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Weekend Events in the Neighborhood

Hudson Heights
the Hudson River, Inwood
and Lower WaHi

Thursday



     An exhibition by Marc Shanker of Inwood calls attention to Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti—the anarchists who were the subject of a controversial trial and who were ultimately executed on August 23, 1927.
     Daily through Labor Day at the Word Up bookstore, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue (at 165th Street) in Lower WaHi.




Saturday


     Learn about the complex relationship among trees, animals and humans with Leslie Day, author of Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City and Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City.
     It’s your chance to learn about the rich diversity of plants on the streets we walk every day.
     Free. Saturday morning from 9 to 10:30. Meet at the entrance to Fort Tryon Park at Margaret Corbin Circle.






     Few experiences compare with being on the open water. Even though we’re island dwellers, we don’t get the chance often enough to feel the rhythm of the waves and the exhilaration of slicing through the water.
     The Urban Park Rangers will provide advanced training in this session for experienced canoers. Participants chosen by lottery. Sign up started August 20 here.
     Free. Saturday morning at 10 in Inwood Hill Park; location will be sent to the lottery winners.






Sunday


     Want to learn to kayak? The Inwood Canoe Club is ready to help.
     The club’s weekly open house lets beginners get in the water and paddle along the Hudson. They supply a life vest, kayak and paddle. You supply clothes you don't mind getting wet.
     You must be able to swim; 18 and under must have parent present; you will be required to sign a waiver. No pets, please. Information at (212) 810-9597.
     $4. Final Sunday morning, from 10 to noon at the boathouse where Dyckman Street meets the Hudson River.








     When people think of the habitues of Manhattan night life, they probably arent’t thinking of the four-legged ones.
     Come see them for yourself with the Urban Park Rangers on this nocturnal excursion. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight.
     Free. Sunday night at 8 in Inwood Hill Park; meet at the park entrance at Isham Street and Seaman Avenue.






Continuing in the Neighborhood




     The power of art to make an emotional connection is on display every Sunday afternoon in Apartment 3F—that’s Marjorie Eliot’s place, where she invites veteran musicians to play along.
     Famous and up-and-coming artists perform at Eliot’s weekly sessions and her free concerts are legendary among jazz aficionados.
      Free. Sunday afternoons at 4 at 555 Edgecombe Avenue, Apt. 3F, in Lower WaHi.





     One of the few independent book stores in Upper Manhattan hosts a weekly event open to all. The American Folk Heritage Circle features storytellers from a wide array of backgrounds and traditions.
     Free. Tuesday nights at 7 in Sister’s Uptown Bookstore, at 1942 Amsterdam Avenue (at 156th Street) in Lower WaHi.











     Take a tour of the Park for All Seasons. This walking tour of the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park reveals which plants are in bloom in each of the seasons, even in the dead of winter. Learn about the gardens’ history, future and secrets from a member of Fort Tryon’s expert horticulture staff.
     These tours are wheelchair accessible but persons with mobility issues may find them challenging because of the park’s many steep paths.
     Free. Sunday afternoon from 1 to 2. Meet at the Heather Garden entrance to Fort Tryon Park at Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.








     An orchestra for young people aged 7 to 23 seeks new members. The WHIN Youth Orchestra collaborates with the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of the Arts to produce an innovative learning environment.
     Classes are taught in three 12-week sessions.
     $5 per week. Saturday afternoons from 3 to 6 in the United Palace Theatre on Broadway at 176th Street in Lower WaHi.






     Catch up on Upper Manhattan happenings with the Washington Heights & Inwood Radio Show. Your hosts are Carolina Picardo and Claudio Cabrera.
     You don’t even need a radio to listen—it's a webcast that you can also download as a podcast.
     Every other Friday.



     Residents seeking help in preparing for the naturalization exam have a new resource. Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights is offering free Citizenship Classes three times a week.
     Those interested in participating must bring lawful permanent resident card and social security card to register.
     For more information, please call (212) 781-0355 or send an e-mail to info@NMCIR.org.
     Thursday nights from 6 to 8, and twice on Saturdays: in the morning from 10 to noon and in the afternoon from 1 to 3, at the coalition’s offices at 665 West 182nd Street (between Broadway and Wadsworth Avenue) in Fort George.









     Join the Sherman Creek Garden Crew for an evening of weeding and garden maintenance around the park. Learn about the various projects the garden crew works and how these efforts support New York Restoration Project’s approach to sustainable horticulture.
     Free; tools provided. Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6:30 at Sherman Creek. Through October 30.








