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Snow tubing; contemporary art exhibit; all about ice; all about fire(building); the international Rolling Stones show; and more

Good morning! Today is Thursday, January 13, and you are reading today’s section of Examiner+, a digital newsmagazine serving Westchester, Putnam, and the surrounding Hudson Valley.

Nancy’s Picks: This week’s three best bets

1. Snow Tubing at Campgaw Mountain

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Snow tubing is so much fun for the whole family, but choices are limited unless you go much farther upstate. Campgaw Mountain, while in the northernmost part of Bergen County, NJ, is really not far and quite accessible. It is a scalable family ski area but has the addition of a great tubing run.  They have great hours, too, with the tubing run(and skiing) open until 8 every night during the season. Tubing is for every age and ability, no equipment required, just bring your positive attitude and dress warmly! Tickets can be purchased at the mountain. Snowpass ticket required for all activities on the mountain.

Campgaw Mountain
200 Campgaw Rd
Mahway, NJ

2. Karla Knight: Navigator at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

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A visit to The Aldrich, one of the first contemporary art museums in the United States, and now one of the oldest, is always a feast for the eyes and a challenge to the mind. Their carefully curated exhibits always push visitors to dig deeper in their observation and experience of the art presented. One of the current exhibits, Karla Knight: Navigator is no exception. In a career spanning over 40 years, this is Karla’s first institutional solo show and covers the path of her abstract, surrealist, and unique lexicon of symbols and codes journey in a stunning mixed-media presentation. A great compliment to this exhibit is the virtual Artist Conversation which can be found on The Aldrich website.  Full disclosure; we share the same high school alma mater, which makes this installation even more impactful. Open daily 12 pm – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Closed Tuesday.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main St
Ridgefield, CT

3. All About Ice at Muscoot Farm Ice Pond

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Muscoot Farm’s programs rarely disappoint. There is always something new to learn through the robust educational programming offered at Muscoot Farm: the history of the area, local nature, wildlife, farm animals, and early Westchester farm life, in addition to strolling the grounds at your own pace. The seasonal changes brought by winter feature new opportunities to explore the landscape around the farm including All About Ice, a demonstration program about the role that ice played at the farm. It provides an important piece of history and how early settlers utilized the bounty of the land (and ponds) to maintain and improve life on the farm. Open 1 – 2:30 pm, 10 families per tour. $10/family of four. Pre-registration required.
Muscoot Farm
51 Route 100

Events + Culture Calendar

Friday, January 14

  • Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show at Daryl’s House (Pawling): Channel everything about an iconic Stones’ concert at Daryl’s House with the Satisfaction tribute band. January 14 and 15. Showtime: 8:00 pm, Tickets: $25-$35.
    Daryl’s House Restaurant & Live Music Club
    130 Route 22

Sunday, January 16

  • Winter Fire Building at the Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (Cross River): There is so much to enjoy and experience at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation no matter what time of year it is. In winter the landscape can be enjoyed through a new lens, and hiking opportunities abound. A visit to the Trailside Nature Museum sheds more light on the local flora, fauna, and area history. On January 16 there is a basic fire building program for all ages, followed by a sweet treat.
    Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
    Routes 35 & 121 South
    Cross River

Monday, January 17

  • Winter Family Day at the Bruce Museum (Greenwich, CT): Celebrate the Martin Luther King Day of Service by visiting the Bruce Museum for Winter Family Day. Visit the Museum, explore the newly renovated Science Galleries, and learn how to participate in acts of community service inspired by MLK. Admission: Adults $10, Students (5-22) with ID $8, Seniors (65 + up) $8, Children 5+under free.
    Bruce Museum
    1 Museum Dr
    Greenwich, CT

Thursday, January 20

  • On A Winter’s Night, Emelin Theatre (Mamaroneck): Visit the Emelin Theatre on January 20th for a 25th Anniversary concert of “On A Winter’s Night” featuring several of the veteran singer-songwriters of the past 30 years of the folk supergroup showcase. Back by popular demand. Chris Eberhardt, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, and Patty Larkin. Showtime 8:00 pm. Tickets $50/$55/$60.
    Emelin Theatre
    153 Liberty Ln

Born and raised in Westchester, Nancy Sorbella’s lifestyle stories have been featured in several local and regional publications where she has also been a style and community columnist. She is the resident wordsmith for the Arthritis Foundation of NY and the Community Engagement Director by day, spending her free time exploring and experiencing the Hudson Valley. Follow Nancy for more of her adventures on Instagram @DetoursColumnist, Twitter @jsorbella, or on Facebook at Nancy Niskin Sorbella.

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