December 2010 - Eventful Magazine

December 2010 - Eventful Magazine



Putnam County Edition December 2010

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Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours


Happy Holiday Guide

Ringing in

the New Year

Celebrate the arrival of

2011 with food, friends

and non-stop fun. p. 16


table of contents

december 2010

Local Shopping

p. 9

Starting Family



Beat Holiday Stress


School Break


Great local places to keep your

kids active during the Holiday

& winter school breaks p. 12


& columns

Restaurants & Reviews p. 5

Hit the Spot:

Who’s Got It?: Homemade Soups

Theater and the Arts p. 7

Holiday Happenings

Money Matters p. 8

with Joseph Madio

Outdoors p. 13

Thunder Ridge

Nova’s Woof Notes p. 14

Sports p. 15

Local Basketball Heats Up

Wellness p. 17

New Year, Fresh Start

Eventful Rewind p. 18

Your Interests p. 19

Holidays at Home

Pay It Forward p. 20



Community Calendar p. 21



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By Nicole Gallagher

A notable railroading town -- has

made a splash on the Putnam County

map for quite some time now as a staple

stop as far back as the Revolutionary

War. Anyone who has ever been

to Cold Spring can see it bursts with

history, hiking and biking and a great

sense of small-town America. This

rebuilt riverfront town has much to

offer locals and tourists during the

spring, summer and fall months –

but winter is not forgotten, just head

toward the tracks and stop by the famous

Depot Restaurant and see for


The food and drinks at the Depot

are still keeping souls warm with year-round

popularity; from the locals who gather to talk

about art and literature or their famous NYS

champion Haldane Girl’s Basketball and Volleyball

teams, to the transients who can’t resist

a quaint stop along the rails or waterway.

History indicates that the Depot was built

as a passenger car and freight terminal in the

late 1800’s. It became a restaurant in 1972

and a delightful floral outdoor park was built

in 1986. It can be spotted at the end of Main

Street as one arrives to the Cold Spring Depot.

The dining room, and its separate bar and

lounge area, are warm and cozy with a casual

table setting. Portraits on the wall, duplicated

from old postcards reflecting actual people

and scenes from turn-of-the-century Cold

Spring life, create great conversation for diners.

And should you plan on bringing the little

ones to the Depot, they will be entertained

every 10-15 minutes with the passing of one

of the 68 commuter, freight and cross-country

Amtrak trains that pass by the windows

at speeds up to 115 MPH every day. Even if

you don’t love trains, there’s something about

hearing the whistle, feeling the rumble and

seeing the railroad cars fly by that takes lunch

and dinner to another level.

During the cold winter months, good grubseekers

can enjoy the cozy dining room with

two gas fireplaces or the warmth from a roaring

live fire in the bar and lounge area. Either

location will provide a great dining experience

and the perfect location for small talk or business.

An outdoor bar and spacious seating areas

provide great spring/summer ambiance, too.

Together with a Friday night clambake and

Dixieland music on weekends, it’s a local hot

spot. Friday nights often feature an open buffet

BBQ: steaks, ribs, chicken, shrimp, dessert

table, with all the trimmings, all for only $32.

Food Suggestions

The Depot’s menu focuses on comfort food

like burgers, sandwiches, pot pie and meatloaf.

They also provide a choice of steaks,

chicken and seafood. Try the BBQ St. Louie

Ribs at $9.50 and enjoy a half rack of tender

meat that drops right off the bone.

Warm up with a piping hot crock of Three

Cheese Onion Soup; at $6.99 this zesty onion

soup topped with a crispy layer of three cheeses

is baked to perfection. A perfect match for

the onion soup would be the Pompano Panini,

which has a ton of shaved medium-cooked

restaurants & reviews

Hit tHe Spot: Cold Spring Depot

roast beef, topped with caramelized onion.

This panini creation is finished off with horseradish

mayo and pepper jack cheese for just

$9.99. Served with fries, you can’t beat it.

Appetizers, soups and salads range from

$5.99 to $13.50. When down along the banks

of the majestic Hudson River, nothing hits the

spot like a scrumptious raw bar, which ranges

from $2.50 to $11.99. Sandwiches, which cost

$9.99 to $14.99, are served with fries. Entrees

range from $19.99 to $22.99 (or add a dinner

salad for $2.50 more). Kids’ meals are set at

$9.99, with enough for two heaped upon the

platter. The depot has a full service bar offering

an assortment of wines and spirits ranging

from $7 to $42.

While owner Tom Rolston multi-tasks between

the rural streets of Cold Spring to the

bustling boulevards of Manhattan and where

he owns another dining destination (Tom &

Tunes), he can be found on the weekends oiling

this well-run machine. The Depot’s pleasant

waitstaff and bartenders deliver a pleasant

dining experience any day, any season. They

cater to lunch and dinner appetites daily from

11 am to 10 pm. at 1 Depot Square, Cold

Spring, NY. Visit:

or call 845-265-5000 for more information. n

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estaurants & reviews

Who’s Got It?


987 Rt 22, Brewster


The goods: specials change each

week, but their standard and go-

to-soup is French onion all year


The Southeast Grille House

Route 6, Brewster


The goods: New England clam chowder,

split pea, hot cherry pepper chicken,

chicken noodle.

Arthur Avenue

1854 Route 6, Carmel


The goods: Chicken noodle, Manhattan

clam chowder, potato leek and lentil.

Cutillo’s Restaurant

1196 Farmers Mills Rd, Carmel


The goods: Pumpkin, New England fish

chowder and hot or cold butternut squash.

Foundry Cafe

55 Main Street, Cold Spring


The goods: Lentil, chicken and rice,

chicken noodle, split pea, eggplant, spinach

and potato.

The Freight House Cafe’s

vegetable soup




The Freight House Cafe’s cream of mushroom soup

Angelina’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

43 Chestnut Street, Cold Spring


The goods: Pumpkin squash with maple

syrup, spicy chicken tortilla with crushed

red tortilla chips, pasta fagiole and red

lentil with carrot shavings.

Garrison Valley at the Garrison

Route 9, Garrison


The goods: Celery root soup, chilled potato

& leek soup, chicken noodle. Usually

sold in restaurant, but will do a pick up order

if called in.

Cafe Piccolo Pastry & Bagels

2 Mahopac Plaza, Mahopac


The goods: Minestrone, lentil, Italian

wedding, chicken and rice, Manhattan

clam chowder, pasta fagiole

and split pea.

The Shamrock Castle

173 Haviland Drive,




The goods: Daily soups

are offered, but customer

favorites are the chicken corn

chowder and chicken cordon

bleu soups.

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During the cold winter

months, one of the best

places in Putnam County

to warm up with some savory

soup is the Freight House

Cafe. You can enjoy vegetable

soup any day of the week, however,

keep your hunger eye out for the

Freight House’s cream soups, such as

celery, fennel, sweet potato and potato

leek. Also be sure to try the carrot/

ginger or chicken soup or the fan favorite,

filet mignon with sweet potato


The Freight House’s soups are all

organic and homemade with love and

locally-grown vegetables.

Pair your soup with one of the

Freight House’s wraps, sandwiches,

gourmet coffee or special cappuccino.

The Cafe houses local artists’ paintings,

photos, greeting cards, lotions

and soaps. They hold open mic day

each Saturday from 11 - 2. On rainy

days, come in to warm up and play

games, read or just relax. The Freight

House Cafe is simply a place where

grown-ups hang out!

Stop by The Freight House Cafe at

609 Route 6 in Mahopac, call 845-

628-1872 or visit them online at www.

