Putnam Arts Council Crafts & Gifts

We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting this extremely popular community event again this year

December 3 – 18, 2022

521 Kennicut Hill Road, Mahopac, NY  10541

The event opens:
Saturday, December 3rd, 2022

12-3pm open for Putnam Arts Council members
3-5pm open to the public

Additional shopping opportunities: December 4 – 18, 2022.
Noon-5pm, five days a week (closed Mondays and Tuesdays), or by appointment

Handmade and designed items including pottery, jewelry, wearables, glass, candles, ornaments, cards, art, books, wellness, locally sourced honey, and MORE

 Support local with 25% of sales going to the Putnam Arts Council and the lion’s
share to our regional artisans (no imports).

PAC members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.
Join the PAC at checkout and enjoy your discount

Stop in to browse, buy, and be inspired in our gallery space which is transformed into a winter wonderland! All items are designed and created by invited artisans from throughout the region.  The Sale will feature the work of many new artisans along with yearly favorites.  Friendly and informative volunteers are available to provide info and answer questions.

Programs of the Putnam Arts Council are supported, in part,
with public funds from Putnam County


Outdoor Holiday Market at Camp Herrlich December 4th

Join us for our third annual Holiday Market! This is a wonderful way to spend a few hours – a beautiful, festive, outdoor (and indoor!) market!
This event will have over 50 vendors, food, live music, and a Kids’ Club with activities for the little ones so the grown ups can shop, AND SANTA!!!
Get your holiday shopping done, support our local craftspeople, and enjoy some fun at Camp!

Holiday on the Lake & Christmas Village December 3rd in the Historic Hamlet of Carmel

Holiday on the Lake in the Historic Hamlet of Carmel is happening December 3, 2022. The fun begins at 2:30PM with the new and exciting Christmas Village sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The Christmas Village will feature vendors, food, children’s crafts and cookies and milk with Santa! Taste of Carmel begins at 4pm along with wagon and trolley rides around the hamlet.
Cornerstone Park Tree Lighting Honoring Veterans is at 5PM.
Be sure to visit inside at Cornerstone Park to view the historic holiday exhibit featuring photos and mementos of holidays past in Putnam County and purchase a special gift at the Putnam County Historian’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop.
Live Music/Entertainment/Parade/Tree Lighting/Santa
Everyone is welcome to join the Santa Stroll benefitting the American Cancer Society at 6:15. Your generous donations save lives!
Parade of Lights steps of at 6:30pm followed by the Tree Lighting Ceremony on the shores of beautiful Lake Gleneida.

Modern Makers Market Holiday Shopping at Graymoor

Come and Shop for the Holidays!!

Over 40 Local Artisans and Artists will be displaying their handcrafted, small batch, and one-of-a-kind items for sale at “Holiday Shopping at Graymoor” in Garrison, NY

Come and meet these amazing, passionate designers, makers, and artists who love what they create and design. They love what they do and it’s all indoors!!!

For those who love to eat we will be introducing 2 amazing food vendors, Venezuela Tequonos and amazing Italian food will be served and available to purchase.

Shop local and support local small businesses. Jewelers, potters, woodworkers, candle and soap makers, food makers, artists, clothing designers, textiles, mixed media and more.

Alcohol, beer and cider is not permitted on the property and will not be sold at the event.

Dogs are not permitted in the Market

The indoor market is located in “Our Lady of the Atonement Chapel” at the top of the Holy Mountain, at 1350 Rt. 9 in Garrison, N.Y.  FREE PARKING.

Thursday and Friday, from 3 to 8pm we focus on, “Dine and Shop” concept with outdoor food options to purchase. Then stroll the marketplace and pick up some great holiday gifts!!

Come, shop, eat and support local businesses. See you in December!!!

