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Local Ways to Celebrate Labor Day '12

A few, family-friendly, events near the Hudson Valley to check out this Labor Day weekend.

is upon us, and although many folks are packing up to hit the beaches and summer homes one last time, many are staying local.

If you are enjoying a staycation this long weekend, check out our roundup of events from across the Hudson Valley. These will be sure to add some local flavor and fun to the Labor Day weekend at home.

Here are some ideas for activities to enjoy during your long and relaxing Labor Day weekend.

Where/When: White Plains Performing Arts Center on Sunday, September 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Why go: Cheer on the local pageant contestants who are competing for the title of Miss. New York Teen USA and Miss New York USA. 

Pricing: $35/$45 per ticket. Order online here.

 

Playland Fireworks Finale

Where/When:  on Friday, Aug. 31 at 9:15 p.m.

Why go: Head to the historic amusement park for the final fireworks show of the summer season. Check out what else is going on at Playland here.

Pricing: $5 parking per car

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Green Corn Festival

When/Where:  Saturday, September 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 

Why Go:  The explores the history and culture of the area’s Native American residents. Enjoy folk tales, song, and storytelling, and a participatory presentation of traditional Native American dance, plus open-hearth cooking demonstrations, games, live music, and hands-on craft activities for children. Susan McLellan Plaisted will demonstrate Native American cooking and medicine-making. Arthur Kermss returns with demonstrations of wampum-making and treenware (wooden bowls and utensils). Geordanes of Irvington will provide picnic food.

Price: Admission: $14; $12 for seniors; $8 for children 3-17. Free for members and children under 3

 

LobstersMore than Just Dinner

When/Where:  Sunday, September 2, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the  in Greenwich.

Why Go:  Join local lobstermen and naturalists, who will address questions surrounding the status of lobster fisheries and populations in Long Island Sound. This family-friendly event features live lobsters in a touch tank, a fun craft, and continuous video footage of this complex crustacean.

Price:  The program is free, but passes are required for park entry.

 

New York Bacon Fest 2012 in Hudson

When/Where:  Sunday, September 2, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Henry Hudson Waterfront Park, Water Street in Hudson, NY.

Why Go: From the Bacon Fest website: “Hey, why ISN’T there an entire festival around bacon anyways?”  Restaurants and eateries from NYC, the Hudson Valley, the Capital Region and Southern Adirondacks and into the Berkshires will be featuring their bacon creations, area smokehouses will have a spectrum of flavors to sample, artisans of all crafts – edible and non – will have their wares on display, farms and CSA’s will delight us with pig knowledge.

Price:  Daily Gate Admission is $10.00 or $8.00 in advance. No discounted or reduced price tickets will be available at the gate. Children 10 and under are free. Rain or shine.

 

20th Annual Yonkers Riverfest

When/Where:  Saturday, September 8, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Main Street and adjacent streets near the Yonkers downtown waterfront.

Why Go: An outdoor day of free events for the entire family including music played by top New York metro area performance groups; arts and crafts displays; international food; classic cars; children’s petting zoo; face painting; mini golf; street jugglers and more. The event will be held, rain or shine.

Price:  Free admission

 

Brewster Film Festival and Food Fest

When/Where:   Saturday, September 1, 4 p.m. at in Brewster. Food Fest begins at 4:00. Food Vendors will be on Oak Street selling dinner items until 7 p.m.

Why Go: Take in music, check out artisans and entertainment for children on the lawn of the historic Walter Brewster House. Tours of the Walter Brewster House will be available throughout the day. Short films will be shown under the stars on the sweeping lawn of the Walter Brewster House.

Price:  Bring blankets or lawn chairs for this free event.

 

Where/When:  on Monday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why go: Dozens of antiques dealers will have antiques and collectibles on display. The Friends of Lasdon will also be holding a plant sale and Gary Dillon will be holding a signing. Food will be available for purchase. Bring items for appraisal between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. ($5 each).

Pricing: $7; free for children under 12

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