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ArtsWestchester Arts Festival in White Plains

ArtsWestchester wants to let you know about an exciting celebration of art coming this October in the City of White Plains. 


The 5-day Serious Fun Arts Festival will feature 15 new artworks, a Gallery Hop, Live painting demos, free concerts, a Headliner Concert Celebration, an Art Fair, plus DJs and pop-up dance performances. The full 5-day Schedule of events is here:

We all deserve some ‘Serious Fun’ and there’s no better way than to party with more than 200 artists during this festival next month!

The Serious Fun Arts Festival will brighten the City of White Plains this fall with art activities ranging from concerts to live mural painting, a public art walking tour to dancing in the streets. There will be sculpture, performance art, massive public art unveilings by renowned artists, fun family art-making, and more throughout the downtown. Don’t miss Sunday’s headliner concert with Sammy Rae and the Friends. And reserve your spot for Saturday’s FREE Serious Fun Block Party, with an eclectic mix of six-inspired performances!

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The New York–based brand is expanding into Connecticut with a Greenwich scoop shop, marking the debut of its first suburban location.

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Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, the nationally beloved brand known for its made-from-scratch dairy and vegan ice creams, will debut its first Connecticut location on October 1. Located on the iconic Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, the store is the brand’s first suburban scoop shop. The launch also marks a return to its roots for co-founders Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen who are Greenwich natives and whose ice cream journey began in town twenty years ago.

Ben and Pete became ice cream entrepreneurs back in 2002. The brothers rented a Good Humor truck and drove it all around Greenwich for two summers. With the money he made, Ben went backpacking around Asia and Europe and found himself most excited by the food he discovered and the revelation that good food was more accessible in other parts of the world. His travels inspired the idea for an ice cream truck serving good ice cream.  Not long after, Van Leeuwen was born in the form of a yellow scoop truck on the streets of NYC in 2008. Its French-style ice cream (made with more than double the amount of egg yolks as standard ice cream) quickly gained a loyal following, and Van Leeuwen has since expanded into storefronts in New York, California, Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas, as well as grocery stores across the country, including Stop & Shop and Whole Foods. Van Leeuwen’s goal — to make good ice cream that makes you feel good — also extends to its dairy-free options, which are made with simple recipes and choice ingredients.

 The expansive menu features more than 30 signature flavors including Honeycomb, Pistachio (made with Pistachios sourced from Mount Etna in Sicily), Marionberry Cheesecake (made with vine-ripened berries from Oregon farm partner Stahlbush Island Farms), and Earl Grey Tea (made with Rishi Tea), in addition to custom sundaes, handmade ice cream sandwiches, root beer floats, milkshakes and pints to-go. The company is also known for its extensive selection of vegan flavors made with oat and cashew milk, including Churros & Fudge and Strawberry Shortcake.

 “We are so excited to bring Van Leeuwen to our hometown,” said Ben Van Leeuwen, co-founder and CEO. “It’s really special that our first suburban location takes us full circle to the place where we first brought smiles to people’s faces through ice cream back in 2002 before the brand existed. We look forward to sharing good ice cream, made with good ingredients, with the community where we grew up.” 

 Known nationally for creative seasonal and limited-edition collaboration flavors such as Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and BIGFACE Coffee Affogato in partnership with NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, Van Leeuwen will also serve an exclusive limited-edition flavor at its Greenwich location. The brand has teamed up with local French bakery Raphaël’s to create a flavor inspired by their Canelé pastry – a brown sugar ice cream with vanilla and rum notes with pieces of Canelé from Raphaël’s. In addition, Van Leeuwen’s Fall seasonal specials,  Pumpkin Cheesecake and Dark Chocolate Vegan Pumpkin Pie, will be available until December 1. 

 Opening day hours on October 1 are 12pm-11pm. In celebration of the launch, the shop will offer $1 scoops of all ice cream on opening day from 12pm-4pm. 

 Van Leeuwen’s Greenwich scoop shop is located at 375 Greenwich Avenue and will be open Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Guests can enjoy their treats at the scoop shop or order pints for takeout or delivery. 


 ABOUT VAN LEEUWEN ICE CREAM Founded in 2008, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream started out of a yellow scoop truck on the streets of NYC by Ben Van Leeuwen, Pete Van Leeuwen and Laura O’Neill. With a mission to make good ice cream from good ingredients that makes you feel good, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream has innovated beyond the original dairy recipe with vegan ice cream and ice cream bars, unique and eclectic flavors, and more. With 33 scoop shops across the country, Van Leeuwen ice cream is also available for purchase in grocery stores and nationwide shipping. To keep up with everything Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, follow the brand on Instagram @vanleeuwenicecream or visit


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The Rye Ridge Shopping Center, Plaza is excited to announce that Daiso  Daiso Japan Online Store has signed a long-term lease for almost 6000 square feet.  Their new space was formally occupied by Ace Hardware. 

Daiso, which is based in Hiroshima Japan, is a wildly popular general merchandise store that has a cult following. Typically, they carry holiday décor, storage solutions, kitchen items, beauty supplies, pet supplies, gardening items, electronics, snacks, toys and school/craft supplies.  They offer an eclectic, yet practical, design focused, mix of more than 100,000 products and 40,000 product lines. Their products have an international reputation of high quality with an optimized pricing strategy.  Many of their products they design and manufacture themselves.   Currently, they operate over 5000 stores in over 25 countries. 

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Erin Hinchey, Leasing Agent for the shopping center had this to say, “I have been working to get Daiso here for many years. They are the perfect compliment to our existing retailers.  They will provide our shoppers with products of great importance in their everyday life, all of great design and at really quality price points. I am so excited for them to open”. 

