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Put up your umbrella, pull on your rain boots, and grab a glass. There are wine events sprinkled across the country this month to help celebrate the long awaited arrival of spring.
Donnafugata Wine Dinner, Chicago, April 4
Explore Sicilian wine and food at this four-course pairing dinner featuring the wines of well-known Sicilian producer Donnafugata. Tickets are $70 per person plus tax and tip. Click here for tickets and information.
SOMM Documentary Screening, Monterey, Calif., April 4-7
Becoming a Master Sommelier is no easy task, a fact revealed in Jason Wise’s documentary chronicling four candidates’ efforts. It will open exclusively at the Sixth Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine event this year. Click here for tickets and information.
Gluten-Free Food and Wine Tasting, Philadelphia, April 10
Most wines are naturally gluten-free, so phew, but gluten-free chef Laura Hahn creates four wine and food pairings to make mealtime a little easier. Tickets are $49. Click here for tickets and information.
Sparrow Bar and Cookshop Sinskey Wine Dinner, Houston, April 11
Robert Sinskey Vineyards meets Houston’ Sparrow Bar and Cookshop for a decadent wine dinner, featuring the tastes of spring. Tickets are $125. Click here for tickets and information.
Provincetown Spring Wine Lovers Weekend, Provincetown, Mass., April 12-14
This annual event is both tasty and educational and full of luxury. Enjoy a port and chocolate tasting and a decedent five-course wine pairing featuring wines from around the world. Click here for tickets and information.
Forks & Corks, San Francisco, April 14
This event pairs the wines of 30 Sonoma wineries with the dishes of five popular local food trucks. Tickets are available through the San Francisco Film Centre. Click here for information.
The Godfather Wines of Sicily, St. Louis, April 16
What better way to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the release of The Godfather than with an eight-wine tasting featuring the wines of Sicily? Leave the guns, take the cannoli. Click here for tickets and information.
Farm to Fork Dinner and Tour, Paso Robles, Calif., April 19
Halter Ranch Vineyards is offering a wine dinner that takes place on an historic ranch that dates back to the 1880s. Cuisine by Tom Fundaro is prepared with the ingredients from local farmers and purveyors. Click here for tickets and information.
Passport to Dry Creek Valley, Healdsburg, Calif., April 27-28
Old roots meet modern tradition for the 24th anniversary of this wine event, which brings together more than 60 family-owned wineries for a weekend of tasting fun. Click here for tickets and information.
Mt. Rainier Road to Paradise Spring Wine and Brew Festival, Ashford, Wash., April 27
Savor hard-to-find and artisanal wines from Washington producers at this fourth annual event. The wine store on site will sell wine sans sales tax since this event is non-profit. Click here for tickets and information.
Manitou Springs Food Tour, Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesdays in April
This walking food tour makes stops for food and wine at six local restaurants in town. Why sit and sip when you can walk and sip? Click here for tickets and information.
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Whiskey Sours and Pisco Sours are fine and dandy, but this month, you should try something new. This recipe honors the classic mid-19th century sour format by incorporating a spirit, citrus and sweetener (gin, lemon juice and simple syrup, in this case). The real kicker here is in the optional frothing element. Add in an egg white if you want to go classic, or use aquafaba (the liquid you’d usually drain from a can of chickpeas) for a texture that’s rich and foamy yet still vegan. There’s really no way to make a wrong Gin Sour, so play around with ratios until you find the recipe that works for you.
What would a Sazerac taste like if it was invented in Paris instead of New Orleans? The late cocktail expert Gary "Gaz" Regan explored the possibility with this unique drink. Absinthe and cognac carry over from the Sazerac, while bitter liqueur Suze brings its distinct French flair to the party. Add a splash of Cointreau for a hint of citrus sweetness, and serve it in a Champagne flute to add a sense of sophistication and elegance.
Ocean City Home, Condo and Outdoor Show (April 23-25)
This three-day event in Ocean City promises thousands of ideas for your home and will be held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on Coastal Highway.
This is the peninsula&rsquos largest show of its kind, featuring all the goods and services you need for your home or condominium. There will also be free drawings, door prizes and lots of other bargains and surprises.
Hours are Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Admission prices are $5 for adults and there is no charge for attendees 13 and under. Members of the military, police departments and fire departments are also granted complimentary entrance, as long as they have valid identification.
Best April Events 2018
New York Botanical Garden, The Orchid Show – Sat, 3/3- Sun, 4/22. The Orchid Show celebrates its 16th year at The New York Botanical Garden with this display of thousands of orchids featuring a series of installations by Daniel Ost, the international star of flower arrange. Hailed as the ”Picasso of flower arranging”, his large-scale flower displays have been compared to the work of sculptors Claes Oldenburg, Anish Kapoor, and Andy Goldsworthy. Open Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm. (New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx www.nybg.org)
New York Botanical Gardens, Orchid Evenings – Fri-Sat, 4/6-7, 13-14 & 20-21: 6:30-9:30pm: Check out NYBG’s Orchid Show at night at these adults-only evenings with curated music from DJ X-Ray, live performers, dining and specialty cocktails. Or grab some light bites at NYBG’s Hudson Grill for a sit down pre-show meal and light bites. (New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx www.nybg.org)
PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens Opens Sat-Sun, 3/31 – 10/28: 10am-4pm The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo’s World Headquarters in Purchase, opens for the season on Sat, 3/31. The Garden features 45 pieces of large-scale outdoor pieces from some of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century. Including Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, August Rodin and Alberto Giacometti. This ninety minute stroll will take you through stream-lined woods and park-like settings with over 6,000 trees from 38 species, lawns, ponds, fountains, a koi pond, formal gardens with topiary, hedges and thousands of flowering bulbs. Read more.
