Putnam County Edition June 2011
at Local Relay Events
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readers saying great things about
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I just wanted to take a moment to
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plan the whole day for my Mom and
attended everything on the list. We
had an awesome day together and I
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memorable one for her.
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On the Cover
L to R: Courtney McCormack, Heather
Strickland, Erin McCormack, Jill
Hughes and Kaitlin McCormack
(kneeling) smile as they prepare
for the upcoming Relay for Life
events in Mahopac and Patterson.
Photo by Dan Stockfield
table of contents
Photo by Dan Stockfield
Make Father’s Day Special p. 17
Sparkling Fireworks in Putnam p. 19
departments & columns
Restaurants & Reviews p. 4
Hit the Spot: Ramiro’s 954
Who’s Got It?: Farm Pickings
Theater and the Arts p. 6
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Secret Garden Tour p. 7
Outdoors p. 8
Chuang Yen Monastery
Money Matters p. 9
with Joseph Madio
L to R: Co-Chair Heather Strickland, Honorary Survivor Chair
Jill Hughes and Co-Chair Crissy Hajkowski
Putnam Pets p. 10
Sports p. 13
Business Beat p. 16
Cartwright & Daughters
Wellness p. 14
Zumba in Putnam
Eventful Rewind p. 18
Community Calendar p. 20
estaurants & reviews
Hit tHe Spot:
By Nicole Gallagher
and Mary Tietjen
Dining at Ramiro’s 954 in Mahopac
can be compared to going
to a school play and finding
Academy Award-winning actor
Robert De Niro playing the
lead. To say that it was not quite
what you expected is a huge
understatement. Not only does
the award-winning chef and coowner
Ramiro Jimenez create the
most wonderful combinations of
exquisite flavors with the freshest and most
succulent ingredients, he exudes a passion
for food that is palpable.
Ramiro’s 954’s menu consists of recipes
from Latin and Central America, Mexico
and the Caribbean, to which Jimenez adds
his own twist along with ingredients, including
local, organically grown produce; organ-
ic eggs; and farm-raised beef and chicken.
Each facet of this restaurant — from the
design of the open kitchen to the willingness
of the chef to answer any questions that you
might have about the food or its preparation
— tends to create a relationship with the
diner that can only be described as unique.
The sincerity on the part of the owners and
staff to welcome you and have you experience
both the food and the ambiance of the
restaurant is most appealing, as is the upstairs
dining room adorned with artwork
created by local artists. In addition to providing
unique cuisine, they also give back to
the community as best they can with various
donations to local organizations.
Cooking has been an integral part of
Jimenez’s life since his arrival in the U.S.
more than 20 years ago. He has held positions
in some of the most renowned and
largest Latin eateries in New York
and has been the recipient of many
prestigious awards. After years of
commuting to the city, and much
time away from his family, Jimenez
decided to follow his dream of having
his own establishment. Along
with partners Traci Medford-Rosow
and Joel Rosow, Jimenez and his wife
and restaurant manager, Jan, found
all the stars in alignment to create
Ramiro’s 954 (the address on Route
6) which opened in February of this
Our very pleasurable dining
experience at Ramiro’s
consisted of an appetizer
of Ceviche Ecuatoriano,
poached shrimp served in a
roasted tomato sauce flavored
with onion, orange, jalapeno
pepper and cilantro. Served
in a martini glass, the thinly sliced shrimp
swam in the delicate tomato sauce with just
the right touch of citrus and garnished with
a wedge of advocado. Not stopping there,
we shared a plate of the Empanadas de Picadillo.
This is Jimenez’s own grandmother’s
recipe of ground beef turnovers with onion,
garlic, pepper, raisins, red wine and a sweet
chipotle cream sauce.
For the main entrées, the Bacalao y Paella,
a pan-fried cod fish served over saffron rice
cooked with shrimp, clams, chicken, chorizo
and peas garnished with roasted pepper
erabeche. The second choice, Costillas
en vino tinto, a red wine-braised boneless
beef short rib dish served with celery root
puree, yucca frita and a chimichurri sauce.
Our meal was brought to an end with a great
conversation with the chef about the origin
and preparations of the yucca root and the
finest sugar-free cheesecake we had ever had
the pleasure of tasting.
As the Latin music played on in the background
and the food sizzled in the open
kitchen, we savored the last drops of white
wine sangria and thought, where are we?
Acapulco? Madrid? San Juan? We felt as if
we took a vacation, and yet here we were in
Mahopac at 954 Route 6, seemingly a world
away from where we started the evening.
This was certainly one of the most pleasant
and reasonable dining experiences we
could hope to find in Putnam County. During
dinner we were already daydreaming of
the next visit. We highly suggest grabbing a
friend and hitting this spot. If time is your
enemy like it is usually ours, they have a
take-out and bar menu for sampling the cuisine.
Don’t wait too long to sample this food;
it is worth the slow-down to do so. Ramiro’s
954 has live music during the month of June.
Continued on next page
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estaurants & reviews
Who’s Got It? Farm Pickings
Brewster Farmers Market
Municipal lot, 208 East Main St., Rte 22
& Rte. 6; Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m., mid-June to mid-November
Contact: KC Anderson at 914-671-6262
or visit www.betterbrewster.org.
Cold Spring Farmers Market
The former Butterfield Hospital parking
lot at the intersection of Rte. 9D and Paulding
Ave.; Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Contact: Village Office at 845-265-3611
or visit www.csfarmmarket.org.
Kent Farmers Market
770 Rte. 52, the Old Kent Town Hall; Saturdays,
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May through October.
Contact: James Sullivan at 914-804-6376.
Putnam Valley Farmers Market
Lake Peekskill Community Center, 7
Northway; Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
June through December.
Call: 845-528-0066 or visit www.putnam
Putnam Valley Farmers Market
Tompkins Corners Methodist Church,
729 Peekskill Hollow Road; Fridays, 3 p.m.
to 7 p.m., June through October.
Call: 845-528-0066 or visit www.putnam
Hit the Spot: Ramiro’s 954
Continued from page 3
Call for dates and times.
Hours of Operation: Closed
Monday except for private parties.
Tuesday-Thursday: 4-10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 4-11 p.m.
Sunday Brunch noon-3 p.m., dinner
3-9 p.m. Happy Hour is Tuesday-Friday,
4-7 p.m., including a
half-price bar (prix fixe menu Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
and Saturday before 6 p.m.; only $24). Weekend reservations
are recommended. For more information visit www.raimiros954
.com or call (845) 621-3333. They are also on Facebook.
Stop by and welcome the Jimenez family to Putnam County.
We encourage Eventful readers keep submitting restaurant suggestions.
Share your favorite local eatery with Nicole at gallagher@
Ryder Farm Cottage Industries —
400 Starr Ridge Road; self-serve organics;
spring-fall: potted plants and surplus
crops; winter: firewood.
