You must have heard…today is International Day of Happiness. I’d love to do my small part in spreading a little Happiness right here on this page. Can you help? I’m looking for your #HappyInWestchester photos. What is it about Westchester that makes you smile? Is it the view from the train as you head to work? Is it the park in town where your kids play? The coffee shop that gets you going each morning? Your own backyard?
Email me your photos at HappyDayWestchester@gmail.com. Nothing fancy – a shot from your phone is just fine. Include your first name and where the photo was taken. I’ll do my best to get as many posted as I can. Let’s spread a little Westchester Happiness! Continue reading
Can you guess where in Westchester all this beautiful, and yet often-unnoticed, art is located? Backgrounds have been obscured to make it a little more challenging.
A few days ago I wrote about the fun we had exploring the Museum in the Streets in Hastings-on-Hudson– but the Museum was only part of our afternoon in this vibrant little town. In addition to all the things we saw on the walking tour, we discovered many other beautiful spots, delicious eateries, and interesting places. If you remember, I talked about the fun of being an intrepid explorer, even when you’re close to home and you won’t be leaving the ‘burbs anytime soon. When you explore a town you don’t usually visit, you’re guaranteed to find unique places and things your own town doesn’t have. That’s how we discovered The Museum in the Streets – and so much more…
During our day in Hastings, around every corner we found something novel – a beautiful garden, a playground we’ve never visited, a “Gingerbread House”, a shop selling vinyl records (“What’s a vinyl record, Mom?”). Continue reading
Be an explorer. No matter how wonderful your own little corner of Westchester is, everyone needs to do this once in a while: go for a long walk in a corner of Westchester that you usually don’t spend time in. You’ll feel a little like you’re on vacation, wandering through a funky neighborhood or quaint old village, maybe for the first time, discovering all the wonderful little things the “locals” take for granted.
Last weekend we went exploring and discovered this beautiful and historic little corner of Westchester… stay tuned for an expanded post about all there is to discover here. In the meantime, can you guess where we went?
Spring is coming – really, it is – and life is starting to heat up around here. As schedules get busier and spring sports kick into gear, it gets harder to find the time for big family outings or special events. Sometimes the best you can do is string together a few sweet and simple happy moments in between errands, appointments, tournaments and recitals. Luckily, Westchester is filled with so many beautiful places, there’s bound to be someplace nearby to stop and have a few quiet, special moments, or even a mini-adventure.
Not far from the center of town in the historic village of Bedford grows the mighty Bedford Oak. This wondrous tree first sprouted up out of the ground over 500 years ago. Before our lovely Westchester was a county – before New York was a state – before The United States was even a country – this tree started it’s journey. Continue reading
Well, figuratively speaking, that is. There are just so many great things going on right now! Here are four reasons you should get over there as soon as possible:
1) The Art of Video Games
From the moment I heard about the Hudson River Museum’s latest exhibit, I couldn’t wait to check it out – and it was even better than expected.
Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibit presents a series of stations which together present the evolution of the art of gaming. Each station is a visually appealing, interactive and information-packed kiosk highlighting a particular gaming system from a particular moment in time, along with four representative video games for that system. Continue reading
We’re hiking Westchester, one beautiful, breathtaking new trail each month. Why don’t you join us? Getting outside for a hike – even when it’s cold – is a guaranteed way to make your day a happy one. Continue reading
I fell in love with the scene above, and knew I had to turn it into a Wordless Wednesday. Have you been to this lovely spot?
This past weekend I was in search of a place to do our Februrary hike, and I accidentally discovered another Westchester treasure: The Trailside Museum, located in the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.