This year may go down in the books as "The Year of CoViD-19," but we can make other great memories that we choose to remember instead.
Normally, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester (CPW) holds a gala in the form of "A Taste of Westchester," which was supported by dozens of food establishments over the past fifteen years.
Donating samples from their menu, chefs and owners joined the effort to raise funds together with an auction and raffles amidst social mixing in close quarters.
Last year, the event would not have been described quite that way, but the "close quarters" part is why it isn't happening this year.
Instead, CPW has decided to ask the community to support the restaurants.
Order for delivery or take-out, or dine in -- if you can get a seat!
Live Entertainment at Three Locations
Thanks to the sponsorship of Kiamie East 32nd Street, there is live jazz at three locations during this Taste of Westchester Week. With restaurants permitted to be open at only 50% capacity, seating is carefully managed when there is live entertainment, and wearing masks away from the table is required.
You are encouraged to book your table at these restaurants ASAP on the following days:
Upstairs: live jazz
Wednesday the 11th (Veterans Day)
5 - 8 PM
Private room in the back offers live jazz dinner seatings
Friday the 13th
6 PM and 8 PM
Indoors: live jazz
Sunday the 15th
1:30 - 4:00 PM
To participate more in the spirit of this event, please visit HERE.
Mission: "To advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with all developmental disabilities...."
Monica and Elliott Glick opened an artist's haven on City Island in May, 1997. It featured hand crafted jewelry and other beautiful art pieces. Since then, this location has evolved into a live music venue that creates a community of truly appreciative audiences and artists.
Now they are temporarily closed due to CoViD-19, but are offering a way to enjoy the artists who have performed there over the last few years. It just so happens that I am the featured artist this week! Check out the great musicians who have joined me: Marc Daine, Rob Thomas, Dmitri Kolesnik, and others.
Please join me in supporting The Artist, its owners, and the artists that make it the musical retreat that we have collectively nurtured it to be over the years.
In February 2020, The Sounds of A & R opened for SAGE.
Join us in Mount Vernon, NY, every second Sunday of the season for the best jazz for miles around.
Cover is $25 (cash or check). Bring cash for tips for the band, and don't miss out on the fantastic home cooked food available for a song (and a little cash).
March 8, don't miss jazz master Reggie Workman as he brings his bands, Deeper Dreamers and New Stars to the stage.
Visit PJSJazz.org for more information.
In January 2020, The Lagond Music School jazz students opened for the Ray Blue Quartet.
Join us in Mount Vernon, NY, every second Sunday of the season for the best jazz for miles around. Cover is $25 (cash or check). Bring cash for tips for the band, and don't miss out on the fantastic home cooked food available for a song (and a little cash).
Visit PJSJazz.org for more information.
By Tammy La Gorce
Considered the city’s “first lady of jazz,” Ms. Kirk organized jazz brunches and persuaded famous musicians like Regina Carter to perform at children’s concerts. Her parties at the station celebrating the art exhibitions she curated, like one featuring vintage boomboxes, were always open to the public.
In 2018, Ms. Kirk retired, just shy of her 80th birthday.
Things at WBGO quickly changed after that. The station ended the exhibitions and the parties. Then management stopped allowing the public into the building, citing security concerns. The community, it seemed, was no longer welcome at the station it helped to create.
This patio is a beautiful place, bringing the summery outside in on a cold winter's night. Lush with greenery and accented with patio-style swinging benches suspended by chains, it is a cozy, quieter alternative to the main dining room, especially when the live band is on.
The bar wraps around three sides of the service island, where skilled bartenders pour wine from an excellent list and create cocktails that are either Tony's specialties or classic -- like this Old Fashioned.
Wednesday through Saturday, from 7-10 PM, a variety of live music happens in the lobby area, where a grand piano stands proudly by the modern glassed-in fireplace. Rock, country, pop, jazz -- it just depends on the night. (Above is a view from the bar. Not a bad seat in the house!)
Gene DiNapoli as Elvis at Empire City Casino at MGM Resorts
John and Janelle create a space for jazz artists and enthusiasts to hear the classic jazz standards. Musicians are welcome to sit in -- and receive a 50% discount on food and drinks.
Think about it: did you realize, when you were little, just how much classical music education you were absorbing?
Even though this author started studying violin at age 7, I didn't realize how rich my classical and literary education was, thanks in part to cartoons like this.
--Janelle Allbritton, MPH
American Legion Post #50 Veterans Day Dinner and Dance
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