The cozy interior of The Freight House Cafe

6 Eventful Magazine - December 2010

theater & the arts

Music and Art Inspired by the Season

By Faith Ann Butcher

Music and art that expresses the feelings

of the holiday season fill Putnam County

during the month of December. Take the

time enjoy a performance, visit the galleries

and find that unique gift for someone


Putnam Chorale will be performing a

free holiday concert at United Methodist

Church, 83 Main Street in Brewster on

Sat., Dec. 4 at 7:30 pm. The child friendly

concert will encourage the audience

to sing along and join the Chorale and

Brass Quintet in a musical celebration of

the season. The Putnam Chorale will also

perform their annual “Handel’s Messiah-

Community Sing Along” at Gilead Presbyterian

Church, 7 Church Street, Carmel

on Sat., Dec. 11 starting at 8 pm.

A “White Christmas Big Band Concert,”

will be performed at Hope in Life

Church, 575 Drewville Road in Carmel on

Sat., Dec. 4 at 7 pm and Sun. Dec. 5 at 4

pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for

Arts on the Lake Plans Holiday

Show and Band Battle in 2011

Photo by Chris Casaburi


is often

the month

for reflection

as one

year comes

to an end

and plans are

made for another


to begin.

Kent’s Arts

children 12 and under. Call 845-279-6200.

The TreasureHouse Chorale and its

Chamber Orchestra and Soloists will perform

their 21st annual Advent-Christmas

Concert “Messe Solennelle,” featuring the

towering Saint Cecilia Mass of Charles

Gounod, plus works by Handel, Mozart,

and Rutter at St. James Church, 16 Gleneida

Avenue, Carmel on Sun., Dec. 12 at

7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 per person. For

more information, call 845-225-2079 x10.

Arts on the Lake will have a Holiday

Potpourri show on Dec. 11. See below for

more information.

A must see this season is the spectacular

collection of more than 100 international

crèche displays presented by the Franciscan

Friars of the Atonement in the Graymoor

Spiritual Life Center, 1350 Route

9 in Garrison during daylight hours from

Dec. 5-Jan. 9. Started by the late Father

Joseph P. Egan, SA, the collection features

hand-made and mass-produced crèches

from almost every continent and country.

on the Lake, 640 Route 52, is no different.

Lake Carmel can freeze over for skating

and the Art Center in the former firehouse

can be covered in snow

but activities continue unabated.

On Saturday, December 11,

Arts on the Lake plans Holiday

Potpourri, a performance of

short pieces, stories and music

for children and adults. Scheduled

for 7 p.m., this holiday

show will include work from

some of the classes at Arts on

the Lake as well as performances

of musicians and actors.

From the children’s art class

taught by Mary Schreiber, an

Ogden Nash Bestiary is being developed

that will include art by the children and

poems by Ogden Nash.

Musical Advisory Committee members

Kati Mac and Midhat Serbagi are

planning musical elements for the Potpourri.

By Chris Casaburi

The crèches are made from varying materials

such as straw, wood, ceramic, stone,

paper and even elk horn. Call 845-424-


There are many opportunities to support

local artists this season and to give unique

handmade gifts to your loved ones. The

Garrison Art Center, 23 Depot Square in

Garrsion hosts its Handmade Ornament

Show and Sale as well as a student/faculty

art exhibition Dec. 10 through Dec. 23.

Check out the Juried Craft Showcase and

Sale at the Putnam Art Council’s Belle Levine

Gallery, 521 Kennicut Hill Rd., Mahopac

any day except Mondays through

Dec. 19 from 12-5 pm.

Tilly Foster Farm, 100 Rt. 312 in Brewster

hosts a Holiday Craft Fair on Sat., Dec.

4 from 9 am - 3 pm and Desmond Fish

Library, 472 Rt. 9D in Garrision hosts its

19th annual Holiday Boutique Dec. 2-5

and Dec. 9-12.

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And a new play – Santa’s Password – is

being developed by the theatre program.

Authored by Kevin O’Brien, who has performed

at the Center, Santa’s

Password is the story of bad

boy Jace who hacks into – you

guessed it – Santa’s list of who

is naughty and who is nice.

Battle of the Bands

in January

Partnering with AFA Recording

Studio, a Battle of the

Bands is scheduled for the

Lake Carmel Cultural Center

on Friday, January 7. The

Grand Prize will be recording

time at AFA, located near Peekskill, for

3-4 songs. Interested local bands should

contact Chris or Greg

now. Should the January

7 date fill up, a second date of January 21

is being held in reserve.

Eventful Magazine - December 2010 7

As we enter the third holiday season

after the onset of the “Great Recession,”

American consumers may be battling


fatigue. We’ve


We’ve saved.

When do we get

to reward ourselves?

Sure, it

would be fun

to celebrate the

holidays with a big spending binge, but if

there’s one lesson to be learned from the

recession, it’s the importance of fiscal prudence.

Don’t let the impulse to buy your

way to happy holidays overrule your good

judgment. Here are some tips for keeping

your holiday spending within reason and



with Joseph Madio

The Secret to Happy Holidays:

Spending with Discretion

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your conviction by imagining how

good it will feel to enter January with money

in the bank rather than paying off credit

card bills.

Make a firm budget. Think realistically

about how much you have available to

spend. If you’re tempted to spend lavishly,

force yourself to imagine the painful consequences

of overextending yourself. Keep

track of your purchases and monitor your

progress to avoid getting carried away.

Narrow your list. If you’ve fallen into a

trap of “gift-sprawl,” make this the year to

pull in the reins. Prioritize your list and

give according to your ability.

Start early. Last-minute shoppers tend

to spend more on impulsive purchases.

Spreading your holiday shopping across

twelve months is easier on your monthly

budget. It’s also easier to find deals in the

off season when retailers are anxious to

move last year’s merchandise and make

way for the new.

Shop on a cash-only basis. When possible,

pay with cash rather than checks, debit

cards or credit cards. The tangible aspect

of spending cash allows you to see how

quickly money goes and can help you stick

to your budget.

Think outside the store. Save money by

giving homemade gifts rather than store-

bought items. Encourage your kids to skip

the malls and give of themselves. Grandparents

are likely to appreciate a child’s

artwork or helping hands far more than a

scented candle.

Rethink excess. Does everyone in your

family really need a dozen presents under

the tree? Some large families and groups

of friends choose to limit overall spending

by drawing names so that each person receives

one nice gift rather than buying for

the entire gang.

Put people first. Our consumer society

encourages us to get carried away with material

things. Yet the most meaningful part

of the holidays is spending time with the

people we love and sharing our abundance

with those who are less fortunate. It doesn’t

cost a thing to step back from the shopping

rat race and savor the moments.

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It feels like summer was

just here, but Thanksgiving

has already passed

and the holidays are right

around the corner. As we enter

the season of giving, our

focus seems to shift to shopping.

The big malls in surrounding

areas are crammed

with people, making your

shopping experience even

more stressful. Before you

brave the mall traffic, consider

the unique gifting opportunities

right here in


Happy Holiday Guide

Holiday Shopping in Putnam

If You Want Antiques...

Putnam County has no shortage of antiques.

Regardless of what side of the county

you happen to be on, there are some

great options:

Yellow Shed Antiques, located at 571

Route 6 in Mahopac is home to many

unique pieces that will make great additions

to any collection; (845-628-0362). In

nearby Patterson shoppers will find two more

antique stores: At 2604 Route 22 is Antiques

of Patterson (845-878-4630) and at 1287

Route 311 is Fanny Doolittle Antiques (845-

878-6766). Both offer a variety of collectible

gift ideas that are sure to please.

On the other side of the Taconic, Cold

Spring is home to many antique stores where

you are sure to find whatever it is that you

seek. Bijou Galleries at 50 Main Street represents

more than 30 dealers of art, antiques

and collectibles in a bright and cheerful atmosphere;

(845-265-4337). Downtown Gallery

located at 40 Main Street is the largest

antiques center in Putnam County, specializing

in art, antiques, collectibles, vintage

clothing and textiles; (845-265-2334).

Just a short distance away is Hudson

Rogue, located at 255 Main Street in Nelsonville.

For more than 30 years they have provided

shoppers with a wide variety of antique

prints, maps, posters, books, autographs,

postcards and more; (845-265-2211).

