30 Years as a Co-op • 1985–2015

Weekend Events in the Neighborhood

Hudson Heights
Inwood, Audubon Terrace and Lower WaHi

Thursday



     Flash a smile at Columbia’s new dentists. They receive their degrees today—tongue depressors come later.
     Thursday morning at 10:30 in the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue and 168th Street in Lower WaHi.











     One of the nation’s seats of intellectual achievement is down the street.
     The American Academy of Arts & Letters honors the country’s most creative minds in art, literature and music. Each May, after new members are inducted, the Academy opens its galleries.
     The Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards is a show as fascinating as its name is sesquipedalian.
     Free. Thursday through Sunday afternoons through June 14 (closed Memorial Day weekend) at the Academy on Audubon Terrace, Broadway and 156th Street in Audubon Park.






Friday



Fire, by Yinka Shonibare, 2010

Mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile,
leather, wood, brass, lamp stand, glass lamp shade,
circuit board, and LED. 184 x 110 x 70 cm.

      Visit Colonial Arrangements, the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s exhibition of new and renowned work by the Nigerian-British textile artist Yinka Shonibare.
      Shonibare’s modern sculpture is arranged provocatively throughout the mansion’s period interiors.
     $10; students and seniors $8. Tuesdays through Sundays until August 31. At the mansion on Jumel Terrace in Lower WaHi.






Saturday



     An art workshop double treat lies in store for you.
     In the morning, a soft-sculpture class designed for children with autism; in the afternoon, a family event in which participants will learn about and make fashion plates (the pre-camera-period illustrations that documented and dictated the latest in haute couture).
     Registration is required; please specify which workshop you would like to attend. Call (212) 923-8008 or click here.
     Free with museum admission. Saturday at 10 and 3 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.





     Your neighborhood kids present Alice in Wonderland, produced by the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre.
     $10; children up to 15 and adults 62 and up $8. Saturday at 3 and 7 and Sunday at 4 at Holy Trinity Church at 20 Cumming Street in Inwood.





Sunday



     Does your child want to ride a bike? Here’s her chance to learn to balance, ride, and enjoy life on two wheels. Don’t have a bike yet? No problem, a limited number of kids bikes will be loaned for the day by Bike and Roll NYC.
     For children 5 years old and older. Reservations required here. Day of training is first-come, first-trained; there may be a wait.
     Free. Sunday from 11 to 2 in the Hudson River Greenway’s bike path at 135th Street, near Sugar Hill.











     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.





                                             


Continuing in the Neighborhood



Chinese Peony

Jan Johnson (1918–2014)
Watercolor on rice paper

     An advertising illustrator who become known for her Chinese-style watercolors after living in Taiwan, Jan Johnson (1918–2014) also painted landscapes and portraits.
     A collection of her work is on view for two months this spring and summer.
     Through June 31 in the Armin and Estelle Gold Wing of the Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights in Hudson Heights on Fort Washington Avenue at 185th Street.






     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.







    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 attends 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.




     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.




     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.












     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.
     This week’s sky updates come from StarDate.
     Saturday nights from 8 to 10 on the ball fields near Seaman Avenue and Isham Street in Inwood. A map is here.





     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.








     Toddlers from 18 months to 3 years old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood.
     It’s Tales for Tots and it’s open to you.
     Free. Wednesday mornings at 9:30 at the Fort George branch of the New York Public Library, 535 West 179th Street (between St. Nicholas and Audubon Avenues).












     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.










     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.




Visions of Spain, by 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.



     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.





     Keep a neighborhood jewel in sparkling condition. The Garden Crew meets weekly to maintain and revitalize the ornamental and native plantings around Sherman Creek and Swindler Cove.
     As part of the Garden Crew you will help redesign and plant garden beds, as well as weed, water, and dead-head in existing gardens. If you want to learn more about planting, pruning, weed identification and other horticultural techniques, join the crew in its weekly workdays.
     All participants receive monthly training sessions and are asked to commit to at least three work days. Training and orientation are scheduled for the first work day of every month. For information about New York Restoration Project Crews or to register, email volunteer@nyrp.org.
     Free. Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 through October 15 Sherman Creek, east of 9th Avenue between 203rd and 204th Streets.






