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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER ON DECEMBER 14

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by Daily Kids Events Editor December 14, 2014

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester today, December 14, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Westchester's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening December 14. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Main Street Market at the Westchester County Center - Westchester County Center
December 14, 2014 - White Plains

Local foods and products. No professional antiques or collectible dealers or representatives of nationally branded products or businesses will be allowed. Parking is $5.

Dickens's Christmas Carol - Old Dutch Church/Philipsburg Manor
December 14, 2014 - Sleepy Hollow

Experience the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as never before! Nestle in to the cozy confines of the Old Dutch Church and let master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, complete with musical accompaniment, regale you with his adaptation of this Charles Dickens classic. Performances last about an hour. Afterwards, enjoy complimentary admission to A Holiday Open House at Philipsburg Manor, just across the street from the Old Dutch Church. Browse the museum shop and discover creative gifts for everyone on your list. Buy advance tickets online at hudsonvalley.org. Select dates through Dec. 21.

The Laurie Berkner Band's Holiday Show - Tarrytown Music Hall
December 14, 2014 - Tarrytown

Children's music superstar and pre-school television favorite, Laurie Berkner, is coming to Tarrytown for a live holiday concert with her band! Says Laurie, "One of my fondest memories of the winter holidays is singing together with my family every Christmas Eve. It's one of my favorite ways to celebrate this time of year, and I feel really lucky to sing some of those same songs now at my holiday concerts with families who enjoy my music!" The Laurie Berkner Band will celebrate the season with traditional songs like "Jingle Bells" and "Frosty the Snowman," plus originals from Laurie's well-loved album, "A Laurie Berkner Christmas," including "Santa's Coming to My House Tonight" and "Candle Chase." Laurie's festive holiday performance will also showcase many fan favorites from her new album of greatest hits, "The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection."

Brian Vegh Fiddles Holiday Music - Hudson River Museum
December 14, 2014 - Yonkers

Enjoy holiday music and cheer from classical violist, Celtic fiddler, and composer, Brian Vegh.

ZUMBAthon: Holiday Charity Event - Posillipo Center
December 14, 2014 - Rye Brook

Holiday gifts will be collected for local foster children; all attendees are asked to consider donating a holiday present (new and unused only, please) for a child in need. All proceeds benefit Forever Families Through Adoption.

The Nutcracker Ball - Ballet des Ameriques
December 14, 2014 - Port Chester

Ballet des Ameriques School and Company presents excerpts from The Nutcracker and pieces from the repertoire of its professional company.

Family Art Project: Colorful Candles & Winter Berries - Wave Hill
December 14, 2014 - Bronx

Take a simple candlestick and, using colorful clay-like wax, mix and mold an inventive image of nature onto a candle. Add berries and boughs to decorate a candle holder and create a source of natural light for any occasion.

Winter's Adornment Family Walk - Wave Hill
December 14, 2014 - Bronx

Take a family-friendly walk through the gardens or woodlands, to investigate vibrant berries, colorful twigs, and dazzling patterns. Led by naturalist and educator, Gabriel Willow. Ages six and older welcome with an adult.

Applause Musical Theater Workshop (5th-8th Grade Class) Performs "Opening Doors" - The Emelin Theatre
December 14, 2014 - Mamaroneck

Applause Musical Theater Workshop (5th-8th grade class) performs "Opening Doors." What happens when you’re a young actor and you can't get cast in a show? You write and put on your own! That’s what this group of young actors do in this original musical revue, conceived and produced by the Applause team of teachers. Appropriate for ages 4 and older. Reservations recommended. To purchase tickets visit emelin.org or call 914-698-0098. For more information contact westchester@applauseny.com or call 914-835-2200.

Applause Musical Theater Workshop (8th-12th Grade Class) Performs 'Legally Blonde the Musical' - The Emelin Theatre
December 14, 2014 - Mamaroneck

Applause Musical Theater Workshop (8th-12th grade class) Performs "Legally Blonde the Musical." The show follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical is hilarious, heart-warming, and ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish. Reservations recommended. To purchase tickets, visit emelin.org or call 914-698-0098. For more information contact: westchester@applauseny.com or call 914-835-2200.

The Sky Tonight: A Holiday Star Show - Hudson River Museum Planetarium
December 14, 2014 - Yonkers

Celebrate the turning of the seasons with this special live planetarium program for the holidays. The end of the year is a time of long, cold nights, including the longest night of the year: the Winter Solstice. In the museum's new digital planetarium, visitors will watch the seasons come and go, both from the surface of the earth and from out in space, looking back at our planet. The story of the Star of Bethlehem will be discussed, and the various possibilities for what real astronomical object or event might have given rise to the legend. Forty minutes.

Family Storytime: Celebrate Hanukkah - White Plains Public Library
December 14, 2014 - White Plains

Interactive story time with a craft and snack for children ages 3 and older and their families.

