June 2003, Sunday
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Westchester Arts Council to Host Open Studios 2003
Location: The Arts Exchange in Downtown White Plains
Throughout the weekend of Friday, May 30-Sunday, June 1, the Westchester Arts Council will open the doors of The Arts Exchange at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains for Open Studios 2003, a family-friendly weekend of open artist studios, drawing workshops, and "The Drawing Show" exhibition, one the county's most significant annual exhibitions of Westchester-based artists.

Open Studios 2003 will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 30th with the annual ArtsBash preview reception, featuring live music and culinary samplings from 20 local chefs teamed up with area artists inspired by the art of food. For example, artist John Maggiotto's work on horses will be displayed alongside the exemplary cuisine offered by Equus Restaurant of the Castle at Tarrytown. During the ArtsBash event, five area artists will create a Performed Drawing, during which guests may observe a spontaneous work-in-progress and interact with participating artists. Tickets to the ArtsBash reception are $75, and can be reserved by calling (914) 428-4220, ext. 243.

Open Studios 2003 will feature a number of interrelated events, including an invitational exhibition, "The Drawing Show," which will include both traditional drawings, such as pencil and mixed media on paper, as well as innovative approaches to the genre, such as installational drawings created on walls and floors.

Open Studios 2003 is part of the annual White Plains Art Beat Weekend, which also includes the White Plains Outdoor Art Show in Tibbetts Park. During the weekend, The Arts Exchange will be open to the general public from 12 Noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1.

For more information about Open Studios 2003, please call (914) 428-4220 x229.

Birding field trip
Time: 8:00am
The Orange County Audubon Society is having a birding field trip at the Stewart Buffer Lands, for wildflowers and spring birds.

Lead by Ralph Grimaldi

Meet at the DEC sign on Rte 207, several miles west of the Stewart airport entrance Town of New Windsor

Open to the public and free of charge. Call 744-6047 for more information.

Bike, Skate and Scooter Sundays
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Bronx River Parkway in White Plains
A portion of the Bronx River Parkway closes to vehicular traffic and opens for bicycles, skates and scooters between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., excluding holiday weekends, in May and June. In the event of rain, the Bike, Skate & Scooter Sundays will be cancelled.

Admission is free; parking at the Westchester County Center is $4.

Celebrate Cancer Survivors' Day
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: White Plains Hospital Center, Davis Avenue at East Post Road, White Plains
White Plains Hospital Center (WPHC) will mark the 10th Anniversary of its Cancer Treatment Program at this year's Cancer Survivors' Day Celebration on Sunday, June 1

More than 2,000 cancer survivors, their families and hospital caregivers have been invited to attend this event. Bonnie Draeger of White Plains, a cancer survivor and former White Plains Hospital Center patient, will be the featured speaker. Diagnosed just one year ago, Ms. Draeger had surgery for bilateral breast cancer and has finished chemotherapy. Her mother is a 27-year breast cancer survivor. "I feel great and I'm looking forward to speaking at Cancer Survivors Day," she said. "It's a wonderful opportunity to make everyone vigilantly aware of their responsibilities of having regular screenings and checkups. "

Held in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors' Day, the event at White Plains Hospital Center is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, is currently in treatment for cancer or has completed cancer therapy. Admission and parking are free. A brunch will be served under the big tent on Maple Avenue next to White Plains Hospital Center. There will be a live music and dancing. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling (914) 681-1118.

6th Annual Community in Concert
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery
This is a free concert. The line-up of musicians still to be announced will feature a variety of jazz, folk, blue grass, and pop music. Past performances have included such acts as Richie Havens, Leon Redbone, and Levon Helm and the Barn Burners.

The Annual Community in Concert is a project of the Joint Membership of Health and Commnity Agencies, a federation of voluntary health and community organizations united in service for the health and wellness of the people of Orange County.

Antique Tractor Day
Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Muscoot Farm in Somers
Big wheels will keep on turning when the farm tractor, the unsung hero of modern agriculture, is celebrated during Antique Tractor Day on Sunday, June 1.

The Yorktown Iron and Smoke Club will display its collection of motorized "tin horses," including such well-known names as Farmall, John Deer and Case, all of which made many tough farm chores easier and more efficient.

Tractors date back to the late 19th century when the first machines were powered by steam engines. Then, in 1892, the J.I. Case Threshing Machine, Co. pioneered the use of gasoline engines in tractors, making the machines smaller and much easier to use and service. The move helped to bring the tractor, and the industrial age, to farms around the world.

Admission is free.

Celtic Festival
Time: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Museum Village, Monroe, NY
Featuring Black 47, Kilbrannan, Kindred Spirit and many more talented local artists. Crafts for the children. Come out and have a great time. Food provided by Dicey Reilly's and AOH Division 1.

