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Louis XIV was onto something. The 17th century Sun King may have been guilty of government overreach (that whole “L’etat, c’est moi/I am the state” thing), but he could always be counted on to break out the bubbly for special occasions — royal weddings, Christmas, New Years. Sparkling Champa…

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December marks the arrival of snowflakes and holiday reveries — and the magic of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” ballet. This sumptuous ballet, set in 1830s Europe, tells the story of young Clara as she travels on a magical journey on Christmas Eve to the Land of Sweets with the fantastical N…

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Light the ’Dale. Light the ’Dale will take place in Scarsdale Village Friday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. The lighting will take place at 5:30 at Boniface Circle. Kids of all ages can enter for a chance to Light the ’Dale with Mayor Jane Veron by visiting www.scarsdale.com/recreation. The winni…

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Striking colors, swirling shapes, sweeping landscapes and storied faces decorate the otherwise bare walls of the Scarsdale Public Library’s new Scott Room. These works of art — along with dozens of virtual pieces running on a slideshow — are part of the fifth annual Scarsdale Youth Art Show …

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Farm tour: Learn what goes on behind the scenes on a guided tour, Saturday, Nov. 13 from 10-11 a.m. Fee: $15 for a family of 4. Registration required. Muscoot Farm Market, Route 51 NY-100, Katonah. muscootfarm.org.

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For three hours every Sunday afternoon, Via Forno Wood Fried Pizza on the corner of Garth and Popham roads in Scarsdale is a true destination for its Jazz Brunch featuring the Miles Gilbert Quartet. When the regular full lineup of musicians is present — and even when there are others sitting…

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If you aspire to set up shop as a successful life coach there seems to be two requirements. First, have your life changed by someone profoundly and, second, change someone else’s life profoundly. Then insert atop your résumé that you’re hosting a monthly interview series at the Bedford Playh…

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Looking for scary stuff and frightening fun? From costume parades and ghostly games to haunting theater and films, there are plenty of spooky spectacles to explore in and around Westchester this weekend and next. 

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COVID has taken its toll on almost every aspect of life imaginable, from education and office work to our area’s world-famous art scene. Even fully vaccinated aficionados aren’t rushing back to the Met en masse — or, for that matter, flocking to the Frick.

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Long before DEI — diversity, equity and inclusion — started becoming a household term, people longed to fit in. They wanted role models who looked or sounded like them, whether they were in real life or someone’s imagination. Through the now 25 movies released since 2008 that make up the Mar…

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The terrible images captured on Sept. 11, 2001 will haunt us forever, always reminding us to remember and never forget. But few people saw what happened behind the scenes after 9/11 the way Bill Groner did.

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“I’m in,” you think, as you pick up Sara Arnell’s memoir, “There Will Be Lobster,” assured you’ve been invited to a saucy summer romp of a book. Sunny graphics and ginormous lobster claws on the cover seem to promise glam parties and plenty of A-lister “dish.” But while Arnell — a living leg…

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As it wraps up its outdoor summer programming, the Caramoor Center for the Performing Arts has announced its lineup of concerts set to take place in the fall and next spring in the Music Room of the Rosen House.

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It’s not everyday that $5 billion falls into someone’s hands, but as Heathcote resident Sandor Frankel, 77, writes in his memoir, “The Accidental Philanthropist,” that very unlikely scenario became his reality.

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“Summertime Blues,” a group exhibition featuring work of 11 artists, is the centerpiece for a summer happy hour on Wednesday, July 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Madelyn Jordon Fine Art gallery in Scarsdale, where an array of themed photographs and paintings will be on exhibit through Aug. 28.

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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…