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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER ON OCTOBER 23

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by Daily Kids Events Editor October 23, 2013

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Find fun things to do today with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events

free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester today, October 23, 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 October 23. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Book Babies @ The Field - The Field Library
October 23, 2013 - 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.

Lego My Library! - The Field Library
October 23, 2013 - Peekskill

Kids ages 5 and older can join in the library's monthly Lego Club. No sign-up required.

Musical Playdate - Scarsdale Public Library
October 23, 2013 - Scarsdale

Join in a friendly concert and discover the violin and viola, with Chi-Chi Bestman. Registration is not required.

Mother Nature's Storytime (Formerly Critters, Crafts and Kids) - Greenburgh Nature Center
October 23, 2013 - Scarsdale

Enjoy crisp fall days at the Center with walks, live animals, stories, and crafts. Dress for outdoor activities. For children ages 2-4 years with a parent/caregiver. (Formerly known as Critters, Crafts and Kids; please note new age group.)

Investigative Ghost Tours - Boscobel
Through October 25, 2013 - Garrison

Spellbinding ghost stories told by paranormal investigator Linda Zimmermann, accompanied by her ghost-hunting partner, Michael Worden, a police detective and author of "Ghost Detective," as well as psychic and self-proclaimed psychometrist, Barbara Bleitzhofer. Barbara will be using her sixth sense to determine what spirits are present and why they are there. Visitors will be led through the halls of Boscobel house, using specialized equipment to detect the possible presence of supernatural entities. After the tour, come into the gallery on the lower level of Boscobel house for investigative results, cookies, and cider. Admission price includes your choice of one of Linda's books: Volumes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 8, which includes the Boscobel story. Linda will be autographing and selling other books, as well. Recommended for children ages 12 and older due to potentially frightening material. Space limited - advance ticket purchase required. October 23-35.

Convergency - Pelham Art Center
Through October 26, 2013 - Pelham

A group exhibition of sculpture and installation by contemporary mid-career artists addressing narratives related to science and technology. Curator Jeffrey Mongrain is an artist and Head of MFA Sculpture at Hunter College in NYC. Related programming includes an Opening reception and All-Age-Workshop on September 12 from 6-8pm, a Gallery Conversation on September 18 from 6-7pm, and a Panel Discussion and Frankenstein-inspired children's art workshop on October 19, 2013 from 1-3pm.

Briarcliff Manor Farmers' Market - Holbrook Cottage
Through October 26, 2013 - Briarcliff Manor

Locally harvested vegetables and fruit grown on a local farm established in 1732. Featuring corn, peaches, blueberries, tomatoes, apples, apple pies, cider and cider donuts (in the fall), pickles, apple butter, and canned peaches from Lancaster County PA, Amish Country, and products from the Hudson Valley. Free delivery in Ossining and Briarcliff for orders over $20.

Downtown Sculpture Exhibit - Village of Ossining
Through October 26, 2013 - Ossining

To celebrate the Village of Ossining's bicentennial, tour the 25 outdoor sculptures installed throughout the Village's historic buildings and downtown waterfront area. The six-month juried exhibition, through Oct. 26, will provide direct and free access to art for thousands of residents and visitors.

Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers' Market - Van Der Donck Park at Larkin Plaza
Through October 26, 2013 - Yonkers

Groundwork Hudson Valley's newly expanded farmers' market in downtown Yonkers features local produce grown within 100 miles of Yonkers, as well as food tastings, free lectures, and entertainment for all ages.

Marine Life Study Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
Through October 26, 2013 - Norwalk

Join the crew of the research vessel Oceanic for an educational and scenic trip of the sound. Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals from all levels of the water column: plankton gathered at the surface (and viewed with a video microscope), crabs and worms grabbed from the muddy bottom, and a variety of fish, crabs, lobsters and surprises brought up in the trawl net. Advance reservations recommended. Go online or call ext. 2206 to for more information or to purchase tickets. Saturdays September 7 through October 26.

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 27, 2013 - Bronx

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden pays homage to hanami, the traditional custom of enjoying the delicate beauty of flowers, with extensive floral displays of Japanese anemones, toad lilies, resurrection lilies, camellias, tea olives, and carefully trained chrysanthemums. The chrysanthemum, kiku in Japanese, is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants, and hundreds of meticulously trained kiku will be on display in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Stroll the grounds to explore a Japanese tree tour and enjoy haiku in the perennial garden. Special weekend events spotlight the arts of bonsai and ikebana, as well taiko drumming, and celebrate the importance of flowers in Japanese culture. All-Garden Pass also includes admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, and Tram Tour. October 5-27 (including Columbus Day).

Muscoot Farmers' Market - Muscoot Farm
Through October 27, 2013 - Katonah

Food, meats, produce, pasta, dressings, pickles, jams, baked goods, and more are all available at the market.

