Mid-Winter Recess Weekday Public Ice Skating - Hommocks Park Ice Rink
February 16, 2015 - Mamaroneck
Hommocks Park Ice Rink is open through Feb. 20, with special school vacation hours. Mamaroneck's popular enclosed public skating facility has been offering fun for the entire family since 1975, and parking is free. The concession stand is open for the obligatory hot cocoa...and more.
President's Day Skating Sessions - Bear Mountain Ice Rink
February 16, 2015 - Bear Mountain
Bear Mountain outdoor ice rink opens its doors when the schools close theirs. Lockers and refreshments are available. Public sessions are weather permitting. Skates available for rental for $4 per pair. Skate sharpening for $5 per pair. Parking (weekends and holidays) $8 per car.
The Royal Hanneford Circus - Westchester County Center
Through February 16, 2015 - White Plains
President's Day Weekend 2015 marks the 40th annual appearance of Westchester's favorite, traditional three-ring circus. The show features international favorites from years past including the Human Cannonball, thrilling high-wire walkers, daredevils and acrobats, Grandma the Clown, and more. Saturday-Monday, Feb. 14-16 at 10am, 2pm, and 6pm. Tickets are available at the Westchester County Center Box Office, through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.
President's Day and Exhibit Opening - St. Paul's Church N.H.S.
February 16, 2015 - Mt. Vernon
Visit the historic church for the opening of a new exhibit, and a recognition of President's Day. "Intrigue on the Village Green: The Great Election of 1733 at St. Paul's," is a new exhibition in the museum. At 1pm, there will be a talk about President Abraham Lincoln, from a Kentucky perspective. At 3pm, author and historian professor Lisa Keller of SUNY Purchase examines the development of free speech in America, exploring one of the themes of the Election of 1733, held on the Village Green at St. Paul's. There will also be living history dramatizations of General Washington and President Lincoln.
Winter Wolves on President's Day! - Wolf Conservation Center
February 16, 2015 - South Salem
A unique opportunity to visit the wolves on a school holiday. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, Nikai, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves, and enjoy hot beverages in the woodstove-heated classroom. Dress for cold weather and don't forget a camera! Pre-registration is required.
School Vacation Workshop - Bruce Museum
February 16, 2015 - Greenwich
Students in grades K-5 spend the day off creating a unique work of art or craft. Workshops are designed for and explore the Museum's collections and exhibitions. Advanced registration is required. Call 203-413-6744.
Winter Break Out Day: How's It Made? - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
February 16, 2015 - Stamford
No school? No problem! Enjoy a day of special programs and self-guided activities for all ages. Explore how favorite things in nature are made. Visit the Maple Sugar House and see how the maple syrup operation is doing this winter and learn how bees make honey in the warmer weather. Dissect an owl pellet to learn about owl digestion and discover how to make fire with a bow drill. Self-guided make-and-take crafts and a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar at 2:30pm will round out the day.
Come for a few activities or stay for the day. The complete schedule of events will be posted on site and at stamfordmuseum.org. Registration is not necessary.
Members: FREE | Non-Members: FREE with gate admission
The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual All Breed Dog Show - Pier 92/Pier 94
Through February 17, 2015 - Midtown
Come and view the daytime sessions of the famous dog show including breed judging, junior showmanship preliminaries and benching.
Book Babies @ The Field - The Field Library
Through February 18, 2015 - Peekskill
An interactive program for the littlest library lovers (babies to age 3) and their caregivers. Stories, songs, fingerplays, and play time. No sign-up required. Feb. 4, 11, and 18 at 11am.
School's Out, Stars Are In: February Break at the Hudson River Museum - Hudson River Museum
Through February 20, 2015 - Yonkers
Students on school break can join artist Wennie Huang and junior docents for creative activities and planetarium shows all week. In the Riverama gallery, explore the effects of pollution on the Lower Hudson, or make a timeline of Hudson River history that winds like the river itself. Using printing methods, add ships, animals, or other images to the timeline.