Contact: Elizabeth Ryder at 845-279-
4161 or visit www.ryderfarmorganic.com.
Cascade Farm —Patterson
124 Harmony Road; Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.
to 11 a.m., June through October.
Contact: David Frost at 845-878-3258 or
Project Renewal — Garrison
St. Christopher’s Inn, 21 Franciscan
Way; Fridays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3
p.m., June through mid-October.
Project Renewal — Garrison
Hudson Highlands Land Trust, Intersection
of Rte. 9D & Snake Hill Road; Thursdays,
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June through mid-October.
Kent Lakes Farm Stand-Kent
164 Rte. 311, just west of the intersection
of Rte. 84 & Rte. 311; Wednesdays and Saturdays,
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 9 a.m. to
5 p.m., June through October.
Salinger’s Orchard — Brewster
230 Guinea Road; open 7 days a week,
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; fruits, vegetables, pies
Call 845-277-3521 or visit www.salingers
Green Chimneys Farm — Brewster
400 Doansburg Road; open 7 days
a week, June through October and for
Contact: Charlie Gook at 914-441-4567
or visit www.greenchimneys.org.
Niese’s Maple Farm — Putnam Valley
136 Wiccoppee Road; open year-round,
Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5
p.m.; weekends, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; maple
syrup, honey products, and more.
Contact Glenn Niese at 845-526-3748 or
Information provided by:
Putnam County Soil & Water Conservation
District, 841 Fair Street, Carmel, NY
10512. Phone: 845-878-7918; lauri.taylor@
Putnam County Agricultural and Farmland
Protection Board, 40 Gleneida Ave.,
Carmel, NY 10512. Phone: 845-808-1090;
theater & the arts
Hudson Valley is at Home with the Annual
By Rich Monetti
Treachery, war, political intrigue and star
crossed love, Shakespeare says it all — and
the stories are timeless. Five hundred years
later, the actual text doesn’t quite qualify. So
why not just translate and tweak it for the
rest of us? “You can’t change Shakespeare,
he’s been around too long,” says Abigail
Adams, managing director of the Hudson
Valley Shakespeare Festival in Cold Spring.
But for the past 25 years, this company has
made it their mission to keep it fresh and
make it understandable — without changing
Distilling rather than embellishing is the
official logline. These equity actors work
year-round perfecting for the summer series
and are diligent about making the characters
their own. It won’t sound like they
are reciting poetry but actually living the
lines, says Adams, who’s been on hand for
At the same time, the actors are also wellschooled
in the art of improv. They aren’t
anticipating the dialogue — they are reacting
and reading the lines in the moment,
Off the backdrop of the Hudson River,
there’s little need to get fancy with excessive
use of props, costumes or accents. “We
keep it simple and focus on the story,” Adams
The success of the formula is obviously
implied in the HVSF’s longevity. Having
the Wall Street Journal describing this
house as “having rival to none” has implications
they aren’t shy about accepting either.
“We’re very proud of that,” she says.
HVSF also feels pretty strongly when the
non-lover of the Bard comes away with
an understanding he
or she never thought
possible. There’s always
the wife who
brought the husband
who didn’t really want
to go, and then he’s the
one who gets the tickets
the next time, she
Of course, preceding
the picnic on the great
lawn can’t help but
Photo by William Marsh
by the river a family affair. Nonetheless, if
skeptical children have doubts about what
they’ll see under the pavilion, she’s confident
the experience and enjoyment will extend
well into night and the verse. “There
are a million reasons you should bring your
kids,” Adams says. “Live theater stimulates
the imagination. It encourages learning and
expands the boundaries of their minds.”
And suitable for kings and Capulets
doesn’t mean teenagers are apart from the
same type of drama in their own lives. “The
themes are what kids grapple with today —
betrayal, fractured families, prejudice ... it’s
all there,” she says.
Still, HVSF does allow itself to stray from
the strict adherence in other forms. Last
year, an “ad-rap-tation” called “Bombity of
Errors” was a hit. “It was a rap interpretation
on A Comedy of Errors,” she says.
As for this summer’s diversion, HVFS
will be doing a take on Jules Verne’s Around
the World in 80 Days. With five actors playing
39 parts, Adams says, “they’ll travel the
world in 90 minutes. It’s going to be a riot.”
Either way, comedy or tragedy, the audience
aren’t the only ones for which it never
gets stale. With each audience reacting
in their own way, she concludes from her
point of view, “It’s different every night.”
Look for Hamlet and A Comedy of Errors
For more information or to purchase
tickets, call the box office at 845-265-9575
or visit www.hvshakespeare.org.
6 Eventful Magazine - June 2011
Frank Lloyd Wright photo courtesy of Rand Bridget Otten
Partners with PARC welcomes you to this
year’s Secret Garden Tour on Saturday, June 11.
The day-long rain-or-shine event is a selfguided
driving tour to the best and most beautiful
private gardens in Putnam County.
Back by popular demand, the Secret Garden
Tour will also feature a house tour of the spectacular
and renowned Frank Lloyd Wrightdesigned
house on Petra Island on Lake Mahopac.
The home, built by the Massaro Family, is
believed to the be last known house in the U.S.
built on the exact location and with the plans
for which Wright intended and designed it. The
Massaro Family has recently restored the original
Frank Lloyd Wright Cottage, circa 1951,
which will also be open to tour.
This country driving tour will bring you to
private homes and renowned sites with formal
gardens, perennial flowering landscapes, pasto-
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ral fields and vistas, gorgeous roses, water gardens,
and herb and flowering vegetable gardens
throughout Putnam County. Home owners will
guide you through their landscapes, telling the
history of the gardens and answering questions
about plantings and designs.
New this year, the legendary Boscobel House
& Gardens in Garrison will open its gardens to
tour attendees. As an event sponsor, Boscobel
will be waiving its $9 grounds fee for all garden
tour ticket holders.
And don’t miss the stunning Stonecrop Gardens
in Cold Spring and its 63 acres of alpine
gardens, bog garden, woodland and water gardens,
cliff rock garden and an enclosed Englishstyle
Gardens will be open in Mahopac, Carmel,
Garrison, Putnam Valley and Cold Spring from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with special events and activi-
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ties taking place throughout the day, including
an expanded Cold Spring Farmers Market with
sales of annuals and perennials.
Advance ticket prices are $30 for all the gardens.
Only 90 tickets, at $125 each, will be sold
for the Frank Lloyd Wright house and cottage
tour plus all the gardens. Advance tickets may
be purchased online at www.PutnamSecret
This year’s sponsors include Boscobel House
& Gardens, Mahopac Marina, Hudson Valley
Magazine, and Partners with PARC.
Partners with PARC is a 501(c)(3) charity
that raises funds to support children and adults
with developmental disabilities in Putnam.
Support of its fundraisers aids people in need,
and contributions are tax deductible.
For more info, call 845-278-7272, Ext. 287,
or visit www.PartnerswithPARC.org.