Art & Science Sundays on The Science Barge - The Science Barge
Through October 31, 2013 - Yonkers

Every Sunday, the Science Barge on Yonkers' waterfront invites children ages 4-10 for hands-on Art & Science workshops. Children and adults can cross the gangplank and come aboard for everything from building take-home hydroponic mini-greenhouses to making Japanese fish sock-kites. And, back by popular demand are Blue Crab Blitz days, with Science Barge Director Bob Walters. Oct. 6: Sunday, Buggy Sunday; Oct. 13: Grow & Go Take-Home Garden Workshop; Oct. 20: Real Deal Fish Printing; Oct. 27: Jack-O-Lantern Painting. For more info, visit groundworkhv.org, or call 914-375-2151. Art & Science Sundays are generously sponsored by the Junior League of Bronxville.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 31, 2013 - Bronx

Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. The display includes more than 500 intricately carved pumpkins that are sure to capture imagination. Special events run throughout the month. Through Oct. 31 in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Haunted Pumpkin Garden Activities Tuesdays-Fridays; 1:30-5:30pm Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, October 14; 10am-5:30pm in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden: - Join a Halloween Parade (meet at the Pumpkin House, weekdays 1:30pm; weekends 1pm and 3pm. - Collect fallen fruits and seeds in a scavenger hunt bag. - Put on your own performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theater. - Enjoy spooky readings from favorite Halloween storybooks on weekends (2pm and 3pm).

Annual Halloween Model Train Show - Lasdon Park Arboretum & Veterans Memorial
Through October 31, 2013 - Katonah

The main house and the grounds will be decorated for Halloween with various ghosts, spooky tricks, and an assortment of tasteful surprises in keeping with the season. There will be a large model Lionel train layout in the main room, and the library will have a small children's layout where kids will be able to operate trains. In addition, there will be a small children's hay maze near the Shop at Lasdon, which will be open with refreshments, mums, assorted pumpkins and gourds, and seasonal gifts and decor for sale. Oct. 12-14, 19-20, and 26-27; 11am-3:30pm.

J.A.Z. - Jewish Activity Zone - Chabad of the Rivertowns
Through October 31, 2013 - Dobbs Ferry

A unique pre-school enrichment program geared for 3- and 4-year-olds. The program involves engaging, hands-on activities that foster creativity in a warm and nurturing environment. Mini Chefs, Ceramics, Fitness and Yoga with Elissa, Music with Michelle of Kids Co-motion, Art, and more. 3:30-5pm, Oct. 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Ciao! Restaurant
Through October 31, 2013 - Eastchester

Every Thursday from 6-8pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand during dinner. October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

Family Fondue Sundays - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through October 31, 2013 - White Plains

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

Magic Mondays - Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Rudy's Restaurant
Through October 31, 2013 - Hartsdale

Every Monday from 5:30-7:30pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand during dinner. October 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
Through October 31, 2013 - White Plains

Every Saturday Straight A's invites kids of all ages to enjoy free arts and crafts. Drop in any time between 1-3pm, no reservation necessary. Oct. 5: Fall Fingerpainting Fun; Oct 12: Decorate the Seasons of an Apple Tree; Oct. 26: Special Halloween Celebration - create a Color-Changing Jack-O-Lantern, Shape Witch, and a Hanging Bat for your home decorations.

Halloween Hayride Spooktacular - Stew Leonard's Yonkers
Through October 31, 2013 - Yonkers

Take a 15-minute family-friendly hayride through a course of vignettes, including scenes of popular movie and television characters, traditional holiday settings, and a musical light show. Through October 31.

Irving's Legend - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
Through November 02, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes. Event takes place at the Old Dutch Church, just across the street from Philipsburg Manor. Oct. 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 Nov. 1-2. Admission for this 45-minute performance by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org.

Scared by the Sound Haunted House - 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202)
Through November 02, 2013 - Cortlandt Manor

For 2013 Scared by the Sound has moved from its prior location at Playland Amusement Park in Rye. The haunt is now located at 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202) in Cortlandt Manor. Just 3 miles west of the Taconic Parkway (near the Yorktown border), the new 13,000-square-foot Haunted House is now completely indoors. Experience the Crypt Walk, Haunted Wine Cellar, Creepy Morgue, Tunnels of Doom, plus the all new Zombie Zone, and much, much more! Note: although children under 12 years are allowed entry when accompanied by an adult, the event is not recommended for children under age 8. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October and November 1-2. For more information, call 1-877-SCARY-FUN.

Horseman's Hollow 2013 - Philipsburg Manor
Through November 02, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman's Hollow returns for a third year of highly entertaining haunted mayhem, now expanded by popular demand to 13 evenings. Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow's unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting, while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Elaborate costumes and the work of award-wining feature-film makeup artists make it all too real. Those who survive the trail must still negotiate a twisted maze of horrors too terrible to describe, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman where a party is being thrown in his honor. Heads will definitely roll...maybe even your own! Attracting widespread media attention including a feature on CBS national news, this event is NOT suitable for small children or the timid, but it is one of Westchester's premier haunted attractions, right in the heart of the village of Sleepy Hollow. WARNING: This event is NOT suitable for adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other chronic health conditions. Recommended for ages 10 and older. October 5-6, 11-12, 18-20, 25-27; November 1-2. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org.

