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The Best Things to Do in Westchester This Week

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Westchester has always been home to loads of fun things to do. Whether you’re looking for a fun weeknight activity or something to do once your day off rolls around, we’ve got your shortlist for must-hit plans this week!

 

Monday, August 10

Kids will love tuning in at 11 a.m. when the Westchester Children’s Museum calls up the Marine Education Center for Animals A-Live, so their friend Kyle can teach us all about the different kinds of weird and alien life we can find under the ocean’s waves!

Courtesy of the Westchester Children’s Museum

Meanwhile, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts kicked off its summer virtual programming series on July 2. The 4th Annual Chamberfest streamed live on July 30 and is now available at leisure via YouTube, while the center’s socially distant lawn concerts will follow up with streams online the following day.

This week you can catch prerecorded performances with Sandbox Percussion followed by a live Q&A on August 10-13. Tickets are $10. Caramoor has also been cleared by local government to open as a park for residents, so you can go enjoy the grounds at your leisure! (Head to their website to reserve a 3-hour window. Picnickers welcome.)

 

Wednesday, August 12

Hungry? LIFE the place to be in Ardsley is hosting food trucks and other tasty vendors every Wednesday (4 p.m.-9 p.m.) and Sunday (4 p.m.-8 p.m.) through the end of summer. Enjoy some socially distanced musical entertainment and good food while still getting a bit of fresh air.

Photo by Steven Zukerman

Tovami Yoga has partnered with the county again this year to offer its popular “Sunset Yoga in the Parks” event series, a perfect socially distant way to exercise. The FREE classes will be held at parks throughout the county on Wednesday nights from 6:45 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Kickoff will be held at Rye’s Playland Beach, with subsequent dates there, at Flowers City Park in New Rochelle, and Croton Point Park. Only 50 people are allowed per event, but don’t worry: if you can’t make one, more classes are already scheduled through September 16.

Courtesy Westchester County

 

Thursday, August 13

Renowned artist Dread Scott will drop by the Pelham Art Center for a virtual studio visit at 5 p.m. via Zoom. The physical and performative artist has been an art world A-lister since his notorious works of the late 1980s and early ‘90s. Tickets are $10.

 

Friday, August 14

Katonah will be opening its doors- er, uh, streets every Friday through August, for the village’s now socially distant version of the annual Katonah Nights program, showcasing the great local shops and eateries throughout the town, along with plenty of deals and fun music.

For something you can do with the little ones, point your web browsers back towards the Westchester Children’s Museum for a special 4 p.m. Friday program, Shark Week With Doc Harmon! The Doc’s back for a special non-Tuesday session, dissecting a shark to show just what makes these prehistoric predators so fascinating!

If you’re looking to give back and maybe also get a little exercise, Paddle for the Sound is back this year, going full-virtual so participants can still raise money to support conservation while staying socially distant. For 2020, participants can paddleboard, kayak, sail, or even walk and run and self-report to compete against friends. (Prizes will be awarded in each category.) Registration starts at $50 or $25 for minors. An online auction will also be held as an additional fundraiser.

 

Saturday, August 15

Croton Tapsmith has broken out a mobile pizza oven and has made it down to Croton Landing. With now residency restrictions of that particular park, anyone can come on over and enjoy some crispy pizzas al fresco thanks to the crew every Saturday (except 7/25) starting at noon!

Additionally, Goosefeather at the Tarrytown House Estate will be hosting its second Rosé Lawn Party from 5 p.m-9 p.m. Saturday, after a very successful first showing last week. (Rain date of August 16.)) Guests will be treated to gourmet nibbles from Chef Dale Talde and music by DJ Kevin Lim. Tickets are $100 per couple and include your own bottle of La Fête Rosé and a privacy box. (Singles are $50 per person and receive 2 glasses.) Masks will be required when not seated in your personal box.

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Sunday, August 16

Muscoot Farm has brought back its weekly Farmers’ Market on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., albeit with some pretty strict social distancing guidelines, including mandatory masks and gloves, verification of online registration, limited shopping time, directional flow, and more.

If you’re more a go-it-solo type, that’s fine too. The Westchester Parks Foundation’s Bicycle Sundays program returned — a little modified, this year — as of May 3. Excluding Memorial Day and Labor Day, the program runs every Sunday in May, June, and September, setting out from Main St in White Plains (instead of County Center this year) and heading down to Scarsdale Rd in Yonkers.

 


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