2011 Sunset Series
Putnam Valley Town Park
156 Oscawana Lake Rd & Town Park Ln
Mardi Gras/Masquerade with music by Le Tchoup
with 2nd Annual “PV Pig Roast” (6-9 p.m.)
Acoustic/Rock Night – Jay Gisser, Different Drum
& The Melillo Brothers with a special appearance
by the Suburbia Roller Derby Girls. (6-9 p.m.)
*Event to be held at Putnam Valley High School
Beyond The Wall- Pink Floyd Tribute Band.
Opening Band -- Chylan with Dylan . (7-10 p.m.)
“Saturday Night Fever/Disco Night” with the
band, “Vertigo.” (6-9 p.m.)
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By Rich Monetti
If you happened to miss the Tang Dynasty
and would like to become more familiar
with Buddhism and the architectural majesty
of the period’s monasteries, it doesn’t
require a 15-hour flight
to China or heavy usage
of your Web browser.
In Kent off Route
301, the Chuang Yen
Monastery is a 225-acre
retreat dedicated to the
spirit, knowledge and
teachings of Buddhism.
The Great Buddha Hall
is a 24,000-square-foot
space styled in the
shadow of the time period
dating from 618
AD to 907 AD. Inside
sits a 37-foot statue of
the Buddha, which is
the largest of its kind
in the Western Hemisphere.
The Great Buddha
hall stands 84 feet high
and without internal pillars to support the
ceiling, the spacious confines leave the
statue unobstructed — even as it reaches
a capacity of 2,000 followers. Otherwise,
at the minimum of onlookers, this Buddha
never gets lonely. Encircling the contemplative
giant on the terrace are 10,000
small Buddhas looking just as content.
Photos by Matt Hernandez
Ground was broken on the monastery in
1981 and the Buddha took eight years to
complete. Given the size of the statue in the
main structure, the Buddha braved the elements
until the monastery was completed
On the northwest slope, among the
spread of offerings of Tang Dynasty architecture,
remembrance intersects with spiritual
rebirth at the 1,000 Lotus Memorial Terrace.
One thousand fifty steel niches — each
holding two urns — contain cremated remains
of the deceased; ceremonies are held
in the spring and fall to remember them.
The Tai Hsu Hall’s completion in 1990
lets the faithful and the seekers put the
proverbs into practice. Every Sunday, a
morning meditation is held, which is followed
by a book discussion
on Buddhism and a
vegetarian lunch offering.
Those in search of a
deeper understanding can
quiet the mind and expand
their knowledge at the
Woo-Ju Memorial Library.
It is open to all members
of the monastery, Buddhist
Association of United
States members, and any
visitor who has an interest
in the faith. Anyone over
16 can get a library card
and peruse the institutions
4,000 books — of which
1000 are in English.
Kids can be coaxed into
the interfaith learning experience
with a respite
along the Seven Jewels
Lake before taking to the Kuan-Yin Hall
for lunch. Overall, your camera won’t be
bored and the super relaxing atmosphere
among all the amazing architecture makes
the trip a memorable experience.
To visit the Chuang Yen Monastery located
at 2020 Route 301 in Carmel, call
845-225-1819 or visit www.baus.org.
8 Eventful Magazine - June 2011
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life, you need to change with them, especially
when it comes to insurance. Coverage that
meets your needs when you are 25 years old is
likely to be different when you reach age 55. As
you think about your evolution through life,
consider these important stages and the insurance
needs of each.
Protecting one of your most
When you are young and just beginning to
accumulate financial assets, your ability to earn
income is likely the foundation of your financial
future. Protecting that income is critical.
Consider this: If you are a 35-year-old earning
$50,000 per year, let’s say you have an additional
30 years of earning potential. With estimated
annual salary increases of 3 percent, you’ll earn
more than $2.3 million over the remainder of
What would happen to those you care
about if you could no longer work because
of illness, injury or death and your earning
power was gone? Chances are there would be
financial hardship unless you protected your
income with disability income insurance and
If your employer offers disability income insurance
as a benefit, you may assume you’re adequately
protected. However, that coverage may
be insufficient if you examine it closely. Also,
remember that group disability ends when you
leave your job. With today’s unstable job market,
that’s something to think about.
Individual disability income insurance policies
are available with various features and options,
and may be more affordable than you
think. Since your coverage stays with you, job
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Another way to protect your income is with
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Growing your assets
and saving tax dollars
As you grow more financially successful,
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that your income remains the foundation for
your future, but hopefully you’ll begin to have
more opportunity to improve your lifestyle, enjoy
more discretionary spending and save more
Again, insurance can be a valuable tool for
reaching your goals in this stage of life. Let’s
say you are a family with two wage earners and
you depend equally on both salaries to help
with financial obligations like college tuition.
You may also be trying to grow your retirement
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term life insurance to permanent policies. This
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A permanent life insurance policy can help
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Giving back and leaving your legacy
In later years, you may wish to leave assets
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Once again, certain types of life insurance
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Leaving a gift to charity with life insurance is
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If you are wondering which life stage you
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you, based on your financial situation and objectives.
Because each life stage goes by too quickly,
it’s important to make the most of every day.
Knowing that you and your loved ones are protected
will help you do just that.
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June 12, 2011 - 10 am - 4 pm
Join us for a day of Peace, Doggy Love
and Walk ’N Roll!
$1 Admission - Rain or Shine
Food ~ Raffles ~ Doggy Demos &
Contests ~ Kid’s Zone ~ Silent Auction
Pet Adoptions ~ Low-Cost Vaccines
Music By: Blue Mozart ~ Dark Blue
Not Fade Away ~ Under the Covers
Support our local rescue groups by bringing
a donation of pet food or supplies!
Doggy Rules: Vaccination Current, 6-foot
lead or shorter, one dog per handler, no
shockcollars or retractable leads, aggressive
dogs must leave the premises!
790 Long Pond Road, Mahopac
Pet of the Month
Nitrous is a German shepherd who lives
with us in Patterson. She was unwanted by
a man who wanted her to become a pitbull.
She isn’t the viscous type. She chews
on rocks, loves her “burger,” loves to chase
sticks and tennis balls, and visits all our
neighbors — whether invited or not. She
is the only dog in a house with 10 cats! She
has a lot of fun inside and out with them.
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10 Eventful Magazine - June 2011
Celebrating Life By
When Crissy and Jimmy
Hajkowski of Patterson got
married, everyone warned
Crissy about how difficult it
could be to be married to a cancer survivor.
When Jimmy was less than a year old,
he was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma,
one of the most common types of
childhood eye tumors. After many surgeries
and multiple rounds of chemotherapy,
he was declared cancer-free. Although it
has been 33 years since Jimmy was declared
cancer-free, a relapse is never out of the
question when it comes to cancer.
With emphasis on the phrase “in sickness
and in health,” they took their vows and
meant every word they said.
