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“When Nyack Meant Business”
The third ArmChair Walking Tour of 2014
The Historical Society of the Nyacks and the Friends of the Nyacks present this popular program, now in its nineteenth year, featuring slide presentations on local history, architecture and related cultural subjects. The Armchair Walking Tours are dedicated to the memory of John Scott, Rockland County’s great historian. The programs are produced by Bob Goldberg.
Bob Goldberg, trustee of the Historical Society of the Nyacks and producer of the Armchair Walking Tours will present this program.
In 1870 the Erie Railroad reached Nyack thus connecting it to New York City. The arrival of the railroad transformed Nyack from a small riverfront village to the commercial capital of Rockland County and a new commuter suburb of New York City. The growth of Downtown Nyack and its business center will be described with many old photographs of that era. You will meet many of Nyack’s early business entrepreneurs, the businesses they founded, and the buildings and stores that they built, many of which still line Broadway and Main Street. Return to the times before the malls when Nyack was the retail center of Rockland County.
The program will be presented first in the Nyack Library, 59 S. Broadway, at 7pm, Wednesday evening, December 10 and will be repeated the following afternoon, Thursday, December 11 at 2pm the Valley Cottage Library on Route 303.
Seating is limited and attendees should pre-register by calling or going online. Nyack Library: 845.358.3370, nyacklibrary.org or Valley Cottage Library: 845.268.7700, vclib.org For more info: Bob Goldberg at 845.268.3838 or email@example.com
“TOYS OF THE PAST: CHILDHOOD MEMORIES BEFORE 1955”
The Historical Society of the Nyacks will host this holiday- inspired display of dolls, doll houses, stuffed animals, puppets, children’s books and games, toy soldiers, model cars, trucks, planes, trains and other interesting items enjoyed by children prior to 1955. The display will open on December 6th at our museum in the DePew House, 50 Piermont Avenue, Nyack, across from Memorial Park.
The exhibit will include cast iron toys that were popular from the 1870s until World War II. The industry began after the Civil War, when vast iron ore reserves were discovered. A Victorian era dollhouse furniture set and horse-drawn fire patrol carriage, as well as a Model T era car will be among the cast iron toys that will be shown.
Thanks to the enthusiastic response to our call for toys, we will have an extensive and eclectic collection of beloved playthings on display—not just priceless dolls or vintage miniature trains, but the quirky and much-adored playthings from our youth.
Our museum is open on Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm. This exhibit will run through February. For more information about our programs, and to join the Historical Society, please visit our website at www.nyackhistory.org
GRACE MUSIC PRESENTS MESSIAH SING
GraceMusic presents its 45th annual Messiah Sing conducted by Brandon Beachamp.
As usual, professional soloists will sing the arias, and you will sing the choruses, conducted by Brandon Beachamp.
Our soloists will be Marigene Kettler (soprano); Robin Lynne Frye (alto); Rodne Brown (tenor); Robert Mobsby (bass); and David Macfarlane (organ)—all of whom have been with us for many previous Messiah Sings.
Not a singer? Not a problem—listeners are most welcome. Come join us as we kick off the holiday season together.
Messiah Sing takes place on Sunday, December 7, 4pm, at Grace Church, 130 First Ave, Nyack, NY.
Admission: $10; children under 12 free. Scores to borrow provided. Listeners are welcome. More details at 845-358-1297 (ex16) or visit www.gracemusic.info
ARTIST OF THE MONTH
December’s Artist of the Month is Mary Ann Heinzen,
presenting a watercolor exhibit entitled Fall Into Winter.
The image (above) is titled Below the Palisades.
The show will be on view from December 1 thru 31 during our regular business hours of Monday thru Saturday 10am to 5:30pm. There will be an artist’s reception and watercolor demonstration by Mary Ann Heinzen on Sunday December 14 from 2 to 5pm.
The Corner Frame Shop, 40 South Franklin Street, Nyack
845.727.1240 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CARNEGIE CONCERT SERIES
at the Nyack Library, 59 S. Broadway, Nyack
RACHMANINOFF COMPLETE CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS
• December 6 at 7:30pm—PIANO TRIOS
• December 20 at 7:30pm—STRING QUARTETS
Concerts take place in the Carnegie-Farian Room of Nyack Library, 59 South Broadway, Nyack.
