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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 ridgeﬁeldplayhouse.org 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
hayﬁeldsmarket.com 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 lasdonpark.org.
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 ridgeﬁeldplayhouse.org 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 thecapitoltheatre.com
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,
muscootfarm.org. 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 aldrichart.org.
and activities provided for older siblings. From SEE WEEKEND EVENTS PAGE 6
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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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FROM PAGE 4
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
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• 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
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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
• Croton Point Park, Croton-on- to Putnam County Line
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• Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown to Yonkers
Heights • Ward Pound Ridge Reservation,
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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 tarrytownmusichall.org 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 tillystablerestaurant.com for more information.
tion success stories of our time. Watch as the sichall.org 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 tarrytownmusichall.org
Street Band’s biggest hits—and hear the group play for more information.
ing scopes observing
wild eagles, chil- Saturday-Monday, Feb. 16-18
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 teatown.org for information, visit countycenter.biz.
and tickets. SEE WEEKEND EVENTS PAGE 7
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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 caramoor.org 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 countycenter.biz.
Daryl’s House is located at 130 Route 22, Pawling. Visit
darylshouseclub.com/welcome 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, brookﬁeldtheatre.org 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.
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The sweetest syrup is
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
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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 friendsoftrailside.org. 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 whiteoakfarm1.com to register. slots at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Call 914-762-2912, ext. 110 to register.
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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,
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Licensed and fully insured serving: Putnam, Westchester and Dutchess County, NY and Western CT ture on Belgian chocolates (with more In the mood for a special chocolate
samples than you can possibly eat) and treat? I recommend the outrageously
many more themed activities. delicious Sarah Bernhardt cookies at
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
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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 peterprattsinn.com
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
dogwoodbar.com 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 brooksidebarandgrille.com travelersrestrestaurant.com lacameliarestaurant.net
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
whitehartinn.com 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 halfmoonhudson.com
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 kittlehouse.com 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 121restaurant.com 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.
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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 lewisborolibrary.org.
mohonk.com 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 library.org. 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 lewisborolibrary.org.
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, nywolf.org 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 jarworthy.com.
“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
SCHEDULE A TOUR
Visit www.rcsny.org/TourRCS or call (914) 244-1205
Rippowam Cisqua School ignites learning in PreK through Grade 9 students with
an innovation-fueled program that builds each student’s independent thinking,
communication, and leadership skills. Discover more at www.rcsny.org.
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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 putnamartscouncil.com 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 rcsny.org/storyhour. instruction, small size, and a nurturing environment Visit Mahopaclibrary.org 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 keelermemoriallibrary.org 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 Somerslibrary.org
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
artsstudio.com for details and to register. Visit katonahlibrary.org 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
yorktownlibrary.org for a full schedule of events.
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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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