December 2011 - Eventful Magazine

December 2011 - Eventful Magazine



Putnam County Edition December 2011






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Letter from the Publisher

December has arrived and the

stress of the holidays is right behind

it. Not to worry though, this issue has

many great Holiday articles, tips and

things to do and share with family to

make the season a little easier for you.

As we approach another new year,

I think of how grateful I am to have

each and every Eventful reader. I also

begin to think about all the new content

we want to share with you in


With next year being the county's

bicentennial, it is going to bring even

more fun, family events. So get ready

for an Eventful year!

From our Eventful family to yours,

have a happy and safe Holiday!

As always, I welcome your feedback

at Rebecca@eventfulmagazine




Rebecca Bertoldi



table of contents

december 2011


Office Party Etiquette p. 7

10 Party Planning Tips p. 11

Holiday Gift Guide p. 14

Avoiding Cabin Fever p. 19

Holiday Decorating p. 16

departments & columns

Restaurants & Reviews p. 4

Hit the Spot: Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill

Who’s Got It?: Catering

Donna’s Dishes: Chestnuts

Theater and the Arts p. 9

Holiday Productions

Outdoors p. 10

Thunder Ridge Ski Area

Sports p. 13

Wellness p. 18

Medication-Induced Dry Mouth

Business Beat p. 21

The Music Cottage

Tri-County Sporting Goods

Pay It Forward p. 22

Community p. 23

Eventful Rewind p. 24

Community Calendar p. 25

estaurants & reviews

Story & Photos by Nicole Gallagher

After the unforeseeable snowfall at the

end of October, I made a promise to myself

to enjoy the last days of fall and brisk days

of November outdoors, while planning on

a cold winter. I have always enjoyed small

towns; the sense of “everyone knows everyone”

grabs me, and the feeling of being

safe while walking on streets to window

shop and grab a lunch, dessert or an adult

beverage gets my blood flowing. This notion

brought me to 91 Main Street in Cold

Spring, a town with old-town charm and

fine artsy flare. Following the cobble stone

path into a courtyard tucked neatly off

the beaten path is the entrance to Cathryn’s

Tuscan Grill. You must partake in

an enjoyable, light lunch before continuing

down the streets to soak in the atmosphere,

beautiful views and charming folk

who strut about town.

Must-Try Lunch Food: Frittata del

Giorno con Insalata Mista for ($10), a thin

Italian-style omelette mixed with pancetta

and capers. Accompanied by field greens,

this dish was light and full of flavor. Another

must try was the Panino del Giorno

($12). This daily sandwich special is mixed

grilled vegetables on toasted thin crisp

bread topped with cheese — delicious. It,

too, is also served with a field green salad.

Very light and perfect for the mid-day


The Décor: The large colorful, artsy décor

is broken into three open areas with

space for dinning and lounging. Couches

and arm chairs can be found mixed into

the rooms, giving the at-home feeling for

lounging out. Center to the three dining

areas is the bar area, providing diners

a large assortment of cocktails created to

perfection. The front dining room overlooks

the hustle and bustle of Main Street.

Large glass front windows let diners feel as

though they were the window display for

Main Street traffic. All three dining areas

Hit tHe Spot:

have ample amounts

of art displayed for

purchase. These

beautiful works not

only make for wall

covering, they create

fantastic conversation


during the weight

of your meal. I

wouldn’t recommend

this location

to those with young

children (they do offer

child sizes), but rather, grab the girls,

make it a parents’ night out or have a date

night. Absorb all the surroundings. Can’t

make the weeknight out? Try the Champagne

Sunday Brunch, offered for only

$20.11 (the price of the current year) — a

great way to get your feet wet at Cathryn’s.

Visit Cathryn’s at 91 Main Street, Cold

Spring,. Call 845-265-5582 or visit www for more information.

The creation of a good meal mixed with

great locations is the recipe for a good dining

night out. My goal at Eventful is to report

to readers my experience as an everyday

diner and huge foodie, tapping local

eateries on different budgets. I snap a few

photos and make a suggestion or two, just

like a good book. Cathryn’s will be filled in

my recommendations chapter as a “mustexperience”

location. I hope you find the

same. If you have someplace you think I

should check out, please e-mail me. I love

suggestions myself. Happy Holidays to all

… enjoy your family meals and holiday

cheer, Happy New Year! In 2012, I have

great things on my plate — I hope to bring

to yours!

We encourage Eventful readers to continue

submitting your restaurant suggestions.

Share your favorite local eatery with Nicole at

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Who’s Got It? Catering

By Nicole Gallagher

This time of year can create hectic days

and hasty decisions. When you need a break

from all the kitchen work this holiday season,

turn to your local delis for some of your

catering needs. They can take care of your

spur-of-the-moment weekday needs or large

pre-planned gatherings in a jiffy. This holiday

season, turn to your local mom and pop

delicatessens when you need a solution to the

hassles of holiday cooking. Not only do you

help support local businesses, they may surprise

you with the hard-to-find holiday treats

and take the pressure of all you need to get

done this busy season.

Crossroads: 616 Route 6 Mahopac; 845-


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Jen & Jerry’s Deli & Catering: 1946 Route

6 Carmel; 845-225-4435.

Country Kitchen: 564 North Main

Street, Brewster; 845-279-8646.

Brewster Hill Deli: Route 312 at the corner

of Brewster Hill Road; 845-279-6047.

Lizzie’s Deli: 265 Oscawana Lake Road,

Putnam Valley; 845-526-2121.

Grand Central Deli: 71 Route 6,

Baldwin Place; 914-628-0655. www.gc

Classy Catering Creations: 203-794-


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weddings to barbecues, intimate home

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Call Danielle at 646-261-0229 about your

party needs today.

Hosting an at-home gathering and don’t

want to do all the work yourself? Mary Ellen’s

Waitress Services, based out of Mahopac

and serving Westchester, Putnam,

Dutchess, and Rockland counties, can offer

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you more time to spend with your guests.

Call Mary Ellen at 917-319-9041 for more

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estaurants & reviews


By Donna Massaro

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,

Jack Frost nipping at your nose.” It is

that time of year! Every time I go into

the supermarket to buy chestnuts, this

song plays over and over again in my

head. I have already roasted my first

batch in my fireplace. I just can’t help

myself. Chestnuts are harvested from

October through March and reach their

peak in December. They date back to

prehistoric times and are one of the

very first foods eaten by man. Although

chestnut trees in America are of European

stock, the Native Americans feasted

on their own variety called castanea

dentate. The most common chestnuts

are known as maroons. Chestnut trees

are cousins to the Oak and can live up

to 500 years but don’t produce fruit

until they are 40 years old. (Gives us

What you will need

Cutting board

Sharp knife

Measuring cup


Soup pot

Hand blender/blender


1/3 c. dried porcini mushrooms

2 c. hot water

1 medium carrot, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 small parsnip, diced

2 large shallots, finely chopped

1 bouquet garni (1 sprig each of

bay leaf, thyme and parsley)

2 tbsp. butter

3 c. chicken stock

1 1/4 lbs. coarsely chopped peeled

roasted chestnuts or 12 oz.

bottled chestnuts

2 tbsp. dry Sherry

Chestnut Soup Recipe

single 40-year-olds something

to look forward to!) In 1904,

a fungus spread through the

Asian chestnut trees on Long

Island that nearly devastated

the American Chestnut.

Used as a potato substitute in

Asia and Africa, chestnuts contain

two times as much starch as potatoes

and substitutes as gluten-free flour.

They are treated like a vegetable because

of the starch content. They have

very high levels of tannic acid and

should not be eaten raw. On the upside,

the leaves are used as remedy in fevers,

the nut, in whooping cough and other

conditions of respiratory issues. They

help to repair microscopic holes and

leaks in blood vessels. Although they

are lower in calories than other nuts,

chestnuts are high in carbohydrates.


Combine porcini mushrooms and 2

hot water in medium bowl. Let stand

until the mushrooms soften, about 15


In a saucepan melt the butter and add

the carrots, celery, parsnips and shallots.

Saute until tender. Add the bouquet

garni and chicken stock.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the

mushrooms into the saucepan with

chicken broth. Add the porcini-soaking

liquid to saucepan, leaving sediment

behind in bowl. Add chestnuts and salt

and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat,

cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring

occasionally. Working in batches,

puree soup in a blender and return to

the saucepan, or use a hand blender

right in the pot until smooth. Add

Sherry. Return soup to simmer, adding

salt and pepper to taste. This soup can

be prepared a day ahead. Cool slightly

and refrigerate. Re-warm over medium

heat before serving.