Days after the couple celebrated their first
wedding anniversary on Nov. 9, 2003, it was
Crissy who was diagnosed with cancer.
Crissy was diagnosed with plasmacytoma,
a type of cancer that forms in the
plasma cells of blood. At only 27 years
old, her world was turned upside down.
After 35 radiation sessions, Crissy spent
two years learning how to walk again. Unfortunately,
this type of cancer has a very
high recurrence rate, and a few years later,
more tumors were found inside her bones.
After more surgeries and radiation, she
was diagnosed with multiple myeloma —
a cancer that never goes into remission,
but rather one that needs to be managed.
While Crissy was lucky to have support
from family and friends on her cancer journey,
she also turned to the American Cancer
Society. They provided her with information,
emotional support, transportation to
go back and forth to her treatment in Boston,
and with wigs and information to help
her get through her hair loss.
In 2005, Crissy and Jimmy went to their
first Relay for Life event to show support for
Back row (l-r): Russ Hughes,
Jill Hughes, Chris Tacca,
Tracey Walsh, Erica Paris,
Patrick Liu, Erin McCormack
and Crissy Hajkowski; Front
row (l-r): Courtney McCormack,
Kaitlin McCormack, Kieran
McCormack (sitting), Heather
Strickland, Aidan Paris Devane,
and Brian McCormack
Photo by Dan Stockfield
for Life Events
Faith Ann Butcher
Relay is a fundraising event for the ACS
to raise money for cancer research and cancer
patients that has grown to represent so
much more. In addition to raising money,
the event is held to spread cancer awareness,
celebrate the lives of survivors, remember
those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite
a community in the fight against cancer.
The event was the brainchild of Dr. Gordon
Klatt, a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma,
Wash., who decided he wanted to raise
money for ACS in honor of his patients
in May 1985. For 24 hours, Klatt walked
around the track at Baker Stadium at the
University of Puget Sound. Throughout
the night, friends paid $25 to run or walk
30 minutes with him. He walked about 83
miles and raised $27,000 to fight cancer.
Nearly 300 of Klatt’s friends, family, and
patients watched as he ran and walked the
course. After this successful event, Klatt
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Celebrating Life, continued
thought about how other people could
partake in a similar 24-hour event in communities
across the country. He recruited
a small team of people and put on the first
Relay event in 1986.
Since then, Relay has developed into an
overnight event where people bring tents
and sleep out around the tracks. People of
all ages come out to bring the community
together and reminisce about their loved
ones who have died of cancer and honor
those who have survived while raising
money to fight for a cure. Now, almost 4
million people take part in Relay events in
over 5,000 communities in the U.S.
As the Hajkowskis walked the first lap,
known as the Survivor’s Lap, hand in hand,
something clicked and the two have been
committed to helping promote Relay, creating
awareness about the services that the
ACS offers and raising money to further
cancer research and provide additional support
services to cancer patients ever since.
They are not alone. Their story is similar
to that of other cancer survivors who have
been inspired by the work of ACS and the
Heather Strickland, a Mahopac resident
who is a teacher in Chappaqua, shares the
co-chair position with Crissy for the Relay
event in Mahopac. Heather is also a cancer
These two women have worked tirelessly
along with other volunteers and with the
ACS Event Director Tracey Walsh, who is a
former volunteer, to organize and promote
Since 1999, Putnam residents have raised
over $3 million for ACS by participating in
Relay events. This year, they expect to raise
more than an additional $300,000 through
the combined efforts of two Relay locations
— Mahopac and Patterson.
Photo by Bill Kennedy
Last year, the
paid for 1,352 rides
for nearly 150 cancer
for more than 250
survivors and caregivers,
assistance and resource
for 180 patients
and free housing
for more than 90
their family members
at the New York City Hope Lodge.
Relay for Life has been a uniting force
in Mahopac since 1999. For many, it isn’t
about whether you are participating in
Relay, but rather how are you participating
and why. Some do it because they
have lost a loved one to cancer, others
because they themselves have survived
cancer or they know someone who has.
The Patterson event, which takes place
at the firehouse on Rte. 311 in Patterson on
June 11 from noon to midnight, is in its second
year and is drawing people in from the
surrounding local communities including
Brewster and Pawling.
Whatever the reason that draws them to
Relay, everyone walks away recharged and
empowered.There are certain moments in
life that put everything else into perspective.
When you go to a Relay event, you can
experience several of those moments in one
day. Relay is full of moments that put life in
During the event, survivors are honored
with a ceremony
and by leading the
first lap. They are
also invited to a special
recognized for their
hard work and dedication
with a ceremony
and lap as
More so for sur-
Torches being lit at the 2010 Relay for Life event at Mahopac High School.
Photo by Bill Kennedy
vivors and caretakers, Relay becomes a
place of refuge — place where they put their
guard down, mingle with those who understand
and, for a moment, relax.
The event is a fundraiser; while teams
walk around the track, people from the
community are welcome to stop by and
partake in the festivities. There is a silent
auction as well as other activities such
as pony rides, an obstacle course, bingo,
Zumba, a Miss Relay contest, tournaments
and a Road to Recovery Rally.
At the Mahopac event, which is scheduled
from 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, to 7 a.m.
on Sunday, June 5, on the fields of Mahopac
High School, there will be an appearance
by the Hudson Valley Renegades mascot, a
health fair, live entertainment by bands such
as Dead End, and a craft area for kids provided
by Home Depot.
There will also be vendor booths set up by
the teams to help raise more money for their
One of the most emotional but spectacular
activities at the event is the Luminary
Ceremony. Candles are lit in memory of
people who have been lost to cancer, and the
candles are placed in luminary bags with the
person’s name on it. The bags are then lined
around the track, often forming several rows
People are still welcome to join existing
teams or start their own for either the Mahopac
or Patterson event. For more information,
12 Eventful Magazine - June 2011
T.J. Foley, Mahopac High
All-American Hopeful Looks to Win
Elusive Sectional Title
One look at Mahopac senior T.J. Foley is all it takes to see star
quality. There is no school like “old school,” and Foley is best
described as a throwback, a coach’s dream. As a three-sport
star for the Indians, Foley has shined as the starting quarterback
for the Section 1 Class AA runner-up football team and
the starting forward for the Section 1 Class AA Final 4 basketball
team, but it is on the lacrosse green where this Drexelbound
midfielder best excels.
In the midst of an All-American campaign, Foley leads the
state-ranked (No. 24) Indians with 40 goals and 47 points (as
of press time), leading Mahopac to a 13-3 record and a likely
No. 1 seed in the Section 1 Class AA playoffs in late May when
he hopes to bring home the gold for the first time since 2004.
After late-season playoff defeats on the gridiron and hardwood,
Foley and the Indians expect to finally represent Section
1 in the NYSPHAA tournament in early June when they hope
to compete for the second state title in Mahopac lacrosse history
(1996). Whether he achieves that goal or not, Foley has
certainly set the standard for three-sports stars at Mahopac
High for next generation.
