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Message from the Mayor: Friday Night Live, studio tours & more this weekend
Fellow residents –

There is so much ahead this weekend if you are looking to get outside and enjoy the Spring weather - there really is quite a bit going on.  (A separate email will share good news on the budget/taxes, and then later this weekend on waterfront affairs.)

Friday, April 25

Friday Night Live
We have the first Friday Night Live of the season, with an Art-themed event that goes from 6PM to 9PM and involves public painting, exhibits and music. Emerge from the winter cave and join your fellow residents downtown. Have a bite to eat in the many fine restaurants, go shopping, or just enjoy the festivities. Part of Main will be closed to traffic.

“Rent”, the musical  (Hastings High School Auditorium)  
Hastings High School to perform the Broadway hit - RENT - April 25 & 26 and May 2 & 3 at 7 PM in the high school auditorium.

Friday Night Jazz: Jay Azzolina, Mike McGuirk and Ron Vincent
Hastings Station Café   7:30
Join Jay Azzolina, Mike McGuirk and Ron Vincent for a special evening of jazz with Grammy Award winner Baritone Saxophonist Gary Smulyan.

Saturday, April 26  (all events below are free unless otherwise indicated)

Start of Little League Season
The day starts at 9:00AM on Farragut Avenue with the Little League Parade which concludes at the opening ceremony at Uniontown ball field. More than 350 families participate in this great American institution .

 Rivertowns Arts Council exhibits (also on Sunday as well)
Local artists open their studios and homes to show their art this Saturday and Sunday. This annual event, a real treat that joins artists and residents, showcases the rich vein of artistic talent in this village. Information and a map are here.
Village-wide Tag Sale
Over fifty homes will have driveways full of treasures that you can nose through and pick up for a song. A nifty map of participating homes is here.

Southside Athletics Club Sports Night (113 Southside Avenue)
The Southside Athletic Club is hosting families on Saturday with games, food and festivity from 7:30PM onwards. Check out this venerable and beloved village institution.

 "Swear and Shake" at the Purple Crayon
The Purple Crayon is hosting Swear and Shake, a rocking band with a great buzz and local roots. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased here.

Roosevelt Dime and Driftwood at the Common Ground Coffeehouse,
First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Ave., Hastings
American roots music, inspired by Appalachian string bands, Memphis soul, New Orleans Dixieland. The band calls their sound “Steamboat Soul”. Info and tickets ($18 in advance) here.

Sunday, April 27th

Andrus Family Day (12:30-4:30)
Music, food, maypole dancing and kids activities draw the community to this free and festive moment at the Andrus Home. (Entrance is at the south end of the island that splits Broadway.) Hastings musicians include Matt Turk, The BluesMothers, Zach Pearson, Alpha Whale, Walkabout Clearwater Chorus and Ella&Erik Blicker. Hastings vendors include Taiim Falafel Shack (debuting their food cart) and Penny Lick Ice Cream. There will be a may pole dance, bouncy castle, face painting, Babies & Grands music, cupcake decorating, crafts and more. The event is free.

We are clearly in Spring, with its variable weather, beautiful budding trees and bushes and we live in an area with a range of opportunities for things to do (free and otherwise).  Get out and enjoy!  I continually find, run now for years by Hastings resident Jennifer Holiday, a consistent and thorough guide of things to do in the local area.  

The winter was rough in a number of ways, including to our infrastructure. We're repaving High and Ravensdale, as well as filling holes and sweeping streets. If you have a sidewalk in front of your house, assess its condition and plan for a patch or fix if necessary - you are responsible for it, and it must be kept in good repair. This is also a chance to prune trees away from street signs and hydrants. Spring cleaning – comes with the territory.


Peter Swiderski

Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York