So if you are on a low carb diet, stay

away from them. . The American Heart

Association approved this little nut as

a low fat food. Chestnuts are a good

source of fiber, are cholesterol free, and

are a significant source of vitamin C,

vitamin B, folate, magnesium and copper.

Three ounces of chestnuts supplies

almost half of your daily vitamin C.

When choosing chestnuts, make

sure they are smooth, glossy and

free of blemishes. They should feel

heavy for their size. Avoid shriveled

or cracked nuts or those that rattle in

their shells. Keep them in a cool, dry

place and use them within a week.

Served as part of the Japanese New

Year, chestnuts represent success and

hard times, mastery and strength. For

me they symbolize friendship, family

and tradition. Eating roasted chestnuts

around a blazing fire, telling old stories

... that’s what the holidays are all about.

Happy roasting!

How to Roast the Perfect Chestnut

Carefully, slice an X into the flat side

of the chestnut. Wrap in aluminum foil

and place on the ambers of the fire for

about 20 to 25 minutes. Play some Frank

Sinatra in the background while they are

cooling. Then split open and enjoy! Don’t

forget to tell an old story!

Donna Massaro is the owner of the

Freight House Cafe in Mahopac.

6 Eventful Magazine - December 2011

Office Party

Nicole Gallagher


December is generally

the time

for the annual

company holiday party,

where co-workers are

often thrust into a social

setting where folks often

don’t know how to dress,

how to act or what’s appropriate

to say. Take

full advantage of the office

party to have some

fun this holiday season,

but be sure to mind

your manners. Here are

some basic rules to making

sure you survive the

must-attend party of the


Good Idea: Always

remember that office

parties are intended social

events, designed for

rewarding employees

and raising morale, but

are still business events.

Always go. When deciding

whether or not to

attend, remember that

not attending could hurt

your reputation as a team

player. Try to accommodate

the big boss with at

least a 30-minute appearance

and never overstay

your welcome. Closing

down the venue will not

earn you extra credit with

the boss, unless he or she


Good Idea: Always check the attire

ahead of time. Be sure your business attire

is appropriate. When the party is off

site, the dress code can change. Gentlemen,

ties and jackets may be required.

Ladies, avoid anything flashy or re-

vealing; reserve that for a private party

among friends. An over-the-top ensemble

will have your co-workers snickering

for days.

Good Idea: Try to keep your beverage

or appetizer plate in your left

hand; this leaves your right hand free

for shaking hands with

others. No one needs

a cold, wet, clammy

handshake because of

your beverage. Don’t

overstuff yourself and

never over drink. Overdrinking

may cause

you to behave poorly

or make choices that

could end your career.

Even if the boss is tossing

them back, do not

follow blindly. Never

drink and drive, and always

know the company

policy regarding car

service if you do plan

on sipping a few drinks.

Designating a driver or

spending money on a

cab makes you look like

the smart employee.

Good Idea: Networking

is hot. Build your

network with new people

from other departments

who you may not

get a chance to talk to on

a daily basis. You never

know what you can learn

about other parts of your

company and you never

know when changes

could bring you to new


Good Idea: Know who

will be attending the party.

If you work in a larger

company, know the “big”

bosses that could be attending. Don’t approach

the “big” boss to talk business;

rather, use the time to say thank you

for the holiday treat. Always say thanks

those who threw the party; it’s always a

Continued next page 7

Office Party Etiquette, Con't

great sign you know how to use the manners

your parents taught you.

Good Idea: Be sure before

you arrive with a “plus

one” that your guest was

invited. Your “plus one”

should be someone who

you know well, you trust

and will display only professional

behavior. Anything

less may leave you

the topic of conversation

Monday morning.

Bad Idea: Never assume

everyone celebrates

the same holiday. “Happy

holidays” works well in most situations.

Don’t ever use this time to talk about religion.

Politics, OK; religion, not so.

Bad Idea: Asking for, or hinting for,

a raise when the boss makes his or her


Bad Idea: Starting a smear campaign

against the co-worker you hate. Give it a

rest for one night. Be jolly!

Bad Idea: Spend the evening talking

business. Don’t use this down time



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probably do enough of that in the office

The good old days of photocopying

your rump after a few cocktails won’t be

passed around the office. It’ll be

on YouTube for the world to see.

or out in the field. Keep your personal

issues personal. No one is interested on

this day.

Be careful: Big Brother is always

watching. Not only do you not want to

lose your current job, but losing it to online

appearances could cast you to the

end of the unemployment line. Your poor

display can hurt your life in all aspects.

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The mere thought of a

raunchy online display, or

something less than professional,

scares the heck out of

me and should alert all who

read this. Envision these

basic guidelines, because in

2011-2012, the entire world

is watching, able to see and

record improper behavior

as it happens. Keep in mind

that even if this current position

isn’t your five-year plan,

others may be watching and stalking

your mistakes.

Be very careful: The good old days

of photocopying your rump after a few

cocktails won’t be passed around the office.

It’ll be on YouTube for the world to


Do have fun: Enjoy the perk of your

everyday grind; take advantage of the

situation but avoid regrettable situations,

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theater & the arts

Fezziwig, ‘The Messiah,’ and Art Exhibits

Highlight Putnam’s Holiday Season

By Marty Collins

There’s no shortage of festive cultural

events to enjoy this December in Putnam

County whether in song, theater or art


Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s

staged reading of the Fezziwig section of

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

should rate high on everyone’s wish list.

The readings take place on the first three

Friday and Saturday evenings in December

at holiday-trimmed Boscobel and

includes a special celebration feast in the

spectacular mansion’s lower hall. Tickets

may be purchased at www.brownpaper For more information


or call 845-809-5750.

Enjoy an old-fashioned New England

celebration at the Union Valley Cemetery

Chapel in Mahopac on Saturday,

Dec. 3, to welcome in the holiday season

by singing traditional Christmas songs

and tasting special holiday refreshments.

Snow date is Dec. 4.

For an afternoon of beautiful music,

don’t miss the Putnam Chorale on Sunday,

Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. when they sing

Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solenelle” for

their winter concert at Temple Beth Elohim,

31 Mount Ebo Road North, Brewster.

Admission is $15; students and seniors

$12. Call 845-279-7265 or visit www.

Once again, the Franciscan Friars of

the Atonement will exhibit their international

collection of crèches at the Graymoor

Spiritual Life Center, 1350 Route

9 in Garrison, from Dec. 5 through Jan.


The “Messiah” comes to Carmel first

at Gilead Presbyterian Church, located at

7 Church Street, when the Putnam Chorale

presents their Annual Handel’s Messiah

Sing-Along on Saturday, Dec. 10 at

8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Then, on Sunday,

Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m., the Treasure House

Chorale, Chamber Orchestra and Soloists

present an Advent-Christmas Concert

at St. James the Apostle Church, 16

Putnam Chorale

Gleneida Avenue, with selections from

Handel, Vittoria, Rutter and others and

concludes with a Festival of Carols. Tickets

are $10 and will be available at the

door. Call 845-279-2079, Ext. 10, for

more information or visit www.treasure

Support local artists and wrap up holiday

shopping as Putnam’s Arts Council's

open their doors early in December to

showcase unique,

one-of-a-kind items.

The Putnam Arts

Council’s Annual

Holiday Craft and

Gift Showcase and

Sale — the best in

local arts, crafts

and gifts at reasonable

prices — runs

Saturday, Dec. 3,

through Sunday,

Dec. 18, at 521 Kennicut

Hill Road in

Mahopac. Purchase

unique and oneof-a-kind


ranging from the

whimsical to the

practical. The sale

features pottery,

fiber art, sculpture,

painting, photography,

jewelry, glassware,


as well as gourmet

pastries, organic

soaps and lotions.

Also available will

be PAC’s 2012 artwork calendar.

The Garrison Arts Center, located at

23 Depot Square in Garrison Landing,

presents their annual Student/Faculty

Art Exhibit from Dec. 2 through Dec. 18.

Call 845-424-3960 for more information.

The artistry of Jeanne DeMotses will

be on display in an exhibit opening Dec.

