Activities for kids: October 19–25

• The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum posted a long list of activities for education and entertainment.

• The The bike trails in Highbridge Park are open. Be sure to stay in very small groups.

• Parks activites: Take a quiet walk amid blooming trees! Here’s more on offer in the parks.

• Kids can use the NYPL’s free online tutoring and anyone can visit the NYPL’s online collection.

• Children are known to be susceptible to Pediatric Multi-Symptom Inflammatory Syndrome. To protect your child. Learn more: https://on.nyc.gov/2T8Lybn

   Se sabe que los niños son susceptibles al Síndrome Inflamatorio de Síntomas Múltiples Pediátricos. Para proteger a tu hijo. Aprende más: https://on.nyc.gov/2T8Lybn.

 

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Monday

     Learn about innovative careers in science from the experts at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

     This panel of scientists and researchers will give students a unique opportunity to learn about exciting jobs in science and sustainability. They will hear from three fantastic speakers who will discuss their careers at Columbia and the paths they've taken to get there.

     Suitable for students in grades 6–12.

     Free. Monday afternoon at 3 through the observatory’s website.

 

 

     For many of us, picture books are what first sparked a lifelong joy for reading and crafting stories. 

     In this bilingual workshop, you’ll revisit our favorite children's books through the eyes of a writer and illustrator, getting to the bottom of what makes some books so memorable.

     Then you’ll develop and write our own books: mapping out characters, plot and narration. You’ll consider pacing, illustrations, and what special details we can add to keep readers coming back again and again.

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 7 to 12. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30. Through December 7.

 

    

     Spur your child’s creativity with this play-making workshop that explores the archetype of the Trickster in folk tales and poems from around the world, and the expression of the trickster in the guise of nature and animals.

     Children will become Play Makers, collaborating to create a culminating performance in mid-December. The focus of this workshop will be the process of theater creation rather  performance, although the children will create performances to share.

     Participants  will also participate in the process to create their own costumes, props, and backdrops to use in the sessions hosted by Pied Piper.

     For children ages 5 to 13. The workshop will be conducted over Zoom beginning with ensemble building and drama games.

     $300. Classes on Monday through Thursday afternoons from 4 to 5:15 and Sunday afternoons from 3:30 to 6. Performance on Sunday, December 13, at time to be announced.

  

 

     If you can’t wait to turn the page, the writer has succeeded in telling you a great story.

     What does it take to develop characters, settings, dialogue, and plot elements that have you on the edge of your seat? This workshop answers those questions and more.

     You’ll breakdown the parts of fiction writing each week and test out what you’ve learned with some on-the-spot writing.

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 10 to 12. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Monday evenings from 4:30 to 3:30. Through December 7.

 

Tuesday

     Musical Storytimes are short children’s tales sung by the delightful Stephanie Bell with accompaniment by the tuneful Jonathan Bell and co-starring the handsome Walter Bell. 

     A different story is featured every week.

Oct. 6 Moon River
Oct. 13 Shake My Sillies Out
Oct. 20 We All Sing With the Same Voice
Oct. 27 Skinnamarink

     Free. Tuesday mornings at 10 on Inwood Art Works’ social media feeds.

 

 

     Take a hike with the Urban Park Rangers for live adventures in the park. Last week the webcast came from Inwood Hill Park.

     From scenic hikes to nature exploration activities, these live broadcasts wll entertain the whole family. 

     Free. Tuesday mornings (weather permitting) at 11:30 here online.

 

 

 

     Want to find out how ice sheets form, how ice moves, and what causes ice to expand and shrink?

     Dr. Indrani Das will discuss Antarctica through her artwork and research. She’ll also explain how climate change is causing the ice sheet to change and its present contribution to sea-level rise. 

     Presented by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Columbia.  Suitable for students in grades 3–8, and educators.

     Tuesday afternoon at 3 through the observatory’s website.

 

 

     Relax with art at home when the historic house museums of New York host a weekly series online.

     Suncatchers, textile-making, chemistry in art, and more are the projects.

October 13 Sew Your Own Pouch with Old Stone House
October 20 Suncatcher Design with Morris Jumel Mansion
October 27 Paper Marbling with Lewis Latimer House Museum

November 10 Cardboard Loom Weaving with Wyckoff House Museum

November 17 Traveling Kitchen with Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
November 24 Make Your Own Board Game with Historic Richmond 

     Free. Tuesday afternoons at 4 through November through the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum’s website.

