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What do Haverstraw Bricks, WAR, and a Harpist have in common?


What do Haverstraw Bricks, WAR, and a Harpist have in common? They are all events that are happening this weekend in Peekskill and Cortlandt.


Haverstraw Brick Yards Presentation at the Little Red School House – Saturday 2 – 3 pm

Postcard source: New City, NY Library

From the late 1700s to the mid-1900s, the Hudson River brick industry was one of the largest manufacturing industries in New York state. The brick industry provided the bricks that helped build a large majority of the City of New York and many of the river towns up and down the Hudson. By 1883, with 41 brickyards operating in Haverstraw, employing an estimated 2,400 men, Haverstraw became the world’s largest producer of bricks. At one time, approximately two-thirds of the buildings in nearby New York City were built with Haverstraw bricks. By 1860, there were over 88 brickyards on the Hudson River, each with its own unique brand mark. 

The Rose Brick Yard Company brick logo
Photo Credit: Haverstraw Brick Museum

This Saturday, February 17, 2024, join the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society at 2:00 pm at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Locust Avenue, and learn about the “Haverstraw Brick Industry and the Building of New York City” presented by Rachel Whitlow the Executive Director of the Haverstraw Brick Museum. This presentation connects historical buildings with the Haverstraw brickyard’s brand marks, and takes us behind the scenes to the communities that built them. 

WAR opening reception & exhibition at the Hudson Valley MOCA – Saturday 3 – 5 pm 

Jorg Dubin, California
A house divided, 2020
Photo Credit: Hudson Valley MOCA

‘WAR’, three simple letters inspiring terror. War can take many forms, have many acronyms. The ‘Just War’, a ‘Holy War’, a ‘War on Terror’, ‘Going on a Warpath’, ‘Internal Struggle’, ‘War against Cancer’, ‘Sparring Partners’, ‘Trading Barbs’… War may be external and/or internal, social or domestic, political or personal.  always with an element of tension, of conflict. In past and current exhibitions at the Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Arts, and in their long term installation of Thomas Hirschhorn’s ‘Laundrette’, HVMOCA has looked at how artists take in and then portray the tensions of conflict. HVMOCA has exhibited works of veterans returning from Afghanistan, tribal wars in Africa, the bloody split of Yugoslavia, nuclear fears, Holocaust memories.  Many of the works expressed conflicts between humans, a clash of cultures, environmental challenges. Join the Hudson Valley MOCA for the opening reception of the 3rd annual National Juried Exhibition: “WAR” on Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

Alx Orphant, New York – 2020
Photo Credit: Hudson Valley MOCA

Patrons of the arts can also see the “WAR” art exhibition every Thursday and Saturday from 11:00am – 5:00pm until its closing on April 19, 2024. HVMOCA Museum Members: $20.00, Non-Members: $30.00 Peekskill Residents*: $25.00, Veterans and Active-Duty Military: $25, Seniors: $25, Students: $20, and Children under 8: free with adults. For more information visit Hudson Valley MOCA.

A Concert with Harpist, Lisa Tannebaum presented by the Hendrick Hudson Free Library – Sunday 2 – 4 pm

Harpist Lisa Tannebaum, renowned for her expressive musicality and creativity by the New York Times, has captivated audiences worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral artist. Her musical journey serves as an inspiration to those who pursue their artistic endeavors and passions outside of conventional timelines. Lisa Tannebaum holds positions at the Cap Ferret Music Festival in France and as a resident musician with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra where she teaches, concertizes and gives master classes. Currently, Lisa Tannebaum serves as the president of “Music In The Woods,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for students and enriching the community through music. She spearheads the Concierge Concert Series, an innovative project that redefines the concert experience.

To see this free concert by Lisa Tannebaum visit the Hendrick Hudson Free Library in Montrose in the Constance Dyckman Community Room this Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The Hendrick Hudson Free Library frequently has artists and free concerts for the community to enjoy throughout the year. For more information visit the event in the library’s calendar call the library at (914) 739-5654.

Music In The Woods Inc. on YouTube


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About the Contributor
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]