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Putnam County Edition June 2011

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Letter from the Publisher

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I enjoy the letters I get from Eventful

readers saying great things about

the happenings that we publish each

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Dear Eventful,

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attended everything on the list. We

had an awesome day together and I

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Eventful one, but I was very happy

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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

eventful

table of contents

june 2011

features

Relay

for

Life

p. 11

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

Chiropractic Works

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-

Ramiro’s 954

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

year.

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

Farmers Markets

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

valleyresidents.com.

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

valleyresidents.com.

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@

eventfulmagazine.com.

Farm Stands

Ryder Farm Cottage Industries —

Brewster

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

visit www.cascadefarmschool.org.

Project Renewal — Garrison

St. Christopher’s Inn, 21 Franciscan

Way; Fridays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3

p.m., June through mid-October.

Call 845-335-1141.

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.

Call 845-335-1141.

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.

Call 845-208-8697.

Salinger’s Orchard — Brewster

230 Guinea Road; open 7 days a week,

9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; fruits, vegetables, pies

and preserves.

Call 845-277-3521 or visit www.salingers

orchard.com.

Green Chimneys Farm — Brewster

400 Doansburg Road; open 7 days

a week, June through October and for

Christmas trees.

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

visit www.niesesmaplefarm.com.

Information provided by:

Putnam County Soil & Water Conservation

District, 841 Fair Street, Carmel, NY

10512. Phone: 845-878-7918; lauri.taylor@

putnamcountyny.gov; www.putnamcounty

ny.com.

Putnam County Agricultural and Farmland

Protection Board, 40 Gleneida Ave.,

Carmel, NY 10512. Phone: 845-808-1090;

george.michaud@putnamcountyny.gov;

www.putnamcountyny.com.

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theater & the arts

Hudson Valley is at Home with the Annual

Shakespeare Festival

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

a line.

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

12 years.

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,

she says.

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

says.

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

says.

Of course, preceding

the production,

the picnic on the great

lawn can’t help but

make Shakespeare

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

this summer.

For more information or to purchase

tickets, call the box office at 845-265-9575

or visit www.hvshakespeare.org.

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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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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

flower garden.

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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Secret Garden Tour

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

GardenTour.com.

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

June 11th

June 18th

July 9th

July 23rd

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.)

Thank you to Our 2011 Sponsors:

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outdoors

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

Finding Your

Zen

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

around him.

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.

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As your priorities change at every stage of

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

valuable assets

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

your career.

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

life insurance.

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

changes or periods of unemployment won’t interrupt

your protection.

Another way to protect your income is with

short-term life insurance that may be able to

be converted to permanent insurance later on.

Term insurance offers inexpensive protection at

a time in your life when you might have large

financial obligations like a home mortgage, and

Money

Matters

with Joseph Madio

Providing Solutions for a Lifetime

Insurance: A Lifetime Solution

for Financial Security

permanent life insurance may be financially

out of reach. Life insurance with a guaranteed

conversion feature may also give you the ability

to convert to permanent life insurance in case

your health changes.

Growing your assets

and saving tax dollars

As you grow more financially successful,

achieving your financial goals and accumulating

assets requires ongoing attention. It’s true

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

money.

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

savings. This may be the time to convert your

term life insurance to permanent policies. This

move may help you accumulate tax-deferred

cash value and still provide tax-free benefits in

the case of your untimely death.

A permanent life insurance policy can help

ensure a steady flow of dollars to supplement

retirement income for your survivors in case

you don’t reach retirement age. If both you and

your spouse are fortunate enough to retire and

live up to or beyond your life expectancies, it

may also give you an optional source of supplemental

income to help control the amount of

taxes you will pay in retirement.

Giving back and leaving your legacy

In later years, you may wish to leave assets

to loved ones or charities that are important to

you. Of course, you’ll also want to avoid having

to deplete your assets in case you or your

spouse becomes ill during this life stage.

Once again, certain types of life insurance

provide the flexibility to reach these goals. Tax

diversification through life insurance can help

you reduce the amount of taxes due, and thus

increase the size of your estate. Thanks to a taxfree

death benefit, it may be a good way to help

offset your taxable investments so your family

can make the most of your financial legacy.

