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Time to Party!
Friday, April 20
5 pm – 10 pm
DoubleTree Hotel – Tarrytown
455 South Broadway,
Tarrytown, NY 10591
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ents To Remember is proudly hosting the 2 nd Annual:
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Where Ladies pick-up fashion tips &
shop until they drop!
Friday, April 20, 2012
5 pm – 10 pm
The DoubleTree Hotel – Tarrytown
455 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
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Friday, April 20, 2012
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455 South Broadway
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Letter from the Publisher
One of our new Eventful contests
beginning this month will put our
readers’ recipes to the test to see who
has the tastiest chicken dish. See page
6 for how to enter.
Th e February issue also serves as
your guide to planning a party. While
this may not be the easiest task, these
days we have far more options to personalize
our parties and have a blast
while doing it. Check out our party
planning pages for tips and ideas.
As we all know, we gain an extra
day in February because it is a leap
year. Historically, February 29 is the
one day every four years that women
have been known to pop the question
and propose marriage to their man.
If any of our Eventful ladies are planning
to do so, I want to hear about it!
For all of our readers in love, we have
a great gift guide for all stages of dating
As always, I welcome your feedback
On the Cover
A party dessert spread
from Sweet Boutique
(see page 5)
Photo by Nicole Gallagher
table of contents
Time to Party
Party Planning p. 7
Choosing a Venue p. 8
Hosting an In-Home Party p. 9
Valentine Gifts p. 20
Special Putnam Bicentennial Section p. 15
departments & columns
Restaurants & Reviews p. 4
Hit the Spot: Date Night Dining
Who’s Got It?: Cupcakes
Donna’s Dishes: Hors d’oeuvres
Happy Home p. 11
Home Party Transformations
Be Eventful p. 12
Dead End Band
Theater and the Arts p. 13
Outdoors p. 14
Sports p. 23
Business Beat p. 26
Just 4 Fun Entertainment
Community p. 27
Eventful Rewind p. 29
Community Calendar p. 30
estaurants & reviews
HIT THE SPOT: Date Night Dining
Story & Photos
by Nicole Gallagher
All my life I have fi rmly believed
in letting the professionals
do their job. I know what I
can do, but also know when to
pass the baton to the experts. I
don’t cut my own hair, I don’t
fi x my own car nor do I clean
my own oil burner. But I do
know how to cook, so when it
comes to Valentine’s Day I always
have the same dilemma:
dine at home or dine out?
Having young children nowadays,
I have taken a pass on
the date night out, opting instead
for something prepared
at home, because sometimes
February 14 menus tend to be
infl ated and I feel more rushed
to get in and get out before the
next set of lovers are seated.
Th at said, here is why I plan
on heading out with my hubby
this year. I am letting the professionals
do their job. I have found that a
positive experience in restaurant dining is
proven to be “worth a sitter” and can change
my mind about dining out.
Th e experience of dining out is simply superb
when the stars align; when
a timely dinner is served on
time, tastes scrumptious, and
is something other than what I
would create at home, without
a killer price tag. Th is leads me
to some of the top selections for
you and your “lover” this Valentine’s
Terrace Club: Casual, sophisticated
located at 825 South Lake Blvd.
in Mahopac. Price range: $$up.
Full bar options include a
wonderful selection of wines.
Waterfront dining with indoor
accommodations that provide
beautiful lake views. When the
meal is done, the fun has just
begun. Th e Terrace Club has
been known to rock the night
away, taking an ordinary dinner
date to the next level. Th e crew
at the Terrace Club is serving
up extra love this Valentine’s day. Visit www
.theterraceclubrestaurant.com to fi nd out
more. Reservations highly suggested. Call
Olives: A Mediterranean food experience
located at 551 Route 6 in Mahopac.
Price range: $$-up. Full bar
and microbrew options can
seduce even the most passionate
“brewmeister”; that will
only wet your whistle for this
most eclectic cuisine. Sit down
and take out available. Special
dinner seatings are available
on Valentine’s Day. Call 845-
628-6070 or visit www.olivesny
.com. Reservations suggested.
Marco, A Restaurant: Eclectic
new American dining,
located at 98 East Lake Blvd.
in Mahopac. Price range: $$up.
While the menu changes
monthly to take advantage of
the season, the service and dedication
of the staff and owner
does not. Marco’s off ers prime
beef steaks, wild game and fresh
seafood. Th e cozy restaurant
off ers a date night feel to your
dining experience. Full bar options.
For more info, call 845-
621-1648 or visit www.marcoarestaurant
.com. Reservations suggested.
Ramiro’s 954: Unique Latin bistro, located
at 954 Route 6 in Mahopac. Price range: $$up.
Call 845-621-3333 or visit www.ramiro
restaurant.com. Reservations suggested.
American restaurant, located at
45 Fair St. in Cold Spring. Price
range: $$-up. Th e facility offers
spectacular Hudson River
views. Call 845-265-4778 or
Rraci's Ristorante: Italian
cuisine, located at 3670 Route 6
in Brewster. Price range: $$-up.
Full bar options. Reservations
suggested. Call 845-278-6695 or
Valentina’s: Italian restaurant,
located at 4 Church St.
in Carmel. Th ey off er a small,
intimate dining setting. Price
range: $$-up. Call 845-228-
9655. Reservations suggested.
We encourage you to submit
your suggestions. Share your favorite
local eatery with Nicole at
4 Eventful Magazine - February 2012
WHO’S GOT IT?
By Nicole Gallagher
Gourmet cupcakes are very trendy this
2012 party season and they aren’t just for
kids anymore. Now you can fi nd a huge
selection of these individual puff ed perfections
very close to home. Whatever
your party needs are, know that Putnam
County has some great bakers with new
ideas and perfected favorites. You can
also turn to gourmet cupcake displays as
centerpieces; artfully displayed they can
be the icing on the cupcake.
Brewster Pastry: 1620 Route 22,
Brewster 845-278-2555. www.brewster
Scrumptious: 66 Gleneida Ave., Carmel.
Th is shop bakes up everything
from cookies to cupcakes,
cakes, pies, tarts, cake pops, dipped
fruit, and a wide variety of other delectable
treats, made to order for any occasion.
Order today! Call 845-803-3718,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or
Th e Cupcake Shoppe:
42 Oak Ridge Circle,
6369. Off ering a wide
variety of cupcakes and
caters to any event.
Th e Flour Girls: Serving
Westchester and Putnam. Th ey bake
and bring whatever you are looking
for to your next party. Visit www.face
book.com/Th eFlourGirlsNY or email
Families & Foodies
restaurants & reviews
512 Clock Tower
Dine at our Mahopac
151 Bryant Pond Rd.
Mahopac NY 10541
estaurants & reviews
By Donna Massaro
Hors d’oeuvre … a funny little word
created by the French in 1714. It means
“apart from the main work.” Also
known as appetizers, starters and in
some kitchens, amuse-bouche. Th ese
are all foods that are served before
the main meal, usually small and bitesized,
complementing the main course.
One of the fi rst hors d’oeuvres served
in France consisted of sea urchins,
cockles and sturgeon. I decided not
to pass along the sea urchin recipe; it
just didn’t fi t my theme. I couldn’t fi nd
much history or any interesting stories
to tell you about the hors d’oeuvre, so I
decided to give you a few diff erent recipes
and ideas. I would start with three
• Filet mignon, cooked medium rare
• Italian bread
• Olive oil
• Salt & pepper
Slice the bread, drizzle with olive oil
and top with a piece of meat.
Mix horseradish with mayonnaise, salt
and pepper and add a dollop on top of
to four selections if you are
having a sit-down dinner. On
the other hand, if it is a cocktail
party, fi ve to six would be suffi
cient. You can easily search
the Web for diff erent ideas.
