November 2011 - Eventful Magazine

November 2011 - Eventful Magazine



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Letter from the Publisher

It always amazes me just how

beautiful Putnam is during the fall

season. The foliage certainly makes

any traveling through the county far

more enjoyable.

In addition to the scenic views

that November brings, it also brings

more opportunities to spend time

with loved ones. Additionally, it's

that time of year when we are all a bit

more thankful.

Personally, one of the things I'm

most thankful for is what our veterans

have done for us and our country.

We can sometimes take our freedom

to do as we please for granted.

The very least we can do is thank our

veterans. While we should show our

appreciation ever day, Veteran's Day

provides a great opportunity to do so.

From our Eventful family to yours,

Happy Thanksgiving.

As always, I welcome your feedback

at Rebecca@eventfulmagazine




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table of contents

november 2011


Prepping for House Guests p. 7

Locally Grown

Thanksgiving p. 12

Giving Back to Veterans p. 17

departments & columns

Restaurants & Reviews p. 4

Hit the Spot: 151 Grill

Who’s Got It?: Cheesecake

Donna’s Dishes: Artichokes

Wellness p. 9

Dealing with Holiday Stress

Putnam Pets p. 10

Outdoors p. 11

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Sports p. 13

Happy Home p. 15

Do you know your water?

Business Beat p. 16

Bucci’s Deli

Community p. 18

Pay It Forward p. 19

Eventful Rewind p. 20

Community Calendar p. 21

estaurants & reviews

Hit tHe Spot:

By Nicole Gallagher

On the border of Mahopac

and Putnam Valley, conveniently

located off the Taconic State

Parkway, 151 Grill, barely a year

old, has some original touches to

comply with the local’s appetite

for good old fashioned barbecue.

The menu, inspired by southern

creations, includes barbecued meat, pork,

beef, and chicken in both sandwich form

and dinner plate style. The brisket and ribs,

both pork and beef, are meaty and smoky,

served up with some traditional southern

sides and serviced with a smile demanded

from owners Marc and Tonya Anthony

and Culinary Institute of America graduate

Rich Parente. For those who require

a lighter fair, they also have a salad bar,

soups, grilled meats and fish.

The Menu

Po’ boys: Sammies served with fries or

tater tots and slaw. Pulled pork or chicken

at $10.95. This sandwich is tender and

topped with a sweet sauce. BBQ brisket,

does that need any explanations? Classic

grilled cheese served along with homemade

tomato soup served up for $8.95.

Sammies run from $9.95 to $11.95.

Photos by Nicole Gallagher

Mac and Cheese: Original ... the

way mom made it or spiced it up

for any adult pallet. Half- and fulldinner

sized portions. The dinners

come with a full salad bar. Kick up

your childhood favorite by sampling

the chipotle chicken ($6.95/$13.95),

lobster ($9.95/$18.95), original

($5.95/$12.95), steak with

caramelized onions and mushrooms

($7.95/$15.95), and chili


Enough for a Viking: Grab your

friends or entire family and try

this: the 151 feast. Just $59.95 and recommended

for four, you can enjoy a little leftover

for midnight snacking. You receive a

slab and a half of baby back ribs, a whole

smoked chicken, slow-smoked sliced brisket

& pulled pork with your choice of four

sides and sweet corn bread. Add the salad

bar for $4.95 per person. You can sample it

all and feed your entire family.

Burger Night: In the mood for

burgers? 151 has you completely

covered. Tasty burgers served on

pretzel bread with lettuce, tomato

and pickles and your choice of

fries or tots. Extra salad bar option.

Choose from close to a dozen different

kinds of burgers from classic

style to the 151 steak and egg

burger, piled high with applewood

bacon, two fried eggs and cheddar

cheese for $11.95. Can’t decide

on a grilled cheese or a burger? They have

blended two of the American classics into

one with a grilled cheese burger melt for

$10.95. Non-meat eaters can check out 151

too. Test the crab cake burger for $14.95

(homemade jumbo lump crab meat topped

with dijon mayo), or a house-created veggie

burger with black beans, mushrooms,

peppers, onions and rice.

Dessert: Don’t forget to leave room for

desserts; classic pies, puddings and cakes

are available (you’ll be grabbing your top

pants button for extra room).

Putnam and Westchester residents, hit

this spot with your entire family to enjoy

an American-style, deep-pit slow-cooked,

stick-to-your-bones, finger-licking-good

meal. 151 is a terrific, affordable, familyfriendly

establishment. Reservations are

accepted. Open for parties and catering.

Doors open daily at 2:30 p.m. Serves one

dinner menu only. Full bar. Off-site catering

available. 845-526-

1111. 151 Bryant Pond

Road, Putnam Valley, NY

10579. Check them out at or 151

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estaurants & reviews

Who’s Got It? Cheesecake

By Nicole Gallagher

Say Cheese

Traditionally, November desserts

for the Thanksgiving holiday are often

thought of as pumpkin pie and apple

pie. What happens when one doesn’t like

pie? It’s hard to believe some folks don’t

like the sweet pie or thick crusts – so be

sure to think cheese. Cheesecakes come

with lots of variety these days, with almost

any kind of topping (fruits, nuts,

chocolates and cheese blends), which

will make a wonderful addition to your

dessert table this holiday season. Sample

a good old American style cheese cake,

New York cheese, French style or Italian

Cheesecake and you can’t go wrong.

Making room for them on the table this

year will not only impress your guests, it

will have them coming back for seconds.

Brewster Pastry: 1620

Rt. 22 Ste 18 in Brewster,

845-278-2555. www.

Bucci Brothers: 926 Rt.

6, Mahopac.

Cafe Piccolo: 2 Mahopac

Plaza, Rt. 6N in Mahopac, 845-628-


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estaurants & reviews


By Donna Massaro

One of my all-time

favorites, artichokes are not

only fun to eat, they take me back to my

childhood, sitting around Grandma's dining

room table with the loud, crazy, Italian

family during the holidays. Ahhhh, the

good old days. Seems like so long ago.

When I did my research on this prickly

vegetable, I could not believe the health

benefits that came along with it. The leaves

are packed with nutrients. Having more

antioxidants than any other vegetable,

the artichoke ranked seventh in a study

of antioxidant levels out of 1,000 different

foods. It is also a great hangover treatment.