Star shows in the planetarium include The Sky Tonight at 2pm, and One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure at 3:30pm. All activities are free with museum admission. Students must be accompanied by a caregiver or parent.
Winter Break Jams at Groove Performing Arts - Groove Performing Arts
Through February 20, 2015 - Larchmont
Are you home for the February Break week? It so, bring the gang over to Groove for some singing, playing, and the best dance party on the planet! A different musical duo or trio will be featured at every Jam. Most appropriate for kids ages 6 months to 5 years. Reservations are strongly suggested as vacation week Jams tend to sell out quickly. Daily, Feb. 16-20 at 9:30am and 10:30am.
Fenom Winter Break Mini Camp - Fenom Fitness
Through February 20, 2015 - Harrison
Kids will be split into age-appropriate groups and will participate in multiple sports & fitness activities that will keep them occupied and engaged.
Activities include dodgeball, soccer, floor hockey and basketball and obstacle courses, to name a few.
Come check out our latest craze - our RAILYARD system promotes fitness, conditioning and balance for every age.
DRINKS AND SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED
Kids Week 2015 - Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Through February 21, 2015 - Chelsea
This annual event is a popular draw for President's Week and perfect for your little aviators, engineers, astronomers and astronauts. There are dozens of fun-filled activities, hands-on workshops, live shows, special guests and demonstrations that the whole family will enjoy.
This year, Kids Week will explore the theme of flight, from the science of aviation to sustaining life in outer space.
Kids can learn how to grow food in space, create their own telescopes, and master the physics of aviation while making a perfect paper airplane. Families can learn about the stars in our pop-up planetarium, watch exciting science demonstrations or brace for a breathtaking display with live birds of prey. Special guests include astronauts, aviators, children's book authors, scientists and engineers.
For kids interested in engineering, there's even an exciting Rube Goldberg Machine Contest!
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.
Music Conservatory of Westchester Children's Concerts - White Plains Public Library
Through February 22, 2015 - White Plains
Students of the Conservatory will perform concerts for children ages 5 and older with participation. Feb. 8 and Feb. 22 at 2pm.
Monday Afternoon Storytime at B & N City Center - Barnes & Noble City Center
Through February 23, 2015 - White Plains
Young children can enjoy an exciting adventure at every turn of the page during this storytime. Mondays, Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 3:30pm.
Musical Tuesday with Graham Clarke - Rye Free Reading Room
Through February 24, 2015 - Rye
Join energetic, children's musical performer Graham Clarke for "Musical Tuesday," and watch kids go nuts, moving and grooving to the beat. Meet his friends Delores, Cinnamon, and Bluebelle - otherwise known as his impressive guitar collection. Sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room. Tuesdays, Feb. 10 and 24 at 1pm.
Tot Tuesdays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center - LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
Through February 24, 2015 - Yonkers
The tri-state area's youngest LEGO enthusiasts can enjoy special activities during Tot Tuesdays. Tot Tuesdays will take place every Tuesday, from 10am-2pm, at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. Little LEGO lovers and their parents can experience the attraction and enjoy events tailored for them.
Guests will also get to enjoy the attraction's range of interactive experiences, including its 4D cinema, two LEGO amusement rides and MINILAND, the venue's signature re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout Westchester County and New York City, made entirely out of LEGO bricks. Free Wi-Fi will be available for parents at the attraction.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is a $12 million, 32,300-square-foot indoor attraction featuring more than 3 million LEGO bricks, geared towards children ages 3-10 and their families. Its range of educational and interactive attractions will include hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, master classes led by Master Model Builders, two LEGO amusement rides, special party rooms, and MINILAND. To purchase tickets and annual passes, or for more information, visit legolanddiscoverycenter.com/westchester.
Tuesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 10am-2pm.