 

 

     Discover the cocina Hispana with rice dishes from the Hispanic Society’s collection of cookbooks.

     Mark Aldrich, Associate Professor of Spanish and Executive Director of the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College, will join Philippe de Montebello in this online presentation.

     Prof. Aldrich is an avid paella enthusiast who will demonstrate how to cook a variation of the popular Valencian dish in a video tutorial, which will be followed by a live YouTube conversation about the process, the history of the dish, and the many variations it takes around the Hispanic world.

     To learn more about the Hispanic Society ‘s Collection of Cookbooks, click here.

     Free. Tuesday evening at 5 on the society’s YouTube channel.

 

 

     The difference between a good writer and a great writer is the willingness to step outside your comfort zone. This workshop will push you toward greatness.

     Regardless of your preferred writing genre— the workshop welcomes them all—the group gathers with two goals in mind: improving your own writing and supporting each other.

    In short, we’re here to work.

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 13 to 17. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30. Through December 1.

 

 

     Even from home you can take action.
     The Teens Care: A Social Justice Film Series focuses on key areas chosen by this year’s Manhigut Institute Interns: gun violence, racial justice, education reform, and global warming.
     After each film, you’ll hear from a guest speaker and discuss how we can make a difference together and as individuals.

October 6 Gun Violence. Song of Parkland. Speaker: Ashley Paseltiner.

October 13 Racial Justice. 13th. Speaker: Marshall Rountree.

October 20 Education Reform. Teach Us All. Speaker: Amy Perten.

October 27 Global Warming. Before the Flood. The spea/er hasn’t been announced.

     Free. Tuesday evenings at 6:30 through the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and /nwood/ in Fort George. Register here for the presentations on Zoom.

 

 

     The Dominican Film Festival returns for the ninth year with a virtual showcase of Caribbean cinema.
     Opening night features the U.S. premiere of Cabarete, the story of a teenage kitesurfer from the Dominican Republic sets out to compete professionally in the coastal town of Cabarete, but soon gets caught up in an endless stream of hard partying that attempts to get the best of him.
     Un kitesurfista adolescente de la República Dominicana se propone competir profesionalmente en la ciudad costera de Cabarete, pero pronto queda atrapado en una corriente interminable de fiestas que intentan sacar lo mejor de él.
     Directed by Ivan Bordas of the Dominican Republic, the 2019 drama runs 112 minutes. Get your ticket here.
     $15. Tuesday night at 8 online.
 
 

Wednesday

     Jump in for a virtual field exploration of the Lamont-Doherty Hudson River Field Station.

     Dive beneath the water with Columbia scientists to discover some of the biology that lives in the Hudson, test its water conditions, and use special Wentzscopes to uncover the Hudson's invisible world.

     Suitable for students from kindergarten through high school and educators.

     Wednesday afternoon at 3 through the observatory’s website.

 

 

     Learn the basics of dance or improve your skills with classes in ballet/ tap and modern.

     The Dance Project of Washington Heights opens its autumn schedule for students every day of the week. The classes are taught online during the pandemic from the group’s Lower WaHi studio.

     Prices and times vary depending on the class. For more information click here.

 

 

     A line of poetry is more than words in a row on a page.

     It’s a certain number of words, drawn in a certain way that invites the reader to see something original in the ordinary, similar in a way to how an artist uses line to make a picture that lets you see the subject in a new way.

     The workshop will use surreal pictures to encourage your own surreal connections that lead you to a poetic line of thinking. Poetry asks us to take risks as readers and writers. It’s the most daring form of writing. Lines represent boundaries, and in poetry we find them and cross them.

    Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 10 to 14. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 6. Through December 2.

 

 

     Get ready to run faster and jump higher, one frame at a time.

     The POW! class takes your stories and transforms them into comics. You’ll take an ordinary day (or the wildest story you can imagine) and use comic-book language, illustration, and frames to share with everyone the next super-adventure.

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 10 to 14. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Wednesday afternoons from 4:20 to 5:50. Through December 16.

 

    

     Girls, it's time.