They say “instead of hair of the dog,

try the leaves of an artichoke.” The leaves

of the artichoke also induce cell death

and reduce cell proliferation in many different

cancers such as prostate, leukemia

and breast. They are beneficial to the liver

Simple Roasted Artichoke

You will need:


Salt and pepper

Olive oil

Sharp knife

Baking pan



Remove outer layer until you reach the pale yellow inside.

Cut in fourths.

Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Cover with foil.

Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Roast uncovered for 15 minutes or until brown.

Serve with baked chicken, steak on the grill, or just eat it

alone. Enjoy!

and the digestive system, aid in digestion,

improve gall bladder function and reduce

cholesterol. One large artichoke contains

one quarter of your daily recommended

fiber intake. A medium one has more fiber

than a cup of prunes! Bye, bye, prunes.

The artichokes in their native land of

northern Africa still grow wild and are

part of the sunflower family. This funnylooking

vegetable blooms into a beautiful

violet flower if not picked. They are a

perennial and are available year-round.

One plant can produce more than 20 artichokes

per year. Their peak season is

spring and fall. With more than 140 varieties,

less than 40 are grown commercially

in France, Spain and Italy. California provides

almost 100 percent of the U.S. crop

and is nicknamed the

“artichoke center of

the world.” They were

brought here to the U.S.



in the 19th century and have been enjoyed

ever since.

Norma Jeane Baker, aka Marilyn Monroe,

was crowned Miss California Artichoke

Queen in 1947.

How do you pick an artichoke you ask?

Well, in the winter months, it is good to

see white blisters on the outer leaves. This

means the artichoke was exposed to cold

temperatures. Otherwise, it should be firm;

the leaves should squeak when rubbed and

snap when you fold them. When storing

artichokes, sprinkle with water and refrigerate

in an air-tight plastic bag. They will

keep for about week.

“I have a heart like an artichoke — a leaf

for everyone.”

Donna Massaro is the owner of the Freight

House Cafe in Mahopac.

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Prepping Your Home

If you are like millions of Americans,

you may be gearing up for family and

friends visiting your home this holiday

season. Reduce some major stress by

starting early. Taking some early steps

can help you get organized and ready to

enjoy your company this season.

Age Is Not Just a Number

First up: Let’s start with considering all

the different ages and needs of the guests

visiting your home this holiday season.

Younger Visiting Guests: If young

children are visiting, lock your medicine,

cleaning supplies and knives in the kitchen.

Dollar stores can provide you with

cheap and easy “baby-proofing” devices

including electric

outlet covers and

locks that can be

easily removed

when your guests

depart. If you have

stairs, invest in a

gate for the top

and/or bottom.

The stairs may

have never been a

problem for you,

but any parent

with young children

can confirm

stairs are the most

difficult when visiting

anyone, even

if it’s for a few

hours. Sometimes

when young children

are spending

the night, they

can wake easier and get confused as to

where they are; they may wander, so take

precautions with stairs and doors. If you

don’t have children in your home, but

you’re expecting little visitors, pick up

for Holiday Guests

By Nicole Gallagher

some crayons, coloring books or small

keep-busy toys. Keeping a child busy in

a non-child house can be difficult; even if

they bring their own toys from home, new

ones always entertain during fussy times.

Place night lights inside bathrooms and

in the hallways leading to them to help

guests of all ages find their way.

Older Visiting Guests: Ensure stairways

and hallways are safe to protect all

family members, especially older adults,

from falls. Remove loose rugs that can

cause tripping. Test and possibly replace

the batteries in all your smoke alarms and

carbon monoxide detectors. In the bathroom,

have mats that don’t slide and rubber

mats inside the tub so slipping doesn’t

occur. If your guests have trouble with

stairs, provide sleeping accommodations

at ground level to avoid the up and down.

This may mean the master bedroom for

them and you in the guest room, but re-

member the comfort of your guests and

their safety while they are staying with

you. In both young and older guests,

prevent hot water burns by turning your

water heater temperature to a recommended

120 degrees. You may be used

to steaming hot water, but your guest can

easily get burned when bathing or helping

out with dishes.

Everyone to the Kitchen

Everyone, big or small, will join in the

kitchen for chatting, munching and latenight

treats. Things to consider ahead of

time include cleaning off the counters.

No one needs to see your “to do” pile sitting

on the counter next to coupons and

random things

that always make

their way into the

kitchen. Organize

your utensil drawers

so guests can

help themselves

when needed. Organize,

clean, separate

and toss plastic

containers that

may be missing

tops, are stained

or are overused.

Clean your oven

— a dirty oven

not only looks

gross, but it is less

efficient. Check

fire extinguishers

because they

do expire. Make

sure you have one

where it can be found quickly. Toss expired

foods and condiments or items you

don’t ever use in your pantry (this will

make room for food your guests might

Continued next page 7

Prepping for House Gudes, Con't

want to bring).

Ask your guests ahead of time what

kinds of foods they like. Even if you don’t

use them normally, having some of their

favorites on hand will make them feel at

home. Nothing screams bad host more

than serving meals that your guests don’t

like to eat. Always have options, especially

for those on special diets or children.

Have some foods that are low/no

salt, sugar-free, gluten-free or fat-free.

Make basic ingredients easy to find. Holiday

guests often enjoy helping you cook,

and it’s easier when they don’t have to go

on a hunt to find the sugar, cooking oils

or condiments. This will be something

you will appreciate long after the holiday

cookies have disappeared. Stock up

on things like coffees and tea, keeping

in mind some of the things you may not

use but your guests prefer, such as sugar,

non-sugar sweetener, decaf and cream.

No Potty Talk Here

Clean and scrub your tub, walls, toilets

and sinks. Wash

or replace bath mats

and remove any kids’

toys. Make towels

and toilet paper easy

to find. A naked

house guest searching

for a towel after

a shower, or someone

hunting for toilet

paper after the

last square has disappeared,

could be

stressful for all parties

involved. Clean

out drawers and cabinets

and leave empty

shelves for incoming

guests. Take this time

now to de-clutter

and organize. You

probably don’t need

half the items you

have stored and the other half has probably

expired. Assemble a small basket of

“Shoot, I forgot my ... ” items (super YOU

to the rescue). Handy items include: aspirin,

toothbrush, floss, deodorant, antacids,

mouth wash, soap, shampoo or

conditioner, toss-and-go razors and air

fresher. Worst-case scenario, they don’t

use them; you can always keep it for the

next visitors. If you have the space, empty

a drawer so your company will have a

place to keep their grooming products

or try hanging a hook on the back of the

door. 3M makes great strong hooks that

require no nailing or gluing; this will

offer your guests a place to hang those

traveling medicine bags.