Annual Holiday SIng-Along with Marc Black - Via Vanti! Restaurant
December 14, 2014 - Mt. Kisco

A lighthearted, heartwarming tradition from Via Vante! restaurant. Song sheets for the sing-along will be provided.

Diane Darst Learning to Look(r) Family Art Day - Bruce Museum
December 14, 2014 - Greenwich

Today's program will be presented in conjunction with the Bruce Museum exhibition Northern Baroque Splendor. The lessons will be led by Learning to Look Instructor beginning at 1:15 pm and repeated at 2:15 pm.There will be art activities in the Education Workshop. All activities are fully accessible and suitable for people of all abilities. No reservation required.

Kimono Gallery Talk with Alexander Murray - Katonah Museum of Art
December 14, 2014 - Katonah

Experience the silky luxury of silky kimonos first-hand when kimono collector Alexander Murray brings kimonos from his 1,000-piece kimono collection for visitors to handle admire up close. This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor, which is on view through Jan. 4, 2015. In the Beitzel and Righter Galleries.

Life on the Farm in Winter - Muscoot Farm
December 14, 2014 - Katonah

Join the curator for a walk to learn how the farm animals (and people!) get ready for the winter.

Winter Wildflower Arrangements - Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary
December 14, 2014 - Rye

Bring your own vase and make a beautiful festive centerpiece for the holidays using dried plants.

Pre-Holiday Scavenger Hunt - Marshlands Conservancy
December 14, 2014 - Rye

Observe the natural world while finding items to take home with you.

The Great Westchester Toy & Train Show - Westchester County Center
December 14, 2014 - White Plains

The Largest Toy & Train Show in the Northeast featuring more than 350 vendor tables. New and antique toys and trains, all gauges, train parts, layouts, appraisals, die-cast automobiles, books, test tracks, toy soldiers, Match Box, Star Wars, Thomas and Friends, games, and toys for all ages.

Guided Trail Experience - Greenburgh Nature Center
December 14, 2014 - Scarsdale

Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or which mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. With support from Con Edison.

Gingerbread Decorating Workshop - The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester
December 14, 2014 - White Plains

After donning chef's hats and aprons, children will decorate gingerbread houses alongside The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester pastry chefs. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited; call 914-467-5826 for reservations.

Stuffscapes - Pelham Art Center
Through December 20, 2014 - Pelham

Stuffscapes, a six-person outdoor exhibition with sculptures made from diverse materials such as cast metal, repurposed wood, and found objects, demonstrates commitment to material engagement while exploring a dialog of personal and cultural significance of the sculptural object. Stuffscapes is a six-person outdoor sculpture exhibition in the courtyard. The six sculptors, David Alban, Margaret Coleman, Stephen Eakin, Liz Ensz, Coral Lambert, and James Lentz each present a new sculpture that explores the significance of an object in relationship to permanence and temporality, our cultural perspective on the environment, and the materials we use. From cast metal to repurposed wood and found objects, the show reflects a broad span of materials exploring the continuum from which all manmade materials are ultimately derived from an organic natural resource. It further explores the relationship between the natural process of geological evolution that creates our natural materials and the artists' interventions that mold and shape them for cultural purposes. With each sculpture, the show strives to present an object of cultural significance that considers the resources we have, and uses them in new and exciting ways. On view through Dec. 20. The opening reception will be part of ArtsFest on Sept. 27, and will include a community aluminum pour organized by the Stuffscapes artists. See the sculptures, meet the artists, carve your own wall tile, and watch it be poured in aluminum. (Cost is $20 to make a tile). Curated by ArtShape Mammoth. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham, NY 10803. 914-738-2525. info@pelhamartcenter.org. Directions: Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop. These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Jewish Community Services; hibu; Nurses Network of America; Town of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; Bistro Rollin; Robin's Art+Giving; Nycon; Junior League of Pelham, Prospect Hill Lunchtime Enrichment; Strypemonde Foundation; Mark Link Insurance; Broadway Electric, Owen Berkowitz; Members; and Annual Fund Donors.

North White Plains Fire Company Annual Christmas Tree Sale - North White Plains Fire Company No. 1
Through December 20, 2014 - N. White Plains

Proceeds benefit North White Plains Fire Company. Free parking, all ages welcome.Trees are priced according to size and type. For additional information, call 914-949-3575 or email ncsfd1@optonline.net.

Holiday Exhibit - Trains: Your Ticket to the Great Outdoors - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through December 21, 2014 - Scarsdale

Display of model trains, presented by the Yonkers Model Railroad Club. See the model-sized scenic wonders of New England, upstate New York, and even the Greenburgh Nature Center. Exhibit runs weekends: Dec. 6-7, Dec. 13-14, and Dec. 20-21 from 10am-4:30pm. NOTE DATE CHANGE: The train show will NOT be open Nov. 29-30.