Event information visit, www.HopsontheHudson.com

Claremont Trio In Performance at The Chapel Restoration November 20

Cold Spring, N.Y., November 2022 – The Chapel Restoration will close out the 2022 Sunday Music Series with the renowned Claremont Trio on November 20. Violinist    Emily Bruskin, cellist Julia Bruskin and pianist Sophiko Simsive will perform Brahms Trio in B Major and Fanny Mendelssohn Trio in D Minor. The performance begins at 4:00 pm at the historic Chapel on the Hudson River in Cold Spring and is free and open to all. Donations are suggested and deeply appreciated. Masks are required.

Lauded as “one of America’s finest young chamber groups” by Strad Magazine, the Claremont Trio was formed in 1999 at the Juilliard School and are widely praised for their “aesthetic maturity, interpretive depth, and exuberance” (Palm Beach Daily News) and richly communicative performances. They are recipients of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and are the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

The Chapel Restoration is located at 45 Market Street, directly across from the

Metro-North Train Station, where parking is free on Sundays.  This concert is made

possible, in part, through a grant from the Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant

Program with public funds from the NYS Council on the Arts with support from the

Governor’s Office and the NYS Legislature and from Putnam County and with

contributions from the public.

2022 Playwright Festival

The Brewster Theater Company

The Brewster Theater Company will present its second annual Playwright Festival featuring nine new one-act plays from around the country on November 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30, and November 6 at 2pm. The production includes 8 directors and 23 actors from Putnam, Westchester and CT, and is performed at The Theater at Drew Methodist Church, 28 Gleneida Avenue in Carmel. This collection of new one-acts was chosen from a submission of over 70 plays. Tickets are available at www.brewstertheater.org.

Auditions for the premiere of Three Turns at the Gun Hill Diner, a new play by Westchester’s Larry Eckerle, will be held on Sunday, November 20, from 1 – 4. Email BrewsterTheaterInfo@gmail.com for an audition slot and visit our website for character information.

Tickets are also available for BTC’s It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, performed Dec 9-11, 2022.


This project is made possible, in part, through the Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program with public funds provided from Putnam County. The Brewster Theater Company is a 501(c)3, nonprofit community theater, entertaining audiences and bringing artists together in Putnam County and its surrounding areas for the past 22 years.

Filmmakers Joseph Applebaum and Stu Maddox to Attend Putnam Film Screening on Friday

Carmel, NY—This Friday, October 21, producer Joseph Applebaum and director Stu Maddox will be in Carmel for the Putnam screening of their film “All The Lonely People.” They will participate in a panel discussion that follows the one-hour documentary, which places a human face on the hidden epidemic of chronic loneliness and social isolation. The film, by the creators of the acclaimed 2010 film “Gen Silent,” begins at 1 pm in the auditorium at the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, 112 Old Route 6, in Carmel. Tickets can be reserved at AllTheLonelyPeoplePutnam.eventbrite.com for this free event, sponsored by Putnam County’s Office for Senior Resources. For more information or to reserve accessible seating, call 845-808-1700.

“We are thrilled at this opportunity to support organizations across the state that are doing amazing things to ease loneliness and isolation,” said producer Joseph Applebaum. “New York is making a meaningful commitment to easing loneliness and isolation.” Carmel and Poughkeepsie are the only two sites in the mid-Hudson Valley on a tour that traverses 20 locations from St. Lawrence County near Canada to Long Island.

Speaking about the event, writer and director Stu Maddox said, “This is more than just watching a film. It’s a chance to reconnect after a life-changing few years of isolation.”
The Putnam County Office for Senior Resources serves the seniors of Putnam County, providing senior center programs, nutritious lunches, transportation, home-delivered meals, recreation, and other services that address the social determinants of health and support seniors living at home as independently as possible.

Remembering Angela Lansbury – Star of stage and screen who sought refuge from the Nazis, came to Putnam County

This past week the world was saddened by the passing of Angela Lansbury, British-born Hollywood actress and Broadway sensation.   Here in Putnam County we remember “Bridget”, who, along with her younger twin brothers and Irish actress mother, fled the Nazi Blitz of London during World War II and lived for a time at “Cobble Stone Posts”, the summer home of C.T. Wilson on Lake Boulevard in Mahopac.

