Happy Vanilla Cupcake Day, UESiders!
It’s National Game & Puzzle Week, too!!
Most important of all, it’s National Santa Letter Week… So get those kids formulating their wish lists and let the Amazon deliveries commence!!
(Of course, we’ve not forgotten Veterans Day… And we recommend this remembrance from the great people of StoryCorps…)
And now for the week ahead:
Saturday, November4th: 82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket
82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm
Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm
At their tables will be American Pride Seafood (of course!), Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Valley Shepherd, Green Pasture, Cherry Lane, Samascott, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Old Mother Hubbert, Alewife, Gajeski Farms AND…
The return of Hawthorne Valley Farm with their certified organic and biodynamic produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, and lacto-fermented vegetables (think krauts and kimchi)!!
Market Manager Margaret adds: “Rumor has it that there may be some Peconic Bay Scallops out there this weekend… One of fall’s most precious and delicious taste treats!”
Yup, the Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too! And you Master Turkey Carvers: The Thanksgiving count’s begun!
Last week’s recycling totals: 76 lbs. batteries; 23 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 7 pairs glasses; 11 compost bins; 33 bags of clothes.
ANOTHER 11 bins!!
Saturday, November 11th to Sunday, December 31st: The Three Bears Holiday Smash!
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Central Park
Drawn from the stories of Hanukkah, “The Night Before Christmas,” and Kwanzaa, think a kid-centric variety show/sing-along celebrating the holiday season in song, dance and – best of all, maybe – puppetry! (The Swedish Cottage’s quite the treat, too!) Adults, $12. Children, $8. For more and tickets…
Saturday, November 11th: Biscuits & Bath Puppy/Dog Adoption Event
Biscuits & Bath, 1064 First Avenue, 11am-3pm
You know there’s someone furry out there waiting your forever home!! Adoptions include vaccinations, spay/neuter, a pre-registered microchip, an identification tag, a collar and a certificate for a free initial exam at a participating veterinarian! Event sponsored by NYC Animal Care Centers.
Saturday, November 11th: Veterans Day Celebration with “War & Pieced”
Folk Art Museum, 2 Liincoln Square, 12-7pm
Mark this Veterans Day with guided tours of the extraordinary War and Pieced quilt exhibition, hands on activities for all ages, a veteran poetry reading and a screening of the 1964 classic film “Zulu!”. (And “Zulu!” really is first rate!!) Free, but you must RSVP…
Saturday, November 11th & Sunday November 12th: Artist Open House 2017
373 Broadway, 3rd floor, 1-6pm
What’s a working artist’s studio like? Visit Czech-American painter Franta Nedved’s atelier – and those of many other artists in 373 and neighboring 368 Broadway – and find out! Free! (Bet you’ll then want to further explore that art-centric Soho neighborhood further!)
Sunday, November 12th: 92nd Street Greenmarket
92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-3pm
Compost Collection, 9 am-1pm
With us will be American Pride Seafood, Meredith’s Bakery, Central Bakery, Old Mother Hubbert, Phillips, Consider Bardwell, Sun Fed Beef/Maple Avenue and Norwich Meadows Farms!!
And uber Market Manager Margaret says, “Ask at Sun Fed Beef this week about ordering one of their free range, heritage breed turkeys for the holiday… Or you could think entirely out of the box and pre-order a ham or roast beef!”
The Healthy Eating Punch Out promotion continues… Shop the 4 food groups and take your card to Market Manager Jamie, get it punched and head home with that ever mysterious prize!!
(UGS’s updated 4-group list: Phillips’ pears, any of Norwich Meadows’ squashes, Sun Fed’s ground lamb (for lamb burgers) and Mother Hubbert’s chocolate milk!!)
Last week’s recycling totals: Marathon Sunday. No collection.
(Will this be another 5 1/2 bin week?)
Monday, November 13th: Food on the Page – Cookbooks and American Culture
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, 421 East 61st Street, 6:30pm
Cultural historian and author of the above named book, Megan Elias sheds light on all that cookbooks say about society… And it’s way more than what we aspire to eat!! Members, $25. Senior members, $10. Non-member adults, $40. Students with ID, $10. For reservations (a must) – 212-838-6878…
Wednesday, November 15th: Street Co-Naming of Ms. Magazine Way
The Southest Corner of 32nd Street & Avenue, 11am-12:30pm
And we quote, “Join us for a festive event honoring Gloria Steinem, her 1972 founding of Ms. Magazine and the occasion 45th anniversary of a publication by women for women!” 45 years… Come one, come all!!