SING-A-STORY at Groove Performing Arts - Groove Performing Arts
Through February 26, 2015 - Larchmont
It's a little bit story time, a little bit rock and roll! The Groove musicians add a musical twist to favorite stories each week. This 30-minute drop-in program is free and best suited for kids ages 1-4 years with an actively participating grown-up. Space is limited. Note: Dates/times are subject to change. To avoid disappointment, confirm at findgroove.com. Thursdays, Feb. 5, 12, 26 at 1pm (no story time Feb. 19).
Multilingual Mother Goose - Chappaqua Public Library
Through February 26, 2015 - Chappaqua
Children ages birth to 5 years with an adult learn and share songs and rhymes in other languages. Online registration required. Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 2:30pm.
Public Ice Skating - EJ Murray Skating Center
Through February 28, 2015 - Yonkers
Voted "Best Ice Skating Rink 2006" by Westchester magazine, the Murray Skating Center offers a well-maintained ice surface and attractive public skating session program. Skate rentals and food service are available as well. Most weekend sessions feature current popular music provided by a DJ. Plenty of free parking. Note: Although the rink is covered, it is not indoors. Dress warmly.
For the month of January, public skating hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10am-12pm; Friday from 10am-2pm and 8-10pm; Saturday from 11am-1pm, 2-4pm, and 8-10pm; Sunday from 11am-1pm, 2-4pm, and 5:20-7:20pm. Special sessions will be offered on Presidents' Day. Call the rink for details.
Public Ice Skating - Hommocks Park Ice Rink
Through February 28, 2015 - Mamaroneck
Mamaroneck's popular enclosed public skating facility has been offering fun for the entire family since 1975, and is newly renovated. Parking is free. The snack bar is open for the obligatory hot cocoa...and more. For the month of February, public skating hours are Monday, from 12:30-2:30pm; Tuesday and Thursday, from 1-5:15pm; Friday from 1:15-5:15pm and 7:15-9:15pm for Cosmic Friday Nights with lights and music; Saturday from 1-5:15pm; Sunday from 11am-5:15pm. Special sessions will be offered Feb. 16 for Presidents' Day. Call the rink for details.
Thursday Morning Storytime at B&N City Center: The Toe Show - Barnes & Noble City Center
Through February 28, 2015 - White Plains
Join Toe, bookseller/entertainer extraordinaire, for stories, singing, and lively fun.
Fondue and a Show - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through February 28, 2015 - White Plains
Fondue dining allows everyone to enjoy good conversation, eat slowly, and savor each bite...plus, it's fun! Every Saturday in February from 12-4pm, enjoy a three course meal (cheese fondue, salad, and chocolate fondue) for $30, including a complimentary ticket to a movie at the City Center Cinema. (Tickets are not valid for full value of IMAX, 3D, or director's hall showings, but may be used towards the purchase of one of those showings.) Add on an entree for $12.95 per person. Visit meltingpot.com/white-plains/specials for details.
Guided Trail Experience - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through February 28, 2015 - 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. Every Saturday and Sunday in February at 11:30am: Feb. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28.
With support from Con Edison.
Leah Harper: Complimentary - Hudson River Museum
Through February 28, 2015 - Yonkers
Not a rose, not a candy, but even better, it's a Compliment in time for Valentine's Day. Artist Leah Harper turns the everyday vending machine (with a long tradition of spewing out gumballs and tiny toys) into a Compliment dispensing marvel. Harper's interactive art piece, "Complimentary," will be installed in the Hudson River Museum Lobby.
Turn the knob on the dispenser and out comes your compliment in a plastic toy capsule, and for free! A container next to the dispenser lets you dispose of the plastic capsule for recycling. If you want to give a compliment, too, there will be a box close by in which to place it. Your submitted compliment will be incorporated into a spreadsheet of good words Harper gathers from submissions and online surveys. Her favorite compliment to date, "If you were a potato, you would be a sweet potato."
The Compliment dispenser first made its appearance this fall at New York City's Art in Odd Places festival, and its cheerful mission is the direct output from Harper's study of design for social causes at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work is also featured in Site95’s "Transforming New York Street Objects" and FIGMENT Festival NYC, making environments eventful and interesting, inviting you to join the fun.