Spotlights and photos by Ray Gallagher
Chelsea Lisikatos, Haldane High
Blue Devil RHP/Slugger Hopes to Go Out on Top
Haldane senior RHP Chelsea Lisikatos did some fine dining on
host Peekskill recently when she went 5 for 5 with nine RBIs in a 25-9
stomping of the Red Devils. The captain mashed two home runs and
a double and also struck out 15 in five scoreless innings in one of the
most impressive outings of her storied, All-NYS career, which recently
included the 1,000th strikeout of her career in a win over Beacon.
The University of North Carolina Charlotte-bound hurler hopes to
go out on top for the second time in her storied career in late May
while representing state-ranked (No. 7) Haldane (15-1 as of press
time) in the NYSPHAA Class C softball tournament this June. The
five-pitch windmiller with a career ERA under 1.00 and a batting average
hovering around .500 will go down as the greatest softball player
in Blue Devil history, having carved a swath of unparalleled success
as both a pitcher and a hitter, plus an extraordinary mentor to young
children of the Haldane-based community.
Lisikatos becomes the first Haldane softball player to sign a Division
I scholarship and the seventh Section 1 player since 2005 to play for
a major Division I program, joining the like of Putnam Valley alum
Katie McNamara (Southern Illinois), Horace Greeley’s Maddy Coon
(Stanford), John Jay-Cross River’s Ali Gardiner (Florida), Yorktown’s
Cassie Reilly-Boccia (Alabama) and Kasey O’Connor (Notre Dame),
and Somers’ Tammy Wray (LSU).
Zumba is a Party in Putnam
By Rich Monetti
Like any workout regimen, Zumba can
help you sculpt, tone and trim down. You
just have to put in the time and maintain the
consistency. “Is that all?” would typically be
the question of anyone who’s succumbed to
such a tall order. But Zumba makes short
work of the drudgery by kicking it up into
a frenzy that’s usually reserved for Friday
nights, according to Carol Garcia, a Zumba
trainer at the New York Sports Club in Carmel.
“It’s a party!” she says.
Otherwise, Zumba is a much more
grounded affair in comparison to its highimpact
aunt from the 1980s, aerobics.
“That’s a lot of jumping and hard on the
joints,” she says.
She’s also is quick to dismiss a structure
that has gone the way of Jane Fonda. “A one
and a two and a three and a four” is not
Zumba. “We crank the music and there are
no rules,” Garcia says.
In other words, it’s more a feel in which
she as the choreographer lays the foundation
and let’s the dancers assert their own
creative control. “I don’t speak, I don’t cue,
but I give you ideas about the dance and you
can interpret it anyway you want,” she says.
Curves has a similar take in Mahopac, according
to its owner Joan Serrecchia. “When
you start,” she says, “we don’t tell you what
to do; you learn as you go.” Encompassed are
the squats, ab work and core strengthening,
which kind of gets lost in all the dancing.
Fitness is also partially deflecting in favor
of learning dances like the merengue, the
mambo and the cumbia. “It makes it kind
of intriguing to learn all these moves,” Serrecchia
There’s no reason to leave the mystique at
the front door, either — whether the steps
are taken at NYSC, Curves, or Fred Astaire
Studios in Brewster. “Let me tell you, brother,
you can take these same moves and put
them to work on the dance floor any night
of the week,” Garcia says.
Of course, looking good is always a key
starting point when it comes to shaking it on
Saturday night, but the attitude others might
get off a treadmill cannot compare. “It’s such
a confidence-builder,” she says of dancers’
Still, there are likely those on the sidelines
who feel as though they lack the right kick
to join in. “I think anybody can do this,” Serrecchia
Garcia agrees that the learning curve for
the extra left footed is nothing more than
taking a simple step forward. “It’s really basic,”
she says. For instance, the merengue is
mostly a march, then you bend your knees,
move your hips, and before you know it, you
realize, she adds, “Oh my gosh, I’m dancing.”
There’s also plenty of room for error.
“We’re not trained dancers, so it’s a big support
system,” Serrecchia says. “We laugh at
each other — you laugh at yourself and get
healthy at the same time.”
But what of the inertia that’s usually needed
to get up off the couch after dinner? “Oh
no, you want to come
here,” she says.
The results then
pay off progressively
in terms of the
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training workout, she says.
So instead of doing cardio between the
hydraulic-based weight training, the Zumba
class is broken up by minute intervals
on the machines. You’re getting the best of
both worlds — Zumba cardio and Curves
strength training, she says of Curves Circuit
with Zumba Fitness®.
Either way, it adds up to the same thing.
“It’s fun and it’s a party,” Serrecchia says.
Back at NYSC, Garcia can see the difference
in her dancers. “So many start with big
puffy shirts and hang out in the back,” she
says, and “now those same people are in the
front” wearing midriff-baring shirts.
In the end, the burn between instructor
and dancers is cyclical and the fire is always
lit for the next session. “I feed off their energy,”
Garcia says, “and everyone looks forward
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listed on the menu sounded absolutely delicious and I had some
trouble choosing just one. I spoke to Lynn and asked her what she
suggested. She started by asking me if I had any food allergies,
which I do (celiac disease). Since they make all of them by hand,
she was able to advise me that there were three popsicles that I
could not have. She recommended the Banana Foster flavor. It
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I have gone back to Go Go Pops a few times in an effort to
taste all the flavors, plus their seasonal options and I am not only
greeted with a smile but they always remember and look out for
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Chiropractic Works Celebrates First Year
On June 1, 2010, Mary Rodda-Gaudino
DC (Dr. Mary) opened the doors to her
Lake Carmel office, Chiropractic Works. In
her first year, she has helped hundreds of
patients to live a happier, healthier life by
freeing them of interference in their nerve
system, vertebral subluxations, which can
cause not only pain but myriad issues.
“Chiropractic is a natural way to heal
the body, because true health is the full
expression of one’s Innate Intelligence,”
says Rodda-Gaudino. “It makes me very
happy when the patient sees the beauty of
the self-healing machine their body is and
potentially avoiding surgery and taking far
less pain medications.”
In addition to helping those who are in
pain, chiropractic care is recommended
for athletes, pregnant women, new mothers,
babies, children and adults of all ages,
especially those who have stress in their
Dr. Mary has also continued to stay involved
in the community by making special
time slots available to school athletes,
Tent Company Reaches new Heights with Party Rentals
As times have changed the past 30 years,
so too, have your party-planning needs. In
that time, Cartwright & Daughters Tent
& Party Rentals has continued to let the
good times roll, developing from a simple
mom-and-pop tent company to an all-out
party central establishment.
the reuptable Cartwright
located in the heart
of Putnam County,
has evolved from a
and canopy company
to a full-service party
F a m i l y - o w n e d
and servicing both
private and corporate events in Westchester,
Putnam, lower Dutchess and Fairfield
counties, Jerry Cartwright and his daughters,
Tracey, Laura and Jill leave no stone
unturned when it comes to planning your
party or just getting you the stuff you need
to ensure a top-notch event.
