Amazing Grace

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Larry Salley, our ArtsWestchester board member since 2004, not surprisingly was trying to get a plane ticket to Charleston, South Carolina when we sat down to lunch one Friday. While we perused the menu, Larry paused to explain that his cousins were elders in the Emanuel A.M.E. Church, the scene of the unspeakable massacre of nine […]

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Seeding a Generation of Music Lovers

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Celebrating the Westchester Philharmonic one night, I found myself breaking bread with Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the late and great composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Jamie is a narrator, writer and broadcaster, all of which reflect her lifetime devotion to music and her family legacy. We reminisced about the Young People’s concerts led by Bernstein […]

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Treasure Island

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Touring Ridge Hill, an oasis on a hill in Yonkers, is a shopper’s delight.  But it also has some hidden treasures (besides H&M, Lord & Taylor and The Limited).  Smack dab in the middle of this elegant island of retail is a Tom Otterness playground for children.  It’s huge feet have little people in between […]

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An Uncommon Man

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Alfred B. DelBello was an uncommon man. Most people remember him as a public servant – Mayor of Yonkers, Westchester County Executive and Lieutenant Governor in the Mario Cuomo Administration. In recent years, as attorney, strategist, County Association president, deal maker and influencer, he left an indelible mark on Westchester’s landscape.  In the arts community, we […]

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Them Thar Woods

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The sound of a jackhammer is as unmistakable as Beethoven’s Fifth. At least, so I thought. Lolling around one morning, I felt my bed shaking with a rat-a-tat. I knew the sound well. It was the sound of a jackhammer. Years ago, when I bought my home in the woods of Armonk, I hired a […]

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Here’s to the Ladies

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It was all about the women, according to George Christian Newlin, first president of ArtsWestchester, which 50 years ago was inaugurated as the Council for the Arts in Westchester.  The women were, starting with his wife Jean Newlin, Mrs. Walter Thayer (also known as Jeanne) whose husband headed the Herald Tribune; Helene Trotsky, an accomplished […]

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Putting Two and Two Together

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Strictly speaking, I am not a math person. But I do love to put two and two together. So I listened astutely this morning as six urban leaders discussed the future of Westchester’s economy at a Key Bank/Business Council of Westchester breakfast. It started on a somewhat grim note about the ongoing exodus to Florida […]

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Painting on a Larger Canvas

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  Many years ago I gave up painting.  I became an administrator…a manager…a person whose livelihood was more consistent for a mother of three. I comforted myself with the notion that I would be helping other artists. I even went so far as to delude myself with the fiction that I would be painting on […]

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