You can take your mother out to brunch any Sunday. When it comes to Mother’s Day—May 12, for you delinquent offspring out there—instead of cookie-cutter pancakes and brioches at inflated prix-fixe prices, show your mom you really get her by taking her to one of these alternatives instead.
Mother’s Day Author Reading
May 4, ArtsWestchester’s Arts Exchange White Plains
(914) 428-4220; artswestchester.org
This one’s for the early birds, taking place more than a week before Mother’s Day. But, if your mom is the type to always be found with a cup of tea in her hand and a book on her lap, take her to see authors read from Still Here Thinking of You: A Second Chance with Our Mothers.
May 11, White Plains Performing Arts Center, White Plains
(914) 328-1600; wppac.com
If your mom is more of the free-spirit, hippie type, let the sun shine in on you both as you walk into the WPPAC’s final performance of the rock musical Hair. She’ll consider it a groovy move.
Mothers and Others Tea Musicale
May 11, Caramoor, Katonah
(914) 232-1252; caramoor.org
If your outing must involve a nosh of some kind, skip the run-of-the-mill omelets in favor of the more refined afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones, and desserts in Caramoor’s Summer Dining Room. The event also includes a mini concert in the Music Room and a tour of the Rosen House.
Magical Mother’s Day
May 12, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers
(914) 963-4550; hrm.org
The way your mom took care of you for all those years? It’s nothing short of magic. Return the favor—and amaze the grandkids—by taking the brood to see magician Benjamin Levy perform Gilded Age magic in the 19th-century library of the Hudson River Museum’s Glenview mansion.
Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin
May 12, Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown
(914) 631-3390; tarrytownmusichall.org
If your mom loves music, she’ll be sure to enjoy the pairing of these two talented singer/songwriters, who will be sharing a bill at the Tarrytown Music Hall. Both artists are multiple Grammy winners known for their strong vocals, catchy melodies, and insightful lyrics.