Events+Culture Calendar: What to do this weekend (and beyond)
New York Botanical Gardens are aGLOW for the holidays; Westchester Turkey Trot; JB Smoove brings down the house; The House of Gucci premieres; and more
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Nancy’s Picks: This week’s three best bets
1. New York Botanical Gardens: GLOW
NYBG raises the bar on this year’s outdoor color and light experience, expanding GLOW to 1.5 miles. The Garden’s iconic buildings including the Haupt Conservatory and the Mertz Library Building are brought to life, glowing in the night, and the classic paths are illuminated and punctuated with imaginative new installations and plant stories. Reservations required. Tickets: $35/Adult, $20/Children 2-12, Children 2 and under are free. Beings Saturday, November 20; runs through Sunday, January 23, 2022.
New York Botanical Gardens
2900 Southern Boulevard
2. Garden Dwellers: Sculptures by Leigh Taylor Mickelson
Don’t miss the last few weeks of Mickelson’s most recent ceramic sculptures, set strategically against the blue wall at The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park. The sculptures represent pollination expressed through almost human components, rarely seen by the naked eye. The sculptures allow viewers the unique opportunity to observe a normally silent, still phase of plant life. Sunday, November 21. Admission: Free
Rockland Art Center
27 South Greenbush Road
3. Westchester Turkey Trot 5K/10K
What is not to love about the return of the Westchester Turkey Trot? The #turkeytradition returns after a COVID-19 hiatus and is the quintessential kick-off for Thanksgiving and the holiday season for a cause. The festive, fun, and for some, competitive 5 or 10K run benefits the Hillside Food Outreach, which serves Westchester County, Putnam County, and Connecticut. Thursday, November 25. The event begins at 7 am for packet pick up, followed by the 8:15 am Kid’s Dash, and the 8:30 am 5 & 10K start. Registration: From $44.99 to $9.99 (Kids’ 5K); Kid’s Dash is free
Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road
Main website: tristateruns.com
Events + Culture Calendar
Friday, November 19
Greenburgh Nature Center Forest Bathing Walks (Scarsdale): Experience the therapeutic mindfulness of forest bathing on a guided Shinrin-Yoku walk through the Nature Center grounds. Immerse yourself in the sensory inspiration of the natural environment and improve your concentration, creative spirit, and spiritual center. Admission: $35. greenburghnaturecenter.org
Saturday, November 20
JB Smoove at the Paramount (Peekskill): Tap into your inner-Curb Your Enthusiasm at The Paramount when JB Smoove takes the stage and rocks the house with his iconic comedic repertoire. Touring nationally following the release of his new book, The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool. 8 pm. Tickets: $49.50-69.50 paramounthudsonvalley.com
Monday, November 22
Thanksgiving Floral Design with Michele Sinacore (Westport, CT): Complete your Thanksgiving tablescape with a floral arrangement that you create yourself under the tutelage of Michele Sinacore, owner of Blossom + Stem Floral Design of Westport. In this three-hour, intensive workshop, you will learn cutting, pruning, and caring techniques, and impress yourself and your guests with the stunning results of your labor. 3 hours, all materials provided. $180 per person. MoCa Westport. mocawestport.org
Tuesday, November 23
The House of Gucci at The Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville): The House of Gucci opens at Jacob Burns. The long-awaited film is inspired by the true story of the legendary Gucci family and their fashion house empire.Tickets: $15, showtimes: 7 pm & 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets online; proof of vaccination required. burnsfilmcenter.org
Born and raised in Westchester, Nancy Sorbella’s lifestyle stories have been featured in several local and regional publications where she has also been a style and community columnist. She is the resident wordsmith for the Arthritis Foundation of NY and the Community Engagement Director by day, spending her free time exploring and experiencing the Hudson Valley. Follow Nancy for more of her adventures on Instagram @DetoursColumnist, Twitter @jsorbella, or on Facebook at Nancy Niskin Sorbella.
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