The service was expanded by branching
doing on-site adjustments for St. James
Church and offering adjustments at local
community events and fundraisers.
“I am so grateful for the support of the
community. They have really helped me
to grow so I am honored to be able to give
back,” Rodda-Gaudino says.
To celebrate the first year of Chiropractic
Works, be sure to stop in for a free con-
out with a sister company called Just 4 Fun
Entertainment Inc., which features quality
entertainment, amusements and rentals
for every occasion, including inflatable
rides, princess parties, airbrush tattoos,
fun foods, clowns and face painters.
If it’s bounce houses, inflatable water
slides, giant slides or obstacle courses
you’re looking for, Cartwright & Daughters
is your best bet. They also feature carnival
games, magicians, rock star parties, character
appearances, and so much more. If
you’re catering your own event, Cartwright
& Daughters can get you going with eve-
Dr. Mary Rodda-
offers a warm,
r a f f l e s
Lake Carmel, or call Dr. Mary at 845-225-
WORK (9675) to see how chiropractic can
rything from deep fryers to sterno trays,
warmers and state-of-the-art restaurant
supplies. They even have tent-cooling units
to ensure your comfort on those hot summer
days, and nothing comes in handier
on those days than a frozen drink machine
for piña colada-style
“We use [Cartwright
& Daughters] all the
time and we swear
by them,” said Sherry
Howard, director of the
Putnam Valley Sunset
Series. “They’re courteous
and happy to assist
us with all our party
From outdoor weddings
to Sweet 16s, this Carmel-based
company has it all. Visit them on the
Web at www.rentakidsparty.com or www
.rentaparty.com. Call them at 845-225-
9200 or connect with them on Facebook
(search Cartwright & Daughters or Just
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main location at 1707 Route 6, Carmel.
16 Eventful Magazine - June 2011
By Faith Ann Butcher
Help dad take a break from the dayto-day
craziness of life this Father’s Day.
Spend some time with him doing an activity
that he loves.
If fishing is what your dad enjoys, then
pick up some bait — and a fishing license
while you are there — and head out to
your local reservoir or lake. If you don’t
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Putt the ball around with your old man.
If you have clubs, book a tee time at one
of the many courses found in Putnam.
Otherwise, you can either go over to National
Golfworx on Route 6 in Baldwin
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Shoot at the range
Putnam County Fish & Game Association
offers its trap range open to the public
on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons
at its club located at 290 Drewville Road,
Carmel. Otherwise, it is a private club that
is only open to members and their guests.
For those who are willing to spend the
$125 a year on a membership, the place offers
a rifle range, pistol range and archery
course. For more information, call 845-
628-7669 or visit www.pcfga.org.
Go the movies
You should have an indoor option just
in case the weather is not willing to cooperate.
Two big movies are opening just
before Father’s Day: the action flick The
Green Lantern in 3D with Ryan Reynolds,
which is based on the comic book
series, and the family-comedy Mr. Popper’s
Penguins, starring Jim Carrey. The
recently renovated Carmel Cinema 8 on
Route 52 in Carmel or Empire Cinemas
on Route 22 in Brewster can keep you
comfortable and entertained while you
spend some time with your dad.
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Guide tO PutNAM
By Faith Ann Butcher
People wait with anticipation every
year to see the fireworks go off over one
of Putnam County’s numerous lakes and
By the time Eventful went to print, two
of the popular professional pyrotechnic
showcases had been confirmed for Independence
Cold Spring will once again host fireworks
over the Hudson River as the finale
to the day’s festivities on Monday,
July 4, which include the annual Fourth
of July parade and the Cold Spring Day
celebration. Rockets are expected to hit
the sky around 9 p.m.
Bursts of spectacular colors will also
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July 2, as the Lake Carmel Park District
will also host a fireworks display. The
show is expected to begin at 9 p.m.; the
rain date is July 3.
Many people have made it a tradition
to go to Katonah to hear the Pops, Patriots,
and Fireworks concert at Caramoor.
The Orchestra of St. Luke’s will perform
various patriotic pieces, and violinist
Charles Yang, featured many times
on NPR’s “From the Top,” will perform
Henri Vieuxtemp’s “Yankee Doodle”
variations. The concert will be held on
Sunday, July 3, in the Venetian Theater
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Others travel over the Bear Mountain
Bridge and head over to the U.S. Military
Academy at West Point on July 4 to
hear a concert by the West Point Band
featuring the Hellcats and Jazz Knights.
The finale, Tchaikovsky’s classic “1812
Overture,” features a fireworks display
and live cannon fire. Held at the Trophy
Point Amphitheater, the show starts at
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2K Walk n Roll to End Veteran Homelessness:
Held at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care
System — Montrose & Castle Point campuses
from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free to the public. Donations
of new and unused socks, male underwear,
travel size toiletries, shaving razors and
cream, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and
toothbrushes, dental floss, hand-held mirrors,
hair combs and brushes and laundry detergent
will be accepted at the event. Contact: Nancy
Winter or Dawn Schaal at 914-737-4400, Ext.
2255, or visit www.hudsonvalley.va.gov.
Friday, June 3
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov: Watch this
movie at the Depot Theatre in Garrison Landing
at 7 p.m. Music: “The Infanta” by The Decemberists.
Featuring Kelsey Landon, Carl Howell,
Maia Guest, Malachy Cleary. Hair/make-up by
Jenn Lee. Costumes by Charlotte Palmer-Lane.
Photographed and edited by Greg Gunder. Directed
by John Christian Plummer. Also playing
on June 4, 5 (at 5 p.m.), 10 and 11.
Sunset Jazz Soiree with the Art Labriola
Trio: The smooth sounds of jazz in the Rose
Garden by The Art Labriola Trio will be presented
from 6-8 p.m. at Boscobel, 1601 Route
9D in Garrison. Labriola has toured Europe
and Asia as a pianist and musical director and
as a musician with The Elliot Murphy Band. As
a composer, Labriola has won a Grammy, an
Emmy and a Clio award. Wine, cheese and light
hors d’oeuvres will be served. 21+ years. $35/
person, Friends of Boscobel: $30/person. Advance
ticket purchase required. Call 845-265-
3638, Ext. 115, or visit www.boscobel.org.
Saturday, June 4
17th Annual Snapping Turtle Walk: Did you
know the snapping turtle is New York State’s official
reptile? About 1,200 of them live in the National
Audubon Society’s Constitution Marsh,
located just below Boscobel House & Gardens
(1601 Route 9D in Garrison), and every June, female
turtles climb up the steep hill to Boscobel’s
lush lawns to lay their eggs. Join us to hear members
of Constitution Marsh discuss the habits
and history of these living fossils and introduce
live specimens to the audience. After the presentation,
guests may walk Boscobel’s grounds
in search of nesting females. Coffee, juice and
donuts served. Rain or shine. Adults $12, children
(6-14) $8 (under 6 free); family of four $32
($8 per additional child). Friends of Boscobel:
Adults $10. Reservations suggested; 845-265-
3638, Ext. 115 or visit www.boscobel.org.
