What’s Going On in New Rochelle 3-28-2014

Thomas Paine Cottage Museum events

20 Sicard Avenue, New Rochelle



Exhibit opening: “Political Cartoons”

Friday, April 11, 5 p.m.

In April, the Westchester Human Rights Commission and New Rochelle High School are co-sponsoring Human Rights Week under the direction of Mark Fang.

As a part of the week, Thomas Paine Cottage Museum director, John Wright, will lead a class at the high school and teach the art students about political cartoons from the 18th century to present day. Then the students will be invited to create their own political cartoons about human rights issues of our times in an art session.

After they do sketching, the students will hang their work informally for general comment and discussion. The students will be challenged to create political cartoons and submit them to a jury who will award five winners.

This exhibit at Thomas Paine Cottage will feature the winning political cartoons.

Light refreshments will be served.

Media is invited to publish the winning entries in their publications. Call for more details.

Suggested donation: $5 adults, $3 children

Breakfast favorites and open bar at New Rochelle Irish Benevolent Society

Sunday, May 4, noon to 4 p.m.

Join us at the New Rochelle Irish Benevolent Society Building located at 38 Division Street, New Rochelle, for Huguenot’s spring brunch fundraiser.

This event will feature convivial conversation, pancakes, bacon, bagels and lots of other breakfast favorites. Open bar. All are welcome.

More details to be announced. We hope you’ll save the date.

Living history: one room schoolhouse

Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sophia Brewster Schoolhouse on the grounds of Thomas Paine Cottage.

Miss Keating, a teacher in early American garb will lead a lesson. Typical text books, slates and chalk will be available.

Children will receive a certificate for completing a spelling lesson.

This is a not-to-be-missed experience. All are invited.

The New Rochelle chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution restored the schoolhouse in 1957. Six old desks, including the teacher’s desk and stools were found for it by the women and add to the overall ambience.

Cost: $5 adults, $3 children

Children sign the Declaration of Independence with a quill pen

Saturday, July 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children of all ages are invited to the Thomas Paine Cottage to sign a replica of the Declaration of Independence.

Stop by and see where Thomas Paine lived, tour the cottage and learn a little colonial history for Independence Day weekend.

Visitors are invited to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the lovely grounds. Pocket copies of Common Sense will be available to purchase.

Cost: $5 adults, $3 children

Penny social

April 4, 7 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Church, Church Hall

280 Washington Ave., New Rochelle.

Admission is free.

Hundreds of prizes including specials, supers, a grand prize and a fifty-fifty mystery prize. Good old fashioned fun.

Puppy/Dog meet and greet

Date: Saturday, April 5

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Place: Prestige Subaru,

47 Pleasantville Road, Pleasantville

Contact: NY-PetRescue.org,

petrescueny@aol.com, 914-834-6955

New Rochelle native returns to close out concert season

Pianist Adam Kent, a New Rochelle native, will conclude the Symphony of Westchester’s concert season by performing an all-Gershwin program on Saturday, May 3, at 8 p.m., in Iona College’s Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium.

Kent, who performs periodically with the Symphony of Westchester, will play “Piano Concerto in F major, Rhapsody in Blue” and “I’ve Got Rhythm” variations. An award-winning specialist in Spanish music, he has performed and lectured extensively throughout the United States, as well as internationally. He is a member of the Damocles Trio and teaches at the Manhattan School of Music and the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.

The Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium is located at 715 North Ave., New Rochelle.

Individual concert tickets are $50 for general admission, $35 for seniors and $15 for students.

New this season is online ticketing at the symphony’s website: thesymphonyofwestchester.org. Tickets can still be purchased by phone at 914-654-4926.

More information is available on the website or by emailing info@thesymphonyofwestchester.org.

This concert series is sponsored in part by the Iona College Council on the Arts through the generosity of JoAnn and Joseph M. Murphy and the Baron Lambert Fund.

Shop for fresh produce all winter long

Westchester residents will be able to buy farm-fresh local produce, cheeses and other dairy products, meats, baked goods and wine directly from farmers and producers at the indoor farmers market to be held on the last Sunday of each month from November through March, at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

Date is Sunday March 30.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s market will consist of a variety of vendors who are farmers and food producers, all from the tri-state area. And, to tempt shoppers and to help them make selections, vendors will offer samples of their foods.

To add to the fun, each month will feature live entertainment provided by local musicians from the Hudson Valley and surrounding area.

Admission is free. Parking at the County Center lot is $5.

The farmers market is sponsored by Westchester County Parks and Friends of Westchester County Parks, Inc.

The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Park Ave. in White Plains.

For a list of vendors, go to countycenter.biz.

Nominations being accepted for Westchester Sports Hall of Fame

Nominations of candidates are now being sought for this year’s Westchester Sports Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame honors outstanding professional and amateur sportsmen and sportswomen, living or deceased, who have gained prominence in their fields and who have made substantial contributions to sports in Westchester County.

Since its establishment in 1968, the hall has inducted 224 individuals into its prestigious membership ranks.

A prospective candidate should be a person of integrity and good character who has gained prominence in either professional or amateur sports as a player, coach, manager, official, owner, writer or broadcaster.

Nominees are reviewed by a committee that selects those who best meet or exceed the criteria of the Hall of Fame.

Induction will take place this fall, when each member will be presented with a trophy and have his or her name inscribed on a plaque in the Sports Hall of Fame gallery at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

All nominations must be postmarked by Friday, May 30.

A nomination form is available at countycenter.biz.

Completed forms must be mailed to Westchester Sports Hall of Fame, c/o Kevin Cook, 450 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley, NY 10502.

The Sports Hall of Fame is sponsored by Westchester County Parks.

For more information, call 914-231-4564.

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