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Nyack Weekender: First Friday of June

by LeeAnn Mailly

Here’s the rundown of what to do and where to do it this weekend.


  • First Friday, organized by the Nyack Art Collective, transforms venues throughout the village into galleries for local art. This month includes music at the Main St. Gazebo featuring Jeff Doctorow from 5 – 6:30p and The Joel Newton Situation from 6:30 – 8. The Suffern Poets supply curbside verse. A reception for the collective’s group show entitled Small Works starts at 8p, Prohibition River, 82 Main St.
  • The Edward Hopper House Art Center holds a reception for their June artist of the month, Diane Rosen, as well as a reception for new large scale sculptures in the Hopper House garden featuring Thea Lanzisero, Eric David Laxman, Elaine Lorenz, and Conrad Levinson. 6-8p, Hopper House, 82 N. Broadway.
  • Walk to the Beat brings percussive world music and dance to willing participants and onlookers. 9p-Midnight, Casa del Sol, 104 Main St.
  • The River Skye Band performs pop hits and originals at 7:30p at Bourbon Street 132 Main St.
  • Check out the Greek Festival for authentic food, live music, handicrafts, Greek items, games, rides and more. Fri & Sat, 12-11p, Sun – 12-8p, Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1 Marycrest Road, West Nyack.
  • Five performances left for Small World at Penguin Rep Theater. See what happens when Walt Disney and Igor Stravinsky clash over the making of Disney’s classic animated movie Fantasia. Fri & Sat at 8p, with a matinee on Sat at 4p and Sun at 2p. Penguin Rep Theater, 7 Crickettown Road, Stony Point.


  • Learn to Row at Rockland Lake with River Rowing Association instructors during USRowing’s National Learn to Row Day. No experience is necessary! Anyone age 12 or over can give rowing a try. From 9-11a, Rockland Lake parking lot #6.ROCA
  • Kick up your heels and head to the Rockland Center for the Arts Barn Dance Fundraiser. The Old No. 7 Blues, Country and Rock Band is ready to go, BBQ is on order, with whiskey shots and drinks all around. Don’t miss your chance to square dance with a caller for a great cause. 5p at ROCA, 285 Old Mill Rd, Valley Cottage.
  • The Historical Society of Rockland County presents a bus tour of historic churches. Bus departs at 8:45a from Banchetto Feast, South Middletown Road, Nanuet.
  • Opening reception for W. Church—Boat Builder: An Exhibit of His Life & Work in the Early 20th Century. Curated by T. Robins Brown, an architectural historian who lives in Nyack in the house where Church resided from 1919 to 1947. 1p at the museum of the Historical Society of the Nyacks, 50 Piermont Ave, behind the library.
  • The Arts Students League Residency at Vyt offers a workshop by Naomi Campbell titled Nude in Nature III: Crossing Boundaries: The Dynamic Landscape of the Body in Nature with Watercolor. Sat & Sun from 10a-4:30p, Arts Student League Residency at Vyt, 241 Kings Highway, Orangeburg.
  • Closing reception for The Way of Color- Blue by Iris Brooks featuring John McDowell & Michael Wimberly in concert. 4-6p, Union Arts Center, 2 Union Ave, Sparkill.


  • The Nyack Center hosts the 14th annual Men Cooking, a fun food tasting event. All proceeds go directly into the Nyack Center’s programs to assist children and families in need. Celebrity Chefs from the political world include Rockland DA Tom Zugibe and Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart, and from local food hotspots, Didier Dumas of Patisserie Didier Dumas and Kevin Reilly of Roost Restaurant. Tickets sold in advance. 5-7p, Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave.
  • Rockland’s Annual Environmental Day features fun for the whole family, including a tour of the recycling center, a live raptor show, and a chance to purchase organic plants and plant-a-seed. 11a-4p at the Recycling & Environmental Education Center, Torne Valley Road, Hillburn.
  • Marcello’s Restaurant presents Passione, a celebration of music from Classical Italian to modern love songs. Starring international talents like Giada Valenti and Lindsay McCandless and more! 2:30p at the Historic Lafayette Theatre, 97 Lafayette Ave, Suffern.

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