     Time to be smart, time to be creative, time to let your voice be heard!

     Every girl has a story that she needs to shout from the mountain tops—that includes you. Come write, discuss, and revel in what you love, in what inspires you, and discover how you're going to change in the world.

     During this girls-only writing-intensive workshop, you'll get energized by a few lady rebels from history, and be surrounded by girls who are ready to take on the world, just like you.

     Any and all kinds of writing are welcome, from real-life to poems to fiction. You just need to bring the unique girl you are. All awesome girls (and those who self-identify as a girl) need to apply soon because space is limited, unlike your potential.

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 11 to 15. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:30. Through December 2.

 

    

Thursday

    The Dominican Film Festival returns for the ninth year with a virtual showcase of Caribbean cinema. Today’s feature is Caribe: Todo Incluido.

    The series goes on holiday with Alicia, who is cheated on by her lifelong boyfriend and ends up invited to Punta Cana by her best friend to forget her ex. 
     Una comedia romántica muy fresca, en la cual Alicia es engañada por su novio de toda la vida, y acaba en Punta Cana invitada por su mejor amiga para olvidarse de su ex.
     The screenng marks Maplaso’s U.S. debut. Directed by Miguel Garcia de la Calera of the Dominican Republic, the 2020 romantic comedy runs 92 minutes. Get your ticket here.

     $15. Thursday online all day for one day only.

 

 

     Meet superhero scientist Dr. Nicolás Young, who uses his superpower to time the retreat of the ice edge in Greenland. Ask him about his superpowers, how he developed and perfected them, and what doing fieldwork in Greenland is like!

     Hosted by his alter ego, Dr. Nicolas Young, associate research professor of geochemistry at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory’s  Earth Institute.

     Thursday afternoon at 3 through the observatory’s website.

 

 

 

     Tired of being inside? Do you want to be wild and break out of the limitations that are always being set?

     Poetry is the answer. Put on your mask, meet in the P.S. 187 school yard and go on a poet's adventure.

     Poetry is a way of seeing things outside the boxes they are always being put in. You’ll be rejuvenated by the nature of Fort Tryon Park and emboldened by a resilient neighborhood. You’ll explore the wilds of language out in the world (safely!), allowing a stream of poetry to flow from the river of possibility. 

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations. For ages 10 to 14. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Thursday afternoons from 3 to 5. Through December 3.

 

 

    The Dominican Film Festival returns for the ninth year with a virtual showcase of Caribbean cinema.

    The series continues from the perspective of the border town of Malpaso. Braulio works with his grandfather while his twin, Candido, remains secluded due to his albinism. After their grandfather passes, Braulio will look after Candido, who dreams of the return of their father.
     En la ciudad fronteriza de Malpaso: Braulio trabaja con su abuelo, mientras que su gemelo, Cándido, permanece aislado debido a su albinismo. Después de la muerte de su abuelo, Braulio cuidará de Cándido, que sueña con el regreso de su padre.
     The screenng marks Maplaso’s North American debut. Directed by Héctor Valdez of the Dominican Republic, the 2020 drama runs 80 minutes. Get your ticket here.
     $15. Friday online all day.
 
 

Saturday

     The Young Curators program discusses mastizaje and identity in this program, carried out in collaboration with Philip Randolph High School and will be coordinated by Dr. Mildred van Zwaren.

     Aimed at a small group of university freshmen who are familiar with the Hispanic Society and its collections, this group of students addresses the concepts of mestizaje and identity. Through individual research, personal reflection, and group discussions, participants will create an artwork-related narrative that will be presented in a final session with the participation of museum curators, educators, and university professors.

     Saturday through the Hispanic Society’s social media.

 

    

    The Dominican Film Festival continues this weekend with its showcase of Caribbean cinema.

     About Colonia is the story of a nineteen-year-old Dominican-American nursing student who lives in a tiny apartment in Brooklyn with her eccentric and religiously conservative mother.
     Colonia, una estudiante de enfermería de 19 años que vive en un pequeño departamento en Brooklyn con su excéntrica y religiosa madre. 
      Directed by Eduardo Scholomo Valasquez of the Dominican Republic, the 2019 drama runs 65 minutes. Get your ticket here.
     $15. Saturday online for one day only.
 
