Talk of the Town Bedford

July 16, 2021

Bedford 2030 is holding a Climate Action Mixer — a new and different event — at the Bedford Hills Memorial Park Pavilion on Wednesday, July 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All residents are invited to attend this pro-environment fest, where Bedford 2030 staff and volunteers will discuss current projects and share information about reducing waste, harnessing the power of local natural resources, and how to achieve home energy savings. This is a great time to sign up for community environmental programs, sign petitions, volunteer to help spread the word and generally mingle. Free tacos and empanadas will be provided by Nolvi’s Deli & Market in Bedford Hills. There will be giveaway items and a raffle for copies of “The Soil Will Save Us” by Kristin Ohlson. If you plan to attend, RSVP to bedford2030.org

Katonah Village Library is holding a meet-and-greet after months of isolation with Get Fit While You Sit taking place Thursday, July 22, at 10 a.m. The action takes place outdoors on the front plaza of the library, and refreshments will be available. Come meet Killeen Rhodes, who leads a virtual exercise class on Tuesdays. She’s giving out T-shirts and will advise participants about hydration and safety during hot weather, and other fitness topics. Just show up, no registration necessary.

Foraging with Flournoy takes place Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m. Come and discover which wild plants might be edible, or poisonous. The class led by Heather Flournoy is offered in- person only, and the group meets outside of the library. Preregistration is required.

Local author Sara Arnell speaks with Sara Faring about her book, “There Will Be a Lobster: A Memoir of a Midlife Crisis,” Tuesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. The session is via Zoom, and Ms. Arnell’s memoir is full of great stories and anecdotes, assuring those in the midst of a midlife crisis that they are not alone. Ms. Arnell is a professor at The New School’s Parsons School of Design and lives in Katonah. For registration and more information, visit katonahlibrary.org

Katonah Museum of Art, collaborating with the Katonah Village Improvement Society, is once again holding Outdoor Summer Socials with its concert series continuing on two Saturdays, July 31 and Aug. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ticket holders will enjoy complimentary beer and wine, and can also purchase specialty cocktails, food from Elias NY Wood Oven Pizza and Penny Lick ice cream. The featured band July 31 is The Shaves, a popular band that plays a variety of genres. On Aug. 21, the featured band will be Blonde Ambition, a group I well recall since former Chestnut Ridge tennis pro Cal Kramer plays the drums. 

The fabulous venue for these outdoor concerts is the Katonah Museum of Art’s Marilyn M. Simpson Sculpture Garden, with the entrance at 134 Jay St. Cost for KMA members is $20; nonmembers, $25; ages 12 and under free. For  tickets and more information, visit katonahmuseumofart.org or katonahvillageimprovementsociety.org

Another Movie Night under the stars is taking place at John Jay Homestead, in collaboration with the Bedford Playhouse, on Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24 (rain dates: July 27 or 28). The feature is “Grease” and the cost per car is $40. Gates are open at 7:30 p.m., and the film starts at 8:30 p.m. Food can be ordered via the Bedford Playhouse. Bring your chairs and blankets to be comfortable. For  tickets and more information, call 914- 232-8119, email friends@johnjayhomestead.org or visit johnjayhomestead.org.

Interesting fact: the Dogfish Head Brewery recently produced a docuseries titled “Mother Nature, Let’s Do This!” in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. Co-founders of the brewery, Sam and Maggie Calagione, took an extended East Coast road to visit and film 13 outdoor sites; one of the sites was Bedford’s Mianus River Gorge Preserve. The docuseries is designed to spotlight the Nature Conservancy’s environmental initiatives and inspire viewers to help protect our fragile planet. The series can be viewed on Dogfish Head’s YouTube channel, where “Mother Nature, Let’s Do This!” is streaming now.

A business in Mount Kisco called Code Ninjas teaches children about computer coding and STEM. Opened last November, Code Ninjas programs include computer science and robotics where children can create their own video games, 3-D models and robots. The signature program is designed for children 7 to 14 years old, but an introductory program that does not involve reading is offered for children age 5 to 7. For more information, call 914-216-7222, ext. 102 or email caryna.wong@codeninjas.com.

Mark your calendars for the South Salem Fire Department Annual Carnival and Parade, from Wednesday, Aug. 11, to Saturday, Aug. 14. So exciting that carnivals and so many other events can now be held in-person, after a year (and whole summer) of virtual events, or virtually nothing going on.

If you know of any new or traditional goings-on in the Town of Bedford, or you have news of former residents who have moved elsewhere but maintain their Bedford connections, feel free to contact me at nancydexter33@gmail.com. No one could possibly keep tabs on everything happening in the Town of Bedford, so community input is key. That’s what this column is all about—so don’t hesitate to be in touch. Let me know what’s happening!

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