2 in the Old Town Hall gallery, 67-B

Main Street in Brewster, with an opening

reception hosted by the Town of Southeast

Cultural Arts Coalition from 7 p.m.

to 10 p.m. The exhibit continues until

Dec. 17 when the Coalition hosts their

first annual Christmas Tree Show from

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For updated information,

visit them on Facebook at Old Town

Hall, Brewster.

Check for the latest listings of things to

do this holiday season at www.eventful

Cold Spring by Candlelight

Holiday Festival & House Tours on Main Street America

Saturday, December 3, 2011

from Noon – 5 p.m.

Enjoy Carolers, Holiday

Music Concerts,

Visits from Old St. Nick,

and Holiday Storytelling

Proceeds benefit

Partners with PARC

For Tickets, Call 845-278-7272, ext. 287

or visit 9


Thunder Ridge: The First Snowfall

By Kerry Barger

When snow shows its face for the first time

of the season, one of two things may occur.

First, you could be brought to your knees

from the cold’s icy grip, a flash of horror and

dread creeping up and down your spine.

Winter is here? Think of all that snow, the icy

roads, school cancellations and … shoveling!

The season of darkness will force you into

your house until the end of March arrives,

and you’ll find yourself leaving home only for

work and bare necessities.

The second scenario, which seems to happen

less and less often, may be pure, utter

joy. Though you love the warmth of a summer

sun, you figure there’s something special

about winter. A jubilant atmosphere that encompasses

most of the Northeast, snow differs

from other elements in that it seems to

inspire the expression of our inner child.

Some will resort to snow angels, while others

pack tight snowballs ready to be flung at

an unsuspecting victim. For the special class

of thrill-seekers, however, the first snowfall

brings out an itch — an itch that drives

them not to play with snow, but to use it for

a euphoria that can only be achieved by high

speeds, steep inclines and the freedom that

nature allows us to enjoy.

We’re talking skiing, snowboarding and

sledding. We’re talking the chilly winter

breeze that clears the senses, a fearless energy

brought you by the reassurance that you have

a white blanket of snow to catch you if you

fall. There’s no better place in the tri-county

area that allows one to expose his or her need

for high-octane, winter wonderland energy

than Thunder Ridge in Patterson. Close to

home and not too far away from the nearest

Metro-North station, the 100-plus acre ski

area has made it easy for winter sports fans

to exercise their love for the great outdoors



— whether it be a day trip, late-night ski or a

weekend visit with the family.

One of the best aspects about Thunder

Ridge is that is doesn’t even need to wait for

the first snowfall to get winter up and running.

With a state-of-the-art snowmaking

system, workers at the ski area make it snow

when the mountain needs it most. The forecast

isn’t feeling so frosty? No snow, no problem.

For those who are new to this crazed “snow

fever,” do not fear — Thunder Ridge is suited

for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Cooperations

managers Mary and Bob Conklin

made it known that it’s a “family mountain”

that accommodates all levels and ages, from

toddlers to seniors and beginners to experts.

Once more, if you have yet to take this extra

step in your extreme snow sports evolution,

Thunder Ridge offers rentals — from skis and

snowboards to the essential extras like boots

and poles. Every rental comes with a helmet

that’s free of charge to encourage the proper

precautions when achieving one’s optimal

hunger for snow.

With 30 trails and three chairlifts, Thunder

Ridge provides attendees with a multitude of

options and paths to take. From advanced

trails like Timber Wolf to easy rides like

Lover’s Lane, the mountain gives skiers and

snowboarders a breath-taking panoramic

view of Putnam County. For those who may

have work or other obligations during the

day, Thunder Ridge offers night skiing Monday

through Saturday until 9 p.m. for night

owls looking to get a pre-sleep session in before

the mountain rests for the night.

In an extra effort to bring out one’s inner

competitive spirit, skiers from ages 9 to 19

can participate in Thunder Ridge’s Race Team

Program, which competes for 14 weeks with

over 140 hours of training. If you’re less in

tune with a rigorous training program, the

ski area does issue private and group lessons

for beginners trying to get used to their snow


Thunder Ridge isn’t simply a place where

people go to ski and snowboard. It’s a beautiful

mountain that adds to that specialness

of Putnam County. It’s where the country

starts, where the night sky and the ridge seem

to mesh together — a place for those looking

to capitalize on the excitement of the first

snowfall, to live out one’s desire to be free and

uncontrolled. With what Thunder Ridge has

to offer, those who dread the winter months

should visit the ski area on one of those cold,

frosty days. You may just leave with a smile

on your face, and a renewed sense of what

winter really feels like.

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10 Tips

for Planning a

Holiday Party

on a Budget

priced red and white wine), and one holiday

specialty drink like a Peppermint Patty

(e-mail me for the recipe: eventsCJH@


Rentals: One of the biggest misconceptions

is that you save money

by buying paper and plastic — NOT

TRUE! Chances are, you are spending

more on paper then you would by simply

renting, i.e., plates ($1 pp), glasses

panies that offer wait staff.)


Thank-You Gifts: Dig through your

cabinets, find a large glass jar and

($1 pp) and flatware ($0.80 pp). Yes, fill it with colorful candy. It will serve as

rentals are a little bit more work at the your dessert table centerpiece, and once

end of the night, but: a) they save you the party is over, pull out your holiday-

By Chereese Jervis-Hill


money; b) they give your event a nicer themed goody bags and a scoop and have

Lists: I cannot stress enough how look; and c) they are better for the envi- your guests help themselves by filling up

important your lists are, so be sure ronment!

their bags with the candy.


to follow this step, as it’s guaranteed to Décor: Oohh, my favorite … and

Enjoy: Make sure that at the

save you money! Start with your to-do list. you don’t have to spend a lot of 10 end of the evening, you’ve had

Create a list with everything you need to money to make your décor look fabulous. a great time and really enjoyed yourself.

do to make this event a reality, i.e., create Let’s start with your table linen, yes, cov- You’ve spent a lot of time planning and

the guest list, clean up the house, write up er that table with something glittery — preparing, so truly enjoy yourself and

the dinner menu, etc. Next, create your rent one or hit the fabric store, purchase think about all the money you saved! If

shopping list; this is a big money saver be- a couple of yards and make one. Next, you still need help or just don’t want to be

cause if you go into the supermarket with- your centerpiece (it’s nice to work with bothered, just give us a call 914-396-7664!

out one, you surely will spend on things three colors). Let’s use what we already

you really don’t need; be sure to use those have, grab a tray and fill it with a size- Chereese Jervis-Hill is president of

circulars to compare prices.


Invitations: I must admit, I’m big

on invitations; I think they set the

assortment of non-scented pillar candles.

Add some fruit (apples, cranberries and

oranges), walnuts and pine cones in be-

Events To Remember:


tone for your event, but if you’re planning tween the candles.

something informal with friends, then a Finish off the look

quick phone call, Facebook invite or Evite with some white

will do the trick.


Menu Selection: A nice way to

cut your budget is to change up

pine and fir garland

pieces, and add a

couple of orna-

your typical “full dinner” menu to somements on top of the

thing lighter like an hors d’oeuvres-and- garland to finish off

more menu. You’ll need two stationary the look. Ready for

platters for guests (e.g., vegetable cru- the best part? Your

dités, antipasto, cheese & fruit, etc.); a home is already

signature salad, some rolls; something decorated for the

filling like a pasta dish, sliced ham or holiday, so you’re

turkey; and the hors d’oeuvres (at least 5

different choices). Dessert can be simple,

like an inexpensive chocolate fountain



Music: For

you iPod lov-

with an assortment of fruit, pretzels and ers, create a party

pound cake/brownie bites. Your guests playlist, and let the

will bring plenty of sweet treats, so put music play on. Or,

those out with your dessert — more sav- put that monthly caings!


Alcohol: The cost of alcohol can

add up really quickly, especially

ble bill to use — all

of the cable companies

offer music

when you are trying to provide differ- channels from Jazz

ent types of alcohol and mixers for every to Christmas Music,

drink that was ever created. Here’s what

I recommend to save you lots of money:

only serve beer (one brand, just be sure to

so turn on the tube!


Help: You’ve

saved hun-

have regular and light), wine (moderately dreds by making all

of the food instead of hiring a caterer, so

treat yourself to some wait staff help for

the evening; let them serve and clean up.