CLAY-HOLIDAY: Annual Studio Tour and Sale - Clay Art Center
Through December 22, 2014 - Port Chester

Shop local and give hand-made! Clay Art Center's popular Annual Holiday Studio Tour and Sale features fine, functional pottery and ceramic sculpture by Clay Art Center and invited artists. The sale, which takes place in the center's gallery and shop, will run from Nov. 22 through Dec. 22, with an opening reception and holiday celebration on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 6-8pm. Tour the studios, shop, and purchase one-of-a-kind gifts. Be among the first 101 to arrive and qualify to win a $101 CAC gift certificate. Nov. 22 through Dec. 22. The holiday sale, which annually features hundreds of pieces by 50 area artists, is an opportunity to purchase functional pottery and one-of-a-kind clay art for holiday gift-giving as well as for one's own use. It is also a time to discover the area's only ceramic center, where sculptors and potters work in a cooperative environment. Visitors are welcome to tour the artists' studio spaces, to see them at work. Hours are Monday-Wednesday, 10am-4pm; Thursday-Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 12-4pm. Nov. 22-Dec. 22. Participating Artists include: Sally Aldrich, Peter Arnow, Keiko Ashida, Robert Bello, Dalia Berman, Cory Brown, Julie Buyon, Jennifer Cherpock, Andrew Coombs, Jane Cohen, Paula Cook, Kelley Donahue, Lindsey Francis, Deborah Heid, Robin Henschel, Heather Houston, Natalie Kase, Reena Kashyap, Sarah Koster, Loren Maron, Deborah Mawhinney, Jon McMillan, Sally Ng, Gloria Nixon-Crouch, Mari Ogihara, Don Reynolds, Roberta Shapiro, Hal Silverman, Matt Smith, Lindsey Scypta, Jesse Ross and Tracy Shell, Gabriele Sia, Tamar Sobol, Kristina Stafford, Mike Stumbras, Hatsumi Suyama, Kyla Toomey, and Susan Wortman. Featured Artists in the shop include: Jenni Brant, Brooke Evans, Heather Mae Erickson, Stepanka Horalkova, Noelle Horsefield Mike Jabbur, Kristen Kieffer, Shawn O'Connor, Doug Peltzman, Chris Pickett, and Grace Sheese. Clay Art Center is a not-for-profit ceramic art organization offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community. It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech St. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am-4pm, or by appointment. For more information contact Caitlin Brown, at caitlin@clayartcenter.org or call 914-937-2047 x227.

Chanukah Wonderland - Irvington Village
Through December 22, 2014 - Irvington

Shop and play at Chanukah Wonderland at 64 Main St. in Irvington, from Dec. 7 to Dec. 22 for an all-ages Chanukah experience. Enjoy an exclusive gift store stocked with Judaica, gifts, and Chanukah merchandise. There will be an array of events and activities designed to pique the interest of every age group, and provide hands-on ways to celebrate and learn about Chanukah. Stop by to craft a candle, decorate a candle, or make a menorah. There will be hot, delicious latkes served every day after school from 3-4pm, cooking classes, children's story times, and special events at nights for adults. Chanukah Wonderland will be open Monday-Thursday, 2pm-6pm, Friday, 11am-3pm, and Sundays 11am-6pm.

'The North Pole Adventure' a DreamWorks DreamPlace at Westchester's Ridge Hill - Westchester's Ridge Hill - Yonkers
Through December 24, 2014 - Yonkers

This interactive holiday experience is designed by Westchester's Ridge Hill and DreamWorks Animation to revolutionize a visit to Santa and eliminate long waiting lines. The walk-through starts with Shrek, ends with Santa, and seamlessly blends storytelling with cutting-edge technology. The unique, family adventure will culminate in a private, personalized meeting with Santa, complete with photos in the classic style. Bonus: no long lines! Families will be able to schedule visits through a dedicated smartphone app seven days a week, beginning Thursday, Nov. 6 through Wednesday, Dec. 24. About Westchester's Ridge Hill Westchester's Ridge Hill is a regional destination for the very best shopping, dining, and entertainment Westchester has to offer. Patterned after a classic downtown with a lush town square, it features a children's play area, dancing fountains, and a trolley - the Westchester's Ridge Hill Express. Shopping, dining, and entertainment options at Ridge Hill include National Amusements Showcase Cinema de Lux - a 12-screen movie theater featuring a restaurant, bar, and children's playroom, REI, and Dick's Sporting Goods, and Lord & Taylor, as well as popular brands and retailers like Apple, The Art of Shaving, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Bath & Body Works, Bonefish Grill, Brio Tuscan Grille, Brooks Brothers Flatiron Shop, Charming Charlie, The Cheesecake Factory, Clarks, Desigual, Express, Elevation Burger, Francesca's Collections, Gap, GapKids, Guitar Center, Havana Central, H&M, LA Fitness, Lefteris Gyro, The Limited, LL Bean, Old Navy, Orvis, Pandora, Republic of Couture, Sephora, South Moon Under, Subway, Sur La Table, Texas de Brazil, TJ Maxx, Vera Bradley, Verizon/Go Wireless, Victoria's Secret, White House/Black Market, Whole Foods Market, and Yard House. LegoLand Discovery Center, Haagen-Dazs, and a two-level UNIQLO are now open. Located at Exit 6A off the New York State Thruway and at the Tuckahoe Road West exit from the Sprain Brook Parkway, the shopping and dining haven is easily accessible to millions of Westchester, Putnam, and Metropolitan-area residents and visitors. Westchester's Ridge Hill features 160,000 square feet of office space - approximately 110,000 square feet of which is occupied by WESTMED Medical Group, as well as an urgent care center. Learn more at westchestersridgehill.com.

