Despite what the morose march of school children might tell you, there’s actually a good three weeks of summer left before we break out the scarves and start guzzling pumpkin-spice everything. Celebrate the continuation of Adult Summer this week, with some of the hottest events happening this week.
The Hastings Village art Commission will host an opening party at 6 p.m. for The River Flows Both Ways, a new art exhibition celebrating the Hudson River — both the painting school and modern takes on the waterway — in a nod to famed painter Jasper Cropsey. The exhibit itself runs September 1 to November 3, so even if you can’t make the reception there will be plenty of time to view the works!
A bit further south, Yonkers will celebrate the new month with its First Thursday Gallery Hop from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Blue Door Art Center, Philipse Manor Hall, Urban Studio Unbound (US+U), and the Riverfront Art Gallery. You can pick up a walking map of the event at any of the four galleries, which will come with food and drink vouchers good for specials discounts at nearly a dozen local restaurants including Café Hudson, Bella Havana, Dolphin, X2O, Yonkers Brewing Co., and Zuppa!
The more musically inclined may have already noticed an early item in our Fall Arts Preview: Grateful Dead bassist and jam-band legend Phil Lesh will be dropping by Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre. He’ll be joined by The Terrapin Family Band, featuring Nicki Bluhm and Eric Krasno.
In true summer fashion, Muscoot Farm will show a special outdoor screening of The LEGO Batman Movie at 7 p.m. at Muscoot Park. There is a suggested $5 donation, and snacks will be available for purchase. Space is limited, so call 914.864.7282 for more details.
In other cinema news, The Picture House in Pelham will host it’s fourth annual Westchester International Children’s Film Festival from Friday through Tuesday, September 11. The festival will include some of the best films for kids ages 3 through 8, from all over the world.
The Bedford Playhouse, meanwhile, will be holding special screenings of Far From the Tree, based on the bestselling book of the same name from Dr. Andrew Solomon. The film deals with families where parents and children are markedly different from one another. Multiple screenings are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including two Q&A sessions with the author following the 7 p.m. screenings on Friday and Saturday.
School of Rock, one of the local high school bands slated to perform again at this year’s Yorktown Grange Fair
And as always, before summer ends we always like to drop by the Yorktown Grange Fair. For their 94th year, the grange fair will bring down-home fun to one of Westchester’s northernmost communities, including karaoke, watermelon and pie eating contests, games and rides, blue-ribbon contests, and more live music than you could shake a stalk of corn at!
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company will be closing out the summer in style, at their Sour’d in September beer festival. Billed as the “thinking man’s beer festival,” guests will be able to sample and discuss beers from over 70 other breweries, totaling more than one hundred different sours, wilds, and barrel-aged beers. Live music is also in the cards, as well as perfectly paired eats from the Captain’s kitchen, plus Souvlaki Truck and the Walter’s Hot Dogs truck! The festival lasts 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., but VIP tickets holders can sneak in an hour early. Regular tickets are $65, VIPs are $80, and groups of 5+ can snag a rate of $55 apiece, while designated drivers can attend for only $10!
The fun continues with the Pelham Wolfs Walk Street Festival. Presented by the chamber of commerce to coincide with the Westchester International Children’s Film Festival previously mentioned, the street fest will include live music, food and drink from local businesses, art, crafts, and even non-profit guests. The festival will run from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. along—conveniently enough—Wolf’s Lane.
Finally, back in Hastings, guests will send off summer with the town’s annual River Spirit Music & Arts Festival. From noon until 10 p.m., Draper Park will host 19 musical acts (ten of them from Hastings and the Rivertowns) across two stages and covering a wide range of musical stylings from jazz to bluegrass to alternative. Other draws include plenty of children’s activities, local crafts, tons of food, a beer tent and wine garden from local vendors, raffles, and more!