New Castle Community eNewsletter 02/02/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market this Saturday


Looks like Old Man Winter is cutting us a break for our second pop-up. Plenty of sunshine and slightly warmer temps on tap for what promises to be a decidedly festive market. For starters, we have a FULL HOUSE of vendors. The beauty of having a once-a-month market is that every vendor wants to be there. Who are we to turn them away? So please come prepared to fill your market bags.

Incidentally, we have some cool and colorful new market bags for sale (1 for $3 two for $5) that are perfectly sized to accommodate a large apple pie and a side of salmon and apples and bunches of kale, too. Of course, they have our usual market flair.

Read more here.

NEW: Getting Started with Backyard Poultry

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Chappaqua Library, 195 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua

Presented by Rachel Moody, Livestock Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Orange County. The basics of getting started with a backyard flock will be covered.

Topics will include:

  1. Basic Anatomy
  2. Breeds
  3. Basic Husbandry
  4. Equipment & Facility Management
  5. Disease Control
  6. Suitable for both children and adults

Join us for this great introductory program to get you started with keeping your own backyard flock of poultry. They are fun, entertaining animals that provide fresh eggs and meat. This program will offer an overview to flock management with emphasis on: pasturing flocks of poultry, management of the poultry house, selecting hens for production, common diseases of the small flock, feeding and nutrition of poultry.

NEW: Donate Blood in Honor is Chris Longhirano

Chinese New Year 2018


NEW: Saw Mill River Audubon Feb-March Events

Saturday February 17, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday March 17, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Saw Mill River Audubon Third Saturday Bird Seed Sale
Pruyn Sanctuary, 275 Millwood Road (Rte 133), Chappaqua, NY 10514

Our Third Saturday seed sales continue through the fall and winter. Bird seed sales benefit the local conservation work of Saw Mill River Audubon. Seed is also available during the week on Mon/Wed/Fri 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Please call 914-666-6503 or email if you are visiting during the week. Bird seed selection and prices are available online.

Sunday February 18, 2018, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Saw Mill River Audubon Third Sunday Walk at Pruyn Sanctuary
Pruyn Sanctuary, Woodmill Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514

Meet at the Woodmill Road trails entrance of Pruyn Sanctuary for a family-friendly walk for adults and young people age 5 and older. No registration needed. Rain or shine.

Please always check our website at before traveling, in case of inclement weather which could cause us to make changes to the outing.

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Saw Mill River Audubon Public Program: How Birders and eBird are Making a Difference

Chappaqua Library, 195 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, NY 10514

Find out how the world’s largest community science project,, is not only helping birders track their sightings but also helping scientists track the impact of changes to climate and habitats. Learn how to start your own year and life list of birds. Discover lesser-known eBird tips and shortcuts. Find out what other birders are seeing in our area. Explore how eBird can help you plan your birding and discover birding hotspots wherever you travel.

Presenter: Anne Swaim, Executive Director, Saw Mill River Audubon.

NEW: Chappaqua Library Events

#1 NY Times Best-selling Author Talk: A.J. Finn, Woman in the Window

“Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing.” —Gillian Flynn: “Unputdownable.” —Stephen King: “A dark, twisty confection.” —Ruth Ware: “Absolutely gripping.” —Louise Penny

For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-six languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 @ 7PM

Concert: Klezmer Music

Director Kenny Green of the Westchester Klezmer Program brings together kids, teens and adults to share this joyful traditional Jewish dance music.

Sun., Feb. 11, 2018 @ 3PM

NEW: Think Fit For Kids, Sunday March 4th

Bring the whole family! Join us for the 8th annual Think Fit For Kids, a fabulous community event for ALL ages, to benefit A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Club Fit Briarcliff. Register/Donate at to support pediatric brain cancer research!

NEW: Concussion Management Program

Concussions can happen to the best of us – even the hard headed ones. Northern Westchester Hospital is offering a free program on concussions at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. The program will include a showing of the movie Concussion starring Will Smith. Immediately following the movie a panel of expert clinicians from Northern Westchester Hospital will lead a discussion and a Q&A session.

Saturday, 03/24/18, 1:30 PM
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
480 Bedford Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514

New Castle Historical Society – Museum Membership Month

Vaping, Juuling and E-Cigarettes Presentation

Thank you to our wonderful presenters and the more than 75 parents who came out to learn more about vaping and the health of our youth. Attendees heard from Horace Greeley High School Principal Robert Rhodes, Dr. Richard Stumacher of Northern Westchester Hospital, Town of New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein and Student Assistance Counselor Carolyn D’Agostino about why we should be concerned about teens vaping and what is being done in our schools and town to combat the problem.