Looking ahead, Harper says, "I want to do more work that makes people happy!"
Compliments do just that. Some samples from the Compliment Dispenser:
You Are the Mercedes-Benz of Caviar!
You've Certainly Gotten Enough Beauty Sleep!
That Smile Looks Beautiful on You!
Family Studio: Art & Science Projects - Hudson River Museum
Through February 28, 2015 - Yonkers
Creative activities on weekends inspired by the Museum's collections and exhibitions, led by junior docents and science professionals. For ages 7 and older; activities can be adapted for younger children.
New Planetarium Show: One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure - Hudson River Museum
Through February 28, 2015 - Yonkers
One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure, features the beloved yellow-feathered friend from PBS's Sesame Street. In a show full of light and color, follow Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a friend from China. On a trip from Sesame Street to the moon, they discover that planets are different from another but people on Earth like the same things. More learning, too, about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the sun, and the moon. Appropriate for children ages 5 and older. See One World One Sky every Saturday and Sunday in February at 12:30pm.
FAMILY JAM featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove Performing Arts
Through February 28, 2015 - Larchmont
A live, interactive musical experience for the whole family. Sing, dance, jam and laugh out loud. Parents, grandparents, and other groovy grown-ups are welcome with open arms and dancing feet! The music is live and the vibe is truly original. Most appropriate for ages 6 mos.-5 years. Registration required at findgroove.com. Note: Dates/times are subject to change. To avoid disappointment, confirm at findgroove.com. Saturdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 10:30am.
Winter Farm Letterboxing Trail - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through February 28, 2015 - Stamford
Visit favorite places and animals on Heckscher Farm while searching for hidden letterboxes using clues. Starting information can be picked up at the Stamford
Museum Building. Through February 28.
Exhibit: Monica Marrow - Creation - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through March 08, 2015 - Scarsdale
Creation is a selection of artwork in which the artist illustrates her expressionist interpretation of nature. In this exhibition of photography, nature is captured in a traditional way, as well as to utilize alternative photographic processes. Many of the images are abstract, with an emphasis on light, movement, depth of field, and color. Exhibit is included with admission. Runs through Sunday, March 8.
Rent-a-Bucket - Teatown Lake Reservation
Through March 15, 2015 - Ossining
Love maple syrup? Buy a bucket of your own. Teatown will tap a maple tree and hang a sap bucket with your name on it. After filling the bucket, the sap gets turned into syrup in Warren's Sugar House. The $45 fee includes two tickets to Teatown's Pancake Brunch March 21, and an 8-ounce bottle of award-winning, Grade A, pure maple syrup. Call the Nature Center at 914-762-2912 x110 to purchase a bucket.
Exhibition: Greenscapes: Of/In/From the Garden at the Clay Art Center - Clay Art Center
Through March 21, 2015 - Port Chester
This year's annual themed national invitational exhibition of functional and sculptural work is inspired by the garden and its accoutrements. Featuring work by over 60 emerging, mid-career, and established artists, this exhibit showcases the breadth of contemporary ceramics exploring this theme.
TechNoBody at Pelham Art Center - Pelham Art Center
Through March 21, 2015 - Pelham
This group exhibition explores the world's impact on and relationship to the physical body in an increasingly virtual world. The exhibition will include video works, drawings, and sculpture that alternately balance and question the hope and desire of the immaterial, extended, digital body against the realities of the physical, fragile, and ephemeral body. The exhibition will be on view from Jan. 23 through March 21.
A Panel Discussion with the curator and the artists will be held on March 19 at 6pm. Attendees will learn more about how the artists employ a diverse range of contemporary artistic tools, from cyberbodies, avatars, and selfies to facial peel and simple paper and pencil. Curated by Patricia Miranda.