4-H Fishing Clinic: Learn how to fish at
Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park from
10 a.m.-3 p.m. (rain or shine). All participants
will receive a free rod, reel and tackle kit; 2011
fishing directory; and a hat. Check-in begins
promptly at 10 a.m. and is free to children ages
8-14 (participants from previous 4-H Fishing
Clinics are not eligible to participate). Only
100 spots available. Co-sponsored by Cornell
Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development
Program and The Oasis Sportsmen’s Club
with support from The Jack Stewart Jr. Memorial
Fund. Call 845-278-6738 or visit http://
Children’s Wooden Toy Workshop: 10:30
a.m. at Southeast Museum, 67 Main St., Brewster.
Reservation required. Materials fee donation
of $5. Call 845-279-7500 or e-mail
Relay for Life at Mahopac High School: See
page 11 for details.
French Wine Tasting: At Patterson Wine &
Spirits, 1270 Route 311 in Patterson from 3-6
p.m. Call 845-878-1099 for more information.
Dinner with the Artist, Paul Thiessing:
Hosted by Tilly Foster Farm Museum, 100
Route 312, Brewster in The Lodge from 6-9
p.m. $50pp. Reservation required. Call Laurel
Snook at 845-453-1822 or e-mail tillyfosterfarm
People Against Domestic Violence BBQ
Fundraiser: People Against Domestic Violence
(PADV) is hosting a barbecue fundraiser from
1-5 p.m. at the Brewster Elks Lodge #2101 on
Route 22 in Brewster. There will be food, beverages,
music, raffles and more. They will be
honoring Michael McDonough for his lifetime
achievement to PADV. Tickets are $25/person,
$40/couple in advance, or $30 at the door. Children
under 10 get in free! Contact Kiersten at
845-628-9284, Ext. 21, for tickets.
Brewster Elks Annual Flea Market: Every
Sunday in June, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Items include antiques,
crafts, jewelry, glassware and new/used
furniture; bring your gold or silver vendor, will
pay cash. Call for info or reserve a spot 845-878-
9628. Vendors wanted, $25/space, members
Sunday, June 5
Birds of Prey: Celebrate the environment,
children and more than 100 remarkable raptors
up close at Green Chimneys Brewster Campus,
400 Doansburg Road, Brewster from 11 a.m.-4
p.m. Enjoy a stage show with some of your favorite
wildlife experts and celebrities, free-flying
bird demonstrations, a rehabilitated bird release
and dozens of raptors. There will be barbecue,
hay rides, pony rides, a bouncy castle, environmental
booths, wildlife workshops, vendors and
more. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for seniors,
$5 for children 3-11 and free for children 2 and
under and scouts in uniform. A family pass is
available for $35. Call 845-279-2995 or visit
www.greenchimneys.org for more info.
Tuesday, June 7
Undersanding Fibromyalgia: A Holistic
Approach to Chronic Pain and Fatigue: Discover
the non-drug solutions to help reduce
the pain and symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Learn
how nutritional supplementation, diet, exercise,
stress reduction, body detoxification and neurological
decompression will help manage this
devastating condition at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by
The Foundation of Wellness Professionals, 21
Peekskill Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley. Seating is
limited, admission is free. Call 845-528-2828 to
Wednesday, June 8
Sassy Spa Night for Ladies: Hosted by
Friends of PHC. Bring your mom, friends,
grandmas, daughters and aunts for a great night
of raffles, shopping and complementary spa
treatments! Come and enjoy an assortment of
food and desserts from the area’s finest restaurants.
From 6-9 p.m. at Camp Kiwi, 825 Union
Valley Rd in Mahopac. $35 per person. E-mail
email@example.com if you would like to
pay by credit card. You must pre-pay to attend.
Checks can be mailed to Mothers Club of PHC,
3667 Route 301 Carmel, NY 10512. Event sponsored
by Professional Women of Putnam and
Professional Women of Westchester.
Resume Workshop: Presented by Career
Works on June 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the Stone-
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French Wine Tasting
Saturday, June 4 ~ 3 to 6 p.m.
Patterson Wine & Spirits
1270 Route 311, Patterson s 845-878-1099
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wall Executive Center, 30 Route 118 in Baldwin
Place. Learn how to make your resume stand
out and target your interviews and your unique
value. Call 914-420-3832 or visit www.career
workstoday.com for more info.
Friday, June 10
All-Out Open House Weekend: All-Out Fitness
(862 Rt. 6 in Mahopac) presents a weekend
of free fitness assessments, special promotional
discounts, and program demos such as Zumba,
the All-Out Combine Athlete Program, Spartan
Boot Camp, and kickboxing. Everyone who
attends will qualify to win a 5-pack of 1-hour
personal training sessions, Under Armour gear,
and free class passes! Get yourself involved a
great training program. Call 845-628-0088 or
visit www.all-outfitness.com for more info.
Saturday, June 11
Relay for Life at Patterson Firehouse: See
page 11 for details.
Woodland Trail Day & Bird Walk: Find
your fine feathered friends at Boscobel (1601
Route 9D in Garrison) and celebrate scouting,
too! Join us for an early morning bird walk
designed just for Boscobel’s Woodland Trail
by members of the National Audubon Society’s
Constitution Marsh. Our 1.25-mile trail
winds through 29 acres of wooded landscape,
offers spectacular vistas of the Hudson River
and ends at the lush Constitution Marsh.
While hiking, please also admire the handy
work of Boy Scout Troop 235 (Heart of the
Hudson Council) who helped renovate and
revitalize the new trail extension last summer.
Grounds admission applies.* Adults $9, Seniors
(62+) $8, Children (6-14) $5, Children
(under 6) Free, Family of Four $25 (additional
$5 per person) *Scouts in uniform, accompanied
by a paid parent, get in free! Friends
of Boscobel: Free. Call 845-265-3638 or visit
Secret Garden Tour: See details on page 7.
HHLT’s 6th Annual Family Festival & Sleep
Over Under the Stars: June 11 and 12 at the
Claudio Marzollo Community Center of Philipstown.
Lots of fun outdoor activities for adults
and children like hula hooping, giant bubbles,
art, a wildlife presentation and a raffle with terrific
prizes. After the festival, families are invited
to stay for a Sleep Over Under the Stars
featuring a nighttime Owl Prowl Hike with
Putnam Highlands Audubon Society birders, a
rollicking campout sing-along and breakfast in
the morning. Doors open at 4 p.m., BBQ at 5:30
p.m. Call 845-424-3358 for more info.