 

     It's time for you to be the master of your universe!

     Comes explore worlds of your own creation, inhabited by beings that only you can imagine. Whether you prefer fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, or dystopia, you’ll work as a team to bring your ideas to life.

     Map out stories rich in symbolism, unleash your hidden storytelling skills, and be each other’s sounding boards along the way. If you've ever dreamed of another world, this is the workshop where you can make it happen.

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 7 to 13. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Saturday mornings from 10 to noon. Through December 12.

 

 

     Pow!

     Boom!

     Smash!

     Your stories and illustrations are the next must-read issue. This workshop goes deeper into the art of  making comic books, so you can expand upon adventures and epic stories in progress or start a whole new storyline.

     You'll build on the skills you learned in the intro class.

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 10 to 14. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Saturday afternoons from 2 to 3:30. Through December 19.

 

 

On-line tutoring

     With kids at home all the time, Patience and Fortitude will get parents only so far!

     The New York Public Library offers ways to keep your family occupied and engaged no matter their age.

     Pre-school: Ideas for playing at home, from music shakers to no-mess finger painting.

     Pre-teens: A range of chapter books that meet the requirement for 30-minute independing reading.

     High school: Books and videos chosen for teens who want more than just an assignment to fulfill.

     The full list of resources is here.

 

 

     The NYPL offers free online homework help from one-on-one tutors, daily from 2 to 11 p.m. through a partnership with Brainfuse.
     Available in English and Spanish, for early elementary through high school students, in core subject areas. Explore more from the Library's academic resources 24/7, including
its wide array of online learning aids for all ages and teaching resources for educators.

 

 

Virtual learning

     Join Cassie Xu, Director of the Office of Education and Outreach at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, as she builds the simple paper diorama of the Thwaites Glacier.

     Get your colored pencils, scissors, and tape or glue ready and follow along. Share your final creation with on social media (#LDEOtoGO) or email it to events@ldeo.columbia.edu.

     Download the PDFs of the diorama in color or in black and white to print at home. 

 

 

     Ever wanted to create elephant toothpaste? 
     So maybe not. What about lip balm and ice cream? You can do all those on Science Saturdays with Kaitlyn Miller, the science intern at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood, when she leads experiments you can do at home.
     Saturday on Dyckman at Home.
     ¡La pasante científica de DFM, Kaitlyn Miller, liderará experimentos científicos que puedes hacer en casa! A partir del 11 de julio, tendrás la oportunidad de crear pasta de dientes de elefante, bálsamo labial y helado. Asegúrese de sintonizar en nuestros canales de redes sociales y en Dyckman en Casa.
 
 

     So you’re stuck doing chares at home when you’d rather be playing in the park.

     How about a little experiment?

     Turn an egg into a rubber ball … make nectar for hummingbirds … maybe figure out how focus binoculars.

     They’re all here, courtesy of the Greenbelt Conservancy, our friends in Staten Island who take care of the parks and open spaces on Richmond.

 

 

Uptown coloring pages

    

     Here’s a way to make your next outing with the kids a little different.

     Print out a family scavenger hunt booklet and take a walk through Fort Tryon Park’s historic estate remnants.

     Find, draw, and map natural marvels and constructed treasures while you explore the path network that leads from Billings Lawn to the Palisades Overlook.

     The booklet is provided by the Fort Tryon Park Trust.

Fort Tryon Park Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunt 2020 Fort Tryon Park.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [5.6 MB]

     Drawing a building is easy when you break it up into shapes.

     See for yourself with some help from the Center For Architecture, which created an instructional lesson and video on how to draw Manhattan’s oldest house, the Morris-Jumel Mansion. The site of a famous meeting held by George Washington, the Jumel Terrace landmark is said to be haunted.

Draw the Morris-Junel Mansion
Drawing-Buildings-Activity-Final-2020-2.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [386.3 KB]

     Need something new for the kids to do?

     The Hispanic Society of America offers several coloring pages, each based on one of the most famous paintings in the museum’s collection. Recognize the Duchess of Alba? Download the pdf below.

      For adults, the society has posted several lectures here.