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     The Inwood Sculpture Project is completing its first year, in residence at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum.
     The student artists will hold a workshop for the neighborhood.
     Free. Student workshops are underway; participation was by invitation. The museum will post times and dates of later events in May. The museum will remain closed for winter until June 4.









     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 special one-day symposium will bring together the nation’s leading activists, community organizers, political strategists, and public intellectuals for The Fire This Time: Race, Resistance, and the Contemporary Movement for Black Lives.
     Speakers will reflect, assess and advance the status of the emergent U.S. blacklivesmatter movement.  Structured as a series of panels and a national town hall, the event will be held on the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (April 4, 1968) and in the space (Lower WaHi’s former Audubon Ballroom) where Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965.
     Free. Saturday, May 30, at a time to be announced later at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center on Broadway and 168th Street in Lower WaHi.








     In the collaborative spirit that has been a hallmark of El Sistema, 150 children from several orchestral programs in the New York metro area, including two hosted by the United Palace of Creative Arts, will perform together.
     The first half of ¡The Concert! will feature children from 7-17 performing with their programs (including Washington Heights and Inwood (WHIN) Music Project). The second half of the show will feature a mass orchestras of beginner and intermediate students made up of students across the programs. 
     The participating programs in ¡The Concert! provide free or low-cost classical music instruction in New York metro area communities with few other opportunities to experience the benefits of orchestral music.
     Free. Saturday afternoon, May 30, at 2 at the United Palace on Broadway at 176th Street in Lower WaHi.






Seascape, Ben-Christo, charcoal on paper

     The Dyckman Family Farmhouse opens for the season with a new exhibit, Carbon Contrast, by Ben-Christo, who is well-known for his portraits and landscapes.
     Monday, June 1, at the Farmhouse in Inwood on Broadway and 213th street. Opening time will be announced later.







     A theatrical exploration of multicultural scenes, songs, and dances make up the Big Blue Ball, 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 at Holy Trinity Church in Inwood at 50 Cumming Street.
     Rehearsals begin June 15, with performances on July 9, through 12.




     The Season of the Rebellious and the Royal gets underway when the Inwood Shakespeare Festival opens for its 16th season.
     This summer’s fare includes Hamlet, Henry IV Parts I & II, and for kids, The Witch’s Cat Who Lost Her Spells. Presented by Moose Hall.
     Free. June through August on the peninsula in Inwood Hill Park.
     HAMLET June 3 through 30
     THE WITCH’S CAT WHO LOST HER SPELLS July 27
     HENRY IV Parts I & II August 1 through 15




     The Inwood Sculpture Project completed its first year, in residence at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum.
     See the work of the student artists at an exhibition of their work.
     In June; details to come.






     Artist Andrea Arroyo leads an art-making workshop in which participants will discuss issues relevant to the community and create an artwork in response to societal concerns, such as the environment, social justice and children’s rights.
     Participants will create an artwork inspired by the beauty of Inwood Hill Park and in response to environmental concerns in the community and beyond.
     Materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite materials to work with (including art supplies, photos, newspaper clippings, small family heirlooms, etc.). This workshop is appropriate for artists, families, children and all community members.
     Taller para créar arte abierto a toda la comunidad.
     Free. Saturday morning, June 6, at 11 at the Payson Center in Inwood Hill Park at Dyckman Street and Payson Avenue.







     Cuéntame un cuadro is an 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.
     This weekend, a docent will discuss Head of Medusa, a Roman tile from ca. A.D. 175–225.
     En Espanol. For information or to reserve a spot, contact Education@ hispanicsociety.org or (212) 926-2234, ext. 209. Rescheduled from last week.
     Free. Saturday morning, June 6, at 11.  A monthly event, held on either the final Saturday of the month or the first Saturday.








     Art in the Garden welcomes you to a visual and performing arts display in Upper Manhattan’s privately run pocket park.
     Free. Saturday, June 6, from 11:30 to 6 with performances starting at 1 at the RING Garden in in Inwood, at the confluence of Riverside Drive, Dyckman Street, Broadway and Seaman Avenue. Rain date: June 13.