Local! LoHud Comedy, The Schoolhouse Theatre – Fri, 4/6: 8pm: Comics from Letterman, Comedy Central and The Tonight Show take the stage at the intimate 99 seat Schoolhouse theatre. Including Adam Oliensis (winner of 2013 Parmount Theatre Standup Star Search) who wrote and starred in the movie The Pompatus of Love, Frank Vignola (Just for Laughs Comedy Festival with Bill Maher) and Cynthia Kaplan (Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same). (3 Owens Rd., Croton Falls www.schoohousetheater.org)
Spring Blossoms Flower Show, Lyndhurst Mansion – Fri-Sun, 4/6-8: 10:am-5pm: Lyndhurst Mansion opens their 2017 with this spring flower show featuring Westchester’s finest florists displaying lavish arrangements throughout the rooms of the mansion. Visitors can take guided tours of the historic home or simply walk through at their leisure to see the various floral displays. Perfect for brides and event planners. (635 Broadway, Tarrytown www.lyndhurst.org)
Local! 6th Annual Run for the Hills, Bedford Hills – Sat, 4/7: 8:30am: Meet at the Bedford Hills Metro North Train Station for the Bedford Hills Neighborhood Association’s 5K Run for the Hills. (48 Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills www.bhna10507.com)
Cool! Seal Spotting (or) Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise, Maritime Aquarium Norwalk – Sat, 4/7: 10am, Sun, 4/8: 11:30am & -Sat, 4/14: 9am: Board the Maritime Aquarium’s catamaran Spirit of the Sound for a seal spotting exhibition (4/7-8) or a seven hour tour of 8 western LI Sound lighthouses from Sheffield Island to Sands Point and Eaton’s Neck on 4/14. Board both cruises from the Aquarium Dock. (10 N. Water St., Norwalk www.maritimeaquarium.org)
Pleasantville Farmer’s Market opens on April 7: Pleasantville’s outdoor market returns from its winter home at the Pleasantville Middle School for its regular Saturday run from April 7 through November 18. See our Farmer’s Market Guide for more information. Sat, 4/1-11/17: 8:30am-1pm. ((Memorial Plaza off Manville Rd., Pleasantville www.pleasantvillefarmersmarket.org)
Local! Friends of NCPL! Author Talk with Gail Simmons, Bringing it Home, Fortina – Tues, 4/10: 7pm: Friends of the North Castle Public library present an author talk, dinner and book signing with food writer and permanent judge on Bravo’s Emmy-winning series Top Chef, Gail Simmons at Fortina restaurant in Armonk. Gail will talk about her new cookbook, Bringing it All Back Home: Favorite Recipes fro a Life of Adventurous Eating. TKTS on sale 3/1. Won’t last. (17 Maple Ave., Armonk www.friendsncpl.org)
ArtsWestchester Arts Awards Luncheon, Westchester Country Club – Wed, 4/11: 11:30am – 2:30pm: At Westchester’s own version of the Academy Awards™, ArtsWestchester recognizes the stars of the county’s local arts community! Recipients include patrons, organizations, educators and more. This year’s recipients include The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, Conductor William Crutchfield, The Play Group Theatre, Lee Pope – founder of the Schoolhouse Theatre in Croton Falls and more. (99 Biltmore Ave., Rye: www.artswestchester.org)
Darkest Hour, Chappaqua Library – Fri, 4/13: 7pm: If you haven’t seen this British War drama from Joe Wright starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill – go see it here! Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Actor for Oldman, this behind the scenes look at Churchill’s rise and uneasy reign over Parliament during WWII provides the perfect back-bench politicking that went on during the Dunkirk evacuation and is the perfect sequel to the summer hit Dunkirk for history and movie buffs. Present by resident film buff Carol Durst. (195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua www.chappaqualibrary.org)
Lyndhurst Mansion Tours open – Fri-Sun, 4/13-29 & Thurs-Mon, May-Sept: These one-hour mansion tours of the Gothic Revival masterpiece once owned by Jay Gould and featured in the movies House of Dark Shadows and Sydney Lumet’s Reversal of Fortune about Sonny and Claus von Bulow take you through two floors including the Grand Picture Gallery with its varied collection of European paintings,Tiffany and La Farge stained glass windows. Tours are held on the hour beginning at 10am and concluding at 4pm. (635 Broadway, Tarrytown www.lyndhurst.org)
Local! Bedford Spring Antiques Show for St. Matthews Church, The Harvey School – Sat, 4/14: 10am-5pm & Sun, 4/15: 11am-5pm: The Bedford Spring Antiques Show at The Harvey School is the primary fundraising event for St. Matthews each year. It features a Champagne Preview Party and Dinner. Preview party: Fri, 4/13: 6:30 pm. New this year is a silent auction for a week’s stay at an English Castle and US Open court-side celebrity seats. Plus, Bloodys & Bubbles and small bites on Sunday at noon. (Harvey School, 260 Jay St., Katonah www.stmatthewsbedford.org)
All About Eve, Star Studded Film Series, Chappaqua Library – Sat, 4/14: 2pm: Film historian and librarian Phillip Harwood screens this 1950 classic from Joseph Mankiewicz starring Bette Davis as Margo Channing, the aging Broadway star and Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington, her adoring (conniving) young fan who becomes her secretary, then her understudy and then… goes for her man! Perhaps the greatest cat fight of all time on film, All About Eve was nominated for 14 Academy Awards (won 6) and is listed at #16 on AFI’s list of the Greatest Films of All Time.
BRLA Spring Brunch, Waccabuc Country Club – Sun, 4/15: 12-3pm: RSVP by 4/1 and no jeans at this business casual brunch for the Bedford Riding Lanes Association. (90 Mead St., Waccabuc www.brla.com)
Local! Frederich Chiu, South Salem Presbyterian Church – Sun, 4/15: 4pm: Frederic Chiu has been described as “a stunningly virtuosic pianist with a dynamic range that defies the capabilities of modern recording…” – BBC Music Magazine. Here he performs Chopin, Debussy and Prokofiev showing the way composers used the piano, from a singing instrument to a sound machine to a percussion box, concluding with the Liszt transcription of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, considered among the most demanding piano music ever written, and labeled “the greatest works for the piano,” by Vladimir Horowitz. (111 Spring Rd., S. Salem www.theseminaryseries.org)
Local! Richard Goode (piano), Caramoor – Sun, 4/15: 3pm: Richard Goode, hailed as one of the “finest pianists in the world” (The Washington Post) performs in the intimate Rosen House Music Room. Known for his interpretations of Beethoven, Goode will offer one of the composer’s late masterpieces, the Sonata Op. 101, plus works by Debussy and Renaissance and Baroque masters Byrd and J.S. Bach. (149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah www.caramoor.org)
Symphonic Music for Small Ensembles, Bedford Chamber Concerts – Wed, 4/18: 8pm: Dr. Anthony Newman and his chamber ensemble perform a Brahms Piano Quintet, a Mozart Piano Quartet and Newmans’ own Concerto for Trumpet and Strings. (St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 382 Cantitoe Rd., Bedford www.bedfordchamberconcerets.org)
Here’s Two for Golfers from Northern Westchester Hospital – Thurs, 4/19: 6-7:30pm: Check out NWH’s free lecture Fore Your Health: Injury Prevention and Treatment for Golfers including demonstrations of exercises for injury-free golf and Keiser equipment and K-Vest at The Athletes Warehouse Thurs, 4/19: 6-7:30pm. (220 Tompkins Ave., Pleasantville register here) Then head out to Hudson National Golf Club in Croton on Judson for the annual NWH Golf Outing on Monday, June 4.