Photos with Santa at Cross County Shopping Center - Cross County Shopping Center
Through December 24, 2014 - Yonkers

Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home located between The Gap and Bath & Body Works. View Santa's schedule at assets.macerichepicenter.com/filemanager/property/pagecontent/_shared/santahours_2014/ccc_santahours_2014.pdf. Big on Santa Paws? Bring your cats and dogs only for Pet Photos on Mondays, December 1, 8, and 15 from 6-8pm! Please keep dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier until photo time. Dogs and cats will receive free treats at the event. The best place to park for a quick walk to Santa's Village is between Gap/Boston Market/Victoria's Secret.

Photos with Santa at The Westchester Mall - The Westchester Mall
Through December 24, 2014 - White Plains

Santa Claus is taking up residence at The Westchester Mall Nov. 6 through Dec. 24. Stop in and have your photo taken with the jolly man himself. View Santa's schedule at simon.com/mall/the-westchester/stream/photos-with-santa-2102180. You can even bring your furry friends to have their holiday photo taken with Santa 7-8pm Nov. 25 and Dec. 16. (All animals must be on a leash or in a cage.)

Photos with Santa at The Galleria at White Plains - The Galleria at White Plains
Through December 24, 2014 - White Plains

Santa Claus is coming to town! Stop in and have your photo taken with the jolly man himself. View Santa's schedule at simon.com/mall/the-galleria-at-white-plains/stream/photos-with-santa-2102580.

Ossining Farmers' Market - Ossining
Through December 27, 2014 - Ossining

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

'It Happened One Christmas Eve' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through December 28, 2014 - Elmsford

A heart-warming musical about an infant left on a Brooklyn doorstep one Christmas eve, and the magic she brings to the lives of those who find her. It captures the holiday messages of love, forgiveness, understanding, loyalty, and perseverance in a nostalgic story of holiday joy. The show is filled with favorite Christmas carols and popular seasonal songs, and is sure to please the entire family. Dec. 4 through Dec. 28.

Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2014 - Norwalk

Meerkats are members of the mongoose family that live in social ?mobs? in the Kalahari Desert, in the southern African nations of Botswana and South Africa. No mere cats, meerkats are fascinating for living in structured but cooperative societies, including a foraging strategy where adults take turns standing guard upright on their hind feet, watching for predators, while the others eat. The meerkats? exhibit offers opportunities for climbing, digging and exploring, with several feeding locations to keep them on the alert for incoming crickets. A viewing bubble lets visitors pop up right among the meerkats. February 1-December 31, 2014.

Family Fondue Sundays - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through December 31, 2014 - White Plains

Fondue dining allows everyone to enjoy good conversation, eat slowly, and savor each bite...plus, it's fun! Parents can enjoy a three-course meal (salad, entree, and chocolate), and kids younger than age 14 can have two courses (entree and chocolate), all for a fixed price every Sunday in December from 12pm to 4pm. Visit meltingpot.com/white-plains/specials for details.

Holiday Tea Musicales - Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Through December 31, 2014 - Katonah

Holiday time is a splendid occasion to visit the Rosen House. The afternoon starts with a docent-led tour of the Rosen House, which will be beautifully decorated for the season. It will be reminiscent of holidays past, when the Rosens were in residence at their beloved country home. The tour is followed by a joyful 45-minute concert of holiday music in the majestic Music Room. A special Afternoon Tea consisting of finger sandwiches, scones, scrumptious holiday treats (hot chocolate with marshmallows for the children), and a variety of teas, will be served in the wonderfully decked-out Summer Dining Room to end the festive afternoon. December 3-7, 10-12, 17-18, at 1pm.

Rocket Park Mini Golf - NY Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2014 - Corona

Putt your way through a nine-hole miniature golf course that teaches the science of spaceflight. Players will explore key science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist, and more.

The Science Playground - NY Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2014 - Corona

The nation's largest science playground features 60,000 square feet of exhibits for children of all ages. Slides, seesaws, climbing webs, a water play area, drums, mirrors, sand boxes and more allow kids to explore science by playing. Open weather permitting.

'The Polar Express - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 01, 2015 - Norwalk

See this popular holiday film about a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus and gets taken on a magical Christmas Eve trip to the North Pole. November 28-January 1, 2015.

