December 18, 2020
Bedford Playhouse offers various gift opportunities for movie enthusiasts, including gift certificates from $10 to $100; movie night concession packages with popcorn and snacks for a movie night at home; jam selections, including unusual flavors like bacon jam or mulled wine jam for your pantries; private classes on making cocktails; stocking stuffers; and theater rentals. To view the entire gift guide, visit bedfordplayhouse.org. Ordered items can be picked up today and tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, between 4 and 7 p.m. Additional pick-up times will be available through Wednesday, Dec. 23. For details, visit bedfordplayhouse.org.
Tomorrow, Bedford Riding Lanes Association is having a drive-through event at St. Patrick’s School in Bedford Village from 10 a.m. to noon, for families to see Santa and deliver letters about hoped-for Christmas gifts. Santa will collect all the letters in his red sack as families drive around the traffic circle at the school. All cars should enter from Greenwich Road. Although it is a drive-through event, be sure that everyone wears their masks.
Stepping Stones, the landmark home of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, is located in a residential neighborhood in Katonah. This historic site plans a virtual event tomorrow night, Saturday, Dec. 19, from 4 to 5 p.m., titled “Home With History: Virtual Exploration of the Lives, Home & Archives of Bill & Lois Wilson.” The event takes place on Zoom, and is free. To register, visit 19december.eventbrite.com.
On another note, three positions are available at Stepping Stones, including the Archives & Collections Manager, Advancement Manager, and Executive Assistant, who will join the team to help maintain, preserve and operate this historic home and archives. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Show: Bedford 2021 is now virtual, with over 45 artists participating and online sales of artwork continuing until Jan. 31, 2021. Several well-known local artists are returning to the show, including equine photographer Julie Testwuide, landscape painter Caroline Walker and impressionist painter Mireille Duchesne, along with many new artists. Leslie Janson will bring more of her cleverly created jewelry, repurposed from both new and old materials, and Robert Hessler again brings his amazing ceramic art into the mix. To view all the artwork for sale, visit artshowbedford.org. Remember that Art Show: Bedford supports local charities that need funding now more than ever.
Come out tomorrow afternoon and sing at the Family Holiday Caroling program at Onatru Farm, organized by Lewisboro Land Trust. The program runs from 2 to 4 p.m., and features two groups of 30 each taking turns hiking in nearby woods and singing carols by fire pits at Onatru. Singing spots will be spaced 12-feet apart, as marked, and masks are still required. A local flutist will perform to enhance the musical experience. Song sheets will be provided with all of the lyrics, and hot cocoa and other treats will be served. A small holiday tree will set up by the pond for families to decorate with biodegradable ornaments and garlands. Wear your best and brightest (ugly) holiday sweaters to complete the festivities. Wear mud-friendly shoes, and bring dogs on-leash only. The program is free and registration is required, so visit lewisborolandtrust.org. Onatru Farm is located at 99 Elmwood Road, South Salem; cross the road to the Onatru Reservation and follow the signs to the event.
The Stop & Shop in Mount Kisco has been updated, and the story announced a “grand opening” last weekend. The produce section is larger and contains more local, organic vegetables; fresh sushi is prepared in the store; the beer section is expanded; grab-and-go hot dishes including flatbread pizzas are available in the deli section; and the bakery and seafood departments have been enhanced. The store also offers same day online pickup to help customers shop conveniently. Just place an order to pick up later at stopandshop.com.
A fun thing to do one evening during this light-filled season is to wind your way through the hamlets of Bedford, viewing homes and businesses that have signed up to participate in the holiday Display of Lights. Make it even more festive by ordering food from local establishments and picking up the order on your way to view the light displays. Bring your cameras and don’t forget masks. While you’re in the hamlets, do a bit of shopping as well, thus supporting local businesses. The Display of Lights map is available on the town’s Facebook page or at bedfordny.gov. The town also emailed maps to residents.
While out exploring, look also for giant gingerbread men displayed around town on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20. It’s the first Gingerbread Man Hunt. Each is 2-feet tall and will be easily seen from the road. A map of locations will also be emailed, probably today.
The annual Holiday Donation Drive, organized by Bedford Police Benevolent Association., continues through Dec. 21. To donate food items and clothing, drop off these items off at the Bedford Police Department, located at 307 Bedford Road, Bedford Hills. All donations will be delivered to the Community Center of Northern Westchester. A list of most-needed items can be found on the Dec. 11 Town Supervisor’s Update page. In addition, monetary donations can be accepted via PayPal to BedfordPBA@gmail.com.