¿Necesita algo nuevo para que hagan los niños?
      La Hispanic Society of America ofrece varias páginas para colorear, cada una basada en una de las pinturas más famosas de la colección del museo. ¿Reconoces a la duquesa de Alba? Descargue el pdf a continuación.
       Para los adultos, la sociedad ha publicado varias conferencias aquí.

Color Your Day with Hispanic Society Kids
hsml-kids-coloringbook-final.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [717.7 KB]

     Have someone at home who needs a bigger stage?

     The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre offers a 35-minute musical theater introductory class to take kids through a typical vocal warm-up, stretches, dance warm-up, and even some funny tongue twisters and other facial and speech exercises. The troupe’s artistic director, Colleen Hawks-Pierce, leads, with guest appearances by Uptown teens.

     Free. Watch it here.

 

 

     With miles of trails and the best vistas in Manhattan, Uptown is lucky to have amazing parks. Getting out in one can help you relax and excercise at the same time.

     Just be sure to follow these common-sense guidelines:

  • Go out in small groups no bigger than three, making sure that everyone remains at least 6 feet from each other at all times. 
  • If you go out at night, stay near the street, and go with a friend — and maintain that distance of at least 6 feet. 
  • Bike or stroll  on the Greenway along the Hudson or Harlem Rivers. 
  • Do not engage in team sports or other group games. 
  • Use playgrounds at your own risk. Although playground bathrooms remain open and are disinfected daily, the playground equipment is not disinfected. Avoid using playground equipment, but you do, take wipes to sanitize anything you or your child may touch and play on equipment only if you can remain at least 6 feet apart from anyone not in your household.

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     Join an after-school program with naturalist Leslie Day and artist Jessica Maffia to learn about the unique shapes of tree leaves found throughout Fort Tryon Park: oaks, maples, redbuds, elms, lindens, and more.

     Kids will bring fallen leaves to the workshop to explore their shape, lobes, edges, and other features. Artwork created by leaf rubbings will showcase these exploration findings from the park.

     Geared toward children ages 5–8. Register here by noon on Monday to receive the Zoom details and a brief list of materials you will need.

     Monday from 3:30 to 4:15 online.

 

 

    The Dominican Film Festival continues this weekend with its showcase of Caribbean cinema.

     In Super Firemen, the carelessness of a dreamy father causes his daughter to almost die in a fire that destroys a neighborhood. His wife leaves him and goes to live with her mother. Mecha, not knowing what to do to get them back, decides to become the hero they admire, a firefighter. 
     El descuido de un padre soñador que provoca que su hija casi muera en un incendio que destruye una vecindad por completo. Desde ese momento su esposa lo abandona y se marcha a vivir donde su madre. Mecha, sin saber qué hacer para recuperarlas, decide convertirse en el héroe que ellas admiran, un bombero. 
      Directed by Francis “Indio” Disla of the Dominican Republic, the 2019 comedy runs 98 minutes. Get your ticket here.
     $15. Wednesday, October 28, online for one day only.
 
 

    The Dominican Film Festival continues this weekend with its showcase of Caribbean cinema.

     In An Unforgettable Party, a group of friends decides to host a party in an abandoned house belonging to the family of one of group. Turns out a suicide took place there 20 years ago.
     Un grupo de amigos decide organizar una fiesta en una casa abandonada perteneciente a la familia de uno de ellos, donde ocurrió un suicidio hace 20 años.
      Directed by Tito Rodriguez of the Dominican Republic, the 2019 horror show runs 83 minutes. Get your ticket here.

     $15. Thursday, October 29, online for one day only.

 

 

     Trick or Treat!

     Fort Washington children’s librarians will tell you something good to read!

     Kids, parents and caregivers are invited to join as the Fort George library shares some favorite scary tales. Get out your favorite scary book to share.

     This book discussion is geared towards children 7–12 and their caregivers. Register here.

     Free. Friday afternoon, October 30, at 4 on the Fort Washington Library’s social media.

 

 

     Dress to impress — or just to socially distance.

     Bruce’s Garden hosts a Halloween Party for one and all featuring candy and crafts and a spooky background for photos.

     Free. Halloween morning from 9 until 1 in the garden, near Isham Park in Inwood across from 10 Park Terrace East (not West!) at 215th Street.

 

 

 

     The autumn performance from Pied Piper’s merry band of troupers is Robin Hood.

