Winter Wine and Food Festival at Moderne Barn Wine and Spirits in Armonk

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On Saturday January 30, 2016 Moderne Barn Wine and Spirits will be hosting its 6th Annual Winter Wine and Food Festival at their store located at 430 Bedford Road in Armonk.  The event is from 4pm to 7pm and is free !

There will be over 50 types of wine to sample and there will be food to enjoy with your wine tasting.  Discover some new and exciting wines, and take part in the fun.

Winter Wine and Food Festival

Moderne Barn Wine And Spirits

430 Bedford Road Armonk, New York

914-273-1000

http://www.modernebarnwine.com

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Maritime Aquarium:Come inside to explore the aquatic world and more

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Harbor Seal

Winter can be a challenge to find fun things to do indoors. A recent trip to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk proved you can have a great time (and great family time) despite the cold weather. The aquarium is a real treasure and is both entertaining and educational, with an emphasis on the aquatic life of the Long Island Sound.
As you wander through the aquarium you will notice there are many exhibits to explore and learn, not just one or two large tanks. There is the shark and ray touch pool, the jellies (jelly fish) tank, and my favorite is the harbor seal area where seals swim in a pool that is both inside and outside the aquarium building. There are also exhibits on frogs, fish of Long Island Sound, river otters, and much more. The aquarium is open 10am to 5pm.

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Jellies !

There is also an IMAX theatre at one end of the building (additional charge) which shows a rotating schedule of movies. We caught a screening of the Humpback Whale which was beautifully filmed and educational.  A cafe and fully stocked gift shop are also on site.
There are numerous events throughout the year and the next one coming up is the Chocolate Expo on January 31st from 10 am to 7pm. There will be 40 chocolate and other specialty vendors on site as well as demonstrations from celebrity chefs.

For more info and ticket prices:
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
10 North Water Street, Norwalk Ct
http://www.maritimeaquarium.org
www .thechocolateexpo.com

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New York City Winter Wine Festival: wine , jazz and more.

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For you wine lovers a great wine tasting event is coming in February to New York City. New York Wine Events will be hosting its 7th Annual New York City Wine Festival on February 6th 2016. The event will be held in Times Square at the Playstation Theater (formerly known as the Best Buy Theater). There will be two tasting sessions that day, the first at 3pm to 6 pm and the evening session from 8 pm to 11 pm. The event looks fantastic and I am excited to take part in the festivities.
Wine of course is the center of the event but there is so much more. There will be over 250 wines to sample at the tasting and each guest will keep their etched tasting glass. The wines will include wines from France, Australia, Spain, Italy, South Africa , New Zealand and the United States. The festival will feature the wines of New York State with many wineries in attendance. New York State wine has been growing in popularity as wine lovers are beginning to understand the wide variety of quality wine produced here in New York. Long Island, the Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, North Country and Niagara region are all producing fine and enjoyable wines.

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There is also light fare available including cheese and crackers. hors d’oeurves. There will be tables with samples of chocolates, artisan cheeses, olive oil and more. To add to the fun music will be provided by Soul Train Music award winner and jazz keyboardist Alex Bugnon will take the stage to entertain guests. It sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday.

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Tickets can be ordered online at the New York Wine Events website (see link below). Tickets are $79. each and VIP tickets and group tickets (10 or more) are also available. The Thrillist named this event as one of the “17 things you have to do in Winter in New York City”. Playstation Theater is only a few block walk from Grand Central Terminal. See you there !
Event location:
Playstation Theater
1515 Broadway at 44th Street New York, New York
For Tickets:
http://www.newyorkwineevents.com

 

An Evening of One Acts- at the Ridgefield Theatre Barn

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Are you looking for something to do on a cold winter weekend? The Ridgefield Theater Barn may have the answer for your winter blues. The Theater presents An Evening of One Acts 2016. Instead of one production, the evening is divided into 9 short one act plays each running 10 -15 minutes each. The acts cover a variety of topics, and are all original works are unpublished and being presented here. Each act has a different writer, cast and director which gives the evening a unique feel. Cheryl Boyd is the producer of the show which runs Friday and Saturday evenings January 22 to February 6th at 8pm. There is also a show on Sunday January 31st at 2pm.
The production is divided into two acts, with an intermission in between. Act One is comprised of 5 works that look at a variety of situations from different points of view. All of the works are full of humor which keeps the evening humming along. The evening starts out with That’s Amore about two women meeting at an acting audition only to discover they have more in common. Bent Wings is a hilarious piece featuring two brothers as they venture to Heaven, and discover perhaps a mistake was made in the selection process. Direction by Carol Mark is excellent and the actors are all very funny. All’s Fair in Love in Science (directed by Cheryl Ann Boyd) is a look at how parents are obsessed with their children’s success and in this act, a character right out of a mob film takes the parental competition to a new (and humorous level). Actors Anthony Baressi Jr. and Andrew Rose really make the scene work. The first act wraps up with Hark, The Cellos and Apples and Oranges.
Act Two includes four works, The Opening , which is about last minute cast changes at a community theatre production, The Rub, an interesting tale about two co workers and their concurrent dreams, Welcome to the Casket Club, and Bottled Up about the star of the Aladdin Show somehow gets trapped in a genie bottle with a very funny genie played by Kim Bova. My favorite of the second act was Welcome to the Casket Club, a witty piece written and directed by Jocelyn Beard and with very funny performances from Kimberly Marcus, Michael Wright and Julie-Ann Brand (who was hilarious).
The Ridgefield Theater Barn opens one hour before the show and you can bring your own food and beverage as all seats are at tables . Groups of friends or families can get a table together and enjoy a meal before the show. Tickets are $25 each and are available online. This show will not be there long as it only runs until February 6th.  Shake off the winter blues with an evening of fun in nearby Ridgefield.

