There is no greater place for a music lover to live than Ossining.
The richness of music in Ossining is a huge part of what makes this community ideal for raising our family. Last Sunday we walked down the hill to our public library to attend a free Guy Davis concert. Paxton and Levon listened, sang and clapped along with their fellow concert-goers. Afterward, we bought a CD and the boys joked around with Guy as he signed it and dramatically engaged in high-fives with his youngest audience members.
There are so many ways to love music—playing, singing, listening, dancing, learning the history… Growing up I learned a little piano, performed in every school musical and chorus concert, and sang in my college’s gospel choir. I’m playing the piano more today than I have in decades, as I help Pax and Levon practice. And Thursday evening I’m going to learn a little guitar at the Rockin’ Moms Night Out. It’s a fundraiser for the Friends of Victoria Gearity campaign for Ossining Village Trustee, hosted by Risko Music.
Of course, any party is an opportunity to celebrate local Ossining businesses! We’ll sample treats from Bellina Chocolates and Sterling Sweets, munch savory snacks, and taste selections from Ossining Wine & Liquor (85 Croton Avenue, 914-941-2733) as well as local craft brewers. Please join us! The Rockin’ part of the night is thanks to The Mike Risko Music School who is hosting the event and will break out some guitars and provide a mini-lesson to any musically inclined or curious party-goers.
The Mike Risko Music School received a big shout-out at the Guy Davis concert because of the school’s support of the free series. Alan and Ellen Marzelli are the founders of the Ossining “Words & Music” concert series. That series is an integral part of what makes Ossining the greatest place I can imagine for raising my family.
This summer Paxton and Levon performed before a live audience for the first time. They each played a song they learned in their piano classes at Risko. My boys were the opening act for the Rock Band Campers who composed and performed original pieces in a live outdoor concert at the music school. How cool is that?!
So many of us gathered to enjoy warm Friday evenings at the Ossining Waterfront. There is no more spectacular venue for live music than sitting on a blanket with friends, picnicking, listening, dancing and watching the sunset over the Hudson River at Louis Engel Park. We have the Ossining Waterfront Vision Committee is to thank for that free public concert series.
When my boys are at Claremont, I look forward to them learning to play violin, viola or cello. Mike & Miriam Risko demonstrated their profound connection with our community by offering a free Intro to Strings workshop for the new string players before the school year began.
Another terrific live music event is the Ossining MATTERS Benefit Concert. That’s one ticket I’m happy to pay for. Last year when audience members were invited to come together in front of the stage, I danced with friends, students, parents, administrators, school board and community members. It is no wonder that this annual spring fundraiser is such a success in Ossining.
Maybe someday Pax and Levon will form a band—Blue Pizza is the name they’ve already selected. (If there’s any garage that deserves its own band, it the gorgeous one my husband Eric built!) Maybe someday my boys will march in the OHS band, or even play Carnegie Hall. Or maybe they’ll just sing in the shower. What I do know, is that the rich role music will play throughout their lives is in no small part thanks to the creativity, generosity and dedication of so many wonderful people in Ossining.
Individual contributions are limited to $1,000 and are not tax-deductible. Please make checks out to Friends of Victoria and mail them to Friends of Victoria Gearity, 57 Prospect Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562.
Event attendees can make donations at the door. Thanks!!