Dinosaur Safari - By Popular Demand Extended Through Nov. 3 - Bronx Zoo
Through November 03, 2013 - Bronx

The new attraction will include a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit. In anticipation of the new exhibit, the Bronx Zoo is offering New Yorkers a chance to vote for their favorite dinosaur species at bronxzoo.com/dino and win tickets to see the dinosaurs. Included in the vote: long-necked Brachiosaurus, the intimidating Tyrannosaurus rex, the gator-like Baryonyx, the massive Triceratops, or the flighted Quetzalcoatlus. Exclusive Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari stickers that can be used with a safari field guide will be given to those who vote. Dinosaur Safari will include a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and will highlight the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today. This limited engagement will through Sunday, November 3, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket. A 20% discount is offered with online purchases for Monday and Tuesday visits. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com/dino.

Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo
Through November 03, 2013 - Bronx

Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition with safe, family-friendly activities. Annual favorites including a haunted walk-through adventure - The Museum of UnNatural Mysteries - headline the festivities and have been enhanced for this year's Dragons and Dinosaurs theme. Visitors will enjoy magic shows, musical performances, and costume parades in addition to traditional guest favorites including the hay maze, extinction graveyard, carved pumpkin demonstrations, treat stations, and seasonal craft workshops. Attractions and activities embrace the spirit of the season and highlight wildlife like bats, snakes, and nocturnal animals. Note: some activities require an additional fee. Boo at the Zoo activities include: The Museum of UnNatural Mysteries This Museum, created by Dr. B. Zarre, houses a remarkable collection of mysterious creatures, evidence of how the dinosaurs were destroyed, and anomalies collected from earth and space. Dr. B. Zarre has amassed this through years of exploration and adventure, and brought this fascinating "believe it or not" collection as a special exhibition exclusive to the Bronx Zoo. Location: by Somba Village. Time: 11am-5pm. 3-D Carved Pumpkin Demonstrations Professional pumpkin carvers from Sand Sculpture USA will be demonstrating their skill and displaying intricate pumpkin carvings that cannot be missed. Location: Dancing Crane Plaza. Time: 11am-5pm. Costume Parade Visitors can join the enchantment of a Halloween Parade. Hand-made puppets and props built by master costumers will be part of the fun as participants march through the zoo alongside an array of characters from the Alice Farley Dance Company. Location: starts at Zoo Center. Times: 12pm and 2pm. Photos will be available at the end of each performance. Musical Theater: Beasts of the Magical World This puppetry musical tells stories of owls and sorcerers, snakes, komodo dragons and frogs and magic. It was created by acclaimed puppeteer Noel MacNeal of Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House, and numerous Nickelodeon TV series. Puppets were created by Puppet Kitchen of NYC. Music by Jim Camacho. Location: Asia Plaza Theater. Times: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Hay Maze Let yourself get lost at the zoo with a Halloween maze filled with sudden starts, stops and lots of adventure. Location: Butterfly Patio. Time: 11am-5pm. Live Music Gigi and the Lend me a Hand Band will lead zoo audiences on a musical adventure with the Gigi's Dino-mite Prehistoric Party. Audiences will be invited to participate in animal-themed musical performances, songs and dances, and games. Location: Tent by bear exhibit. Times: 11:30am, 1pm, and 3pm. Animal Themed Magic Shows Enjoy a Boo at the Zoo family tradition with remarkable sleight-of-hand and optical illusions from magic man David Levitan. Location: Tent by bear exhibit. Times: 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. Treat Stations Special locations around the park will help sweeten your visit. Time: 11am-5pm. Crafts Workshop Make a one-of-a-kind kimodo dragon puppet. Location: Dancing Crane Plaza. Time: 11am-4pm. Extinct Animal Graveyard Learn about endangered and extinct animals at this spooky display. Location: Mouse House lawn. Creature Chats Bronx Zoo animal experts celebrate wildlife iconic to Halloween season. Visit bronxzoo.com for full schedule.

'Kiss Me Kate' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through November 10, 2013 - Elmsford

This Cole Porter hit offers a host of glorious songs with some dazzling rhymes, and a witty script about a former husband-and-wife acting team at war with each other while trying to stage a musical version of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." The show, whose original 1948 production won five Tony awards including Best Musical, scintillates with classic Cole Porter numbers, "Wunderbar," "Always True To You In My Fashion," "Why Can't You Behave," "Too Darned Hot," "I Hate Men," and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." Show runs through November 10, 2013. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday matinees including lunch; Thursday, Friday Saturday, and Sunday Evenings including dinner.