Or, you can take some of your
favorite family recipes and make
them smaller. I once made penne a
la vodka and bought plastic 2 oz. cups
that I fi lled with approximately 3-4
pieces of penne and served them with
a mini fork. Th ey were a huge hit. Presentation
is everything, so fi nd some
cute and interesting serving platters,
use edible fl owers and think outside of
the box. Two of my favorites that I have
to have at every party are deviled eggs
• Canned tuna in water
• Peanuts (put in a ziplock and
crush with a spoon … yell a little
to release any tension)
• Shredded carrot
• Minced onion
• Salt & pepper
Form all ingredients into small patties
and cook on high heat about 2-3 minutes
each side. Serve on a toasted bun with tomatoes,
pickles and mayo.
and bruschetta. So easy and simple and
delicious! And, you can get creative
with the ingredients you choose. Try
this: Sliders. You can do beef, tuna or
veggie. My last tip: invite a chef to your
cocktail party. Cheers!
Veggie Burger Sliders
• Black beans
• Cannellini beans
• Salt & pepper
• Bread crumbs
Mix all of this in your food processor
and form into patties. Cook 2-3 minutes
on each side and serve on a toasted bun
with whatever toppings you like.
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6 Eventful Magazine - February 2012
It’s no secret that none of us really enjoys
planning, aside from the few that
get excited to work out the details before
a trip, move, or any other extensive
project that requires a good deal of thought
or action. We know where we’re going, but
we don’t necessarily want to go through all
the steps to get there.
Th ere’s no better satisfaction, however,
than putting something together that both
you and others can enjoy — a party. From
birthdays to anniversaries, engagements to
weddings, parties give us a chance to celebrate
life as it unfolds before us. And let’s
be serious here, you don’t need a specifi c
purpose or special occasion to get your
party on with friends and family.
While the organizing a party may be the
most fun kind of planning, it may seem
daunting or overwhelming when you fi rst
start the process. Decorations? Food? Favors?
Th ere’s much to consider when hosting
a party, but if you abide by the following
tips, you’ll be getting down with your
bad self before you know it.
Breathing room: Give yourself some
time to gather exactly what you need before
the set date of your party. Nothing spells
s-t-r-e-s-s than running around a day or
two prior to your party, leaving you with
little or no time to get decorations and
food in order. You don’t need too much
time before the date or else you’ll get lost
in the minutia — aft er you set a date and
compile a game plan, give yourself about
a week to get everything in order. It will
give you an opportunity to get things
done in a timely fashion, but won’t force
you to pull your hair out a day before your
Game plan: Th e best parties have a
pre-arranged plan. Figure out what kind
of party it will be (kids or adults?), what
kind of food you’ll have (homemade or catered?),
where you’ll be hosting it (home
or venue?) and if you need to stay within
a specifi c budget (lavish or modest?). Th is
will make the week or so you need to get
everything in order much easier. By mapping
out exactly what you need, you’re less
likely to forget a crucial element needed to
make your party the bash of the year.
Specifi c theme: Selecting a theme reiterates
the fact that you need to plan ahead
of time. Th ough not all parties require
one, a theme will off er you inspiration in
selecting food, decorations, invitations
and party favors. If your party is during a
specifi c time of year,
use the weather, the
holiday or the season
to motivate your selections.
will make party planning
a no-brainer for
those prone to procrastination.
While you’ll want to
dazzle your guests
with your party-
By Kerry Barger
planning perfection, remember that sometimes
simple goes a long way. As far as decorations
and food is concerned, you’ll want
to stick to simple designs and tastes so you
can please a broad range of guests. Instead
of slaving away in the kitchen the day of
your party, stand by the fact that fi nger
foods and hors d’oeurves will satisfy your
guests’ hunger. Simple table arrangements
will go a far way, as you want to remove
as much clutter as possible. Remember, it’s
not how much you have, necessarily, but
how much variety you put forth.
Party on: Don’t forget to have a great
time. Like we said before, don’t get lost in
the minutia of hosting a party. If you enjoy
the party-planning process, you’ll more
than likely enjoy the party itself. Don’t
sweat the small stuff , and if you put forth
your best eff orts, your guests will see and
appreciate all you’ve done to give them a
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1. Homework — Take some time to prepare,
and really think about what's important
to you and your guests. Write down what's a
"must have" for you, i.e., parking, a separate
room for a cocktail reception, garden view,
etc., and be sure to have this list on hand
when you visit each site.
2. Service, Service, Service — How
accommodating is the venue from
the first phone call? How was the staff
when you visited the venue? Did you
have their complete attention? Pay attention
to all of this, as these are
clues to how the service is going
to be. Don't take this stuff for
3. Must See Three! — The first
place you visited was perfect and
it has everything you want, and
you're ready to sign on the dotted
line ... no no no! Visit at least
three venues and write down
the pros and cons for each, then
compare all three. You'll thank
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4. How’s the Flow? — When you walk in
there is a nice open foyer. OK, where's the
check-in table going to go, where's the coat
check room, where are the restrooms? Remember
to think about the flow and does
it work for you and your guests. Make sure
you visit the rest rooms, see how clean they
are. Take note of how many stalls are available,especially
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5. Show Me the Money — Your venue
along with food and beverages will be the largest
chunk of your budget. Remember to keep
in mind the extras when looking at the venue
costs. You might find a flat rate venue that includes
nothing but the space, but then you have
to rent tables, chairs, linens, flatware, caterer,
staff, etc.; in the end, it might not be as cost effective
as a place that’s all-inclusive. Don’t be
afraid to ask for upgrades (premium alcohol,
celebration cake, candy bar) — there’s lots of
competition out there, and you just might get it
if they want your business bad enough.
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8 Eventful Magazine - February 2012
By Faith Ann Butcher
When I was young, hosting a Tupperware
Party was all the rage and the
cabinets in my family’s kitchen were over
fl owing with the plastic containers.
Almost thirty years later, many
direct market businesses now use
the party model to achieve success.
Hosting a home party is really
easy and you and your guests can
have a lot of fun. It provides a great
“night-in” alternative to a night
out on the town. Typically the host
will invite some people over and
will provide a few refreshments.
Entertaining the partygoers,
which can be considered the hardest
part of holding an event, is the
responsibility of the company representative.
Th e evening is fi lled with games
and samples. Attendees can relax, try out
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With so many businesses following the
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are planning to host a home
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you can choose the product
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North American Refi nery,
which has offi ces in Ossining
and Tarrytown, has revamped
the in-home party experience
so that everyone who attends
the party walks away with cash.
Rather than selling anything,
Matthew Gullotta, the owner
of NAR, buys old, broken, unmatched
and unwanted gold,
silver, and platinum from the
partygoers on the spot. He
will go to parties throughout the tri-
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10 Eventful Magazine - February 2012
Transforming Your Home
into the Picture-Perfect Party
By Faith Ann Butcher
Sometimes the best venue for hosting
a party is your home. With a few tricks
you can transform your day-to-day living
space into the perfect setting for
Consider the Number of Guests
You want to make sure that your guests
do not feel like they’re in a can of sardines,
so it’s important to make sure you
have enough room. Rearranging furniture
or putting excess furniture in a spare
room are easy ways to make a room more
Another idea is to bring the party
outdoors. Host a backyard party that is
as informal as a family barbecue or as
formal as a wedding. If you are worried
about the weather, rent an event tent
from Cartwright & Daughters (845-225-
9200) in Carmel or online at rentaparty
.com. Cartwright has tents that are not
only great to use during the warm weather
months, they also can provide heaters
and walls, which makes for a great venue
throughout the year.
Clean, Clean, Clean!
My mother was always keen on having
the house clean before guests came over.
It is good to vacuum, dust and remove
all dirty dishes from the sink, but you
need to go beyond the normal day-today
straightening up. Walk through your
house as if you are someone else seeing the
home for the fi rst time and see what unex-
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Move them to a place that will be out of
sight to your guests.