It’s a small investment for you to really

get to enjoy your party, and a great treat

to yourself after having cooked all that

food. (See page 5 for a couple of local com- 11

Taste the Holidays at Depot Wines & Liquors

By Crystal McKenna

Stop by Depot Wines & Liquors in

Brewster this month to take part in an

event or to just pick up a bottle or two of

your favorite wine or spirit to bring to a

holiday dinner.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the shop will host

a tasting of Buffalo Trace Kentucky

Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Stop by

from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to try a sample of

the spirit, which Wine Enthusiast rated a

90-95 and called “easy to like.”

Head back to Depot Wines the following

week, on Saturday, Dec. 10,

when it will hold its Second Annual

Tasting Extravaganza from 1 p.m. to 5

p.m. The fundraising event will benefit United Way of Westchester and Putnam,

which helps children

and youth

Join Us

For an evening of Networking at our

Please bring an

item from the

wish list of the

Holiday Party

Womens Resource Center

to the event.

December 7th 6-9pm

Gift cards to any grocery store or Walmart,

K-Mart or CVS (any denomination). Personal hygiene

products, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, etc.

For a complete wish list email:


South Side Inn - 927 South Lake Blvd Mahopac, NY


$30 per person (includes buffet dinner and dessert). Cash Bar.

A portion of the evenings proceeds will be donated to the Putnam/Northern Westchester

achieve their potential


education, helps

families become

financially stable

and independent,

and works to

improve people’s

health. Ten percent

of Depot’s

sales that day will

go to the charity.

Customers will

be able to sample

more than

50 wines, spirits

and cordials

from around the

world. Food from

local gourmet

restaurants will

also be available,

and there will be wine lectures, prizes,

giveaways and live music by local bands.

Admission to the event is free.

“It's going to be fun day for our customers,”

said store manager Ryan Venezia.

“For those people who are shopping

for the holidays, they will get the chance

to sample many a vast array of wine and

spirits that will make for ideal holiday


Depot Wines & Liquors has a more

than 5,000-square-foot inventory of

wine and liquor. They carry a selection

from around the world, including many

organic wines and local selections. If

you’re looking for a great holiday gift, the

friendly and knowledgeable staff can help

you find the perfect item.

The store is located at 100 Independent

Way in the upper level of the shopping

center. Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10

a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 10 a.m.

to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Call

845-279-0112 or visit www.depotwine

.com for more information.

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By Ray Gallagher

Putnam Valley High has had trouble settling

on basketball coaches in recent years.

In fact, it’s been an incessant carousel of

activity at times. The Valley folk are sure

of one thing; they want to be competitive,

and the girls have been just that despite

going on their fourth coach in well under

a decade. The girls have made two Final 4

Class B appearances and one final under

former Coach Linda Winchell and Kelly.

The boys, on the other hand, not so

good. So Athletic Director Peter Kuczma is

going in completely opposite directions as

he starts a new chapter in PV hoops history.

He’s going “Old School – Nu Skule”

in the same breath this winter

with a pair of varsity coaches

with contrasting styles.

Representing the “Old

School” is venerable Ed

Wallach. Entering the twilight

of a star-spangled career at

Lakeland, a few years at Rye

Country Day and a one-year

stint as PV girls’ coach last

year, Wallach is so old school

that some folks worry about

whether or not kids today will

respond to “Our Offense

Comes from Our Defense”


Representing the “Nu

Skule” is flashy, welltailored

Aldo Redendo.

An AAU NY Pride “Shot

Doctor” that has trained

the likes of Marist center

Tori Jarosz and former

Vermont star Ryan Schnneider.

Redendo’s act is

contrary to Wallach’s, like

the sun is to the moon. Ed

Wallach gets his suits at Syms, simple if not

long in the arms. Aldo Redendo is a cross

between Gucci and Deisel, topped with a

thick, customized mane flow.

“You got that right,” Wallach admitted.

“We may be different in our style and

methods but we want the same thing; to

change the culture here and make this

school basketball relevant. Pete Kuczma is

Spotlight on Put Valley Hoops

PV Taking Different Approaches on Hardwood

PV girls’ basketball

Coach Aldo Redendo

with hoops pupil

Brianna Celaj.

not afraid to change the culture here. You’re

not entitled to a coaching job just because

you work here. Pete brings in people from

all over the place because they’re the best


The two do share a

common, motivated

work ethic, which

is something they’ll

need to trudge from

their players, who

have slacked off

some when it comes

to year-round basketball


Redendo has a builtto-win-now


chock full of seniors

with three years

on the varsity beat.

Wallach inherits a

Photo By

Ray Gallagher

PV boys’ basketball

Coach Ed Wallach.


It may take

Wallach a year

two to turn it

around, provided

these youngsters are

still willing to invest

and buy into a

defense-first, no-Iin-team

system that

produced throughout

the ‘80s and ‘90s at


“People will be sur-

mess with a ton of

potential, including

a strong senior leader

in Andre Soto,

and the best freshman

class in school


prised by how much we run this season,”

Wallach said. “We run a motion offense

and a freestyle run and gun fast break

because we have three solid rebounders.

Transition basketball is fun, but you have

to defend and rebound the ball first.”

Redendo’s up-tempo AAU style of play

has worked for him while developing

more than 90 D-I basketball players by his

count, but this is his first coaching gig in

Section 1, and his first time dealing with

the Valley folk, too. Wallach, who guided

the girls to a first-round playoff win last

season before taking the boys job this summer,

believes the pieces are in place for Redendo

to achieve moderate success.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us,”

said Redendo, who returns All-Section F

Carey Berry, All-League G Dana Tatnell, G

Rachel Fitzgerald, G Erin McCrudden and

F Kim Gallo. “We’ve got some kids with

athleticism but we’ve got to get the culture

changed here before we get this program

on the map. A lot of these kids haven’t

picked up a basketball since last season, so

here we are a few days before tryouts and

we’re just getting the ball back in our hands

again. That has to change before we get really

good. They have to be willing to work

at the game.”

Redendo, the owner of Redendo’s Restaurant

in Carmel, and Wallach, the boss

at Camp Floradan in Putnam Valley, will

share time in a gym this winter, and their

contrasting styles will be under the microscope

as Putnam Valley seeks steady and

effective leadership to stabilize a wobbly

basketball base.

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The Holidays are upon us and

it’s time to start shopping for all

of our loved ones. While most of

us strive to shop the businesses

in Putnam, it can sometimes be

difficult. Not to worry, though —

here are some of the local spots

that can provide you with great

gifts at great prices.

For Everyone

For the skiers (and soon-tobe

skiers) in your life, Thunder

Ridge Ski Area has plenty of options

to brighten someone’s holiday.

The gift cards will give your

loved ones access to the great

winter fun that Thunder Ridge

offers with their 30 trails, three

chairlifts, a T-bar and three magic

carpets. They can choose from

season passes to lessons to the ski

shop. Thunder Ridge is located at

137 Birch Hill Road in Patterson.

For more info, call 845-878-4100 or visit

The Bowl Company in

Brewster has a great selection

of tableware, serveware,

décor and ornaments

to make this holiday special

and memorable for you and

your family. Create a beautiful

setting with their unique

selection of items, which can

accommodate families of all

sizes. Plus, you can find the

perfect gift for any home

entertainer. No matter what

Gift Guide

Shop The Bowl Company in Brewster

your budget is, The Bowl Company can

help you find what you are looking for.

Shop Patterson Wine and Spirits in Patterson

Once you see this store, you’ll

want more and more. Lucky for

you, they offer a gift registry service

so you can get exactly what

need. Visit them at 162 Main

Street in Brewster, or shop online


where you can get free shipping

on orders over $150. Call Bob or

Stacey at 845-278-0060 for more


For a gift that fits anyone in

your life, the Carmel Cinema

offers gift cards for their newly

updated movie theater. The cinema

now offers 3D movies and

they are only $1 more than regular

2D movies. Not only is this a

great idea for friends and family,

but your co-workers, too. If you

want to catch a movie yourself,

December holds Sherlock Holmes

2, Alvin & The Chipmunks 3,

Mission Impossible 4 and The Girl

with The Dragon Tattoo. And don’t forget

about booking a birthday

party that includes a theater

exclusively for your party,

popcorn and drinks for

kids with free refills during

the movie and at cake time,

and use of the theater for

up to 30 minutes after the

movie for cake and candles.

