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FROM ROCKLAND FARM ALLIANCE
A national farming movement is taking shape. As more and more people take an interest in where and how their food is grown, Rockland Farm Alliance is moving into its 7th year revitalizing local farms and providing healthier, sustainably grown food for our community. And, it’s all thanks to you
2014 brought us—
• our 4th year of production on the restored 200-acre Cropsey Farm,
• passage of the landmark 2014 New York State Suburban Agriculture Bill,
• a second year of the Junior Farmer Program,
• a third year of thriving outdoor classrooms for thousands of children and adults,
• restoration of a private 32-acre historic farm in New City,
• offers from Clarkstown and Rockland County to bring even more land into agricultural production.
2015 will potentially bring—
• nearly 70 acres of new farmland at Kennedy Dells
• creation of a learning center and regional destination at a historic estate
• more community involvement, enthusiasm and momentum driving us forward.
Add your voice and support to revolutionizing the way we grow, eat and think about food. Support the Rockland Farm Alliance, 220 S. Little Tor Road. New City, NY 10956
Call 845.634.3167 or visit email@example.com
AT BIRCHWOOD CENTER
85 South Broadway, Nyack. Info: 845.358.6409 online at www.birchwoodcenter.com e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
• Partner Yoga
Sat, January 24 from 2 to 4:30pm; admission: $40
Join Julie Lifton and Betsy Ceva for a fun way to connect and share. Bring a spouse, a friend, or another willing partner to playfully explore and deepen your yoga postures. All levels are invited. For more info, readers should contact: 845.358.6409.
Plan an Emancipation Party with
The announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves in most of the South, and is still the cause for celebration today. In those days, people gathered for Emancipation celebrations at church services on New Year’s Eve.
The tradition began on December 31, 1862, when people waited all night to hear President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation read after it was transmitted over the telegraph wires.
On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger announced that all slaves in Texas were free; even though it was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, it was cause for celebration. Today this celebration is called Juneteenth and millions of Americans celebrate it each year on June 19th.
If you invite your family and friends to an Emancipation Party, you’ll want to fly the Juneteenth Flag on Emancipation Day. Be sure to include a Juneteenth Cake with the refreshments.
The Juneteenth Flag was created by Ben Haith, in 1997. It represents a star of Texas bursting with new freedom throughout the land, over a new horizon.
Foods served at Juneteenth celebrations are often the classical specialties associated with the Southern U.S. In early celebrations, men dug large pits and roasted pork, beef or lamb on a spit overnight. While the pit may not be present at today’s Juneteenth parties, barbecue of pulled pork, chicken, ribs and hot links remain a favorite. Other traditional meats include fried catfish and smothered chicken.
Similar to the best Sunday dinners, traditional Juneteenth celebrations featured a variety of special foods. Vegetables such as collard, turnip and mustard greens, friend green tomatoes, fried okra, potato salad, green beans and New Orleans red beans and rice graced tables. Traditional breads include sweet potato biscuits, cornbread and fresh-baked loaves.
The traditional drinks of Juneteenth, since the original Emancipation Day, include strawberry or red soda. Former slaves celebrated their freedom by indulging in novelty strawberry sodas that they had previously been denied. Today, many people substitute the soft drink Big Red for strawberry soda but the tradition of the Juneteenth red beverage continues.
Red plays an important role in Juneteenth desserts too. Jelly cake—yellow cake soaked with raspberry jam— and red velvet cake, an old Southern favorite, frequented many Juneteenth party tables. Pies such as sweet potato, peach and blackberry also remain popular.
RECIPE FOR Red JUNETEENTH Cake
Stir together 2 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder.
In a large bowl beat in 3/4 cups of butter and 1 3/4 cups of powdered sugar till soft and fluffy. Beat in four eggs one at a time.
In a bowl mix 1 cup of milk, 2 teaspoon of red food color and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Fold the three mixtures slowly into a bigger bowl little by little until smooth. Bake in a preheated 350˚ oven in a greased, floured baking dish for 25 to 30 minutes.
While the cake cools, blend 4oz unsalted butter, 4oz softened cream cheese, 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and spread evenly on completely cooled cake. Garnish with
Thanks to the website www.ehow.com/info for some of the information above.
DOES THE SOUL SURVIVE DEATH?