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
Through November 11, 2013 - Croton-on-Hudson

The tri-state area's biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event returns for a whopping 25 nights in 2013! See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of Jack O' Lanterns! Stroll through the Tunnel O' Pumpkin Love and witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters. Gaze in amazement at a towering pumpkin bonfire and a working doomsday grandfather clock. A giant sea serpent adds some hiss to the Undersea Aquarium while comical, squash-eating Venus pumpkin traps sprout in the garden. New additions this year to Blaze's perennially popular 'Jurassic Park' include a pterodactyl and a brontosaurus. Gawk at more Jack O' Lanterns than ever before. Plus, making its debut at this year's Blaze, and featuring more than 20 new works from professional artists, the Museum of Pumpkin Art will be the first ever exhibition space devoted to sculptural works inspired by (but not made from) pumpkins. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year's sold-out Blaze. Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and the second volume of a brand-new all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at hudsonvalley.org or call 914-366-6900. October 5-6, 11-14, 17-20, 24-31; November 1-3, 8-11.

Tours - Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Through November 11, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Kykuit, the six-story stone house and rolling hilltop estate that served as home to four generations of Rockefellers, is open to visitors beginning Saturday, May 4, through Sunday, Sep. 30, and Nov. 1-11. Open daily Oct 1-31. Kykuit's modern and classical art collection, architecture, and expansive gardens are consistently rated the top attraction in the lower Hudson Valley, and draw tens of thousands of visitors annually. Kykuit, which means "lookout" in Dutch, includes a six-story stone house, multiple terraced gardens, art galleries, outdoor classical and modern sculpture, and commanding Hudson River views. Its hilltop location overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades is 500 feet above sea level. Visitors to Kykuit learn the story of the Rockefellers, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, whose business acumen made him the richest man in America in his day. He later became the country's first great philanthropist. By his death in 1937, he had given away more than half his fortune through various philanthropic programs. Visitors can choose from four tours: Classic, Grand, Timesaver, and Selected Highlights. The Classic, ideal for first-time visitors, is a shorter experience than the comprehensive, three-hour Grand. Besides the mansion, both of these tours include time in Kykuit's art galleries, gardens, and Coach Barn, with its collection of horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and equestrian equipment. The 90-minute Timesaver is ideal for those on tighter schedules, while Selected Highlights maximizes time in the gardens. Visitors can buy tickets online in advance, choosing the exact tour, time, and date they want to visit. Tickets are on sale at hudsonvalley.org. Historic Hudson Valley recommends advanced ticket buying, particularly for weekend tours, which fill up quickly. Besides online, tickets may be purchased by calling 914-631-8200 (service charge additional) or at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. All tours start at the Kykuit Visitor Center; doors open at 9am.

White Plains Outdoor Farmers' Market - White Plains
Through November 20, 2013 - White Plains

An authentic, French open-air market offering everything from meats to produce to artisan cheeses and olive oil.

New Rochelle Farmers' Market - New Rochelle
Through November 22, 2013 - New Rochelle

Fresh, local baked goods, fruit, herbs, organic produce, specialty foods, vegetables, and more.

Ridge Hill's Down to Earth Farmers Market - Westchester's Ridge Hill
Through November 22, 2013 - Yonkers

Fresh baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fruit, hand-made soaps, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more. Family-friendly activities like coloring, Origami, and more will be available from 12-6pm each week in association with Whole Foods.

Bronxville Farmers' Market - Bronxville
Through November 23, 2013 - Bronxville

Over 40 vendors offer fresh produce, including organic produce, pasture raised meats, eggs, milk, fish fresh from Montauk, honey, maple syrup, pickles, cheese, breads, baked goods, quiche, dips, soups, herbs, lavender and lavender products, local wines, field-cut wild flowers, bottled milk, granola, soups, cookies, hand made soaps and lotions, home spun fibers for knitting, and chutney. Rain or shine.

Tarrytown Farmers' Market - Tarrytown
Through November 23, 2013 - Tarrytown

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

Pleasantville Farmers' Market - Pleasantville
Through November 23, 2013 - Pleasantville

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

Chappaqua Farmers' Market - Chappaqua Train Station
Through November 23, 2013 - Chappaqua

