Take your pick of art openings, music performances and war re-enactments. And speaking of epic battles, there are two public meetings next week to improve your future commuting options and ability to get around without a car. Jazz, Blues, theatre, history, a farm tour, the Field of Screamz, a cemetery tour and a Feast of Thrones: here’s your weekend playbill for what to do and where to do it, brought to you by The Arts Council of Rockland.
- Cocomama brings it! A world of musical and cultural backgrounds mixed with Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Caribbean and South American traditions to create a sound that is all at once fierce and beautiful! Enjoy the music with champagne, cocktails and sangria. 7:30p at Nyack Library, 59 S Broadway.
- Antrim Playhouse presents the 1940s murder mystery musical A Shot in the Dark. Fri & Sat at 8p, Sun at 2p. Antrim Playhouse, 15 Spook Rock Rd, Wesley Hills.
- Penguin Rep Theatre stages Daniel’s Husband, a play about an ideal couple, albeit Mitchell does not believe in marriage and Daniel does. Fri at 2 & 8p, Sat at 4 & 8p, Sun at 2p. at Penguin Rep Theatre, 7 Cricketown Rd, Stony Point.
- Check out Sculpture in the Garden, featuring the work of James Tyler and Santi-Hitorangi. Exhibit on display Wed – Sun, 12 -5p, through Oct 23. Edward Hopper House, 82 N Broadway, Nyack.
- In celebration of 400 Years of Haverstraw, take part in a self-guided Historic Homes & Landmarks Tour that highlights many aspects of the town’s rich and vibrant history. Tickets here. 10a – 4p at downtown Haverstraw.
- Join the 2nd New York American Revolution Demonstration. Watch and learn how an American unit in the first year of the American Revolution would march, drill, charge bayonets and fire in unison. 11a – 4p at Stony Point Battlefield, 44 Battlefield Rd, Stony Point.
- Take part in a Feast of Thrones, a culinary journey through the seven kingdoms. Enjoy a boisterous evening and Kings Landing-style hospitality at a communal feast table, music by Three Pints Shy and local ales and wines. Tickets here. 7p at Union Arts Center, 2 Union Ave, Sparkill.
- Rockland Boulders presents Field of Screamz, the scariest haunted house in the Hudson Valley. 7 – 8p at Palisades Credit Union Park, 1 Provident Bank Park Dr, Pomona.
- Pete Maness and the Master Keys performs jazz and blues at 3p at Sixty 5 On Main, 65 Main St, Nyack.
- It’s a little bit of Germany right here in Rockland County. 2016 Oktoberfest serves up German food and beer, entertainment and craft vendors. Sat & Sun from 12:30 – 5p, Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Palisades Interstate Parkway, Bear Mountain.
- Experience a political time capsule in Rockland Votes! A Look at Presidential Elections, 1854–1968. Wed through Fri and Sun, 12-4p through Nov 6. The Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Rd, New City.
- The Historical Society of Nyack hosts Van Houten’s Landing Historic Neighborhood exhibit. Weekly on Sat from 1-4p at 50 Piermont Ave, Nyack.
- Bluefield Farm Open Farm Day invites the public to witness a bee hive demo, take a wild edible and medicinal plant walk and enjoy Italian and Vietnamese street food throughout the day. 1-5p at Bluefield Farm, 690 Western Hwy N, Blauvelt.
- Classical pianists Matthew Harrison and Vlada Yaneva perform the innovative program, Russia: A Composers’ Revolution. 1:30 – 3:30p at Valley Cottage Library, 110 Rt 303.
- Enjoy the diverse culinary options of The Flavors of Haverstraw, a small plates food crawl. Over fifteen restaurants participate with live outdoor music scattered throughout. 2 – 6p at Sterling Bank 38 New Main St, Haverstraw.
- Walk scenic Oak Hill Cemetery and celebrate the lives of many ‘permanent residents’ of Nyack. The Historical Society of the Nyacks’ Walking Tour of Oak Hill Cemetery meets at 2p at the cemetery entrance gate on Rt 9W behind Nyack Hospital.
- A screening of This House Matters, a documentary and discussion on historic preservation. 4p at Palisades Community Center, 675 Oak Tree Rd.
- Opening Reception for In Form: Contemporary Ceramics, on display through Nov 30. 1 – 4p at Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 S Greenbush Rd, West Nyack.
- Opening Reception for Restoration showcasing the work of twelve accomplished local photographers, painters and sculptors from 2 – 5p at Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts, 103 South Greenbush Rd, Orangeburg.
It’s Transportation Week in Nyack, with public meetings on Monday and Wednesday about plans to improve our ability to get around town and the region. Although Transportation Week may not have the same compelling ring as the village’s annual art or jazz weeks, it holds the promise to change how Nyack’s downtown will look in the future and how we will get to work using mass transit.
On Monday at 7p, there’s a Transportation Alternatives Program workshop at The Nyack Center, where the public gets to see and weigh in on proposed plans to enhance the South Broadway business district with improved crosswalks, sidewalks, ADA Ramps, landscaping, street and pedestrian lighting, receptacles and a bike lane on South Franklin Street. It’s all courtesy of a $1.5 million federal grant with matching funds from the Village of Nyack.
Do you ride the Tappan Zee Express (TZx) to catch a Metro North train in Tarrytown or White Plains? On Wed at 6p in the Nyack Library, learn about the WiFi enabled, traffic-signal coordinated future replacement to the TZx, coming to a bus stop near you in 2018. The Lower Hudson Transit Link (LHTL) will open when the new Tappan Zee Bridge opens, running along the I-287 corridor between Suffern and White Plains. Features of the new system include new bus stations with pre-boarding fare collection; state-of-the-art buses with WiFi; smart traffic signals that adapt to traffic conditions in real time. Come to the Wed workshop to learn more about how mass transit will help you cross the Hudson in just two short years from today.
Music Mondays: Jazz with saxophonist Matt Garrison and Friends, plus offerings by the chefs of Halo and Horns, 6p at Union Arts Center, 2 Union Ave, Sparkill.
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