Jewish Views On the Other Side
Orangetown Jewish Community (OJC) will host an afternoon exploring the topic, Do We Believe the Soul Survives Death? Jewish Views On & Experiences With the Other Side with Barbara Rosenthal and Jane Segal on Sunday, Jan 18, from 10am to noon; time will be allowed for questions & answers, followed by (optional) brunch.*
Judaism posits a belief in the existence of soul after death but there is no official dogma about what form it takes. Reincarnation? Bodily resurrection? Heaven/Hell?
Please join Barbara Rosenthal and Jane Segal as they lead a discussion through an exploration of the many beliefs about the afterlife within the Jewish tradition. Both women are distinguished teachers with years of experience in counseling and guidance.
At the Orangetown Jewish Center, 8 Independence Avenue, Orangeburg, NY on Sunday, Jan 18 from 10am to noon, followed by (optional) brunch.*
No fee for program.
*Optional Brunch: $10 per person. For brunch please send a check written out to OJC to Jeanne Weiner, 20 Duane Avenue, New City, NY 10956
RSVP Required for program and brunch to Jeanne Weiner at email@example.com or 914.646.7169.
In case of inclement weather check theojc.com for program update.
AT FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION (FOR)
521 N. Broadway, Nyack
• Exploring What it Means to Be White:
A 3-part Workshop Series, 3:30pm to 5:30pm each day.
Jan. 11—What is White Privilege and What Does it Have to Do with Me?
Jan. 25—-Despite Our Best Intentions: Unconscious Bias and Unintentional Racism.
Feb. 8—Being Part of the Solution: Addressing Racial Issues and Fostering Racial Justice.
Facilitated by Diane Goodman, Ed.D. and sponsored by Fellowship of Reconciliation; to register or for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 845.358.9181.
AT PIERMONT LIBRARY
Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park W., Piermont 845.359.4595 Website: piermontlibrary.org
E-mail: email@example.com This event is free and open to all.
• Digital Downloads Demystified
Library staff will give a presentation on the basics of borrowing library e-books with your digital device.
On Wednesday, Jan 14 at 6:30pm you will learn how to use your library card to access our Digital Download Center, search for digital books and manage your digital account. You will also learn how to navigate the Digital Download Center’s help feature to answer any other questions you may have about your personal device.
Please note: While you may bring your personal device with you to this program there will not be any one-on-one tutorials. Space is limited. Registration is required. Please call: 845.359.4595.
Stephanie Camilleri will meet with anyone interested in discussing Astrology or the Tarot, Monday mornings throughout January, from 10 am on, at the Brickhouse Café at 20 South Broadway in Nyack. Babies welcome. Free.
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AT CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
• Winter seed sowing and seasonal planting
The time to start planning and even planting seeds is now. The first half of this workshop will be a hands-on demonstration of winter seed sowing, the second half will cover the process of deciding which crops to plant when; and how to strategize best methods for timing garden harvests with education and more.
Jan 14 from 4 to 6pm. Fee: $10 pp; $7 pp in a group of two or more people from one school.
Please RSVP to Ellen Chorba by Jan 9 at 845.429.7085 ex117.
• GROWING VEGETABLES & SMALL FRUIT
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County offers a five-part series of classes, presented by Master Gardener Volunteers, Diane and Bob Leifer, which will provide participants with all the information needed to be a successful grower of fruits and vegetables.
Classes will be held Monday, Jan 26, Monday, Feb 23, Monday, Mar 30, Monday, Apr 27 and Tuesday, May 26. All classes run from 6pm until 8pm, and will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension the Education Center, 10 Patriot Hills Dr., Stony Point. The class fee is $100, which includes participation in all FIVE classes. Registration for individual classes is not offered in this program.
Lectures will include an understanding of soil conditions; how to maximize yield in small growing spaces; growing your own transplants; and using companion planting and beneficial insects for healthier plants. Demonstrations will be an integral part of the series, and will include a visit to our NYS-IPM fenced gardens. The final lecture will include a tour and discussion at the Leifer’s home garden.
To register for this series, please contact Ellen Chorba, Administrative Assistant, at 845.429.7085, extension 117.
Registration Deadline is Monday, Jan 19, 2015.
SOCIAL JUSTICE DAY AT NYACK COLLEGE
Nyack College and its president, Michael G. Scales, invite
you to the Tenth Anniversary Social Justice Day Celebration on Sunday, Jan 18. Reception at 5:30pm dinner at 6pm at The Nyack Seaport, 21 Burd Street, Nyack. Complimentary parking provided at the Spear Street entrance.
$75 per person. Tables of 10 are available. Advance reservations are required.