More Than Just Gifts

The great thing about Putnam is that most

businesses are independently owned and

therefore a more personalized shopping ex-

perience is provided. Here are some of the

great businesses that have offer a variety of


Bella Rose Boutique has a great selection

of gifts for any woman or girl in your life.

Many big brands are offered including Spanx,

Ed Hardy, Godiva, Mikasa Crystal, Hobo and

much more. You can find anything from jewelry

to accessories to glassware to stationary

to bath crystals. Bella Rose Boutique can help

you to find the perfect gift for kids or adults

that’s close to home while saving you money.

Stop in the store, located in the Lakeview

Shopping Center at 1151 Route 22 in Brewster

or call 845-276-5044.

Cold Spring once again has much to of-

fer when shopping for

the holidays. Indigo

Chic Boutique located

at 80 Main Street features

women’s fashions, accessories,

and premium

denim; (845-265-3263).

Archipelago at 119 Main

Street has great gifts, including

wine charms,

marble coasters, bath

gels, wine glasses, champagne

flutes, martini sets,

candles, furnishings and

garden accessories; (845-

265-3992). The Country Goose located at

115 Main Street offers kitchenware, candles,

Crabtree & Evelyn, gourmet food gift

baskets, kid’s toys, Groovy Girls, Zutano

baby clothes and greeting cards; (845-265-

2122). The Country Touch at 97 Main

Street is a great place for home decor. It offers

a large selection of handcrafted wooden

signs, framed folk art, Camille Beckman

Hand Cream, Heritage Lace and so much

more; (845-265-5210).

Give 'em Something Different

For the people who have everything, a oneof-a-kind

gift can go a long way:

By Hammer - By Hand located at 293

Route 6 in Mahopac offers some really great

hand-crafted, original items. Also be sure to

ask them about custom-made orders; (845-

621-1725). If you are looking for a personalized

gift idea, then DSP Gallery, Inc., located

at 16 Mt. Ebo Road South, Suite 8 (by

appointment) in Brewster can certainly create

just that. As one of Putnam’s finest photographers,

Dan Stockfield has been helping

families create great memories and keepsakes.

Family portraits are great as gifts and

make perfect greeting cards; (845-207-3045).

If you’re looking for creative clothing, Art to

Wear at 75 Main Street in Cold Spring is the

place for you to browse through a selection of

modern art clothing for creative professional

women who appreciate clothing with personality,

comfort, innovative styles and rich

printed fabrics; (845-265-4469).

Just outside of Putnam at 11 West Main

Stree in Pawling is a great little artisan store

called Made with Love. The handmade prod-

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Eventful Magazine - December 2010 9

By Jamie Imperati

It always amazes me how

so many families have

such diverse holiday traditions.

My children are only

two and three years old, and I

have already started my own

traditions with them. Sure

I have carried on traditions

that my parents started with

me and my sister, but it is nice

to start your own. This year,

I will be buying the “Elf on a

Shelf ” book and doll to share

with my children. I know a

few families who do this and

the kids love getting up each

morning and finding the elf

hidden in their house.

When I was young, my sister and I wrote letters

to Santa and we left cookies and milk for Santa

on Christmas Eve. My favorite part of Christmas

morning was unwrapping the stocking stuffers

and the smallest gifts always made me happy.

Some families have traditions based on food.

For example, Italian families have seafood on

Christmas Eve and some celebrate by preparing

seven different fish dishes. For my family, a tradition

was dessert. My mom made the greatest

cream puffs and chocolate pudding pie!

Decorating the tree is lots of fun for my children!

Growing up, my father always brought

home a huge tree. We would listen to Christmas

carols while going through boxes of ornaments

and reminisce about where each one came from.

My mom saved everything, and we had ornaments

from nursery school and Kindergarten

hanging on our tree until I was well into my twenties,


Watching holiday movies is another great tradition

and I will confess I like the Chevy Chase

“Christmas Vacation” movie. My kids on the other

hand had me watching “Frosty the Snowman”

everyday last year!

A special tradition I have started for my kids

is to buy a book and write little notes in it about

what is going on at this point in their lives. I date it

and each holiday we take out the books and read.

A fun craft to do with kids is to make our own

wrapping paper and gift labels. You can buy rolls

of brown kraft paper at your local store and have

the kids decorate it with stamps, stickers, markers,

crayons, etc. Each gift you wrap will have that

extra special touch! You can also make your own

gift labels with plain white labels and have the

kids decorate them as well.

Taking a family holiday portrait is a big tradi-

Happy Holiday Guide

Holiday Traditions ucts

tion for me. I love professional

photographs of my kids

and schedule their sittings

well in advance to be sure my

cards hit the mail in early December.

This way, family and

friends can enjoy our picture

for the entire holiday season.

I reached out to a bunch

of friends on Facebook and

solicited their family holiday

traditions and here are some


Cutting down a tree together

- kids are now 21 and

24 and we still do it!

Making wreaths out of

pine cone branches from the

back yard, adding garnishes like red bows, small

decorations, etc.

Caroling with my local Girl Scouts.

Our Christmas Eve family tradition that

my mother started when I was born that I now

do with my daughter is opening one present on

Christmas Eve which is a pair of red Christmas


Since family is spread across the USA, every

year I give an ornament to all the kids (nieces,

nephews and their children - and, of course,

mine). As they grow up and venture on their

own they take their ornaments with them to start

their own tree. My daughter’s first tree had 25+

ornaments from her childhood. Nice memories

to have each year as they

decorate the tree.

From our family to

yours have a wonderful

holiday season!

Jamie Imperati is a

Mompreneur and owner


and Professional

Women of Putnam and

mom to AJ, 3 and Thomas

2. Along with her

husband Anthony, and

their boys, they reside in

Mahopac. Established

in 2008,


as an online calendar of

events and activities for

kids of all ages in Westchester,

Putnam and the

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Holiday Shopping, Con’t

include candles, scarves, hand bags,

soaps and so much more; (845-270-0900).

If hand-carfted items can put a smile on

someone’s face this holiday, also check out

Unique Designs, a home-based business

who creates custom gift baskets that are

sculpted for any recipient and whithin your

budget. Plus they offer clothing, jewelry and

other fun items; (914)-707-0192.

A & H Jewelry can be a great solution when

looking for a unique gift for someone special.

Their hand made jewelry offers one-of-a-kind

designs to match any outfit or season. Matching

pieces can be order for any groups, such

as bridal parties or families; (845-225-0601).

If You're Looking for Something

A Little More Specific...

Many of our loved ones seek more specialty

items and who better than to provide such

items than our local specialty stores:

If you’re looking for a gift for a musician,

Radovich and Dean Music at 56 Gleneida

Avenue in Carmel is a full-line music store

that carries instruments, music and collectibles.

They also offer lessons and repair; (845-

225-4515). Walking on Roses offers unique

and customized hand made shoes, pouches,

totes and more. They are located in Mahopac

and for shopping ease, orders can be placed

online at; (845-


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10 Eventful Magazine - December 2010

By Natalie Dalessio-Gruneberg,


Happy holidays…. do those words

cause a panic attack even in October?

Does the neighbor’s bobbing

inflated turkey lawn ornament or visions of

sugarplums cause a migraine?

As a registered dietitian and registered

yoga teacher I have developed this Zen holiday

stress plan for Eventful readers:


SIMPLIFY: Take an account of your

home and realize it is not necessary

to take the house apart to prepare for

company. You can dust and vacuum the

rooms that will be used and if anyone is

looking in corners or at valences then shame

on them. When decorating remember that

less is more so keep it simple. Keep in mind

the more halls you deck the more you have

to take down in January.



PROCRASTINATE: Give yourself

time to go through your pantry to see

what you already have. This will save time

and money by working your menu around

items on hand. The Putnam County area has

fantastic delis, bakeries and cafes, so take the

help where you can. The holidays will still

be wonderful with a pie from a bakery and

appetizers from the deli, and then you will

actually have time to enjoy your company.