Admission Prices at www.carnegieconcerts.org
Tickets may be purchased at The Nyack Library Circulation Desk or at www.carnegieconcerts.org
A DUTCH FAMILY CHRISTMAS
at the historic Salyer House, 213 Blue Hill Rd, Pearl River NY
Saturday, December 6, 2pm, join us for a conversation about the faith of the Dutch who settled in Tappan in the 17th century and how their traditions created a New York state of mind. Sinterklaas will be in attendance to greet all children and visitors to the museum, which will be dressed in its Christmas best. A cup of mulled cider, spice cookies and a hearty welcome await you for this look back at Orangetown’s historic past.
Admission free: donations accepted. Info: 845.398.1302
The Orangetown Historical Museum & Archives and the Tappan Reformed Church at the Historic Salyer House
BOOK LAUNCH AND SIGNING
Nyack artist and writer Bill Batson will launch his first book, a collection of illustrations and essays,
entitled Nyack Sketch Log: An Artist and Writer Explores the History of a Hudson River Village, a compilation of his columns.
Batson will celebrate the launch and sign books at Hudson House. 134 Main Street, Nyack on December 4, from 6 to 8pm. Jeff Doctorow, curator of ArtsRock’s Guitar Magic series, will perform. Books can be ordered from billbatsonarts.com for $20 before Dec 4 and $25 threafter.
SMALL WORKS BY LOCAL ARTISTS
The Piermont Public Library is proud to present Postcards from Piermont on Sunday, December 7, from 3 to 5pm.
This group show of small works by local artist provides a wonderful opportunity to purchase special holiday gifts. Proceeds benefit the Library’s operation and programming budgets. Sumptuous refreshments by The Sidewalk Bistro and Piermont Fine Wines and the beautiful music of the Heyhoe Woods Quartet make this event a highlight of the holiday season in Piermont. All are welcome.
Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont. Info: call 845.359.4595 or visit
NYACK ART COLLECTIVE’S FIRST FRIDAY
Friday December 5, from 5 to 8 pm: Nyack Art Collective presents: Illumination—local artists show their work in various venues in Nyack. Kids crafts at the Gazebo on Main Street; lantern-making and paper cutting crafts, 5-6pm, live music 5-8 pm. Group show location TBD. For info, please visit First Friday at nyackartcollective.com
NYACK MUSIC COLLEGE CONCERTS
Nyack College, Pardington Hall 45 South Blvd. Nyack, 845-675-4687 email@example.com. All listed events free admission.
• Amasi Trio—Wed, December 3, 12:30pm
Trio-In-Residence with Dr. Tammy Lum, piano; Prof. Sungrai Sohn, violin and Dr. Chungsun Kim, cello performing trios by C.P.E. Bach, Brahms and hymn arrangements.
• Carol & Candlelight—Sunday, December 7, 8pm
66th Annual holiday favorite, performed by Nyack College’s Handbell Choir, Women’s Chorale, and Brass Ensemble. Seasonal music from England, France, Austria, and the United States will be performed. The program concludes with a deeply moving Candlelight Ceremony.
A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the cost of the annual Carol & Candlelight Tour.
• Winter Concert—Monday, December 8, at 8pm
Nyack College Wind Ensemble and Nyack College Handbell Choir, comprised of students, faculty, and community musicians performing works for concert band under the direction of Dr. Glenn Koponen. Includes selections by the Nyack Handbell Choir, directed by Jennifer Scott.
• Lessons and Carols—Tuesday, December 9, at 8pm Nyack College Chorale performs a program of traditional lessons and carols. The concert shares the story of the birth of Christ through scripture readings, songs by the chorale, organ, harp, carol singing, and performance by Artist in Residence, Prof. Shelley Jameson.
A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the cost of future chorale tours and special events.