Thursday, November 16th: Hungarian Short Film Event
American Hungarian Library, 215 East 82nd Street, 7pm
The American Hungarian Library and Historical Society hosts five of the best Hungarian short films of the last years, including Oscar- winnning “Sing”! All screened in Hungarian with English subtitles! (Even during Soviet days, Eastern European filmmaking was revered!) Free, but donations accepted. For more…
Friday, November 17th: 19th Century Trivia Night
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, 421 East 61st Street, 7pm
Okay, history nuts: Which pro-temperance president actually took out papers to become a bar owner? What engineering marvel revolutionized New York City trade? You’re so smart? Then get yourself over to MV Museum for four fast-paced trivia rounds while imbibing historic refreshments!! Members, $10. Non-members, $15. For tickets (got to have them in advance) – 212-838-6878…
On the horizon:
Tuesday, November 28th: “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” Screening
GrownYC’s Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street, 7-9pm
A hit at the Tribeca Film Festival, exec produced by Anthony Bourdain, the film’s about solutions to the huge world problem – but especially in the U.S. of A. – of incredible food waste. Film followed by a discussion led by Emily Bachman, GrowNYC’s ompost Program Manager. Free but with a suggested donation, $10. To RSVP (you must)…
Thursday, November 30th: Sissinghurst – Reviving Vita Sackville-West’s Garden
General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, 6:15pm
Over time even one of the world’s garden of gardens designed by one of the world’s gardeners of gardeners needs refocusing… In this case, the famed, historic, once white- on-white Sissinghurt Castle garden of poet/novelist/gardener Vita Sackville-West. A lot for us all to learn in this NY Botanical Garden talk by Sissinghurt’s present head gardener, Troy Scott Smith… And we don’t even have to go to the Bronx!! Organized by the Horticultural Society of New York and the Royal Oak Foundation. For more and to register or 212-480-2889 x201… In either case, give deploying 17FNYHORT discount a shot!
Friday & Saturday, December 1st & Second: Holiday Candlelight Tours of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
421 East 61st Street, 6:15pm & 7:30pm
You’re right… A ton going on at the MV Museum and nNo more charming way to commence the holiday season than a visit and step back into pre-Christmas 1830… Complete with traditional confections and live period music!! Couldn’t be more family friendly. Members, $10. Non-members, $20. Children, $5. Reservations required or 212-838-6878!
Saturday, December 2nd: Shred-A-Thon – Pre-Santa Edition
82nd Street/St. Stephen Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm
Same old, but it matters…
NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.
REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings.
NO HARDCOVER BOOKS. (But paperbacks are fine.)
(Take those hardcovers to Goodwill or Housing Works.)
As always, we thank Council Members Kallos and Garodnick and Assembly Member Seawright for their generous grants!!
Saturday, December 9th: The First New York Cat Film Festival
SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, 3pm & 4:30pm
Sunday, December 10th: Third New York Dog Film Festival
SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, 2:45pm & 4:45pm
Yes, there’s a Dog Film Festival!! And what better way to keep our animal film life in perfect balance!! Same 2-part program. $15 for each program. For the films and tickets…
On to miiscellany with this week in activism up first:
How about this for a great course of study for the right teen: The Learning Gardens High School Training Program which – and we quote – “offers 5 months of garden-based learning, exploring topics including urban gardening, growing food and biodiversity during which students develop leadership skills, learn how to instruct younger students, and earn high school credit after completing 60 hours of instruction. Students who successfully complete the Training Program will have the opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship with City Parks Foundation.” For high school freshman, sophomores and Juniors from February to June 2018. Applications due, January 15, 2018. To discuss in full detail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-360-2744!
Edible answers the question, “What to do if your building doesn’t have a brown organics container…”
Does a contest prize get more hysterical than your own monogrammed cheese?
And then there’s this from the “Hudson River Almanac:
10/21 – Sandy Hook, NJ: First light was blossoming in the east, and dawn over the Lower Bay of New York Harbor was not far off. The winds had shifted from west to south and the monarch butterflies were far fewer than yesterday. Those who made the attempt to head south flew close to the sand, tacking back and forth like a sailboat. At sunrise, the water behind the surf looked agitated: striped bass! The anglers on the beach had high hopes for trophy bass but every one that was landed fell in the 20-24 inch range [licensed anglers in New Jersey are allowed to possess one fish per day from 28 inches to less than 43, and one fish 43 inches or greater]. The surf was swim-wear friendly at a comfortable 65 degrees Fahrenheit. – Tom Lake and T.R. Jackson
[Artists have long revered sunsets in their work – the Hudson River School of painting comes to mind. But for me, I’ll take sunrise on an east-facing beach at dawn. The growing glow from first light to sunrise is a study in anticipation: rebirth, renewal, dawn of a new day. – Tom Lake.]
Let us now and always be green,