Separate Room or Playroom

Turned Into Guest Room

Wherever the sleeping space may be,

provide a clean, empty spot for guests to

retreat to after a long day and full belly.

Allow a space where visitors can open

and store suitcases and bags. Make sure

to de-clutter your surfaces. Store away

all the dust collectors, knick-knacks and

other clutter. No one wants to see all the

things you have purchased on eBay. By

de-cluttering this space now, you may

like it come the end of your guests’ visit.

Pile up extra blankets, pillows and sheets.

Provide your guests with current reading

material. Create a charging station for

your guests to recharge all their devices

such as cell phones, laptops, or music

players. If you have a bedside table, get

your guests a light. Looking for a light

switch in a new place can be challenging.

Need white noise? A small fan may help

your guests who need the extra sounds to

fall asleep. Do you have extra kids coming?

Start now on those rooms by seting a

goal: pack up half their toys so that room

cleaning is easier after playtime. You can

even have a donate pile — good karma

during the holiday season. You can always

bring back the stuff, but you won’t

have to clean it all up during the visit.

This can also create room for new holiday


Say Good Night, Gracie

Have you checked you sofa bed? Is it

clean? Vacuum it out to be sure you’ve

gotten the huge dust bunnies and all

the leftover popcorn from family movie

night that may have taken residence in

the cracks. If you are using a blow-up

mattress, blow it up ahead of time, checking

for leaks, and expose it to fresh air.

It’s likely been packed in your basement

and probably smells like the last camping

trip. Pack up any clothes you’re not planning

on sporting this season; this will allow

for extra closet space for your guests’

clothing. Donate any clothes you’re not

wearing to a local charity. While gaining

the space you may be allowing someone

who doesn’t have that item a chance to

put it to good use.

Don’t forget the hall

closet: coats, boots,

gloves and hats all

need a place to hang

out while guests are

in your home. Clear

your own stuff from

the closets, allowing

the space for visitors

to hang their hats.

Last but never

least, don’t forget to

have plenty of down

time with your

guests. Spending

time together will

take the edge off and

can produce a much

happier stay for everyone

involved. Purchase

some movies,

board games, books

or magazines. Holiday times can be long

days. When getting your home ready for

all your holiday guests, think in terms of,

“What would I like if I was the guest?”

Small steps will make your home preparations

easy and put your mind at ease,

and everyone will be comfortable and

have a great stay.

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By Rhonda Bender, LCSW-R

Holidays can be double-edged swords

— we love them and simultaneously can’t

wait for them to be over. Why? Because

with our seasonal holidays fast approaching

comes the family, food, money

and time obligations. Despite our

best intentions to be mindful of

money expenditures, food and

alcohol consumption, and family

gatherings, we get caught up in

“the holiday moment” and all our

plans disappear with that last piece

of pumpkin pie.

We revel in the comfort foods,

despite our determination to eat

small portions. We make plans

with friends and family and forget to take

time for ourselves to regroup. We budget

our finances but end up with bigger gift

lists. Does this mean we have no discipline?

No ... it means we are all human.

So, how can we balance all the obligations

and temptations and still enjoy the

holiday season without creating unmanageable

stress levels?

I have found that taking some time

for myself always helps me feel more

centered. This may mean watching a

movie that reminds me of my childhood

holidays and traditions (“March

of the Wooden Soldiers” with Laurel

and Hardy is my favorite), or watching

the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade

while I am cooking my turkey. My

adult son, to this very day, still watches

“A Christmas Story” over and over during

the holidays.

I also like getting outside as much as

possible, in between family and friend


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gatherings. If you are staying with family

for the holidays, go outside and take a

walk between meals or offer to walk the

family dog for a while.

Gift shopping online does save time

and gas, and can be less stressful

because you aren’t in the middle of

frenetic crowds. It also can reduce

impulse buying because malls and

stores are loaded with eye-catching

displays that draw us into the “I must

have that” seduction. People love gift

cards — they offer personal choice

and yet show family, friends and coworkers

you know what they love.

The most important thing to remember

is not to beat yourself up if

you find you have spent more than you

want, or have eaten more than you want

or filled up your dance card twice over.

Do the best you can, enjoy the simple

moments and tour your neighborhood

to see the best lighted homes!

Rhonda Bender, LCSW-R, is the Program

Coordinator at the Department of

Psychiatry at Putnam Hospital Center.

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Senior Pet Adoptions at Putnam Humane Society

Hi! My name is

Diego. I do not

understand why

someone as good

looking as me is

still here. Even

though I’m older

you’d never know

it. I’m in great

health and I love

to go for long walks. I would like to go

home with someone who can let me be

the king of the house. Come see me!

Hello, my name

is Lily. Come

meet me and

see how great I

am. My health is

good, I have lots

of energy and love

to play but I have

to get to know

you first! Give me

a chance and I will love you. I’d like to

live in a quiet adult home, with someone

who will work with me.

Hi, my name

is Brenda, I'm in

good health, I'm

loving and playful.

I also love

walks and belly

rubs and have superior


skills! I was abandoned

by my humans,

but I am filled with affection and

kisses. I would love to be the only dog in

your life.

Hi, I'm Theresa.

I am very shy

and sweet. I came

to PHS after my

owners lost their

home in a fire. I

am in fairly good

health and would

do best in a quiet


Hello, my name

is Arnie. I am an

American Bulldog

mix in great

health. I am very

affectionate, I aim

to please and I

am fun loving! I

would like to go

home with a loving

family who will have only me as their

child. Some say I'm a wonderful pet! I

bond quickly, and am obedient and calm.

Hey, I'm Max,

a very handsome

L a b / S h e p h e r d

mix. I love walks

and chewing marrow

bones. I'm

obedient, playful,

affectionate and

good with everyone

except other

pets. I want to live with adults with older

kids and no other pets. I am sweet and

friendly. Pick me!

Hey, Krista

here, I’m in great

health, I am a bit

shy and afraid at

first, but give me a

chance and I will

open up and love

you. I don’t like

cats too much,

but some other

dogs are ok. I want to come home with

you and your adult home!