Vendors still being accepted

Tickets $15.00 for adults, children 4-15 $5.00, children under 4 free

Come and join us in supporting the museum

For more information call Kate at 845-782-8248 or visit us on the web at www.museumvillage.org

Free concert promotes health, wellness and recovery
Time: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Route 416 in Montgomery
The organizing committee for the 6th Annual Community in Concert announces the entertainment line-up for its Sunday, June 1. Admission to this family oriented celebration of health and wellness is free and open to all. The Annual Community in Concert is a project of the Joint Membership of Health and Community Agencies (JMHCA), a federation of 16 voluntary health and community organizations and the Orange County Parks Department.

The performers include:

Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul

Grammy nominated singer John Ford Coley

Folk-roots singer, lyricist and guitarist, Patty Larkin.

Levon Helm and the Barn Burners

Local entertainers include the Beatles tribute band, Twist and Shout!; Radoslav Lorkovic; Evan, and Charlie Lang.

Food vendors include Loughran's Salisbury Mills and Plum's Restaurant and Jazz club of Middletown. No alcohol will be served. Bring the whole family and a blanket or a lawn chair. There'll be lots to do; costumes and inflatables for the children.

For more information contact call (845) 692-4454 x-301.

House and Jazz Tour
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands takes you back to Newburgh's Jazz Age with the House and Jazz Tour, Sunday June 1. The tour starts at the Crawford House, 189 Montgomery Street, to visit houses of the era, and restaurants and clubs featuring local Jazz bands and artists. This tour is sure to be "the bee's knees".

For more information, please call 561-2585.

Jazz Age Tour
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Presented by The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands.

Celebrating the architecture and music of the Jazz Age, featuring private and public spaces of the era, with live jazz at local clubs.

Tour begins at the Crawford House, 189 Montgomery Street, Newburgh.

$20 donation. Call (945) 561-2585 for information.

Fat Tire Festival
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill
Off-road bicyclists can enjoy a day of mountain biking activities during the Fat Tire Festival 2003, featuring the Hickory & Tweed/Cannondale Bicycle Poker Rally, on Sunday, June 1. Visitors are also welcome.

The event is sponsored by the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation and the Westchester Mountain Biking Association (WMBA), a mountain biking advocacy group dedicated to promoting the use of mountain bikes on trails in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

For more information about the "Fat Tire Festival 2003," call the Westchester Mountain Biking Association at (914) 821-9409 or log on to www.wmba.org. General information about Westchester County Parks is available at www.westchestergov.com.

Art Exhibition Celebrates Gay Pride
Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Burd House Frame Shop and Gallery at 125 Main St., Suite 4, in Nyack, New York
"Art to Celebrate Gay Pride Rockland", a juried multi-media exhibition and sale is one of a host of events in celebration of Gay Pride Rockland 2003. The show opens with a public champagne reception on Sunday June 1st. Classical guitarist, Bill Girolamo, will entertain. The exhibition will continue through June 14th.

The exhibition features photographs, watercolors, oils, sculpture, pottery, drawings, collage and prints. This year, local watercolorist, Beverly Bozarth Colgan has created a painting of Nyack landmark, Hook Mountain, which has been playfully titled, "Hooked on Pride". Exquisitely framed by the Burd House Frame Shop, both have donated their work. Hooked on Pride, valued at $750 will be offered as a raffle prize at only $2.00 per ticket, six for $10.00.

Fundraiser for Daniel Blizard
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Diana’s Restaurant, Cottage St., Middletown
Candidate for City of Middletown Judge

$35 per person, $50 per couple

For reservations or questions call 342-5662

Low maintenance perennials
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial in Somers
Find out which plants can create beauty and interest but require little maintenance in your garden during a workshop on Sunday, June 1.

Horticulturist Tolly Beck will discuss a variety of attractive, hardy perennials that have few pest and disease problems, and don't require staking or frequent dividing. She'll also take participants on a walk through the different gardens at the arboretum to demonstrate how they grow and how to use them in a border.

Fee for the workshop is $3 and pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register for the workshop, call Lasdon at (914) 864-7260.
General information about Westchester County Parks, is available on the World Wide Web at www.westchestergov.com.

Cancer Survivors' Day celebration
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: (Call number below for details)
Benedictine Hospital will be celebrating its' 4th Annual National Cancer Survivor's Day Celebration by cruising the Hudson River on the Rip Van Winkle. "The River of Life" celebration is an opportunity for cancer survivors and those who support them to share in the joy. camaraderie, hope, determination, compassion, faith, and love that touches the life of anyone living with and beyond a diagnosis of cancer, their families and friends.

Join us for this special event. Music will be provided by the Saints of Swing Food will be provided by local restaurants. Admission is free to survivors, families and friends. National Cancer Survivor's Day is celebrated in communities throughout America.

Call 845-334-3017 before May 23, 2003 for more information and to make reservations. Seating is limited to the first 250 people.

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