What’s Going on in New Rochelle 5-9-2014

Thomas Paine Cottage Museum events

20 Sicard Avenue, New Rochelle,



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

Sound Shore Shakespeare Festival

The New Rochelle Council on the Arts’ Sound Shore Shakespeare Festival returns to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of the Bard of Avon.

The Sound Shore Shakespeare Festival runs from April 3 to May 15, with a variety of Shakespeare-themed events planned, including films, concerts, lectures and performances, including the world premiere of a ballet based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

A full calendar of events for the Sound Shore Shakespeare Festival can be accessed at newrochellearts.org.

In addition to funding from the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, the Sound Shore Shakespeare Festival is being made possible through support from the Arts Alive program of ArtsWestchester, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with additional support from the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence and the New Rochelle Public Library.

For more information visit NRCA on the web at newrochellearts.org.

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


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.

Community Fund golf outing

The Community Fund’s 28th annual golf outing will be held on Monday, May 12 at Leewood Golf Club, in Eastchester.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch and a 12:15 p.m. shotgun start. There will be cocktails and a buffet dinner with an auction and raffle beginning at 5 p.m.

The auction and raffle have historically included such prizes as a day of golf at a premier golf club, dinners at top restaurants, vintage wines and other luxury items.

Proceeds from last year’s golf outing helped make it possible for the Community Fund to grant $533,140 to 26 social service agencies and community programs with the dollars directly serving the residents of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe.

To learn more about the Community Fund and the golf outing you can log onto their website at thecommunityfund.org or call the office at 914-337-8808.

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