All you supply is the

cake. To learn more about

the Carmel Cinema call

845-228-1666 or stop in

at 150 Route 52 in Carmel

14 Eventful Magazine - December 2011

(the Shoprite plaza) or visit them online


For a tasty treat, Edible Arrangements

provides great gifts for everyone that

are not only delectable, but also make a

bright and colorful centerpiece for family

dinners or office parties. They offer assorted

arrangements for all occasions, all

of which can include chocolate-dipped

fruit. They can prepare an arrangement

for any budget. To shop the Carmel location,

call 845-225-2044 or visit www.

Patterson Wine and Spirits offers a variety

of gift ideas for this holiday season.

Stop in and ask Phyllis to help you select a

great wine or liquor to give to a loved one

or bring to a party. Shop Patterson Wine

and Spirits at 1270 Route 311 in

Patterson or call 845-878-1099.

Unique Designs Creations

offers a wide variety of gift ideas

for men, women, children,

pets and co-workers that are

custom made, fitting any budget.

In addition to the beautiful

and unique gift baskets, Unique

Designs offers jewelry, scarves,

T-shirts and flowers. Check

out all the gift options at www. or

call 914-707-0192.

For the Ladies

Make this holiday season

sparkle for someone special

with Joseph’s Fine Jewelry’s selection

of diamonds, estate jewelry

and numerous gorgeous

pieces that any woman would be lucky to

call her own. Joseph’s Fine Jewelry is located

at 169 Main Street in Cold Spring.

Shop Unique Designs Creations

in Yorktown

Call 845-265-2323 to learn more about

the great holiday gifts available.

Give the gift of a new look from Short

Shop Tri-County Sporting Goods in Patterson

Shop Short Cuts Salon

in Mahopac

Cuts Family Salon. Gift certificates are

available for all any of the many services

offered including Brazilian Keratin

straightening treatments, cuts, color,

highlights/lowlights, perms, up-dos and

facial waxing. In addition to gift certificates,

Short Cuts has gift sets and grab

bag items perfect for any woman. Stop in

at 441 Route 6 in Mahopac, call 845-621-

2969 or visit www.shortcutsfamilysalon.


For the Men

When shopping for the sportsman in

your life, Tri-County Sporting Goods

has everything he could possibly want.

From fishing, boats, and canoes to bows,

firearms and ammo, they have what you

are looking for. Tri-County’s friendly

service and knowledgeable assistance is

sure to make selecting the right product

easy. Check out Tri-County Sporting

Goods at 2656 Route 22 in Patterson,

call 845-878-6084 or visit www.

Kids Will Love This

When looking for a toy store in the

area, Learning Express of Baldwin Place

is sure to exceed your expectations. Their

selection of toys is both extensive and educational.

Plus, the have an assortment of

fashion accessories, jewelry, party favors,

cards and customizable gifts with free gift

wrapping. Check out Learning Express in

Somers Commons at 80 Route 6 in Baldwin

Place. Call 914-621-0012 for more

information or check out their website to

get exclusive coupons at 15

Being Green Amidst Bright Festival of Lights

By Miriam Yekutiel

Reminiscing with friends about the “good

old days,” all expressed the wish of having

more quality time with their kids and creating

memories for years to come — memories that

cannot be bought in any store.

Here are some creative ideas that may take a

moment to accomplish while others with heirloom

quality require more time.

1. Laminate pictures of family members for

your Christmas tree decoration. Turn it into a

family tradition by adding more each year and

talking about the old ones. It is an excellent

way of keeping family ties alive especially for

kids who may not have known some or may

have forgotten family members far away.

2. Take a “blanket of lights” and stretch it

onto a dark solid background so it can stand

on its own or lean against something. Use a

paintbrush to color the small light bulbs according

to a pre-determined design. Choose

from a Menorah (adding one more candle

each night), a smiling Santa, holiday greeting

or any other idea. Once your design is done,

secure it in a place where it can be seen. Make

sure that there are no loose wires around for

your kids or your pets to trip over.

3. For a centerpiece use a low clear glass

(Pyrex is the best), attach one to two tall white

candles to the bottom, fill with cold water and

add fresh cranberries floating in the water.

4. Time spent with kids creating something

new means more to them than a store-bought

gift. To make a homemade menorah use a

straight log of wood (of 2” caliber at least) and

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use glue to attach bottle caps, cork or any other

small round object that will not burn or melt

and can be used as a candle holder.

5. Take the kids for a short walk into nearby

woods, dressed against ticks, and collect interesting

twigs, different evergreen boughs and

colored berries. Using a colorful ribbon, tie

them together into a flat spray and hang on

doors inside the house, adding a wonderful

fresh aroma to the whole house.

6. Using a sharp paring knife peel off oranges

in a circle, creating strips of orange and

white flash. Using thumbnail, attach a narrow

colorful ribbon to the top and hang on doors.

Or, use a small lemon with cloves inserted into

it and hang a bunch in the guest bathroom,

from the ceiling fan or from any other place.

As you can see, most of these ideas are of

very low cost (if any), easy to make and are

beautiful for any holiday setting. This year let’s

stay local, utilizing our own natural sustainable

resources to make things that are easily

assembled and just as easily recycled. It’s about

time to give Mother Nature her own gift for

the festival of lights. Save green by being green.

Have a happy, warm and safe holiday. —

Miriam, your Garden Guru.

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Recognizing the achievements of

the Women of Putnam County

Call for Nominees


Putnam County Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Mahopac Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Putnam County Woman of Excellence in Community Service

Putnam County Women in Leadership Award - Not-for-Profit Sector

February 3, 2012 6-9pm

Save the Date for our Awards Ceremony Putnam National Golf Club

Guest: Emcee Kacey Morabito Grean of


Join in the Chanukah Festivities

at Temple Beth Shalom

Friday, December 23rd

Shabbat Services Begin at 5:45 pm

with a Special Chanukah Dinner at 6:15 pm

Join in family games

before dinner at 4:30 pm

and again after dinner

at 7:15 p.m. Services

and activities are free.

Join us for a dinner

catered by Seasons

$18/adult; $10/children ages

5-12; Children under 5/Free;

$40 max/family

RSVP required for dinner.

For more information or to download a nomination form, visit:


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Dentists, Pharmacists Raise Awareness

of Medication-Induced Dry Mouth

Leading dental and pharmacy organizations

are teaming up to promote oral health and raise

public awareness of dry mouth, a side effect

commonly caused by taking prescription and

over-the-counter medications. More than 500

medications can contribute to oral dryness, including

antihistamines (for allergy or asthma),

antihypertensive medications (for blood pressure),

decongestants, pain medications, diuretics

and antidepressants. In its most severe form,

dry mouth can lead to extensive tooth decay,

mouth sores and oral infections, particularly

among the elderly.

Nearly half of all Americans regularly take at

least one prescription medication daily, including

many that produce dry mouth, and more

than 90 percent of adults over age 65 do the

same. Because older adults frequently use one

or more of these medications, they are considered

at significantly higher risk of experiencing

dry mouth.

The American Dental Association (ADA),

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), American

Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the

American Pharmacists Association (APhA) are

collaborating to expand awareness of the im-

Mahopac Family Dentistry

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Happy Holidays

From Our Family

to Yours

pact of medications on dry mouth, a condition

known to health professionals as xerostomia.

With regular saliva production, your teeth

are constantly bathed in a mineral-rich solution

that helps keep your teeth strong and resistant

to decay. While saliva is essential for maintaining

oral health and quality of life, at least 25 million

Americans have inadequate salivary flow or

composition, and lack the cleansing and protective

functions provided by this important fluid.

Signs and Symptoms

At some point, most people will experience

the short-term sensation of oral dryness because

of nervousness, stress or just being upset.

This is normal and does not have any long-term

consequences. But chronic cases of dry mouth

persist for longer periods of time. Common

symptoms include trouble eating, speaking and

chewing, burning sensations, or a frequent need

to sip water while eating.

Common Causes

Once considered an inevitable part of aging,

dry mouth is now commonly associated with

certain medications and autoimmune condi-

tions such as Sjogren’s syndrome. Both of these

can reduce salivary production or alter its composition,

but experts agree that the primary

cause of dry mouth is the use of medications.

Radiation treatment for head and neck cancer

is also an important cause of severe dry mouth.

The treatment can produce significant damage

to the salivary glands, resulting in diminished

saliva production and extreme dry mouth in

many cases.