Daiso joins recent new leases with Amazing Lash, Prosper IV, Buff City Soap, JECTNYC, CityMd and Dr. David Stern. The new leases total over 16,000 square feet.

The Rye Ridge Shopping Center, Plaza & South are located at Ridge & Bowman Avenues in Rye Brook NY. There are over 70 fine shops, eateries, fitness boutiques and lifestyle services with ample FREE PARKING

Visit the Greenwich Historical Society Tavern Garden Market Wednesday!

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47 Strickland Road
Cos Cob, CT 06807

Alternating WEDNESDAYS
Lobby & Tavern Garden
10:00AM – 2:00PM
(early birds welcome at 9:30)
Our Tavern Garden Markets feature a specially curated and alternating selection of locally grown, made and sourced products. Support local growers, bakers and artisans when you fill your basket and your home with the freshest bounties of nature and unique, hand-crafted goods.
Peony season is still in full swing! Enjoy these spectacular blooms when you subscribe to the BEAR CREEK FARM CSA Peony Share. Conveniently delivered for weekly pick up on Wednesdays at the Greenwich Historical Society. Choose from eight varieties of stunning, long-lasting double peonies: heirloom Duchesse de Nemours, Nancy Nicholls, White Wicker, White Ivory, My Love, Mother’s Choice, Fringed Ivory and Amalia Olson. Bloom time: Late May through end of June.  
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Join Isaac Mizrahi at the Guggenheim for Third Bird

I love fashion and I especially love fashion designers and Isaac Mizrahi is one of my favorites. This is why I am so excited about his current project at the Guggenheim. Third Bird.

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is proud to present the world premiere of Third Bird, with a libretto and direction by Isaac Mizrahi, music by composer Nico Muhly (played by Ensemble Signal and conducted by Brad Lubman), choreography by John Heginbotham, and lighting by Brandon Stirling Baker.

Performances are on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 6pm and 7:30pm; Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 2:30pm and 4pm; and on Sunday, June 5 at 2:30pm and 4pm.
Each 30-minute performance will take place in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pete B. Lewis Theater at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

Recommended for Ages 5 and older. Full vaccination is required for all.

Isaac Mizrahi, Narrator
Marjorie Folkman, Duck
Christine Flores, Bird
Macy Sullivan, Zookeeper
Lindsey Jones, Cat
Daniel Pettrow, Ostrich
Derrick Arthur, Ornithologist
Norton Owen, Grandfather
Gus Solomons Jr, Moon

Since 2007, Works & Process has produced sold-out performances of Sergei Prokofiev’s charming children’s classic Peter & the Wolf directed and narrated by Isaac Mizrahi. After over one hundred performances, Mizrahi was inspired to create an homage to this iconic work, and during the pandemic Works & Process commissioned Third Bird. Highlighting a cast of eight, including a flying bluebird, a swimming duck, and a running ostrich, Third Bird celebrates each individual’s unique strengths.
Throughout the pandemic, Works & Process continued to provide opportunities for artists and pioneered the bubble residency making it possible for artists to safely gather and create. The spring 2022 season will feature the official world premieres of works created by New York artists – many representing historically marginalized performing arts cultures – and incubated during the peak of the pandemic inside 2020-21 Works & Process bubble residencies. Third Bird was developed in an April 2021 Works & Process bubble residency at the Catskill Mountain Foundation and a November 2021 Works & Process LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” residency at The Church, Sag Harbor. Alongside premieres of commissions, Works & Process will present performance excerpts and artist discussions about new works prior to their premieres at leading organizations including BAAD!, Federal Hall, Glimmerglass Festival, The Metropolitan Opera, and New York City Ballet.
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Some New Projects From Bargello Needlepoint

I have loved partnering with Bargello Needlpoint since they opened in Tuckahoe, NY. In recent shop news, they have an exclusive partnership with the amazing designer Katie Ridder to sell some of her beautiful canvases. The canvases are based on her peony fabric/wallpaper design.

Bargello Needlepoint is a full-service shop that honors its classic namesake while celebrating modern style. They offer a carefully curated array of sophisticated canvases, a spectrum of gorgeous fibers, all the necessary accessories, as well as first-class finishing services.  Stitchers of all skill levels and ages are invited to join Christine and Leslie, the ladies at Bargello, in creating a community from a common thread: a passion for this timeless, transformative craft.

To see all of the shop’s offerings or for more information, click, HERE.

And if you have not been able to visit the shop yet, here is what some of their clients are saying or should I say raving:

Finally!! A needlepoint store that reflects today’s modern needlepoint stitcher! Leslie and Christine not only have deep knowledge of the art/skill of needlepoint, but they have incredible taste in canvas selection which makes you want to stitch everything in their store! In a space that feels clean and uncluttered, Bargello features canvases that are fun, interesting and even one-of-a-kind – for all levels! They are both so helpful and friendly – thrilled to have this new store in our area!

Bargello is fantastic! I’m a relatively new stitcher and I’ve been so grateful for their creativity, encouragement and ever-changing collection of beautiful canvases. I especially love the needlepoint community — open to all levels –they’ve fostered at the Wednesday night “sip and stitch.” The store is so light and bright — a real gem in the neighborhood.

Leslie and Christine are wonderful! They’ve created such a warm and welcoming environment that’s also filled with a fantastic selection of canvases and fibers. Bargello is an easy train ride from the city, and I can’t wait to go back!

Happy Stitching!!!!!

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