My name is

Molly and I was

brought to PHS

when my Mom

had to go to the

hospital last May.

I am sweet and

love to be petted.

Can you give me a

home please?

To meet any of these great pets, go to the Putnam Humane Society's

Adoption Weekend on Old Route 6 in Carmel on Nov. 12 & 13

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Lighting Ceremonies Illuminate Putnam

By Kerry Barger

Winter brings a universal hush over

the Northern Hemisphere, with little life

disturbing the fallen snow, thick ice and

frozen temperatures. Known as one of

the most barren, frigid points of the year,

winter still finds itself one of the country’s

most treasured seasons. Despite the disappearance

of green from the landscape,

decorations celebrating a variety of faiths

help fill the void of colors and life.

There are no such decorations that highlight

the holiday season more than the illuminating

glow of lights. Small in size, yet

big in effect and disposition, lights provide

us with a guide home to friends and family.

Here are four light ceremonies taking place

in Putnam County this holiday season.

Cold Spring Tree Lighting

On Friday, Dec. 2, bring your family

to the Cold Spring Riverfront Park and

The Fulmar Road School Fun-Time Theater Group carolling

at the 2010 Town of Carmel Tree Lighting.

take part in the Annual Cold

Spring Tree Lighting. Enjoy

cookies and cocoa and special

visit from Santa with “winterwonderous”

views of the Hudson


2011 Holiday on the Lake

With Lake Gleneida serving

as snowy a backdrop to

the event, the 2011 Holiday

on the Lake is a holiday filled

with fun activities along Route

52 in Carmel. Hosted by the

Hamlet of Carmel Civic Association,

the lighting ceremony will take

place at dusk on Saturday, Dec. 3, immediately

following a day of crafts, concerts

and, best of all, Santa! Miniature pine trees

line the take, giving event goers an opportunity

to soak in the lights with fellow

community members.

The Greater

Mahopac-Carmel Chamber

of Commerce

Hosted by the Greater

Mahopac-Carmel Chamber

of Commerce, the Christmas

tree and menorah lighting

will take place on Saturday,

Nov. 26 — a perfect way to

kick off the month of December

and the holiday season.

With the cool, frosty waters

of Lake Mahopac setting the

scene at the organization’s



Children happily taking part in the Carmel Christmas Parade.

Chamber Park, residents of both Mahopac

and Putnam County will have an opportunity

to celebrate the holidays right in their


Putnam Valley Parks & Rec 4th Annual

Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony

For the fourth year in a row, the Putnam

Valley Parks and Recreation will be turning

the heat up on the holidays with a large

bonfire. On Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. under the

Putnam Valley Town Park Pavilion, free

s’mores and hot cocoa will be served in celebration

of the “best Santa around.” A live

holiday choir will add an extra boost to the

already electric atmosphere — making the

western side of the county the place to be!

As Eventful went to print, there were ceremonies

that had not yet set their dates. Visit for the most

up-to-date tree lighting listings. 11




By Faith Ann Butcher

Do you want to add some taste to your

Thanksgiving dinner? Buy your food from

local producers and you will get that farmfresh

taste that cannot be beat. It is a true

asset of living in the Hudson Valley. Locally

grown food tends to not only taste better,

but it is also healthier for you.

When determining your Thanksgiving

menu, go local and take advantage of the

homegrown foods.

A traditional Thanksgiving feast would

be nothing without its turkey. Allen Beals,

a retired doctor, started raising turkeys after

he tasted the difference in a fresh, free-range

bird. Now Willow Ridge Farms in Putnam

Valley raises pasture-fed heritage turkeys.

The demand is high in November, so preorder

your bird early. Check out the farm’s

website,, or

call 845-528-2535 for more information.

Hemlock Farms in Cortlandt Manor raises

free-range turkeys as well. They are available

in all sizes. Hemlock also has its farm

market full of other fresh seasonal produce

and other products and is open seven days

a week, all year long. Hemlock Farms is located

at 500 Croton Ave., Cortlandt Manor.

Visit or call

914-737-2810 for more information.

Cook your baked goods and side dishes

using organic eggs from Dancing Girl Bees

and the Midnight Farmer in Putnam Valley.

Call Minnie Santos at 845-528-2157 to

place an order.

The Hudson Milk Company in Shrub

Oak also carries free-range eggs as well as

artisan cheeses, farm-fresh (small batch)

yogurts, maple syrup, and other New York

State farm-raised items from: Battenkill Valley

Creamery, Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie,

Finger Lakes Cheese Co., John

Boy's Farm, Hammond Dairy in Amenia,

Evans Creamery in Norwich, Hummingbird

Ranch, and Full Moon Farm. But what

the Hudson Milk Company is really known

for — if you have to figure it out — is its

glass-bottled milk that it delivers to people’s

homes. Call Tom Rubino at 914-245-0409 or

visit to learn more.

Fill your table with the fruits and vegetables

from the fall harvest. The seasonal produce

consists of Asian greens, arugula, beets,

broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots,

collard greens, dry beans, herbs, kale, kohlrabi,

lettuce, bok choy, potatoes, radish, rutabaga,

spinach, string beans, swiss chard,

turnips and winter squash (acorn, butternut,


Kessman Farms Market on Route 22 in

Pawling offers a variety of home-grown produce

as well as delicious baked goods and

fresh clams. Plan ahead and reserve your

pies. Visit or call


Harvest Moon Farm and Orchards, formerly

known as Outhouse Orchard, 130

Hardscrabble Road in North Salem, has its

country store open seven days a week and

also offers tasty baked goods and fall produce.

Call 914-485-1210 or visit http://

Ryder Farm Cottage Industries sells its

produce through its roadside farmstand, located

at 400 Starr Ridge Road in Brewster,

or through its community-supported agriculture

(CSA) group.

In a CSA you buy into a share of the har-

vest before the season, then you pick up the

produce weekly. The upfront financial support

of the farm gives you access to the first

pickings of the fresh organic produce.

For more information about the CSA at

Ryder Farm call 845-279-4161 or e-mail

Cascade Farm in Patterson also has a

CSA program. During the cool weather it

offers crops like lettuces and greens, root

crops, herbs, beans, and winter squash. The

harvests produce enough vegetables for the

average family of four each week (about 10

to 15 lbs. of produce each week on average).