Local! Vanities, Katonah Village Library – Fri-Sat, 4/20-21: 8pm: Director Tom Kramer (Small Town Theatre Company) and Millennium Productions present a stage reading of Jack Heifner’s 1976 comedy that chronicles the lives of three high school cheerleaders from a small Texas town. The play spans the years 1963 to 1974 and follows the trio from HS to college sorority to New York City. The play earned Heifner a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play and ran off Broadway for o ver four years and 1785 performances. (26 Bedford Rd., Katonah www.katonahvis.com)
Local! Switzerland, Hudson Stage Company, Armonk – Fri, 4/20 – Sat, 5/5: Hudson Stage Company presents the NY premiere of Joanna Murray-Smith’s original thriller inspired by Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley murder mysteries (The Talented Mr. Ripley). In Switzerland, Murray-Smith turns Highsmith, herself, into a character in a psychological cat and mouse game of her own making – a dance to the death with a literary agent summoned to entice her to write one more thriller in her self-appointed exile in Switzerland. (Whippoorwill Hall, NCPL, 19 Whippoorwill Rd. E., Armonk, 914.271.2811 www.hudsonstage.com)
German Pastry Alert! The Legacy of Brandenburg, Ars Antiqua, Church of St. Mary, Chappaqua – Sat, 4/21: 8pm: Virtuoso violinist, Nicholas Di Eugenio joins Mark Kramer (Baroque cello) and his Ars-Antiqua ensemble for an evening of music from the private library of Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt. Hailed by the New York Times for his “evocative” playing, Di Eugenio will be featured as soloist on Locatelli’s Capriccio for Violin Solo Opus 6, No. 12 as well as works by Brescianello, Veracini, Albinoni, Vivaldi and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 4. German pastries, Italian confections and coffee after the show. (191 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua www.ars-antiqua.org)
Anthony Roth Costanzo (countertenor) with Ruckus, Caramoor – Sun, 4/22: 3pm: The “utterly riveting” (The New York Times) Anthony Roth Costanzo appears with the newly-minted period instrument ensemble Ruckus, for a concert of cantatas by Scarlatti, Handel, and Vivaldi. Plus instrumental works by Couperin, Saint Colombe, and Marais. (149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah www.caramoor.org)
Bedford Hills Free Library Spring Gala – Thurs, 4/26: 6:30-9pm: Support the Bedford Hills Free Library at his gala featuring cocktails, buffet, live music and an auction. this event will honor Roger and Nancy Vincent. (Glen Arbor Golf Club, 234 Bedford Center Rd., Bedford Hills http://www.bedfordhillsfreelibrary.org)
Local! 24th Chappaqua School Foundation Spring Benefit, Sleepy Hollow Country Club – Fri, 4/27: 7pm: This event, held at The Sleepy Hollow Country Club, offers cocktails, a buffet dinner and a raffle. CSF recently announced 11 grants for 2017-18 totaling over $260,000 and featuring software literacy tools that will be used district-wide, LEGO Robots for the Bell Middle School, Curious Inventor Coding blocks for Bell and Seven Bridges Middle Schools, Language Dept. Virtual Reality Pilot Program for HGHS and classroom redesigns for both middle schools, Griffin and Roaring Brook Elementary Schools and a redesign for the 4th grade commons at Westorchard Elementary School. (Sleepy Hollow Country Club, 777 Albany Post Rd, Briarcliff Manor www.chappaquaschoolfoundation.org)
Deeply Rooted, Greenwich Audubon – Sat, 4/28: 5-8pm: A special screening of the film ‘Deeply Rooted.’ The film tells the story of master gardener and heirloom seed saver John Coykendall detailing his life story and the importance of saving our seeds and stories. ‘Deeply Rooted’ was produced by Christina Melton for Louisiana Public Broadcasting and will be distributed this fall by American Public Television. Kids ages 10 & up free! (613 Riversville Rd., Greenwich: www.greenwichaudubon.org)
New York Botanical Garden Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend – Sat-Sun, 4/28-29: 12-4pm: Enjoy a selection of New York State wines and vintner talks when NYBG’s Daffodil Hill is blooming with more than 670,000 daffodils. Plus live music on the Wetland Trail, guided tours of Daffodil Hill and refreshments. (2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx www.nybg.org)
19th Native Plant Sale, Westchester Community College – Sat, 4/28: 10am-1pm: Take your pick from thousands of beautiful and beneficial native plants at WCC’s Native Plant Center. The Native Plant Center promotes sustainable gardening through the use of plants that naturally grow in our region through educational conferences and events. Park in Visitor Lot #1. (75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla www.sunywcc.edu)
Ruff! Mutts on the Mountain 5K & Lazy Dog 1M, Blue Mountain Reservation, Peekskill – Sat, 4/28: 8am -12pm: The only timed trail race (of any length) in Westchester County where you can run with your dog. (It’s worth a try just for the dry-fit Mutts on the Mountain tee-shirt they give you.) The first of three separate starts is dedicated to runners without canines. The Lazy Dog fun run is for dog/(wo)man duos who can’t handle the rough terrain of the 5K but still want lake views on their jog. (435 Welcher Ave., Peekskill: www.thewpf.org)
Local! Bedford Riding Lanes Association Annual Spring Trail Cleanup & Family Picnic, Sat, 4/28: Help clean up BRLA’s trails and stay for the picnic. For information call (914) 234-BRLA. (www.bedfordridinglanes.com)
The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days, Lewisboro – Sun, 4/29: 10am-3pm: The White Garden, designed by Patrick Chassé, ASLA in 1999, is open to the public for one day courtesy of The Garden Conservancy. Set on the grounds of a Greek Revival estate house surrounded by a native oak- hickory forest, the gardens feature over 300,000 daffodils in spring, a nymphaeum, pergola garden, labyrinth, and theater court, a conservatory “jungle” garden, an Asian-inspired moss garden, glass houses and a Temple of Apollo on an island in the pond. (199 Elmwood Rd., Lewisboro www.gardenconservancy.org)
Antiques Roadshow-style Appraisal Day at the Greeley House, Sat, 4/28: 10am-4pm: Have their family heirlooms or garage sale treasures appraised at the Horace Greeley House. The appraisals will be conducted by four special guest experts from Rago Arts & Auction Center (fine art, jewelry, silver, and general). (100 King St., Chappaqua www.newcastlehs.org)
