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Meet ghost hunter and paranormal investigator, author and podcaster Amy Bruni  as she shares hair-raising tales from her countless hours of hunting ghosts at America’s most haunted locations.

By the end of your night, on OCTOBER 7, at the Tarrytown Music Hall (TarrytownMusicHall.org), you’ll question everything you thought you knew about the spirit world and life after death.

Bruni has appeared in 116 episodes of Ghost Hunters and is now the co-star of The Travel Channel’s Kindred Spirits.


Midcentury Modern Bus Tour

From the comfort of a charter bus, see and learn about a collection of some 20 midcentury modern Pound Ridge homes—including several special interior stops—on Saturday, OCTOBER 14. Architects include Vuko Tashkovich, David Henken, Edward Larrabee Barnes, and Peter Blake—masters in their own right, who studied and worked under illustrious modernist designers including Frank Lloyd Wright, Eliot Noyes, John Johansen, Louis Kahn, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and I.M. Pei.

The tour runs for about four hours. For more information, call 212-683-2027 or visit Histoury.org.

Ole’ Blue Eyes

Sounds of Sinatra & Dino will deliver a tribute experience based on the lives of two American icons: Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Enjoy the banter, the stories, and the songs made famous by these legendary crooners at Yorktown Stage on OCTOBER 14. For tickets, go to YorktownStage.org or call 914-962-0606.


Canasta, Arts, Fitness & Then Some

Creative arts, engaging lectures, canasta and mahjong (all levels), aqua aerobics (and pilates!), book groups, outings, endless socializing, and volunteer opportunities. It’s all there and more at the JCC Mid-Westchester in Scarsdale. Attend their annual Fall Fest open house on OCTOBER 15 to learn about Verve, their 55 and over programming. The open house runs from noon to 3 PM, with indoor and outdoor activities and entertainment. (JCCMW.org)

Volunteer Open House at DOROT

Learn more about volunteer opportunities with DOROT Westchester at their OCTOBER 18 Volunteer Open House, taking place from 5:30 to 7 PM. Make a difference by supporting the DOROT mission to bring social connections to older adults throughout Westchester. For details, call 914-485-8354 or email infowestchester@dorotusa.org

Westchester Craft Crawl

This free outdoor studio tour, the brain child of local clay artist Leigh Taylor Mickelson and organized with fellow artists Loren Maron and Alexandra Fitzgerald, was initially launched in 2020 and now occurs bi-annually—with the next crawl coming on OCTOBER 21 and 22, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

The crawl extends across four stops in Croton-on-Hudson and Ossining, and features more than 50 regional craft artists working in clay, wood, fiber, metal, jewelry, glass and mixed media.

Plan your tour with the most up-to-date information and the starting point that works for you from the WestchesterCraftCrawl.com website or their Facebook page. Be sure to stop in on some local eateries and sponsors along the way.

Pictured to the left is Leigh with her ceramic sculpture.


An Afternoon of Syrian Music

Enjoy a special free program on Syrian musical heritage and preservation with the Syrian Music Preservation Initiative on OCTOBER 21 at the Katonah Museum of Art. The interactive presentation will be followed by a performance featuring the esteemed Arab chamber music ensemble, Takht al-Nagham. The Takht includes skilled Syrian and non-Syrian musicians who perform without reading from sheet music, rely heavily on improvisation, and are deeply immersed in the Syrian musical tradition. (SyrianMusic.org)

Opera Mayhem

In Ariadne auf Naxos, composer Richard Strauss—well-known for his operas Salome, Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier—tells the story of two singing groups, one comedic and one serious, that find themselves booked at the same venue on the same evening. Their aristocratic sponsors inform them they must perform simultaneously. And, as expected, mayhem ensues.

This opera is rarely performed locally because it features one of the most difficult soprano arias ever conceived. It will be presented in German, with English translations projected above the stage, at Yorktown Stage in Yorktown Heights on Saturday and Sunday, OCTOBER 21 and 22.

Tickets are discounted for seniors and all tickets are priced higher at the door. TaconicOpera.org


A Delish Knish

Savor stories of the Lower East Side of NYC—from Eastern European immigrants to punk rockers—on a leisurely three-hour walking food tour. Sample local delicacies like a knish and bialy, and visit longtime neighborhood institutions like Russ & Daughters. A Greenwich Village food tour and private tours can also be booked at NiceGuyTours.com, all run by CEO (Chief Eating Officer) Dante Mercadante.


Kykuit: The Grand Tour

Kykuit, in Pocantico Hills, was home to John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937)—in his day, the richest man in America. The mansion, with stunning views of the Hudson River, is open for a variety of tours through mid-NOVEMBER, including the three-hour Grand Tour (includes the shuttle bus ride to and from the Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor): a walk through the main and second floors of the house, art galleries, inner garden, golf room, Coach Barn, as well a visit to the outdoor sculptures by celebrated artists such as Alexander Calder and Henry Moore. (HudsonValley.org)


Lyndhurst After Dark

Celebrate Halloween traditions of bygone eras with M&M Performing Arts at Lyndhurst After Dark from OCTOBER 19 to 30, when performers bring you back in time to Victorian mourning lore. Experience the mansion and hear about mystical superstitions of the age: palmistry, spiritualism, crystal balls and seances.

From NOVEMBER 10 through NOVEMBER 26, M&M also presents Private Lives, Noël Coward’s frenetic comedy. This show takes place in the Grand Picture Gallery which is not handicapped accessible. Visit Lyndhurst.org/Events or call 1-888-718-4253 for tickets.

Blue Bayou

“You’re No Good,” “When Will I Be Loved,” “That’ll Be The Day,” and “Blue Bayou”—just some of the smash hits you’ll be treated to at The Linda Ronstadt Experience. The show on NOVEMBER 11, at the Emelin Theatre, features American Idol star Tristan McIntosh. (Emelin.org)


Taking the Stage in Purchase

The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College presents BodyTraffic (pictured above) on Saturday, NOVEMBER 4. The troupe is on “a mission to inspire a love of dance,” with a program of contemporary works that epitomize the company’s energy, sophistication, and sheer joy in dancing. 

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Branford Marsalis perform on OCTOBER 13; The Klezmatics—steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition—will make music that is wild, mystical and gleefully danceable on NOVEMBER 12. (ArtsCenter.org)


Physician in the Kitchen

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen, named for the Iron Chef winner and owner of Xaviars Restaurant Group, offers a variety of cooking classes to the community, aimed at using smart cooking and eating to promote good health.

A recent Physician in the Kitchen session, with Cardiologist Patrick Thomas, MD, and Culinary Nutrition Coordinator Marti Wolfson (pictured here), focused on savory recipes for preparing fish and seafood to promote heart health.

To learn more about current in-person classes and to register, email hvh-teachingkitchen@nyp.org or call 914-734-3780.

Chuang Yen Monastery

Consider planning a day visit to the Chuang Yen Monastery (CYM) in Carmel (Putnam County). Home to the largest indoor statue of Buddha in the western hemisphere, the monastery is open until JANUARY 1. Visitors are welcome to pay their respects to the Great Buddha and the Kuan Yin Bodhisattva. On your way out, you can stop by the library and immerse yourself in Buddhist literature. There are a number of ground rules to observe while there, so go to their website Baus.org before your visit.

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