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Nyack Weekender: First Friday of February

Freezing? Don’t let the weather get you down. It’s First Friday in Nyack, and there’s plenty of art and music near Main and Broadway to warm your soul. Plus a play at Elmwood and Antrim, some laughs at Levity Live, and a few flicks to see at Rivertown Film and the Palisades and Valley Cottage libraries.


  • Would you like to know which plants to choose to bring birds to your garden? The Garden Club of Nyack presents Gardening to Attract Birds with Dr. Susan Petro at the Nyack Library. 1-2p, 59 South Broadway.
  • It’s First Friday in Nyack, a monthly celebration of art and music downtown.
    • At 6p, there’s a reception at the Hopper House for Artist of the Month Ed Kirkland followed by a talk by the artist. 82 North Broadway, Nyack
    • At 8p, there’s a themed group art show at Casa del Sol featuring live music by Kimberly Hawkey. 104 Main Street, Nyack.
  • Skate at Bear Mountain Ice Rink. Adults $5, children (ages 4-11) $4. 2-3:30p. General skating: Fri from 8-9:30p, Sat & Sun from 10a-9:30p. Bear Mountain Ice Rink, Bear Mountain State Park, Palisades Interstate Parkway.
  • Need a laugh? Mike Yard, known for his appearances at The Nightly Show, is performing at Levity Live this weekend. Fri & Sat on the 4th floor of the Palisades Center.
  • See Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Elmwood Playhouse. 8p Fridays, Saturdays and 2p on Sundays through Feb 11, 10 Park St, Nyack.


  • Visit the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House and Fraunces Tavern with the Historical Society of Rockland County. It’s a daylong trip through local history which includes bus transportation, docent-led tours and lunch. Info and reservations at
  • The Palisades Free Library hosts a special viewing of the film Apres Vous. Tom Mazziotti, director of Charlie Hoboken and Undertow, will be introducing the film.  5-7p, 19 Closter Road, Palisades.
  • Improve your writings skills at Creative Writing Sundays. The Nyack Library Teen Room will turn into a place for you to read your work and get advice and praise from peers. 6p-7p, 59 South Broadway.


  • The Historical Society of Rockland County presents Let It Snow: Holiday Exhibition, exploring wintertime in Rockland. From the commercial impact of the ice-cutting industry to extreme weather and the adventure of outdoor winter activities, this exhibit includes film footage, photographs and art installations. 12n – 4p, Sun, Wed, Thurs, Fri until Feb 26. HSRC Galleries, 20 Zukor Road, New City.

  • Antrim Playhouse’s Crimes of the Heart is a tragicomedy about three sisters who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s home in Mississippi after one of the sisters shoots her abusive husband. Fri & Sat at 8p; Sun matinee at 2p. 15 Spook Rock Rd, Suffern.

Next Week


Join the Nyack Toastmasters group, not for great toast, but for gaining poise, confidence and effectiveness in spoken communications.  All are welcome to this informative public speaking instruction session.  12-1:45 p at the community/meeting room in the Nyack Library, 59 South Broadway.


  • If you have an interest in exploring the art of water coloring, the Valley Cottage Library offers Wading Through Watercolor.  Local artist Jayne Conte breaks down the basic techniques of watercolors in a relaxing environment with plenty of hands-on instruction. Every Wednesday in February at 10:30a. 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage.
  • It’s movie matinee Wednesday with What Happened to Miss Simone,  a documentary about the life and legend of Nina Simone, a singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the “High Priestess of Soul.” Valley Cottage Library, 2p, 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage.
  • Rivertown Film screens The Trials of Muhammed Ali at the Nyack Center.  The biography/documentary, by Bill Siegel, explores the fascinating life of boxer/icon Muhammed Ali.  Meet the Filmmaker, Bill Siegel, via Skype following the screening.  8p-10p, 58 Depew Ave, Nyack.
  • Head to the Union Arts Center for Weekly Wednesday No.10 with pianist Isabel Pérez Dobarro.  The program is ‘Songs of Spain’, and it will feature music by Albeniz, Granados, de’Falla and others. Pérez Dobarro has performed in major concert halls all over the world.  7:30 – 8:30p, 2 Union St, Sparkill.


  • For fresh food and fresh music, go down to the Nyack Farmers Market and listen to local favorite Jeff Doctorow while perusing the wide selection of produce. Music is 11a-1p, market is every Thursday from 8a-2p. Nyack Center, 58 Depew, Nyack.
  • Cliff Tisdell, art historian, presents a visual lecture on one of the most original American artists of the 20th century and a native son of Nyack, Joseph Cornell.  The lecture begins at 7p at the Valley Cottage Library. 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage.

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