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FEBRUARY 2021 

NYC 

Date Night at the Museum of Ice Cream -  Enjoy a full tour of our 13 magical installations, along with special activities and treats designed to celebrate love in all its forms! Let loose in a fun dance class, satisfy your sweet tooth with a love-dae sundae, and be the star of a live We’re Not Really Strangers game show. Come in with an open heart, and get ready to deepen your existing connections and make unforgettable memories!

Pottery Class-  Learn the various techniques and methods used to create different forms on the pottery wheel. After the demonstration, you’ll have an hour of hands-on learning, with assistance in mastering the basics. Class will cover centering, opening, pulling, and shaping. Depending on time, you’ll have the opportunity to make one or two pieces.

Marking Time - This exhibition explores the work of artists within US prisons and the centrality of incarceration to contemporary art and culture. Featuring art made by people in prisons and work by non-incarcerated artists concerned with state repression, erasure, and imprisonment, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration highlights more than 35 artists, and  has been updated to reflect the growing COVID-19 crisis in US prisons, featuring new works by exhibition artists made in response to this ongoing emergency.

Yoga in Central Park - We’ll lay down our mats, turn on the tunes, and flow to the sounds of NYC. The class will be gentle and integrate yogi breath-work, so suitable for all levels of yoga. Keeping safety precautions top of mind, we’ll maintain a 6 foot distance between yoga mats.

 

Make Fresh Pasta with a Pro - Two hours of personalized cooking instruction during which you will prepare and learn the basic concepts of different kinds of dough and their application. Prepare 3 distinct kinds of pasta: egg's fettuccine, semolina cavatelli and squared spaghetti alla chitarra, along with three kinds of sauces.  The third hour of class is spent eating what you have prepared in a cozy dining room. 

 

Rooftop Winter Village - The William Vale’s new "Winter Village at Westlight" is a seasonal pop-up located on the hotel's 23rd floor outdoor rooftop.  It features private heated chalets surrounding their rooftop ice skating rink, Vale Rink. It's perfect for a cozy night out. Enjoy seasonal cocktails and Alpine-style fondue inside your chalet, which is decorated with soft pillows and flameless candles. 

Tabla Drumming Workshop - Tabla is considered to be one of the most expressive melodic percussion instruments known to man. Its tonal qualities range from an array of subtle micro-tonal textures, melodic water-like resonance and pulsating walking bass lines. This course is geared towards the exploration of mnemonic syllables as a musical language, observation of movement by developing left/right brain independence, hand/finger touch sensitivity and inducing relaxation/re-calibration by melodic and rhythmic entrainment. 

Clay Shooting Experience - Enjoy clay shooting at historic grounds upstate that will make you feel like a genteel member of the Downton Abbey set. After your session with an expert instructor by your side, it's time for a break with a 3-course lunch at the lodge, savoring the fresh air and the stunning views of the surrounding meadows.

Design Your Own Fragrance -  To start, you'll select from one of 9 base fragrances. These are fully formulated, 100% all-natural eau-de-parfum (the highest available grade of fragrance, not diluted). From there, you'll select from 14 available 'accords', so that you can alter your base scent with musk, vanilla, cedarwood, sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, jasmine, hydrangea, peppercorn, cardamom, and so much more. Finally, we'll bottle your custom fragrance together and stamp your name (or any other word of significance) right on the bottle. No waiting...you can put it on right away and take it home!

Craft a Diamond Ring - Three-hour class in a private studio in the East Village.  Cut metal using a saw and stamp letters inside your ring. Teacher will assist with the soldering. Then, make a stone setting for a 2mm diamond. You can select from four different colors. End by polishing and setting the diamond. By stamping letters inside the ring, you can customize it with your initials, a short message, or a special date.

Hudson Valley 

Valentine's Day Wine & Cheese Pairing - Love is in the air at Benmarl Winery! Join them for their annual Valentine's Day Wine and Cheese pairing, as they celebrate their love for local delights. One ticket includes a seated wine tasting (Four different wines) and curated cheese board featuring their favorite Hudson Valley cheeses, locally sourced jams, house-made Chocolates, and other accouterments. Bring your partner, parents, or best friend, to indulge in the best the valley has to offer.

Maple Sugar Tour - As winter ends, it's maple sugaring time. Learn how to identify and tap maple sugar trees, discover sugaring techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day farmers, and see an evaporator in action. 

 

Yonker's Downtown Takeout Week -Through February 6th.  With the goal of supporting our local restaurants and keeping patrons safe, this year we have created a brand-new kind of restaurant week. Eleven of Yonkers Downtown Restaurants have each created a customized takeout package for $40. We encourage you to support our restaurants by placing your orders for some delicious food at an affordable price!

Nyack Winter Wonderland - Nyack’s Winter Wanderland invites visitors to “wander” through town to enjoy seasonal pleasures -- sidewalk shopping and winter markets, hearty food and hot drinks, festive lights, the warmth of fire pits, and the joy of beautiful music – all with a backdrop of breathtaking views and access to the Hudson River. Nyack’s Wanderland runs on Saturdays and Sundays through February 28.

The Park Palette - Learn how to paint native animals and sunset landscapes using acrylic. Classes will follow a step by step format, and will take place at Bowdoin Park. All supplies will be provided, and students will be able to take their artwork home. 

Muscoot Farm - Muscoot Farm is a place where you can experience history, agriculture, and wildlife in a family-friendly atmosphere. Muscoot Farm was once a working dairy farm, but today you can learn how to tap maple trees, sugar, and other winter skills. 

76 House - One of America's oldest taverns, the 76 House, is offering a Gal-entine's Day Brunch with unlimited pink mimosas.  Enjoy fabulous food in a one of a kind setting. 

The Ashokan Center - The Center is hosting a two-day outdoor Hot Chocolate Festival, where you will enjoy a variety of hot chocolate flavors, live music, ice sculptures, cozy campfires, and self-guided nature walks on miles of beautiful trails. 

Valentine's Day Hike -  Head to  Rockefeller State Park Preserve for a fun Valentine's Day hike. Wear red and a smile and bring your loves with you, furry loves are the best! We'll visit some of the most romantic places in the Preserve. And we may even read a few romantic sonnets along the way. 

Teatown Hudson River EagleFest - This event, now in its 17th year, showcases the migration of bald eagles to the Hudson River, and was named the “Best Outdoor Winter Event” by Hudson Valley Magazine in 2019.