Happiest Hanukkah, UESiders!!
Happy launch into the Christmas season, too!!
We’ve already survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday and there’re only 27 more days to shop/give and receive fabulous gifts/eat, party and reunite with friends and family to heart’s content!!
Let’s do it, folks!!
Commencing with the week ahead:
Saturday, December 1st: 82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket
82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm
Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm
With us with tables loaded down with Thanksgiving necessities and treats will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef, Alewife, Hawthorne Valley, Walnut Hill and Consider Bardwell Farms!!
Very happy to say, the Master Knife Sharpener will be back with us, too!!
Manager of Market Managers Margaret adds this: “After a quiet post Holiday weekend, the full roster of our great farmers/fisherman/bakers are well-rested and ready with your Hanukkah supplies!! Then there’s this great news: Nolasco Farm will be back at 82nd this Saturday!! Lovers of greens!! Celebrate!!”
Last Week’s Recycling Totals – 66 lbs batteries; 15 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 15 pairs of glasses; 1 make-up wand; 11 compost bins; 30 bags of clothes
Yup, farmer attendance was light and shoppers some fewer than the norm… STILL… A BIG, FAT 11 COMPOST WERE FILLED!!
(BRING ON THOSE OUT-OF-COMMISSION/DEFUNCT PHONES!!)
Saturday & Sunday, December 1st & 2nd: Annual Native Art Market
Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, 10am-5:30pm
Think traditional and contemporary works… Silver and semiprecious jewelry, ceramics, fine apparel, handwoven baskets, traditional beadwork, dolls, paintings, prints, and sculpture – by some of the finest Native American artists!!
Saturday, December 1st: 32nd Annual Miracle on Madison Avenue
From 57th to 86th, 10am-5pm
Do your luxury holiday shopping and know that 20% of every purchase at participating businesses will be contributed to the pediatric programs supported by the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center!! For the list of participants…
Saturday, December 1st: Victorian Christmas at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
421 East 61st Street
A pair of great events on the same evening… Event 1, 6:30-9pm: The family friendly “Santa Portrait” featuring tours of the museum’s 19th Century holiday decor and pix with a Victorian Santa!! Event 2, 8pm-1am: Grown-up fun at a Grand Victorian Celebration complete with cocktails, plum pudding, dancing in the Museum’s secret ballroom and Victorian portraiture with St. Nick. (Suggested dress? You guessed it!! Victorian!!) $25-$70. For more and tickets…
Sunday, December 2nd: Holiday Tree Lighting at Schurz Park
86th Street & East End Avenue, 5 to 6pm
The UES classic complete with hot chocolate, candy canes, cookies, candles and music by the great Cantori New York and Orbital Brass!!
Sunday, December 2nd – Sunday, December 9th: Lighting of the World’s Largest Menorah
Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Avenue between 58th & 59th Streets, 3:30pm on Fridays, 8pm on Saturdays, 5:30pm Sunday
And, befitting Manhattan, this particular beautiful symbol’s the world’s largest at 32 feet tall and 4,000 pounds!! Come one, come all, of course!!
Friday & Saturday, December 7th and 8th: Candlelight Tours at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
421 East 61st Street, 6:15pm & 7:30pm
Launch into the holiday season as New Yorkers did in centuries past… Stroll the museum’s lovely period rooms by candlelight while enjoying refreshments of time gone by and the music of harpist Sarah Loveland Gill on Friday and PACC Recorder Concert on Saturday. Members, $10. Non-members, $20. Children under 12, $5.
Saturday, December 8th: Czech Christmas Festivities at Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street, 3-6pm
Think a Christmas market featuring traditional Czech glass ornaments, sweets, cookies, complimentary mulled wine and Christmas photo booth, followed by instruction in traditional Czech Christmas-themed arts, followed by the music of mezzo-soprano Pavlina Horáková and the Children’s Choir of the Czech and Slovak Community Center in Astoria!! Organized by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic. Free but RSVPing must…
Breathe deeply, then:
Monday, December 10th: End-of-Year Honey Tasting Competiton & Bee B-Movie Night
NYIT, 16 West 61st Street, 11th Floor Auditorium, 6:30pm
Once upon a time and not so long ago, NYC Beekeepers met in secret… Now they’re legal, holding honey contests, enrolling New Yorkers in their beekeeping courses and more!! Free to all bringing honey to compete. Non-honey bringers/early bird tickets, $5. Non-honey bringers/at-the-door tickets, $10. For more and tickets…
Tuesday, December 11th: Beyond Sims – A Community Informational Session
Touro College, 230 West 125th Street, 6-8pm
Now that the statue of – best case – controversial physician Marion Sims’s been relocated from its Central Park East perch, Manhattanites are now asked to engage on what the replacement should be… Manhattanites as in all us!! (Our opinion: A Kara Walker work!!) For more…
Tuesday, December 18th: Holiday Celebration & Concert for Peace
Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue, 7pm
Commemorating the World War I Armistice, the concert features the award-winning and UES favorite Cantori Chorus. Sponsored by the Office of Assembly Member Seawright. Free, but do RSVP or 212-288-4607…
Miscellany, kicking off with some activist opportunities:
If you believe shark fin fishing and sales should be banned…
In the interest of well-versed greenness:
Moving on to the positive:
And NYC, a promising new delivery vehicle…
The origin of Teflon is…
Way off the reservation:
Fascination with “Frankenstein” runs long and deep… As in the Smithsonian’s just restored the earliest (1910 and made by the Edison Company) “Frankenstein” film…
Bring on those animals:
And the Bird of the Week…
Bees upclose and beautiful… (Who knew there were so many kinds? Enough even experts struggle to keep them straight!!)
Think we know a lot about turkeys?? Think again!!
Never more green than at holiday time,