How to Relieve Dry Mouth

Individuals with dry mouth should have regular

dental checkups for evaluation and treatment.

Increasing fluid intake, chewing sugarless

gum, taking frequent sips of water or sucking

on ice chips can also help relieve dry mouth

symptoms. Avoiding tobacco and intake of caffeine,

alcohol and carbonated beverages may

also help those with the condition. Your dentist

may recommend using saliva substitutes or

oral moisturizers to keep your mouth wet. Your

local pharmacist is also a helpful source for information

on products to help you manage dry


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By Faith Ann Butcher

My children love one another, but when

confined to the four walls of our home

for too long, the bickering and instigating

starts and tears and yelling soon follow. I

have learned to plan ahead. When they are

on vacation from school I fill the

days with activities. We try new

things and we revisit a few of our

favorite places.

Jumpin’ Jeepers in Mahopac

offers a place for children to run

around and play on indoor playground

equipment. It is a fantastic

way for kids up to 9 years old

to release that pent-up energy of

staying home. Its open play allows

children to have fun while

being educated. Typically it is $10

per child for an open play session;

however, Jumpin Jeepers is offering

a special discount for the holiday

vacation. The holiday break

package permits unlimited open play Dec.

23 through Jan. 2 and on Monday, Jan.

16, for only $40. A second and third child

would be $30 each. Yearly memberships

are available to save you even more.

Jumpin’ Jeepers, which is located at 926

Route 6 in Mahopac, also offers special

workshops and classes, including social

skills, music, handwriting and computer

robotics. It also has a healthy, all natural

snack bar and uses only eco-friendly

cleaning products. For more information

call 845-621-4922 or visit www.jumpin

Playscape, located at 577 North Main

Street in Brewster, targets kids ages 1

through 7 and offers open play as well as

music, art and story time classes. There

Avoiding Cabin Fever

Indoor Holiday Break Activities

are slides, bikes, Lego and train tables, and

much more. Visit them online at http:// or call 845-278-


Brewster Ice Arena will have leisure

open skating sessions for skaters of all ages

and abilities during both the holiday and

winter break. Brewster Ice Arena is located

at 63 Fields Lane in Brewster. Call 845-

279-2229 for details.

The renovated Carmel Cinema 8 is so

clean and comfortable that it is the reason

I have started bringing my kids to the

movies. It is the largest movie theater in

the county and offers the most selection in

movies. My kids are already looking forward

to seeing Alvin and the Chipmunks:

Chip-Wrecked on their vacation and my

husband is hoping he and I get to see Mission

Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Although reasonably priced for all the

peak time shows, as compared to any other

theater in the area, Carmel Cinemas 8 also

offers great specials. The tickets for the

matinee shows, which are the ones that

begin before noon, are only $7.50 ($8.50

if in 3D). Tuesdays are bargain days at the

theater. Tickets are $5 all day long; $6 for

3D movies.

Carmel Cinema 8 is located in the

Shoprite Shopping Center

at 150 Route 52 in Carmel.

Visit them at www.carmel

We thought one of our favorite

places, Grand Prix New

York in Mount Kisco, was already

one of the coolest places

to go in the region. It had the

go-karting, laser tag, and a complete

fun zone that included an

arcade, a bouncy castle as well as

a pool table, and did I mention

miniature golf, too? Now the

multiuse entertainment center

has raised the bar with the addition

of Spins Bowl, a 19-lane

state-of-the-art bowling alley, into its mix.

When you also add in the fantastic food

at FUEL restaurant, the potential to create

awesome memories becomes officially limitless

at Grand Prix.

Grand Prix New York, located at 333

North Bedford Road in Mount Kisco, is

open 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, but the track

schedule for go-karting changes so visit to see the latest schedule

or call 914-241-3131.

Local libraries are also incredible resources

during school vacations. Often

they set up activities that are age-appropriate

and typically have some family-friendly

events as well. It is best to visit the website

of your neighborhood library.

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That much-loved holiday

couple, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus

will be hosting a festive Children’s

Yuletide Tea at the Boscobel

Mansion on Sunday, December


Children 5-12 years old accompanied

by an adult are

invited to step back from the

seasonal hustle and bustle to

spend the afternoon by celebrating

together in Boscobel’s

unique, early 19th century setting.

Seated in the Mansion’s

formal gallery, guests will enjoy

an old-style afternoon tea service

of tasty finger sandwiches

and yummy sweets with a choice

of cambric tea or hot cocoa.

While guests enjoy their elegant repast,

Mrs. Claus will entertain with seasonal

readings and stories. Keep an eye on the

fireplace, though… You-Know-Who is

scheduled to make his appearance and

children will get the chance to whisper

their wish lists and pose for photos with

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Jim & Barbara LaColla as Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus

the Jolly Old Soul.

Children will leave the Tea with a small

token from Santa and magical memories

for young and old alike.

Bocobel’s Children’s Yuletide Tea with

Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus is 2:30 to 4 p.m.

on Sunday December 11. Tickets are $25


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By Kerry Barger

It’s pretty much safe to say that

the arts are alive within the Village

of Brewster and the Town

of Southeast. Studio Around The

Corner made its debut during the

Founders’ Day Festival on Oct. 2,

and the special sidewalk art show

“ArtBeat” dressed the streets of

Brewster with local artists’ work.

To add to this sort of cultural

rebirth in the village, the Music

Cottage, a musical training facility,

opened its doors in September,

giving enthusiasts and

first-timers somewhere to turn

to improve their quest to stay in key and

hit that perfect note. Lauren and George

Krzyzewski, co-directors of the Music Cottage,

said opening up a space and teaching

music to the community is always something

they’ve wanted to do.

“This has been a longtime dream of ours,

so I’m really excited because there is no music

school in Brewster,” Lauren said. “We’ve

had our eye on this area because it’s very

conducive because of all the roads that meet

here, and we can get people from Putnam,

Dutchess, Westchester and Connecticut.”

A music educator for the past 15 years,

Lauren’s husband is a bassist and guitarist

and has been playing professionally for

many years. With a five-room building on

177 East Main Street that can accommodate

multiple people at one time, the Music Cottage

offers classes and lessons in all instruments

and different genres that begin at the

“mommy and me” level and progresses into

business beat

Longtime Dream Transforms into Music Cottage

By Kerry Barger

Unlike most large, commercial

stores that sell hunting equipment

and other accessories, Tri-County

Sporting Goods offers a more intimate

atmosphere for those looking

to find the perfect gun or fishing

lure. Located at 2656 Route

22 in Patterson, Joe Petrucelli and

his crew strive to offer the best

products at the most competitive

prices to enhance the sporting experience.

A federal firearms dealer and

New York State gun dealer and

gunsmith, Petrucelli has been in

business at Tri-County Sporting Goods

for the past five years. He offers products

from a full camouflage Franchi 720 youth

20 gauge to a Colt 1878 12-gauge hammer

shotgun. All of these guns are listed and

up for bid on the store’s website at www

“It’s guns, archery, fishing, bait, lures,

targets and some paintball supplies,” Petru-

celli’s employee Dennis Hartmann said. “It’s

the only small store in the area that has everything

that you can possibly need without

going to a large department store.”

Hartmann, who hunts himself, said

the store gets the busiest around the end

of October and lasts straight through the

new year. When spring arrives, the hunting

focus shifts to turkey and fish. Regardless

of what season it is, Tri-County Sporting

adult classes or lessons.

“We kind of a have a philosophy

which is the ‘Joy of Music’; we just

believe that music lessons can be

kind of painful or they can be really

fun and exciting, and that’s what we

want,” Lauren said. “My husband has

quite a few adult students that maybe

feel stressed from their job and music

is a way for them to unwind and

relax — and the same goes for kids.”

With a vibrant art community in

the surrounding area, the Music Cottage

hopes to draw on that inspiration

of using music to cure people from

outside pressures and to help them

find their true inner expression. It will celebrate

its ribbon-cutting reception on Friday,

Dec. 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“The community has been very supportive

and receptive of the Music Cottage,”

Lauren said. “We see it as opportunity to

find like-minded teachers in other instruments

and to really grow something.”

To find out more information about the

Music Cottage and its programs and lessons,

call 845-363-1456.

Sportsmen, Your Gear is Here at Tri-County

Goods offers products from fishing

equipment, boats and canoes

to bows, firearms and ammo. No

matter what you hunt or what you

hunt with, the store is stocked with

supplies to snag that perfect catch.