     Get your Wii on with your friends. The 5-to-12 set will meet neighborhood enthusiasts at this session to exercise minds and bodies. 
     Registration required at (212) 927-3533.

     Free. Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 at the Fort Washington branch of the New York Public Library on 179th Street between Audubon and St. Nicholas Avenues in Fort George.










    The Inwood greenmarket is a year-round neighborhood favorite.
    People of all ages, backgrounds, and tastes gather each Saturday to meet and greet their friends and neighbors and do their weekly shopping. Even on the coldest, darkest winter Saturdays, loyal Inwood shoppers come out because they know they can’t get products like this anywhere else.
     A core group of 15 farmers attend every week of the year, and during the peak of the season, five more join to round out the offerings with the summer's bounty.
     Saturdays from 8 to 3 on Isham Street between Seaman Avenue and Cooper Street.










Visions of Spain, Joaquin Sorolla, at the Hispanic Society of America


     In 1911, Joaquin Sorolla was commissioned by Archer Milton Huntington (1870—1955), founder of The Hispanic Society of America, to paint the mural Vision of Spain, which was completed in 1919 and installed at the Society in 1926.
     Unprecedented in both scope and scale, the massive painting cycle represents eleven regions of the country and focuses on rural life and its customs, emphasizing traditional dress. Sorolla dedicated eight incredibly productive years to this ethnographic study. The resulting work has become an important map of diverse regional identity, representing Spain in all its glory.
     Free. Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 4:30, and Sunday from 1 to 4 in the Bancaja Gallery of the Society, on Audubon Terrace, between 155th and 156th Streets off Broadway in Audubon Park.



     Учимся, играем и заводим новых друзей. Классы для русско-говорящих детей от 2.5 до 4 лет.
     Brush up on your Russian in a weekly enrichment class.
     Free. Thursday afternoons at 12:30 in the community room of the Fort Washington branch of the New York Public Library on 179th Street between Audubon and St. Nicholas Avenues in Fort George.





     Clean out your closets and recycle at the same time.
     Bring clean and dry textiles like clothing, paired shoes, towels, sheets, scarves, hats, bags and belts for reuse or recycling. Sponsored by Grow NYC.
     Free. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Inwood Greenmarket (in Inwood Hill Park) on Isham Street between Seaman Avenue and Cooper Street, in Inwood.





     Every Saturday (weather permitting), Northern Manhattan Parks Inwood Astronomy Project offers free star and planet gazing in Inwood Hill Park. These free, family-friendly events aim to spread the joys of the evening sky, and help you to learn more about the nature of our Solar System and current happenings in Astronomy.
     Saturday nights from 8 to 10 on the ball fields near Seaman Avenue and Isham Street. A map is here.





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     Hail the return of NCAA athletics when LaSalle arrives uptown to play Columbia at field hockey.
     Friday evening, September 5, at 5 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.

     Later, the Sacred Heart women’s soccer team comes uptown to play Columbia.
     Friday night, September 5, at 7 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.








     Collegiate men’s soccer returns with Columbia hosts Michigan.
     Saturday afternoon, September 6, at 3 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.








     The Columbia women’s soccer team hosts Farleigh Dickinson.
     Tuesday evening, September 9, at 5 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.








     Columbia’s men’s soccer team takes on Marist in the season’s first weeknight match.
     Tuesday night, September 9, at 7 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.





     There's more women’s soccer uptown when the Citadel plays Columbia.
     Friday night, September 12, at 7 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.






     Help process food scraps collected from the neighboring Inwood Greenmarket and learn about how the Sherman Creek Compost Site keeps nutrient–rich compostable materials from ending up in landfills.
     You can even sift finished compost so that it can be used to amend poor soils and help new plantings around New York Restoration Project’s parks and gardens.
     Free; tools provided. Saturday afternoon, September 13, from 1 to 3:30 at Sherman Creek.






     The Villanova and Columbia field hockey teams meet up in uptown.
     Saturday afternoon, September 13, at 1 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.




      Wear long pants and sturdy shoes and join the Friends Committee of the Fort Tryon Park Trust at our monthly beautification days.
      Depending on the weather and the needs at the time, activities will include some or all of the following: painting, planting preparations, planting, weeding, and more.
     Free; tools provided. Sunday, September 14, from 10 to 2; check in at the table at the park entrance on Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.






     You’ve heard how plants were used for survival long ago. The Urban Park Rangers will show you which plants helped Native Americans flourish and which were key to the lives of early settlers.
     Join them on an ethnobotany hike. This is a light excursion for most anyone. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a light snack.
     Free. Sunday morning, September 14, at 11 in Inwood Hill Park; meet at park entrance at Seaman Avenue and Isham Street.