Don’t wait to wash your grandmother’s dishes

either, do it now and cover with a towel

so they will be ready to use when you are

setting the table for the big feast.



holiday stressor is the dreaded weight

gain, somewhere between 7 and 15

pounds! So start to practice mindful eating.

How many times do you graze at work with

all the foods that start showing up. By the

end of the day you have unknowingly eaten

hundreds of extra calories? By being mindful,

you bring your attention to the act of

eating. Is what you are consuming a good

choice, are you hungry, is this something you

can get anytime, are you using the holidays

as an excuse? These are some of the questions

you should ask yourself, and be honest.

Happy Holiday Guide

Beating Holiday Stress Liz'

Remember: 3,500 calories equal one pound

so do the math. Other tips include: never go

to a party hungry, have a fruit or salad beforehand;

drink sparkling water rather than

soda which is full of empty calories. Don’t sit

near the food; take a few healthy items that

are not fried or cheesy and then move away

with a calorie-free beverage and mingle. Go

with a plan in mind and stick to it.



MERRY; Finally approaching the holidays

with a great mindset is the most

important part of your stress reduction plan.

Find time for yourself, continue to exercise,

or, if you aren’t already, find the time to take

a walk, even if its cold out. The hormones

released during activities are natural stress

busters. Trying a gentle yoga class will do

wonders for anxiety. I strongly recommend

taking the time to sit quietly, close your eyes

and breathe. Pay attention to your inhale

and exhale, making them even, so, if you

take five breaths to fill up, take five breaths to

empty out. Do this for a few minutes daily

for natural relaxation.

Most of all, remember that the holidays are

about friends and family, not about the material

things, or keeping up with the Joneses,

or trying to be Martha. Keep it real. Keep

it simple. Find time for yourself. And laugh

every day because a smile has been shown to

make you feel happy even in stressful times.

Happy Holidays!

Natalie Dalessio-Gruneberg is a registered

dietitian and regis-

tered yoga teacher,

specializing in natural

whole food. She

is board certified in

geriatrics, NYS certified

nutritionist, vegetarian

and a foodie.

Contact Natalie for

nutritional counseling,

yoga instruction and

recipe modifications

or for further help at n

Holiday Shopping, Con’t

Chemo Survival Kits offer comfort and

strength all in one kit. This Mahopac-based

business can be found online at;


For all the pet lovers out there, Putnam

has great gift ideas for you, as well. Reigning

Dogs & Cats Too at 155 Main Street in Cold

Spring features unique and practical items for

pets and their people; (845-265-3239).

If you are looking for Native Americanthemed

gifts, Morning Star Trading Co. at

2 Old Route 6 in Brewster offers silver and

turquois jewelry, pottery, artifacts, and more;

(877-278-9378). Dottie Maguires Celtic Imports

located at 4 Main Street in Brewster has

imported products from Ireland and Scotland

including hand-knitted wool sweaters,

clothing, ties, Irish crystal and more; (845-

278-4800). Back In Ireland at 167 & 169

Main Street, in Cold Spring offers Nicholas

Mosse pottery, Irish leather handbags, linens

& lace, gold & silver, woolens, music, crystal,

china and more; (845-265-4570).

Outdoors Activities

If you have loved ones who can’t get enough

of the outdoors, here are some great ways to

keep them happy:

Thunder Ridge Ski Area, located at 137

Birch Hill Road in Patterson, makes for a

great day trip for skiing and snowboarding.

They also offer anyone everything you need

to learn to ski or improve your skills (see page

13); (845-878-4100).

When it comes to hunting, fishing or obtaining

licenses and equipment, Tri-County

Sporting Goods, located at 2656 Route 22 in

Patterson has everything you need. They carry

a wide variety of firearms, bows, fishing/

hunting gear and more for one-stop shopping;


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School Break Kid-tivities

Each year, our kids get a well-deserved

school break during the

holidays and then again in February.

During this time of year, most

young ones feel it a great time to plop

themselves in front of the TV for hours

of shows or video games. As you know,

an entire week of this is not the best for

our kids and keeping them active can

be a challenge. But no worries, Putnam

County has a bunch of places for the


Jumpin’ Jeepers in Mahopac offers

fun-filled activities for kids every

day. Their open play allows children to

have fun while being educated. Since

last May, they have been under new

ownership and can now offer special

workshops and classes, including social

skills, music, handwriting and computer

robotics. Jumpin’ Jeepers also has a

healthy, all natural snack bar and uses

only eco-friendly cleaning products.

Open play is only $10 and yearly memberships

are available to save you even


Some of the special workshops held

over winter break are: “Mad Science

Workshop: The Science of Magic” for

Kdg through 2nd graders on Dec. 28th

at 2 pm; Computer and Robotics classes

on Dec. 29.

Plus, you can now take advantage of

Jumpin’ Jeepers holiday package: which

includes unlimited visits from Dec. 24

through Jan. 2, admission to Tuesday

Mad Science Workshop (space is limited,

reserve today), free Crafts on Dec. 30 and

half of total price can be applied towards

an annual membership, if one is purchased

by Jan. 7 (holiday package is $80

per child, $75 for each additional sibling).

Jumpin’ Jeepers is located at 926 Route

6 in Mahopac. Call them at 845-621-4922

or visit their website at

All-Out Fitness in Mahopac is offering

a Kid Fit class during the winter

break in February, for children from 1st

grade through age 14. A free demo class is

schedule for Dec. 28 from 11 am - 12 pm.

All-Out Fitness is located at 862 Route

6 in Mahopac. Call 845-628-0088 or visit

The Jumpin’ Jeepers welcome window (above)

and the toddler’s play area (below)

Carmel Bowl offers bowling during

both the holiday and winter breaks.

Every Sunday they have a family special

from 4 - 8 pm: $30

to rent one lane for

2 hours for up to 12

people; free shoe

rental for up to 4


Carmel Bowl is

located at 23 Old

Route 6 in Carmel.

Call 845-225-8787

for details.

Brewster Sports

Center offers mul-

ti-sport camps for the winter break,

in addition to their standing winter

leagues. Their cardio fitness center allows

you to get your fitness routine

completed all under one roof. Many

leagues and clinics are offered for boys

and girls, so check out all they have to


Brewster Sports Center is located at

19 Sutton Place Brewster. Call 845-278-

2040 for details.

Brewster Ice Arena will have leisure

open skating sessions for skaters of all

ages and abilities during both the holiday

and winter break.

Brewster Ice Arena is located at 63

Fields Lane in Brewster. Call 845-279-

2229 for details.

Camp Combe vacation camp is a fun,

safe way for children to spend school

holidays. Activities include: seasonal

outdoor activities (sledding, hiking),

arts & crafts, indoor games, songs &

cheers, and special guests/activities.

Vacation camp days run from 8:00 am

to 6:00 pm and are offered during most

school holidays.

Camp Combe is located at 684 Peekskill

Hollow Road in Putnam Valley.

Call 845-526-0808 for registration and

more details.

Which ever way you choose to keep

your children active, know that you are

doing the best thing for them. It will not

only provide good exercise, but will help

to keep their minds sharp.

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12 Eventful Magazine - December 2010

Hitting the Slopes

at Thunder Ridge

Putnam County’s Family Friendly Mountain Fun

By Faith Ann Butcher


have always been curious about skiing

and my boys have been begging me to

learn how to snowboard. However, I

have always been intimidated by the thought

of going to a big ski lodge where everyone

already knows what they are doing. I feared

that I would not only make a fool of myself,

but get hurt in the process. Then I found out

about Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Patterson.

Thunder Ridge is a family-oriented mountain

perfect for learning to conquer the

snow no matter what age you are. It offers

32 trails over 100 snow-covered acres and

a lesson style for everyone at any skill level.