Consider burning incense or a candle be-
fore your guests arrive to have a fresh scent
fi ll the air.
Make sure fresh towels are in the bathroom
and the toilet paper and soap are fully
Put the Fragile and Valuable Away
If you have any concerns about something
being broken, stained or stolen, put
it out of your guests’ reach.
Also remember to hide those items,
especially those located in the bathroom,
you want to keep private. Curiousity
causes many people to snoop around unfamiliar
places. If given the opportunity
a person may fi nd things that were never
meant for public eyes.
Keep it Cool
Before your guests arrive make sure
that you lower your thermostat. Body
heat can raise a room’s temperature
by several degrees and a warm room
can quickly become uncomfortable.
Cooking or having the oven on for
warming food can also increase the
temperature. Keeping the house at 65
degrees is ideal.
A room’s lighting can set the mood for
the whole event. Stay away from overhead
lights that brighten up the entire
room. Instead have the lights dimmed,
use candles or a small string of lights to
outline the room and provide the needed
glow in the room.
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By Nicole Gallagher
Greg Tock, Jason Milohnic,
Matthew Jacklett, Alec Laguna
and Amanda Ayala are
normal ninth-grade students
at Mahopac High School
getting geared up for a pizza
night with friends.
But there's a twist. Pizza
night on Saturday, March
24, is going to be in New
York City, serving as a preparty
before this young
rock-n-roll band hits its
fi nal Bleecker St. destination
at Th e Bitter End, one
of New York's oldest rock
clubs in the heart of Greenwich Village.
Th e Dead End will be live on stage as they
perform on the same platform as such
notables as Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Harry
Chapin, Stevie Wonder, Woody Allen, Les
Paul, Neil Diamond, Th e Charlie Daniels
Patterson Little League
Spring 2012 Registration
For Boys and Girls 4 - 16
Saturday, Feb. 4th, 11-2
Saturday, Feb. 25th, 11-2
at Patterson Recreation Center
Who is eligible to sign up?
Any Boy or girl who is a resident of the town of Patterson
(Residents paying Patterson property taxes). Divisions
are determined by a child’s age as of April 30th 2012.
Four-year-olds must be age 4 by 12/31/2011. Participation
by fi ve- and six-year-old players MUST BE restricted
to Tee Ball only. Seven- and eight-year-old players
may play tee ball or move up to instructional division
providing they pass an evaluation.
If you have any questions regarding registration,
leave a message on the Patterson Little League Hotline
845-279-1122 or visit www.pattersonlittleleague.com
Band, Pete Seeger, Carly Simon, Sarah
McLachlan, Bette Midler, America, James
Taylor and countless others.
Dead End performs cover songs of
many of these bands and can't wait to take
in the total experience of playing where
these vintage performers once played.
Th is Mahopac-based band
has plans of packing a bus
full of loyal Putnam County
fans on Saturday, March 24,
at 1 p.m. to experience something
most performers only
dream of. Aft er a quick stop
for pizza, they will continue
on to a 7 p.m. performance.
Dead End has written a few
originals, which they will
play that night, plus some
cover songs. For their originals,
vocalist Amanda Ayala
writes the lyrics, and the
boys write the music. Th ey
will have 45 minutes of stage
time. Admission to Th e Bitter End is $5.
Th e bus trip, including pizza and soda, is
$10 per person until Feb. 20. Aft er that
date, the bus trip will be $15 per person.
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12 Eventful Magazine - February 2012
theater & the arts
V-Day, Front-and-Center at The Freight House
By Kerry Barger
Sexuality and violence against women
almost seem to be taboo in today’s mainstream
culture, hush-hush talk saved for
after-dinner talk. Through the help of
V-Day, however, the topics have been
catapulted to the forefront of community
discussion, with a wider awareness
of women and the way they should be
A global activist moment, V-Day —
where the “V” stands for Victory, Valentine
and Vagina — promotes creative
events and benefit performances to
increase awareness about these issues.
According to the organization’s website,
V-Day “distributes funds to grassroots,
national and international organizations
and programs that work to stop violence
against women and girls” via the money
raised by these events and programs.
In celebration of women and the
awareness that comes with bringing
these issues front and center, the Freight
House Café on Route 6 in Mahopac will
host a three-night presentation of “The
Vagina Monologues,” a series of readings
about real women and the issues they
face, both good and bad, on a daily basis.
At 8 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11, and at 2 p.m. on
Feb. 12, the café will spotlight the monologues
with readings from a variety of
women from the community.
“It’s an eclectic group; we have a café
owner, we have a massage therapist, we
have a nurse — we have a very diverse
group of women of all ages reading that
weekend,” Freight House owner and
event organizer Donna Massaro said.
Massaro hosted a series of trial readings
for women interested in reading one
of the monologues that appear in Eve
Ensler’s play, “The Vagina Monologues.”
Ninety percent of the funds raised
will go toward the Putnam/Northern
Westchester Women’s Resource Center.
The other 10 per-
cent will go to V-
“Every year, V-
Day chooses a different
to send the money
to, and this year
they’ve chosen the
women of Haiti,”
Years ago, Massaro
a Vagina Monologues
Day weekend, a
time of year typical
for these events.
While living in
Tahoe three years
ago, Massaro participated
in a reading
and hoped to
one day organize
her own V-Day
and I] were so
moved by the performance,” Massaro
said. “And then I got the opportunity
while living in Tahoe, and I really wanted
to step outside of my comfort zone and
“The Vagina Monologues” are more
about the subject of women in regards
to their own battle with sexuality rather
than the actual anatomical part. Massaro
admits that one’s initial perception of
the readings tend to be a bit apprehensive
— but in essence, the monologues
are to raise awareness, and are open to all
members of the community.
“It’s a good girls’ night out, it’s for men
and women,” Massaro said. “We’re going
to laugh together, we’re going to cry together
and we’re going to learn together.
I get choked up every time I talk about it,
With limited tickets available, the
public can attend the readings at $25
per ticket, or $35 entrance fee for those
who’d like wine and cheese. Walk-ins are
not permitted to attend.
To purchase tickets or to find more information
about the performance, call
the Freight House Café at 845-628-1872
or email Donna Massaro at thefreight
Yes, Virginia, There is Skating in Putnam
By Marty Collins
As this mild winter progresses, it’s interesting
to note (and perhaps hard to believe)
that during the mid to late 1800s,
Putnam County was a major participant
in a once thriving ice harvesting business.
Residents would wait for the temperatures
to drop and the Hudson River
and area ponds and lakes to freeze before
traipsing out onto inches-thick ice
that they would cut into blocks and haul
to shore on strong flat sleds often pulled
by teams of men or horses. The ice was
stored in area ice houses and shipped by
boat or rail to distribution centers. From
there, the ice traveled to such exotic destinations
as India and the Caribbean, as
well as southern ports of the U.S. Trading
in ice dwindled by the mid 1920s as
refrigeration technology improved and
having ice year-round from an electricity-
fueled freezer became a way of life.
And here it is, February 2012 and the
Hudson River and area ponds and lakes
are ice-free still. What’s an ice skater to
Well, grab your figure or hockey skates
and head to the Brewster Ice Arena at 63
Fields Lane in Brewster where weather is
never a factor. There, figure, hockey and
speed skating enthusiasts can and do delight
in using either of the two full service
professional size ice rinks.
