what to do this summer

The Hudson Valley Summer Arts Pass (HVSAP) is available again this year— offering a discounted bundle of tickets to the season’s top events. Five cultural arts organizations—Jacob Burns Film Center, Historic Hudson Valley, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Storm King Art Center, and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival—are all participating and represent a vibrant and diversified season of arts and culture.

There are two options to choose from: a two-person pack for $195 (with a value in excess of $400) or a four-person pack for $375 (valued at over $800). A link for more information on the Arts Pass can be found on each of the participating organizations’ websites. The Pass is currently on sale and can be purchased until June 30, 2024. The only way to officially purchase the Pass is on Jacob Burns’ website (shop.burnsfilmcenter.org/packages/fixed/210).

1865 Revisited

Saint Paul’s Church in Mount Vernon will again host their Juneteenth celebration. The re-enactment and living history program will commemorate the end of slavery in Texas in 1865, on Wednesday, June 19, from 10AM to 4PM, with the reading of the actual declaration. Performances and demonstrations will bring to life the era of the Civil War. To learn more about this program, call 914-667-4116 or visit nps.gov/sapa/sapaprogsched.htm

Take 3

Take 3 Wine Bar & Cafe is now open at the Jacob Burns Film Center. The culmination of the recent theater renovation project, the cafe offers moviegoers the opportunity to enhance their filmgoing experience with food, drink and conversation in a space designed by JBFC board member Laureen Barber (co-owner and designer of Blue Hill at Stone Barns). Adjacent to Take 3, the Jane Peck Gallery is currently showcasing the legendary Bill Gold’s iconic movie poster designs—featuring timeless classics such as Casablanca, Mystic River, Camelot, and others.

Glass House Tours

Built by architect Philip Johnson, The Glass House, in New Canaan, Connecticut, is a National Trust Historic Site. A one-day study tour of the House (1949) and the Schlumberger Research Center Administration Building (1951-52) is being offered on Friday, June 21, from 1PM to 5:15PM. Enthusiasts can purchase tickets ($150) for this program, which include tours of both sites and shuttle transportation between them at theglasshouse.org.

Another option is the one-hour Glass House tour ($25-$30), which has a minimum of walking and covers the newly restored interior of the Brick House. For either tour and others, go to the above-mentioned website.

Bicycle Sundays

For our Spring issue, the dates for Bicycle Sundays had not yet been released. But, we have them now! So take advantage of cycling the Bronx River Parkway from 10AM to 2PM, on June 9, 16, 23, and 30; September 8, 15, 22, and 29; as well as the final 2024 date of October 6. (thewpf.org/bicycle-sundays)

Caramoor’s Venetian Theater

Plunge into Les Arts Florissants’ new production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen on Saturday evening, July 20, at Caramoor’s Venetian Theater. Be prepared for an enchanted forest where “reality mingles with dreams, illusion, and the supernatural—leading to the creation of an egalitarian and fraternal community, united by the joy of music.” French-Algerian choreographer Mourad Merzouki’s staging promises a unique, visually spectacular, and emotionally powerful evening. To purchase tickets, visit caramoor.org/event/purcells-the-fairy-queen-summer-2024.

To view the full calendar of events, including Pops, Patriots & Fireworks on July 4; Lost Bayou Ramblers on July 12, the Jazz Festival on July 27; the Mark Morris Dance Group (pictured here) on August 1; and Mokoomba on August 16, go to caramoor.org/events.

Jamming at NYBG

Learn, get messy, and enjoy the pleasures of the season with the New York Botanical Garden’s July 20 Seasonal Berry Jam three-hour workshop. Instructor Stephen Nocera will share three methods of jamming, using less sugar and no additives or pectin. Working with the expert comes at a cost of $95 ($85 for NYBG members). Visit www.nybg.org/learn/adult-education/seasonal-workshops and tap on the “crafts” box to learn more and to sign up.

Ana Gasteyer

Ana Gasteyer, best known for her six-year stint on Saturday Night Live, will be performing at the White Plains Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 27. Her spot-on impressions of Martha Stewart, Celine Dion and Hillary Rodham Clinton made her a fan favorite and contributed to her not-to-be denied entertaining chops. Her set list for the summer’s evening will include show-stopping performances from her time playing Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. (wppac.com)

The Japanese Stroll Garden

A visit to The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden is a chance to experience the peace of nature, to be enriched by cultural activities, and to explore a wealth of Asian culture. Located in North Salem, the Museum offers a variety of workshops, innovative art exhibitions and a beautifully-preserved 3.5-acre Japanese-inspired stroll garden–inviting contemplation and beckoning visitors to this Westchester County gem.

To plan your visit and to find the current workshop schedule, go to hammondmuseum.org. Please appreciate that pets are not allowed.

Online Wine Classes

If you’ve ever gotten the feeling that everyone in the room knows more about wine than you do—and it bothers you, you may want to sign up for a virtual wine class. If you’re learning style is auditory, then all the better.

Great Wine Made Simple (AndreaWine.com/virtualwinecourses/) is led by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson and includes access to optional online tests with certificates. And her Great Wines of the World class lets you learn more about the world’s elite regions and wines.

The full eight-session course is $350. Or, sign up by the individual session for $50. You’ll be directed to another website to purchase the wines for each session.

Hudson Valley Balloon Festival

The 33rd Annual Balloon Festival in Tymor Park, LaGrangeville, NY, returns on August 30 thru September 1. Roughly a one-hour ride north of White Plains (via the Taconic State Parkway or I-684), tethered rides are sold ($25 per person, cash only) at the event only, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Also featured at the festival will be The Silver Starlets—an all-female aerial acrobatic show, as well as sunrise yoga (free with admission) on August 31 and September 1, at 6:30AM (all skill levels welcome), a craft beer and wine tent, food trucks, and vendors. For more details on rides and activities, visit dcrcoc.org/balloonfesthv.org.

NYC Cruising

Why not play the tourist in our own backyard with the Circle Line’s Best of New York cruises? This two-hour and 30-minute excursion, circling the island of Manhattan completely, features the Manhattan skyline, Little Island, Hudson Yards, One World Trade Center, the Brooklyn Bridge and an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. To check out this cruise as well as others, leaving from Pier 83, go to circleline.com.

Small is Beautiful at The Bruce

Andy Warhol: small is beautiful—on exhibition through October 13 of this year at The Bruce Museum in Greenwich—offers an intimate look at the artist’s best-known subjects, including an early iteration of Campbell’s Soup Can (1961) along with self-portraits and portraits of artists, friends, celebrities, and political figures. Other paintings explore Warhol’s career-long engagement with themes ranging from Catholicism and mass consumerism to nature and sexuality. The exhibition concludes with the Shadow Paintings, Oxidation Paintings, and Positive/Negative series, which reveal a late-career leaning toward abstraction and nonrepresentational subject matter. The minute scale of each of these works invites visitors to look more closely and to discover why small is beautiful. (brucemuseum.org)

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