It’s Back. Gentleman’s Poker Night in Bedford, Bedford’s Historical Hall – Thurs, 5/3: 6:30pm: You can go down in history by playing poker to benefit the Bedford Historical Society. Bedford Braggin’ Rights are at stake! Join the guys for a night of poker, prizes, dinner and drinks to benefit BHS’s Education Fund. Professional dealers will start off the night with a Texas Hold’em refresher. Get your seat at the table for $135 here – discounted “Add In” when you buy early! (Historical Hall, 608 Old Post Rd., Bedford www.bedfordhistoricalsociety.org)
Hope’s Door Spring Gala, Brae Burn Country Club – Fri, 5/4: 6:30pm: An evening of dinner, dancing and a live and silent auction. This year’s event will honor children’s book writer and Board Member of the Westchester Land Trust, Lee Manning-Vogelstein. The shelter provides services and shelter to victims of domestic violence. (39 Brae Burn Dr., Purchase www.hopesdoorny.org)
First Congregational Church of Chappaqua Barn Sale – Fri-Sun, 5/4-6: Check times: The Church’s annual barn sale fundraiser offers quality consignment items from Chappaqua households and new merchandise from local merchants including clothes and furniture. The Church accepts donations for the Barn Sale beginning April 22. Consignment items are accepted the week of the event. (210 Orchard Ridge Rd., Chappaqua http://www.fcc-chappaqua.org)
Kykuit Tours, Thurs-Sun, Opens 5/3: Tkts go on sale 4/3 for the 2018 season for this hilltop paradise that was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of the guided tours of the six-story stone house the terraced gardens with Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller’s collection of 20th-century sculptures the underground art galleries featuring a collection of Picasso tapestries and the Coach Barn’s classic automobiles and horse-drawn carriages. (381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow: www.hudsonvalley.org)
Crafts at Lyndhurst, Fri-Sun, 5/4-6: 10am-5pm: Over 275 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country selling their contemporary creations at this celebration of all things handmade. A full day art and shopping experience with interactive kids activities, delicious gourmet foods and concessions, hands-on demonstrations and more. (635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown www.lyndhurst.org)
Local! Katonah Spring Clean Up Day & Plant Sale – Katonah Village Library – Sat, 5/5: 8 am-2pm: Meet in front of the Katonah library for the Katonah Village Improvement Society’s community clean up at Katonah Memorial Park. Disposable gloves, garbage bags, vests, route maps, refreshments and prizes for the kids are provided. (26 Bedford Rd., Katonah www.katonahvis.com)
Mandy Gonzalez, Caramoor Benefit Concert – Sat, 5/5: 8:30pm: Broadway star, Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, Wicked, In the Heights, Madam Secretary) opens up the American Songbook in this cabaret benefit concert for Caramoor. A champagne and dessert reception with Ms. Gonzalez follows the performance. (149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah www.caramoour.org)
Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway, Sun, 5/6-20 & 6/3-24: 10am-2pm: Bicycle Sundays return on May 6. The Westchester Parks Foundation closes off a six and a half mile stretch of the Bronx River Parkway for the exclusive use of bicyclists, joggers, scooters and strollers. Park your car at the County Center lot and bike to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers. Round trip 13.1 miles. www.friendsofwestchesterparks.com
Beethoven, Bedford Chamber concerts – Wed, 5/9: 8pm: Dr. Anthony Newman and his Bedford Chamber ensemble perform Beethoven’s “Eroic” Symphony No. 3 and “Kreutzer” Sonata for Violin and Piano. (St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 382 Cantitoe Rd., Bedford www.bedfordchamberconcerets.org)
Tap! Tap! Tap! Leonardo Saldoval, ChappPac, Fri, 5/11: 8pm: Brazilian tap dancer Leonardo Sandoval, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as” strong yet fine-boned, capable of authority and nuance”, and praised by the New York Times for his rousing choreography, has established a reputation in the tap world and beyond for his musicality and for adding his own Brazilian flavor to the American art of tap dancing. (480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua 914.458-5143) TKTS
Local! Bill Bowers in All Over the Map, Schoolhouse Theatre – Fri, 5/11: 8pm: Bill Bowers is a mime that speaks. His new multi-media show, hailed by The Huffington Post, is 70 minutes of dramatized recollections and quirky observations of 30 years of traveling all over the world. Bowers performed on Broadway in The Lion King and The Scarlet Pimpernel and has performed at Madison Square Garden, The Kennedy Center, The White House and Off-Broadway in his own plays including Under a Montana Moon and It Goes Without Saying. (3 Owens Rd., Croton Falls www.schoolhousetheatre.org)
Giant Tag Sale in Pleasantville – Fri-Sat 5/11-12: 9am-4pm: This is NOT your typical neighborhood tag sale of used toys and children’s clothing. We receive both used and new donated items in a wide variety of categories: used and antique furniture, collectibles, jewelry, appliances, housewares, CD’s, DVD’s, toys, sports equipment, tools, gardening supplies, good used clothing and accessories, bed & bath, decorative art, etc. Benefits the Hudson Chorale. (107 Bedford Road, Pleasantville)
Local! John Jay Homestead Farm Market Open 5/12: 9am-1pm: JJHFM expands it’s season schedule opening on Sat, 5/12 (a full month earlier) and runs each Saturday through 10/27: See our Farmers Market Guide for more information. (John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St., Katonah www.johnjayhomestead.org)
Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise, Maritime Aquarium Norwalk – Sat, 5/12: 10am: Board the Maritime Aquarium’s catamaran Spirit of the Sound for this five hour tour of five central LI Sound lighthouses from Norwalk’s Sheffield Island to Penfield Reef in Fairfield, CT. Board this cruise from the Aquarium Dock. (10 N. Water St., Norwalk www.maritimeaquarium.org)
Teatown Plant Fest, Teatown Lake Reservation – Sat, 5/12: 9am-2pm: PlantFest brings it all together: abundant plant varieties (natives, perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables), expert helpers and over a dozen complementary vendors offering everything from jewelry and ceramics to handmade wooden bowls and kayaks, farm-to-table produce and artisanal breads, herbal vinegars and bee creams – even knife and tool-sharpening. (1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining www.teatown.org)