     Field hockey actions sees Fairfield at Columbia.
     Sunday afternoon, September 14, at 1 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.






     The New Zealand singer Lorde comes to Manhattan for two performances.
     $59 and up. Monday and Tuesday nights, September 15 and 16, at 7 at the United Palace Theatre on Broadway at 175th Street in Lower WaHi.




     A staged musical of Wind in the Willows is a wonderful way to introduce your children to acting.
     Pied Piper Children’s Theatre holds auditions for the classic children’s book by Kenneth Grahame. This version is for kids ages 5 through 11.
     Rehearsals start October 20, with performances on the second and third weekends of December.
     Tuesday evenings, September 16 and 23, at 5 at the theater in Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.






     The British singer & songwriter Sam Smith brings his soulful performance to WaHi.
     $90 and up. Thursday night, September 18, at 8 at the United Palace Theater on Broadway and 175th Street in Lower WaHi.






     Albany comes down the Hudson for a women’s soccer match against Columbia.
     Friday night, September 19, at 7 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.




 

The Morris-Jumel Mansion, left, and the Hamilton Grange.

     The storied Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill plateau overlooking upper Harlem developed around the historic 18th- and 19th-century country estates of such notable figures as Alexander Hamilton and Madame Eliza Jumel, whose houses in Harlem and Washington Heights still bookend the district.
     On this walking tour you can learn about Black Harlem’s fashionable and cafe society as you walk through the northern section of the Sugar Hill Historic District and Jumel Terrace in Lower WaHi. For more information, click here.
     $25. Saturday morning, September 20, at 10. Also on October 5 and 19 at 10.






     College football opens the fall season in Upper Manhattan when Columbia hosts cross-town rival Fordham.
     Saturday afternoon, September 20, at 12:30 at Kraft Field in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.






     One of the most strenuous sporting activities in Upper Manhattan takes place right under our noses.
     The Little Red Lighthouse Swim puts athletes in the Hudson at 79th Street and has them swim upriver to La Marina, in Inwood. Along the way they pass Jeffery’s Hook and our favorite lighthouse. The race is the largest 10k event in the country.
     $135 to enter (by September 18); free to cheer. Saturday afternoon, September 20, at 3:45 with the swimmers passing Fort Washington Park as soon at 5. Next year on Sept. 19.






     Fordham crosses the Harlem River to challenge the Columbia men’s soccer team at home.
     Wednesday night, September 24, at 7 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.




     Intra-Ivy competition begins for women’s soccer. Cornell visits Columbia.
     Friday night, September 26, at 7 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.





Hermenegildo Anglada-Camarasa (1871-1959)
Muchachas de Burriana (Girls of Burriana)
1910-11, Oil on canvas, 146.6 x 208 cm.

     Cuéntame un cuadro is a new educational program offered in Spanish at the Hispanic Society of America for families and children from 5 to 14 years old. Participants will have the opportunity to explore different works of art from the museum’s renowned collections. 
      To kick off the series, the Spanish painter Hugo Fontela will talk about Girls of Burriana (Muchachas de Burriana) by Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa.
     En Espanol. For information or to reserve a spot, contact  Education@hispanicsociety.org or (212) 926-2234 ext. 209.
     Free. Saturday morning, September 27, at 11 at the society’s museum on Audubon Terrace, off Broadway at 155th Street in Audubon Park. Continuing on the last Saturday of each month.



     Can you believe it’s been thirty years since the RING garden got its start?
     Come celebrate three decades of community plantings, get-togethers and the fish pond.
     Saturday, September 27. Details to follow.





     League play opens for the Columbia field hockey team when Cornell visits.
     Saturday afternoon, September 27, at noon in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.





     Ladies, lords, knights and falconers welcome you to the Medieval Festival, the largest party in all of Upper Manhattan.
     This year is the 30th annual festival, and as always will be replete with food, drink, jousting and merriment.
     Free. Sunday, September 28, from 11 to 6 in Fort Tryon Park.





     Georgetown travels uptown to play Columbia at field hockey.
     Sunday, September 28, at noon in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.






     Columbia football opens conference play at home against Princeton.
     Saturday afternoon, October 4, at 12:30 at Kraft Field in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.






     Join the New York Restoration Project as it continues its ongoing reforestation of Highbridge Park. As part of our effort to reestablish a native forest in Highbridge Park we will be planting native trees, shrubs and perennials and removing non-native invasive plants.
     Free. Sunday afternoon, October 5, from 1 to 3:30; meet in Sherman Creek Park.