Technology has expanded humanity's ability to alter the physical and intellectual worlds in significant ways. Modern digital technologies extend the borders of the body and mind, questioning the relentless tether to the material. Closely intertwined with our bodies, technology acts as our external brain, able to recall enormous amounts of information at a touch. It can act as avatar, realizing our best, worst, and most desired or unexpected self, promising to solve the intractable problems of the world. Utopian and aspirational, technology hints at a fountain of immortality, the imperfect self uploaded to faultless machines, while opening doors for the dystopian world of surveillance and corporate appropriation of our most private desires. We exist, for now, in tangible bodies in real time and space, bodies that reveal our cultural circumstance of place, race, gender, and privilege, that age, fail, and cease to exist in the world. Technology, our intimate companion, develops with us and unbeknownst to us, watches, as we are willingly captivated and held captive to its charms, inspired by and fearful of its possibility. TechNoBody investigates the perceptions and experiences of the body in the technological world, engaging scientific concepts in the ambiguous language of art. These artists examine and problematize the role of the machine for both our private and public selves, deconstructing our tacit agreement to its terms.
Artists: Christopher Baker, Carla Gannis, Claudia Hart, Cynthia Lin, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, Laura Splan, Victoria Vesna.
Main Street Indoor Market at the Westchester County Center - Westchester County Center
Through March 22, 2015 - White Plains
Vendors, artisans, and food producers, all from the tri-state area, will offer fresh, local foods, such as cheeses, pickles, meats, baked goods, and wine as well as products like handmade jewelry, soaps, and body butters. And, to tempt shoppers and help them make their selections, food vendors will offer samples of their products.
Shoppers will enjoy live music performed by studio musician/pianist/singer Jon Cobert, who has recorded and toured with some of the greats in the music business including John Lennon, Tom Chapin, and Harry Chapin, among many others. He'll be putting his spin on tunes by artist of every era and style, from Gershwin and Cole Porter to Tom Petty and The Beatles, creating a truly eclectic and fun musical experience. Admission is free. Parking fees apply at the County Center lots. A list of vendors and valuable coupons are available at countycenter.biz.
The Main Street Market is sponsored by Westchester County Parks and Friends of Westchester County Parks, Inc.
Saturdays, Feb. 8 and Mar. 22 from 10am-3pm.
Ossining Winter Farmers' Market - Claremont Elementary School
Through March 28, 2015 - 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. Every Saturday from 9am-1pm, through March 28.
'Camelot' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through April 05, 2015 - Elmsford
One of history's greatest love stories and Lerner and Loewe's timeless masterpiece. King Arthur and his new queen, Guinevere, rule their kingdom with ideals of chivalry and peace, but the arrival of Sir Lancelot threatens the foundation of the realm in one of the most fabled love triangles of all time. Revel in the glorious music including, "If Ever I Would Leave You," "The Lusty Month of May," "How to Handle a Woman," "I Loved You Once in Silence," and "What Do the Simple Folk Do?". Directed and choreographed by Broadway's Richard Sabellico, this new, intimate production focuses on the dynamic, rich, and intense characters in this most regal of American musicals. Jan. 29 through Apr. 5.
Mamaroneck Indoor Winter Farmers' Market - St. Thomas Episcopal Church - Heathcote Hall
Through May 02, 2015 - Mamaroneck
Farm-fresh foods from local vendors. The Mamaroneck Winter Farmers Market will be held indoors during the cold winter days, and move out to St. Thomas Church parking lot in the warmer days of spring. Specialty foods, baked goods, eggs, dairy, honey, pantry staples, beverages, meat and poultry, fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood. Saturdays, 9am-1pm, through May 2.
Frohawk Two Feathers: Kill Your Best Ideas, The Battle for New York and Its Lifeline, the Hudson River - Hudson River Museum
Through May 17, 2015 - Yonkers
Frohawk, artist and storyteller, paints and writes stories about battles, conquests, and the cast of characters that makes it all happen for his imaginary Republic of Frengland. In ink, acrylic, and tea, on paper and on canvas, Frohawk, born Umar Rashid in 1976, creates a fictional world that looks quite a bit like our real one.