Fresh baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fruit, hand-made soaps, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more. Family-friendly activities every week. Here are some of the vendors: Bombay Emerald Chutney. Indian-style chutneys (mint, plum, and more), samosas, and saag paneer. Bread Alone from Boiceville, NY. Organic breads baked every day using fresh grains and local produce. From rustic miche loaves to San Francisco-style sourdough, as well as their signature Morning Glory Muffins. Chatham Brewery from Old Chatham, NY. Small-batch ales sold in growlers; hard pumpkin, pear, and apple ciders, and old fashioned root beer, also sold in growlers. Clean Ridge Soap from Pound Ridge, NY. Soaps, oils, and lotions, all made from local plants and herbs from the NY area. Coach Farm from Pine Plains, NY. Authentic artisanal goat cheeses fresh from the farm, not sealed in plastic. Also goat's milk yogurts. Cowberry Crossing Farm from Claverack, NY. Farmers, Richardand& Cecile Harrison, are committed to local, humane, sustainable farming, and their farm is certified both organic and biodynamic. Produce, poultry, meat, and eggs. Flourish Baking Company from Scarsdale, NY. Diane Forley and Michael Otsuka bring their tarts, breads, prepared foods, and delicious vegetable pot pies to the market. Gaia's Breath from Hastings, NY. Organic meat vendor of free-range lamb, pork, veal, and chicken, and high-end flavorful sausages and charcuterie. Their farm, "265 acres of pure organic bliss," is situated between the Catskill and Adirondack mountain ranges. Honey Locust Farm from Newburgh, NY. A unique, small-scale farm that specializing in Chef-Centered Gourmet Agriculture. Products include teas, ciders, greens, herbs, and of course, honey. Hudson Valley Duck from Ferndale, NY. Bringing to market two varieties of duck at the farm - the classic Moulard and a heritage breed called Lola - and also duck charcuterie (duck prosciutto breast and duck salami), as well as speciality products like confit. Joe's Mozzarella from Hastings-on-the Hudson, NY. Handmade mozzarella and sandwiches. Kings Roaming Angus from Cobleskill, NY. Grass-fed beef, pork, and free-range chicken and eggs. The go-to vendor for all your BBQ needs. Kontoulis Olive Oil from Larchmont, NY. After inheriting a grove of olive trees, the Kontoulis family turned the grove into a business. They harvest and press the olives in Greece, but bottle the oil here. Madura Farms from Orange County, NY. Fancy mushrooms are their specialty, used for their medicinal and culinary value. Also available are their tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and exotic leafy greens. Morgiewicz Farms from Goshen, NY. You won't see heads of lettuce this big and fresh for miles. This family has been farming in black dirt country for four generations. Newgate Farms from Windsor, CT. Family owned since 1933 and farming for five generations, Newgate Farms is now a strictly retail, farmers' market agri-business, bringing fresh produce and farm products to the market. Obercreek Farm from Beacon, NY. Organic greenhouse baby and Asian greens. Orchards of Concklin from Pomona, NY. Many varieties of local apples and other fruits and berries, fresh apple cider donuts, pies, and cookies! Papa Pasquale Ravioli and Pasta Co. from Brooklyn, NY. A bevy of fresh ravioli, stuffed shells, rice balls, homespun marinara sauce, fresh ricotta, and dried sausage. Picklelicious from Teaneck, NJ. An amazing array of pickles (including their famous "pickle-on-a-stick"!) olives, and tapenades. The Pie Lady and Son from Nyack, NY. Even Grandma would approve of these classic American pies, made with fruit from local farms including the Chappaqua Farmers' Market's very own Orchards of Conklin! Pura Vida Fishery from Long Island, NY. Fresh fish, shellfish, and smoked fish from the Hampton Bays. "Scallops so sweet you could eat them raw." Pure Food Sisters from Greenwich CT. Two sisters who love to eat and cook healthy offer their line of prepared foods: arugula pesto, French bistro salads like shredded carrot or celery root remoulade. Ready, Set, Sharp from Hastings, NY. On-the-spot sharpening of knives (even serrated!), gardening tools, scissors, etc. Renee's Jams from Bedford, NY. Schoolteacher-turned-summer-jam-maker, Renee McCaine-Taylor, makes real homestyle jams. Rich Brownies from Briarcliff Manor, NY. Fans of Rich Brownies have described them as "amazing," "exquisite," and "as addictive as crack." They really are that good! Savor Cookies from Watertown, CT. A dizzying array of unusually flavored sweet and savory cookies such as roasted red pepper, cardamom and dark chocolate, and birch and maple. All beautifully packaged for gift-giving. Spice Revolution from Dobbs Ferry, NY. Selling meat rubs and seasonings for baking and vegetables, as well as exotic spices, gourmet salts, and chocolates. Stone Barns from Pocantico Hills, NY. Chef Dan Barber has become the voice of food sustainability, and his restaurants, Blue Hill, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, are the gold standard of true farm to table cuisine. So, it is with great pleasure that the Chappaqua Farmers Market announces that on the first and third Saturday of every month, Stone Barns will be selling their pristine meats raised in Pocantico Hills. Taiim Falafel from Hastings, NY. Hummus, Israeli salad, tabouleh, and other delicacies from this popular Hastings Eatery. Tierra Nut Farm from Valatie, NY. Organic, locally roasted and prepared nuts (ginger cashew, tamari almond, Thai-spiced cashews etc.), as well as nut butters and coffee made from fair-trade beans roasted in the Hudson Valley. True Food of Nyack from Nyack, NY. Prepared foods like wheatberry salads and lentil burgers made with local ingredients. Also, a variety of healthy burritos, filled with all things local. Winding Drive Artisan Jams, from Woodbury, CT. Artisan jams, jellies, and marmalades that emphasize distinctive flavor blends and traditional cooking methods. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Croton-on-Hudson Farmers' Market - Croton-on-Hudson
Through November 24, 2013 - Croton-on-Hudson