SALE AT PALISADES
French Table Linen Sale December 12, 13 and 14, 10am to 5pm at the Palisades Community Center, 675 Oak Tree Road in Palisades, NY. Huge selection of tablecloths, napkins, kitchen towels and more all imported from Europe. Info: e-mail PCC@Palisadesny.com
OPEN STUDIOS AT VYT
• Ceramics, paintings, drawings, sculptures—find a unique gift while you support the arts. Enjoy light refreshments and meet your local artists-in-residence on December 20, 2-4pm. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/VytAIR for sneak peeks!
• SCULPTURE: FORGED STEEL, REPOUSSÉ
with James Garvey Saturdays, 10am to 1pm; Fee: $137
Sculptor James Garvey offers rigorous engagement with the basic elements of sculpture: fire, hammer, and anvil.
ART SHOW AT BLUE HILL
Revealing Common Ground features monumental sculptures by Peter Strasser, combining stone and wood in dynamic ways, delicately balanced sculptures by Ned Walsh, elegant terra cotta figures by Marilyn Friedman, compositions by John Rosis, photographs of ice by Christian Ivan, Celine Ennis’s subtle encaustics, Carleen Murdock’s and Lana Privitera’s skillfull watercolors are just a few of the exciting forms of art shown.
The exhibition opens at Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center on December 1 and continues through April 17 of next year. Viewing hours are Monday thru Friday, 8am to 6pm.
Meet the artists at the opening reception on Thursday, December 4, from 6 to 8pm.
Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center, 501 Veterans Memorial Drive, Pearl River, NY.
BENEFIT FOR NURSERY SCHOOL OF THE NYACKS
Join us at the Nanuet Barnes & Noble Store on Saturday, December 6, from 10:30am to 12:30pm for NSN’s Annual Bookfair.
Shop using Bookfair #11479615 in any Barnes & Noble store on December 6, or online December 6 through 13 and a portion of your purchase will be donated to Nursery School of the Nyacks.
AT HOPPER HOUSE
82 N. Broadway, Nyack. 845.358.0774.
• Wendell Minor: Illustrations from
Edward Hopper Paints His World—Thru January 4
• Edward Hopper in Nyack—on going
• Acrylic Lecture Demo Fri, Dec 5 from 6:30 to 8pm
• Small Matters of Great Importance—thru Jan 4
Annual Members’ Exhibition—Jan 10 thru Feb 8; Artist-Members of Edward Hopper House exhibit their creativity and talent in this annual display.
First Friday Events
• First Friday Artist of the Month Receptions at Edward Hopper House: December Artist of the Month: Rae Court; Reception Dec. 5 from 5 to 6:30pm.
Call for Artists for the upcoming exhibition Behind Doors and Through Windows: Reflections on Contemporary Domestic Life; dates of exhibition: Aug 22 thru Oct 18, 2015; deadline for proposals: January 15, 2015.
More info: www.edwardhopperhouse.org/exhibiting
Edward Hopper House seeks proposals from artists whose work embodies themes relating to domesticity. Info & guidelines: visit www.edwardhopperhouse.org/exhibiting
AT NYACK LIBRARY
59 South Broadway, Nyack; info/registration call: 358.3370 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Events free unless otherwise noted.
• December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 5:30pm in Teen Room
Monopoly Mondays with Ms. Laurie. No cash: we only take credit…what??? Electronic Banking Monopoly. Every Monday, ongoing.
• December, 11, 7 pm: Create Your Own Holiday Centerpiece for Every Holiday; adm $5 materials fee at door.
Using seasonal greens and festive accents, create a lovely centerpiece for displaying or gifting this holiday season. Please bring a waterproof container no larger than 5X5. Register: space is limited.
• December, 17, 11:30am: American Red Cross Blood Drive in the Community Meeting Room at Nyack Library.
Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment. Blood is needed to help save lives. Thank you. Please Register by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
• December, 17, 7 pm: Beautiful Holiday Mints by You, in the Community Meeting Room at Nyack Library.
Discover a delicious, easy recipe (or two) for creamy mints to give or share. Includes a cooking demo and creative packaging ideas for gift-giving. Limit 20 spaces; register.
• December 23, 5pm: Holiday Craft / Story Time in the Children’s Story Hour Room. Listen to holiday stories and make and wrap a gift to give to someone special.