Besides finding the right equipment,

Petrucelli has the knowledge

and know-how to help a

shopper out with whatever he

or she might need. The store is

closed on Mondays, but is open

the rest of the week with staff

available to help you find what

you’re looking for.

As the fall months quickly turn

to winter, be sure to drop by Tri-County

Sporting Goods in Patterson before winter

is over. With plenty of places to utilize

beautiful Putnam County and its wonderful

surrounding area, make sure you stop

by the store before you drop a lure or set up

for that ideal shot.

For more information, call 845-878-

6064 or visit 21

pay it forward

Walkabout Student Readies Camp for Summer

While most kids aren’t even thinking

about summer camp yet, volunteers and staff

are working to ensure that Camp Combe in

Putnam Valley is ready for the 550 youngsters

who attend each June. One of those volunteers

is Jay Feliciano, a Walter Panas High School

junior, and student in the Walkabout Program.

“There’s a lot to be done, especially in light

of the recent storm,” said Camp Director Thad

Gifford. “Jay has been a delightful addition to

our staff. He’s a great kid, a very hard worker

and very polite. Having him here has been terrific

for us.”

As a Walkabout student, Jay participates in

a unique, yearlong program for college-bound

high school students offered by Putnam Northern

Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational

Services. Walkabout participants earn a

full-year of academic credit, spend two weeks

backpacking as a group to gain confidence and

build a sense of community, spend four weeks

in a service learning project, such as the one at

Camp Combe, and complete a 10-week career


Jay Feliciano of Yorktown, a Lakeland senior

in BOCES’ Walkabout program.

For Jay, the Camp Combe experience was

a continuation of his Walkabout confidence

building. He and another worker built a haunted

house for the camp’s harvest festival last

month. “It was amazing,” Jay said. Since then,

he has been working with the camp’s maintenance

crew clearing brush and branches on the

camp’s 80 wooded acres and constructing a

tool box from scratch. “I never thought I could

do something like that,” he said.

It is not unusual for Walkabout students to

gain confidence, motivation and direction for

the future. In fact, many graduates credit the

program, which was founded in 1977, with

changing their life. Walkabout has been proven

effective by the New York State Education Department

and has been named one of the top 40

experientially oriented programs in the United

States by the National Institute of Education.

More than 92 percent of Walkabout students

have gone on to college, with graduates attending

schools such as Princeton, Amherst, Ohio

Wesleyan, SUNY New Paltz, Bard, Antioch

and others.

“Camp Combe is a traditional Y camp,” said

Gifford. It is particularly noted for its inclusion

program for children with special needs and for

providing as much as $200,000 in financial assistance

for those who require it. The camp has

employed Walkabout graduates in the past and

so has a high opinion of the program, he said.

Saturday, December 10 th , 12:30 until 6:30

At: Brewster Ice Arena

Includes: * Live Music * Face Painting * Hot Chocolate * Games*

*Visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause * Entertainment* Snacks *

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There’s a fresh new

bowling alley within one

of Westchester’s favorite

places for kids and kids

at heart. Grand Prix New

York unveiled their brand

new lanes, Spins Bowl, in


This very modern and

unique bowling alley was

designed to provide a fun,

relaxing experience for all

ages. From the New York

City scenes on the walls to

the comfy couches and tables,

Spins Bowl provides

a great place for friends

and family. And make sure to admire the

one-of-a-kind bowling pin ceiling display.

Be sure to check out the new lanes

and think of Grand Prix’s Spins Bowl for

rainy days and birthdays at 333 North

Bedford Road in

Mount Kisco. Call 914-

358-3616 for more

information or visit www.gpny

.com or


It's Never to Early to Think About Summer Camp

When you think about the type of camp

you want for your children. Green Chimneys

should fit the mold.

Green Chimneys, headquartered out

of 400 Doansburg Road, Brewster, is the

nationally renowned, non-profit organization

known for creating rich educational

and therapeutic environments for children

while providing care for animals and nature,

thereby promoting a philosophy of

dignity and worth for all living things.

Grand Prix Adds Bowling to the Menu

When you attend any of the hightlighted events

or shop any of our advertisers, please let them know

“You saw it in Eventful!”

Green Chimneys’ two camps offer funfilled

age-appropriate summer programs

for girls and boys ages 4 ½ through 15

years old.

Hillside Summer Camp in Brewster offers

programs on over 160 acres of fields,

forests and streams, with our indoor swimming

pool and gym, farm and wildlife

center featuring over 350 animals, riding

arenas, sandy canoe launch along the East

Branch of the Croton River, archery range,

playground and pavilion.

Clearpool Summer Program in Kent

offers programs on over 350 acres of

fields, forests and streams, with our lake

for swimming and boats, a gym, archery

range, playground and pavilion.

One week, three week and six week sessions

are available. Early registration ends

on Dec. 31, 2011. For information, call

Green Chimneys at 845-279-2995 or visit 23

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Free Eye Exam: Donate a stuffed animal

this Holiday season and receive a free eye

exam from Raymond Opticians' Carmel,

Baldwin Place, Jefferson Valley and Brewster

locations. Visit www.raymondopticians.

com for details.

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. For more

info, visit

Friday, December 2

Cold Spring Tree Lighting: On Friday,

Dec. 2, bring your family to the Cold Spring

Riverfront Park and take part in the Annual

Cold Spring Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. Enjoy

cookies and cocoa and special visit from

Santa with “winter-wonderous” views of the

Hudson River.

Putnam Valley Parks & Rec 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!

Saturday, December 3

PAC’s 17th Annual Craft Showcase &

Sale: This unique gift resource for everyone

on your list features regionally designed/

created items including jewelry, pottery,

wear-ables, art and more. Free Admission.

The Belle Levine Arts Center is located at

521 Kennicut Hill Road in Mahopac. Call

845-803-8622 for more info or visit www.

Penny Social: Help the Carmel Alternative

High School raise money for scholarships

and enrichment activities for their

students. The event will have a bake sale, silent

auction and a 50/50 raffle. Donations of

new items for raffles and silent auction are

still being accepted. The penny social will

be held from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Casey Hall

at the Carmel High School on Fair Street in

Carmel. For more info, call 845-225-8441,

416 or email amendes@carmel

Cold Spring by Candlelight – Holiday

Festival & House Tours: Historic homes

and sites will be open to the public during

this 7th annual tour to benefit Partners with

PARC. Expect homes and sites featured

on the National Historic Register, holiday

caroling, discounts at local stores and restaurants,

holiday music, visits with Old St.

Nick and Much More! Kick off the holiday

season in beautiful and historic Cold Spring.

Tours from noon- 6 p.m. Holiday charm in

a historic village. A benefit for children and

adults with developmental disabilities. Advance

tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors; $12

children under 12. Day of event tickets: $30

adults, $25 seniors, $15 for kids under 12.

For information and tickets, call 845-278-

PARC, ext. 287 or log onto

Annual Holiday on the Lake: These

fun, free activities (all within the hamlet of

Carmel) start with “Christmas Stories with

Santa” at the Reed Memorial Library from

12- 2 p.m. From 3:30 to 5 p.m., there will be

chowder tasting, caroling, hay rides and face

painting at Cornerstone Park. From 5:15 to

6:45 p.m., there will be a local band concert

at the Drew United Methodist Church hall.

There will be a parade through the hamlet

from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and there will be caroling

on the shore of Lake Gleneida from

7:50 to 8:15 p.m. The activities will culminate

with the lighting of 75 Christmas trees

and an appearance by Santa from a nearby

rooftop. Visit:

Defensive Driving: A Defensive Driving

Course is being offered at The Kent Public

Library on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fee is $40,

with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the

library. Payment and advance registration is

required. For more info call 845-225-8585

or go to

Ornament Making: The Southeast Museum

will hold a Children’s Ornament Making

Workshop at 4:30 p.m. There is something

very special about a Christmas ornament

that has been hand- made by a child. Before

the lighting festival on Main Street, children

can join us to create a unique holiday ornament.

$5 Materials fee donation requested.