They have one of the lowest accident rates of

all the ski resorts in the northeast, because,

as Co-operations Director Mary Conklin

points out, “We are strict because we view

this as a recreation. We don’t want someone

to be paralyzed for life. We want everyone to

walk out just the way they came in.”

In order to gain access to the slope, you

need to have a lift ticket and the right equipment.

Thunder Ridge offers both daily

lift tickets and season passes. The season

passes offer flexibility and convenience for

the frequent visitor. For those who choose

not to bring their own gear, Thunder Ridge

rents boots, helmets and ski/snowboarding

equipment for a nominal fee.

Just as important as getting the right

equipment on site is arriving in the correct

type of clothing. “You can’t enjoy it if you

are cold and not dressed right,” explained

Conklin. She recommends not only wearing

a water-resistant and warm coat/jacket, but

also a pair of snow pants that are as well, because,

as a beginner, you will spend a lot of

time with your bottom in the snow. Waterproof

and breathable mittens are suggested

as are sunglasses or snow goggles. If you

happen to forget the accessories, Thunder

Ridge has a ski shop on the premise where

you can pick up what you need.

Daily group lessons, which last for 75 minutes,

are offered seven days a week and are

held Monday through Friday at 11 am and

2 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and ski holidays

(Christmas week, President’s week and Mar-

tin L. King’s birthday)

at 9:30 and 11 am as

well as 12:30, 2 and

3:30 pm. For those

children up to age 12

who want to gain a

little more experience

than the daily lesson

has to offer, half-day

programs are available

on weekends and

holidays. The lessons

are supervised so parents

have an opportunity

to hit the sloops

as well.

In fact, one of the

great things about

Thunder Ridge is that

you can go as a family

and spilt up into the

areas that best suits each individual, then

meet back up again later on. When my family

goes, my tween daughter can go off on

a chair lift and ski with her friends as my

husband and sons ride the mountain with

snowboards and I choose to take a Magic

carpet lift, attempting to keep my balance

on the bunny slope. Then we all meet to and

have lunch in the full-service cafeteria. We

top the meal off with some hot chocolate to

warm our bodies before heading back out to

the lifts. While my other children are raring

to get back outside, my youngest gets tired

so I am thankful I can put him in daycare

which, at only $8 per

hour, is great, as the

rest of us are ready for

more action.

While they offer

snowboarding as well

as intermediate and

advanced ski trails,

recklessness is not

welcome. The features

in the snowboarding

area are small as compared

to larger ski areas,

but that suits Conklin

fine. “We don’t


have any jumps and we do not allow

inverted tricks. We won’t build

the kids’ jumps and we don’t let the

kids build jumps either. We will

happily send them somewhere else

if they need those huge jumps.”

Thunder Ridge is open Monday through

Friday from 10 am - 9 pm, Saturday from

9 am - 9 pm and Sunday from 9 am - 5 pm.

Located at 137 Birch Hill Road in Patterson.

It is easily accessable from I-84 and Rt. 684

and they offer a free Metro North Ski Shuttle

from the Harlem Line’s Southeast train

station. Ski & Stay packages are available in

conjunction with several local hotels as well.

Reservations are recommended for lessons,

but walk-ins are welcome if space permits.

For more information, call 845-878-

4100, or visit n

Eventful Magazine - December 2010 13


Woof Notes's getting cold out there! Luckily,

I am fortunate enough to have a

nice warm house to come home to

every night. As I've mentioned, there are

many animals right here in Putnam County

that don't have the same luxury.

So, if you’re looking to bring a new family

member home this holiday season, check

out these awesome companions:

Izzy is around

2 years old maybe

younger. She is very

friendly. A big puppy.

She is amazing

with kids and good

with cats and dogs. She came from Iowa

with her two puppies and has adjusted to

the good life very well. Despite all she has

been through she is happy-go-lucky. She is

fostered with 2 kids, 4 dogs and 1 cat. Please

give her the forever home she deserves. She

is up to date on shots, wormed, spayed and

mirco-chipped as well as crate trained. Her

adoption fee is $250.

Starr is a 5-monthold

Husky mix ( not

sure ). She was pulled

from a high kill shelter

in GA. She is good

with kids, cats and

dogs. She is UTD on

shots, spayed, wormed,

treated for fleas & ticks

and on heatworm preventative

and Parvo tested negitive. One

look and you will be in love. Her adoption

fee is $300.

Our handsome Haze

needs a home where he

can go on long walks, play

fetch, and make you proud.

If you have the time to take

to be dedicated to training,

then this is the dog for you. He knows basic

commands very well. Haze is a 2.5-year-old

beautiful Staffie who has been in a shelter

for 16 months of his life. He was given up by

his family due to financial reasons. Haze is

a clown with a gung-ho personality, always

The above Woof Notes is sponsored by:

bubbly, excited and ready to go. We adore

this stunning boy. Haze weighs 65 lbs. and is

UTD on shots, neutered and microchipped.

Haze would do best as an only dog but with

time and correction he will be fine.. Due

to shelter repercussions Haze takes a long

time to adjust to new dogs. He is in a foster

home and around kids and dogs. He is also

in training to be a certified helper dog. His

adoption fee is $100.

The above dogs are from Guardian Angel

Rescue, based out of Brewster. All of their rescues

are in foster homes and are family pets.

Please visit for policies

and application. For more information,

call 914-879-3455 or e-mail

I’d also like you to meet

Perry, a boxer born in

2005. He can be a little shy

and a bit scared of strangers,

but once he gets to

know you, he is loving and

playful. He prefers adults

and older children and is

good with other dogs. Perry

likes to stay active and

would love a new home.

You can meet Perry at the Putnam Humane

Society in Carmel. Call 845-225-7777

for more info.

Thank you for choosing to adopt my

friends. I would like to wish all of my

furry friends (and their owners) a happy

and healthy holiday season! n

14 Eventful Magazine - December 2010


Local Hardwoods Sure to Heat Up This Month

Haldane Girls, Mahopac Boys Among Top Challengers

Story and photos by Ray Gallagher

Should moms and dads be lucky enough

to get some time off for the holidays, it

might provide an opportunity for some

families to gather up and spend time together

to hit the hardwood for an early

dose of high school roundball (because

that’s what hipsters are calling basketball

these days).

Old-school traditionalists and purists of

John Naismith’s game will join forces with

new wave ballers and gym rats for a slew of

holiday tournaments from mid-December

through the New Year before the league

championship chases get under way in earnest.

December and the New Year is a great

time for parents and kids to get reacquainted

and catch up on those cherished moments

we never seem to have the time for.

We’ve got some super boys and girls

holiday tournaments to look forward to in

places like Carmel, Brewster, plus neighboring

Hen Hud, Lakeland, Yorktown,

Walter Panas and grand daddy of them all:

the Slam Dunk Tournament at the Westchester

County Center (Sunday - Wednesday,

Dec. 26 – 29), which features 24 teams from

as far north as Albany and as far south as

Long Island. Among that bushel of talented

ballers are two Putnam County teams.

Folks from Mahopac will get their popcorn

out and kick back for a boys’ challenge

game against Harrison on the 29th of Dec.

(noon), getting behind Ryan Wagner, TJ

Foley and the boys. Meanwhile, the folks at

Haldane will cheer their beloved, Liz Milner-led

Blue Devils in a challenge game against

Ursuline on the 27th (noon), as the three-time

reigning Class C champion Blue Devils kick it

up a notch against one of Class AA’s premier


The MAHOPAC MANIACS have promised

to make the transition indoors after watching

their football team reach the Section 1 Class

AA championship for the first time since 1988,

only to lose 23-7 to five-time defending champion

New Rochelle in early November. The student

body-built Maniacs will feverishly follow

Coach Kevin Downe’s boy’s basketball team this

winter, because as good as Mahopac was on the

gridiron they’re sure to light up the hardwood

as well.