Pre-Mother’s Day Plant Sale, Lyndhurst Mansion – Sat, 5/12: 10am-2pm: The Garden Club of Irvington, The Hudson Valley Rock Garden Society, Care of Trees and Homegrown Nurseries and Farms presents Lyndhurst’s annual pre-Mother’s Day Plant Sale. You will find unique plants for your gardens and containers, deer-resistant plants, expert gardening advice as well as a raffle for a specimen tree. (635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown www.lyndhurst.org)
Local! Scenes from Motherhood, Magdalena Baczewska, South Salem Presbyterian Church – Sun, 5/13: 4pm: Pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Baczewska [ba-CHEV-ska], Director of the Music Performance Program and Lecturer at Columbia University, has been acclaimed as a “world-class” musician (The American Record Guide), and lauded as “eloquent & technically flawless” (The Washington Post). She presents a special program for Mother’s Day with works by Schumann, Chopin, Ravel and more plus a Champagne Toast to mothers. (111 Spring Rd., S. Salem www.theseminaryseries.org)
Mother’s Day Brunch with Nisa Lee, Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden, North Salem – Sun, 5/13: 11:30am & 2pm: Chef Nisa Lee provides the three course meal (plus Kids menu) and the Stroll Garden provides the ambience of spring. Lee, whose cuisine taps into the flavors of Thailand, Morocco and the Caribbean, has been featured in The New York Times and People magazine. She has catered for Hillary Clinton, Justin Bieber and Chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns. (28 Deveau Rd., N. Salem www.hammondmuseum.org)
Armonk Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Golf Outing & Dinner – Tues, 5/15: 11:30am: The Armonk Chamber of Commerce honors Judy Willsey, owner of Framings and former President of the Armonk Chamber of Commerce. This event will also honor the Armonk Independent Fire Department. The day includes lunch and golf from 11:30am-5pm and cocktails and dinner from 6-9pm. (Whippoorwill Club, 150 Whippoorwill Rd., Armonk www.armonckchamberofcommerce.com)
Castles of New Castle, New Castle Historical Society House Tour – Thurs, 5/17: 9:30am- 2:30pm: The NCHS’s Castles of New Castle house tour showcases five homes in different architectural styles. All proceeds from the House Tour will benefit the New Castle Historical Society. Tickets for the vent will got on sale in mid-April. Check back here or at the NCHS website for more info. (100 King St., Chappaqua www.newcastlehs.org)
ArtsWestchester Birthday ArtsBash & Open Studios, White Plains – Thurs, 5/17: 6-9pm: ArtsWestchester celebrates 20 years in it’s historic location with an evening of cocktails, tastings from over 20 local restaurants including Chappaqua’s Crabtree’s Kittle House and Mt. Kisco’s Cafe of Love and birthday cake. On view for the party, their new exhibit Triennial, a showcase of contemporary Hudson Valley artists. (31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains www.artswestchester.org)
5th Annual Stayin’ Alive 5K & Fun Run and Walk, Armonk – Sat. 5/19: 8am: The run starts at The Windmill Club and continues through Windmill’s woodsy community. Stayin’ Alive raised almost $30,000 for needed equipment for first responder’s in North Castle (Armonk, Banksville & N. White Plains) and surrounding towns last year. Fun Run at 10am. (The Windmill Club, 10 Maple Way, Armonk www.stayinalive.org)
27th Annual Friends of Lasdon Park Plant Sale & Garden Show – Sat, 5/19: 9am-4pm & Sun, 5/20: 9am- 3:30pm: Lasdon Park’s Plant Sale offers a selection of unique annuals, shrubs, vegetables and perennials in a 2-day celebration that includes music and refreshments and local crafts and gourmet food vendors. Check out the exhibit at the new 2500 square foot glass conservatory while you are there. (2610 Rt. 35, Katonah www.lasdonpark.org)
Northwell Health Walk at Westchester, FDR Park, Yorktown Heights – Sun, 5/20: Registration 8:30am: Walk to benefit the Bruce and Andrea Yablon Cancer Health and Wellness Program for Northwell Health’s Northern Westchester Hospital. This event features health & wellness exhibits, a kid’s zone, music, food & beverages, photo booth and pre-walk warmups. (2957 Crompond Rd, Yorktown Heights www.northwellhealthwalk.com)
Concerto Winners Concert, Chappaqua Orchestra, ChappPac – Sun, 5/20: 3pm: TCO’s final concert of the season features the winners of Chappaqua 2018 International Concerto Competition. Come hear the future of classical music performing with the TCO conducted by Music Director Michael Shapiro. Concert concludes with New York composer Robert Paterson’sDark Mountains about the beauties of Vermont and Franz Liszt’s epic Les Preludes. (480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua www.chappaquaorchestra.org)
REBEL Barqoue, Bedford Presbyterian Church – Sun, 5/20: 4pm: REBEL Baroque, one of the most aired period instrument ensembles in the US performa a program of Mozart, Haydn, and their contemporaries. Featuring Matthias Maute, traverso & Dongsok Shin, fortepiano. Works by Mozart, Haydn, J.C. Bach & Gyrowetz. (Village Green, Bedford www.rebelbaroque.com)
New Castle 5k & 10K Road Race & Fun Run – TBA: This challenging course takes you from Town Hall through some of the most scenic landscapes in Chappaqua. Runners get a police escort, water stations and a sag wagon. There are awards in 8 age categories. Check in begins at 7am. Or pre-register with New Castle Recreation. (Town Hall, 200 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua www.mynewcastle.org)
Cool! Pirelli World Challenge & Royals Car Show, Rock Park Memorial Day Season Opener – Fri-Mon, 5/25-28: The Pirelli World Challenge series serves up races from all 7 car classes from the Bid Dogs (Cadillacs, Bentley’s, Lomborghinis & Porches) to the TC class of Mustangs and BMW 228is, and the smallest class of Chevy Sonics and Mazda 2s. On Sunday, the Royals Car Show draws 200-400 prime vehicles from rare sports cars to muscle cars from the 60s and 70s. (60 White Hollow Rd., Lakeville CT: www.limerock.com)
Bedford Memorial Day Picnic, Katonah – Mon, 5/28: 11am-2pm: The local American Legion Post 1575 will host a Memorial Day picnic at American Legion Hall next to the Katonah Museum of Art. All town residents are invited. (American Legion Hall, 136 Jay St. Katonah www.bedfordny.gov)
