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Spotting bald eagles from scenic vistas; a grand tour of a grand Gilded Age home; seeking Hudson Valley’s lost amusement parks; ice fishing; Chinese brush painting; and more

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Nancy’s Picks: This week’s three Best Bets

1. Historic Gilded Age Tour of Glenview, Hudson River Museum

Historic Glenview Home Tours return! Kick-off the weekend at Glenview, the 1877 mansion at the Hudson River Museum. Designed by architect Charles W. Clinton, the tour includes the 6 fully restored period rooms, and Yonkers’ signature 24-room dollhouse, Nybelwyck Hall, completely furnished, featuring seasonal miniatures and decor. The architectural details highlighted in Glenview are some of the most significant and important examples of Gilded Age woodwork in any residence open to the public. This is a recurring event. Thursdays & Fridays, 1 pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 1 & 3 pm. Space is limited, tickets should be purchased in advance online.
Glenview, Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers

2. Spot Bald Eagles at Boscobel

May be an image of bird and nature

From 9 am to 2 pm on both February 5 and 12 join the Constitution Marsh Audubon and Putnam Highlands Audobon Society for the ninth annual Eagle Viewing at Boscobel. Join birding experts as they help visitors spot and identify bald eagles. Bald eagles migrate from New York and Canada at just this time of year, stopping in the Hudson Highlands for rest and nourishment. With or without eagles, the views from high above the Hudson River are worth the visit. Reservations suggested. $12/Adults, $10/Seniors, $6/Children 5-18. Healthcare workers, children under 5, and library pass holders are free.
1601 Route 9D

3. “Lost Amusement Parks of the Hudson Valley,” (virtual) presented by the Hudson River Maritime Museum

While an in-person visit to the Hudson River Maritime Museum is a must, this virtual presentation looks fascinating, covering a topic that few are aware of. So, no need to venture out on a cold winter night. Instead, join online to hear historians Wes & Barbara Gottlock, authors of Lost Amusement Parks of the Hudson Valley highlight some of the long-gone regional parks that included carousels, rides, Ferris wheels, roller coasters, swimming pools, bandstands, and steamboat landings all along the river. For more than 50 years these lost amusement parks entertained millions of New Yorkers. 7 – 8:30 pm, registration is online; $7/pp.
Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing

Events + Culture Calendar

Sunday, February 6

  • Greg Abate Quartet featuring Bill O’Connell, Harvie S., and Jason Tiemann At the Jazz Forum (Tarrytown): Come out and see world-renowned Bebop Saxophonist and flutist Greg Abate joined by Bill O’Connell, Harvie S., and Jason Tiemann at the Jazz Forum. Two shows, 4 & 6 pm. Tickets: $15-20 purchased online.
    Jazz Forum
    1 Dixon Ln

Monday, February 7

  • Ice Fishing at Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park (North Salem): One of several Westchester County Parks that allows ice fishing, Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park, the county’s northernmost park also offers hiking, camping, ice skating, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and a high/low ropes challenge course. Weather permitting and with a fishing license, ice fishing at this park is peaceful and fun for all ages. Free, open daily sunrise to sunset.
    Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park
    201 Hawley Rd
    North Salem

Tuesday, February 8

  • Intro to Chinese Brush Painting Workshop (2/8 and 2/9) (Pelham): Learn to master the beauty of Chinese brush painting by focusing on the quality of strokes, color preparation, rhythm, movement, energy, and composition. Demo at the start of class.  All levels are welcome. Adults only. Material fee: $15. Register online.
    Pelham Art Center
    155 Fifth Ave

Thursday, February 10

  • Impressions: The Inventions of Printmaking, Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase): Enjoy a visit back to the Neuberger Museum of Art by visiting Impressions: The Inventions of Printmaking which features works on paper and fabric and explores The history of printmaking from relief to planographic processes. 12 – 5 pm Free.
    The Neuberger Museum of Art
    Purchase College
    735 Anderson Hill Rd

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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