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Ridgefield Theater Barn
37 Halpin Lane Ridgefield Ct
http://www.ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org
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Yankee Clipper Diner: a diner that makes you feel like family

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Beacon is a fun town in the heart of the Hudson Valley with great shops, galleries and plenty of dining options. Right on Main Street in the center of town sits the Yankee Clipper Diner. The diner has been serving customers since 1946 and is a fixture in Beacon. The Yankee Clipper also has the distinction of having been the location of a scene of the 1994 movie, “Nobody’s Fool” starring Paul Newman.
The exterior is polished stainless steel and red contrasting panels and architecturally is in strong contrast to the 19th century brick buildings that line Main Street. Its postwar design and art deco letters really drew me in and I had to investigate. Inside, the Yankee Clipper has been modernized but still retains its classic American diner feel with its dining counter with round stools, polished stainless steel and numerous tables.
One thing that struck me upon entering is the genuine friendliness of the staff and their willingness to make suggestions and to explain how dishes are prepared .

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Shrimp and Spinach Quesadilla

Our party of four started with some appetizers at the suggestion of the staff. The first was a shrimp, spinach and mozzarella quesadilla which was fresh, tasty with a crispy tortilla shell. We also shared the Andros salad (named after the Greek Island where the owners are from) which was a bowl filled with grilled chicken, feta cheese, olives, and peppers over a bed of greens. It was served with a delicious homemade dressing and warm pita bread. The salad alone would make a nice meal for one.

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Andros Salad

We moved on to the main course and since it was the middle of the day we opted for items from the lunch menu. We ordered a chicken cordon blue pannini with grilled chicken, fresh ham and Swiss cheese with honey mustard on the side.

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Cordon Blu Pannini

It was fantastic. Another dish and a real favorite was the Turkey Gobbler sandwich which was comprised of fresh roast turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce on a hard roll. Each bite was like you were having Thanksgiving dinner. It was served with mashed potatoes and turkey gravy. It was truly comfort food.

 

 

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Classic Deluxe Burger

We also ordered a pulled pork sandwich in Barbeque sauce and was served on Ciabatta bread with a side of French fries. The pork was perfectly prepared and quite filling. We rounded out our entrees with a classic deluxe cheese burger (after all this is a diner) with tomato and French fries. The half pound burger was very satisfying.
Somehow we managed to try some dessert and were informed many of the desserts were prepared fresh everyday in the kitchen. We sampled the homemade Baklava, a rich sweet pastry made from filo dough, filled with chopped nuts and honey.

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Baklava, made fresh the same day

We also sampled the bread pudding with soft custard on top and a delicious homemade cheesecake that was so light and fluffy that we easily devoured the slice. We also enjoyed a classic milkshake called the Funfetti which is a combo of vanilla ice cream, marshmallow, and rainbow sprinkles. A real favorite.

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Homemade cheese cake

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Funfetti Milk Shake

The Yankee Clipper Diner has a loyal following of customers and it is not only because of the great food, but also from the family feeling that is so evident. The owners and staff want each diner to feel that you are part of the family and they want to feed you with fresh and delicious food as if you were a guest in their home. When in Beacon New York , stop by the Yankee Clipper Diner. You can’t miss it.

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Yankee Clipper Diner
397 Main Street Beacon New York

http://www.beaconyankeeclipperdiner.com

 

 

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Fun events come to the historic Lounsbury House in Ridgefield Ct.

 

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Two events are coming this month to the historic Lounsbury House Community Center in nearby Ridgefield Ct.   The first event is Girls Night Out on Thursday January 28th from 6 pm to 9pm.   Girls Night Out will be a chance for ladies to step out and enjoy food, drinks, vendors, chair massage and more!   The admission price is $10.   RSVP  to 203-438-6962.

The second event at the Lounsbury House will be the 17th annual Taste of Ridgefield which is organized and run by the Ridgefield Rotary Club.  It will be held on Sunday January 31st.  There will be over 30 food and beverage providers from the Ridgefield area and attendees to the event can enjoy samples from each.   The Taste of Ridgefield  benefits local charity and 100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to charity.  The event is held in two sessions,  12:30 to 2:30 pm or 4 to 6 pm.  Tickets to this event are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.   You can purchase advance tickets at Deborah Ann’s (381 Main Street Ridgefield)  or Squash (389 Main Street Ridgefield)  or online at http://www.ridgefieldrotary.org.

The Lounsbury House at the Ridgefield Community Center

316 Main Street Ridgefield Ct.

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