April's Outdoor Spring Flings

Spring might not have come early this year like Punxsutawney Phil predicted, but now that it's finally warming up the real fun can truly begin.


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Whether it's enjoying a pre-concert picnic on Caramoor's lush grounds or touring magnificent private gardens with the Garden Conservancy, check out the outdoor entertainment Westchester has to offer this season. 

 

Aizuri Quartet
Sunday, April 17
4 pm
149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah
The Aizuri Quartet have held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music and Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, and are now hitting Caramoor to offer electrifying performances,  during which they will perform well-known compositions like Beethoven's String Quartet No. 6.

   

Sheep-to-Shawl

Saturday, April 16 - Sunday, April 17
10 am
Philipsburg Manor
381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow
Be a part of this “woolsome” spring festival and participate in the process of turning wool into cloth with hands-on activities. Watch Scottish border collies herding sheep and enjoy a fashion show. Geordane’s at Irvington and The Blue Pig of Croton will provide food and treats.

 

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Birds of Prey Day
Sunday, April 17 
1 pm–2 pm 
Muscoot Farm
51 Route 100, Katonah
Watch hawks and other birds of prey in action—and learn about these majestic, flying hunters.

 

 

Firehouse Chili Challenge
Saturday, April 16
3 pm–6 pm
Teatown Lake Reservation
1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining
The Briarcliff, Croton, and Ossining Firehouses face off in Teatown Reservation’s Chili Challenge. It will be a day for the entire family with craft beer tastings, live music, a hike, and children’s activities.

 

Weekends at Stone Barns Center

Beginning April 16, on Saturdays and Sundays
10 am–4:20 pm
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills
Visit Stone Barns and see how the farm transforms itself for the spring and summer. Be ready for a day filled with outdoor activities and farming chores like collecting eggs, planting lettuce, and making pesto. Check out Stone Barns’ website for the full list of “seasonal, hands-on activities and drop-in tours.”

 

Teaching Trails: Weekend Walks for All Ages

April 16, 23, 24, 30
11:30 am
Greenburgh Nature Center
99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale
Delight in the forest’s beauty and relax as you learn about trees, plants, wildlife, and seasonal changes from Greenburgh Nature Center’s trained “Trail Ninja” volunteers.

 

Earth Day Celebration
April 17
11 am–4 pm
Greenburgh Nature Center
99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale
Help the nature center make a difference and celebrate Earth Day by giving back to nature. The day’s activities include rain barrel construction, as well as trail maintenance, composting classes, among others.

 

Springtime Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 23
2 pm–3:30 pm
Marshlands Conservancy
220 Boston Post Rd, Rye
Explore the beautiful grounds of the conservancy as you look for clues in a scavenger hunt.

 

 

Visit The White Garden
Sunday, April 24
10 am–3 pm
199 Elmwood Rd, Lewisboro
Brought to you by The Garden Conservancy, the White Garden, completed in 1999, shows off a classically inspired setting, including a nymphaeum, pergola garden, labyrinth, and theater court, and additional hidden gardens include a perennial ellipse and “annual” garden, a conservatory “jungle” garden, and an Asian-inspired moss garden.

 

 

 

Crafts at Lyndhurst
Friday, April 29, 2016 - Sunday, May 1, 2016
10 am - 6 pm
Lyndhurst Mansion
635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown
This arts festival will feature over 275 independent American designers, artists, and craftspeople. Check out the rich variety of artistic pieces, take part in creative activities, and visit the food section for handmade treats.

 

Sheep Shearing Fest 2016
Saturday, April 30
10 am–3 pm
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills
Celebrate the arrival of spring with activities, live music, crafts, and seasonal treats. Learn about sheep shearing and spinning, carding, and combing wool.


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