The Storefront Project: POM! POM! Pelham by Maureen McCourt - Pelham Art Center
Through January 03, 2015 - Pelham

Pelham Art Center is pleased to announce the sixth Storefront Project, POM! POM! Pelham by Maureen McCourt, a soft and colorful installation created from objects found or purchased in Pelham that investigates notions of potential. On view Nov. 14, 2014 through Jan. 3, 2015. About The Storefront Project Pelham Art Center's Storefront Project activates empty and underused storefronts in downtown Pelham, NY, by installing temporary "pop-up" art exhibitions by emerging artists. These street-level exhibitions serve to energize both the space and the streetscape, continuously refreshing the cultural environment of downtown Pelham. Exhibitions of painting, photography, and other two-dimensional work, along with sculpture and installations will each be shown for roughly one month. The Storefront Project is part of PAC's larger Public Art Program, which includes sculpture and installation exhibitions in the Pelham Art Center courtyard for enjoyment by the public. Free arts programming positively impacts the neighborhood, stimulates local businesses, and builds community by attracting residents and new visitors to an arts destination. An open call was published in April, inviting artists to respond to one or more of the following criteria when submitting a proposal: site-specificity, community building, public engagement, interactivity, history of Pelham/Westchester County/New York, and/or the importance of creating and sustaining public spaces. For more information on how to apply, visit Pelham Art Center's website at pelhamartcenter.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with 12 proposals accepted per year. All work is for sale and inquiries can be made through Pelham Art Center. Directions: Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Jewish Community Services; hibu; Nurses Network of America; Town of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; Bistro Rollin; Robin's Art+Giving; Nycon; Junior League of Pelham, Prospect Hill Lunchtime Enrichment; Strypemonde Foundation; Mark Link Insurance; Broadway Electric, Owen Berkowitz; Members; and Annual Fund Donors.

CRAFT-TASTIC: An Exhibition and Sale of the Handmade - Pelham Art Center
Through January 03, 2015 - Pelham

Set aside some time this holiday season to enjoy the vibrant world of handmade objects. As well as a treat for the eyes, Pelham Art Center's annual exhibition, Craft-Tastic, is also a creative alternative to chain store holiday shopping, featuring unique, functional, wearable, and decorative crafts. These lovingly crafted handmade pieces, created by 18 local and national craft artists, represent a range of scale, techniques, materials, and prices. A silk screened print, a sculptural wall piece, or a handmade quilt could be the perfect house gift for someone...or for your own home. Sport a one-of-a-kind hat created by a local milliner, or a signature piece of jewelry at your next holiday party. In response to holiday demand, the show will open early this year and run from Nov. 14, 2014 through Jan. 3, 2015. Don't miss the opening reception and free all-ages hands-on craft workshop on Friday, Nov. 14 from 6:30-8pm. Bring the family! This year’s Craft-Tastic explores the idea of craft as social activism. A new generation of craft artists, referred to as the DIY (Do It Yourself) Craft Movement, are embracing traditional crafts such as crochet and embroidery to introduce a nostalgic irony and address traditional gender roles in their work. Artist Nathan Vincent crochets delicate doilies with images of grenades, pipes, and moustaches. The embroidery hoops of Sarah Grange such as Vintage Straight Razor, or the hunting trophy Floral Deer also contrast traditional feminine crafts with masculine imagery. This act of playful transformation can be seen most directly in Maureen McCourt's sculptures, where she carefully selects tools such as ladders and saws from flea markets and covers them with fabric pompons, crafting them into a soft explosion of color. Laura Petrovich-Cheney also softens a hard material by referencing traditional American patchwork designs to create her sculptural wall quilts, upcycled from salvaged wood from Hurricane Sandy. This practice of creating art objects from previously used and discarded materials addresses environmental concerns from recycling to climate change. Craft-Tastic is curated by Gail Heidel, gallery and public program manager at Pelham Art Center. Artists: Amanda Browder (NY), Priscilla Dobler (WA), Kathryn Fenstermaker (TN), MaryLouise Gladstone, MLV Designs (NY), Sarah Grange (NY), Mike Helke (WI), Hee Sook Kim (PA), Ashley Landon (NY), Loop of the Loom (NY), Hanga Mathe- Babelfish (Czech Republic), Maureen McCourt (NY), Leigh Taylor Mickelson (NY), Sana Musasama (NY), Laura Petrovich-Cheney (NJ), Risa's Pieces Jewelry (NY), Susan Saas (NY), Chris Stain (NY), Kyla Toomey (MA), Nathan Vincent (NY) About Pelham Art Center Pelham Art Center's mission is to provide the public with a place, the resources and the opportunity to see, study, and experience the arts in a community setting. Currently serving more than 16,000 adults and children in Westchester County and parts of the Bronx by offering high-quality free and affordable art programs year round, Pelham Art Center is committed to the belief that the public's access to and participation in the arts strengthens communities and fosters lifelong engagement in the arts.