With the lack of organized ice skating
programs in Putnam’s towns and villages,
it’s no wonder the Brewster Ice Arena has
flourished. It is now home to hockey and
skating organizations such as the Brewster
Bulldogs, Team Westchester, the Brewster
Blackhawks, the Taconic Speedskating
Club and the Skating Club of Brewster, and
it is the go-to place for year-round ice skating
fun. Ice skates in all sizes are available
Within its three-story, 90,000 squarefoot
facility, the Brewster Ice Arena offers
every ice skating activity imaginable:
league play with tournaments, travel teams
for hockey skaters of all ages; private and
group lessons offered by their professional
figure, hockey and ice skating staff; figure
skating and ice hockey camps; daily public
skating sessions; a fully stocked Pro Shop
where everything having to do with ice
skating can be found; a café/snack bar and
their popular Players Club Bar and Fam-
ily Restaurant. And for that special child’s
special day? Book a birthday party and enjoy
the use of their smaller studio rink.
For more information on the place
Putnam goes to skate, call the Brewster
Ice Arena at 845-279-2229 or visit www
Plenty of Putnam skaters still make use
of the numerous local ponds and small
lakes that dot the area. White Pond Multiple
Use Area in Western Kent is one such
popular spot and local forest rangers ask
that skaters use caution by making sure
there is at least a 3-inch-thick layer of ice
in place before heading out to skate.
Other popular ice
skating facilities used
by Putnam skaters
include nearby Bear
Ice Rink in the Bear
Mountain State Park,
McCann Arena Rink
Center, and the Palisades
Center Ice Rink
in the Palisades Center
Mall in West Nyack,
At Bear Mountain, visitors can rent
skates and enjoy ice time during public
sessions, arrange for birthday parties
or special group outings, and take figure
skating lessons. Be sure to dress for the
weather at this large and scenic but uncovered
rink, which is open until mid-March.
For more information, call 845-786-2701,
The McCann Ice Arena offers everything
an ice skater or ice skating family
could want: clubs and leagues for figure,
hockey and speed skating enthusiasts as
well as lessons, clinics and camps for figure
and hockey skaters of all levels. Need
skates? No problem — rentals are readily
available and their Pro Shop is stocked to
the brim with skating essentials. They, too,
can throw an ice skating birthday party a
child will always remember. Contact Mc-
Cann by calling the Mid-Hudson Civic
Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, at 845-454-
The Palisades Ice Center Rink is located
on the fourth floor above Macy’s
Department Store in The Palisades Center
Mall, 4900 Palisades Center in West Nyack,
N.Y. What better way to enjoy an outing?
While under one roof, skaters of all
ages have the opportunity to skate to their
heart’s delight during the Center’s plentiful
public sessions while non-skaters can shop
to their heart’s delight. Does life get much
And the Palisades Ice Center Rink offers
all the usual ice skating amenities: figure
and hockey ice skate rentals, skating lessons
and they can even arrange an ice time
slot for that special party or outing. Just
give them a call at 845-353-4855.
14 Eventful Magazine - February 2012
The Tilly Foster Iron Mine, Southeast, New York
About 2½ miles northwest of the Village of Brewster, just off to the left of Old Mine Road, lies a body
of water that simply looks like a small pond. In fact, it is what remains of the Tilly Foster Iron Mine.
While mining activity is claimed to have occurred as early as 1810, most commercial production took
place between 1864 and 1895. Tilly Foster was a farmer by trade and there is no evidence that he ever
mined ore there, yet his name has been associated with the mine since 1853 when the property was
leased by the Harvey Steel & Iron Company.
Th ere is a great deal of confl icting information in print and on the Internet concerning the man,
the mine, its operation and its tragedies. Contradictory “facts” are stated with such authority as to
confound the reader or researcher. Researchers with a serious interest in the Tilly Foster Mine should
consult the staff of the Putnam County Historian’s offi ce. Th ey are a reliable resource because they have
gone to great lengths to use original source material like legal documents, contemporary news articles,
lawsuits and mining publications to profi le the mine and the men who made it a successful enterprise.
Tilly Foster was not just a mine; it was a massive undertaking requiring a community of workers,
managers and a support system to provide food, supplies, housing, places of worship and entertainment.
Tilly Foster was the name of a hamlet of Southeast with its own post offi ce, a railroad stop for
iron ore and another for passengers, a one-room schoolhouse, churches, a hotel and a general store.
In 1864, more than 20 years aft er the death of Tilly Foster, the mine was purchased by John Cheever,
who kept the name and ramped up production. By 1868 the mine was producing 1,000 tons (2 million
pounds) of high-quality iron ore per month. Th e ore was magnetite with a very low phosphorous content,
making it ideal for use in the Bessemer process of steel refi nement. Demand for the ore grew and
the mine expanded to meet the need. By 1885, the mine shaft s approached 600 feet deep (think of the
height of a 50 story building). Ladders were used to access shaft s and galleries tangent to the main pit.
William Pelletreau, in his 1886 “History of Putnam County,” states that during the late 1870s the mine
was in its heyday with 300 workers producing 7,000 tons of iron per month. Th at is nearly a half million
pounds per day. Miners were transported to their work in the same buckets that were used to bring up
the ore. In 1889, the process was converted to an open pit mining operation and Scientifi c American
magazine dedicated a cover to the mine’s reopening.
As in any mine anywhere in the country, numerous miners were killed in cave-ins and landslides,
but, in 1895 aft er heavy rains a major landslide resulted in the death of 13 miners. While ore on the
bank continued to be processed and sold, mining ceased and the facility closed in 1897. Th e mine has
proven to be an incredible resource to geologists and mineralogists because of the diverse and oft en
rare mineral specimens that have been collected at the mine — more than 100 in all.
Putnam County Historian
For more information, please contact Denis.Castelli@PutnamCountyNY.gov
or view our website at www.PutnamCountyNY.com/Historian
Reginald White, archivist at the Putnam County Historian’s offi ce, provided the data for this essay. Mr. White,
co-author of other books about Putnam County communities, has been working for some time on the manuscript
of a soon-to-be-published history of Tilly Foster the man, the mine and the hamlet. Stay tuned for news about its publication.
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As the fi nal pieces of last
holiday’s glitter disappear,
approaches; Saint Valentine’s Day. Also
referred to as Valentine’s Day or V-day,
it is typically a day to pronounce your
love and aff ection for cherished companions.
Th e journey of gift buying for this
special February day can be very tricky.
Of course aft er getting your credit card
bill from holiday shopping, some people
may put the brakes on gift purchasing
for “love” day, but remember, you don’t
have to buy your loved one a car; it’s the
thoughts that matters, so long as that
thought is the right one.
Good gift s for Valentine’s Day will
keep you off the “don’t kiss” list and
will prevent that “Really, what were
you thinking?” look. Key rule: like
life, things change. Everyone’s love life
has diff erent “love” stages; remember
this before your Feb. 14 gift exchange.
Some gift s are timeless and others are
reserved for certain stages of dating life.
You certainly wouldn’t buy someone
you just started dating something you
would purchase for someone you have
been with for 15 years.
Story and Photos
by Nicole Gallagher
Step One in Love
Awww, how cute, new love, just like a
basket of puppies — but careful before
ending up in the doghouse. Gift s can
be over the top. In young love, diamond
earrings don’t really work, but don’t
strive to underachieve either by giving a
homemade picture frame. Keep in mind,
anything you get for a “new” love is special,
but make sure it’s good, just in case
you are still together years from now.
You wouldn’t want your future partner
saying, “Remember when you bought
me ‘Th e Clapper’ for Valentine’s Day?”
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No one is going to clap for that, and, yes,
I got the clapper as a gift one year (needless
to say, that relationship didn’t last
very long). Make it something thoughtful
and make sure it has some meaning.
For her: Try a heart charm bracelet or
pendant. Keep it simple. You can pick
these treasures up inexpensively. You
may feel like you want to impress your
date, but an expensive gift may have her
asking for the check early to avoid the
“fi ve-year plan” chat.