This exhibition is the final episode in the artist's series on Colonial America, his successful combining of art, history, and sometimes wicked, but always fun-to-read, commentary on people — Europeans, adventurers, and explorers, North American Indians, freed and enslaved blacks, and ravishing women who love, laugh, and die on the banks of the Hudson from Manhattan up to Lake Oneida.
The action begins in 1791 and continues through 1793, real time for a New York City just flaunting its new identity on the southern tip of the island of Manhattan, and thriving under English rule. The city's first denizens, the Dutch, are "“has beens," unwillingly departed from the city they called New Amsterdam, and now skirmishing with their Iroquois allies in the Hudson Valley nearby to the north.
Real and not real, fact and fiction, Frengland (a combo of France, England, and Ireland) and Batavia (the Netherlands) fight the climactic Battle of Yonkers, recorded and viewed for the first time at the Hudson River Museum, situated by the river in the very countryside that inspired the 19th-century Hudson River School painters. The landscapes of three artists, Jasper Cropsey, Asher Durand, and James Renwick Brevoort, inspired Frohawk's scenic work for this exhibition, which also includes almost a dozen new pieces, among them The Battle of Yonkers and the Death of Iroquois Chief Joseph. Also new to Frohawk's story and the Hudson Valley is a Trojan Horse. Named for the war machine with which the ancient Greeks surprised the Trojans, Frohawk's horse holds some surprises of its own — it sports two heads and is filled with warriors from both sides of the quarrel. Glass figures, they are fragile and exhausted from the wars. The wooden horse soars 22 feet high in the center of the exhibition, and is illuminated from within. For Frohawk followers, favorite characters reappear, too, among them Bonnie Prince Johnnie and his flamboyant general Orlande, Duc du Rouen, who "amidst his sh*t-colored crew was a gilded peacock with sapphires for eyes."
Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers), an Illinois native who now lives and works in Los Angeles, California, first studied photography, film, and writing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His recent solo exhibitions include the Wadsworth Athenaeum (Hartford, CT), Wellin Museum of Art (Clinton, NY), the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit, NJ), the Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, NV), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver, CO).
The exhibition is organized by the Hudson River Museum and curated by its deputy director, Bartholomew F. Bland. Exhibition design is by Dillon Lundeen Goldschlag. The fully illustrated catalog that accompanies the exhibition explores Frohawk's work and contains the full narrative of this final episode, the fifth and last in his series "The American Proteus: An Invocation and the Wars Between the Rivers." Proteus, mythic Greek god of rivers and seas, is the name the artist has selected for his contemporary myth of the New World.
Promoting the President: In Celebration of Washington’s Birthday - Hudson River Museum
Through May 17, 2015 - Yonkers
We look for our president in paintings, photographs, and sculpture, where we may see him as a warrior, family man, or a man of faith. Washington, the nation's first soldier and president, is the prototype for political promotion, too. For this exhibition, Gilbert Stuart's famous painting, George Washington, on loan to the museum, as well as the museum's collection of artifacts and engravings show this leader in images beautiful, respectful, and, sometimes, flamboyant, that were made to frame our vision of him and charge our patriotism and memories.
George Washington was painted three times by American painter Gilbert Stuart between 1775 and 1776. Everyone wanted a portrait of the hero of the American Revolution and Gilbert, himself, made rare copies of his second: The Atheneum portrait. All are treasured. One, at the museum for this exhibition, shows the president looking to the right out at the viewer, his left hand framed by a gilded arm rest.
Images of Washington often show him an elder statesman, bringing peace and stability to the new nation of the United States after the turmoil of its Revolutionary War. The Museum complements these images with early books and prints that illustrate his life in many aspects and the popular perceptions of him after his death. People tend to turn to Washington and look for his image during trying times such as Washington's own death in 1799 and during the Civil War in the 1860s, as well as in times of celebration at the centennial of the United States in 1876, and the bBicentennial of Washington's birth in 1932.