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

GreenMarket Farmers' Market - The New York Botanical Garden
Through November 27, 2013 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden's Greenmarket provides affordable, locally grown produce along with fresh, nutritious baked goods, and other specialty items. Talk to the farmers to learn more about the nutritional and health benefits of gardening and eating locally. Learn how to use produce from the market to make easy, nutritional meals at weekly cooking demonstrations and find out about composting, recycling, growing vegetables, and more at special demonstrations throughout the season. Hear "what's fresh" at the market each week by calling 718-362-9561 and pressing 406# to find out what you can incorporate into your meals. Cooking demonstrations, recipe exchanges, and raffles as well as educational programming will take place in the market throughout the season. Every Wednesday John Scardina graces the market with live folk music. Free admission and parking to shop at the Greenmarket.

THE COMPROMISED LAND: RECENT PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO FROM ISRAEL - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through December 01, 2013 - Purchase

When it comes to the subject of Israel, nothing is simple; not its history, its geography, its politics, its peoples, or its multicultural and religious core. The points of view are as varied and passionate as the people who populate this land, a little smaller than New Jersey (8,000 square miles), yet large enough to rivet the world's attention. It is a site of conflict, ancient and recent, and of promise. The new exhibition, "The Compromised Land: Recent Photography and Video from Israel," organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, confronts many of Israel's issues head on. Exploring the themes of coexistence and conflict, history and memory, and the importance of land, the work of twenty-one contemporary artists will be on view in this exhibition through Dec. 1, 2013. "The Compromised Land" revolves around the notion of land, which, in Israel, is regarded as a sacred, as well as a geographical, economic, social, and political organism - rooted in the psyche and culture of its peoples, and thousands of years of history. Israel's conflicts, history, and culture shadow daily life and permeate artistic expression. The work of established and emerging artists, who are emotionally and intellectually invested in their country's fate, gives voice to their sense of unease and threat, as they consider, reveal, interpret, and question Israel's politics, culture, and future. The exhibition also examines Israeli photography and video, practices that dominate contemporary Israeli art, and for which Israel is internationally recognized. The featured artists include: Boaz Arad, Yael Bartana, Joseph Dadoune, Nir Evron, Barry Frydlender, Dani Gal, Ori Gersht, Dor Guez, Oded Hirsch, Miki Kratsman, Sigalit Landau, Dana Levy, Shahar Marcus, Adi Nes, Nira Pereg, Gilad Ratman, Michael Rovner, Lior Shvil, Sharon Ya�Ari, and Rona Yefman with Tanja Schlander. "The Compromised Land: Recent Photography and Video from Israel" is curated by Helaine Posner, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, and guest curator Lilly Wei; and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated 96-page catalogue with essays by Ory Dessau; Ron Pundak, Israeli historian and chairman of the Israeli Peace NGO Forum; and the co-curators. Support for the exhibition is provided by Artis, Helen Stambler Neuberger and Jim Neuberger, Susan and James Dubin, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Purchase College Foundation. Support for the residency of artist Gilad Ratman is provided by the Israel Institute, which is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and study of modern Israel. Additional support is provided by the UJA-Federation of New York in Westchester.

ARTIST EXHIBIT - ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONS IN NATURE BY JOAN STRIER - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through December 01, 2013 - Scarsdale

Joan Strier's first venture into the world of art was through stone sculpting. Her inspiration came from human forms, while favoring the female body. Her work was mainly abstract, as she enjoyed expanding her ideas, feelings and emotions into art. Three years ago Joan began painting, and now feels completely free to express herself in every type of medium that she can. There is no limit to what she will try! Joan's work includes the following mediums: acrylic, ink, encaustic (wax), pastel, sewn and painted rice paper, and mixed media. She is greatly influenced by nature, form, and aerial maps, as you can see in the diversity of her work. Exhibit runs through Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

By Her Hand: Art of Native American Women & the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through December 03, 2013 - Stamford

Learn about the Native American women who transformed everyday objects with personal expressions of artistic flair. See how natural resources were combined with trade goods to produce extraordinary works of art during the dramatic cultural and economic changes at the turn of the last century. Their works, all from the Stamford Museum & Nature Center's permanent collection, are being paired in this exhibition with the iconic photographs of Edward S. Curtis, who captured the last vestiges of traditional Native American culture in the western United States. His mission was to safeguard a sacred legacy by preserving traditional culture, personal histories, and beliefs through photographs. This exhibition offers an opportunity to experience the Native American message of beauty, heart, and spirit. September 21-December 3, 2013.

Rye Farmers' Market - Rye
Through December 15, 2013 - Rye

Fresh, local baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fruit, hand-made soaps, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Larchmont Farmers' Market - Larchmont
Through December 21, 2013 - Larchmont

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

Ossining Farmers' Market - Ossining
Through December 21, 2013 - 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.