For him: Try football-decorated chocolate-covered
strawberries for the sports
For both: “Love Bug” chocolate cake
pops. If you can’t fi nd them local, check
out www.berries.com. Personalize something
small, like Valentine treat jars.
Send a love message in a jar fi lled with
a special treat. Simple but not forever
like a tattoo. If you can’t fi nd them lo-
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Th ey have many personal creations
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should shy away from personalized
sweatshirts; reserve those for gram
Step Two in Love
Dating for a while, engaged or
married under 10 years. By now you
and your companion are comfortable
in your skins, you know what your
signifi cant other likes and doesn’t like.
Use caution here. Th is is not the go-ahead
to buy a vacuum cleaner or any “needed”
household item. Th is day is about giving
your loved one something not needed,
just a little something to refl ect how you
feel about him or her; a vacuum may
leave you in a pile of dirt. Th is, to me, is
the trickiest stage of the love chart: Expectations
are high. Since the love is still
newish, go for the together gift s.
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For both: Try a
basket of wine. One
of the many great
gift s I received was
a basket of my favorite
a promise to enjoy
all together over a
It made me smile
for months aft er.
Step it up a notch by
buying some pretty
wine glasses that fi t
your wine of prefer-
ence. If you don’t share the same blend of
wine, buy one for you and one for them.
Step Three in Love
Over 10 years together? Again, use
caution: Don’t get the same thing you
always do. What did you get last year?
If your loved one collects something,
think how many have you gotten him
or her and how many he or she already
has; sometimes enough is enough when
collections become overwhelming. Try
something new. How about making a
reservation at a new restaurant? Th is
may open a door to new conversations
For her: How about a charm bracelet
to which you can add a new charm each
year? You can pick these up locally and
add to it as you’d like. Th ere are bracelets,
earrings and necklaces that have removable
For him: Instead of sending your loved
one off for fi shing or golf with his pals,
join him. Get a pass for the two of you to
21 Eventful Magazine - February 2012
spend the day doing what he loves; even
if you have little interest in the activity,
the time you spend is what counts. (Let’s
go RANGERS!) Sometimes when you
have been together a long time, you forget
that it’s about being together.
All Stages of Love
Flowers. Always a “go-to” gift, but try to
think outside the box. A dozen boxed red
roses are beautiful, but what about talking
to your local florist and getting something
unique for your lover? How about
a blooming indoor plant or something
unusual but elegant; perhaps a colorful
Enchanted Garden, a sequence such as
campanula, begonia and ivy brightens up
the room until spring planting.
Hand-dipped fruit and fruit arrangements.
January did bring all those resolutions.
Try to keep healthy — a basket
of fruit can keep things light. If you can’t
find it local try fruit of the month clubs.
Check out www.goldenstatefruit.com.
Baked Goods. Why do people forget
everyone loves bakery treats? Skip the
processed big red box of candy with the
plastic flower. Hit your local bakery and
get your Valentine a box of his or her favorite
1At any stage of the “timeline of love”
stay away from homemade cards or
coupon books. Unless you’re 5, do not
make your own cards and coupon books.
On the outside it looks like you’ve shown
some attention to detail and maybe a
cute card from your child is appropriate,
but from you to your “love” it looks a little
frugal ... OK, cheap!
2Minimart flowers scream, “Hey,
I gave in to this stupid holiday at
the last minute,” or “thank goodness I
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minimart is a bad idea, so use extreme
caution while checking out or your
next few meals will be coming from the
3Keychains. OK, they are pushed at
Valentine’s Day by all retailers. Unless
you are giving the keys to your new
house or the key to a Lexus, then hold off
on the keychain, especially the over 10
years circuit. “What are you saying, after
years of love and romance, all I’m worth
is a silly keychain?”
4DON’T wait till Feb. 14 to think about
what you want to get. Every year, it’s
the same — think ahead to get it done.
So whatever your plans are this Valentine’s
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By Ray Gallagher
When 9-year-old Steven Espinosa tragically
passed away last summer due to complications
stemming from his year-long
battle with leukemia, the Putnam Valley
community had its collective heart severed.
After his illness took a turn for the worse,
the little boy’s days were numbered, leaving
dad, Ron; mom, Kelly; and sister, Summer
without their No. 1 man. Young children
mourned the loss of their dear friend, and
his baseball and football teammates are still
coping with the loss of their “Ironman,”
who continued to play
shortstop and pitch for
his select Frozen Ropes
baseball club while he
was being treated for the
deadly acute lymphoblastic
leukemia that he
would eventually succumb
Putnam Valley Boy Scout
Michael Roman was one
of the youngsters in the
close-knit town to endure
some way, Roman felt
compelled to do something,
to impact the Espinosa
family and me-
morialize the son that
Ron and Kelly were so
“I remember thinking
to myself, ‘What can I do to help this family?’”
Roman, who was preparing for his Eagle
Scout project through Troop 41 in Putnam
Valley, was receptive to an idea brought to
him by Putnam Valley Parks & Recreation
Department Athletic Coordinator/Crew
Chief Ray Gallagher (the town has fostered
several Eagle Scout projects in Putnam
Valley’s Leonard Wagner Memorial Town
A Scout who attains this rank is called
an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Since its introduction
in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has
been earned by more than 2 million young
men. Requirements include earning at least
21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout
Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law,
service and leadership. This includes an ex-
tensive service project that the Scout plans,
organizes, leads and manages.
Roman’s Eagle Scout project would be
above and beyond the call of duty, and
since he and Espinosa shared the passion
of baseball, the idea of erecting a scoreboard
in memory of Espinosa at the field
where the two first initiated their mutual
love of baseball was met with resolve; the
kind of resolution young Espinosa met his
After months of therapy and a bone marrow
treatment from his sister, Summer,
Espinosa managed to rid his body of leukemia.
But the victory was short-lived. His
doctor revealed that the Epstein-Barr virus
had been dormant in his system. Since his
sister did not have the virus, Steven's body
no longer had the power to fight the disease
after the transplant. "Eventually, the virus is
what got him," his father said. "The leukemia
was completely gone. So my little guy
beat the cancer but just couldn't outrun this
Steven Espinosa was an amazing little
boy who was an inspiration to teammates,
friends and family. Roman understood that
and knew he could do right by this boy if
he dedicated himself and found a way to
memorialize him. So he and his dad, Bill
Roman, worked tirelessly to erect a 14x10
professional scoreboard with planter boxes
Eagle Scout Project Unveiled in Memory of Local Athlete
and a sign that reads: In Loving Memory of
Stevie “Ironman” Espinosa.
The Espinosas, who will hold a tournament
in honor of their son during Labor
Day weekend, were taken aback by the
project, which will have the finishing touches
applied early in the spring in the form of
flowers and shrubs.
“While the impetus for all this still hurts,
it is encouraging to see so many people
work together to improve the park and remember
my son,” Ron Espinosa said. “The
scoreboard has been a really big undertaking,
which would not have
been possible without the
town's cooperation, the Roman
family, the Boy Scouts
and many folks from the
community and beyond.
My emotions here are all
over the place. I miss my
son terribly and wish I had
him here. He was a loving,
caring young man and at
the same time the fiercest
competitor I have ever come
across. His love of competition
extended to everything
from school through sports.
“I also have a deep feeling
of gratitude toward the
Roman family,” he added.
“Their young son, all of 14,
achieving the level of Eagle
Scout says that he is a competitor,
much like Steven.
He also, by the very nature
of his immediate acceptance of the memorial
into his project, is clearly a young man
of great character and upbringing. To be
able to instantly measure and relate to the
project being larger than him and to viscerally
comprehend that this was a project for
the community, exemplifies everything that
is right with the Scouts. The Roman family
has gone out of their way to treat my family
respectfully without treading on our emotions
and all the while honor their son as
well: Truly amazing family. Lastly is a sense
of solace; that Stevie and his spirit has meant
enough that all involved got behind this to
remember a 9-year-old boy, who gave all he
had in his nine-and-one-half years to everything
Between him and Michael Roman: There
was a lot of that going around.