For more information, visit http://cascade

Hilltop Hanover Farms, located at 1271

Hanover Street in Yorktown, offers Thanksgiving

vegetable baskets. Order now and

pick up the baskets on Tuesday, Nov. 22, just

in time for Thanksgiving. Call 914-962-2368

or visit

If you are looking for great one-stop shops

visit the farmers markets in Cold Spring and

Brewster. The Cold Spring Farmers Market,

which as of Nov. 5 goes indoors to the

Philipstown Community Center in Garrison,

hosts many local vendors selling all

types of fresh goods on Saturdays from 8:30

a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Brewster Farmers Market is open

until Nov. 22 and offers an array of delicious,

nutritious regional farm products. The market

is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 208 E. Main Street (the

intersection of Routes 6 & 22 & Peaceable

Hill Road). For more information call K.C.

Anderson at 914-671-6262 or visit http://

12 Eventful Magazine - November 2011


In a Class By Herself

Brewster Junior Ariana Bottalico

By Ray Gallagher

Local history tells us that Brewster High

School has had some great athletes roam its

halls since the Garden Street School served

as the district’s sole educational facility in

Brewster until the Henry H. Wells "High

School" was built in 1957.

Chances are pretty good that Brewster

junior Ariana Bottalico would run circles

around most of them, literally, as the reigning

Section 1 cross country champion and

top miler around.

“There is no question, Ariana is by far, the

best distance runner in Brewster history,”

Bears Coach Joe Scelia said of the reigning

Section 1 champ. “Ariana is an excellent distance

runner, the best we’ve ever had.”

Bottalico has qualified for the NYS Cross

Country Championships every year since 8th

grade, a rare feat indeed. Currently, as a junior

this season, she has won five major Cross

Country Invitationals, including the league

meet on Oct. 13 where she prepped for her inevitable

sectional showdown at Bowdoin Park

in Poughkeepsie on Friday, Nov. 4.

September and October of 2011 have

been very good to Bottalico (she’s won the

Washingtonville Invitational - 19:16; V-V-

S Invitational [site of the 2011 State Meet]

- 19:20; Ocean State Invitational [Rhode

Island] - 19:09;

Brewster Bear

Classic - 19:28;

League Championships

- 19:37).

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best work in November

and plans

to be in attendance

for the state

meet at Vernon-


High School in

Verona, N.Y., on

Nov. 12.

She placed

10th overall at

the 2010 NYS

Cross Country

(Class A) Championships


year as a sopho-

more at Lakeside Park in Pawling,

running 19:12 on a most

challenging course.

She has amazed from the getgo.

“As a freshman, she placed

19th in 18:58 on a muddy 5K

course at the state championships

in Plattsburgh,” Scelia

said. “She has run 19:27 at Bowdoin

Park, although I believe

she will shatter that later on this


Her PR is 18:52 for the 5K

outdoor race, and when the

leaves fall and the temperature

drops, Bottalico heads for

the indoor track scene where

she has qualified for the NYS

Championships in all three seasons

of competition. She has

run 11:11 for 2-miles, 10:25 for

the 3000 meters and 4:49 for

1500 meters.

Academically, the kid is just

as sharp.

“Ariana is a wonderful student

as well,” Scelia said.

She currently logs a cumulative

GPA of 95.85 and has a

work ethic that is just as strong in the classroom

as it is on the course. Her experience

and tenacity as a distance runner is what

separates her from most others in these

grueling competitions, according to Scelia.

“When many times it's hard for girls to

excel at this sport year after year as they get

older, Ariana is getting

significantly better

every year,” Scelia

said. “She has run at

the highest level since

8th grade and I highly

recommend her as

a potential student-

athlete for any school

in country or abroad.”

Her legacy will state

that she was the best

in Brewster history;

and without question

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School, 212 Ringgold Street, on Sunday,

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The Jazz Ambassadors’ concert is

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Chapter, the City of Peekskill and the

Peekskill City School District.

As the premier touring big band for

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water that has not been filtered through

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There’s an old saying, “When

you’re here, you’re family,” and

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Bucci’s Deli in Mahopac. Whether

you’re an everyday regular picking

up sandwich meats or you’re just

swinging by their Route 6 location

for a quick cup of joe and a

bacon-egg-and-cheese, the gang at

Bucci’s Deli has a way of making

you feel welcome.

The Buccis and their employees

make you feel like family because

they are an extension of the Bucci

family, an environment fostered by

Mr. & Mrs. Bucci, John and Nancy,

and their two sons, Tom and Mike.

"I spent 48 total weeks on the

road in two countries and 47 states

and I still can’t find anyone that

makes a better sandwich or bacon,

egg and cheese for that matter,” said loyal customer

Antonio Esteves.

Fresh food, reasonable prices, and fantastic

customer-friendly service make Bucci's Deli


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what it is, too. The fresh mozzarella is to die

for and one bite of Bucci’s famous Chicken

Melt will keep you coming back. They should

have named it, "THE BUCCI BOOYAH!" because

the combination of bacon, gouda, and

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blanket and toasted to perfection is

something to shout out about.

It’s the hippest place in town for

Mahopacians of all ages, including

students who take advantage

of their student discounts, but

folks will travel far and wide for all

of the Bucci’s party platters; they

have over a dozen to choose from

including the canoli chip platter,

which makes a heavenly dessert


Perhaps the best part about Bucci’s

is their generosity toward the

community. The Buccis give back

through numerous deli-sponsored

events, including their famous Italian

Combo for Life which will take

place in the spring. Bucci’s Deli is

located at 926 Route 6 in Mahopac.

Call 845-628-FOOD (3663) or

visit Monday-

Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. to 6

p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Recognizing the achievements of

the Women of Putnam County

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16 Eventful Magazine - November 2011

By Faith Ann Butcher

It just might be more than

mere coincidence that November

happens to host both Veterans

Day and Thanksgiving, seeing

there is no community that

the rest of our population should

show more gratitude for than the

veterans’ community.

The adage “Freedom isn’t free,

it is priceless,” is true and it provides

us with reasons to give

back to those who have served

in the U.S. Armed Forces. We

can never truly repay them for

the sacrifice they made defending

our values but we can honor

them and give thanks.

