop, candle in a decorative jar while en-

9 and 10. Show the wolves how much favorite hour, dusk. Guests will also 11 a.m. to noon and 1-2 p.m. Feb. 9, at joying sips and treats. The $30 ticket

you love them by attending this Valen- learn about the mythology, biology the John C. Hart Memorial Library, 1130 includes a candle, food and drink.

tine’s Day themed program! Visitors and ecology of wolves in North Ameri- E. Main Street, Shrub Oak. Create one Everyone will get a special treat to take

will learn about mythology surrounding ca while enjoying a spread of wine and of a kind handmade gifts and cards as home as well. This is a pre-registered

wolves, the important role of wolves in cheese. Guests will take a short sunset a token of friendship and appreciation event and space is limited. Purchase

the natural world, and discover why this hike to howl with Ambassador Wolves. for your friends and family. Choose your tickets at

“The academic preparation is pretty phenomenal. It’s cool to see your daughter
enjoy school and talk about how much she loves mathematics and science.”

- Grade 2 Parent


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Winter indoor options
Curl up with a good book or expand your art skills

Rippowam Cisqua voice and piano lessons, oil and water color paint- Mahopac Library’s book group meets at 7:30
School Story Hour ing and private lessons. All classes take place at p.m. the first Monday of the month. There is also
the Belle Levine Art Center, 521 Kennicut Hill Road, a lite bite book club at 1 p.m. the third Monday
9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 23-March 13, Mahopac. Registration and a full class list can be or Wednesday of the month where you can bring
at 325 West Patent Road, Mount Kisco. Bring the little completed online at or call your lunch and enjoy lively conversation. The hor-
ones age 6 months to 3 years for stories, crafts, and 845-803-8622. All courses are taught by work- ror story group meets 10 a.m. the first Saturday of
play. Led by early childhood educators, there will be ing artists and educators using quality materials in each month. No registration required. Copies of the
a different theme each week to engage and excite our climate controlled art studio spaces. Individual selected books are available at the circulation desk.
your child. Register at instruction, small size, and a nurturing environment Visit for a full schedule of events.
are hallmarks of their educational programs. Adults
Railyard Arts Studio classes generally purchase their own materials and a mate- Ruth Keeler Memorial Library in North
rials list is provided after registering. All materials are Salem hosts bagels and books from 10:30 a.m. to
Jan. 21 marks the beginning of classes for adults provided for children’s classes with the cost included noon Feb. 7 and March 7 and a history and biog-
and kids at the newly opened Railyard Arts Studio, with registration. raphy book group from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 24. Visit ruth
across from the Croton Falls train station at 621 Route for a full schedule of events.
22, Croton Falls. Enjoy stained glass, water color and Join a book club
acrylic/oil painting. For moms with pre-schoolers, the Somers Library offers a non-fiction book club
studio offers art with fine motor skill development and The Katonah Village Library has an adult book one Monday a month and book clubs for kids in kin-
a class where moms knit while pre-schoolers enjoy discussion group at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and a book dergarten, first and second grade where children will
story time with an art project. For teens, there is teen club for children 12 and up with an adult. Kids can read a story and do a craft. Visit
art and teen knitting/crocheting. There are also fun practice their reading with Tobie, the reading dog, for a full schedule of events.
and easy workshops for the everyday person and and Karen during a drop-in program on Wednes-
workshops for advanced techniques. Visit railyard- days. Children must be accompanied by an adult. John C. Hart Memorial Library in Yorktown for details and to register. Visit for a full schedule of events. has a book club the first Tuesday of the month at 7
p.m. and the first Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m.
Putnam Arts Council classes Lewisboro Library book group meets at 7:30 There’s also a Not Your Mothers Book Club at 10
p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. There is also a.m. the first Friday of the month and a Book Club
The Putnam Arts Council offers classes in ceram- a senior book group at the South Salem firehouse at for Men the third Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m.
ics, drawing, pottery, clay sculpting, photography, 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month. All clubs are open to members of any gender. Visit for a full schedule of events.


Homemade mac and cheese
tailor-made for the Big Game

Hosting a party for friends and family for the big game is a big responsibility. While people
anxiously anticipate watching the NFL’s biggest game of the year, many are equally excited
to attend the parties, where they can watch the game with loved ones while enjoying
delicious food and drink. Some party hosts may prefer to have their parties catered, while
others enjoy getting in the kitchen to prepare some homemade foods for their guests. Hosts
among the latter group can prepare familiar crowd favorites that are sure to please, such
as this easily-prepared recipe for “Crusty Mac and Cheese” from Neal Corman’s “Virgil’s
Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook.”

Crusty Mac and Cheese
Serves 4 to 6


• 1 pound elbow macaroni • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish.
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt • Boil the macaroni in a 2-quart saucepan filled with water, until it is al dente, or still has some snap when
• 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper you bite it. Strain the pasta and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Set aside.
• 1/2 cup chicken stock • Combine the remaining ingredients, except for the shredded cheese, in a medium saucepan over me-
• 3/4 cup heavy cream dium heat. The mixture should be barely simmering. Whisk periodically. Cook for 7 to 10 minutes.
• 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cheese sauce with the pasta and about one-third of the shredded cheese.
• 1/2 tablespoon hot sauce Transfer to the baking dish, covering with the remaining shredded cheese, and bake covered for 10 minutes.
• 1/2 tablespoon Creole mustard • Uncover and bake for 15 minutes more, or until the top is golden brown.
• 1 1/4 cup Cheese Wiz
• 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded Recipe courtesy of Metro Creative Connection

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