The Katonah Museum of Art presents Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor - Katonah Museum of Art
Through January 04, 2015 - Katonah

The striking duality of deadly weaponry forged with artistic beauty is on full display in "Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor." With 63 works by master craftsmen from the 13th to 20th centuries, the exhibition features five full sets of armor, masks, helmets, and warrior hats. Remarkable weapons include long and short swords, daggers, and examples of early Japanese rifles. The exhibition also showcases a pair of 17th-century folding screens by a Kano school artist, depicting battle scenes from the famous Tale of the Heike, one of the greatest warrior epics in Japanese literature that marks the dawn of samurai honor, valor, and fortitude. On view from Oct. 12, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015. In the Beitzel and Righter Galleries.

Westchester's Winter Wonderland - Kensico Dam Plaza
Through January 04, 2015 - Valhalla

Imagine taking a stroll through Kensico Dam Plaza on a beautiful crisp December evening. There may be a light snow drifting down. You were drawn there by the brilliant array of colorful lights. You are fascinated by the wondrous illuminated spectacle of the cherry blossom grove ablaze in color. Or you walk up the lit path of honor towards the September 11th Memorial, glowing in its tranquil corner of the park. Maybe you want to enjoy outdoor ice skating on the temporary rink, bringing back fond memories of gliding along the ice against a winter landscape. Away in the distance, the strains of holiday music bring a choreographed light show to life. You can join other shoppers as they browse the artisan craft village for that perfect gift or treat. Top it off with a meal or beverage at the food court and enjoy Winter in Westchester. There will be ice sculpting demonstrations, live holiday storytelling, music, and singing. See the schedule and get tickets for this first-time-ever event at wwinterwonderland.com. Presented by Westchester Medical Center and Friends of Westchester Parks.

This Leads to Fire: From Nonconfirmism to Global Capitalism, Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through January 07, 2015 - Purchase

The Kolodzei Art Foundation is one of the most extensive collections of nonconformist and contemporary Russian art in the world. This Leads to Fire will include works ranging from the 1950s through the period of Glasnost and contemporary art, and will be organized into five parts that explore the origins of nonconformist art, the developments of Moscow conceptualism and Sots Art, the influence of the Russian avant-garde in geometric abstraction, and the coercive legacy of Socialist Realism. The exhibition will familiarize viewers with an important and under-appreciated body of work, and demonstrate the challenges these artists still pose to both mainstream Russian culture and the globalized art world. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Warren, Assisant Professor of Art History at Purchase College, the State University of New York. September 15, 2014 through January 7, 2015.

GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Jon Lovitch is a chef and the creator of GingerBread Lane, an annual display of homemade and handmade gingerbread houses that he drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates for an entire year. This season will be its 21st. The concept for Gingerbread Lane changes each year, depending on what Lovitch has seen at gingerbread competitions, in magazines, at holiday displays, sometimes even drawing ideas from houses he spots while driving. Lovitch purchases the materials after the holiday season, and begins designing and constructing the exhibit by March. All work is completed by late October and reviewed for detail until the exhibit begins. Beginning in November, Lovitch works between 80 and 90 hours for the final three weeks before GingerBread Lane opens for display. Each gingerbread house requires approximately three hours to complete and many of the complicated projects within the village require upwards of 35 hours. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make. GBL is made from only "real" edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. In contrast, other gingerbread competitors use dried pasta, uncooked rice and beans, and edible clay, among other ingredients. This year, GBL uses both gingerbread bricks and candy bricks for the structures. The 2014 GBL weighs more than 1.5 tons, covers a continuous surface of nearly 300 square feet and is 11 feet high at its highest point. It will be competing for a Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread exhibit, and will be the largest GBL ever. While the layout and composition change yearly, GBL always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place, and Toffee Boulevard. New this year is Ribbon Candy Ridge and a "behind-the-scenes" window, giving a peek into the makings of GBL with ovens, models, and ingredients...made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the back of the exhibit. This year's village includes an estimated 1750 lbs. of icing, 400 lbs. of candy, and 500 lbs. of gingerbread dough; and comprises 152 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, candy trees, and sugar signage. GingerBread Lane always sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, a fact that can really be appreciated when one smells the homemade gingerbread. All gingerbread structures are given away free on the last day of the exhibit. Since December 2000, GingerBread Lane has also hosted annual workshops for families and after-school programs for children. Each year, Lovitch works with underprivileged and disabled children by shipping GingerBread Lane pieces across the country for those unable to view the display. gingerbread-lane.org; Twitter: @GingerBreadLane; Facebook: GingerBread Lane, #gingerbreadlane.

