At Village Hall, a birthday celebration for Nyack Mayor Jen Laird White promises to unveil a surprise. At the Edward Hopper Arts Center, a full-house of exhibitions and a screening offer a glimpse into the past and present local art scene. Here is a complete guide to the Nyack Art Collective’s March First Friday cultural festival.
by Bill Batson
Last month First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a White House screening of The Trip to Bountiful, a new TV movie which can trace its roots back to the early days of broadcast television. The latest remake, which premieres this weekend on Lifetime Television, has two contemporary connections to Nyack, NY.
Nyack was a stop on The Trip to Bountiful’s journey that included two runs on Broadway and the latest television production. The author of play, Horton Foote, lived here. Additionally, the recent film and stage productions were scored by composer and village resident John Gromada.
by Ashley Tedino
Now that the brutally cold, snowy winter is finally winding down, it’s time to get a sitter for the kids and see some live theatre. Check out the current season at Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, Shades Repertory Theater in Haverstraw and The Antrim Playhouse in Wesley Hills as well as scheduled performances in Westchester and Bergen counties, too.
by Bill Batson
As a trail blazing entrepreneur, who overcame racial and gender discrimination, Cynthia Hesdra amassed a fortune by 1879. Hesdra is the first of a dozen local figures featured in African American Entrepreneurs in the Nyacks 1800- Present. The exhibit, that opens on Saturday, March 8 at 1p at the Historical Society of the Nyacks, is the beginning of a three-year project to discover and place under archival care materials that reflect the history of African Americans in Nyack and the surrounding areas.
New York State history won big at the Oscar’s last night. “12 Years A Slave,” a movie about a kidnapped NYS African American resident Solomon Northup, won Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley.
Here is the journey that took Solomon Northrup’s life story from memoir to historic marker to the Hollywood movie.
As spring approaches, the folks from Rockland Farm Alliance (RFA) are getting ready for a new season of plowing and sharing. Join the Cropsey Community Farm (CCF) Team for a Q&A session at the New City Public Library on Tuesday, March 4, from 6 -7:30p where they will unveil changes to their Community Support Agriculture (CSA) program.
by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign
The New NY Bridge Mass Transit Task Force (MTTF) has proposed a new, branded bus system with new routes, buses, stations, and a technology that will enhance the bus riding experience for current Rockland and Westchester riders while attracting new users. If these recommendations are implemented by Governor Cuomo and the New York State Thruway Authority, transit between these two counties can be transformed from an experience that is tolerated, to an experience that is preferred.
The Rockland Farm Alliance, a coalition of farmers, community groups and activists and elected officials, has been awarded a $5,000 Greenway Communities Grant from The Hudson River Valley Greenway to support their farmland expansion program.
For over a century, our region has been home to extraordinary artists. Local Arts Index highlights the work of individuals who continue our community’s rich creative legacy.
Meet painter Graceanne Malloy.
“I make oil paintings inspired by how natural light plays on architecture and reflection.”
It’s that time of year! The Nyack Community Garden is now accepting applications.
The garden is located on Franklin Street between Depew and Hudson Avenues. Plots are limited, so apply today.