Well, it’s here: the first full week of November. Halloween is done, you’ve had a weekend to sleep off the sugar high, and now all that’s left is fuzzy scarves and rainy days, until Thanksgiving and, yes, all the year-end holidays. If that thought terrifies you, we’ve got some wonderful distractions to keep you busy in the interim.
Wednesday, November 7
The best way to take your mind off the holiday shopping madness arriving earlier and earlier each year is to just rip off the Band-Aid. A great option is the 32nd Annual Holiday Boutique in Eastchester, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Mulino’s at Lake Isle Country Club. Drop by to visit the 40-plus vendors for home goods, clothing, and all sorts of solid holiday gifts, knowing that not only will 20 percent of all proceeds go to benefit the JLCW, but future you will have less to worry about later this year.
Thursday, November 8
If you need a dose of creativity in your life (and maybe a bottle or two of wine), then why not blow off a little steam at The Rye Arts Center? For $65 (less if you’re a member), the RAC will be holding a “Loosen Up and Paint” event from 6 to 9 p.m. No experience is necessary, and painters of all talents are welcome, and did we mention it’s BYOB? Yeah, it’s BYOB. You supply the booze, and the RAC will supply the, well, actual supplies.
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Friday, November 9
Friday night, take the midnight train to Georgia — just at 7:30 and really it’s in Ridgefield. Yes, the legendary Gladys Knight, seven-time Grammy winning soul singer, will be gracing the Ridgefield Playhouse with her vocal presence. Tickets start at $150.
Saturday, November 10
Food is the one sure-fire way to get us in the holiday spirit any time of year. This Saturday, from noon until 5 p.m., The Market at Pound Ridge Square will be holding its first-ever Taste of the Holidays event where guests can sample from the market’s holiday menus. The best part is that you can preorder your Thanksgiving orders on-the-spot, meaning not only are you going to be full and happy, but you’re making less work for yourself a few weeks from now!
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Sunday, November 11
Get “Out of the Blues” at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater this Sunday with the venerable Boz Scaggs. Touring for the aforementioned, his newest and nineteenth studio album, the Grammy-winning Scaggs goes on at 7 p.m., and the show includes ticketing options for the front row and “tour” packages, featuring memorabilia and autographs on top of the concert experience. Tickets start at $64.