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Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours
Happy Holiday Guide
the New Year
Celebrate the arrival of
2011 with food, friends
and non-stop fun. p. 16
table of contents
Beat Holiday Stress
Great local places to keep your
kids active during the Holiday
& winter school breaks p. 12
Restaurants & Reviews p. 5
Hit the Spot:
Who’s Got It?: Homemade Soups
Theater and the Arts p. 7
Money Matters p. 8
with Joseph Madio
Outdoors p. 13
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.
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: www.coldspringdepot.com
or call 845-265-5000 for more information. n
Eventful Magazine - December 2010 5
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,
1854 Route 6, Carmel
The goods: Chicken noodle, Manhattan
clam chowder, potato leek and lentil.
1196 Farmers Mills Rd, Carmel
The goods: Pumpkin, New England fish
chowder and hot or cold butternut squash.
55 Main Street, Cold Spring
The goods: Lentil, chicken and rice,
chicken noodle, split pea, eggplant, spinach
The Freight House Cafe’s
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
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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
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
to an end
and plans are
made for another
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
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
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 AFArecordingstudio@gmail.com
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
When do we get
to reward ourselves?
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
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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
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
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8 Eventful Magazine - December 2010
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
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,
Archipelago at 119 Main
Street has great gifts, including
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
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
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
Jamie Imperati is a
Mompreneur and owner
Women of Putnam and
mom to AJ, 3 and Thomas
2. Along with her
husband Anthony, and
their boys, they reside in
in 2008, www.whatandwhen4kids.com
as an online calendar of
events and activities for
kids of all ages in Westchester,
Putnam and the
Hudson Valley. n
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 www.walkingonroses.com; (845-
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Fine Shopping a Few Doors Away
Mikasa Crystal s HOBO International
Ed Hardy s Spanx s Godiva Chocolate & More
Bella Rose Boutique
Lakeview Plaza, 1511 Route 22, Brewster
10 Eventful Magazine - December 2010
By Natalie Dalessio-Gruneberg,
MS, RD, CSG, CDN, RYT
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.
ALWAYS BE PREPARED, DON’T
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.
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: Another
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.
RELAX, BREATHE AND BE
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.
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
and a foodie.
Contact Natalie for
yoga instruction and
or for further help at
Holiday Shopping, Con’t
Chemo Survival Kits offer comfort and
strength all in one kit. This Mahopac-based
business can be found online at www.lizschemokits.com;
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).
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
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;
Continued on Page 16
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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 www.jumpinjeepers.com.
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.
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
Camp Combe is located at 684 Peekskill
Hollow Road in Putnam Valley.
Call 845-526-0808 for registration and
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
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
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 www.thunderridgeski.com. n
Eventful Magazine - December 2010 13
Brrrr...it'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
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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 guardianangelrescue.org for policies
and application. For more information,
call 914-879-3455 or e-mail Gina@guardianangelrescue.org.
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
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
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
John Jay and Somers.
Like last season, all three
Putnam County programs
should be in the
running to capture the
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
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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
Manor on Rt.
6 in Mahopac
is having its annual
Eve gala. For
$125 per person
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:
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-
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
Center on Rt.
22 at the intersection
Rt. 312, Aversano’sRestaurant
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;
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.
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
problem. How do you do something if you
don’t know how to do it? Well, for start-
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are trying to achieve, do
some research, or go
out and hire a professional
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,
of the answers, and
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
• 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
the center. Gather and wrap with a sparkling
• 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 www.abeautifulroom.net 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
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
• 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: www.facebook.com/
If you know any
us with their full
address at unitedforthetroops@
gmail.com. We will
add them to our list
and send them a gift
box. Any questions
please call 845 729
Photo by Faith
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-
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:
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.
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
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
Tilly Foster Farm Holiday Craft Fair:
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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: culinarycollaboration.com.
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 www.russelwrightcenter.org.
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
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: www.campkiwi.com.
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:
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;
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;
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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