Bedford Riding Lanes Association Memorial Day Country Pace & BBQ, Mon, 5/28. 7am-2pm: Admission to the grounds is free for BRLA’s Spring pace that starts and ends at John Jay Homestead. For information on the luncheon call (914) 234-BRLA. BRLA maintains and develops the historic system of trails and dirt roads which extend and connect more than 100 linear miles of horse trails in the Bedford and Pound Ridge areas. (www.bedfordridinglanes.com)
Humanitarian Awards Dinner, Boys & Girls club of Northern Westchester, Birdstone Farm, Cross River – Fri, 6/1: TBA: BGCNW’s annual awards dinner to Board Member, volunteer and club writing seminar instructor Carolyn Quinn. The John Beach Award will be presented to award-winning choreographer, Peter Pucci, who has actively worked with local public schools and community college’s throughout his career. (20 Boutonville Rd., Cross River www.bgcnwestchester.org)
Next to Normal, The Armonk Players, Whippoorwill Hall, NCPL – FRi-Sun, 6/1-3 & Thurs-Sat, 6/7-9: Next to Normal is an award-winning (see below) rock musical centering on a mother struggling with bipoloar disorder and the effects her illness has on her family. It has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2009, it won three (Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical) as well as the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming only the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. (19 Whippoorwill Rd., E., Armonk www.armonkplayers.org)
Rose Day, Lyndhurst Mansion – Sun, 6/3: 12-3pm: Presented by the Garden Club of Irvington, the rose garden will be in full bloom to host demonstrations and advice from rose experts. (635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown www.lyndhurst.org)
NWH Golf Classic, Hudson National, Croton on Hudson – Mon, 6/4: 12-6pm: Tee up for a cause at the Northern Westchester Hospital annual Golf Classic. (40 Arrowcrest Dr., Croton on Hudson www.nwh.net)
Becoming Tiffany: From Hudson Valley Painter to Gilded Age Tastemaker, Lyndhurst Mansion – Thurs-Mon, 6/7-9/24: This special exhibit of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany explores his origins as a painter in Irvington, his focus on important cultural movements, and his influence as a premiere tastemaker of the Gilded Age.The exhibition features pieces from the Lyndhurst collection and works on loan from major museums and rarely seen objects from private collections. (635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown www.lyndhurst.org)
The Dog in the Dressing Room, Schoolhouse Theatre – Thurs – Sun, 6/14-7/1: For it’s final 2017-18 Main Stage production, The Schoolhouse Theatre presents a new play from the multi-award winning playwright Deborah Savadge. The Dog in the Dressing Room is a comedy about a backstage romance – the best kind!
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April 12 – 18
En La Cocina Cooking Class
Thursday, April 15, 6:30pm
Enjoy an evening of cooking and eating around the paella pit as Tapa Toro’s talented chefs guide you in creating some of their favorite recipes. April menu: Oysters Rockefeller, Cedar Park Salmon, Strawberry Shortcake Stack.
Duckhorn Wine Dinner
Thursday, April 15, 7pm
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Indulge in a five-course menu paired with exquisite Duckhorn Portfolio wines for an unforgettable evening.
Looking for more date night ideas along I-Drive? See what else is on the calendar this April on I-Drive.
Orlando Ballet presents Peter Pan
April 15-18, various times
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Fly through a starlit London night and dive headfirst into a magical adventure in Neverland in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan.
Tickets start at $24
Rock the Beach Tribute Band Series
Friday, April 16, 7pm
Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
Enjoy this tribute to Hootie and the Blowfish, Matchbox Twenty, and Pat Benatar. Tickets include general admission, complimentary valet and one drink ticket.
Image credit: Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
Sip and Stretch
Friday, April 16, 7:30pm
DGBEK Dance Studio
During this session – you and your partner will experience easy to follow yoga moves that will foster connection and bliss. Particulary, you will be guided with demonstrations from your yoga teacher so that you could copy step by step demo sequences. This is a playful opportunity to laugh, connect, and build subtle movements of intimacy
Shelly’s Warriors Cornhole Tournament
Saturday, April 17, 11am
Hourglass Brewery – Longwood
Round up your friends and join this outdoors, bracket style cornhole tournament featuring a $200 cash prize for the first place team and a $100 Boxi Park gift card for second place. All proceeds will be used exclusively to support families in need. This event is a fundraiser to honor Shelly’s legacy and support the 501c3’s mission of providing financial relief to cancer patients. Purchase food from ChiPhi food truck, Wako Taco and Papa Bees Wings. The prize and raffle list continues to grow and is currently valued at approximately $1,700!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Through April 17, 2021, various times
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
In an outdoor performance at Lake Eola Park, mayhem and mischief are afoot in this glittering, enchanted classic comedy. “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” When magical, mischief-maker Puck gets ahold of a love potion, he sets in motion all the comical antics that arise from four young lovers’ adventure through the woods. Shakespeare’s classic comedy charms everyone who enters its magical realm – come enjoy love and laughter in a dreamlike evening under the stars at Lake Eola. Read more about this show here.
$22 – $56
Image credit: Orlando Shakes
Introductory Wine Course
Saturday, April 17, 5:30pm
Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House and Culinary Garden
Use all five senses to better understand wine and your own preferences.
Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
Saturday, April 17, 5:30pm
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
The event will offer culinary selections from the hotel’s award winning restaurants as well as wine samplings from around the world and a selection of other beverages, all amidst live entertainment.
