Men Who Cook, Rubber Duck Races, Walk-a-thons and More

Our suggestions on what to do this weekend and where to find local fun for the whole family.

: Ford Piano’s centennial celebration brings workshops and music with Antonio Ciacca

Where/When: Ford Piano, Peekskill; Saturday, Oct. 1, 11am-10pm

Why go: Join Julliard professor and internationally recognized pianist Antonio Ciacca as he hosts a day-long jazz workshop at Ford Piano. Beginning at 8:30pm that same evening, Ciacca will be leading his quintet in a special performance as part of Ford Piano’s centennial celebration.  Wine and cheese will be served during the entertainment portion of the evening. For a complete schedule of the day’s events, click . To pre-order tickets click here.

Pricing: $25

Contact: 914-739-1224


Farm to Table Cooking Series by Chef Laurie Gersghorn: A how-to cooking class at Hilltop Hanover Farm

Where/WhenHilltop Hannover Farm, Yorktown; Saturday, Oct.1, 10-noon

Why go: In this how-to series of cooking classes Chef Laurie Gersghorn will cover different recipes and topics as she teaches you how to prepare and cook local produce. Attend one class, or come for them all and enjoy the perfect opportunity to learn more about healthful living and eating while trying your hand at new recipes. Both adults and children 10 years and up are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required.

Pricing: $20 per person

Contact: 914-217-9249 or email somethinggoodintw@aol.com


Men Who Cook: Great food and desserts prepared by local chefs to support the Peekskill Youth Bureau

Where/When: , Peekskill; Saturday, Oct.1, 4:30-7:30pm

Why go: Pack your appetite and head out to support the Peekskill Youth Bureau’s Men Who Cook event. There will be over 60 delicious dishes prepared by a variety of local chefs who are skilled in the art of fine dining. Enjoy this all you can eat buffet style dinner, but make sure you remember to leave room for some of the best deserts that Westchester has to offer.  Proceeds from the event will go to support youth activities in Peekskill.

Pricing: $20 per person, with discounts for seniors and youth

Contact: 914-734-8418


17th Annual Support-A-Walk: A walk at FDR Park to raise money for Support Connection Inc.’s free breast & ovarian cancer services

Where/When: , Yorktown Heights; Sunday, Oct. 2, 9am

Why go: Presented by Support Connection, Inc., this annual walkathon returns for the 17th year to help to increase awareness about breast and ovarian cancer.  Take the three-mile walk individually, or bring some friends and/or family and walk as a team. Even if you can’t make the event you can still help out too. There will be a warm-up session before the event begins, plus refreshments and entertainment after the Walk is finished. Proceeds from the event will go to fund Support Connection’s free support services for those who have had their lives affected by breast and ovarian cancer. 

Pricing: Free



Adopt a rubber duckie and cheer it to the finish line

Where/When: Sprout Brook Park, Cortlandt Manor; Sunday, Oct. 2, noon-3pm

Why go: At this fun filled family event the Cortlandt Manor Rotary Duckies will battle the Putnam Valley Duckies in a race at Sprout Brook Park. The will be food and children’s activities, and the little ones can make their own Designer Ducks for $5. The cute little quacker that comes in first place will win $1000, second place will win $500, and third place will win $250.

Pricing: No Charge for Parking or Admission; Adopt a duck: $10 for one, $25 for three, $45 for a “Six Quack”

Contact: 914-293-0710


Ferry Festa 2011: An annual festival of fun in downtown Dobbs

Where/When: , Dobbs Ferry; Saturday, Oct. 1, 1pm

Why go: Join business and vendors from Dobbs, Irvington, Hastings, Tarrytown and other surrounding cities at this year’s Ferry Festa. Cedar and Main Streets will be closed to traffic so over 50 vendors can turn downtown Dobbs into a pedestrian market where you’ll be able to find collectibles, jewelry, arts and crafts, toys, clothes and more. Live music will also be taking place throughout the day for your listening pleasure, and there will be plenty of food to sample too. Kids can look forward to bouncy castles as well. Free parking will be available at the Waterfront, and a shuttle bus will ferry people back and forth from the parking location to Main Street. Check out the Festival’s Facebook page for the latest up-to-date information.

Pricing: Free

Contact: 914-693-5905


On the Wing: Learn about our local birds before they fly to warmer weather

Where/When: Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining; Saturday, Oct.1, 11am-12:30pm

Why go: Migration season is upon us, and as you know our feathered friends will be preparing to depart our area for the winter. (Hey, can you blame them?) Come bid safe travels to our local hawks, falcons and other birds and learn about where they’re headed. While at Teatown you’ll also have the chance to meet some of the raptors that call the reservation home. Reservations required, please call ahead.

Pricing: Free for members. $5 for non-members

Contact: 914-762-2912 ext. 110


Bear Mountain Oktoberfest: Authentic German food and beer at Bear Mountain State Park

When/Where: 55 Hessian Drive, Bear Mountain; Saturday, Sept. 24 & Sunday, Sept. 25, noon-6pm

Why Go: Celebrate this annual local favorite Oktoberfest with some authentic German food and beer. Along with the ales and schnitzel this event will also feature live entertainment and arts and crafts. While at the park you can take a relaxing boat ride around Hessian Lake, enjoy a stroll throughout the state park, or take the kids on the Merry Go Round. Click here for a complete entertainment schedule. This is a rain or shine event.

Pricing: $8 parking fee

Contact: 845-786-2731


Children's Cancer Fund's 14th Annual Walkathon: A walk at FDR Park for a charitable cause

Where/When: , Yorktown Heights; Saturday, Oct. 1, 9am-2pm

Why go: Enjoy an easy three-mile stroll through the lovely grounds of FDR State Park to help support the Children’s Cancer Fund. A blue ribbon will be cut at 10am to begin the event, which raises funds to help improve the survival rate of children with cancer and better the quality of life for those who are undergoing treatment. Lunch will be served after the event, and there will be music and raffles as well. Prizes will be offered to those raising $100, $350 and $500. To learn more about the event, click here.

Pricing: $30 registration fee (tax deductible)

Contact: 1-800-426-5413 or 914-245-4434


Movies for Kids (and their Families): The Jacob Burns Center presents Back to the Future

Where/When:  , Pleasantville; Friday, Sept. 30, Saturday, Oct. 1, & Sunday, Oct. 2, noon daily

Why go: This weekend the theatre will be holding three noon showings of the 1980’s favorite Back to the Future. Join Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) as they travel back in time to 1955 in of Spielberg’s most famous films. Go see the flick again for the 10th time or take your kids for their 1st, as you continue to patiently await the invention of the hoverboard.

Pricing: $1 kids, $11 adults, $6 members

Contact: (914) 773-7663


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