     One of the most remarkable characteristics of Yinka Shonibare’s artworks is his vivid use of bright and distinctive fabrics to clothe his sculptures. These prints, based on the Dutch wax fabrics produced in Indonesia, and subsequently England, for the African market, are juxtaposed with traditional Western dress of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 
     Fashion drew inspiration from cultures around the globe. In this program, J. Leila Lima will explore fashionable prints in Western culture in the 18th century, examining the origins of their designs, how commerce and trade routes affected aesthetics, and fashion’s impact on politics. 
     The lecture will be followed by a tour of the Colonial Arrangements exhibition.
Registration required; click here to register.
     $20; members, $15. for members. Saturday afternoon, June 6, from 1 to 3 on Jumel Tarrace in the Morris-Jumel Mansion.




     Get your silly on and audition for Pirates of Penzance.
     This favorite from Gilbert & Sullivan will be staged by the neighborhood’s kids.
     Performers should be familiar with 16 bars from the show. (Suggestions: Poor Wand’ring One, I am a Pirate King, Modern Major General, A Policeman’s Lot, Climbing Over Rocky Mountain, When Frederic Was a Little Lad, Pour Oh Pour the Pirate Sherry.)
     Performers will read with the group, and sing individually.Rehearsals begin September 10, with performances on October 17, 18, 24 and 25.
     Tuesday and Thursday evenings, June 9 and 11, at 5 at at 5 at Holy Trinity Church in Inwood at 50 Cumming Street.








     Practice yoga at Manhattan’s oldest house.
     Certified yoga instructor Chelsea Best conducts Awesome Asana Yoga, an open-level Vinyasa class designed to accommodate beginners and experts alike.
     When the weather is warm, Chelsea holds class outside—in the bucolic confines of Roger Morris Park. All are welcome, and mats, if you don’t have one, are provided. No registration is required.
     $5. Thursday and Sunday afternoons at 1 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.



     Get into the swing of summer with a breezy late spring evening of art, music and conversation. Local artists will display their works, while a DJ will provide the tunes. There may be dancing, even.
     Free. Thursday night, June 11, from 6 to 9 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.



     Walking across one Manhattan bridge is memorable. Walking across all of them—in one day—is a feat.
     Join the Shorewalkers when they hike 30 miles at a moderate pace in 12 hours over all the island’s bridges.
     Start at Brooklyn Bridge, end at the GWB. The group will walk over all of the bridges on which one can leave Manhattan Island by foot. If we are lucky, the Old Croton Aqueduct Bridge (aka The High Bridge) will have reopened after 40 years, and you will have 17 bridges to cross!
     Bring Metrocard for 2 or 3 bus/subway rides (in addition to the 30 miles of walking). Bring plenty of water & lunch. Heavy rain at start cancels. 
     Contact the hike leader with questions: Walt Wright at (917) 783-6540 or waltercwright@yahoo.com.
     Free. Meet on Saturday morning, June 13, at 8:45 at the Municipal Office Building just north of the Brooklyn Bridge, in Manhattan (Take 4/5/6/J/M/Z train to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge).




     Manhattan’s only open air pow wow is Drums Along the Hudson, a celebratory gathering of Native American people. The thirteenth annual festival will be led by Louis Mofsie and the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers with Host Drums Heyna Second Sons and Silver Cloud.
     This multicultural pow wow combines Native American heritage with the diversity of New York City with performances of world dance and drumming traditions. Activities also include Native American crafts, storytelling, and international cuisine.
     In keeping with the underlying theme of environmental awareness and education, the event features an Environmental Tent, including appearances by Captain Planet and a free bicycle valet for attendees who ride their bike to the park.
     Free. Sunday, June 14, from 11 to 6 rain or shine in Inwood Hill Park at 218th Street and Indian Hill Road.






     The Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet has risen to the top ranks of string ensembles by masterfully performing repertoire classics, championing lesser-known works, commissioning new music, and playing its own transcriptions. Winners of top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild and Banff International String Quartet competitions, the Ensō String Quartet recently recorded a new album of quartets by great operatic composers.
     This final concert of the Music at Our Saviour’s season is sponsored by Carnegie Hall.
     Free. Sunday evening, June 14, at 5 at Our Saviour’s Atonement Church on Bennett Avenue and 185th Street in Hudson Heights.




