This weekend is your chance to meet your heroes. Nyack’s local artists. Yes, it’s Art Walk weekend, an annual event where merchants turn their shops into mini art galleries. Summer season is upon us, meaning it’s a good time to become a certified lifeguard. And don’t forget, Sunday is Father’s Day. Why not treat dad to a special jazz concert?
This Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to go is brought to you by Rockland Center for the Arts.
This weekend (June 15-17), Nyack is hosting the 13th annual Nyack Art Walk: A Penny for Your Thoughts. Village shops are turned into mini art galleries. Stroll up and down Main St and Broadway, in and out of various venues, and meet the talented artists as they exhibit/sell their amazing art. 95 1/2 Main, Hickory Dickory Dock, The Nyack Library and the Rockland County YMCA are just a few of the 25 participating venues. Be sure to look for Biddy Weed (The Witch of Nyack), Jo Hudson, or Dr. Jacob Brink (Witch Doctor). And listen very carefully as each one shares their thoughts. If you listen, they quite possibly will leave you a penny! Fri 15th, 7:30-9p, Sat 16th, 12-7p and Sun 17th, 12-5p.
- Become a Certified Lifeguard through the American Red Cross. Participate in this three-day-class. Fri to Sun, 4p, KSI Safety Training Academy, 146 S Liberty Dr, Suite 15B, Stony Point.
- The Rockland Center for the Arts presents Johnny Irion: Special Album Release Concert. Driving Friend, released this spring, is a diverse musical heritage that features members of Dawes, Wilco, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers. For this concert, Irion wrote two songs in response to Jim Youngerman’s artwork, which is on exhibit. Tickets are $15 and available online. 7:30p, RoCA, 27 S Greenbush Rd, West Nyack.
- Maureen’s Jazz Cellar presents Hubert Laws, the world’s greatest jazz flutist, featuring David Budway and Chris Smith. 8p, 2 N Broadway, Nyack.
- Join Sharada Devi and her band for an evening of Kirtan, the ancient, traditional form of meditative, call and response chanting. 7:30-9:30p, Union Arts Center, 2 Union St, Sparkill.
- Richie Furay and Band will be performing their POCO album DELIVERIN at live The Turning Point Cafe. Doors open at 7:30p, show time is 8:30p, 468 Piermont Ave. Piermont.
- This week Bike Nyack takes a spin to Englewood, NJ with a stop for coffee at Starbucks. After Sparkill the ride will take 9W to Clinton Ave into Tenafly and Englewood. The return route is via Route 505. 8:30a, meetup at Nyack Memorial Park, corner of Depew & Piermont Aves.
- The Piermont Historical Society presents Family Fun Day. Get your picture taken on the Piermont Express Train, be a Junior Station Master or learn Morse Code. 12-5p, Piermont Train Station, 50 Ash St, Piermont.
- Don’t miss the Bossy Frog Band playing some tunes. 1p, Franklin Street Park (corner of S Franklin and Depot Pl), South Nyack.
- The Rockland Center for the Arts presents the opening reception for Elemental Forces. A public art exhibit where artists created sculptures using renewable energy utilizing solar, wind, and geothermal, demonstrating the potential of alternative energy. 2-5p, Catherine Konner Sculpture Park at RoCA, 27 S Greenbush Rd, West Nyack. Exhibit runs through April 30, 2019.
- Buy a unique piece of art from RoCA’s special limited exhibit Full Circle. Regional artists created works in the tondo format, using the circular form as a dynamic format for geometric and minimalistic works . 2-5p, Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 S Greenbush Rd, West Nyack.
- Very busy octopuses, vegetarian monsters, and weavers are coming to Nyack. Sari-Sari Storybooks and Karenderya presents an afternoon of Filipino storytelling, games, and cassava cake. Author Christina Newhard is reading three magical Filipino children’s stories. 3-5p, Karenderya NY, 248 Main St, Nyack.
- Music on the Rocks presents The Beauty and The Grease. Dance and sing along to the sound of the golden era of rock n’ roll. 7-10p, State Line Lookout, Exit 2 from the Palisades Interstate Pkw, Alpine, NJ.
A Father’s Day jazz concert for the whole family. The Jazz octet Mike Holober and Balancing Act present “Don’t Let Go.” The song-cycle explores the nuances and complexities of the concept of “hope” in the context of current social, political, and environmental realities. This is the second concert premier. The octet is made up of Jo Lawry (voice), Marvin Stamm (trumpet), Dick Oatts (reeds), Jason Rigby (reeds), Mark Patterson (trombone), Mike Holober (piano/composer), John Hebert (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums). Tickets are available online for $10-20. Union Arts Center, 3-5p, 2 Union St, Sparkill.
- Nice weekend to go to the lake? No reason to go upstate when you can go up the hill and rent a kayak at Rockland Lake from the Rockland Rowing Association. $20 or $28 per hour for single or double kayak. Go to the boathouse at Parking Lot #6, Sat/Sun 10-4p and Fri 3-7p. Rockland Lake State Park, 299 Rockland Lake Road, Congers NY.
- Hang out by the water, have a few drinks and dance the evening away with KickStartCharlie, an eight piece rock n’ roll band that includes a 3 piece horn section. KSC’s focus is songs that bring you to a place you love and remember. 5-9p, Washington Irving Boat Club, 238 Green St, Tarrytown.
- Bobby Belfry and The David Budway Trio are playing a special Father’s Day show. They will perform their record One Lucky Day in its entirety. 6p, Maureen’s Jazz Cellar, 2 N Broadway, Nyack.
Enjoy Brian LaBlanc and the music of Neil Diamond and Paul Simon at Simply Diamond, Simply Simon. In the first act, LaBlanc will play Paul Simon’s hits, including “You Can Call Me Al,” and Act II will feature Neil Diamond top hits like “Sweet Caroline.“ Tickets are available online. Dinner starts at 6:15p and the show at 8p. The Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford.
- The Nyack Park Conservancy is kicking off its summer concert series with Bobby Deitch Band. Enjoy original soul music influenced by Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Michael Jackson. 7p, Memorial Park, corner of Piermont and Depew Ave, Nyack.
Learn all about eBikes, the newest trend in bikes, at the Rockland Bicycling Club meeting at the New City Library. Edward Busk, the owner of Sleek eBikes in Tarrytown will answer all your questions and will have a few eBikes to try out in the parking lot after the meeting. 7p, 220 N Main St, New City.
The Historical Society of Rockland County presents the Nyack Record Shop Project. In January 2018, the NRSP collected oral histories documenting the inspiring personal stories of African Americans living in the Nyack. Bill Batson, director of NRSP, is now speaking about the project. 7:15p, HSRC, 20 Zukor Rd, New City.
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