Spring Forward

After a long, protracted winter increasing days of light and warmth have begun. 
In this section we take a look at local businesses as they spring forward.

Children’s room Muralist announces availability to paint in our river town area. Tania Dirks is a Rhode Island School of Design graduate & has been painting children’s rooms and nursery rooms for over a decade. She is an expert at making a room special and unique. In the past she has painted furniture for children’s specialty store Tra La La in Irvington, NY. You can contact Tania Dirks for your free consultation. 845-702-1108 or www.taniadirks.com  •

Lighthouse Ice Cream Kompanies (LICKS) is located at 127 West Main Street in Tarrytown. It is part of the beautiful Hudson Harbor development that is conveniently located by the Tarrytown train station, and the newly constructed Hudson River Walk.

Lighthouse Ice Cream Kompanies, produces all of its homemade ice cream on sight using farm fresh milk and pure cane sugar.  Using high quality and organic ingredients is a priority in our recipe formulations. That means no high-fructose corn syrup! Besides providing a variety of ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and sherbet, coffee and pastries will be served for the traveling commuter and food lovers alike. If you don’t feel like indulging, healthier organic snack foods are available. 

LICKS has been in the works for months. After all the careful planning and hard work, LICKS plans to open its doors early this spring. Stayed tuned for our Grand Opening!   •

Spring is in the air at Red Hat on the River. Restaurant Week is a blast! Come in before it’s over—March 27th. The patio tables and chairs are in place, we’re sprucing up the bar on the roof, our knockout Strawberry Sangria is back and it won’t be long until the ramps, asparagus and leeks make their way to the menu. If there’s a chill in the air, but you still want to sit outside, our red pashminas will do the trick.  Check us out on Facebook (Red Hat on the River); we’ll post when the patio is open. Hope to see you soon. (Easter is late this year, but make your reservations early. Prix Fixe menus for adults and kids – April 24th. Complimentary Matzoh for Passover—April 18-26.) •

Bark & Meow, Inc. is experiencing its 4th year in business this spring. We continue to listen to our customers and strive to get products in our store that meet the demands of their animals. We sell natural and organic food and treats and are looking to provide our local customers with “raw” food for the food savvy. Our new spring collars featuring hand-made leather Swarovski Crystals, Up-Country, and Earth-Dog hemp collars are currently in stock. Our new all natural Warren London Dog Spa and Grooming Products feature organic fragrances and shampoos and also a line of Pawdicure Polish Pens for your animals’ nails. We have our “fun faux” women’s wallets in stock with creative designs and other fun stuff for people and pets. Come visit us at  9A South Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591. T.914.524.7373. Closed Monday. Tues. Wed. Sat. 10 am – 6 pm. Thurs. Fri. 10 am – 7 pm. Sun. 11 am – 4 pm. •

Moon River Grill is gearing up for the spring and summer. We have been waiting for this all winter and it is almost here. I am planning on tweaking the menu with some new ideas and specials. Things like crab cakes and fried oysters. An oyster po’ boy. Some kabobs.  A variety of fresh oysters. A few regional dishes from the low country of Savannah and New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

And then there is the outdoor deck.  What a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner while enjoying the beautiful Hudson River and the Palisades. The sunsets are magnificent.  We will be serving on the deck as soon as the weather allows.  Keep checking our website (moonrivergrill.net) for updates.  Or you can just give us a call. We have room for about 24 people and there isn’t a bad seat. Perfect for a romantic dinner or a get-together with friends.