$125 event only tickets overnight packages from $400
Arts in April
Saturday, April 17, all day
Downtown Winter Garden
Arts in April is a community celebration designed to showcase and support the local arts. Celebrate “The World Outside” and World Art Day all day on Saturday, April 17, 2021 with a lineup of fun and FREE artsy activities. Activities include gallery exhibits, a sidewalk chalk competition, En Plein Air event and more.
Image credit: Winter Garden Art Association
Art Night VIP
Saturday, April 17, 6-9pm
Multiple venues throughout Downtown Winter Garden
Enjoy “Behind the Velvet Rope” VIP Access to curated immersive art experiences in several small COVID-safe boutique settings around historic Downtown Winter Garden. Participating venues include Plant Street Market, Pilars Loft, SOBO Gallery and more.
niwa de [in the garden] – Japan
Sunday, April 18, 2-4pm or 4-6pm
Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden
Join local chefs and artisans for a look into the cuisine of Japan for this exclusive event! Stroll around Edible Education Experience’s garden as you sip on delicious Japanese matcha and enjoy delicacies ranging from the city to the country. Learn about the different regions of Japan, all while experiencing College Park’s hidden gem.
$5 for event entry food prices vary
Disney Movie Night: Soul
Sunday, April 18, 6pm
Frontyard Festival at Dr. Phillips Center
A dash of magic comes to downtown Orlando nearly every Sunday evening as Dr. Phillips Center presents Disney Movie Night—classic stories direct from the Walt Disney Company’s vast film library.
$5 – $10
Best April Events: Things to Do in Boston April 15-21
Are you looking for fun things to do in Boston, MA during the April Calendar Month? There are plenty of events to choose from. Below is a huge list of some of the best April events: See also
Huge List of Kid Friendly Events in April, Boston
and Best April Events: Things to Do in Boston April 22-30
Revere Spring Carnival Fundraiser
Wednesday, March 24- Sunday, April 18, 2010
Schedule varies by day, call for info
Showcase Cinemas Revere, 565 Squire Rd., Revere, 02151
Check out the Revere Spring Carnival, sponsored by the McCarthy-Trifone Recreation Committee, for rides, games, food and a free petting zoo that the whole family can enjoy.
For more info about New England Fiesta Show Carnivals, click here.
Sing Along at StellaBella Toys
Thursdays, April 1-May 6, 2010
11:00am to 11:30am
Stellabella Toys, 1360 Cambridge St.,Cambridge, 02139
From 11am to 11:30am each Thursday, Jeff Jam will lead a children’s sing along at the Stellabella Toys Porter Square Store, with one exception: the April 8th sing along will be led by Jeremy Lyons. Visit Stellabella Toys for more information.
Free Screenings for Oral, Neck and Head Cancer
Friday, April 16, 2010
9:00am to 2:30pm
Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, 243 Charles St., Boston, 02114
In recognition of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, Mass. Eye & Ear Infirmary with Massachusetts Society of Otolaryngology and the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance will provide oral, head and neck cancer screenings to members of the public free of charge. Screenings will take place in the 11th Floor Head and Neck Clinic of the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary between 9am and 2:30pm. Call (617) 573-4084 to make an appointment.
An Evening With Steve Almond
Friday, April 16, 2010
The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge
Harvard Book Store and The Brattle Theatre present An Evening with Steve Almond. The event will include live music and readings from this NYTimes best selling author’s new book, “Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life,” a celebration of and for the fans of classic rock music. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Harvard Book Store, Harvard.com or call 617-661-1515 to reserve tickets with your credit card.
Wine Riot 2010 Night of the Bubbles
Friday, April 16th, 2010
Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116
The opening night of the Wine Riot will focus on bubbly drinks such as champagne and sparkling wine, among many others. Your $55 entry ticket will give you food pairings from some of Boston’s finest restaurants for under $5, free cupcakes from Kickass Cupcakes and Taza Chocolate, and free access to educational courses on wine. Ticket sales are limited to 500 only so get yours now. For more information visit Wine Riot 2010.
Wine Riot Day 2
Saturday, April 17th, 2010
1pm to 5pm
7pm to 11pm
Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02116
The second day of the Wine Riot will feature over 250 wines for sampling over two sessions. Each session offers food pairings under $5 and wine education mini-seminars. There will also be a DJ playing music, a photo booth to help you commemorate the event with your pals and plenty of printed material to help you learn about the wines you will be tasting. Tickets are $45 for each of the Saturday sessions. Get Tickets
Open Gym Family Play Time
Saturdays, April 3, 10 & 17, 2010
10:00am to 11:30am
Madison Park Community Center, 55 Malcolm X Boulevard, Boston, 02120-3106
Kids, Ages 3-8
The Madison Park Community Center hosts a free open gym on Saturday mornings between 10am and 11:30am. All families with kids ages 3-8 are welcome to show up during these times for a fun opportunity to play. There is no pre-registration required to participate in open gyms.
Free Creative Workshop for Kids
11am to 12:30pm
Somerville Public Library (Main Branch), 79 Highland St., Somerville, 02143
Stop by the Somerville Public Library on Saturday mornings with your kids ages 8-10 to participate in a free creative workshop series for kids, titled “Follow the White Rabbit”. The workshop allows kids to be active and creative and is presented by Iris Theatre
Live Theatre- The Diary of Anne Frank
Saturday April 17 & Sunday, April 18
Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavillion, 527 Tremont St. Boston
Ages 12 and up
$18 – $25
The Boston Children’s Theatre presents The Diary of Anne Frank directed by Burgess Clark. The production will take place at the Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavillion and is suitable for ages 12 and up. For tickets, visit Boston Theatre Scene.
Healthy Kids Day @ Malden YMCA
Saturday, April 17, 2010
10am to 2pm
Malden YMCA, 99 Dartmouth St., Malden, 02148
Kids, All Ages
Malden YMCA, Malden Kiwanis and Malden Wellness present Healthy Kids Day at the Malden YMCA. Browse over 20 youth oriented vendor displays and have the chance to win one of 1200 youth bicycle helmets to be given away free. Healthy Kids Day is free and suitable for all ages.
Free Admission to Harvard Museum of Natural History
9:00am to 12:00pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, 02138
Free for MA residents
Every Sunday morning between 9am and 12pm Noon as well as Wednesday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm (Sept-May only), Massachusetts residents can visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History free of charge. The museum is suitable for all ages. For more information visit the Museum Website.