'Brighter Days,' an exhibition of paintings by South Salem artist Suzan Waldinger - The Gallery in the Park at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Through December 21, 2013 - Cross River

"Brighter Days," an exhibition of paintings by South Salem artist Suzan Waldinger, will open on Saturday, September 21, at The Gallery in the Park at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River. Ms. Waldinger, a full-time artist whose favored medium is acrylic, creates vividly colorful images in the contemporary expressionist style using a technique known as impasto, in which the artist squeezes thick paint from the tube onto the canvas and uses various tools to create pleasing effects. Her art is free-wheeling, sometimes whimsical, and illustrates her strong attraction to color and texture. The exhibition will be on view daily, 9am-4pm, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is a Westchester County park located at the junction of Routes 35 and 121 South in Cross River. For more information, go to westchestergov.com/parks or call 914-864-7317.

Homework Helper - After-School Drop-In Program - The Center for Literacy Enrichment at Pace University
Through December 31, 2013 - White Plains

The Center for Literacy Enrichment - Pace University is offering a new Homework Helper Program four days a week, Mondays-Thursdays, from 3-6pm for students in grades 1-12. Certified teachers are available to help children tackle their assignments in all subjects, including complex concepts in Math and Science. The cost is $5 per session or $70 for unlimited monthly sessions. The Center is located at 78 N. Broadway, White Plains, NY. For more information, contact 914-422-4135 or [email protected]

Downton Chappy - Costumes of the Downton Abbey Era - Horace Greeley House
Through January 15, 2014 - Chappaqua

Dresses and costumes from the Downton Abbey era from the New Castle Historical Society's extensive costume collection. Appointments for tours at other times than those mentioned can be arranged by calling 914-238-4666 or visiting the website.

'Tornado Alley' - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 16, 2014 - Norwalk

This film invites the audience to follow along with a daring team of "storm chasers" as they work to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes. Sean Casey, star of the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" reality series, leads this mission to document one of Earth's most awe-inspiring events - the birth of a tornado.

Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940 - Hudson River Museum
Through January 17, 2014 - Yonkers

The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 assured the Hudson River a vital role in the evolution of what would become New York City into the nation's industrial and financial powerhouse - its "Empire City." The same year, artist Thomas Cole was "discovered," setting in motion a tradition of painting that transformed American art, much as the Erie Canal was rapidly transforming the landscape. For the most part, artists ignored the industrialization of the region; Cole was a strong proponent of the British traditions of the sublime and the beautiful, and his melding of these romantic ideals to direct observation of nature became the mainstay of American landscape in the mid-19th century. The ideal expressed in thousands of Hudson River School canvases from the 1820s through the turn of the century constituted a moving vocabulary many artists clung to, even decades after the reality of the landscape had changed. It was not until the first decade of the 20th century, as artists like Robert Henri and John Sloan turned their attention to the urban scene, that American art shifted its focus from bucolic landscapes to the cities, the towns, and the crowds, especially the raucous urban scene of Manhattan - by then the nation's most important metropolis. The movement away from painting the land to painting the life on the street is often seen as a clean break with the depiction of the landscape, and with landscape painting generally as a mainstay of American art in the face of European Modernism. However, artists continued to paint the Hudson River, as well as its tributaries, the Harlem and East Rivers, and the great harbor of New York City into which they flowed. What was different was their approach. Having jettisoned the romantic ideals of their forebears, artists like Henri and Sloan, and later, Georgia O'Keeffe, George Ault, Edward Hopper, and Preston Dickinson, celebrated the changing way of life along the city's waterfront. As the century progressed, they did so with sharper focus and with ideals borrowed from the Machine Age. Instead of majestic mountain ranges, their subjects were the arching bridges, swinging cranes, and streamlined ocean liners resting in the harbor. Artists took the elements of the Sublime, combined them with Modernism's interest in structure and form, and applied them to the manmade industrial one - thereby creating a new visual vocabulary for the 20th century - the Industrial Sublime. "Industrial Sublime," the exhibition, takes as its focus the shift in both style and sensibility during the years 1900 to 1940, and explores the development of a new mode of landscape painting and pictorial ideals suited to America's role as a global industrial power. Museums lending works to the exhibition of more than 60 paintings include The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute; High Museum of Art; Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale; Georgia Museum of Art; The New-York Historical Society; Museum of the City of New York; Newark Museum; the Phillips Collection; Flint Institute of Arts; Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Norton Museum of Art. The exhibition, accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, is co-curated by Kirsten Jensen, Curator, Hudson River Museum and Bartholomew F. Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Hudson River Museum. Additional essayists for the publication include Wendy Greenhouse, co-author of "Chicago Modern 1893-1945: Pursuit of the New;" Katherine E. Manthorne, professor of modern art of the Americas, Graduate Center, City University of New York; and Ellen E. Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art, Norton Museum of Art. "Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940" is the fifth exhibition in the Hudson River Museum series, "The Visitor In the Landscape." The exhibition will travel to the Norton Museum of Art, March 20-June 22, 2014. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. The exhibition catalogue is supported, in part, by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. On view through January 17, 2014.