Promoting the President focuses on images of George Washington grouped in four themes: first, General-Hero: seen in a number of notable prints, including Alexander Campbell's 1777 George Washington General and Commander en Chief of the Continental Army in America; or General Washington, 1781, after John Trumbull; Memorials and Mementos: illustrated by Washington's Headquarters, a mid-19th century painting attributed to E.C. Coates, and on the covers of popular media in the 1930s that celebrated the bicentennial of Washington's birth in poster art and merchandising; third, Portraits: foremost the Gilbert Stuart painting as well as engravings such as the famous “Porthole” engraving from the Original painting of Washington from life by Rembrandt Peale, circa 1870; and, last, Washington as Man or Myth: illustrated here in the famous myth: "Father I Cannot Tell a Lie, I Cut the Tree," in the 1867 engraving by George White.
The successful visual promotion of Washington to his public was adopted by the presidents who followed, as they sought visual presence before the public. By Abraham Lincoln's time, from 1861 to 1865, photographs, like paintings less than a century before, became the vehicle for showing the president at work. Both leaders were continually linked together in the public's perception, as seen in a pair of 1860s engravings based on paintings by F.B. Schell: The Washington Family and The Lincoln Family. In each, the president is seated, his wife and children surrounding him, a grouping that reflects the 19th-century's idealization of domestic life and that society's desire to see its leaders as moral men. An 1865 Currier and Ives lithograph pictures Washington (The Father) and Lincoln (The Saviour) of the country.
The combination of the magnificent Gilbert Stuart loan with the art and popular culture collections from the museum's holdings tell much about how we view and remember historical figures. The exhibition is organized by the Hudson River Museum.
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.
Humpback Whales - Maritime Aquarium
Through May 21, 2015 - Norwalk
Narrated by actor Ewan McGregor, this appealing film takes audiences to Alaska, Hawaii and the Kingdom of Tonga for a close-up look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a steady recovery. Join a team of researchers as they seek out what makes humpbacks the most acrobatic of all whales, why only the males sing, and why these intelligent 50-foot, 48-ton animals migrate more than 6,000 miles every year. February 13-May 21, 2015.
Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through May 25, 2015 - Stamford
This fascinating exhibition features 59 original oil paintings from the The New York Times bestseller Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time, Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995), and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (2007) by James Gurney. The fantastical
art of contemporary artist, James Gurney, was inspired by a childhood fascination with archaeology, dinosaurs, lost civilizations, and art. His big break as an illustrator came from National Geographic magazine with a series of challenging assignments working with scientists and historians to recreate ancient worlds; a project that inspired the conceptual framework for Dinotopia. Also included are the artist's preliminary studies, reference photos, and handmade scale-models. For fossil fans and dinosaur devotees, a variety of specimens from the Paleontology Collection of the Stamford Museum will also be exhibited. February 14-May 25, 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.
Glenview Tours - Hudson River Museum
Through May 31, 2015 - Yonkers
Take a tour of Glenview, led by a Glenview explainer. See elegant 19th century restored period rooms, and highlights from the collection, including items once owned by the Trevors, the family that built Glenview. Tours at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 7 to May 31. Check museum website for last-minute schedule changes.
Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through June 30, 2015 - 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 14-June 30, 2015.
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!
Dragons: Real or Myth - Maritime Aquarium
Through February 11, 2016 - Norwalk
Dragons are very real but none of them breathe fire. While they're often a creature in mythological tales, you can find dragons living today--on land and in the sea as you'll discover in this fun new exhibit which features animals that have the word dragon in their names. Visitors encounter such species as: dragon moray eels; the seahorse cousin called the weedy sea dragon; and terrestrial lizards like black dragons, flying dragons, sailfin dragons, bearded dragons, frilled dragons and more. In addition to highlighting the unique characteristics of these animals, the exhibit will explore the facts and fiction of mythological dragons and their roles in cultures throughout time. Visitors will be encouraged to find similarities between the displayed live creatures and the dragons of lore. February 14, 2015 -Feb 11, 2016.