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The Bob Arthurs Jazz Trio will give an outdoor concert next Wednesday, July 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. on the grounds of the Scarsdale Woman’s Club, 37 Drake Road. The funds raised at the performance will support the club’s Music Section programs, some of which are open to the public at no charge.

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Scarsdale's Pamela Sklar will be playing at the Dine the ’Dale tent in the village center Saturday, July 24, from noon to 2 p.m. with her band, Intuition Quartet. The bandplays blues, R&B, sambas, originals, light jazz, pop-rock, and co-features Hope Berkeley on harmonica, Sklar on flute…

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If you’ve attended any of your high school reunions, you probably were surprised at the trajectory of some classmates’ lives: the punk who turned into a prizewinning photographer, say, or the star athlete turned paunchy couch potato. Yet few who grew up with Michael Strauss, a former Heathco…

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With New York opening up again, who can blame us Scarsdalians for heeding Manhattan’s siren call? Its world-famed restaurants, skyscrapers and eclectic stores beckon, a welcome change of scenery from our all-too-familiar (albeit beautiful) surroundings of quarantine.

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In his will, George Washington included an order to free his enslaved people upon his wife’s death. Christmas Eve, 1800: George Washington is dead, Martha is battling a wicked fever, and those who have been held in bondage at Mount Vernon wait for the end to come, and the promised hour of li…

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Twenty percent of our country’s population identifies as disabled. Yet only 2% of all characters on screen have a disability and, 95% of the time, nondisabled actors play those roles. Behind the screen, the statistics are even more abysmal: less than 1% of the writers penning scripts are disabled.

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The robust sounds of trumpets, trombones, clarinets and other band instruments pierced the humid August air, swirling around Scarsdale’s Chase Park like a summer breeze. Local parents, babies, older adults and students all sat nearby, listening to the Westchester Band play lighthearted class…

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Most Scarsdale High School seniors would probably argue that their high school experience was not anything like the 2006 Disney Channel film “High School Musical.” Upon hearing that the film would be adapted for the senior class play, however, more than 50 students eagerly signed up.

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For 84 years, Steffi Nossen School of Dance has been known for turning out highly accomplished hoofers. This past pandemic year, however, the school was involved in a different sort of fancy footwork: figuring out how to showcase and celebrate its most accomplished students.

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If you happened to visit Ossining last Saturday for the Hudson River Potters Spring Show and Sale, held at the Bethany Arts Community, you may have spotted an outgoing woman displaying remarkable work — streamlined, luminous teapots, mugs and more. You probably knew immediately that you were…

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For most of us, 2020 was a year we’d rather forget. Yet we all can admit, albeit reluctantly, there were some aspects of it that do merit reflection. The depth of our resilience became evident, for instance; so did the extent of our ingenuity. And for Scarsdale’s many creatives, the pandemic…

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In an uncertain era such as the present one, who couldn’t use a few words of wisdom from somebody who’s lived a rich and multifaceted life? Now there’s a way to get almost 100 thought-enlightening adages in one fell swoop: by getting a hold of “The Book of Normanisms,”penned by Quaker Ridge …

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While Passover is a joyous holiday, the Seders— the two consecutive dinners during which the story of the Jews’ liberation from slavery is retold — have their fair share of somber moments. Jews gather for one or two evenings to eat, drink, pray and read from a Haggadah, a text that guides th…

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It takes more than a pandemic to stop some local venues from serving up original entertainment. Even deprived of an actual stage for an entire year, the Irvington Theater, for example, has been seeking out new material, with offerings such as the Arts Incubator Film Series that premiered on …

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Local game show fans may have spotted a familiar face on TV last Sunday night — a young woman flying through the air in a harness, and later getting dropped down a chute into a pile of giant foam cubes. The contestant in question was Laura McDonald, an Edgemont High School grad, class of 200…

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Some fundraisers strike the perfect note — a local virtual concert, scheduled for next weekend, will certainly fit the bill. On Sunday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m., Emily Hansen, a Fox Meadow resident and mezzo-soprano, will perform “Music That Matters,” a selection of classical and contemporary …

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“Border Cantos/Sonic Border,” a multisensory exhibition featuring the collaboration between photographer Richard Misrach and sculptor and composer Guillermo Galindo, presents a haunting view of the complex issues along the U.S./Mexico border.

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In writing “Westchester: History of an Iconic Suburb,” journalist Robert Marchant of Croton-on-Hudson sought to tell the story of American history in a particular place. “I’m continually fascinated by the way suburbs differentiate themselves from the city … how the wealthy want to be perceiv…

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The COVID pandemic has, by and large, been a time of sorrow. But Brooke Diamond, a Scarsdale High School 10th grader and Fox Meadow resident, has distilled her experiences over the past year into something extraordinary: a beautiful — and now prizewinning — poem. Her composition, “Movement o…

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In music circles, Rebecca Angel has long been known as a talented singer. But now, the 25-year-old can add “award-winning” to that descriptor: Angel, a former Edgemont resident, recently received a nod from the Independent Music Network (IMN) for New Artist Breakout Single. Her jazzy recordi…

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The present, as we know all too well, is a scary time to be living in. But what will the future be like? Gish Jen, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based author and Scarsdale High School distinguished alumnae, Class of ’74, explores the possibilities in her latest novel, “The Resisters.” The paper…

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Caramoor has announced two special holiday programs, the latest in the Katonah-based arts center’s ongoing efforts to remain connected with its audience and offer inspiration to the community during the COVID-19 health crisis.

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Leslie Kimmelman’s latest book, “The Eight Knights of Hanukkah,” tells the story of a diverse group of children — mounted on steeds and clad in armor — who save the Jewish holiday that marks a miracle: a menorah burning for eight days and nights on a single night’s worth of lamp oil.

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Maria Ciampi’s birthday is Dec. 25 so it’s no coincidence, said the Hartsdale resident, that someday she’d write the original book for “Kris Kringle, the Musical,” an off-Broadway show about Christmas.

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The Scarsdale rec department held a Sketch the ’Dale contest for all artists in the village, whether a beginner, advanced or professional, to sketch a favorite building or location, view or image, and submit it for all to see. The winners were announced via Zoom Nov. 24. There were 19 submis…

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The award-winning New Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. John T. King, opens its 27th season with a virtual production of the beloved holiday favorite, Handel’s Messiah, Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. This audience favorite was recorded live in early November under strict safety protocols …

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Singer Mariah Carey is known and loved the world over. But whom does the idol herself idolize? Fans learned the answer when the diva’s bestselling memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” was published last month. In it, she gives a shout-out to Carole Demas and Paula Janis from “The Magic Gar…

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Writers, it’s often said, draw inspiration from the most random of sources. For Scarsdale’s Brooke Lea Foster, lightning struck while she was vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard and saw a magazine ad for a rental property called The Swindle. Something about the charming three-bedroom cottage, s…

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Festivity in the Hudson Valley usually shifts into high gear around Halloween, with local historic sites such as Washington Irving’s Sunnyside and Van Cortlandt Manor hosting themed events. But this year, owing to pandemic-related restrictions, many of this region’s beloved seasonal attracti…

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She didn’t get the bird she was looking for, but Scarsdale High School senior Anastasia Stefanou made the most of her time standing out in the cold on a blustery day at Jones Beach. The result was an award-winning photograph that Stefanou entered in the Audubon national photography contest. …

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Given everything 2020 has thrown at us so far, who among us wouldn’t like to escape — if not from the year itself, at least from the monotony of staying home? A getaway is, sadly, rather difficult to arrange right now. But crack open “The Bluebell Girls,” the third novel by Scarsdale residen…