Free Dragon Club Practice on the Charles
Sunday, April 18, 2010
DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, 10 Storrow Dr., Boston, 02108
Join the Dragon Boat Club of Boston’s race crews for a free practice on the Charles River. Men and women ages 18+ are welcome to participate, no experience needed. Equipment will be provided you are only requested to bring a bottle of water and sandals. The practice session will begin at 10am at the docks by the Hatch Shell.
Keeping the HeartB.E.A.T. Dance-A-Thon
Sunday, April 18, 2010
4pm to 12am
House of Blues, 36 Lansdowne St., Boston, 02215
$10/Students, $15/General Admission
How long can you stay on your feet dancing? Come find out while raising money for kids with cancer at the Keeping the HeartB.E.A.T. 8 hour dance marathon. The event will feature both local and nationally recognized musicians, DJs, MCs and dance teams from Boston area universities and will challenge volunteered dancers to dance as long as they can between 4pm and 12am Midnight a the House of Blues. The longer they dance, the more money is raised (through individual and event sponsors). This event is hosted by the Berklee Entrepreneurship Action Team (BEAT) and proceeds will benefit The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Keeping the HeartB.E.A.T.
Patriot’s Day Celebration and Ceremony
Monday, April 19, 2010
City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA
Patriot’s Day is a greatly respected holiday in Massachusetts. It begins with a flag raising ceremony at 9am at Boston’s City Hall Plaza (Government Center T-Stop) with Mayor Thomas Menino, followed by The Annual Patriot’s Day Parade. At 10am the celebration will wrap up with a re-enactment of Paul Revere and William Dawes’s midnight ride (1775) at the Paul Revere Mall on Hanover Street in front of the Old North Church.
115th Annual Boston Marathon
Monday, April 19, 2010
10am (Main Start)
Finish Line: Downtown Boston, Boylston Street
Come join the crowds of people that gather each year to cheer on the runners of the oldest annual marathon in the world. The Boston Marathon is managed by the Boston Athletic Association and sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services. Streets from the starting point in Hopkinton to the finish line on Boylston Street will be closed to make room for runners on Patriots Day. Start times vary according to categories of runners but the Main Start is at 10am. The Boston Marathon covers a distance of 26 miles and 385 yards. Boston Marathon
School Vacation Week @ The Gardner
April 20-23, 2010
11am to 4pm
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston 02115
Kids, All Ages
FREE w/ Museum Admission
In recognition of April School Vacation Week, families with kids of all ages are invited to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for interactive activities and discussions, which will take place throughout the museums art galleries. Gardner Museum
Group Ballet Class for Kids
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
11am to 1pm
Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston, 02110
FREE with Museum Admission
Families with children ages 3-10 are invited to participate in a free dance lesson led by Jessica Kreyer of the Boston Ballet. The ballet lesson will take place in The Common and is free with museum admission.
Science by the Pint @ Harvard Square Redline
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Check website for event times
Redline Restaurant, 59 JFK St., Cambridge MA
This Science by the Pint event will be led by Tammy Slenn PhD candidate, department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University. Check out the Science in the News website for details closer to the event date or to learn more about the Science Cafes Project, click here.
“Calling All Isabella’s” Day at the Gardner
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
11am to 4pm
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston 02115
FREE (if your name is Isabella)
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is calling people of all ages with the name “Isabella” to attend a fun filled day of activities at the museum free of charge. The annual event is held to celebrate the museum’s founder festivities will include storytelling, art-making, and gallery games suitable for all ages. At 12:30pm all Isabellas are invited to take part in a group photo in the Courtyard Garden. For more information visit the Calling All Isabellas event website.
Free Theater Performance: The Chairs
Wed. April 21-Sun. April 25, 2010
Times vary, see description
[email protected], 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Head out to Boston University [email protected] Wednesday, April 21 through Sunday, April 25 to experience a free theatrical performance of The Chairs. The Chairs, a story about chair collecting enthusiasts who get in over their heads, was written by Eugene Ionesco and is directed by Jason King Jones. This event is free and no advance tickets are necessary. Showtimes are as follows: April 21st @ 7:30pm April 22nd @7:30pm April 23rd @ 8pm April 24th @ 2pm and 8pm April 25th @ 7pm.
Independent Film Festival of Boston
Wed. April 21 – Wed. April 28, 2010
Times and Locations Vary
$9/ticket for most films
The week long Independent Film Festival will showcase a variety of award winning indie films at various Boston area theatres including: Somerville Theatre, Brattle Theatre, Coolidge Corner Theatre and Institute of Contemporary Art. For more information or to buy passes, visit IFF Boston.
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Not just a clever name, this savory tart combines three alliums (scallions, garlic, and onion) for maximum flavor and crispy-jammy texture. The key to the flaky crust is to move fast! Rolling and folding the dough while the butter is still cold creates distinct layers of butter and flour that will steam apart during baking, making the crust light and flaky.
You’ll find all the flavors of Middle Eastern shish barak (tiny lamb and pine nut) dumplings here, but made simpler and brighter with help from dried pasta and plenty of fresh dill.
What Is Dubonnet?
Dubonnet Rouge is an aromatized and fortified wine made from red wine, brandy, and several spices. It was invented in the 1840s in France and originally used as a medication to fight Malaria. Today, the French only enjoy it as a drink but don’t use it as a drug anymore. In addition to Dubonnet Rouge, they have created a white (Dubonnet Blanc) and a golden variation (Dubonnet Gold). Besides, you can find American Dubonnet, a red style that’s slightly sweeter than the French original.
Wine, Food, and Film Festivals
When it comes to celebrating the culture and culinary arts, April is a great month for wine, food, and film festivals across the United States.
During the third week in April, you can attend the Miami Wine and Food Festival, where you can taste beers and wines along with hors-d'oeuvres created by the city's top chefs. Also starting the same week, you can head to New York City for the Tribeca Film Festival, one of the nation's top-rated film festivals that draws big names like Oprah and Tom Hanks to independent film premiers the last two weeks of April.
If you're looking for something a little more sweet and savory, stop by the Vidalia Onion Festival in Vidalia, Georgia during the last week of April and the first week of May. The festival pays tribute to the local variety of sweet yellow onion that happens to be Georgia's state vegetable. Often touted as one of the best food festivals in the United States, the festival features an onion recipe contest, concerts, an airshow, and lots of opportunities to sample onion dishes.