The Nyack Library celebrates your freedom to read with Banned Books Week from September 21 – 27. On Tuesday, September 23, from 3:30 – 8p, local celebrities, community members, library board and staff will read excerpts from a banned or challenged book of their choice. On Wed, September 24 author and filmmaker Mary Murphy will discuss the impact of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
The African American Historical Society of Rockland County is collecting photographs of African Americans in the United States Military for a program at Rockland Community College in February, 2015.
This free program will give a glimpse of major achievements, contributions and difficulties faced by African American Service men and women over the years–through music, dance, film, drama, narrative, photo exhibit, and commentaries by former military personnel including General Colin Powell.
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 Stephanie Gagos.
“I am most interested in painting the many aspects of the feminine in all of her powerful forms: the healer, the warrior, the innocent, the inner child, the angelic, the goddess.”
It’s all about the music and arts this weekend — unless you want to go take a hike or hit the playground.
Fri night features music at Avida and Prohibition River and on Sat the Haverstraw Arts festival adds latin jazz to the mix. Memorial Park will be happening on Sat with the children’s playground re-dedication and an Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. And the Sept tourism event, the Hudson River Ramble, comes (close) to Nyack with a guided history tour of Tallman State Park on Sat morning, too. Don’t forget to wrap up your weekend with a visit to Flywheel Park in Piermont for an Artists In The Park event.
The Memorial Park playground will reopen on Saturday, September 20. A rededication ceremony with face painting, music, bubbles and free ice cream will take place between 11 and noon. The group that is marshaling an ambitious campaign to further enhance Memorial Park, the Nyack Park Conservancy (NPC), will host an event to support those efforts at a Hudson River home from 5-7p later Saturday.
by Bill Batson
A woman standing in front of a motorcycle with a tray of cookies is the logo for Mostly Myrtle’s, the purveyor of gluten-free baked goods at the Nyack Famers’ Market. The image is an homage to the grandmother of Mostly Myrtle’s owner and and head baker, Debra Sadowsky. In order to keep up with the public’s growing appetite for gluten-free products, the former Occupational Therapist bakes up to 600 muffins a week for markets throughout the region. Let’s take a spin on Mostly Myrtle’s metaphoric motorcycle to a grandmother’s kitchen in Kansas City to see where Debra’s journey to gluten-free baking began.
by Frank LoBuono
I have been blessed with the good fortune to have powerful women figures in my life. In fact, virtually every woman that I have ever had a relationship with has been one of strength and character. I suppose that it is a matter of simple logic.
There are certain truths that are fundamental and inalienable. One of those truths concerns violence towards women.
by Julie Buffington Rizner
With a new school year underway, Arts Angels are looking to expand their membership. The parents and community members that compose Arts Angels are seeking your assistance in supporting the arts programs in the Nyack Public Schools.
By Gary Tenenbaum
The Nyack Boat Club is among the worldwide leaders in fundraising for Bart’s Bash, a sailing event with thousands of world wide participants. The NBC will enter 58 boats and with 122 members in the September 21st race named for famed Olympic and America’s Cup racing sailor Andrew “Bart” Simpson. The event is organized by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) and is set to be the largest sailing race in the world. The Nyack Boat Club is currently in third place for overall fundraising for the event.
by Arthur H. Gunther III
The Hudson River, not a western route to Asia through the Northwest Passage as Hendrick Hudson hoped it would be in 1609, but to the great port of Albany and so through canals, lakes and on land to the American frontier and all the greatness and achievement of that, remains as beautiful as the explorer found it.
Earlier this month I was privileged to take a boat ride on the Hudson from Haverstraw south to the Tappan Zee Bridge at South Nyack and back. I was the principal speaker on the history of the bridge, which was constructed in 1955 and which will give way to two new crossings in a few years. My talk covered how that bridge was built and how it brought “progress” — not always a cherished effort.