Space is limited, please call the Children’s Room at 358-3370 ex 228 to register starting December 1.
ARTS ROCK & TEMPLE BETH TORAH PRESENT
• Swingtime Big Band: Home for the Holidays
Long Island’s premier authentic 20-piece swing band makes its long-awaited return to Rockland County for a festive Holiday celebration presenting a program of seasonal big band favorites, featuring the thrilling Christmas carols of Stan Kenton and highlights from The Nutcracker —as arranged by Duke Ellington and Les Brown—in addition to swingin’ Chanukah melodies to honor the Festival of Lights.
Vocalists Bobbie Ruth and Jerry Costanzo present classics from the Great American Songbook, and a special 99th birthday tribute to Frank Sinatra (born Dec. 12, 1915).
Saturday, December 13 at 8pm at Temple Beth Torah, 330 North Highland Ave, Upper Nyack, NY.
Tickets: TBT Member $22, General Admission $28
• Milk & Cookies Playhouse (for ages 1—8)
The Bossy Frog Band’s HAPPY NEW YEAR Concert plus Musical Instrument Petting Zoo.
Join the award-winning Bossy Frog Band in their annual musical extravaganza featuring banjo, a hula-hooping fiddler, a dancing costume character Monkey and, of course, the 6-foot-tall dancing Bossy Frog.
Immediately following the show, the concert hall turns into a musical instrument petting zoo where children can try out musical instruments under the guidance of local music teachers.
Tuesday, December 30 at 11am at Nyack Center, 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack.
Tickets: $15 (children under 18 months free)
Subscribe now for savings: buy a season pass for all three Milk & Cookies shows at $35 and save $10. Save on handling charges too.
FESTIVE HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE 2014
Festive Holiday Boutique benefits the good work of HiTor Animal Shelter in finding homes for displaced pets.
Join us for a spectacular holiday event featuring craft vendors, decorative wreaths for sale, bake sale, pictures with Santa for kids, face painting, and Hi Tor pets for adoption! Don’t miss out
December 7, 10am to 4pm at the Rockland County Fire Training Center, 35 Firemen’s Memorial Drive (off Route 45) Pomona, NY 10970. For more info: www.hitor.org
AT THE FIRST REFORMED CHURCH, NYACK
The 90th Annual Christmas Pageant take place Sunday, December 14 at 5pm.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be on Wednesday, December 25 at 7:30pm.
First Reformed Church,18 South Broadway, Nyack
NYACK NAACP NEWS
Installation of Branch Officers takes place Wednesday, December 17 at 7pm at Nyack Center, 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack; Dr. Andy Stewart, Orangetown Supervisor, will install new officers.
AT NEW CITY LIBRARY
220 North Main Street, New City; info call: (845) 634-4997 ex139
Online at www,newcitylibrary.org Events free unless o’wise noted.
• Monday, Dec. 1, 2pm: MEDICATION SAFETY
Discover the risks of combining prescribed and over the counter medications, including herbal supplements and vitamins. Peter Fella , RN, will also discuss how foods can interact with prescriptions and the safest way to travel with medications.
• Tues, Dec. 9, 7pm: CIVILIAN PREPAREDNESS TRAINING
The New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs presents this 2-hour course to help prepare residents for any type of disaster. Limited registration begins Dec. 2. Call 634-4997, ext. 139.
• Fri, Dec. 12, 2pm: THE IMAGE OF JEWS IN AMERICAN FILM
The Jewish struggle to evolve from immigrants to acculturated Americans while retaining their Jewish identity is illustrated with film clips that span the history of American cinema.
• Wed, Dec. 17, 2pm: THE BORSCHT BELT: VIRTUAL TOUR
Examine the history of this area, including Old Route 17, the Red Apple Rest, bungalow colonies and hotels. Learn about the astounding number of comedians who got their start there. And finally, find out what caused the decline of the Borscht Belt.
• Sat, Dec. 20, 2pm: MEMORY LANE
Jeff Sherer shares performances, movie clips, and documentaries from Sinatra to Elvis, Garland to Streisand, the Modernaires to the Harptones, Satchmo to the Beatles and Stones.