Carmel’s Sabrina Vega is Living the Dream
World Champion Training for Olympics at Mohegan-based Dynamic Gymnastics
By Ray Gallagher
You may not know it, but
right smack in the heart of
the Mohegan Lake section
of Yorktown the Olympic
dream of Sabrina Vega is
visualized on a daily basis
as the Olympic hopeful
spends countless hours at
Dynamic Gymnastics under
the watchful eyes of
former Russian Olympian
Sorin Cepoi and Romanian
Olympic silver medalist
Gymnastics has been very
good to Vega, the 16-yearold
Carmel resident, who
last fall competed in her
first international assignment
for Team USA where
she and five teammates
brought home the gold after
the U.S. hit all 32 routines in
a grueling series of events in
The victory, a four-point whipping
of second-place Russia, signaled
a worldwide alert that Vega
and her U.S. teammates are the
team to beat at the 2012 London
Olympics, which they remain
despite the loss of star power in
Alicia Sacramone (injured).
London is just a few months
away, leaving Vega to train tirelessly
at Dynamic Gymnastics in
the hopes of securing her spot
on the team. On this night (Jan.
4) at Dynamic, grace and beauty
augment her seemingly effortless
traipses across the balance beam,
her signature event. The Cepois
hawk her every move, pinpointing
and fine-tuning the mechanics
that have allowed Vega to rise
through the levels of USA gymnastics
like a shark works the sea.
This has been a year of
progress for Vega, who made the
leap to senior level this season
and recorded top-five finishes in
the all-around at the CoverGirl
Photos by Ray Gallagher
Q&A With the World Champion
Gallagher: The Olympics are a once-in-million opportunity. I
can't imagine the thrill of a lifetime when you hit your routines just
right while representing your country at the World Championships in
Tokyo. Do you sometimes have to pinch yourself to realize that this is
really happening to you?
Vega: I experienced this amazing feeling at World Championships
last October. As I was standing behind the curtains, minutes
before Team Finals had begun, I closed my eyes and said a little
prayer like always. When I opened my eyes and looked down I saw
that USA symbol on my leotard and I couldn't believe it. I have
represented USA in other competitions but I had a different feeling
about this one. Once I walked in the arena I was in total amazement
to see all the fans and all the signs saying World Championships.
When I hit my routines on the two events I contributed to the team,
it was a feeling words cannot describe. I knew I did my best and
helped the team win the gold. Not many people can say that.
Gallagher: You could be representing your country on the world’s
greatest stage this summer with the Dream Team and the rest of the
greatest athletes in the world. Has that hit you yet?
Vega: I don't think that it has totally hit me yet because I try to
take one day at a time to make sure I stay focused on my training
and not to change anything I have been doing in the past. Sometimes
I look at pictures that say 2012 or London and I get this
rush of excitement. I really can't believe that the Olympics are just
around the corner. It feels like yesterday I had the dream that I was
in the Olympics.
Classic and U.S. championships,
thus landing prominently
as a worldwide fixture
on the gym circuit.
The elegant Vega is likely
to provide a shot in the
arm to the U.S. team on
her favorite event, beam,
although her versatility will
allow her to contribute in
any event. Vega also is well
known for her flashy floor
routine, which features her
dazzling shake. Coached
by Ungureanu-Cepoi —
Nadia Comaneci's 1976
teammate — Vega can only
benefit from a mentor who
was also remembered for
graceful floor performances.
It’s a long way for the little
girl who attended the
Carmel Central School
District until fifth grade
and then started homeschooling
in sixth grade because the
district couldn't accommodate
the busy schedule she needed
to foster an Olympic gymnastics
career. The impetus for this
vocation was triggered at a firstgrade
birthday party where
Vega first tested her vast skill
sets and instantly fell in love
with the sport. She has trained
at Dynamic for 10 years ever
Ceaseless tenacity has carved
her path. She comes to gym no
matter what — holidays, birthdays
taking a back seat — and
she trains on both good days
and bad days.
“Just to practice this much is
such an immense commitment
from a kid,” her mother, Jahaira,
said. “At an early age, for her to
turn away everything and anything
that will interfere with her
sport, whether it was a friend’s
party, a school function, family
time or family gathering, to
train, by her choice, is unbelievable.”
Watching Vega perform at competitions
was always exciting for the
family, but to watch her perform at
an international level, representing
her country, was a totally diff erent
ball game, something that blew the
“I watched her many times on
YouTube when she was overseas at
international competitions and was
blown away,” her mom said, “but
nothing ever prepared me to see her
in Japan at the World Championship
Games competing for the USA
at such a prestigious competition.”
It was at that competition when the Vegas
had to collectively pinch themselves.
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that huge arena and the immense crowd,
my daughter spotted me and just gave
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arms,’ Jahaira said. “Putting that
into words is so challenging, because
I felt extremely proud and
ecstatic to see her rejoicing. For
a mother to see her child so full
of joy and have one of her dreams
have come true, I beamed for her.
I am so proud and amazed at how
much Sabrina has accomplished
and seen in her life already at the
age of 16.”
Sabrina Vega remains grounded
and strong in her faith.
“God will carry her through and
it's all been possible thanks to him;
that alone is priceless in my eyes,” Jahaira
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By Kerry Barger
As the snow begins to melt and the sun
finally begins to shine a little bit brighter,
there’s nothing that people want to do more
than let their hair down. As spring and summer
provide us with an opportunity to awaken
from our snowy comas, the party season
will come into full bloom and Just 4 Fun Entertainment,
Inc. will be there to provide you
with all of your party needs.
Cartwright & Daughters Tent & Party
Rentals’ sister company, Just 4 Fun, is a
full-service entertainment and party rental
company that serves Putnam, Westchester,
By Kerry Barger
Brewster Pastry owner Thierry Danvin
runs his business and creates his one-of-akind
baked goods with one method in mind:
good will always equal good.
“I used the same things in my pastries that
I used 30 years ago,” Danvin said.
“What is good, keep it good.”
With five years at his Route 22
location under his belt, Danvin’s
upscale bakery has become a staple
in the communities of Brewster
and Southeast. An array of
cakes, cookies, pies, tarts and so
many other tasty treats keeps a
rotation of loyal customers coming
through the door, as well as
word-of-mouth newbies looking
to try something praised by happy
What’s the secret to Danvin’s success? A
wide variety of treats that are always different
from one to the next, with each individual
pastry offering its own taste and special
“Each pastry is different,” Danvin said. “It’s
not ‘one mold, make 10 pastries.’ Every single
pastry has its own different flavor; everything
A Patterson resident and active member
Just in Time for Just 4 Fun
Dutchess, Fairfield, Ulster and eastern Orange
counties. Priding itself on “quality, reliability
and top-notch customer service,” the
entertainment company helps fulfill all party
needs, from small, in-home family gathers to
large corporate events.
A highlight of the winter season, Just 4
Fun will be teaming up with Cartwright
and Camp Kiwi for its Winterfest on Feb. 12
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted at Camp Kiwi,
Winterfest is a good way to get the family
out of the house — the trio teamed up for a
January Winterfest and had a great turnout,
despite the lack of snow.
Get a Taste of Brewster Pastry
of Brewster’s business community, Danvin
is a former employee of Club Med. During
his 10-year employment for the French corporation
of vacation resorts, Danvin traveled
across the world to train other professionals
in the fine art of baking.
Now Danvin offers baking classes to community
members out of Brewster Pastry, an
idea that was born of the desire to bake on his
own terms and to have fun while doing so.