     The Columbia men’s soccer team hosts Seton Hall.
     Wednesday night, October 8, at 7 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.







     Towson and Columbia meet for a field hockey match today.
     Friday afternoon, October 10, at 3 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.







     UMass arrives uptown to play Columbia at field hockey.
     Sunday afternoon, October 12, at 1 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.








     Conference play opens in soccer when Princeton visits Columbia.
     MEN Saturday afternoon, October 18, at 4 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.
     WOMEN Saturday night, October 18, at 7 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.










     Introduce your children to Shakespeare through children.
     Pied Piper Children’s Theatre presents Rome0 & Juliet, in an adaption by Kincaid Burby. The cast is neighborhood kids ages 12 through 18.
     Saturdays and Sundays, October 18, 19, 25 and 26, at the theater in Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Curtain times to be announced later.







     The Los Angeles indie band Foster the People plays two nights in Manhattan.
     $76 and up. Friday and Saturday nights, October 24 and 25, at 8 at the United Palace Theater on Broadway at 175th Street in Lower WaHi.









     Have you walked over the George Washington Bridge? How about the Washington Bridge? And the 59th Street Bridge?
     Here’s your chance to do them all in one day, starting at the GWB and ending at the Brooklyn Bridge. 
     The Shorewalkers will walk for about 12 hours and cross over all of the bridges that open to pedestrians from Manhattan Island.  The entire route will cover 27+ miles of walking, plus two or three bus/subway rides.
     Bring water, sandwiches, snacks, and Metro Card.  Moderately paced, plus there may be a “fast group” for those who want to walk faster and farther.
     Free. Meet Saturday morning, October 25, at 9 at the GWB Bus Station, on the east side of the main floor, near the restrooms.









     Dartmouth travels to Upper Manhattan to take on Columbia on Homecoming.
     Saturday afternoon, October 25, at 1:30 at Kraft Field in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.








     The Ivy League match-ups continue when the Dartmouth soccer teams challenge Columbia on Homecoming.
     WOMEN Saturday afternoon, October 25, at 7 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.
     MEN Saturday night, October 25, at 7 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.








     Help Columbia close out its home field hockey season when Dartmouth visits.
     Sunday afternoon, October 26, at noon in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.










     Dress as your favorite historical figure--maybe a queen?--for the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s Masquerade Ball.
     It’s a special celebration to mark the beginning of the mansion’s 250th year. Elizabeth II and Philip visited in 1976, but you can dress as anyone you like.
     Late October; details to be announced later.









     The Lions welcome the Elis this weekend.
     Saturday afternoon, November 1, at 12:30 at Kraft Field in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.






     Mark All Soul’s day with an evening of chamber music, scenes, dances, and costumes.
     The masquerade will include a mask competition and will feature a short lecture by the Rev. Rebecca A. Barnes on the history of All Hallows’ Eve with its
Christian, Celtic, Pagan, and Gaelic traditions.
     Saturday, November 1, at a time to be announced later.








     The Maccabee grapplers’ only uptown meet this season is a three-way event with St. Joseph’s College and Westchester Community College.
     Sunday afternoon, November 9, at a time to be announced later at the Stern Athletic Center on Amsterdam Avenue in Fort George.







     It’s Paris in WaHi when the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre presents Singin’ in the Rain.
     This version will be staged by children ages 12 to 18, and auditions are open to all children in that range. Rehearsals start on January 5 with four performances in mid-March: 14, 15, 21 and 22.
     Tuesday evenings, November 11 and 18, at 5 at the theater in Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.








     Walk over the George Washington Bridge and into the woods on top of the Palisades in this extraordinary hike. As the saying goes, “No New Yorker should die without having walked over the GWB.”
     Join the Shorewalkers to walk down 400 stone steps to the Hudson shore, then north 5 to 8 miles. Spectacular views, fresh air, waterfall. Wear hiking shoes, hat. Bring water, food, binoculars. Bad weather cancels the hike.
     Free. Meet on Saturday, November 15, at noon at the southeast corner of the GWB Bus Station (Broadway at 178th Street) in Lower WaHi.

 








     The Columbia football season comes to its home conclusion with a game against upstate rival Cornell.
     Saturday afternoon, November 15, at 12:30 at Kraft Field in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.









    The final home match for Columbia men’s soccer pits the Lions against Cornell.
    Saturday afternoon, November 15, at 4 in the Baker Sports Complex in Inwood.






     Test your talent in front of a live audience of New Yorkers at the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre’s Open Mic Night.
     Welcoming improvs, singers, actors, poets, story tellers, stand-up comics, jugglers, magicians, dancers, instrumentalists and more.
     Saturday, November 15, at the theater in Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Curtain time to be announced later. Also on April 25 and June 20.