UNITED HOSPICE EVENTS IN JANUARY
• YOUTH FOR HOSPICE
PRESENTS BOUNCE FOR HOSPICE
Thursday, Jan 15 from 5 to 7pm at Bounce! Trampoline Sports, 612 Corporate Way, Valley Cottage, NY. Cost is $24 per person. Contact Lisa Denburg at 845.634.4974 or firstname.lastname@example.org Bring your friends and spread the word; all ages are welcome and 50% of the proceeds benefit UHR directly!
• BILLIARDS BONANZA FOR HOSPICE
Thursday, Jan 22 from 4 to 7pm at Diamond Jim’s Billiards, 400 Nanuet Mall South, Nanuet, NY. Sponsored by The Rockland County Teachers’ Association, all proceeds to benefit UHR. Suggested donation of $20 at door. Over 40 Billiards teams will compete; put together a team, eat, drink and socialize! For more details and to register, go to hospiceofrockland.org/news-events/events.
• GROWLER & GILL BARTENDING EVENT FOR HOSPICE Sunday, Jan 25 from 4 to 8pm at Growler & Gill Craft Beer Shoppe, 148 Route 59, Nanuet, NY. Come on out and test the skills of our guest bartenders as they “Pour a Pint” for UHR. All the tips earned by our aspiring mixologists will directly benefit programs at UHR. For more details about our guest bartenders, visit hospiceofrockland.org/news-events/events. Contact MJ Bray at email@example.com or 845.634.4974.
VILLAGE OF NYACK RECREATION DEPARTMENT —Winter Programming Adult classes
The Village of Nyack Recreation classes are held over 6 weeks (with no classes the week of February 16-20) and at different locations within the Village. Registrations close the day the programs begin but space is limited and classes could fill quickly. Register now. Questions— Melody Partrick, Recreation Director 914.629.9748 or
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Feb 9 thru Mar 27:
• Tuesday—Fit for Life with Beth Wnorowski
Strength and conditioning with resistance bands and
small weights. 1 to 2pm at Nyack Center, 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack. Resident: $60 Non-Res: $72
• Wednesday—Intro to Guitar with Rivertown Music: Learn basic music theory and how to play the guitar. 1 to 2pm at Rivertown Music Studio, 20 Bridge Street, Nyack. Resident: $60 Non-Res: $72
• Thursday—Intricate Paper Cut Art with Jane Cowles. Use paper to create intricate works of art
1 to 2pm at Nyack Center , 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack.
Resident: $60 Non-Res: $72
• Optional Days—Nyack Fitness group classes : A 6- class punchcard allows you flexibility to choose from Vinyasa Yoga, Pilates, Spin and strength classes on the day and time that works for you. Flexible class days and times. At Nyack Fitness 82 South Franklin Street, Nyack
Resident: $60 Non-Res: $72
Detailed Information and registration forms about each class are available at www.nyack-ny.gov
THE FINE PRINT: If you live in the Village of Nyack proper, you pay the Resident rate. If you live in Upper Nyack, South Nyack, Central Nyack, West Nyack or any other town or village, you are to pay Non-Resident rates for these programs. You must show proof of Village of Nyack residency by attaching a copy of a utility bill showing participant’s address.
VILLAGE OF NYACK RECREATION DEPARTMENT —Winter Programming YOUTH classes
Feb 9 thru Mar 27
• Monday—Orangetown Police & Kids Educational Program (4 weeks) Grades 5-8; 5:30 to 6:30pm at Nyack Center. Resident: FREE Non-Res: FREE
• Tuesday—Petite Soccer with UK Elite Ages 3-5
1 to 2pm at Nyack Fencing Academy
Resident: $100 Non-Res: $120
• Tuesday—Fencing Grades 1-3 4 to 5pm
Grades 4-6 4 to 5 pm at Nyack Fencing Academy
40 Lydecker St, Nyack. Resident: $70 Non-Res: $84
• Tuesday—Making Music Videos (4 weeks) starts Feb 24; Grades 6-9 5:30 to 6:30pm at Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave, Nyack. Resident: $50 Non-Res: $60
• Wednesday—Intricate Paper Cut Art Grades 6-8 5:30 to 6:30pm at Nyack Center 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack. Resident: $60 Non-Res: $72
• Wednesday—Mixed Media Art Grades K-2
5:30 to 6:30pm at Nyack Center 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack. Resident: $60 Non-Res: $72
• Thursday Intro to Piano Grades K-2 4 to 5pm Rivertown Music Studio, 20 Bridge Street, Nyack.