Priding himself on his ability to maintain his
staff throughout his first five years, Danvin is
also pleased to report that he hasn’t raised his
prices in almost two-and-a-half years — and
doesn’t plan to any time soon, despite a shaky
From inflatable bouncy castles, themed
parties, fun foods, games, face painting
masterpieces and clown rentals to specialty
equipment like strolling and candy tables,
Just 4 Fun has everything you need to get any
kind of party underway.
For more information about Just 4 Fun Entertainment,
call 845-226-2003 or 845-228-
0890. Just 4 Fun’s general email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The staff can be reached
email@example.com or kellyjust4fun@aol.
com. Visit their showroom at 1701 Route
6 in Carmel to see the hundreds of ways to
make every party an exceptional one.
“I don’t think it would be a wise move
right now, because so many people haven’t
seen a raise in their paycheck, so many
people don’t have jobs right now,” Danvin
The baker makes sure to buy his ingredients
in bulk and while this may
make storage an interesting task,
he is able to save more than he
would if he purchased less over a
period of time.
Though Danvin imagines
opening another pastry shop
sometime in the future, the pastry
chef is in no rush — it’s the
community of satisfied customers
that drop in with a smile on
their face and a hello on the tips
of their tongues that keeps him
energized and enthused for work
each and every day.
“I have no complaints — it’s the people of
Southeast and Brewster that keep me here,”
Danvin said. “My job is to make sure they’re
happy with what they’ve got, and that’s the
biggest reward. I’m happy.”
For more info about Brewster Pastry and
its menu and baking classes, visit the shop at
1620 Route 22 (Town Centre Plaza) in Brewster
or visit www.brewsterpastryshop.com.
26 Eventful Magazine - February 2012
Ruth Ayala, the owner of Carmel Taxi,
has decided to bring the safe, reliable
transportation options that her company
off ers in Carmel to Mahopac. Ayala recently
launched Mahopac Taxi, which will
be providing local and long-distance trips
originating out of Mahopac.
“We were getting a lot of requests at
Carmel Taxi from people in the Mahopac
area who wanted a taxi, but because we
were based out of Carmel we would have
to charge them more for a fare,” said Ayala.
“Now since we will be based in Mahopac,
we can off er the residents a lower price.”
Th e same reputable service that Carmel
Taxi provides will be given through Mahopac
Taxi also. “We off er not only quality
service but we make sure our drivers are
Carmel Taxi Owner Opens Mahopac Sister Company
By Marty Collins
Th is month, among downtown Mahopac’s
pleasant restaurants and eclectic
shops, a fi ne arts gallery is opening. Owner/Executive
Director Christopher Staples
chose the South Lake Blvd. locale for
Look|Art Gallery precisely
for what she hopes will become
a destination and not
just for artists.
“We’re surrounded by
wonderful restaurants and
for that reason we will remain open late
on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
nights so diners will be able to visit the
gallery after enjoying their meal,” she
said. Like a good restaurant and to keep
clients returning, Staples said the gallery
will present new shows each month.
Th e gallery’s inaugural show, Art from the
Heart, opens Wednesday, Feb. 1, and will run
through Feb. 12 in time for Valentine’s Day
gift -giving. An opening reception will be held
on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“It is an informal show covering a broad
range of medium from masks to paintings and
everything imaginable in between,” Staples
said, and all priced at $75, a lure she hopes will
properly licensed and we are a legitimate
company,” said Ayala. “We can accept credit
card payments because we have all the
right credentials. Th ere are not a lot of taxi
companies that can say that.”
Late night hours will be available on the
weekends. Van service is also available.
You can reach Carmel Taxi at 845-225-
5555 or Mahopac Taxi at 845-621-2525.
VOB Film Festival Seeks Short Films
Th e Village of Brewster has announced
a call for entries to its fi rst outdoor fi lm
festival, to be presented at the Walter
Brewster House on Sept. 1. Short-length
fi lms (less than 15 minutes) from all cat-
Destination: Look| Art Gallery in Mahopac
Join us for an evening of fun, food and friends at the
St. James Mardi Gras Gala
Cocktail Hour 6:30 -7:30 pm
Mardi Gras 7:30 – 11:30 pm
Pasta – Filetto de Pomidoro & Salad
Open Bar and a choice of
One-inch Pork Chop with Vinegar Peppers
Seasoned & Oven-Roasted Chicken
Filet of Sole Francaise
egories will be chosen according to their
quality and artistic vision. Special events
will include an outdoor food festival,
music, and an artists’ reception. Deadline
for submissions is May 1. Visit www
Villa Barone Hilltop Manor
466 Route 6, Mahopac
Tickets are $75 pp.
For tickets and Info,
contact the St. James
the Apostle Parish office
.vobfi lmfestival.com for an application
and guidelines for entry, or contact
info@VOBFilmFestival.com. Th is event
is sponsored by the Brewster Chamber
attract the attention of those who might think
fi ne art is beyond their price range.
“I want to make good art aff ordable to
everyone,” she said.
Th eir second event is an Invitational Group
Show which runs Feb. 15 to Mar. 11 with an
opening reception on Saturday,
Feb. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Th e gallery, which is located
at 988 South Lake Blvd.
in Mahopac, will be open on
Wednesdays from noon to 8
p.m., Th ursdays from noon to 6 p.m., Fridays
and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more
information, visit their website at lookart
on Kindle and Nook
Teen Center Announces
2nd Teen Arts Festival
The Yorktown Teen Center is spearheading
the month-long “NextGen Festival
of the Arts ” in May that will feature
the creativity and
talents of youth
in the areas of
film, music, photography,
and fine arts.
“We saw how
Festival of the
Arts was with
100 creative and
and decided to
make it an annual
of Board of
Directors of the
Center. “This is
the only festival
teens that I am
aware of that includes
talents and lasts more than a week”
Event registration is online, free and
open to students in grades 6-12. Details
for each category are available at the
Teen Center’s website, www.yorktowntc
.org. There is no limit to the number of
entries. All entries must be appropriate
for the general public. The deadline for
submissions is March 30.
Throughout the month of May, the
public is invited to attend and view teen
displays and performances at one of the
many locations throughout the community.
Music venues include John C. Hart
Memorial Library, the Fieldhome, the
Teen Center and the Jack DeVito Gazebo.
Various short film screenings are
scheduled, with a major viewing on May
2011 NextGen photography entry by Lynnea Bolin
11. Art and photography will be featured
at the John C. Hart Memorial Library. A
kickoff reception for the event is scheduled
for May 5
from 2 p.m. to
4 pm at the library,
include a poetry
slam. The festival’s
is “Battle of the
Bands” on May
18, presented by
Parks and RecreationDepartment.
The 2012 Next-
Gen Arts Festival
is a collaborative
and businesses in
The event organizers
Field of Dreams
Foundation, John C. Hart Memorial Library,
the Justin Veatch Fund, Yorktown
Parks and Recreation, and the Yorktown
The Yorktown Teen Center is a 501(c)
(3) charity corporation established in
August 2009. Its mission is to provide
safe, positive, enriching, fun, supervised
programs for teens. The center is located
in at the Yorktown Community and
Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce Street,
The Yorktown Teen Center is open to
middle and high school students that
reside in the Yorktown community. For
more information about the center or
other upcoming events visit their website
at www.yorktowntc.org or call 914-302-
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Rent-a-Bucket: Love maple syrup? Buy
a bucket of your own! Each February we
tap our very own maple trees and hang
a sap bucket with your name on it. After
filling the bucket, the sap gets turned into
syrup in Warren’s Sugar House. The $45
fee includes two tickets to the Pancake
Brunch on March 17 and an 8-ounce
bottle of our award-winning grade A
pure maple syrup. Call the Nature Center
at 914-762-2912, Ext. 110, to purchase a
bucket or visit www.teatown.org.