Brewster Holiday Caroling & Lighting

Festival: Meet at the Southeast Museum,

67 Main Street in Brewster at 5 p.m. Free

hot chocolate, cider and cookies. Sing along

Main St. Experience two tree lightings Wal-

community calendar

ter Brewster House Tours. For info, call 845


Old Put: “Then and Now on The ‘Old

Put’” with Joe Schiavone on Sat., Dec. 3 at 1

p.m at Mahopac Library. Registration is requested

for this program. Register online at, or call 845-628-

2009, ext. 100.

Sunday, December 4

Winter Wonderland: The Pound Ridge

Business Association transforms Scotts

Corners in Pound Ridge into a winter holiday

wonderland. Community members will

get a chance to see Santa Claus outside of

the Pound Ridge Fire Department on 80

Westchester Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 4, from

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. With the start of holidays in

full swing, the ceremony will take any icecold

night and turn it into warm, pleasant


The Katonah Chamber of Commerce

Tree & Menorah Lighting: Nothing smells

more like the holiday season than a 100foot

evergreen tree. Hosted by the Katonah

Chamber of Commerce, a tree and menorah

lighting will commence at St. Luke’s

Church at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4. At the intersection

of Bedford Road and Katonah Avenue,

the lighting ceremony brings a multitude

of communities together for one common

purpose — to connect during the holidays.

One lucky person from the audience will get

a chance to light the tree, too!

Classical Concert: Listen to classical music

performed on the piano by Mahopac

residents Steven Duka, age 13, and David

Duka, age 11, at Mahopac Library at 2 p.m.

Registration requested for this free concert.

Register online at,

or call 845-628-2009, ext 100.

Tuesday, December 6

RPEA Holiday Lunch: Retired Public

Employees Assoc. Westchester/Putnam

Chapter will hold their Holiday Luncheon

at the Mt. Kisco Holiday Inn, One Holiday

Inn Drive in Mt. Kisco. For more info call

Ray Arnold 914-245-1071 or Flo Ratti 845-


“The Help:” Screening of the newly released

movie "The Help" starring Emma

Stone, rated PG13 at Kent Library at 1 p.m.

or 5:30 p.m. Register at www.kentlibrary.

org or call 845-225-8585.

"Something Red:" The Temple Beth Shalom

Book Club discussing the book “Something

Red” by Jennifer Gilmore on Tues., 25

community calendar

Community Events, continued

Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. It is open to the public

and there is no charge. To RSVP please call

the TBS office at 845-628-6133. Temple Beth

Shalom is located at 760 Rt 6 in Mahopac.

Thursday, December 8

Getting Your Home Ready for Winter:

Saving Energy and Money with NYSERDA

at 6:30 p.m. at Mahopac Library. Join us

for an informative energy workshop and

learn how you can access a free energy audit

through NYSERDA. Registration is required

for this program. Register online at, or call 845-628-

2009, ext 100.

Special Lunch: Senior citizens within the

Brewster School District are invited to attend

a special luncheon at noon at the C.V.

Starr Intermediate School on Farm-to-Market

Road. This complimentary luncheon

is hosted by the Brewster Teachers Association,

C.V. Starr Intermediate School and

their Food Services Department. For reservations,

call the Office for the Aging at 808-

1700, ext 47100 by Dec. 2.

Gifts for the Guys Night: Come to the

The Winery at St. George located at 1715 E.

Main Street in Mohegan Lake from 5:30 to

11:45 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind gift buying

experience drink some wine as you shop.

Doors Open at 5:30 p.m., FREE admission,

complimentary door, prizes, music,

wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres & tapas available

and great unique vendor offerings. Call

914-455-4272 or visit www.TheWineryAtSt-

Saturday, December 10

Lego Creations: Held at the Kent Library.

Drop in between 12 -2 p.m. on the second

Saturday of each month at and make a creation

to be displayed in the library for the

next month.

Holiday Spectacular: Starring Al Bruno

performing Neil Diamond, Paul Anka, Tom

Jones and many more. Dinner and show

package is $65 pp; Show tickets are $20pp.

Show starts at 9 p.m. at Aversano's Restaurant

at 1620 Rt. 22 in Brewster. Call 845-

279-2233 or visit www.aversanosrestaurant.


Craft Fair: Tilly Foster’s Holiday Craft

Fair will be held from 10am-4pm at 100

Route 312, Brewster. Craft Vendors, Santa,

Child ID's and much more. Vendors still

wanted call 845-221-2595 or email TillyFos-

Children's Holiday Party: The Carmel-

Kent Chamber of Commerce will host their

annual Children's Holiday Party from 1 to 3

p.m. at the Kent Primary School on Route

52 in Kent on Sat., Dec. 10. To RSVP, call


LinkedIn: LinkedIn seminar conducted

by Marc Halpert at Temple Beth Shalom,760

Rt 6 in Mahopac on Ties., Sec. 12 from 7-8

p.m. . A full explanation and tutorial on every

component and best usage of LinkedIn.

It is open to the general public and there

is no charge for the seminar. To RSVP call


Sunday, December 11

FREE Pet Photos with Santa Paws: Brook

Farm Veterinary Center at 2371 Route 22 in

Patterson will be hosting their third annual

"Pet Photos with Santa Paws" from 1-4p.m.

They'll take photos of your pet(s) (and you,

if you'd like!) with Santa. Donations accepted,

but the event is free. They will be serving

dog and cat treats, as well as cookies and

cider for their owners. Plus they will also be

auctioning off services and a gift basket in

order to raise funds for the Putnam Humane

Society. Shop our large variety of dog and

cat toys and clothing at a discounted price

while you wait. For more info, contact Evan

Kanouse III at

or 845-878-4833 x715. Visit

Crew’s Voice Annual Christmas Party:

The Crew’s Voice Kids: Celebrating Special

Needs & Embracing Special needs hosts

their annual party at the Brewster Empire

Cinemas at 10am for a special showing of

"Polar Express" or "Home Alone" with popcorn,

refreshments, pizza and cake. Plus,

a visit from Santa. RSVP is required by

Nov. 28, with the age of your child and the

number of additional family members at or 845-493-0364.

Book Signing: Book talk and signing

with Jeff Pearlman, sports writer and author

of a new book entitled, “Sweetness: The Enigmatic

Life of Walter Payton” at Mahopac

Library on Sun., Dec. 11 at 2 pm. Registration

requested; register at,

or call 845-628-2009, ext 100.

Old fashioned Christmas Dinner by the

Fireplace: Held at The Lodge at Tilly Foster

at 100 Route 312 in Brewster. Music, Fine

Food and a glowing fireplace await you and

your family. 6 p.m. - $25 per family. Reservations

Required: 845-228-4265. Visit www. for more info.

Thursday, December 15

Gifts for the Ladies Night: Come to the

The Winery at St. George located at 1715 E.

Main Street in Mohegan Lake from 5:30 to

11:45 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind gift buying

experience drink some wine as you shop.

Doors Open at 5:30pm, FREE admission,

complimentary door, prizes, music, wine

tastings, hors d’oeuvres & tapas available

and great unique vendor offerings. Call 914-

455-4272 or visit www.TheWineryAtSt-

Tuesday, December 20

Families 'Growing' Together: Take a

"Step Up To Health" with "Families Growing

Together" a year-long gardening program

for 20 Putnam families with children.

This program will provide an opportunity to

learn to plan a vegetable garden, grow vegetables

from seed, nurture your plants and

your family - and harvest your crops at their

best. Your children (5 and up) will have fun

learning too. There will be games and activities,

hands-on science experiments and kidfriendly

recipes your children can prepare.

How can your family be a part of Families

Growing Together? Send a check with a

$40 registration fee along with your Name,

number of children, ages of children, address,

phone number and e-mail address to:

Cornell Cooperative Extension, 1 Geneva

Road, Brewster, NY 10509. For more info,

call 845-278-6738, e-mail pcm6@cornell.

edu or visit

Friday, December 23

Chanukah: Temple Beth Shalom’s Chanukah

dinner and celebration will be held on

Fri, Dec. 23. Fun begins at 4:30 p.m., dinner

begins at 6:15 p.m. Dinner is $18 for adults,

$10 for children between 5 and 12, children

under 5 are free, and maximum per family is

$40. RSVP at 845-628-6133.

Saturday, December 24

Menorah Lighting: Temple Beth Shalom

of Mahopac will be leading the Menorah

Candle Lighting at the Jefferson Valley Mall

on Sat., Dec. 24th at 5:45 p.m.

Events subject to change, please

call ahead. For the most up-to-date

listings or to submit your own event,


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