Simply saying “thank you”

to a vet keeps the values of our

community in check. It shows

that we do not take for granted

all that we have and to whom we

are indebted. There are different

opportunities available for those

who want to participate in giving

back to the county’s military


Businesses can offer special

discounts to veterans through

Putnam County’s Return the

F.A.V.O.R. (Find and Assist

Vets of Record) program. Veterans

who file their DD214s at the Putnam

County Clerk’s Office in Carmel are issued

a free Veteran ID card enabling them to

take advantage of discounts offered by local


Merchants who wish to participate need

to file a Merchant’s Discount Application

with the county clerk’s office indicating

their discount offered to participating veterans.

Associated businesses will be listed

in the participating merchants list which

is handed out with every veteran’s ID

card and is posted on the Putnam County

Clerk’s webpage found at http://putnam

Merchants will also receive a participation

poster for display at their place of business.

In addition to the discount program the

county offers other services and referrals

through its veterans’ affairs department to

veterans including: alcoholism/chemical

Give Thanks

to Our Veterans

Photo by Nicole Gallagher

Last Year's Veteran's Day Ceremony in Mahopac

dependence assistance, cemetery and burial

benefits, disability compensation, discharge

upgrading, education benefits, employment

referrals, insurance assistance,

medals access, pension benefits, records

access, Putnam VA clinic, tax exemptions,

VA hospitals, veteran organizations and

vocational rehabilitation.

For those individuals who would like

to do something special for a veteran in

their life, consider dedicating a brick to the

Putnam County Veterans Memorial. The

memorial is located at Putnam County

Veterans Memorial Park in Kent. It was

dedicated in 1997 to “honor all men and

women of Putnam County, who answered

our nation’s call to duty and service in time

of war and time of peace. Always keep

them in your heart and prayers. For all

gave some — some gave all.”

The round, red brick memorial has seven

vertical stone pillars and flags, each of them

representing one branch of the

U.S. Armed Forces and the

Putnam County Joint Veterans

Council. The horizontal bricks

contain the names of veterans

of the U.S. Armed Forces. New

bricks can be purchased and

dedicated at Putnam County

Veterans Memorial Park. For

more information call the

Putnam County Parks Department

at 845-808-1994.

Another way to show your

support for the veteran community

is to stand on the sideline

and watch the second annual

Veterans Day Parade in

Mahopac. The parade, which

is sponsored by the American

Legion, will begin at 2 p.m. on

Sunday, Nov. 6, and will travel

along Route 6 in Mahopac

from Lake Casse Road down

a mile and a half to Mahopac

Chamber Community Park

at the intersection of Routes

6 and 6N. A reception at the

American Legion Post 1080,

located at 333 Buckshollow

Road, will commence following

a ceremony at Chamber

Park. For more information,

call 845-621-2639.

Help feed 600 veterans at a Thanksgiving

dinner on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Mahopac

Volunteer Fire Department, 741 Route

6 in Mahopac. The event, which is sponsored

by state Senator Greg Ball, is looking

for volunteers to prepare food and to help

out at the event. Many local restaurants,

grocery stores and caterers are donating


Serve those who were willing to serve

the military for your freedom at one or all

of the three seatings — 1, 3 and 5 p.m. The

dinner will include turkey, all the trimmings,

beverages, dessert and live entertainment.

People who would like to donate food or

time to the Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner

should contact Erica Massimi at 914-329-

1051 or

Veterans Day is Friday, Nov. 11. Remember

to give thanks to the local veterans. 17


Wireless Zone Opens in Patterson

Wireless Zone, a Verizon Wireless Premium

Retailer, has opened a new store

in Patterson. Wireless Zone makes shopping

for wireless voice and data products

convenient. Located at the Patterson

Commons Shopping Center, 3103 Route

22 in Patterson, Wireless Zone offers local

residents and businesses a wide variety

of wireless phones, smartphones,

accessories and services from Verizon


David Robles has been a Verizon Wireless

retailer for 14 years with stores located

in Mount Kisco and Brewster. In

March, Robles, along with his partner,

Mike Jacobs, opened a store in Mahopac

and now they are opening the newest

store in Patterson.

Robles chose Patterson because he

loves the area and its surrounding towns.

“We felt that Wireless Zone would do

great in the area because there is very

little local distribution for Verizon Wireless,”

he said. “When the former Blockbuster

became available, we moved very

aggressively to get the deal done and everything

fell into place. It was meant to

be. We are very excited about this store.”

WWII Swing Dance

By Kerry Barger

Are you ready to party like it’s 1940? The

Duffle Bag Inc., a company that furnishes

technical advice and historic material to

the entertainment industry and the general

public, is hosting a WWII-era swing dance

in honor of one of our country’s most patriotic

and finest times in history. On Nov. 12,

the Patterson Recreation Center will take

a trip back in time with swing music; antique

military vehicles; historians dressed

in original United States, British and allied

military uniforms; and other historical

memorabilia. Guests will also enjoy the

smooth tunes of “The Big Band Sound” orchestra,

a 20-piece jazz ensemble based out

of Poughkeepsie. The theme of Nov. 12’s

dance is tropical, so be prepared to turn up

the temperature with khakis, flower print

shirts and leis. Tickets for dinner, which

begins at 6 p.m., and dancing are $30, and

tickets to attend the dance, which starts at 7

p.m., are $20. They can be purchased at the

Patterson Recreation Center’s front office

at 65 Front Street or the Duffle Bag at 1270

Route 311 in Patterson. For more info, contact

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Ann’s Place, the largest support

organization for cancer

survivors and their loved ones

in the Greater Danbury region,

has announced plans for its

2011 Festival of Trees, to be held

Nov. 18-20 at the Matrix Conference

& Banquet Center, 39

Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury.

This is the ninth year for the

popular fund-raising event,

which features a dazzling array

of custom-decorated holiday

trees sponsored by area businesses,

groups and individuals.

Sponsors may choose a theme

for their tree and decorate it themselves

or have the decorating done by expert


All trees are raffled and everyone has a

chance to win their favorite tree! Festival

hours are Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10

a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20, from

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for

adults, $5 for children and seniors, and

free for children under 5.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner

and Putnam CAP is looking for volunteers

to assist with the Thanksgiving

Basket preparation on Saturday, Nov.