Wednesday, February 1
Mended Hearts Support Group: Open
to all with heart disease and their families
and meets the first Wednesday of every
month from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Visiting
Nurse Service of Putnam at 979 Route 22
in Brewster. Free admission; call Shirley
at 845-345-9190 for more info.
Thursday, February 2
Computer Learning Center for Seniors:
If you are a senior interested in
learning about computers you can register
for a variety of classes offered by
the Putnam County Office for the Aging
at two locations: William Koehler
Senior Center, Route 6, Mahopac, and
the Putnam Valley Senior Center, 117
Town Park Lane, Putnam Valley. Registration
will be held at both centers on
Feb. 2 from 10 a.m.-noon. Classes and
workshops are offered at the Mahopac
Senior Center and Putnam Valley Senior
Center. For more info or to sign up, call
Cathy O’Brien at 845-628-6423, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our
website at www.putnamrsvp.com/clc.
Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support
Groups: Open to women with breast,
ovarian or gynecological cancer. Join
other women who have also been diagnosed
as we discuss
all stages of diagnosis,
10 a.m. Facilitated
by cancer survivors
Triangle Circle in
Coffee and Conversation:
man at the Freight House Café located
at 609 Rte. 6 in Mahopac at 10 a.m. For
further info on this event or other programs
call the Temple Beth Shalom office
Friday, February 3
2nd Annual Putnam County Women
of Excellence Awards Banquet: Join
us from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. to honor four
Putnam County women with the following
awards: Putnam County Female Entrepreneur
of the Year, Mahopac Female
Entrepreneur of the Year, Putnam County
Woman of Excellence in Community
Service and Putnam County Women in
Leadership Award — Not-for-Profit Sector.
Held at Putnam National Golf Club,
187 Hill Street in Mahopac, with special
guest emcee Kacey Morabito Grean of
100.7 WHUD. $75 pp includes sit-down
dinner and open bar. For more info, visit
The Art of Metal in the Hudson Valley:
The Studio Around The Corner at 67
Main St. in Brewster at 7 p.m. will hold
the opening reception of the Art of Metal
in the Hudson Valley, presented by The
Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition.
Featured artists include Bennett Karas
& Michele Peterson. Exhibit will run
thru Feb. 11, viewing hours are Fridays, 7
p.m.-9 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, February 4
LOOK|ART GALLERY Celebrates
Grand Opening: See page 27.
Monday, February 6
Auditions: For “Blithe Spirit: An Improbable
Farce in Three Acts” by Noel
Join us for Ongoing Programs for All Ages
Intimate and Inspirational Shabbat Services
Fridays at 7:30 pm and Saturdays at 10am
760 Rt. 6, Mahopac, NY 10541
Interfaith Families Always Welcome
30 Eventful Magazine - February 2012
Coward will take place on Feb. 6 & 7 from
7 p.m.-9 p.m. at HV Cerebral Palsy Center,
Mt. Ebo Road South in Brewster. Callbacks:
Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 9
Creating Rèsumés: CareerWorks, Inc. is
off ering an introductory seminar on creating
rèsumés at the Brewster Public Library.
10am-11am. Discover the latest trends that
will give you an advantage in today’s job
market, use your unique strengths for targeted
jobs, and leave with tips to enhance
your resume. Bring your rèsumé to the
session. To register, call the Library at 845-
Friday, February 10
Singles Social Event: Want to meet fellow
single men and women? Come to our
Singles Night from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. We will
have wine, light food, music, games and
prizes. Socialize in a relaxing setting. Must
be 35-55. **We need more men to run
this event.** $20 pp, must register by Feb.
1. For more info, call Valerie at 914-962-
4094, Ext. 21. Solaris Sports Clubs, 201
Veterans Road in Yorktown Heights.
“Th e Vagina Monologues:” See page 26.
Saturday, February 11
AARP Meeting: Held at the William
Koehler Center on Route 6 in Mahopac.
Doors open at 11 a.m. Come early and relax
and socialize with old friends. Regular
meeting starts at 1 p.m. Coff ee and doughnuts
served. All old and new members
welcome. For info call Georgeann Cranston
Family Snowshoeing: Learn the basics
of snowshoeing and join us for a refreshing
walk in the woods close to the nature center
from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Program is for families
with children ages 7 and over, held at Tea-
town at 1600 Spring Valley Road in Ossining.
Free for members; $5 pp for nonmembers.
Call 914-762-2912, Ext. 110 to make a
reservation or visit www.teatown.org.
Casino Night: Th e Greater Mahopac-
Carmel Chamber of Commerce will host
their Casino Night fundraiser to benefi
t the chamber's Children's Scholarship
funds from 8 p.m.-midnight at the
Mahopac Firehouse at Rte. 6 and Croton
Falls Rd. in Mahopac. Visit www.mahopac
Sunday, February 12
Animal Adventures – Animals Underground:
Meet a few of Teatown’s animal
ambassadors and fi nd out who’s making
a home underground from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Program is for families with children ages
4 and over. Free for members; $5 per child
for nonmembers. Call 914-762-2912, Ext.
110 to make a reservation or visit www
Monday, February 13
Cancer Support Available: Th e following
support groups are scheduled at
Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel: Breast
and Ovarian Cancer Support Group at 10
a.m.; Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support
Group on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.; Breast Cancer
Support Group on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. Support
groups at Mahopac Public Library in
Mahopac: Breast Cancer Support Group
on Feb. 20 at 10:15 a.m. For more info, visit
registration required for all groups; call
914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.
Saturday, February 18
Mammal Mania: What makes a mammal
a mammal? What strategies do mammals
use to survive? Using furs, mounts
and live animals we’ll explore the mag-
The Freight House
nifi cent diversity of furry creatures in the
Hudson Hills and Highlands from 11 a.m.noon.
Free for members; $5 pp for nonmembers.
Call 914-762-2912, Ext. 110 to
make a reservation or visit www.teatown
Live Music: Th e Blooming Seed Coff ee
House is proud to present singer and guitarist
Gerry Giordano with special guest
Paul Colona from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Th e
$6 cover charge includes a choice of coff ee,
tea or hot chocolate and desserts prepared
by Stefani Jane's Desserts. Th e Blooming
Seed Coff ee House is located at 760 Route
6 (Temple Beth Shalom) in Mahopac. For
reservations call 845-628-6133. Tickets
will also be sold at the door.
Thursday, February 23
Coff ee and Conversation: With Rabbi
Hammerman at the Tazza Cafe located
in the Heritage Hills Shopping Center in
Somers at 11 a.m. For more info call Temple
Beth Shalom at 845-628-6133.
Saturday, February 25
Book Talk: Th e Brewster Public Library
will host a book talk with Kevin F. McMurray,
author of “One Dark Night: A True
Story of Deceit, Desire, and Murder in a
Peaceful Town” at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, February 29
Relay For Life of Mahopac 2012 Kickoff
Dinner: Help make the 2012 Mahopac
Relay for Life a success. Come to Four
Brothers Restaurant at 654 Rte. 6 in Mahopac
from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Reservations
required, call 845-490-8812 for more info.
Events subject to change, please call ahead.
For the most up-to-date listings or to submit
your own event, visit eventfulmagazine.com
Cafe After Dark
Every Thursday Night from 7:30-10:30 pm
Ages 30 & Over s Music s Pasta & Salad
at the Freight House Cafe 609 Route 6, Mahopac, NY
Outstanding patient satisfaction starts
with our Trendsetters.
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Maria Schmidt, Julia Lally, Natale Reale and Renee Garner-Freeman; not shown is Ralph Hulse.
At Putnam Hospital Center, we’d like to congratulate the winners of this year’s
Employee Trendsetters initiative. Each winner has been singled out thanks to his
or her outstanding customer service and unmatched patient dedication. Because
of them, patients see us as more than just a hospital. They see us as a place of
comfort and healing. Congratulations to all!
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