Did you miss the presentation? The video can be viewed here and a link to Dr. Stumacher’s slides can also be found in vaping section of the Parent Toolkit.

This event was presented in collaboration between New Castle United For Youth, Northern Westchester Hospital Center, the Chappaqua Central School District, the Chappaqua PTA and the Town of New Castle. Thank you to our presenters for giving of their time and expertise, and thank you to Caitlin Franze and David Hayes of the CCSD for producing the videotape.

Town Camp – Registration Opens March 1st

LOWV – 2018 Students Inside Albany

League of Women Voters of New Castle Seeks Interested Students to Apply to Attend the 2018 Students Inside Albany Conference

Are you a high school student with a strong interest in government or politics? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you. The League of Women Voters of New Castle is looking to sponsor a high school student to attend the 2017 Students Inside Albany conference to be held from May 20 to 23, 2018 in Albany. For more information or to obtain a copy of the application, please visit the League’s website. Applications are due February 9, 2018.

New Castle Senior Program: Lunch & Learn Lecture Series

Chappaqua PAC Spring Season

Chappaqua PAC Spring Season:

Exclusive Member Access With Code “CHAPP”Edwin McCain
Friday, March 9th at 8:00pm
Soulful Greenville, South Carolina-based singer/songwriter with roots in folk, pop, and Americana, Edwin McCain rose to fame with his hit song “I’ll Be”. Edwin comes to the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center this March.

An Intimate Evening With: Rickie Lee Jones
Friday, March 23rd at 8:00pm
Rickie Lee Jones, a two-time Grammy Award-winning singer (for Best New Artist 1980 and Best Jazz Vocal Collaboration in 1989), musician, songwriter, and producer comes to the PAC this spring. Over the course of a three-decade career, Jones has recorded in various musical styles including R&B, blues, pop, soul, and jazz standards. TICKETS

The Chappaqua Orchestra Presents: Music Is Science!
Sunday, March 25th at 3:00pm
TCO’s annual children’s concert features science educator Dr. Patrick Herak and guest conductor Douglas Droste in Music is Science, an educational and interactive concert introducing children to the orchestra, how scientific principles apply to the mechanics and sounds of musical instruments.

Mary Bridget Davies & Mia Dyson
Merging 21st century blues with classic influences, Mary Bridget Davies brings a refreshing twist to the genre. Mia Dyson is an Australian singer/ songwriter who plays with blues and roots influences. Both artists bring their strong sounds to the Chappaqua PAC this spring.

Bat Out Of Hell: A Tribute To Jim Steinman
A tribute to the music of Jim Steinman, including his work with Meatloaf, Celine Dion, Bonnie Tyler and many others.

Leonardo Sandoval
Friday, May 11th at 8:00pm
Brazilian tap dancer Leonardo Sandoval, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as strong yet fine-boned, capable of authority and nuance, and praised by the New York Times for his rousing choreography, has established a reputation in the tap world and beyond for his musicality and for adding his own Brazilian flavor to the American art of tap dancing.

Calm Together
Saturday, May 12th at 3:00pm
Calm Together is a mass meditation led by Chappaqua’s own local Wellness Educator and Mindfulness Instructor, Daniel Lauter, joined by top area meditation, mindfulness, yoga and wellness teachers and performers.

Also known as Mindful Dan, Meditation DJ, for over 30 years, Daniel has lead an internationally recognized practice, composing for global meditation and mindfulness workshops with an eclectic, world-renown roster of musicians. He is an Integrative Music and Sound Practitioner within the healing arts field of Sound Therapy. He was one of the first to pioneer the experimental performance and vibrational qualities of Crystal Bowls in the United States, and has developed an extensive palette and collection of Sacred Sounds which he brings to his work. This includes didjeridu, ocarinas, rain sticks, crystal bells, crystal gongs, Tibetan and Himalayan bowls, and other Objects d’sound. Stay tuned for full event lineup announcements!!

Help Wanted

Please consider joining one of our volunteer committees. Click on the names to learn more. Here is the application to apply. Please email the completed application to Town Administrator Jill Shapiro,

Recreation & Parks Winter Catalog

The New Castle Recreation & Parks Department is offering some great recreation programming this Winter. Continue to check back as we will continue to add more and more programs for kids, adults and seniors. Stay active in 2018! View Catalog here.

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The Recreation Department works to continually bring new programs and events to the community, and as a result some new programs/events may be added after finalizing the program brochure. If you would like to stay informed of all department happenings, please subscribe to the “RecNews” e-mail list by clicking here.