19, and Sunday, Nov. 20. Last year, 160

volunteers donated their time to prepare

baskets for 400 families and we expect to

need as many helping hands again this

year. Volunteers are asked to give three

hours of time to assist with unloading,

Ann’s Place Festival of Trees

The 2011 Festival will kick off with

the Preview Party on Friday, Nov. 18,

from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., with cocktails,

live music by Kelly Mittleman,

dinner-by-the-bite, and exclusive preview

of the decorated trees, $100 per

ticket. The trees will remain on display

until Sunday at 5 p.m. The Festival

also features The Marketplace, quilts,

wreaths and other hand-crafted holiday

gifts for sale, live entertainment on

sorting and packing the food that is collected

that weekend at several area food

drives. The food drives take place at Mahopac

A&P, Carmel ShopRite, Brewster

A&P, Kobacker’s Market in Brewster,

Putnam Lake Market and DiCicco’s

Family Market. This is a great opportunity

for teens to earn community service

hours for school, or for businesses to put

together a team of employee volunteers.

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the hour, raffles, and a chance

to win a Jewelry Designs shopping


The Festival is made possible

by approximately 250 volunteers.

If you’d like to volunteer,

please contact Jackie at jackie@

Several sponsorship opportunities

are available as well, from

$50 to $10,000. For more information

or to register for the Preview

Party, LEGO Challenge, or

Tea Parties, call 203-790-6568,

e-mail or


Ann’s Place provides free cancer support

services to those touched by cancer

and their loved ones. Services include

individual and family counseling, more

than 20 support groups for people with

various cancer diagnoses and at various

stages of treatment, and a variety of wellness

programs including yoga, reiki, tai

chi, writing workshops, art therapy, and

guided imagery.

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There are three shifts each day: 11 a.m.,

2 p.m. and 5 p.m.. Anyone interested

in volunteering should contact the CAP

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This really is an incredible community

effort that absolutely astounded me

when I first came to CAP. Unfortunately,

the need continues to grow, so hopefully

the volunteer ranks will keep pace.

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20 Eventful Magazine - November 2011

Thursdays at the Café: Adults 30+ are invited

to share in music, good company and good

food at the Freight House Café in Mahopac

every Thursday until 11 p.m. Visit www.the for more info.

Tree & Menorah Lightings: See page 11.

Tuesday, November 1

48th Annual Fine Art Exhibit: View Fine Art

from regional artists during Gallery Hours at

the Belle Levine Arts Center, 521 Kennicut Hill

Road in Mahopac (Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3

p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.), free parking &

admission. For more info, call 845-803-8622 or


Thursday, November 3

Feelin’ Lucky — Art Inspired by the Discarded:

by Jean Tock: This new collection of

Tock’s assemblage, collage, and photography is

heavily influenced by discarded objects. Tock

is able to create striking commentaries on a

range of issues by using found objects as both

her medium and inspiration. Free admission

and parking. Opening reception will be held

from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. On exhibition throughout

November at the Mahopac Library, 668 Route

6 in Mahopac. Call 845-628-2009 or visit www for more info.

The Putnam/Westchester Metal Detectorists

& Archaeological Society will meet

at Sparkle Lake, 258 Granite Springs Road in

Yorktown Heights, at 7 p.m. See www.great for more information.

Bagels and Books at Keeler: Join patrons

of the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, 276 Titicus

Road in North Salem, as they host a Bagels

and Books gathering 10:30 a.m. over coffee to

discuss War in Val D’Orcia by Iris Origo and

on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell. No registration

is required and walk-ins are welcome. For more

info, call 914-669-5161, e-mail Keelerlibrary@ or visit www.ruthkeelermemorial

Saturday, November 5

Medication Give Back Day: Don’t flush your

drugs, bring them to Putnam Hospital Center’s

Wagner Cancer Pavilion at 670 Stoneleigh Ave. in

Carmel from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dispose of prescription

medication, over-the-counter medication and pet

medication. Keep medications in original package if

possible and remove personal patient information.

Syringes will NOT be accepted. For more info, contact

Mary at 845-808-1390, Ext. 43164, or visit www or

'Try Hockey For Free Day': USA Hockey and

the National Hockey League hosts a day to introduce

children ages 4-9 to the sport of hockey

from 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m., at Brewster Ice Arena at

63 Fields Lane in Brewster. It will feature help

from the New York Rangers, including an appearance

and autograph session with a Ranger

alumnus. Participants can use loaner equipment,

and a New York Rangers hockey stick to keep!

Advance registration is required. Sign up at, call 845-279-2229

or e-mail

Crafters Day: Crafters ages 16 and up are

invited to New Life Bible Church 476 Farmers

Mills Road in Carmel from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bring your projects and materials, there will be

a swap table and breakfast. For more information

call 845-225-4620.

Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic: Bring your pets

(dogs, cats, and ferrets) to Brook Farm Veterinary

Center at Routes 22 and 164 in Patterson

from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. for a free rabies vaccination.

Bring photo ID as proof of Putnam County

residency and proof of prior rabies vaccination

(tags are NOT acceptable). Dogs must be

leashed and cats and ferrets must be in a carrier.

Call the Putnam County Health Department

for more info 845-808-1390, Ext. 43127.

Free NOOK Information Class: Thinking

of purchasing a NOOK? Join us for a very informative

and relaxed free class with representatives

from Barnes & Noble in Danbury. The

class will be at the Brewster Public Library to

community calendar

demonstrate the NOOK at 2 p.m. Demonstration

devices will be available to "test drive." Call

845-279-6421 to register.

PHC Gala Dinner and Ball: “London Calling,”

Putnam Hospital Center’s Annual Gala

Dinner and Ball celebrating 47 years of providing

quality healthcare to the community at

the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. The black tie

optional event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will

include both a silent auction and a live auction,

cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing

and a limited ticket car raffle for a 2011 Mercedes-Benz

GLK-350 Luxury SUV or $25,000.

All members of the community are invited to

attend. For info or to obtain Gala Dinner and

Ball reservations and car raffle tickets, please

call Anita M. Minella, Director of Development

and Community Affairs, at 845-230-4773.

Dream Catcher Workshop: Dream Catchers

are from Native American lore; they trap bad

dreams and let the good dreams filter down to

the sleeper. Children will enjoy working with

string beads and leather to make this Native

American craft at 10:30 a.m. Workshop will

be held at the Southeast Museum, 67 Main St.

in Brewster. Call 845-279-7500 or visit www

Sunday, November 6

Poetry Workshop: Led by poet Alan Devenish

at 3 p.m. Engage in exercises designed

to generate poetry through wordplay, memory

and imagination. All ages and levels of experience

welcome. Bring curiosity and a writing

instrument. All ages welcome. Two-hour workshop

will be held at the Kent Recreation Building,

770 Route 52 in Kent Lakes. A donation of

$5 is asked. Free to members of AoTL. RSVP

at or call 845 231-1084.

