You have no excuse to sit in your house this weekend. There’s plenty to do downtown!
During Saturday’s Grand Market, you’ll find your regular assortment of produce, plus a live performance by Bokandeye Dance and Drum Troupe. This popular dance troupe, under the direction of Anthony Wooden, is a beloved crowd-pleaser. They have been performing in New Rochelle’s library for over 23 years – and this is the troupe’s first performance outside! While you’re there, be sure to stop by Ella Mingione’s table. Ella is a Girl Scout with Troop 2445 who is working on her Silver Award. Between 10-12 p.m. she will be educating the public on William B Ward and the acres named after him. Chat with Ella to receive useful information about the dog park and getting a license.
Continue your shop-local streak by browsing downtown’s Sidewalk Sales, which started Wednesday and continue through Saturday. Participating vendors this round include: Jay’s Boutique, Liebman’s (which just celebrated 90 years!!), Madrag, Cohen Consignment, Direct Mattress, Virtuous Vogue Boutique, Intima Fashion, The Curtain Shop and Four Seasons. Wrap up the weekend with the 6th Annual New Rochelle Street Fair, where all along Main Street, from 11-5 this Sunday, you’ll find food, entertainment, games, vendors, artists, crafters, a beer garden and so much more.
Free Photo Recap
Did you come by the Grand Market last weekend to strike a pose for Susan Nagib (Susa Designs)? Susan, our resident photographer, took free fall-themed family photos on Library Green. The resulting images prove that New Rochelle wins Westchester’s most photogenic community, hands down. Find and download your free family photo here.
Ribbons Were Cut!
Downtown recently fêted the following three new businesses with a ribbon cutting/opening ceremony: Virtuous Vogue Boutique (also a participant in the sidewalk sales mentioned above), Caracas Fusion, and Danny Barbershop II. You’ll find all three new storefronts adjacent to Memorial Plaza. Welcome!!
Look at that Curb Appeal.
Facades and Entryways: Love the Memorial entrance to the library. Curtain Shop and Alvin and Friends are always on point. With this set-up, who could pass by R. Patisserie without stopping??
Window Displays: Loving those yellow flower balls by Enchanted. Little Ranch showcases boots like nobody’s business. Consign it on Main and Virtuous Vogue nailed their window displays.
We’re lucky to have businesses that put so much care into how our downtown looks. Why not reward them by shopping local next time you need to make a purchase?
This list in not all-inclusive…do you have a favorite downtown facade or window display? Send us an email and we might feature it.
Here’s some interesting events happening downtown that have recently caught our eye…
New Rochelle Open Mic and Poetry Slam (9/8, 3:00-4:30 p.m., NRPL Ossie Davis Theater): This new free program is a platform for local musicians, dancers, spoken word artists and singers to share their voices and their talent. For performance guidelines, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shining Lights Kids Yoga Series (via Westchester Yoga Arts, Starting 10/6): If you have a little one in your life or know of someone who might benefit from yoga, consider introducing them to the new Shining Lights Kids’ Yoga series! This 10 week series includes 10 classes for $100. More in-depth details coming to Westchester Yoga Arts’ website coming soon.
Tango Night at Alvin and Friends (9/21; 7:30 – midnight): Mayte Vicens is back, with the best milonga in Westchester, “Milonga Noble Corazón.” Join in on the third Friday each month for instruction and dancing. Follow Alvin and Friends on Facebook for more info.