Sunday, June 12
Julianne Heckert, soprano, Michael McKee,
baritone, with Paul Heckert to accompany on
piano: A selection of opertic arias and songs
at 4 p.m. Admission is free, contributions are
welcome. Chapel of Our Lady Restoration, 45
Market Street, Cold Spring. Call 845-265-5537.
Carmel Pack 1 Spring Recruitment, Raingutter
Regatta & End of Year Awards: At
Ryan’s Field in Carmel. In Cub Scouts, your
son will have lots of fun, learn new things and
make new friends. But Cub Scouting is much
more than that; it is fun — with a purpose.
Come find out what all the fun is about! You
and your son are invited to learn more about
Cub Scouting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See what
Carmel Pack 1 has to offer. Call Brett at 845-
490-3340 for more info.
Woofstock 2011: See page 10 for details.
Monday, June, 13
HVCPA Golf and Cocktail Reception:
With celebrity guest Clark Gillies, National
Hockey League Hall of Fame Legend, at the
Mahopac Golf Club. Tickets available for a
$10,000 cash raffle. Hudson Valley Cerebral
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Palsy Association is a not-for-profit, human
service organization that has been serving individuals
who experience disabilities throughout
the Hudson Valley since 1988. For info, call
Anna at 845-878-9078, Ext. 4201, or e-mail
Tuesday, June 14
Professional Women of Putnam Meeting:
Join us from 6-9 p.m. at Camp Kiwi, 825 Union
Valley Road in Mahopac, for guest speaker
Faith Ann Butcher’s presentation “Are You Media
Worthy?” Ever wonder why it seems like
certain businesses or events get all the publicity?
Find out how to get your company in the face of
the people who make those decisions as well as
how to pitch your story so they think you are
“media-worthy.” Catering by Fiesta Mexicana.
Price: $35 pp, includes dinner and dessert. Cash
bar. Register online at www.professionalwomen
Wednesday, June 15
Gallery Exhibition — Hudson River Contemporary:
Works on Paper: Co-curated by
Katherine Manthorne and James McElhinney.
This is the first exhibition of contemporary
art in Boscobel’s gallery. Featured in the exhibition
are works of art on paper, which are at
once personal, immediate and ephemeral. A
wide range of approach spans from realist and
abstract drawings in traditional materials, to
paintings on paper, constructions, collages,
photographs, digital images, installations
and conceptual art. Exhibit through Sept. 15.
Free admission with the purchase of a House
or Exhibition/Grounds Pass. Friends of Boscobel:
Free. Call 845-265-3638 or visit www
Sons of Italy NYC Trip: Join the Sons of
Italy for a trip to the Tenement Museum in
NYC and then lunch at Mario’s (on Arthur
Ave. in the Bronx). Find us on Facebook or
contact Michele Ment at 845-225-1144 for
Saturday, June 18
Boater Safety: The Town of Carmel Police
Dept. hosts an eight-hour New York State Boater
Safety Course at the Carmel Fire House, Rout
52 in Carmel. Pre-registration is required. Call
the Carmel Police Dept. at 845-628-1300 and
ask for the boater information line (ext. 935).
Children’s Leather Workshop: At the
Southeast Museum. Leather hides and skins
of animals were widely used by the colonists
for clothing, bags and
other necessities. Discover
the fun of leather
Six Week Summer Session
July 5-August 15
Handwriting Without Tears (3-5 years): Mondays 3-3:45
Handwriting Without Tears (K-2nd): Mondays 4-4:45
Language & Literacy (kids entering 1st): Tuesdays 2:15-3
Math Games (kids entering 1st) : Thursdays 2:15-3
Mini Masterpieces (3-5 years ) : Fridays 10:15-11
Mini Masterpieces (5-7 years) : Fridays 11:15-12
Painting & Drawing (7-9 years): Fridays 12:15-1
Play & Language 12-24 months : Tuesdays 10:15-11
Play & Language 24-36 months: Thursdays 10:15-11
Social Skills (4-6 years): Tuesdays 11:15-12
Social Skills (7-9 years): Thursdays 11:15-12
Mad Science (K-2nd grade): Mondays 11-12
**this class will begin July 18th
Summer session: $100/6 weeks. A 10% sibling discount is also available.
Early Bird Registration: Register By June 1st and receive $10 off/class
845.621.4922 s 926 Route 6, Mahopac, NY
Mon. - Sat. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm s Sun. 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
crafting and learn to
carve, punch and finish
a leather bracelet.
call 845-279-7500. $5
materials fee donation
hours are Tuesday
through Saturday, 10
a.m.-4 p.m. For more
information, please call
845-279-7500 or e-mail
July Moon: A documentary
Person: A screening
and discussion with
Filmmaker Karen Person,
presented by The
Schoolhouse and the
Putnam Arts Council
at 7:30 pm. Join us as
we return to 1969 with
Buzz Aldrin as he unfolds
the story of the
Apollo 11 landing on
the moon and provides
insight and context to this historic event. Film
to be screened in the Schoolhouse Theater at
3 Owens Road, Croton Falls. Tickets: $10, includes
light refreshments. Reservations recommended
— 914-277-8477 (Schoolhouse) or
Monday, June 20
Qi Gong: Internal Chinese meditative practice
that uses slow graceful movements to promote
the circulation of qi within the human
body. This “energy practice” is known to improve
mental clarity, emotional equilibrium,
and overall health. An eight-week Tai Chi Qi
Gong workshop will begin at the Mahopac
Public Library. 11:15 am. The fee is $50 per
person. Registration is required for this workshop;
register with payment at the Information
Desk at the Mahopac Public Library. For
further information, please call 845-628-2009,
Putnam Hospital Center Golf Tournament:
Annual fundraising golf tournament to
benefit Putnam Hospital Center at Ridgewood
Country Club in Danbury. Includes continental
breakfast, barbecue lunch, awards dinner
reception, silent auction and raffles. For golf
and sponsorship information, please call 845-
279-5711, Ext. 2963.
Saturday, June 25
Annual Summer German-Fest: Presented
by the German American Social Club of Peekskill,
located in Putnam Valley. A two-day celebration
of German foods, beverages, music,
singing and dancing, with fun for the entire
family. 11 Kramers Pond Road, Putnam Valley.
Admission is free for accompanied children
through age 16. Adult admission $10. Two
bands playing and singing modern and traditional
songs. Open June 25, 3-10 p.m. (gate
opens at 1 p.m.), and June 26, noon-8 p.m. Free
Monday, June 27
Carmel School Community Golf outing
at Trump National Golf Club: To benefit the
CTA Scholarship Fund. $185 per golfer. Contact
Rich Nordt at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Matt Murphy at email@example.com.
Tuesday, June 28
Mahopac-Carmel Chamber Dinner: An
evening of networking at Centennial Golf Club
in Carmel at 5:30 p.m. $30 per person, RSVP
to firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-
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