Our upstairs dining room is perfect for private parties.  Springtime is full of reasons to have a party. Communions, bar mitzvas, rehearsal dinners, graduations, showers. Maybe it’s a special someone’s birthday. Even if you need a room for a corporate or business event, we can make it happen.  The room seats about 30 people and you would have the deck also. We have a full catering menu with many options.  For inquiries please contact Bob at bobronan@moonrivergrill.net. You can also call or stop by to see the room and create a menu for your event. •

Celebrate the Music Hall’s 125th anniversary season with us on April 3! The Music Hall will celebrate its 125th anniversary season on April 3. A catered event for Music Hall supporters will be held at 4pm at The Mozartina Musical Arts Conservatory, 43 Prospect Avenue, Tarrytown and the Boz Scaggs performance will follow at 7pm at the Music Hall. The Music Hall has received a $150,000 “Save America’s Treasures” matching grant through the support of Congresswoman Nita Lowey for building renovations, and proceeds from the event will go towards this match and programming. Tickets for the party and premium theater seats are $200;  party-only tickets are $110. Concert-only ticketsare also available. All tickets may be purchased online at www.tarrytownmusichall.org, over the phone at 877-840-0457, or in person at the Music Hall’s box office.

The celebration is made possible through the generous support of The Allan Block Insurance Agency, M&T Bank, The Mozartina Musical Arts Conservatory, Pernod Ricard USA, and Travelers. Special appreciation goes out to event planner Laura Sheeran Cirone of LSC Productions, Inc. (www.lscproductions.com) who is working pro-bono.

The Music Hall was built by chocolate manufacturer William Wallace in 1885 during Tarrytown’s “Golden Age.” It was rescued from the wrecking ball on Valentine’s Day 1980 by The Friends of the Mozartina, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational, and cultural organization that is passionate about providing quality programs in the performing arts and preserving and restoring this national historic landmark. At the heart of its community, the Music Hall is the oldest theater in Westchester and one of the busiest in the region, offering the best in music, theater, dance and film to over 80,000 people, including 30,000 children, every year. •

As JP Doyle’s Restaurant enters its 12th year, proprietors Nicholas Bell and Brian Doyle have big visions for the upcoming spring and summer season. Their outdoor beer garden opened for the St. Patrick’s Day parade and they haven’t looked back. The Friday happy hour from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with $2 Bud and Bud Lights and live music outside is sure to be a weekly hit all season long. Chef Bell’s spring menu consists of some new fish entrees, as well as some new craft beers JP Doyle’s has introduced.

The annual Golf Outing will be held at Ardsley Country Club on Monday, July 11, 2011. In addition to that, Shileleigh Law will be performing this summer in the beer garden.  Anyone interested can follow us on our website at www.jpdoylesrestaurant.com or on Facebook. •

Rock Island Sound in Tarrytown is offering free sample music lessons of one-half hour along with a complimentary evaluation as part of their Spring Special. The lessons can either be at their store at 6 Main Street in Tarrytown or in the student’s home. Instrumental lessons are for guitar, piano, base, drums, harmonica, voice, music composition and more.

In addition Rock Island Sound has opened a new repair shop for all instruments at their Tarrytown location and also offer rentals on all types of instruments for the coming school year. Summer music camps will be held once school summer recess commences.  Camps will run in July and August and will be from one to several weeks in duration.Go to their website at www.rockislandsound.com for further details or call (914) 333-0420. A second store is located in Rye, NY at 619 Milton Road. Telephone (914) 967-0800. •

Demeter’s Sports Bar and Tavern in Tarrytown has just the ticket for baseball’s opening day and just about any other sporting event as well. Celebrating 65 years of great hospitality, not to mention food and drink, this warm and inviting tavern has 14 large- screen TVs which will feature every baseball game along with hockey playoffs and basketball championship games as well. If it’s broadcast there’s a great chance you’ll see it at Demeter’s. They are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner until 11 pm. Private parties are welcome and made easy with a call to Don at (914) 631-9679.

Demeter’s co-ed softball league on Wednesdays and Thursdays is starting up, and there are four teams. Once again, call Don for further information. Demeter’s is located at 51 Old White Plains Road (one block from the Marriott Courtyard).    •

Sebastian’s. Tarrytown has a new barber shop at 6 John Street (off of Main Street) and Sebastian Aliberti is the proprietor. The personable barber Sebastian has made his shop family friendly and cuts all types of hair. He offers men’s cuts (at $16) and men’s professional coloring as well. Children are always welcome and those 12 and under get their haircut for $15. Sebastian’s Barber Shop is open 7 days a week. For further information call (914) 909-0231 or stop by and say hello. •

Sunset Cove is celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the Tarrytown Boat Club at 238 Green Street in Tarrytown. Starting on April 1st the riverfront restaurant will offer a new spring and summer menu. Outside dining is available waterside, and jazz on Friday nights will continue for the near future.