Before heading to Hollywood, the Lansburys were active in social circles around Lake Mahopac including fund raisers for hospitals and war causes.  “Bridget”, as she was known locally, was even in the running for the Lake Mahopac Business Men’s Association crowning of 1941’s Lake Mahopac Queen.

The following transcription comes from the Putnam County Courier, September 6, 1945:

Mother-Daughter Film Team Lived in Mahopac

Mrs. Lansbury and Angela, Here to Escape Bombing in Britain, Reviewed in Times Theatre Section

In the New York Times Sunday theatre page, an article “Looking into a Family Matter” telling about a mother-daughter film team, Moyna MacGill and Angela Lansbury was of interest to many Lake Mahopac residents who knew the Lansburys during their stay at the Lake.

Mrs. Lansbury (Moyna MacGill), the widow of Edgar Lansbury, British lumberman and important personage, who died in 1935, came to New York with Angela, then 14 and her twin boys, Edgar and Bruce, aged nine to escape the Nazi bombing of London in September 1940.  She had previously driven an ambulance in London during the first weeks of the blitz.  They were on the last of the ships permitted to leave England with evacuated children.  The increase of the U-Boat peril had made it more dangerous to cross the Atlantic than to remain in Britain under the Luftwaffe bombs.  After a dangerous crossing, Mrs. Lansbury was to have taken charge of ten other English children – they were to come over on a later ship, but after the increased sinkings the officials cancelled passage.  When they failed to come and no funds which were to have been sent for her tutelage over the additional children she was without means of support, as regulations prevented taking her own money out of Britain.  Her situation would have been desperate if the children’s American sponsors had not come to the rescue.  The family lived in the C. T. Wilson home on Lake Boulevard for about a year or so.  Later they removed to California where Angela made considerable progress in the movies.  Her debut in “Gaslight” led to other roles, and she has appeared in “National Velvet” and the feminine lead in “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” Her mother is also a well known actress and played in American moving pictures.  During the past winter Mrs. Mary A. McLaughlin and daughter Nora, visited the Lansburys in Hollywood (Beverly Hills.) They have taken out their first American citizenship papers.




Image Credits:

  • Angela Lansbury (left) and her mother Moyna MacGill, on the set of Kind Lady (1951), publicity still, source: Wikicommons
  • Clipping of August 19, 1945 New York Times theatre page, “Looking into a Family Matter”
  • Charles Boyer and Angela Lansbury in “Gaslight.” Credit: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (clipped from New York Times)
  • Putnam County Courier clipping, September 16, 1943

Spellbound Festival October 29-30th Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park

Spooky Season is HERE and Megara is proud to present our newest event! October 29th and 30th in Carmel, NY, journey to @spellboundfestival for…⁠⁠
Live rock music from local artists ⁠
A mystic market full of witchy wares ⁠
& enough screams to last you the entire season! ⁠
⁠Visit spellboundfest.com for more information, tickets are on sale now!

Cornell Cooperative Extension Hosts Open House on The Farm


Brewster, NY – Open House on the Farm on Saturday, October 22 (weather date Sunday, October 23) from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Tilly Foster Farm, Brewster, NY.

Come join 4-H and Master Gardeners for our signature Open House on the Farm event! Enjoy a fun filled day at Tilly Foster Farm with activities for all. Check out the animals, paint a pumpkin, have your picture made on antique tractors, and join a 4-H clover scavenger hunt. Sign up your family to explore all Cornell Cooperative Extension has to offer including Ask A Master Gardener and the Putnam Pollinator Pathway. Sustainable Putnam, Collaborative Concepts, Rick Greenop, and the Back Porch singers, as well as Tony’s critters will all be on site. Make sure to save room for locally produced cider and donuts and inquire about the local honey produced at Tilly Foster.

Free parking and admission. Easy access to I-84 and 684. Pre-registration is preferred.

For more information call Stefanie Hubert, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam Executive Director at 845-278-6738 ext. 223, or email sh379@cornell.edu.

Event is FREE but Pre-registration preferred by Friday, October 21 at: http://putnam.cce.cornell.edu/events

Photo: Jennifer Lerner