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Lake Street Dive, Los Lobos to play Clearwater Festival

January 18, 2017

The Clearwater Festival is back!


We’re excited to give you an early look at our confirmed artists for this year!

Keeping Pete and Toshi’s legacy alive, it’s always been a goal for the Festival’s line-up to be diverse. This year, now more than ever, it’s even more important to come together and celebrate diversity!
Four of our favorite bands will return this year – Lake Street Dive, Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo and Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely!

They’ll be joined by acts performing at Clearwater for the first time including guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel, modern day songster, minstrel and bluesman, Blind Boy Paxton and The Suitcase Junket, the throat-singing, slide guitar playing one-man-band.

Longtime Clearwater friends returning include Tom Paxton & The DuanJuans, Holly Near, Tom Chapin, Guy Davis, David Amram, Josh White Jr., The Kennedys, Martha Redbone Roots Project and The Vanaver Caravan.

As part of our mission to present artists from around the world, these acts will also be making their Clearwater debut – Ukrainian folk-fusion troupe Dakhabrakha; amazing salsa band Jimmy Bosch Y Su Sexteto del Otro Mundo; A-WA, three Israeli sisters who combine Yemenite folk singing with electronic dance music; and Plena Libre, the great Puerto Rican plena and bomba group.

Up & Up Action Initiative: A Community Meeting To Unite In Action

January 16, 2017


A Community Meeting to Unite in Action

On the eve of MLK Day, with standing room only and a line out the door; a gathering of close to 300 concerned communities members joined with leaders from local organizations and political offices at the Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary in Croton on Sunday ,January 15th as part of a national day of action less than one week before the presidential inauguration.

The goal of this event was to motivate and give direction to citizens determined to stand up for progressive values, fight for justice and equality, and resist the upcoming presidential administration. Leaders and community members broke out into issue-focused groups to collaborate and work in unison to devise goal-oriented plans for action surrounding: Racial Injustices, Discrimination Protection, Healthcare, Local Politics, The Environment and Best Strategies to Impact the Administration.

“Rather than try and reinvent the wheel, we agreed to be foot soldiers following the lead of human rights advocacy groups like Wespac, taking the issues to our local communities, face to face, to raise awareness, and effect change,” said Eve Hartman; facilitator of the Discrimination Protection Group.

The healthcare team leader, with help from Planned Parenthood and LHVPAN, decided they would, “put pressure on our political representatives by all means necessary and remember that we are the majority!”

“The varied energy and diversity around the Impacting the Administration group was amazing. Some were still dismayed and mourning while others were ready to fight! A few felt defeated with unsuccessful efforts while many were elated about their work and feeling like you can be one person and make a difference,” said facilitator  Liisa McCloy-Kelley who described the experience as; “There were at least 45 people in our group with everyone clamoring to be engaged and heard and throw out ideas. It came fast and furious.”

“It was great to meet so many neighbors concerned about the direction of local government: whether that be the state, county or school districts. My takeaway from this is that ‘regime change’ begins at home and we have to work diligently to replace those in power that enable discrimination and inequality and ensure that our elected officials reflect our values,” said Maria Slippen, “Local Politics” group facilitator.

The crowd was inspired in an opening speech by meeting organizer Jack Bergman in which he declared, “In the weeks months and years ahead we will remain a constant presence in and beyond our community. We will not allow our political representatives or corporate powers to ignore us any longer. We will stand in solidarity with and speak up for those struggling to be acknowledged. And we WILL change things – Because we are more powerful and wiser when we work as a unit; and when we stand together, we cannot be broken.”

The event was organized by Up & Up Action Initiative, a bridge building organization committed to uniting communities and established groups who strive to preserve our nation’s integrity and strengthen our values of equality and progress towards diversification.  By maintaining a constant presence in and beyond our community, they seek to organize and facilitate action, creating effective pathways for people to come together, stay informed and support our shared goals of protecting the rights of all beings.

Link to community discussion and photos on Facebook:

Westchester 12 post-event coverage:
Jack Bergman
Additional photos and comments available upon request

Dem Digest: MLK Events, Drinks & Dialogue and News & Notes

January 14, 2017
Upcoming Events
News & Notes

Croton Council on the Arts Newsletter for January-February 2017

January 14, 2017

Considering the Arts # 11

Yoshimi Arai: “Origami for Grownups 101”

When: Sunday, February 5, 2 pm

WhereSymphony Knoll, 15 Mt Airy Rd,

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Cost: Free & Public is Invited

On Sunday, February 5, CCoA presents the eleventh in the series Considering the Arts.  Yoshimi is a paper artist/craftsperson (as well as an expert in sushi, storyteller, and a member of CCoA’s Board). Origami, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper” is the art of paper folding.   Yoshimi will explain how simple folds can lead to beautiful, sometimes complex creations, and give some insights into the role of the art in Japanese culture and life.  This class will focus on the creative discipline of folding papers correctly and precisely, memorizing every step to make a desired form; and on the joy of the result.  At the end, everyone should be able to make their own paper crane (orizuru), considered the most classic of all Japanese origami.

Please advise Yoshimi if you plan to attend by sending her an email ( before February 2 to help her plan to have sufficient materials for everyone.

Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 pm – Peter Calo in Concert at the Croton Free Library Concert

Peter Calo appears at his hometown library after recently releasing his fourth CD, “Time Machine.”  Well-known for his work with Carly Simon, Peter toured with her for years, produced her release “Never Been Gone,” and contributed to the music featured in the audiobook format of her memoir, “Boys in the Trees.”  Peter has also performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Hall and Oates, Linda Eder, Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson, Leonard Bernstein, Marc Shaiman, Julie Taymor, CrashTest Dummies, Joel Grey and more. This year, Peter performed to a sold-out Carnegie Hall audience as part of the” Lead Belly Tribute” concert.  He is the featured guitarist on the upcoming Amazon Series, “Z for Zelda.”

Free and open to the public.


Also at the Croton Free Library:

Jerry Pinkney: The Studio as Muse; An artist looks to his studio for inspiration


The Ottinger Room Gallery exhibition focuses on independent works, pastel, watercolors, and mixed medium on paper from this beloved award-winning Croton illustrator. Many of these works are being exhibited for the first time. Also on view are drawings and prints from popular children’s books.  The exhibition is up now and should remain through February.

(Shown: detail from watercolor of horseshoe crab.)



February 12, 2-4 pm – reception atHendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, for an exhibit of works by Croton artist Mary McFerran.  The exhibit runs from February 9 – 26.

Mary McFerran: Drawings and Paintings from the Ex-Pat Years

Works on paper and cloth created during the years 2009-2014 when the artist lived in London as an American ex-pat. While living in a foreign country, Mary noticed more closely the ordinary things in her environment, as she strived to understand the host culture. The exhibition includes views of buildings, dog walks, parks, flowers, and windows.  Windows took on an important opportunity to view the life styles of her temporary neighbors.


Beginning January 24, CCoA Board member and multi-talented musician Claire Collins will be leading a singing group for seniors on Tuesdays, from 2 – 3 pm at The Bennett Conservatory, 18 Van Wyck Street, Croton, where Claire is Choir/Voice and Piano Instructor.  (Claire is also Assistant Conductor of the Croton Chorale.)

The senior singing program is run through the Village of Croton’s Recreation Department.  (See Rec Department Winter Brochure here.)   Fee: $65.00 Village residents for 8 sessions $75.00 School dist/non-residents Registration Deadline: January 18. From the Rec Department catalog description: “Sing out loud, a vocal ensemble for all seniors who love music!  Singing lifts your spirits, enhances health and happiness.  Learn new music, warm up exercises and practice vocal techniques.  Explore different types of music from classical to contemporary to popular!”  If you’ve been to any of Claire’s talks, demonstrations, or performances, you know it will be fun and educational.

For more information, call Jane Parkhouse, the Conservatory’s director (914-271-4825) or the Rec Department (914-271-5804).

Circle School Open House

January 10, 2017



January 7, 2017

Join Amy Reyer Sunday, Jan 8th @ 10-11am for loving-kindness meditation circle.

This meditation circle will be offered weekly on Sunday mornings in the front room at The Organic Teaching Kitchen, 18 Old Post Road South, Croton
Sign up:…/events/236561430/

Decoding Village Agendas – January 9,2017

January 7, 2017

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised)




  1. Discussion of proposed Local Law regarding Fences.  Currently, fences up to six feet in height can be installed anywhere on the lot and fences less than 25% solid (chain link, etc.) have no height restriction other than the maximum height of an accessory building which is 15 feet.  It is proposed to limit the height of fences and walls in the front yard to four feet and limit the height of fences that are less than 25% solid to a maximum of eight feet.  It is also proposed to require that the finished side of the fence face the street or abutting lot, currently this is not addressed in the code.

In reviewing the proposed amendments to the law, the Planning discussed the possibility of requiring one neighbor to notify the other if they planned to erect a fence. Although the Planning Board did not reach agreement on this question, they noted it in their letter to the Board.  As a result, the Village Board will consider this question.


  1. Discussion about proposed local law regarding signage in Village Rights of Way. The Village’s Signage law is proposed to be revised with wording making it unlawful to put up signs in the Village ROW including on poles and trees.


  1. Discussion about the process for cancelling previously authorized bond resolutions.  This pertains only to past resolutions supporting potential bonds that were never issued.  In some cases, projects or purchases were postponed or paid for in another way such as through the General Fund operating budget or through a trust fund. The Manager and Treasurer are recommending this action.  It does not affect any existing bonds.
  2. Discussion about the request by the Water Control Commission to hire a consultant to assist with the review of a Wetlands permit for the Hydrilla treatment in the Croton River.  The Water Control Commission, in conjunction with the Waterfront Advisory Committee, is requesting the Village hire a qualified consultant to help both committees in evaluating the NYSDEC’s proposed treatment for hydrilla in the Croton River.  They point out that they do not have the required expertise to fulfill their responsibilities in this respect.  The Village has a law requiring applicants for permits to pay for expert environmental review when it is determined necessary.  In this case, the applicant is the NYSDEC.  It is not known whether the DEC would consent to this or if the Village might have to take on the expense.


  1. Discussion about the possibility of establishing and email usage policy for elected officials.  There is no backup available for this discussion as it was not proposed by Village Management.  The Village’s Employee Manual currently has a policy regarding employees use of email.  Village Board members in the Village are included in this policy.