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Event roundup for this weekend

Dance and monologue performance, Climate BINGO & a Cellist performance

Hudson Valley MoCA: “War on Drugs” Writing the Walls Performance by Derek & Sharon-Simmons Wright 


On Saturday April 13th at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, April 14th at 3:00 pm, the Studio Theater in Exile and the Hudson Valley MoCA will continue their “Writing the Walls” series with a stunning performance by local Peekskill husband and wife team, the Wright family. The theme this year for the Studio Theater in Exile is “War”. Writing the Walls and Hudson Valley MoCA invited poets and playwrights to contribute original works reflective of their interaction with the art in the Museum. Many new works were submitted by poets, playwrights, choreographers, and composers inspired by Hudson Valley MoCA’s National Juried Exhibition “WAR”. The couple’s work “War on Drugs” was selected.

In this Writing on the Walls performance “War on Drugs”, Derek and Sharon Simmons-Wright will perform together for the first time ever. Derek Wright is a retired NYPD detective and now writes screenplays in the crime genre. For this performance, Derek will present a monologue he wrote for this project. Sharon Simmons-Wright is a retired NYC educator and now owns and operates Just the Place Dance School at 2 Stowe Road in Peekskill. Sharon Simmons-Wright choreographed a dance to coincide with the monologue written by her husband. 

This coming Saturday and Sunday, the public is invited to attend the Studio Theater in Exile performance. For tickets to this upcoming weekend’s performances, click here. The cost is $25 per ticket.  

Writing the Walls began in 2005 when Studio Theater in Exile’s co-founder and Artistic Director Mara Mills and Livia Straus, co-founder Hudson Valley MoCA, created Writing the Walls and invited poets and playwrights to contribute original works reflective of their interaction with the art in the Museum. Until Quarantine 2020 there were yearly on-site performances at HVMoCA where the audience moved from artwork to artwork and the poets read in front of them. To keep tradition during the COVID Quarantine, Studio Theater in Exile and Hudson Valley MoCA produced Climbing the Walls and Writing (Off) the Walls online. In 2022, Studio Theater in Exile formally became housed in the Hudson Valley MoCA’s black box, complete with stage, sound, lights, projection, and seating and performances moved to the theater.

Peekskill100 Climate B-I-N-G-O!   

Are you smarter than a 5th grader? Find out by playing a friendly game of community Bingo with Peekskill100. Peekskill100 is their name and carbon reduction is their game! Join Peekskill100 this Sunday, April 14, from  2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Division Street Grill to meet with neighbors, learn how to be Climate Smarter, play Climate Bingo and have the chance to win great prizes! 

To register for this event, click here via Eventbrite. A suggested donation is $10 or whatever you can give. All proceeds go directly to reduce carbon emissions in our local area.

Entry to the event will include a Bingo card, a chance to win prizes such as a gift certificate to Dylan’s Wine Cellar, Peekskill Coffee House coffee, and delicious baked goods from Red Door Bakery. Jon Peekskill100 to celebrate our community while also learning how to make a difference. 

Peekskill100 is a new chapter of CURE100 (Communities United to Reduce Emissions 100%). The aim of the group is to get Peekskill’s emissions cut by 100 percent in 16 years. To read more about this new group and their goals, visit the Peekskill100 website and check out this March 21, 2024 Peekskill Herald article

The Hendrick Hudson Library Coffeehouse Concert Series presents: Cellist Howard Cohen

Accomplished cellist Howard Cohen will be performing live and in person in the Constance Dyckman Community Room of the Hendrick Hudson Free Library this Sunday from 2:00-3:00 pm. From Bach to the Beatles and everything in between, Cohen will wow you with his musical selections to include the following genres: classical, jazz, klezmer, Irish tunes, popular songs, and Broadway melodies. Registration is not required, but get there early to get a good seat before the room fills up. For more information contact Cheri Morreale at [email protected] or call (914) 739-5654 ext. 304.

Notable Mentions:

Field Library Gallery reception for Rose Marie James’ “Oil on Canvas” on Saturday,  April 13, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Newly expanded Peekskill Flea Market on Sunday from 8am to 3 pm

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About the Contributor
Dave Mueller
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]