Decorated Glenview - Peacock Holidays - Hudson River Museum
Through January 11, 2015 - Yonkers

Christmas balls and mistletoe are a must in homes decorated for the holidays, but few have a peacock to join the fun! Glenview's peacock, which stands in front of the parlor fireplace, provided the provided the inspiration for "Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art." In fact, peacocks are soon to strut through the holiday evergreens that deck Glenview, the museum's Victorian mansion home. In the parlor, artist Kymara Lonergan's gown installation, "Madame Laurent," will be dressed for the holidays, too, in a Victorian-style peacock dress, with its train of flowing feathers. Visit the dining room to see its centerpiece, an interpretation of "peacock roast" — a dish served in Victorian homes for holiday dinners. Through Jan. 11, 2015.

GingerBread Lane - NY Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses that are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane is made from only “real” edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. Last year’s GingerBread Lane at NYSCI was recognized as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Exhibit ends at 1pm on Jan 11, 2015.

Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art - Hudson River Museum
Through January 18, 2015 - Yonkers

Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art explores our fascination with this most glamorous of birds, a symbol of vainglory and the darling of designers and painters. Strutting in its sapphire-blue and emerald-green feathers, the peacock symbolizes all things vain and beautiful in centuries of painting and sculpture, in books and myth, and on clothes that swirl and shine like the iridescent bird itself. Intrigued by the exotic art of Asia that prized and portrayed the peacock, Western artists and craftsmen chose the peacock as a multi-faceted motif for designs on canvas and for objets d'art in the home. The Hudson River Museum presents Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art from October 11, 2014 through January 18, 2015. Organized by the museum, it is the first scholarly survey of the peacock in art. Paintings and decorative objects for the home present concepts of beauty symbolized by the luxurious bird and its famous fan of feathers, from the 19th-century's Gilded Age and 1920s Art Nouveau and Art Deco, until Modernism's ethos of "less is more" caused a brief decline in the peacock's popularity. As the contemporary art world re-embraces beauty in a new "Gilded Age," the peacock struts its way back into the art world. Among the highlights of The Peacock in Beauty and Art are images of women bedecked in peacock feathers, such as Robert Henri's full-length portrait of Ruth St. Denis in the Peacock Dance, 1913; William Baxter Palmer Closson's Feeding the Peacocks, 1910; and Aubrey Beardsley's The Peacock Skirt, created for Oscar Wilde's Salome. The bird itself receives its own glamorous portraits in paintings like Louis Rhead's Peacocks, 1897; Jesse Arms Botkes' Black Peacock, c. 1930; and sculptures like Anna Hyatt Huntington's Peacocks Fighting, 1914. Peacock feathers are extracted into beguiling geometric patterns in the lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany and gilded Crown Derby porcelains. The peacock also appears to whimsical effect in parade costumes, pictures of Elvis, strutting peacock-style, and images of silent-era Hollywood starlets ready for their close-ups. The peacock's origins as a bird of the Indian jungles comes to the fore in Charles R. Knight's (famed for his murals at the American Museum of Natural History) fearsome Bengal Tiger and Peacock, 1928. Contemporary artists show the peacock's gift of line: Laura Ball, Barbara Takenaga, and Federico Uribe find inspiration in the bird's striking feathers, brilliant coloration, and the sensuous s-curves of its body. Two Westchester-based artists highlighted in the show are Tricia Wright from Irvington, and Dillon Lundeen Goldschlag from Tarrytown. The exhibition includes works from more than three dozen museums, galleries, and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Yale Center for British Art. Bartholomew F. Bland, the museum's director of curatorial affairs, and Laura L. Vookles, chief curator of collections, are co-curators for the exhibition, which is accompanied by a fully illustrated 200-page catalogue co-published by the museum and Fordham University Press, and distributed nationally by Oxford University Press. The exhibition and the accompanying catalog have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc.

2014 Festival of Lighthouses Contest - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 19, 2015 - Norwalk

As many as 24 imaginative, handcrafted lighthouses will shine in The Maritime Aquarium's 13th annual "Festival of Lighthouses Contest". Visitors can follow the beacons through the aquarium galleries and then cast a vote for their favorite. The builder of the lighthouse with the most visitor votes wins $1,500. The lighthouses will be the creations of regional artists, crafts people and just individuals, families or friends with an idea. Lighthouses must be 3 to 6 feet tall and have a working light – pretty much beyond that, it's up to the creators' imaginations. Some entries will come in as scale models of real lighthouses. Others may be highly artistic, comically imaginative or puzzlingly abstract. Lighthouses in past years have been made out of such materials as furnace filters, paper clips, candy and gingerbread.