U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors Concert: See

page 14.

Friday, November 11

BTC Production of “Our Town”: The Brewster

Theater Company presents Thornton Wilder’s 21

community calendar

Community Events, continued

“Our Town” on Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m.

at Melrose School, 120 Federal Road in Brewster.

This charming story of everyday small-town

living is directed by Matt Bogen and produced

by Judy Marano. Tickets are $15 for adults, and

$13 for seniors and students. For more info visit or call 845-598-1621.

Saturday, November 12

Run for Health: Gear up for the United Way

of Westchester and Putnam’s (UWWP) Third

Annual Run United — a 5K Run for Health at

Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road in

Purchase, from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. The competitive

5K run pre-registration fee is $20 and

$25 on the day of the event. The 1-mile run/

walk is $15 to participate, and the Toddler Dash

is free for kids who want to join the fun. To donate

or learn more, visit

.htm. Register at

Pet Adoption Weekend: See page 10.

The Nature of Things: Native American

Life: Discover what kinds of live animals Native

Americans encountered. Recommended audience:

children 8 years and up. Donation: $5 per

family. Held at the Lodge at Tilly Foster Farm,

100 Route 312 in Brewster, at 1 p.m. Learn

more at

WWII Style Big Band Dance: See page 18.

Bereavement Sessions: St. John the Evangelist

Bereavement Program will be held on Nov.

12 as well as Nov. 26, starting at 10 a.m. Our

Lady Queen of Angels chapel. All are welcome.

For more info, call 845-628-2006, Ext. 100.

Lake Carmel Annual Holiday Craft Fair:

Fair will take place on Nov. 12 and 13 from 10

a.m.-4 p.m. at the Lake Carmel Community

Center, 10 Huguenot Road in Lake Carmel. Bake

sale, food, raffles. Call 845-306-5602 for info.

Craft Bazaar: St. Andrew’s Church, 26 Prospect

St. in Brewster, will hold a craft bazaar

from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Vendors are still welcome.

Call 845-279-4325 for more info.

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Sunday, November 13

Free Concert: Hui-Mei Lin, piano, and Peter

Siedenberg, cello, will perform Beethoven and

Poulenc at Chapel of Our Lady Restoration, 45

Market St. in Cold Spring, at 4 p.m. Admission

is free, donations are welcome. For more

info, call 845-265-5537 or visit www.chapel

Wednesday, November 16

Used Clothing and Toy Drive: George Fischer

Middle School PTA is holding a Used Clothing &

Toy Drive from Nov. 16-Nov 19. Wed.-Fri., 2:30

p.m.-6:30 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop off at

GFMS, 281 Fair Street in Carmel, around the back

at the small cafeteria entrance. Volunteers are also

needed! Contact or

go to

for more info and a complete listing or accepted

items or call Lori at 845-878-9670.

Friday, November 18

'Hidden Treasure Quest' Dinner Dance

Benefit: Help thousands discover hope for

themselves at our annual Dinner Dance Benefit

at Sinapi's Ceola Manor, Route 6N & Hill Blvd.

in Jefferson Valley. Take part in our Quest for the

Hidden Treasures of Hope. Enjoy dinner, dancing,

and a real treasure hunt to benefit the programs

of Putnam Family & Community Services

from 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Contact Cheryl at 845-

225-2700, Ext. 136 or visit

events.html to make your reservation. $95 pp.

Saturday, November 19

United for the Troops Annual Fundraising

Event: Help United for the Troops

send care packages to our troops at the

Southside Grille on Route 6N in Mahopac

from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. For more info, contact

Jim at 845-729-4239, e-mail

or visit www.united

Pardoning the Turkeys Ceremony: First ever

in Putnam County! Cel-

ebrate a different Thanksgiving,

served vegan-style.

Held at the Lodge at Tilly

Foster Farm, 100 Route

312 in Brewster at 6 p.m.

Learn more at www.tilly

Getting to Know the

ABC’s & D’s of Medicare:

The Brewster Public

Library will host a

pro-bono, educational

program on Getting to

Know the ABC’s & D’s

of Medicare and How the New Health Care

Reform Affects Your Coverage. This two-hour

program will be presented from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.

James W. Farnham, MBA, MS, Senior Health

Insurance Coordinator, will lead the discussion.

Call the library at 845-279-6421 to register.

Bookbinding Workshop: Learn the art and

history of bookbinding and about Brewster’s

famous bookbinder, Edith Diehl. Have fun

making a special book to preserve memories at

10:30 a.m. at the Southeast Museum, 67 Main

St. in Brewster. Call 845-279-7500 or visit www

Murder Mystery Dinner: The Putnam Humane

Society presents Murder Back at the

Ranch at Anthony's Lake Club, Christopher

Columbus Ave. in Danbury, at 7 p.m. Tickets

are $48 per person and include show, buffet

dinner, dessert and soft drinks (cash bar). Plus

raffles and silent auction. Call 845-278-7068 for

tickets or visit

Festival of Trees: See page 19.

Sunday, November 20

Putnam Symphony Orchestra: The Putnam

Symphony Orchestra will perform a selection of

holiday music, celebrating the season in music

from a number of cultures and traditions. Held

at Brewster High School, 50 Foggintown Road

in Brewster, starting at 3 p.m. $10 general admission,

$6 for seniors and students, and $25 for

families. Contact Kyle at 845-228-4167 or e-mail Learn more at

Tuesday, November 29

Basic Earring Making: Join instructor Leonore

Garvey and learn proper wire techniques

to make basic earrings using headpins. Since

this is more advanced than basic beading, participants

must be at least 16 years old. Event

will be held at the Kent Public Library, 15 Sybil’s

Crossing in Kent, from 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m. To

register, visit

Thursday, December 1

The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce

Annual Ice Breaker: All chamber members

are invited to Starr Ridge Banquet Center

located at 38 Starr Ridge Road in Brewster from

6 p.m.-10 p.m. for a night of networking and

awards presentation. Advanced dinner tickets

are $45/pp and table of 10 for $400. $50/pp at

the door. Visit

for more information.

Events subject to change, please

call ahead. For the most up-to-date

listings or to submit your own event,


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