Friday, April 26
One of Westchester’s best new museums, the Lincoln Depot Museum’s opening weekend kicks off in Peekskill this Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. and runs straight through the weekend. Different happenings include historical presentations on the Civil War, Peekskill’s connections to military figures of the day, and even personal appearances by General Grant himself (as portrayed by ESMC Ret. Kenneth J. Serfass). Admissions are $5 for Friday night and $10 each Saturday and Sunday, but you can pick up a handy weekend pass that gets you into all events for a cool $20.
In White Plains, The BodyGuard: The Musical gets its U.S. regional premier at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. Fans of the classic romance will enjoy this version spotlighting a bevy of hits from the original soundtrack, as well as a host of local actors and American Idol finalist LaToya London in the lead role. Tickets start at $35.
Also Friday night, Support Connection’s Spring Benefit will be held just north at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor at 7 p.m. The Yorktown-based non-profit supplies support and services the patients and families of those effected by breast and ovarian cancer in the local area, and this is one of the org’s biggest fundraisers of the year. The night will include cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing, as well as a silent auction with tons of prizes and the presentation of this year’s Spirit Awards. Tickets are $150 per person, with discounts for ten guests or more.
Saturday, April 27
Keeping the spirit of Earth Day going all year long, the Westchester Parks Department will hold it’s largest volunteer cleanup day of the year, Pitch In for Parks, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers can help clear invasive plants and clean trails, do some planting, or even just help pick up trash. It’s great for high schoolers or young people looking for service credit hours, and also just for being responsible humans in general. Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers, Read Wildlife Sanctuary at Playland Park, Cranberry Lake Preserve in White Plains, and Marshlands Conservancy in Rye will all be holding official meet-ups you can preregister for online, but you can also just show up the day-of!
Regional non-profit Ability Beyond will also be hosting a fundraising effort this Saturday. The Enchanted Forest Gala is expected to draw nearly 500 guests this year, in the charity’s largest event of the year. Hosted just over the border in Danbury’s Amber Room Colonnade, the black-tie gala will include both silent and live auctions, raffles, dancing, dinner, and an awards presentation. Funds raised will help the non-profit continue providing services for over 3,000 individuals with disabilities, largely in the New York and Connecticut region but also across the country. Tickets and sponsorships start at $250.
If you’re looking for a little late-night Westchester action, Dobbs Ferry co-working space HudCo is hosting HudCo After Dark. No, it’s not a saucier, adult version of the industry leading mixed-use space; the inaugural event coincides with the annual RiverArts Studio Tour and kicks off this concert series hosting the talented locals of the Rivertowns and Westchester County. First to perform will be singer-songwriter Ursula Hansberry, and the debut of samba-jazz-soul group Brazzaville. The show starts at 8 p.m., and though tickets will be priced at $30 at the door, you can snag a $5 discount by buying them online. (Of course, HudCo members get 20% off anyway!)
Sunday, April 28
Sunday, The Picture House Regional Film Center in Pelham will hold its tenth annual Future Filmmaker’s Film Festival from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Students from Westchester and all across the country will have their films screened, with the top three judges’ choice films across a few special categories receiving “Chester” awards — Westchester’s version of the Oscars. Tickets to the festival screenings are $7 for adults, $3 for students, and free for children under 5.
Lastly, for Westchester’s metaphysics fans, the Awaken Wellness Fair returns to the Tarrytown DoubleTree this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. With more than 100 exhibitors and vendors including speakers, healers, readers, and local artisans, this is definitely one of the largest metaphysics and wellness gatherings in the county. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and include admission to all of the fair’s speakers at no extra cost. (You can even snag a V.I.P. ticket for just $25 that includes early admission starting at 8:45 a.m., a half-hour meditation practice at 9 a.m., and a group healing from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.)