     Meet New York’s leading romantic literary lights, who will read from their works and participat in group discussions.
     You can enjoy a special tour, too, with extra attention paid to the grande dame of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Eliza Jumel.
     Free with museum admission. Saturday afternoon, June 20, from 1 to 4 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.




     It’s improv night. Open to singers, actors, poets, story-tellers, comics, jugglers, magicians, dancers, instrumentalists ... who did we forget?
     Hosted by Pied Piper Children’s Theater, the even is open to performers of all ages, with an audience of all ages.
     Saturday night, June 20, at Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming Street, in Inwood. Curtain time to be announced.



     Make Music New York’s 2015 edition takes place on the first day of summer.
     Free. Sunday, June 21, from noon to 2 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion on Jumel Tarrace.




      Tammi Tyree, who was heard singing in 12 Years A Slave, speaks a variety of musical tongues.
     Beginning with the outcry of the enslaved in the the genre known as Negro Spirituals, she seeks to make both old and young, black and white understand music as the underpinning of the African-American sojourn.
      She has appeared as a solo artist at the United Nations and the North Carolina History Center-Tryon Palace. Her musical lecture will focus on the songs of slavery.
      Registration required.
      $30; members, $25. Thursday night, June 26, at 7; tour starts at 6:30. At the Morris-Jumel Mansion on Jumel Terrace.




     Spend a day making crafts in beautiful Roger Morris Park and touring a the Morris-Jumel mansion and the batik prints inside.
     The batik dyeing processes are part of the day’s workshop.
     Free with museum admission. Saturday, June 27, from 11 to 4 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.







     In one of its rare appearances in its home neighborhood, the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Troupe will perform at the Higher Ground Dance Festival.
     Saturday, June 27, with location and time to be announced later.







     Practice yoga at Manhattan’s oldest house.
     Certified yoga instructor Chelsea Best conducts Awesome Asana Yoga, an open-level Vinyasa class designed to accommodate beginners and experts alike.
     When the weather is warm, Chelsea holds class outside—in the bucolic confines of Roger Morris Park. All are welcome, and mats, if you don’t have one, are provided. No registration is required.
     $5. Thursday and Sunday afternoons at 1 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.






     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.







     Join the kids of Upper Manhattan for a theatrical exploration of multicultural scenes, songs and dances, hosted by the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre.
     July 9 through 12 at Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming Street, in Inwood. Curtain times to be announced.









Washington slept here.

     On the 225th anniversary of George Washington’s famous cabinet dinner, the Morris-Jumel Mansion and the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society host a commemorative cocktail party.
     Sip special drinks and taste period-appropriate foods while food historian Kelsey Brow explains early American cuisine and the vice president of AHA, Nicole Scholet, profiles the founding fathers (and mothers).
     Registration is required: call (212) 923-8008.
     $40. Friday night, July 10, from 6 to 8 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.







     Weehauken hosted America’s most famous duel.
     Alexander Hamilton expert Jimmy Napoli will sit down with Aaron Burr descendant Antonio Burr, Ph.D., to discuss the fateful (and fatal) events of July 12, 1803, when Burr dueled Hamilton and changed the course of U.S. history.
     Registration is required: call (212) 923-8008.
     Fee will be disclosed later. Sunday afternoon, July 12, from 1 to 3 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.






     Practice yoga at Manhattan’s oldest house.
     Certified yoga instructor Chelsea Best conducts Awesome Asana Yoga, an open-level Vinyasa class designed to accommodate beginners and experts alike.
     When the weather is warm, Chelsea holds class outside—in the bucolic confines of Roger Morris Park. All are welcome, and mats, if you don’t have one, are provided. No registration is required.
     $5. Thursday and Sunday afternoons at 1 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.








