Weekend Planner: Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst, Wheelchair Games, Irish Fest

Some suggestions from the many choice events happening around the region this weekend.

Grand Opening of the O’Hara Nature Center

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 22 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; O’Hara Nature Center, 17 Mountain Rd. Irvington NY

Why Go: Be one of the first to enjoy the village nature center. The event also includes guided hikes and trail walks on the Peter Oley Trailways. You can park for free on Mountain Road or take a shuttle bus from the Make-a-Wish Parking Lot on South Broadway.

Price: Free


Fall Festival at Mercy College

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 22 at 12 p.m.; Mercy College, 555 Broadway Dobbs Ferry, NY

Why Go: Watch the college unveil its new field, while enjoying carnival games, music and good. This event is open to the campus community and nearby residents.

Price: Free


Native American Pow Wow Festival

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at FDR State Park  in Yorktown

Why Go: Redhawk hosts four of the largest Native American Pow Wows in New York and New Jersey. The two-day Native American Powwow will offer a look into the diversity of cultures within the Native American tradition and showcase those differences with dance presentations, storytelling, music and crafts.  

Price: $12 adults and teens; $7 children 6-12 years old, seniors 65+;
Free for children 5 years old and under; $8 Parking


Croton-on-Hudson's Fun Fall Festival

When/Where: Saturday, September 22, 3 p.m. at Vassalo Park

Why Go:  The Village on Croton-on-Hudson and the Croton Business Council are hosting an afternoon and evening of fun, food, music, a movie and loads of local goods, goodies and treats at the Fun Fall Festival at Old Post Road and Vassalo Park. Great music, food, drinks, shopping and fun.

Price:  Free


Fall Crafts Fair in Tarrytown

When/Where:  September 21, 22, 23, Friday and Sunday from 10a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown

Why Go:  In its 28th year, this popular craft show is taking place this weekend in Tarrytown.  Discover the unique designs and creative artistry of 300 leading artists and craftspeople, from across the country, as they exhibit, sell and talk about their contemporary handcrafted works of art. You can meet the artists and will have the opportunity to purchase their latest work. Check out the one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry, fashion and accessories, furniture, and home décor pieces, as well as functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood and mixed media.  Food and children’s activities also available.

Price: General admission is $10 per person, seniors are $9, children 6 – 16 are $4; children under 6 admitted free. Held rain or shine. No dogs allowed.


33rd Annual Wheelchair Games in White Plains

When/Where: Saturday, September 22, 9 a.m. at Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains

Why Go:  Each year, the Burke Rehabilitation Center hosts its Wheelchair Games, bringing wheelchair athletes to this very special competition. Burke’s Wheelchair Games gives those with physical impairments an opportunity to stay fit, enjoy sports, and compete. Wheelchair athletes participate in separate divisions for Futures (six years of age and younger), juniors (ages seven through 21) and Adults. The variety of events includes table tennis, a slalom obstacle course, javelin, shot put, discus, club throw, softball throw, and 60, 100, 400, 800 and 1,500-meter races. Along with the sporting events, the Wheelchair Games also features carnival games, raffles and live entertainment.

Price: The cost per athlete is $20 if registration was received before September 1 and $25 thereafter. The event is free for spectators.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

When/Where:   Saturday, September 22, 11–11:45 a.m. at the Ossining Public Library

Why Go:  Storyteller, musician, actor, and writer David Gonzalez will tell stories in Spanish and English which will celebrate the rich cultural Hispanic heritage.

Price:  Free, event is for grades pre-K–3 (children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult).


Lasdon Flower Show- “It’s a Zoo”

When/Where:  Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Lasdon Park and Arboretum in Somers

Why Go: The ninth district of the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State present a horticultural tribute to animals. It is a flower show dedicated to animals in all their forms. 


Elephant Appreciation Day

When/Where:  Saturday, September 22, 11:a.m. at the Somers Public Library, (movie begins at 1 p.m.)

Why Go:  Bring the kids for “An Elephant Storytime,” (ages 3 to 5); and at 1p.m. enjoy the movie "Born to Be Wild.” It tells the inspiring story of two independent women, each with a singular mission to rescue elephants in Kenya and orangutans in Indonesia (with the cutest baby animals you have ever seen).

Price:  Free, no registration necessary


Peekskill Rotary Club’s 42nd Annual Horse Show and Country Fair

When/Where:  Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 at Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill

Why Go:  The Rotary Club of Peekskill will host its 42nd Annual Horse Show and Country Fair September 22nd and 23rd at the

Price:  Visit www.peekskillrotary.com for more info


Hudson Valley Irish Fest

When/Where: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 11a.m.–7 p.m. at Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill

Why Go: This community-based, not for profit cultural event was established to celebrate and promote the rich Irish-American heritage that exists in the lower Hudson Valley. The Fest will feature music by recording artists Black 47 and Jameson’s Revenge, Girsa, from Ireland - Just2 and "The Bard of the Hudson" Tim Murphy, and a Salute to the Heroes and Victims of 9/11 with massed pipe bands and "America's Piper" Pipe major Joe Brady. Also, see the Jack McAndrews Memorial Cultural Tent featuring arts, historical displays along with talented local Irish step dancers and fine traditional Irish musicians.

In addition, the Fest features the work of outstanding artists and craftspeople from both Ireland and the Hudson Valley including a wonderful children's area with storytelling, crafts, and other activities. Food and refreshments will be available.

Price:  $10


9th Annual Hudson Valley Walk for PKD

When/Where:  Saturday, September 22, 9 a.m.-12 noon at Bedford Hills Memorial Park

Why Go: friends and family members from the Hudson Valley region will walk to help support the PKD Foundation's search for a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD).  PKD is one of the most common life-threatening genetic diseases, and affects more people than Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, and sickle cell anemia combined.

PKD affects 600,000 Americans and 12.5 million newborns, children, and adults, worldwide. The disease causes cysts to form in the kidneys, interfering with its ability to filter toxins out of the blood, resulting in eventual kidney failure. Dialysis and transplantation are the only treatments for PKD; there is no cure for PKD.


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