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Nyack Weekender: First Friday and Cinco de Mayo

Get ready for a packed weekend. Stop by the Nyack Center to hear local artists talk about what inspired their work and to watch the heartbreaking documentary Considering Matthew Shepard. Or, go on a treasure hunt at Blauvelt’s village-wide Community Yard Sale. It’s also First Friday. Check out the newest art exhibits at RoCA and The ARCH Gallery.
This Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it is brought to you by Rockland Center for the Arts. This weekend, come to the Summer Day Camp Open House or see the Do One Thing Art Exhibition & Sale.


Rivertown Film asks: What inspires creative people? 16 local artists in all disciplines will share their sources of their inspiration, using only 10 slides and 20 seconds per slide. It’s a fascinating, fast-paced window into the creative mind. Performance art about art. Participants include musicians, artists, filmmakers, actors, and cultural activists. Tickets to this unique event are $30 ($25 for Rivertown Film members) and are available online. 8p, Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave, Nyack.

  • On the First Friday of each month, local businesses host art and music events.
    • Check out artwork by Elaine Schloss and “Conversations” with the Nyack Art Collective. Listen to the artists speak about their work, techniques, and inspiration. 8-10p, 104 Main St, Nyack.
    • From 6-7p there will be a reception for Chris Randolph, the First Friday Artist of the Month. Randolph is the director of the Rockland Living Museum at Rockland Psychiatric Center. Afterwards, she and Lisa Dominick will explore the idea that art is a natural and healing outlet for any kind of recovery. Gallery, 7-8p at Edward Hopper House, 82 N Broadway, Nyack.
  • Enjoy classical guitar music by Liz Hogg. She will perform songs from her debut album as well as older material. 10:30p, Olive’s, 118a Main St, Nyack.


Don’t miss Blauvelt’s 7th annual Community Yard Sale. Grab a map at the Blauvelt Free Library or online, and plan your route for this treasure hunt. Sale locations are easily found; just look for the teal and orange “Blauvelt Yard Sale” signs. The event is rain or shine, though individual homes may cancel in bad weather. Sat and Sun, 9a-4p, Blauvelt.

  • Strawtown Studio presents its new community workshop series The Four Elements. This Saturday, explore air–our connections with it, and how it works in balance with the other elements. Have fun playing with a variety of lightweight materials. All ages are welcome. 10:30a-12:30p, Marydell Faith & Life Center, 640 N Midland Ave, Nyack.
  • Get your derby hats out for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby and join the festive Opening Reception in Honor of Artist Mitchell Martinez. This event benefits the Martinez family, whose Nyack home was damaged by a fire earlier in April. The gallery is exhibiting their small collection of his paintings. 2-8p, The ARCH Gallery, 23 N Broadway, Nyack.

ArtsRock and the Rockland County Pride Center present Considering Matthew Shepard. Watch this uplifting and heartbreaking oratorio telling the story of a young man from Wyoming who was beaten and died for being gay. This PBS special is a documentary of the history and legacy of Matthew Shepard, with many new songs. After the screening, stay for a discussion about the production. Tickets are $10 and available online. 7p, Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave, Nyack.

  • In the spirit of “Do One Thing” to make the world a better place, Rockland Center for the Arts is hosting a Do One Thing Art Exhibition and Sale. Celebrate the creativity and power of social activism. See and buy artwork by young and professional artists, all benefiting RoCA and the Blue Rock School. Enjoy live music, dancing, and an open wine and beer bar. 7-10p, 27 S Greenbush Rd, West Nyack.


  • Neighbors helping neighbors repair their stuff: Bring your broken, ripped, or inoperable items to the Rockland Repair Cafe. Repair coaches will be on hand to help revive your stuff. 10a-1p, Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave, Nyack.
  • Meet the staff, tour the grounds, and create some art at the Rockland Center for the Arts’ Summer Day Camp Open House. 1-4p, RoCA, 27 S Greenbush Rd, West Nyack.
  • Tea and Treats and Death and Dying: Dying To Bloom, a natural burial boutique for humans and pets, hosts a safe, respectful space to share beliefs, curiosity, fear, and stories about mortality. Includes refreshments. 2p, 48 Burd St, Suite 101, Nyack.
  • POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.  Grab a chair or blanket and enjoy a Musical Tribute for Peter Seeger. Celebrate the folk hero’s 100th birthday by honoring his accomplishments, contributions, and commitments in protecting the Hudson River. 6-8p, South Nyack Franklin Street Park, Nyack.

Next Week


Get together for an evening of original music with Marc Douglas Berardo & David Olney. Don’t miss their First Time Ever Together Tour of the Northeast. 8p, The Turning Point Cafe, 468 Piermont Ave, Piermont.

Looking Ahead …

Saturday, May 11

The Historical Society of the Nyacks is hosting its 8th annual Great Nyack House Tour. Step inside and explore several stunning homes. There will be seven stops at houses ranging from Gothic Revival and Queen Anne Victorian styles to a converted barn with spectacular river views. The Carson McCullers house, featured on this year’s tour, is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places for its association with the renowned American author. Tickets are $50 in advance and available online, or $60 on the day of the tour. Rain or shine, pick up your tickets at 9:30a or later at the Living Christ Church, 151 S Broadway (Voorhis Ave entrance), S Nyack.

The Mother’s Day Plant and Flower Sale at Grace Episcopal Church is a much beloved annual event. This year, in addition to handmade bouquets and fresh flower arrangements for Mother’s Day and an array of annual bedding plants and perennials from parishioners’ own gardens, there will be cuttings of the church’s historic ivory for sale. 10a-2p, Memorial Garden, 130 First Ave, Nyack.


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