Welcome to Your Weekend+
Mac & cheese to warm your stomach & soul; COVID patient's miraculous recovery; the county's richest resident; helping your teen through the college admissions process; what to do this weekend; & more
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🎵 PRELUDE: Blue Sky Days
Beacon, New York-based artist, Rachael Sage, is a soulful vocalist, an innovative multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning singer/songwriter. Her 2020 album, Character, yielded the Billboard-charting single "Blue Sky Days”.
Since founding her own label MPress Records two decades ago, she has steadily released a slew of vibrant, dynamic albums. Sage has toured with an eclectic list of artists including Ani DiFranco, Beth Hart, Howard Jones, and Grammy winners Shawn Colvin and Judy Collins. As Billboard noted, “Her keen, ironic sense of humor and quirky sense of the profound is what makes her special as a songwriter.”
Released in 2021, Sage's latest project Poetica, is an adventurous fusion of poetry with jazz, classical, and Americana musical elements in the vein of Leonard Cohen and Laurie Anderson.
You can see Rachael Sage perform live on Thursday, February 10 at Dogwood in Beacon. — ELISA ZUCKERBERG, Founder of HearItThere.com, an online resource for live music events in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County.
📰 ICYMI: This Week’s Features
Mac & Cheese? Yes, Please!
Check out these local restaurants that bring elevated flavor and flair to this classic comfort staple.
Too Cool for School (Applications)
How I convinced my inner helicopter parent to stay grounded during my son’s college search.
A local COVID patient beats the odds, comes out of his coma, and suddenly becomes a prolific painter.
Our Best Bets for This Weekend (and Beyond): What to Do and Where to Go
Enjoy live R&B music and cocktails; escape a zombie apocalypse; go sledding in Carmel; dinner & a movie at the Bedford Playhouse; and more
As the rising cost of diapers creates a cascade of complications for struggling Westchester families, local nonprofits attempt to fill the growing need.
Chazz Palminteri: Out of the Bronx
The stage and screen star made his name with tales of his childhood in the Bronx, but his home and new restaurant are both in Westchester.
📡 THE FEED: Curated News in Brief
Westchester Adds Mental Health First Responders to 911 Response Teams: The newly trained crisis management personnel will become the county’s unarmed, frontline response to mental health emergencies. (Westchester Magazine)
Carmel High School Senior Named a 2022 Regeneron Scholar: Carmel High School senior Ryan Doherty has been named a 2022 Scholar in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition. (Examiner)
Westchester Congressman Arrested During Voting Rights Protest At US Capitol: A New York congressman was among more than two dozen people arrested during a voting rights protest at the US Capitol, authorities announced. (Daily Voice)
Unsolved Firefighter’s Murder Considered for ‘Cold Justice’ TV Show: About 25 firefighters, friends, and members of law enforcement gathered Monday evening for a candlelight vigil around the 25-year-old maple tree planted at Graham Hills Park in memory of a slain Pleasantville firefighter. (Examiner)
NYAG Accuses Trump's Company Over Westchester Estate, Golf Club: The company misled banks and tax officials to get loans and tax benefits, Attorney General Letitia James' office alleged. (Patch)
Westchester Woman Gets 15 Years for Trying to Kill Man She Married for Citizenship: A Westchester County woman was hit with a 15-year prison sentence Thursday for trying to kill the 74-year-old man she married in a ploy to get US citizenship, prosecutors said. (NY Post)
📅 FLASHBACK: 1890s
An 1890s photo of Saint Andrew’s Golf Club when it was located in the Grey Oaks section of Yonkers. Saint Andrew’s was founded when Scottish John Reid played a round of improvised golf in a cow meadow with some friends, their “clubhouse” just an apple tree upon which they hung their jackets. Soon afterward, Reid and some of his friends decided to officially form “Saint Andrew’s Golf Club of Yonkers”, with Reid as the obvious choice for its first president. In 1892, the club moved to Palisades Avenue, and by 1894, due to booming membership, it moved again to Grey Oaks. Besides being among the oldest golf clubs in America, Saint Andrew's is known for many firsts, such as hosting the first US Open championship and having the first photo of golf in America taken there. In addition, the first golf gold medal winner at the Paris Olympics was a Saint Andrew’s member. Today, Saint Andrew’s is located on Old Jackson Avenue in Hastings-On-Hudson, but still features an apple tree branch from the original “clubhouse.” — MADDIE STONE
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