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You already know that Westchester County is a vibrant, active place to live. But we’re just making sure you know what’s going in September so you can plan your leisure time. So here goes…
YORKTOWN GRANGE FAIR:
The 99th Annual Yorktown Grange Fair will take place on September 8, 9 and 10. The fair midway will be humming with games, rides, great food and craft beer. The stage will be home to a weekend filled with music and entertainment for all ages. Go to YorktownGrangeFair.org/Entertainment for the full schedule.
POPCORN AND A MOVIE:
The Picture House Regional Film Center welcomes moviegoers ages 65 and older to free movie afternoons, as part of their Senior Cinema program at the film center’s Bronxville and Pelham locations, on Tuesdays from September 19 to May 15, at 2:30 PM. The dedicated staff want you to know, this is not simply a free movie—it’s about enhancing your quality of life with a cultural as well as a social appointment.
So whether you’re watching your wallet or just want to engage with peers over popcorn and a movie, you can count on The Picture House come rain or come shine for a wide variety of films—from box office hits and indie flicks to documentaries and international cinema.
For the free admission on Tuesdays, go to the box office 10 to 15 minutes before the show for your ticket. If you opt for a paid annual membership, you’ll enjoy free popcorn every time you visit the theater, along with discounted tickets every day of the year. The Bronxville location is at 84 Kraft Avenue; the Pelham is at 175 Wolfs Lane. For additional information, call their office at 914-738-3161 or visit ThePictureHouse.org.
Located on the grounds of Van Cortlandt Manor, on the banks of the Croton River, The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze—a production of Historic Hudson Valley—will run from September 15 through November 19. Visitors can walk the 18th century estate’s gardens, filled with over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins, glimpse the Headless Horseman, snack at the café, and view the light show at the manor house. Advance tickets are required. (PumpkinBlaze.org)
UNDER THE STARS:
The Mirror Visions Ensemble want to take you on a musical journey—performing works by esteemed composers such as Haydn, Wolf, Porter, Barber and Wheeler—on Saturday, September 16 at the Untermyer Gardens Amphitheater in Yonkers. For tickets and information about other performances, go to UntermyerGardens.org or call 914-613-4502.
Calling all bargain hunters. The Mount Kisco Senior Center will be holding their annual tag sale on September 22 and 23 from 10AM to 2PM. Shop for jewelry, household items and more.
MOONCAKE NIGHT MARKET:
Celebrate mid-autumn on Saturday, September 23, with an evening of arts from Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese cultures. Enjoy music, dance, food and craft activities, including Chinese calligraphy workshops, origami, Kimono tying, mooncake sculpture making, karaoke, Chinese folk dance and more. At ArtsWestchester in White Plains. (ArtsWestchester.org and co-organized by ArtsWestchester and OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates)
And of course, don’t miss out on all the learning and engagement and raffle prizes at the October 1 Booming BETTER Expo at Manhattanville College. Take a look at the day Westchester Senior Voice has planned for you and register now for updates!
TAKING THE STAGE IN PURCHASE:
The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College commences its 2023-2024 season with Step Afrika! on September 23. The group blends percussive dance styles, traditional African dances and an array of contemporary dance forms with songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation.
BodyTraffic (pictured above) is on “a mission to inspire a love of dance,” with a program of contemporary works that embody the company’s energy, sophistication, and sheer joy in dancing. They will take the stage on Saturday, November 4.
Additionally, 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 ecstatically danceable on November 12. (ArtsCenter.org)
ALL IN WITH LIFELONG LEARNING:
Learning in Retirement at Iona University (LIRIC) will be holding their annual open house on Tuesday, September 26, at 1 PM at their off-campus meeting site, the social hall of the Greek Orthodox Church in New Rochelle. There will be an introduction to the fall courses and a chance to chat with members and presenters over coffee and cookies.
Previous class topics have run the gamut: from learning to identify birds and the History of Westchester to Secrets and Scandals of the British Monarchy and History of Anti-Semitism. Art, technology and nature are perennial favorites. Environmental Issues of New York State included lectures on the history of the environmental movement in NYC, invasive species, a look at how we can use plants to restore the environment, and the state of the Hudson River. There were even lectures on cryptocurrency and Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. There are always new topics to discuss.
Each year, there’s at least one class on practical matters; this past year, local professionals lectured on estate and eldercare planning, living with chronic pain and What Grandparents Need To Know About Pediatric Medicine.
The $200 membership fee allows you to take as many or as few courses as you like for the Fall, January, Spring and July sessions. Some members come to almost everything; others join to attend one or two lectures, the play-reading group, to participate in book discussions, learn mah jongg or to take the Tai Chi class. While primarily an academic organization, there are trips and luncheons each semester.
To learn more, email email@example.com or call 914-633-2675.
WALK ‘N’ LEARN:
More ways to enjoy a beautiful New York autumn include joining one or more walking tours offered by the Scarsdale Adult School. On SEPTEMBER 26, the destination is Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, with its raised alpine stone beds, cliff rock gardens and an enclosed English-style garden. A guided tour of galleries in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, on OCTOBER 14, will highlight current movements and trends in the arts. Or discover birds that winter on the Bronx River during this two-hour tour on NOVEMBER 7. To register for any of these and find more walking tours this season, go to Scarsdale.augusoft.net and select “Walking Tours” from the “All Classes” heading.
WARTBURG’S FALL FESTIVAL:
Boutique and community vendors, food trucks, family activities and live music featuring the sounds of Motown. Where? When? On the Wartburg campus, Saturday, September 30, from 11 AM to 4 PM. (Wartburg.org)