Anyone seeking to hold a splendid tent party by the Hudson River can call Ryan at (914) 366-7889 to check availability. Visit Sunset Cove online at www.sunsetcove.net. •

Harper’s Bar and Restaurant at 92 Main Street in Dobbs Ferry is a contemporary interpretation of the American tavern committed to sourcing and using fresh, local ingredients in a casual, rustic setting. All menus are seasonal.

Outdoor dining in a private garden along with private dining for larger groups is available. Lunch, dinner and brunch along with seasonal menus make Harper’s a destination. Weekdays prix fixe menus are offered for both lunch and dinner. Happy hour at the bar is on weekdays from 5:30-7:30 and features half-price on draft beers and all wines. For further information call (914) 693-2306 or visit www.harpersonmain.com. •

North American Refinery, www.nargoldparty.com, is a locally owned and family operated business by Cinthia and Matthew Gullotta who have deep roots of over 37 years in Irvington, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Ossining.  Being the Hudson Valley’s #1 gold and silver party company, the Gullottas pride themselves on trust and integrity. They have the utmost respect for their customers and pay top dollar for gold and silver. They hand test and weigh unwanted or broken pieces of gold and silver with their customers present.

For the customers who are looking to purchase silver, gold coins or bullion please visitwww.silvergoldplatinumcoins.com for the lowest priced bullion dealer online.

Special “Gold Parties” have become very popular, and either referring someone or  hosting a party offers a cash bonus. For further information visit www.nargoldparty.com. For information call (914) 525-0744. •

Irvington’s Red Barn Bakery
at 4 South Astor Place is the newest addition to owner Randell Dodge’s creative endeavors. Having focused most of her career on fashion accessories and design, Randell decided to turn a dream into a reality. Since she was twelve, Randell would bake cookies for customers at fashion trade shows such as Coterie in New York. Buyers from Neiman Marcus would rave about the cookies and tarts.

In 2008 Randell decided to take a giant leap of faith, follow her dream and began Red Barn Bakery.”The red barn symbolizes true Americana in my view. Having gone to Bennington College the red barn became ingrained in me,” she said. Starting with a home certification, and selling to stores like Mt. Kisco Seafood, Dodge believed in organics,  and realized there were no organic bakeries using local ingredients.

The doors have opened and the  bakery reveals exposed bricks and a comfortable interior. Delicious organic coffee is served along with organic baked goods that are both sweet and savory. For further information call (914) 231-7779.

Little b’s is burgers, bites and bar.  A combination of a Sports Bar and Gastro Pub.  The menu consists of the Build Your Own Burger (BYOB), Wings, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Mac & Cheese and other tasty bites.  There is a full bar and TV’s to watch your favorite sporting event.  There is a small lounge area to sip cocktails and gaze out onto the street. Located at 49 Main Street in Tarrytown Little b’s is open Monday, Wednesday,

Thursday and Friday from 4pm on. On Saturday and Sunday they open at noon. For further information call (914) 631-2228. Closed Tuesdays. •

The EF International School of English is asking for your help in welcoming our international students year-round! We are still looking for host families in the local communities.

Help us with international relations by hosting a student from France, Japan, Korea, Italy, Peru, Vietnam or Mongolia, amongst many others. Our students come from over forty countries, range in age from 16 to adult, and are here in Tarrytown anywhere from two weeks to nine months.  A weekly stipend is provided to cover food and living expenses incurred for each student.

A good host family experience makes a world of difference to our students and their families. Speaking from personal experience, lifelong friendships are created and the world truly becomes a little bit smaller with the intimate knowledge of other cultures you gain from your students.

For information or to sign up, contact Elodie Steffen, Host Family Coordinator, at 914-597-7104 or email at elodie.steffen@ef.com

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