out and about – september

No tests! No grades! Just lifelong learning for retirees craving intellectual stimulation at LIRIC. 

September 17: Lifelong Learning Open House

Learning in Retirement at Iona College (LIRIC) is pleased to announce a return to fully in-person classes, with the expectation that trips and luncheons will also resume.

During the pandemic, the program ran on a hybrid model: small in-person classes with all lectures recorded and sent to members via a Zoom link. For the coming year, that will convert entirely to in-person classes.

LIRIC will be hosting an open house on Friday, September 17 at 1 p.m. at their off-campus meeting site: the social hall of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 10 Mill Road in New Rochelle. At the open house, the roster of fall courses and the LIRIC teachers (who are LIRIC members along with experts from the community) will be introduced. Attendees will have a chance to chat with other members.

LIRIC is a membership organization. Members pay $190 for the year (or $110 for the spring and summer only), which allows them to attend as many courses as they choose – even deciding at the last minute whether they want to go or not. The full year consists of two eight-week sessions (fall and spring), meeting four days a week, as well as two four-week intersessions (in January and July) – meeting one day each week. A day usually consists of three classes, sometimes more.

Says Program Director Dr. Suzanne Page, LIRIC is “the best deal in lifelong learning that I’ve ever heard of!”

In a normal year, LIRIC hosts four trips, requiring additional fees and four luncheons. Former trips have included visits to Boscobel, The Cloisters, Gracie Mansion, the Norman Rockwell Museum in the Berkshires, and the Norwalk Aquarium, to name a few destinations.

For more information about the program, leave a voice mail for Dr. Page at 914-633-2675 or email (preferred) her at spage@iona.edu. You can also visit https://www.iona.edu/new-rochelle-community/learning-retirement-iona-college


September 12: Nyack Street Fair

The street fair is alive and well: returning to Nyack in Rockland County with SeptemberFest.

Over 300 vendors will display (and sell!) jewelry, art, collectibles, antiques, handmade crafts, and more. Count on live entertainment, food and outdoor dining, and a visit to any of the shops along the way.

The event will center around downtown Nyack. We suggest you enter Broadway and Main Street, Nyack into your GPS for directions. Organized by the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, visit nyackchamber.org for updates.

September 17, 18, 19: Fine Crafts, Food & Fun

Soak in the beautiful and sprawling grounds of the Neo-Gothic Lyndhurst 67-acre estate (tours are available), with breathtaking scenic views of the Hudson River, at this fall’s craft festival.

Shop for original fashions, accessories, jewelry, home décor, furniture, sculptural works, ceramic, mixed media, fine art – all and more will be presented at this year’s event. Your stomach will also be satisfied with a variety of gourmet foods, barbecue, vegetarian options, tastings from local distilleries, wineries and cider houses.
Children/grandchildren can view interactive puppet theater, participate in a hands-on craft workshop, be recipients of colorful face painting, marvel at stilt walkers, listen to storytelling, and even make their own hand-painted silk scarf.

Show hours are Friday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, the 18th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, the 19th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $12, ages 62 and older are $11, children 6-16 are $4 and children under 6 are free. Group rates are available and tour buses are welcome. Mansion tours are an additional fee.

Crafts at Lyndhurst is held at Lyndhurst, located at 635 S. Broadway in Tarrytown, NY. Parking is free and the show is outdoors, rain or shine. Please respect that pets are not allowed within the show site.

September 24 & 25: Fall Festival

Two days filled with music, the arts, food and activities await you on Friday and Saturday, September 24 and 25 at Wartburg in Mount Vernon.

Kicking off the festivities is Friday’s Music Under the Stars, featuring Doo Wop music and a classic car show. Light refreshments include beer, wine and soda. Next up is the Saturday annual festival, running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring live entertainment, a farmer’s market, vendors and Wartburg’s Alumni Homecoming. (Free to the public)

Completing the two-day celebration is Saturday’s Coffee House Music Festival, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: another night of music – alternative rock and indie music. Hang out at the coffee bar or bring a blanket and settle in the meadow to appreciate some favorite local artists. ($25 per person)

September 25 and Other Upcoming Events: The Isadora Duncan Dance Company

A sprawling former estate overlooking the Hudson River, the core part of Untermyer Gardens was acquired by the City of Yonkers in 1946. Today, you will find a dazzling array of vistas and walks, including the Rock and Stream Garden, the Rhododendron Walk, the Temple of Love and the Walled Garden.

The world-famous Isadora Duncan Dancers will perform with Lori Belilove on Saturday, September 25 (September 26 rain date), when you can enjoy groundbreaking modern dance of the early 20th century set to beautiful classical music. The performance will be in the Untermyer amphitheater overlooking the Indo-Persian garden. (Ticket price is $50.)

Untermyer also hosts workshops, classes and tours, including a President’s Tour of the gardens on September 19; the Garden Photowalk on September 25; Drawing and Painting in the Garden with Shelley Haven on October 5; a Sunset Tour on October 9; and a Garden History Tour on October 31.

Untermyer Park and Gardens is located at 945 N. Broadway in Yonkers. Visit untermyergardens.org for more programs and details.

September 25 & 26: Armonk Art Show – In Its 59th Year

The Armonk Art Show will take place on September 25 and 26, rain or shine, and returns with inspiring one-of-a-kind fine art and crafts. Now in its 59th year, juried artists showcase their work across every medium and price range. Net proceeds from the show benefit the North Castle Public Library and fund its educational and entertainment programs, The Armonk Players local theatre group, library enhancements, and more.

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