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Not Just Skating By

Photo by Manish Gosalia




Now is the best time to get into the elbow-throwing madness that is roller derby. From September 24 to September 26, the Westchester County Center will be home to the “Derby in the ’Burbs” regional tournament (, featuring the top 10 teams in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. Cheer on as your normally polite neighbors are transformed into toughs with names like “Domestic Violet.” Just try not to stare when you see the players in the carpool lane the next day.



Windup Clown Toy photo by Paul Mutino




Circus: Art and Science Under the Big Top, at the Bruce Museum from September 24 to January 9, offers a three-ringed approach to cutting through the flimflam and thoughtfully examining the spectacle of circuses. One section of the exhibition takes an interactive look at the science behind circus performers, like sword-swallowers and human cannonballs. The second leg shows how the circus inspired other fine artists, such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Marc Chagall, and Diane Arbus. There also will be space dedicated to circus memorabilia, with posters, toys, and costumes. Bring your own peanuts. 

Barn Raising

Many things have been said about former Katonah resident John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, but one thing often goes unmentioned: the man sure knew how to throw a party. At least his friends do. The Friends of John Jay Homestead are sponsoring a weekend-long celebration on September 18 and 19. Festivities kick off with the annual Barn Dance, which features a barbecue dinner and a make-your-own sundae bar with a backdrop of live music by local bands. (Also on tap for the evening’s entertainment? Swimming pig races!) The next day, the homestead will host its yearly Country Fair, with a petting zoo, pony rides, sheep and duck herding, and a visit from the Bedford 1779 Regiment Encampment. Don’t forget to indulge in another of Jay’s favorites (we assume): homemade apple pie from the pie-baking contest.

Dear Diary

This March marked the 65th anniversary of Anne Frank’s death—but her story lives on. The Westport Country Playhouse will be presenting the stage adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank—written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and adapted by Wendy Kesselman—from September 28 to October 16. The Playhouse itself also is honoring an important milestone: The Diary of Anne Frank is being performed as part of the theater’s 80th anniversary season.

Home on the Grange

As cosmopolitan as we’d like to think we are, we also want to make sure that we stay true to our agrarian roots. The best reminder of the county’s farming heritage? The Yorktown Grange Fair, which this year takes place September 9 to 12. The theme of the fair is “Locally Grown,” so stop in to see, buy, or taste veggies, livestock, and poultry raised close to home. (Stick around for an end-of-fair produce and vegetable auction that’ll put your farmers’ market to shame.) You can join in on the fun with pie-eating, watermelon-eating, or nail-driving contests—but it’s Ümami Café owner Peter Pratt who gets the best job of judging the bake-off. Also keep an eye on the weekend’s schedule for horse shows, musical performances, and even circus acts—which aren’t indigenous to our local farms, but we’ll take them anyway.



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