Leaving a gift to charity with life insurance is

a flexible, cost-effective and, in many cases, taxadvantaged

strategy that will benefit your cause

after your death.

If you are wondering which life stage you

are in and what type of insurance you need, an

insurance review with a financial advisor can

be helpful. Be sure to ask him or her about the

insurance policy’s features, benefits and fees,

and whether the insurance is appropriate for

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.

The above article is by:

Joseph A Madio

Ameriprise Financial Advisor

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Putnam Pets

Woofstock

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

Microchipping

Music By: Blue Mozart ~ Dark Blue

Not Fade Away ~ Under the Covers

Hilltop Hillbillies

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!

Sycamore Park

790 Long Pond Road, Mahopac

E-mail: woofstockny@yahoo.com

www.woofstock2011.com

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.

Eventful’s Pet Spotlight

We want to meet your pet! Send us a photo

and some info, including the breed, hometown,

hobbies, talents and favorite place, toy and

treat. All pets are welcome and encouraged.

Send us your pet online at www.eventful

magazine.com or mail it in to Eventful Magazine,

P. O. Box 234, Carmel, NY 10512.

Join us for a great night

of networking & education!

Tuesday -June 14th

Guest Speaker: Faith Ann Butcher

Meet Nitrous!

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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

a friend.

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

Local Relay

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

Relay events.

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

survivor.

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

Relay.

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

money raised

through the

Putnam events

paid for 1,352 rides

for nearly 150 cancer

patients undergoing

treatment,

support groups

and workshops

for more than 250

survivors and caregivers,

financial

assistance and resource

referrals

for 180 patients

and free housing

for more than 90

patients receiving

treatment and

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

perspective.

During the event, survivors are honored

with a ceremony

and by leading the

first lap. They are

also invited to a special

luncheon.

Caretakers are

recognized for their

hard work and dedication

with a ceremony

and lap as

well.

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

cause.

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

around it.

People are still welcome to join existing

teams or start their own for either the Mahopac

or Patterson event. For more information,

visit www.relayforlife.org/mahopacny.

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Senior Spotlight

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

sports

Senior Spotlight

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).

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wellness

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

says.

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’

new-found proficiency.

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

says.

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

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So instead of doing cardio between the

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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

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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

was truly amazing.

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

my food allergies.

This is definitely a place you must visit the next time you are

in Cold Spring.

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usiness beat

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

lives.

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.

Since 1981,

the reuptable Cartwright

& Daughters,

located in the heart

of Putnam County,

has evolved from a

straightforward tent

and canopy company

to a full-service party

conglomerate.

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

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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-

Gaudino (below)

offers a warm,

family friendly

environment.

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help you.

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

drinks.

“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

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From outdoor weddings

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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.

Fishing

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Golfing

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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For those who are willing to spend the

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Go the movies

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fireworks

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

waterways.

By the time Eventful went to print, two

of the popular professional pyrotechnic

showcases had been confirmed for Independence

Day weekend.

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

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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

at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $70,

and children under 16 are half price. For

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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

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Thursday, June 2

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://

counties.cce.cornell.edu/putnam.

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

educator@southeastmuseum.org.

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

rentals@gmail.com.

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

$20/space.

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

register.

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

friendsofphc@gmail.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

www.boscobel.org.

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

community calendar

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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Community Events, con’t

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

annatrovato@hvcpa.org.

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

ofputnam.com

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

.boscobel.org.

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

more information.

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

Summer

Classes

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

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crafting and learn to

carve, punch and finish

a leather bracelet.

Reservation required;

call 845-279-7500. $5

materials fee donation

requested. Museum

hours are Tuesday

through Saturday, 10

a.m.-4 p.m. For more

information, please call

845-279-7500 or e-mail

educator@southeast

museum.org

July Moon: A documentary

by Karen

Person: A screening

and discussion with

the Director/Producer/

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

845-803-8622 (PAC).

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,

Ext 100.

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

parking.

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 rnordt@carmelta.org or

Matt Murphy at mmurphy@carmelta.org.

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 info@mahopaccarmelchamber.com or 845-

628-5553.

For the most up-to-date event

listings or to submit your own

event, visit eventfulmagazine.com

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