If you’re fan of good local basketball, and you

want to take in some top-notch action, Maho-

Multitalented Mahopac senior Ryan Wagner hopes

to transition his success from the football field to

the basketball court this winter in what should be

an interesting year for the athletic Indians, who

have their eyes on the league title after challenging

for the Section 1 grid title in early November.

pac, the center of Putnam County, will feature

some gym rats with some good athleticism and

an eye on the League Championship, which

also spotlights reigning champion Brewster and

upstart Carmel, along

with a pair of bordering

Westchester clubs,

John Jay and Somers.

Like last season, all three

Putnam County programs

should be in the

running to capture the

league flag.

So if you’re looking

for a good game during

the holiday break pop up


org and punch in your

favorite team, but make

Versatile Haldane senior Liz Milner hopes her Blue

Devils can fill in the holes created by graduation

and win the fourth consecutive sectional title in her

sterling five-year career at Haldane.

sure to get your popcorn and enjoy the show

because most of us aren’t as lucky as the Carmel

boys’ hoops team, which will take in a week

of the holiday break at a tournament in Disney

World. n

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Eventful Magazine - December 2010 15

Ring In the New Year

By Faith Ann Butcher

Celebrating the New Year can be

done in so many ways within Putnam

County. Whether you are looking

to party in style or are considering

going to a casual setting with

a few close friends or even exploring

your spirituality there is the

perfect place for you

to welcome in


Villa Barone’s


Manor on Rt.

6 in Mahopac

is having its annual

New Year’s

Eve gala. For

$125 per person

you can

enjoy a fourcourse

meal and open

bar as you dance into the New Year with

music provided by Next Generation DJ

Entertainment. To reserve you seat call:

914- 478-7575.

If a formal reception is not your ideal

way of bringing in 2011, check out other

Mahopac watering holes such as Southside

Grille & Inn as well as the Northwood


In Cold Spring, Plumbush Inn & Restaurant

will have a four-course prex-fixe

dinner complete with wine, champagne,

noise makers and hats for $75 per per-

in Putnam

son. They are offering seating times of

6, 7:30 and 9 pm and permit children

ages 10 and under for $34 each. Plumbush

Inn is located at 1656 Route 9D

in Cold Spring. Reservations can be

made by calling 845-265-3904 or


Other restaurants in Cold Spring

hosting New Year’s Eve celebrations

include The Silver Spoon, Hudson

House Inn, Le Bouchon, and Bird

& Bottle Inn.

Brothers John and Paul Aversano

are having a New Year’s Eve

party at their restaurant Aversano’s

in Brewster. Located

in Towne

Center on Rt.

22 at the intersection


Rt. 312, Aversano’sRestaurant

and Bar

is as known

for its bar and

lounge area as it is

for its incredible food. To find out more

about their party plans, call 845-279-2233.

For those seeking a spiritual experience,

Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in Garrision

is holding a New Year’s Eve mini

retreat that begins with First Vespers, includes

a festive dinner and concludes with

the First Mass of 2011. Call 845-424-3671,

to find out more information. n

Holiday Shopping, Con’t

For the golfers on your list Putnam has four

golf courses to choose from that offer gift certificates

and pro shops:

Mahopac Golf Club, located at 601 North

Lake Blvd. in Mahopac; (845-628-9335).

Putnam National Golf Club at 187 Hill

Street in Mahopac. (845-628-4200)

The Garrison, located at 2015 Route 9 in

Garrison; (845-424-3604). Centennial Golf

Club at 185 John Simpson Road in Carmel;


If you know someone who loves the outdoors,

Hudson Valley Outfitters, located on

63 Main Street in Cold Spring, features the

latest gear for day hiking, backpacking, trail

running and paddling and provides a gathering

spot to connect with other outdoor enthusiasts;


Wireless Communications

For the techie (or teen) that has to have

the latest and greatest cell phone, visit these

places for the best deals:

Oscom Communications, located at 97

Old Route 6 in Carmel is an official Sprint

dealer and carries all the latest products. They

even teach you how to use them with ongoing

classes; (845-225-1010). If you’re in the

market for Verizon wireless products, check

out Primo Wireless at 936 South Lake Blvd.

(Route 6N) in Mahopac (845-621-2281) or

the Wireless Zone located at 111D Independent

Way in Brewster (845-279-3444).

No matter who is on your gift list this year,

Putnam County can accommodate your

shopping needs. Remember, shopping local

keeps your tax dollars working for you. Have

a happy and safe holiday! n

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New Year, Fresh Start

By Neil Denaut

At year’s end, we waste every last bit of

our sanity trying to organize and execute

a successful holiday season.

Countless hours

of shopping, traveling,

and sacrifice all basically

for one day. Once the

madness is all over, we

turn our attention toward

the New Year. We

ask ourselves to find

the time to do things

that we might not have

had the chance to accomplish

in the past.

Well, just because

we’ve set goals, it

doesn’t mean that we

have even the slightest

idea of how to meet

them. However, we try

anyway. Goal setting requires

a significant amount of planning

and execution. The first question when

goal setting is usually something along the

lines of “Where do I begin?” For starters,

we should always write our goals down.

Documenting a goal helps because we can

actively plan out the steps necessary to

meet those goals.

For instance, you’ve decided that you

want to lose weight and/or get into shape

this year. So you’ve written it down. Now

what? This is probably everyone’s biggest

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who will know

exactly what to do.

Once a plan has been

set, it’s time to execute.

This is the easier said

than done part. All successful

people plan appropriately;


their successes lie solely

in their own hands. We

are the only ones accountable

for our failures

and our successes,

and it takes dedication,

consistency and sacrifice.

There is no pill;

there is no secret. You

just have to do it and

have faith in your

plan. Dieting is not

fun, and it is not easy

but it is the most important


in weight loss, weight

gain, or increased


Yes, staying motivated,

finding all

of the answers, and

pushing yourself

are easier said than


done; but they are the necessary components

for success. For example, look

at your holiday chores. You planned out

gifts to buy, raced around malls looking

for gifts, and managed to bring all of the

people important to you together. That’s a

lot of work, but it was worth it, right? The

New Year is all about doing something

important for yourself. It’s about moving

forward not backwards. Take your plan,

follow your directions, and let it work

for you. Remember, similar actions will

always yield similar results. Don’t just do

something to do it, Go All-Out!

Neil Denaut is the owner of All-Out Fitness

in Mahopac. He has been working in

fitness as a personal trainer, group exercise

instructor, and as an overall health and wellness

coach for over 10 years. For more infromation,

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Hosting Family this Holiday Season

Now that you have decided (or was

nominated) to host your family

this holiday season, you’re going

to need to prepare a little. Being ready for

guests ahead of time for guests goes a long

way in keeping this stressful assignment

manageable. Here are some tips from local

friends to help with just that:

Easy and Fun Holiday Decorating

by Mary Bajor, CWTC, CWP

Creating a festive home for celebrating

the holiday season with family and friends

can be fun for all. With the addition of a

few inexpensive store-bought items you

can decorate your home with things you

may already have around the house.

Here are a few quick decorating ideas:

• Group of glass vases – fill a collection

of 3 or 5 tall vases or glass jars with

ornaments, pine cones, candy canes or

cranberries. Wrap a beautiful wide ribbon

around each vase.

• Theme decorating – fill a large basket

with meaningful items such as teddy

bears, weathered garden tools or children’s

wooden toys. Adorn the basket with a

large glittery bow.

• Table centerpiece – place a mirror in

the center of the table and display a collection

of tall candlesticks with tapers. Or…

purchase 3 or 5 picture frames and insert

holiday wrapping paper or fabric behind

the glass. Position the frames on the table

in a row and place a poinsettia plant on

each frame.