     Explore the outdoors and see the city at the same time.
     The Shorewalkers will visit Riverbank Park, Hamilton Grange, Morris-Jumel Mansion and Highbridge and Swindler Cove parks. The trek covers about 8 miles over 5 hours.
     As you know, it’s a hilly part of Manhattan so be prepared to walk up and down some some relatively steep inclines.  
     Meet at the “1” Train station at 137th Street, then take a walk around Riverbank Park, which juts out into the Hudson River on the top of a sewage plant, walk up the hill to Hamilton Grange, Alexander Hamilton’s home, at 141st Street, then north along Edgecomb Avenue through Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill to the Morris-Jumel Mansion ($5 admission) at 163rd Street, where we will eat our lunch outside in the garden. After the break, the group will walk the trails of Highbridge Park, then explore Swindler Cove Park.
     The destination is the Dyckman Street stop of the “1” Train; the “A” Train is available at Dyckman and Broadway. Questions? The hike leader is Leader: Tom Bergen, (917) 727-5507 and tom.bergen@yahoo.com.
     Free (plus optional $5 entry fee for museum). Saturday morning, August 1, at 10:30 at the 137th Street stop of the 1 train.






     Learn more about the venerated Indonesian dyeing technique called batik and try your hand at making florid patterns. Admission is $20; $15 for members.
     Registration is required; space is limited. (212) 923-8008.
     $20; members $15. Saturday afternoon, August 1, from 1 to 3 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.










     The Summer Showcase of the Pied Piper’s annual theater workshop enthralls family and friends alike.
     Sunday afternoon, August 2, at Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming Street, in Inwood. Curtain time to be announced.







     Help your kids get ready for school with a week-long, hands-on tutorial on all things gardening, from planting to cultivation to basic botanical science.
     Karen Waltuch will lead the workshop. Parent or chaperone must accompany child the entire duration of program. Registration is required: (212) 923-8008 or email education@morrisjumel.org.
     $10 per parent/chaperone. Monday through Friday afternoons, August 3 through 7, from 12:30 to 3:30 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.








     You know the big tower in Highbridge Park? It was part of the Croton Aquaduct system. You can trace its path with experience urban hikers.
     It’s a trek of relaxed walking, child friendly/stroller friendly on level ground over four to five hours.

     Following the path of the “water system,” you will walk up Fifth Avenue to Central Park and end the walk at
High Bridge Water Tower (Amsterdam Avenue and 173th Street). Drop off points all along the walk.
     Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. Heavy rain cancels.
     Questions? The hike leader is Tom McBreen at
(516) 238-8073. If weather is a question, call Friday night after 9.
     Free. Meet on Saturday morning, August 8, at 10 at New York Public Library by the “lions” (5th Avenue, 41st and 42nd Streets). 





     As Billy Ray could have put it, you can take the “A” Train to hear the Sugar Hill jazz festival.
     Hosted by the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
     Free. Saturday at 2 and Sunday at 6, August 15 and 16, in Roger Morris Park on Jumel Terrace in Lower WaHi.







     Authors honor the growing field of literature created by New York Latinos at Bloom, the monthly literary gathering.
     $7 donation. Sunday evening, September 6, at 5 in The Lounge of Hudson View Gardens, on Pinehurst Avenue at 183rd Street in Hudson Heights. Readings in the series are held on the first Sunday from September to May except January.










     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 19, at a time to be announced later.






     If you’re a foodie you won’t dare miss St. Spyridon’s Greek Festival. Homemade Greek specialties are available throughout the event, along with music, dancing and more.
     In early November; the date has not yet been set.







     The first-ever Inwood Film Festival has the goal of putting Upper Manhattan on the cinéast’s map.
     Films shot in Inwood or created by Inwood residents are eligible for the competition. The festival will take place in February.
     Deadline to submit a film is Sunday, November 15.







     Music is the theme of the rechristened Washington Heights Salsa, Blues and Shamrocks 5K.
     The route is Fort Washington Avenue from Lower WaHi to the Cloisters and back, so prepare for a busy street. Last year more than 6,000 runners finished the 3.2-mile race. It’s one that qualifies for entry in the New York City Marathon, in November.
     In late February or early March, starting at J. Hood Wright Park in Lower WaHi, with racers running until 10 or so.




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