Talk of the Town - Bedford

Feb. 19, 2021

Yet another ice/snow event rolled in, and more is predicted for the end of the week. February usually goes by quickly, but not this year. January was a piece of cake by comparison. But be glad you’re not in Texas or other southern areas where drivers aren’t used to ice and snow. My brother lives in Texas, and said the roads were covered with ice, and his daughter was stuck at a babysitting job since Saturday night! Plus, they lost power for five hours last Saturday night. Happy Valentine’s Day! Many people in south-central Texas probably don’t even own appropriate clothing for below-zero temperatures. Meanwhile, New York is having 30- to 40-degree days.

On the bright side, local restaurants can finally open for indoor dining, albeit at 25% capacity, but it’s better than nothing. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges opened Friday, Feb. 12. Many restaurants have upgraded their air circulation systems to protect staff members and customers alike. Tables are also at least 6-feet apart, and masks and gloves are worn by all staff members.

Closing times for New York bars and restaurants were also adjusted to 11 p.m. from 10 p.m. These changes were made since COVID-19 infection rates have trended downward (for 35 consecutive days!) and vaccination rates are increasing. All good news on the restaurant front.

Meanwhile, fundraising continues at Bedford Playhouse, with Playhouse Game Night planned on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The activity is virtual and includes trivia contests, puzzles, photos and video challenges. The host guides participants, who can either enter on their own or with teams of up to eight players. Players each receive game kits, including snacks for fuel, extra supplies and game instructions. Kits can be picked up at the theater on Feb. 24 or 25. To sign up and purchase tickets, visit bedfordplayhouse.org. The Zoom link will be sent to all participants on Feb. 24.

Bedford Hills Library is active throughout February, with a Fiesta Live session scheduled tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m., led by Flor Bromley. She masterfully presents various activities for children, including stories, music, movement and puppet shows, in both English and Spanish. The Little Owls Book Club meets today, Friday, Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. This session, led by Alanna Donohue, is designed for grades kindergarten to second. Each storytime has a theme, and families can pick up activity bags with craft projects to complete during the Zoom meeting.

A tween book event, In BeTween Pages, is taking place Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. This session, led by Sara Hooper, is designed for grades five to seven. Popular tween books are discussed; newcomers are always welcome. This session’s selection is “Story Thieves” by James Riley. Contact the library to pick up a copy, and sign up to participate.

For adults who enjoy good literature, but are too busy to participate in book clubs, join in on Listen, Talk, Go, also via Zoom. The next session takes place on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., with Heide Shilstone as moderator. Reading material is primarily entertaining short stories, followed by brief discussions, so bring a drink of your choice and join the Zoom call.

For more information about all classes above (and others), or to sign up, visit bedfordhillsfreelibrary.org, or visit the library’s Facebook page. 

In recognition of Black History Month this February, Katonah Village Library is offering a Zoom session for parents on “How to Talk to Your Kids About Race” Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Leading the session will be author Ama Yawson, who emphasizes how best to have a loving and open dialogue about race relations with your children.

A Katonah Library book discussion for adults focuses on “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson, on Thursdays at 7 p.m., starting March 11, and continuing on March 25, April 8 and April 22. This discussion group is jointly hosted by the library, Katonah Methodist Church and Katonah SPACE. The book focuses on the author’s discussion of an unspoken caste system developed in the U.S. and how our lives are still defined by this social hierarchy.

To register for any of the above programs at Katonah Village Library, visit katonahlibrary.org

At Bedford Free Library, Birding 101 takes place Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m. Participants learn bird identification basics of birds commonly found in New York state and generally increase their birding skill sets. The program is presented by Saw Mill River Audubon and co-sponsored by Bedford Free Library, Lewisboro Library and Ruth Keeler Memorial Library. For registration and more information, visit bedfordfreelibrary.org.

A Bedford Audubon Society workshop, “All About Bluebirds,” is coming on Saturday, March 6, at 11 a.m. This interactive virtual workshop focuses on building bluebird nest boxes. Each participant will construct a bluebird box. The program will be led by Audubon member Linda Burke and garden director Mathew McDowell. Register soon and pick up your box supplies at Audubon’s Bylane Farm during the week of March 3. Cost for the lecture and all building materials is $25. For registration and more information, or to sign up for this Zoom workshop, visit bedfordaudubon.org.

Another offering by Bedford Audubon is the Bylane Book Club, taking place on Monday, March 8, at 7 p.m. The group is reading “The Overstory” by Richard Powers, which relays wide-ranging fables from old New York to the late 20th-century timber wars in the Pacific Northwest. It involves people who see and understand the natural world, and are drawn into its unfolding catastrophe. The book is available at local libraries or can be purchased. Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org, or call 302-9713. A Zoom link will be sent to all participants before the meeting.

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