Great White Shark - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX
Through April 03, 2014 - Norwalk

No other modern animal may command both fear and fascination as much as the great white shark – but The Maritime Aquarium's new IMAX?film suggests, instead, that these predators mainly need help and respect. This film unravels the mystery of the creature by telling the true story of its role atop the oceanic food chain. "Our mission is to change people's attitudes toward the great white," said Steve McNicholas, co-director of the film. "It's not the menacing, evil predator it's made out to be. It's simply performing its crucial role at the top of the ocean's food chain. Great whites are not monsters any more than the polar bears or lions that we revere." The 40-minute film takes viewers around the world to great-white hotspots and examines the animals through the eyes of several people whose lives and work have become inextricably linked to the great white, including shark expert Michael Rutzen, who openly scuba dives among them. October 11-April 3, 2014.

Flight of the Butterflies in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through April 11, 2014 - Corona

Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in this 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the monarch butterflies, from Canada, through the United States to remote 10,000-foot-high peaks in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. The film has won numerous awards including the 2013 Grand Teton Award in the category of Best Immersive 3D/Large Format at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and awards at the 2013 Giant Screen Industry Awards, including Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, and Best Educational Program.

Exhibition: Six Ladders - Katonah Museum of Art
Through April 21, 2014 - Katonah

Bright swaths of vibrant colors transform the Katonah Museum of Art's exterior in its newest outdoor exhibition, "Six Ladders," by artist Andrea Lilienthal. Lilienthal created a series of giant bamboo ladders for the Museum's stately Sculpture Garden that are whimsical and enigmatic; their brilliant colors electrify the natural surroundings. Five ladders, with their cheerful colors and playful patterns, lean against the Museum's enormous spruce trees in various positions and at different angles. On the building's facade, a sixth, 30-foot ladder extends just short of the roofline - its form and ribbons of color energizing the wall and lending sculptural dimension to the flat expanse. Each of the ladders are hand-constructed from sturdy commercial bamboo, harvested in China, and painted with high-gloss outdoor enamel paint from Holland. Their surfaces are smooth and reflective, in contrast to the course-textured tree bark. According to Katonah Museum of Art Curator Ellen Keiter, "These are not functional structures - their bottom rungs are too high to mount and the ladders fail to reach the top of their intended destinations. These are instead beautiful works of art; Andrea Lilienthal responds to the inherent geometry of ladders and the repetitive rhythm of their rungs. She finds beauty in their simple, minimalist construction." "Lilienthal's ladders instill a sense of wonder and suggest that seemingly unreachable goals can be attained," she says. Keiter explains that bamboo is a hollow-stemmed, woody plant that "bows, sways, and splits, so slight imperfections, even substantial cracks, add distinctive character to each ladder. No two ladders are painted the same, yet their similarly saturated hues coalesce into a lively visual harmony." She adds, "The bands of luscious color wrap around the bamboo like candy confections, and bright confetti patterns alternate with stark black-and-white designs. A causal link exists between the artificial colors and the natural bamboo. On one ladder, Lilienthal painted white rings around the growth nodes of the bamboo; on another, the nodes demarcate the lengths of painted blue and orange sections." Says Lilienthal: "These magnificent and mysterious trees [at the Katonah Museum of Art], whose tops are not even visible, dwarf the people and furniture below. In response to their super scale, I chose the ladder, a form with human scale and multiple readings: utilitarian ancient, mythic, and universal. The severe and stately trees support the bamboo ladders in an implied partnership; rooted and stable, the trees assist the ladders in their attempt to ascend. But ultimately, how do you mount an 80-foot Norwegian spruce tree? My answer was to climb it with imagination, affirming our connection to the natural world." Lilienthal has used bamboo in her artistic practice for several years. In earlier installations, she aligned multiple painted, wrapped, or taped bamboo poles along a wall - works awash in color, but still relatable in size. However, her current exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art is in keeping with the majesty, diameter, and spacing of the giant spruce trees. Adding to the intrigue of this exhibition are enlarged photographs of the Garden's spruce trees displayed in the Museum's two west windows adjacent to the lone 30-foot ladder. On first impression, the images appear as reflections. In this way, Lilienthal reinforces the relationship between the ladders and the trees while further playing with the viewers' perceptions and expectations. Historically, ladders carry rich and universal associations. In many faiths and fables, ladders are a symbol of ascent, of travel, of reaching upward. In modern times, they represent progress and growth, allowing us to reach higher than we would otherwise be able to go. Ladders symbolize elevation: from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge, and from the material to the spiritual. They are featured in art from prehistoric cave paintings to contemporary times. Jacob's Ladder, the metaphysical passage between heaven and earth, is mentioned in the first book of the Bible, and is represented in such disparate media as Renaissance paintings and popular video games. There is a popular African-American spiritual, "We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder," Eric Carl's beloved children's picture book, "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me," and innumerable colloquialisms regarding "the ladder of success." On view through April 21, 2014 during Museum hours: Sundays: 12-5pm; Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays.

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.

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