• Scented ornaments – cut large circles

from tulle and place holiday potpourri in

Correction: The editors of Eventful Magazine

must acknowledge errors that appeared in the

Nov. issues’ “Salute the Veterans” article and correct

them. First Sybil Ludington’s ride to warn local

militia was a separate event from Gen. George

Washington setting up camp in Patterson (wording

made this unclear). Second, Robert Palmer

has been the Brewster VFW post chaplain for the

past 20 years, not its captain. We apologize for

any inconvenience.

the center. Gather and wrap with a sparkling

holiday ribbon.

• Jazz up your décor – wrap your sofa

pillows with a wide ribbon like a beautiful


These simple, little details go a long way

and will make your home that much more

festive and inviting.

Mary Bajor is a window treatment specialist

and interior decorator. Her company,

A Beautiful Room, provides custom window

treatments and decorating services.

Visit or call (845)

216-5928 for more information.

Ready When You Are

by Jennifer Maher

If you knew me, you would know I am a

chef and I LOVE to cook for anyone and

everyone. So for me the holidays provide

the opportunity for just that: a captive audience

to feed.

Just make sure you have all the ingredients

on hand to whip up a party!

A few must have items to keep stocked

this time of year are:

• Heavy cream,

• Extra wine

• Flour

• Butter

• Good cuts of meats

• Pizza dough

• Fresh veggies

• Good cheeses, etc.

Then I make sure to decorate and keep

lots of winter scented candles around like

evergreen and cinnamon, and lastly Fatwood

for a spontaneous fire.

I am blessed to have fun and generous

people in my life and really love when

my house is filled with laughter and people

enjoying the food I have prepared for


So when are you coming over?

Jennifer Maher is a broker/owner Incline

Real Property Services, mother of two and a

great hostess. Follow her on Facebook.

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pay it forward

PCCC Provides Hope for Local Children in Need

Putnam County Children's Committee,

Inc (PCCC) provides financial assistance to

county children who are in need of aid for

health, education and/or welfare. The PCCC

has been in countinuous operation for more

than 90 years, predating the social welfare

laws of New York State. In 1917 Mrs. Fredric

Osborn of Cold Spring saw the need for an

alternative to the county's "poor farm" for

children of struggling families. She organized

a committee of concerned citizens from

across the county and began the work that

the all volunteer Board carries on today.

The PCCC contributes to various programs

and activities such as caring for the

victims of poverty, abuse, family hardship,

and emergencies. Requests are made by

social workers, school personnel, recreation

directors, and pastors. Upon examination

and approval, the Committee will

fund these requests. PCCC also contributes

was created by friends and

families of our troops serving

the U.S. overseas. Its sole

purpose: make life while

at war a little better for the

brave men and women serving in the

U.S. military. United for the Troops collects

food, money and goods that the

military does not provide, and includes

things like letters, pictures, candy, cookies,

snacks, movies, music and other specialty


Troops stationed overseas miss the

money for school supplies,

foster childrens’ care, scholarships

and holiday gifts. All

donations are used for programs

that give direct help

to Putnam children. Committee

members pay the cost

of all fund raising expenses.

We are a 501 (c) (3) charity.

All gifts are tax exempt for

federal income tax purposes.

Share in our work by making

a donation for the 2010 tax

year. We welcome matching

grants from employers. Tax

deductable donations may

be sent to Putnam County

Children’s Committee, Box

187, Carmel, NY 10512. Missy Ogden from Putnam CAP (left) receives a check from Laura

Fiorillo (Childrens committee). Each year the PCCC donates $500.00

to CAP around the Holiday season.

United For the Troops Always Active Mahopac Tree

Heads to NYC

amenities of home. Offering

that to them is this group’s

way of saying "Thank you,

We are proud of you and we

appreciate your fight for our

freedom." Without taking

any political view on war or any leaders,

the association simply wants to help the

men and women of the armed forces get

through each day with a bit of "home."

To lend your hand for Operation Defend

the Holidays or for any other day of

the year, visit www.unitedforthetroops.

org. Facebook Page:


If you know any

soldiers serving

overseas, e-mail

us with their full

address at unitedforthetroops@ We will

add them to our list

and send them a gift

box. Any questions

please call 845 729


Photo by Faith

Ann Butcher

This year’s Rockefeller Center tree came from

the yard of Peter and Stephanie Acton in Mahopac.

The 12-ton Norway Spruce was cut down

and will be lighted on Nov. 30.

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19th Annual Holiday Boutique: Join the

Desmond-Fish Library, 472 Rt. 9D in Garrison

each Thursday thru Sunday on Nov.

27th & 28th, then Dec. 2-5 and Dec. 9-12.

for great gifts made by local artists.

Wednesday, December 1

Toys For Tots: The Carmel-Kent Chamber

of Commerce kicks off their Toys For

Tots campaign; information: call Ted Hill at


Yuletide Teas: Enjoy guided tour, tea and

fashion show at Boscobel, located at 1601

Rt. 9D in Garrison on Wednesdays, starting

December 1 at 1 pm $40pp/$35 Friends. For

ages 12 plus; information: 845-265-3638.

Defensive Driving Course: Join Feehan

Insurance Agency in Brewster for their defensive

driving course to help lower insurance

rates and/or remove points from your

license. The fee $40 per person. Registration

is requested, but not required; information:

Call Jim Pray at 845-278-7070 or visit www.

Bladder School for Moms: A seminar

explaining how to identify and ease urinary

incontinence by Jumpin’ Jeepers in Mahopac.

Register at 845-621-4922.

Thursday, December 2

Menorah Lighting: The public is invited

to attend the Hamlet of Carmel Civic Association

Menorah Lighting on Lake Gleneida

in Carmel at 5:30 pm.

Be a Friend Story Time: Held at the Patterson

Library at 1167 Rt. 311 in Patterson

on at 10:30 am for ages 3 & 4. Stories/activities

encourage good school and play relationships

in youngsters; information: 845-

878-6121 x10.

Friday, December 3

Anti-Bullying - “Enemy Pie: Getting

Along For Kids:” Story time, activities and

discussion for grades K-2, on what it means

to be a friend and what to do if being bullied.

Held at the Patterson Library at 1167

Rt. 311 in Patterson at 1 pm; Register at:

845-878-6121 x10.

community calendar

Happy Holidays

from Your Friends at Eventful!

Cold Spring Tree Lighting: Village of

Cold Spring Tree Lighting will be held

around the Cold Spring Bandstand at 6 p.m.

All welcome.

Kent Primary School PTO Gingerbread

Festival: Held at Kent Primary School at

1065 Rt. 52 in Kent, from 6:30-8:30 pm. $20/

family, includes one Gingerbread kit per

family, a craft for each child, a sing-a-long,

story with Ms. Pinkerton, refreshments and

Santa. Tickets in advance at: events@kpspto.


The Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department

Tree Lighting: Annual lighting

includes refreshments and carols, starting

at 7 p.m. Special guest: Santa Claus, at 7:30


Saturday, December 4

American Safety Inc. hosts a Defensive

Driving class: Held at the Kent Library at

17 Sybil’s Crossing in Kent from 9am - 3pm.

$40pp. Register/prepay at the library; information:


Christmas Bazaar: First Presbyterian

Church at Rte 6N & Secor Rd. in Mahopac

will hold their Christmas Bazaar from

9 am to 3 pm, offering crafts, baked goods,

Christmas decorations, gift items and refreshments.

Snow date is December 11. Gift

& Thrift Shop open Thursday and Saturday

from 10 am - 4 pm; information: 845-628-


Cold Spring by Candlelight Holiday

Festival & House Tours: This Annual

House Tour benefits PARC and will be held

from 11 am to 6 pm. Advance tickets prices

are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12

for kids under 12. Day of event prices are

$30 for adults, $25 are seniors and $15 for

kids under 12; information: 845-278-7272.

Parent’s Night Out: Jumpin’ Jeepers

in Mahopac offer children three hours of

crafts, stories, activites and open play. Includes

dinner; Register at 845-621-4922.