The New York Botanical Garden's 23rd Annual Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 19, 2015 - Bronx

The Holiday Train Show is a New York tradition that will delight children and adults of all ages; now in its 23rd year. Over 20 large-scale model railway trains and trolleys, from American steam engines and streetcars from the late 1800s to modern freight and high-speed passenger trains, traverse nearly a quarter-mile of track. Across rustic bridges, along overhead trestles, through tunnels, and past waterfalls that cascade into flowing creeks. The trains travel through a magical New York amid the glow of twinkling lights in NYBG's Victorian-style glasshouse, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. It's not just the trains that the crowds come to see. The show features beautiful replicas of New York landmarks, artistically crafted of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones by designer Paul Busse's team at Applied Imagination. The original Pennsylvania Station and Yankee Stadium, St.Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Rockefeller Center are among the favorites in the Botanical Garden's collection of more than 150 replicas. This year only, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York's World Fair held in Queens, the Holiday Train Show features replicas of the World's Fair-famed Unisphere, observatory towers, and the Tent of Tomorrow at the New York State Pavilion, all from the Paul Busse Collection. There is also a plethora of accompanying programming, including children's activities, poetry, classical music, cocktail evenings, and more. Check the website for more details. Advanced booking recommended.

EXHIBITIONS: A BILLION BRICKS 2: LEGO® Trains, Planes and Rocket Ships! - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through January 25, 2015 - Stamford

Trains, planes and rocket ships made from LEGO® will speed through the Stamford Museum galleries throughout the holiday season. November 22 - January 25, 2015.

Sunday Explorers - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Through February 22, 2015 - Stamford

The education staff offers a hands-on, interactive exploration of the Museum's many favorite features. Each week focuses on a different topic and includes self-guided and staff-led activities which run throughout the time period. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free with gate admission. No class 12/21 or 12/28. Through February 22, 2015.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through May 21, 2015 - Norwalk

Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman lends his voice to this film which follows orphaned baby orangutans and elephants, and the people who rescue and raise them for eventual release back into the wild. Through May 21,2015.

John Ruppert's Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh - Katonah Museum of Art
Through May 31, 2015 - Katonah

Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh, created by sculptor John Ruppert specifically for the Katonah Museum of Art campus, will be on view on the front lawn of the KMA. Ruppert transforms prison-grade chain link fabric into large, vessel-like forms. Chain link typically connotes danger and boundaries; it is a commercial product intended to confine, protect, and keep out. The material reflects the urban environs of Ruppert's Baltimore studio, and is one that the artist often employs for his sculptures. The industrial fencing is an unexpected element in the bucolic landscape of the Katonah Museum of Art. Also surprising is its intense yellow color, which is luminous and joyful. The woven wire mesh creates shifting optical patterns that animate the work in surprising ways. On view through May 31, 2015. The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA), located at 134 Jay St. (Route 22) in Katonah, NY, is a cultural destination offering changing exhibitions that feature art from all cultures and time periods. The Museum attracts visitors from Westchester and Fairfield Counties, as well as the larger tri-state region. Located at the northern end of Katonah's "Museum Mile" just off of Route 22, and neighboring John Jay Homestead and Caramoor, the Katonah Museum of Art is a two-minute taxi ride from the Katonah Metro North train station. The KMA offers lectures, workshops, concerts, and other events for a general audience, as well as innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools. The Learning Center is an interactive space where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. Among the many programs for children and families are Stroller Tours, Family Days, Saturday Story Time, Schools Out/Arts In vacation day programs, and art classes for children ages 3-12. The Museum's innovative Arte Juntos/Art Together program for new immigrant families has been recognized as a model program by the federal government. The KMA mounts ten exhibitions per year in its main galleries, Sculpture Garden, and Learning Center. Influential modernist architect Edward Larrabee Barnes designed the 10,000-square-foot building. On view through May 31, 2015 during Museum hours: Sunday: 12-5pm; Tuesday through Saturday: 10am-5pm. Closed Monday.

Evening Film Club (Grades 9 - 12) - The Picture House Regional Film Center
Through June 30, 2015 - Pelham

Students in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in a deeper involvement with filmmaking can join The Evening Film Club. This dynamic and interactive year long course is held weekly from October through June in the Picture House's screening room. Students are immersed in the inner working of film production as they move through the cycle of writing, casting, directing, and producing their original short feature. There is no charge for this course, however enrollment is limited to 10 students.

Preschool Place - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

The ideal space to explore, discover and build! Little ones can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area and is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages birth to 6 years old. Sing-alongs, story times and art activities are featured during weekends and holidays. This program is available thru June 30, 2015.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Visit the toy boat-making area on weekends for a fun 20-minute boat-building project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit. Saturdays and Sundays year-round.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Explore the aquatic wonders of Africa, including amazing fish from the Nile River, the lakes of Africa's Great Rift Valley and the Red Sea. Species highlighted include exotic air-breathing lungfish that can survive for a year if their waterhole goes dry, and colorful cichlids and coral reef species that shine in shimmering rainbows. January 1 2014 - December 31, 2015.

Mt. Kisco Farmers' Market - St. Marks Church
Through December 31, 2015 - Mt. Kisco

Includes fresh, wholesome food and a large selection of natural items - soaps, lotions, candles, knitted items, lavender and more. The market is managed by Sandra Lena of John Boy's Farm. Each week the Market will feature a local chef preparing the "$5 Slow Food Local Harvest Meal" using the freshest local ingredients. Bring the family and enjoy!

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