     The Yeshiva men’s basketball team opens its home season against Connecticut College.
     Thursday night, November 20, at 8 at the Stern Athletic Center on Amsterdam Avenue in Fort George.









     Yeshiva opens a three-team homestand over five nights against The Sage Colleges.
     Tuesday night, December 2, at 8 at the Stern Athletic Center on Amsterdam Avenue in Fort George.










     The College at Old Westbury sends its men’s basketball team our when to play the Maccabees at home.
     Thursday night, December 4, at 8 at the Stern Athletic Center on Amsterdam Avenue in Fort George.








     The Macs close a three-team homestand hosting Maritime College.
     Saturday night, December 6, at 8:30 at the Stern Athletic Center on Amsterdam Avenue in Fort George.






     A staged musical of Wind in the Willows is a wonderful way to introduce your children to acting.
     Pied Piper Children’s Theatre holds auditions for the classic children’s book by Kenneth Grahame. This version is for kids ages 5 through 11.
     Rehearsals start October 20, with performances on the second and third weekends of December.
     Fridays and Saturdays, December 13, 14, 20 and 21, at the theater in Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Curtain times to be announced later.








     Your last chance to watch college hoops in the neighborhood for five weeks comes when the Macs host Purchase College.
     Sunday afternoon, December 14, at 1 at the Stern Athletic Center on Amsterdam Avenue in Fort George.








     Mark the season at The Cloisters and discover the Nativity cycle in medieval art. Led by Joseph Ackley.
     Free with museum admission. Saturday afternoon, December 20, at noon and 2; meet in the lobby of The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.










     Men’s basketball returns after the holiday break when the College of Mount St. Vincent travels uptown to play Yeshiva.
     Thursday night, January 22, at 8 at the Stern Athletic Center on Amsterdam Avenue in Fort George.








     In men’s basketball, the Macs host Mount Saint Mary College.
     Saturday night, January 31, at 8:30 at the Stern Athletic Center on Amsterdam Avenue in Fort George.









     St. Joseph’s-Long Island travels uptown for hoops against the Macs.
     Thursday night, February 5, at 8 at the Stern Athletic Center on Amsterdam Avenue in Fort George.






     Dance night is back by popular demand.
     A fun family event in which people of all ages are led in short group dance routines in different styles, from square dance, to salsa dance, and hip-hop. Hosted by Pied Piper Children’s Theatre.
     Saturday, February 7, at a time to be announced later.




     In men’s basketball, the Yeshiva Maccabees host Montclair State University this week.
     Monday night, February 9, at 8 at the Stern Athletic Center on Amsterdam Avenue in Fort George.




     Yeshiva winds down its basketball season this week, first hosting Sarah Lawrence.
     Tuesday night, February 17, at 8 at the Stern Athletic Center on Amsterdam Avenue in Fort George.








     The final game of the Macs’ men’s basketball season brings Farmingdale State uptown.
     Thursday night, February 19, at 8 at the Stern Athletic Center on Amsterdam Avenue in Fort George.




     Raggedy Ann and Andy come to life in the play by Patricia Thackray, based on the Bobs-Merrill books. The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre is looking for kids age 5 to 11 to form the cast.
     Auditions: Tuesday evenings, February 20 and 27, at 5.
     Rehearsals begin: March 16, with performances May 9, 10, 16, and 17.









     The edgy and continually inventive composer and MacArthur Fellow, John Zorn, creates a performance specifically for the Fuentidueña Chapel at The Cloisters. The program features the world premiere of The Remedy of Fortune, a composition for the indomitable JACK Quartet, composed specifically for The Cloisters, and the New York premiere of The Alchemist.
      $50 and up. Saturday afternoon, May 30, at 1:30 and 3:30 in the Fuentidueña Chapel at The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.




     A theatrical exploration of multicultural scenes, songs, and dances make up the Multicultural Musical Revue, produced by Pied Piper Children’s Theatre. For kids age 5 to 11.
     Auditions: Monday evening, June 1, and Thursday evening, June 4, at 5
     Rehearsals begin June 15, with performances on July 9, through 12.




     Have a drama queen living with you? Enroll her in An intensive, five-week program for children (ages 12 to 18) who have a special interest in theater arts.
     Participants take classes in acting, singing, scene & monologue study, musical theater interpretation, dance, and stage combat.
     Applications available December 15.
     Monday, June 29, through Sunday, August 2, at the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre in Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.
     Students in the class will put on the Summer Showcase on Sunday, August 2.





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