Arts & Entertainment

This month's highlights.





Let’s face it: we all have a bit of a sweet tooth. Some of us might go so far as to admit that a chocolate urge strikes every day at about 4 pm (and perhaps again after dinner, and once more right before bedtime). From June 16 to September 2, you can indulge those urges without fear of caloric retribution at the Hudson River Museum’s “I WANT Candy: The Sweet Stuff in American Art” exhibition. More than 30 artists’ works will be on display, portraying a range of colorful confections and sugary sweets. The exhibition will also explore themes of still-life traditions, candy consumerism, and childhood innocence.


Tooting His Own Horn




It’s a good bet that you’re able to recognize the song “Pressure Drop” from the first few horn-inflected bars, but as ubiquitous as it is on bar jukeboxes across the county, it’s certainly not the only hit produced by acclaimed gospel and reggae artists Toots and the Maytals. Hear the rest of the Jamaican band’s repertoire when they visit the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut, on June 17. (Fun fact: Toots and the Maytals’ 1968 song “Do the Reggay” was the first to use the word “reggae” in a song title.) Not a big fan of reggae? The Playhouse has a really strong lineup this month with all sorts of musical styles represented, including neo-swingsters Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on June 10, alt-rockers the Cowboy Junkies on June 14, and folkie “One of Us” songwriter Joan Osborne on June 30.


Bygone Fair 



Mamaroneck might still be dealing with the repercussions of April’s flood, but the lingering damage won’t stop it from throwing a great party. The town has banded together to offer its Historic Harbor Street Fair on June 3. As its name promises, the event provides a trip through Mamaroneck’s history from the Civil War (complete with period re-enactments and a one-room schoolhouse demonstration), through the roaring ’20s (with silent movies presented with live accompaniments), past the ’30s and ’40s (go hear the Big Band swing music), and finally to the present. The fair also offers an international food court, rides on tall ships, crafts on sale, strolling entertainers and historic portrayers, period children’s games, and an educational waterfront pavilion. For more information, visit


I Can See Clearwater Now


For more than three decades, the month of June has been associated with restless high-schoolers taking their final exams, backyard barbecues, and beautiful sails down the Hudson on the Sloop Clearwater. This year’s Clearwater Festival hoists the sails on the Sloop and a second tall ship, the Schooner Pioneer, June 16 and 17—just in time for Father’s Day. The event, which takes place in Croton Point Park, is also home to top-class musicians such as the Cowboy Junkies (be sure to download their sleepy cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane”), Bruce Cockburn, Leo Kottke, Red Molly, Matt Turk, Paul Winter, and, of course, Pete Seeger. In addition, Vaudeville acts, children’s performers, dancers, and a massive “Green Living Expo” will all be represented. So bring Dad along—it sure beats getting him another set of golf clubs.


Flower Power




The New York Botanical Garden gets pushed a little bit further north with “Inspired By Nature,” an exhibit at Gallery Yellow in Cross River’s Yellow Monkey Village. For the show, 50 botanical artists and natural-science illustrators display their arduously detailed works, marking the first time the NYBG has ever hosted an exhibition outside of its Bronx home. The big draw is the glass works by renowned artist Paul Stankard, whose botanical paperweights adorn the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This month, The Katonah Museum of Art and Caramoor are getting into the act, too. The Katonah Musuem hosts two of the artists, who will speak about the history of botanical art and natural-science illustration, on June 10; Caramoor invites three of the artist to re-create its Italian gardens during a wine-and-music reception. “Inspired by Nature” runs through July 30.


Free Entertainment

They say the best things in life are free—we agree! the following are fun events for parents and kids—and won’t cost you a penny.


Hudson River Museum

511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers; 914-963-4550,

The Hudson River Museum, the oldest in the county, is free from 5 to 8 pm Fridays (usually $5); free to children under five at all times. While visiting, be sure to stop by the nearby Glenview Mansion, where six turn-of-the-century rooms are open for viewing. In the Andrus Planetarium, the 7 pm Friday Star Nite shows are free.


Katonah Museum of Art

Route 22 at Jay Street, Katonah; 914-232-9555,

Tuesdays through Saturdays, you can visit the Katonah Museum from 10 am to noon for free (usually $3); kids under 12 are always admitted for free. There are two indoor galleries, a sculpture garden, and a learning center where children can learn about the exhibits in a hands-on, kid-friendly way.


Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College

735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase, (914) 251-6100,

Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden at Pepsico

Anderson Hill Road, Purchase

The sculpture gardens at corporate headquarters for PepsiCo are open to the public at no charge and, when you visit there first, you can get free passes for the Neuberger Museum just across the street at Purchase College. (The Neuberger is also free the first Saturday of every month, children under 12 are always admitted for free.)


Muscoot Farm

Route 100, Somers, (914) 864-7282,

You can’t feed or pet the animals—it’s a working farm after all—but a trip to Muscoot is a great free way to spend the day outdoors and opportunity to see what life was like on 19th century farms. There are frequent family days with activities like sheep shearing or arts and crafts. Open daily 10 to 4 pm.


Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills, (914) 366-6200,

It’s fun to explore the farm on your own—who can resist those happy chickens and cute little piglets? But “family chore” times, hayrides, arts and crafts, science projects, and story times give even the littlest ones a better feel for farm life—and they’re free. Stone Barns is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm in summer, 11 am to 4 pm in winter.


Story Times

Area bookstores, including chains Barnes and Noble and Borders (multiple locations), The Scholastic Store in Scarsdale, and Wondrous Things in Croton-on-Hudson have frequent costumed character story times, author readings, and other free family events. Ditto the Westchester Library System, which also offers free book, CD, DVD, and video rentals.

—Nancy L. Claus



Salon Célèbre 



This month, Westchester Community College continues its “Celebrity Salons,” which satisfies both the need for stimulating conversation and—just as important—the urge to sneak a peek at how the neighbors have decorated their houses. A gorgeous century-old Edwardian home in Pelham opens its doors to curious visitors on June 3. Oh, and you might be interested in the house’s owner, too: Joe Klein, the anonymous author behind Primary Colors and current Time columnist. He’ll host a salon in his family’s home and lead a discussion on news and current events.


Snoop in Usonia




If you’ve had the chance to see the newest exhibit in Armonk’s The Studio gallery, “Frank Lloyd Wright and Usonia: An Experiment in Living,” you might be interested in snooping around Pleasantville’s Usonia to gaze at the neighborhood planned by the venerable architect. Even if you haven’t been to The Studio, just knowing that Usonia is there might be enough to invite temptation. The Neuberger Museum of Art feels your pain. It’s organized a house tour of Usonia in which you not only get to tour the neighborhood looking at Wright’s designs, you actually get to step inside some of them. The tour begins on June 4 with a breakfast and lecture by Roland Reisley, original Usonia resident and author of Usonia New York: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright.




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