     Uptown kids take all the roles in the timeless tale of taking from the rich and giving to the poor.

     The play takes the virtual stage for opening night in November, with streaming details to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

     The Washington Heights Music Fest in collaboration with Washington Heights Artists’ Movement hosts a monthly open mic for artists, poets, singers, writers and performers. Refreshments will be provided.

     All ages are welcome, so the acts should be appropriate for everyone. Hosted by Lethy Liriano.

     Friday evening, November 6, starting at 6 on the Zoom page of Word Up Community Book Shop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street. On the first Friday of the month.

 

 

    Do some digging, then get in some riding with your BMX buds.

      Meet up for a day of work and play in the woods and learn what it takes to build, maintain, and ride the most progressive urban bike park in America, with the help of the New York City Mountain Bike Association.

     There will be light trail maintenance tasks for all ages in the morning. Every volunteer receives a free 20-minute clinic and, in the afternoon, a guided ride throughout the trails from 12:30 to 3. Even better, bikes and helmets are provided, so you don’t need your own.  

     Uptown is the home of the city's first mountain biking course, a 3 miles of trails of varying difficulty and a free-ride trail that includes drops, steeps, and berms. The park also features a dirt jump park and pump track, making it a good place to develop different skills at all levels.

     Updates on trail work posted are on the New York chapter’s web site.

     Free. Saturday, November 14, from 10 to 3 in Fort George at the BMX trailhead in Highbridge Park, on Fort George Avenue, just northwest of the Buxzek Ballfield. Monthly on the second Saturday.

 

 

     How did the Morris and Jumel families light the rooms of the Mansion before home electricity became common in the 1870s?

     Discover the history of illumination while creating your own unique candle. Families can select their own scents and colors to make old-fashioned lighting.

     Admission to the Mansion is free for all ages every second Saturday for Con Edison Family Day.

     Free. Saturday, November 14, from noon to 2 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace in Roger Morris Park.

 

 

     Take your mask and join an outdoor drum circle. It’s this month’s family day event.

     Saturday afternoon, November 14, at 1 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace. Monthly on the second Saturday.

 

 

     In Eliza Jumel’s lifetime, people decorated their homes for the Christmas season with hand-made paper ornaments and pomanders, or dried oranges with cloves. Try your hand at making one of each to take home with you.

     Admission to the Mansion is free for all ages every second Saturday for Con Edison Family Day.

     Free. Saturday, December 12, from noon to 2 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace in Roger Morris Park.

 

 

     When Covid-19 hit, Pied Piper was only two weeks away from opening night of its spring musical, Once Upon a Mattress

     The kids had been rehearsing for months, so you can imagine the devastation when all their performances had to be cancelled. To console them and to keep their spirits up, the troupe continues to rehearse on Zoom and then record their parts at home—editing all the video into a virtual version of the show that the kids could share and be proud of. 

     The final version will debut online in December at a date and time Pied Piper will announce in the autumn.

 

 

     The annual Drums Along the Hudson began in 2002 as a traditional Pow Wow to celebrate Native American heritage and culture, and also to commemorate the Lenape people who first inhabited Inwood Hill Park, or Shorakapok (“edge of the water”).

     The event features dancers and drummers from around the world, combining Native American heritage, culture and art with the diversity of New York City. Activities include a Tree of Peace planting, international cuisine, Native American storytelling, a Pow Wow and crafts.
     The event has attracted a growing audience, numbering from 400 in the first year to over 8,000 in recent years.
     Free. A Sunday in June
in Inwood Hill Park at Indian Road and 218th Street.

 

 

     The creator of Hamilton and the director of Crazy Rich Asians invite you to the event of the summer, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big … In the Heights.

     Lights up on Washington Heights. The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside the 181st Street subway stop in Fort George, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines, and sings about a better life.

     Filmed in WaHi, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic tale debuts on Friday, June 18, at screens across town.

 

 

    The Medieval Festival is the most famous event in the Heights, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the neighborhood.

     Lords, ladies, knights and commoners bring to life the customs and spirit of the middle ages, transforming a slice of Upper Manhattan into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Visitors are greeted by period music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters. The day concludes with a joust among four knights on horseback.

     Free. A Sunday in late September or early October in Fort Tryon Park. 

 

  

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