Holiday Party and “Operation Safe

Child:” Carmel-Kent Chamber of Commerce

and Carmel Teacher’s Association

host Children’s Holiday Party and “Operation

Safe Child” at the Kent Primary School

on Route 52 in Kent from 1 to 3 pm; infomation:


A “White Christmas Big Band Concert:”

Held at the Hope in Life Church at

575 Drewville Road in Carmel on December

4 at 7 pm and December 5 at 4 pm. $10

for adults and $5 for kids 12 & under; information:


Holiday Party: Held at the Butterfield Library

at 10 Morris Avenue in Cold Spring

from 11 am to 1 pm. Hear Santa read “The

Polar Express.” Register at: 845-265-3040


Holiday on the Lake: The Carmel Civic

Association hosts their Holiday on the Lake

Parade and Tree Lighting festival. Christmas

stories with Santa at the Reed Library from

12 - 2 pm; Chowder tasting, caroling, face

painting and hayrides will take place at Cornerstone

Park from 3 - 5 pm; A Christmas

Concert at Drew Methodist Church from

5:15 - 6:45 pm; Parade through the Hamlet

of Carmel begins at 7 pm; and holiday songs

and tree lighting from 7:50 - 8:15 pm; information:


Ornament Workshop: The Southeast

Museum at 67 Main Street in Brewster hosts

an Ornament Making Workshop at 4:30

p.m. $5 materials fee requested; Registration:


Brewster Tree Lighting: The Village of

Brewster holds their annual tree lighting at

5:30 pm.

Putnam Chorale Holiday Concert: Join

the Chorale and a Brass Quintet in a free

carol singing, musical celebration of the season

at United Methodist Church at 83 Main

Street in Brewster at 7:30 pm. Child friendly.

Brewster Elks Lodge Christmas Dinner:

Come to the Christmas Dinner at 6 p.m. at

their Lodge located at Rt. 22 & Milltown

Road in Brewster for families of active duty

service members; information: call Joan

Hay at 845-582-0075.

Breakfast with Santa: Join Santa (and

Mrs!) at 10 am at Mahopac Sycamore Park,

790 Long Pond Rd. $7pp. Limited space, inperson

registration only.

Tilly Foster Farm Holiday Craft Fair:

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Eventful Magazine - December 2010 21

community calendar

Community Events, Con’t

Do your holiday shopping at Tilly Foster

Farm, 100 Rt. 312 in Brewster from 9 am -

3pm and support preservation efforts and

educational programs; information: Contact

Laurel Snook 845-221-2595

Putnam Lake FD 4th Annual Holiday

Parade & Tree Lighting Fundraiser: Come

out for a 7 pm parade of holiday cheer and

plenty of decorated fire trucks starting at

the Shamrock Castle; information: 845-279-


Sunday, December 5

Tuscan Dinner: Cathryn Fadde hosts

members of Culinary Collaboration for a

four-course Tuscan Holiday Dinner and

recipe sharing from 4 - 6:30 pm at Cathryn’s

Tuscan Grill, 91 Main Street in Cold Spring.

$69pp, includes wine. RSVP at:

Design Center Open House: Manitoga/

The Russel Wright Design Center located

at 584 Rt. 9D in Garrison holds its annual

Holiday Open House from 2 - 4 pm; information:

845-424-3812 or visit

Chanukah Party: Putnam Chabad will

host a Chanukah Bowling Party at Carmel

Bowl at 23 Old Rt. 6 in Carmel from 3 - 5

pm. $6pp for 2 hrs unlimited bowling. Call

845-225-4770 to register.

Crèche Display at Graymoor: Visit the

5th Floor, St. Pius X Building at Graymoor

in Garrison from Dec. 5 thru Jan. 9 to see

hand-made and mass-produced crèches

from almost every continent and country.

Pieces are best viewed during daylight

hours; information: 845-424-3623.

“A Celebration of Peace and Joy:” St.

John the Evangelist Church hosts their annual

Traditional Christmas Concert “A Celebration

of Peace and Joy” at 2 pm at at 221

E. Lake Blvd. in Mahopac. Tickets for the

performance are $30pp; seniors/children,

$25; information: 845-628-2006.

Wednesday, December 8

Networking Holiday Party: Hosted by

the Professional Women of Putnam at the

Southside Inn at 911 South Lake Blvd in

Mahopac from 6 - 9 pm. A portion of the

evenings proceeds will be donated to the

Putnam/Northern Westchester Womens

Resource Center; RSVP: www.professional-

Thursday, December 9

Music Together: For parents and kids

ages 6 months to 4 years old at 10:30 am at

the Patterson Library, 1167 Rte 311 in Patterson;

Registration: 845-878-6121 x10.

Friday, December 10

Garrison Opening Reception: Student/

Faculty Art Exhibition begins at the Garrison

Art Center, 23 Depot Square in Garrison

from 6-8pm. Exhibit open until December


“The Man Who Came to Dinner:” Presented

by the Haldane HS Drama at 7 pm

in the Haldane Auditorium at 15 Craigside

Drive in Cold Spring. $10 for adults, $5 for

students and seniors; information: 845-265-


The 2nd Annual St. Lawrence O’Toole

Parish Christmas Party: A Dinner Dance

will be held 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall, that

includes a buffet dinner and live DJ. The cost

is $60 per couple or $30pp. RSVP by Dec.

3. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

Send checks and include guests (up to eight

at a table) that will be with you, to: Knights

of Columbus P.O. BOX 268 Brewster, NY

10509; information: 914-671-0088, or email

Saturday, December 11

Handel’s Messiah- Community Sing

Along: Beginning at 8 p.m. at the Gilead

Presbyterian Church at 7 Church Street in

Carmel. Free.

4-H Puppeteer Players at Patterson Library:

Young children and families are invited

to watch the Puppeteers perform short

stories that teach positive values and life lessons,

so come to the Patterson Library, 1167

Route 311 at 12:30 pm.

Santa’s Workshop: Camp Kiwi hosts a

day of candy houses, special wagon rides,

bonfire, hot chocolate, drop & shop, and

so much more at 825 Union Valley Road in

Mahopac from 10 am - 2 pm for ages 7-13.

Cost is $25; visit:

AotL Holiday Potpourri: A performance

of short pieces, stories and music for children

and adults at 7 pm at Arts on the Lake,

640 Route 52 in Kent. Show includes work

from some of the classes at AotL as well as

performances of musicians and actors; information:

845 228-2685.

Sunday, December 12

Boscobel Special Children’s Tea with

Storyteller: For ages 5-12 with an adult $25/

person, held at 2:30 pm at Boscobel, located

at 1601 Rt. 9D in Garrison; Pre-paid reservations

required, call 845-265-3638 x115.

Advent-Christmas Concert: The Treasure

House Chorale and Chamber Orchestra

and Soloists will perform their 21st annual

Advent-Christmas Concert “Messe Solennelle”,

featuring the towering Saint Cecilia

mass of Charles Gounod, and works of Handel,

Mozart, Rutter and others at 7:30 pm, at

Saint James Church, 16 Gleneida Avenue in

Carmel; information: 845-225-2079 x10.

Thursday, December 16

2nd annual Ice Breaker Networking

Extravaganza: Ice Breaker is hosted by

Putnam County Chamber of Commerce at

Villa Barone Hilltop Manor, located at 466

Route 6 in Mahopac from 7-10 pm. $60 pp

with open bar; information: 845-628-5553.

Saturday, December 18

Lake Carmel Fire Dept. Annual Candy

Cane Run: Join the LCFD from 9 am - 4 pm

for a holiday event the kids are sure to love;

information: 845-225-3730.

Friday, December 24

Christmas Eve Mini-Retreat: Graymoor

Spiritual Life Center offers a retreat that begins

with First Vespers and procession to

the outdoor crèche, includes a festive dinner

and concludes after the Mass in the Night;

information: 845-424-3623.

December 31

Children’s Pre-New Year’s Party: Held at

the Southeast Museum in Brewster at 1:00

pm; information: 845-279-7500 or visit:


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