Resident: $70 Non-Res: $84
• Thursday Be Strong – Youth Strength & Conditioning Grades 6-8 5:30 to 6:30pm at Nyack Center 58 Depew Ave, Nyack. Resident: $60 Non-Res: $72
• January 13 5:30 to 6:30pm Making Music Videos use a green screen, film, edit, write music, and make a video. Grades 6-8 at Nyack Center, 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack. Resident: $8 Non-Res: $10
• January 22 5:30 to 6:30pm Be Strong: Youth Strength & Conditioning: balance, flexibility, strength and cardio in a fun game-filled class Grades 6-8 at the Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave, Nyack
Resident: $8 Non-Res: $10.
Detailed Information about each class and registration forms are available at www.nyack-ny.gov
THE FINE PRINT: If you live in the Village of Nyack proper, you pay the Resident rate. If you live in Upper Nyack, South Nyack, Central Nyack, West Nyack or any other town or village, you are to pay Non-Resident rates for these programs. You must show proof of Village of Nyack residency by attaching a copy of a utility bill showing participant’s address
SAVE THE DATES
• RED CARPET OSCAR NIGHT
Friends of the Nyacks and ArtsAngels have joined forces to produce a dazzling night of entertainment on Sunday, Feb 22, with the goal of raising funds to benefit arts in the community. The party will take place at the elegant Harbor Hill, 91 Main Street, Nyack, from 6 to 11 pm.
The dress code is Creative Black Tie. The Creative attire may include the costume of a favorite movie character, and a prize will be awarded at the event to the bearer of best costume. While costumes are not required, fabulousness is expected.
Oscar Night, with its intersection of drama, visual arts, music, is the perfect representation of the three committees of ArtsAngels: DramaWorks, ArtsWorks, and MusicWorks, all of which aim to promote arts education and programming for students in Nyack Public Schools. Arts Angels, staffed largely by parent volunteers, strives to engage a larger audience to support the talent of our Nyack students and share in the benefits of a community that values and promotes the arts. Friends of the Nyacks has spent the past forty years bettering life in the area villages, and its mission statement includes the endeavor “to unleash the creative talents of the people who have chosen to live in these communities.” Profits raised at the Red Carpet Oscar Night event will be shared by ArtsAngels and Friends of the Nyacks. Guests will be gratified to know that their ticket price will help pay for college scholarships, theater productions, band and orchestra trips, instruments, art supplies, and the Summer concert series in Nyack’s Memorial park, Mostly Music.
Much more about this event in the February Villager.
• CASINO NIGHT 2015
Play, dine, and dance to support our kids’ education!
Great food and open bar Vegas-style table games, DJ and special musical guests. There will be a silent auction with dream get-aways and one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia.
Ticket prices start at $150; sponsorships start at $500.
All proceeds of Casino Night will fund a new arts production lab where students will create music, visual art, and graphic designs while becoming adept at new technology.
Casino Night 2015 hopes to raise an additional $50,000 to reach a goal of $80,000 by September, 2015.
Casino Night 2015 is Saturday, Feb 28, from 7:30 to 11:30pm at Nyack Seaport, Nyack, NY.
More about this event in the February Villager.
HOSPITAL APPOINTS INTERIM PRESIDENT AND CEO
Nyack Hospital has announced that effective immediately, Mark Geller, M.D. will be serving as interim President and CEO of Nyack Hospital while the search for a permanent CEO is ongoing. During this time, Dr. Geller will be taking a leave of absence from his role as CEO of Hudson Valley Radiology Associates.
Dr. Geller has served Nyack Hospital in a number of capacities including his role as President of the Medical Staff, current Chair of the Medical Executive and Credentials Committees, and member of the Board of Trustees, Executive and Performance Improvement Committees and the Nyack Hospital Foundation. He has been named a N.Y. Metro Top Doctor since 2001, Nyack Hospital Physician of the Year in 2004 and a Hudson Valley Top Doctor since 2007.
Chairman of the Nyack Hospital Board of Trustees, Richard Kohlhausen stated, “I am very pleased that Dr. Mark Geller will act as interim CEO for Nyack Hospital. Dr. Geller is a respected physician and well known member of our community. He will be working with members of Administration to move the hospital forward until such time there is a permanent appointment for the position of CEO at Nyack Hospital.” K