Breakfast Fundraiser at AJ’s to Support “The Meeting Place”

Since its founding in 2009, the Ward Acres Community Garden has transformed a previously underutilized portion of the park into a lively and beautiful showcase for local agriculture. The Community Garden’s success is a real tribute to the sweat equity and dedication of local volunteer gardeners.

Last year, garden organizers announced a plan to add an ambitious public art installation to the grounds, taking advantage of New Rochelle’s growing arts community. Called “The Meeting Place,” the project consists of a series of benches, fountains, and stools, all designed to complement a natural setting. It is scheduled to be unveiled this fall and is sponsored by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts and the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle.

To support this wonderful community project, please consider attending a breakfast fundraiser and art exhibition on March 31 at AJ’s Burgers on North Avenue. Tickets are $20 per person. More information is available here and at at the Ward Acres Community Garden website.

Dining for the Arts Returns on November 12th

Make your reservation now for Dining for the Arts, a terrific evening of dinners in private homes throughout New Rochelle, followed by an after-party at the Wykagyl Country Club. This year’s theme is “The Artist’s Palette” and all dinners will be associated with a color. That brief description really doesn’t do justice to the creativity and fun of the event, so be sure to check out the entire invitation for more information.

All proceeds benefit the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, which supports cultural programming and events all year round. To make your reservations, please print and mail back this reply card, or email, or call 914-484-2527. Tickets start at $150 per person.

Special thanks to all the dinner hosts, to the Council on the Arts leadership, and to the event Chairs: Lynn Green, Theresa Kump Leghorn, and Angela Derecas Taylor (who moonlights as my Assistant at City Hall).

Summer Sounds Concert Series Begins at Hudson Park

The New Rochelle Council on the Arts will present eight summer concerts at the Hudson Park Bandshell, starting Wednesday July 6. Whether you love jazz, rock, bluegrass, or opera, the Emil Paolucci Summer Sounds Concert Series is for you (and your family), with a free concert every Wednesday night in July and August.

The Pony Tails — a trio of singers recreating the ebullient “girl group” sound of the 1960s — kick off the concert series next Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

For more information and full schedule of events, see this poster from NRCA.

Dining For The Arts Returns

On October 30th, supporters of the arts and others who just enjoy good food and company will gather at one of seventeen different theatrically themed dinners held in private homes. Dining for the Arts, now in its second year, is a fun-filled event to support the New Rochelle Council on the Arts. Catie and I are privileged to serve on the Host Committee … and you’re invited.

My description really doesn’t do justice to the creativity that went into planning this unique occasion, so please take a look at this invitation and then send in your reply card to reserve a seat. Hope to see you there.

New Rochelle Arts Fest is This Weekend

Arts Fest returns to New Rochelle this weekend, with events scheduled throughout the city on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Don’t miss art exhibits, live music, great food, incredible performances, shopping, and tours of artists’ studios. You can take a self-guided tour or ride the free “Culture Trolley” linking all the activities. For more information, download this brochure or receive up-to-the-minute news at the website for the New Rochelle Council on the Arts at