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intended to transform our downtown into a vibrant destination for residents and visitors alike.
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2019 Schedule of Events 

Words-on-Hudson: Hastings Friday Night Live 

Friday, April 5, 2019, from 6–9pm


45 Main St: Presents A Night of Poetry, Readings, Performance Art, and Live Music!

6-6:30 Veera Hiranandani: “The Night Diary”
Veera will read a selection from her Newbery Honor award winning book, The Night Diary, and hold a short Q&A afterwards." Signed copies of The Night Diary will be available for purchase.
Veera Hiranandani is the author of The Night Diary (Kokila), which received the 2019 Newbery Honor Award, the 2019 Walter Dean Myers Honor Award and the 2018 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature. She is also the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl and the chapter book series, Phoebe G. Green. She lives in Hastings on Hudson, NY and teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institutewww.veerahiranandani.com 

6:30 - 7 Clark Moore: Speed-Round Haiku Competition!
Clark Moore is excited to once again host Hastings-on-Hudson's third annual Speed-Round Haiku Competition! For each round, contestants will have three minutes to compose a haiku on a wide range of surprise topics. The overall winner will receive the honor of Hastings Haiku Laureate for the year. A lifelong Hastings resident, Moore has published his work in POETRY and Barrow Street, and is a regular contributor to Edible Westchester/Hudson Valley.

7 - 7:25 Steve Zeitlin: JEWels – Teasing out the Poetry in Jewish Jokes and Tales.
At the Passover Seder, celebrants ask, “why is this night different from all other nights?”  So on a night like this you ask – why is this talk different from other talks?  On all other nights, we tell jokes and stories. On this night – only poems. While shelves overflow with books of Jewish jokes and tales, this talk kneads them into poetic form.  In this talk, I mine, combine, and refine our Jewish stories and jokes into JEWels.
Steve Zeitlin is a Hastings resident and the Executive Director of City Lore, as well as a published author and poet. - www.citylore.org

7:25 - 7:35 Barbara Feinberg: reading from “The Wolf In The Garage”
Barbara Feinberg is an award winning author who will be reading from her memoir, "The Wolf in the Garage."  She is the founding director of Story Shop, a much beloved  creative arts program for kids in pre-school through  High School, in existence for over twenty- five years in Hastings.  She is the author of "Welcome to Lizard Motel" (Beacon Press), and   essays about creativity in childhood published in  the New York  Times, Boston Globe,  Brainchild, Teachers and Writers Magazine, and elsewhere.   She is a recipient of a grant from  The New York Foundation for the Arts and is a MacDowell Fellow.

7:35 - 8 Martin Torgoff: reading from “Can’t Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age” (2004), and “Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats and Drugs” (2017)
Martin Torgoff is a journalist and an award-winning author, documentary filmmaker, and writer, director, and producer of television, who has worked extensively in the fields of music and American popular culture. His last two books—Can’t Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age (2004), and Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats and Drugs (2017)—are narrative non-fiction works about how illicit drugs have shaped the cultural landscape of America. He will read a selection from each of these books (selections not recommended for children’s ears) http://www.martintorgoff.com/#bop-apocalypse-2

8 - 8:15 Rachel Wineberg: reading a Short Story and an excerpt of her upcoming Novel
Rachel Wineberg is a Pushcart-nominated writer and published in the Best of Ducts anthology. She will be reading from her newest short stories and an excerpt from her developing novel.

8:10 - 8:25 Kristin Prevaillet: performing a Poetry & Sound Composition with Steven Brent
Kristin Prevallet is a mindbody coach, performance poet, and educator. She is the author of five books, including I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time and Trance Poetics: Your Writing Mind (a new edition will be published by Station Hill Press in 2020). She will be performing a composition with Steven Brent, with whom she has composed many soundscapes, including “What She Said” which appears on his album, “Even The Failures Are Beautiful” (http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Prevallet.php)

8:30 - 8:50: Sean Taggart and Steven Brent: PNK + GRN
PNK + GRN will provide an object lesson on the arbitrary and socially constructed nature of Language, and thereby, of Meaning. There will also be balloon animals and free prizes.
PNK + GRN is a Hastings-on-Hudson based performance art duo creating work in a variety of media. They can be found perambulating the ether as well as on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pnkandgrnfrequencies or at https://pnkgrn.com.

9PM until….10:30 (or later!) FNL After Party! LIVE MUSIC with Elston Gunnn playing the songs of Bob Dylan at Hastings Velo
Elston Gunnn are: Conrad Aamodt (Drums), Nick Bernstein (Bass and Guitar), Stuart Cadenhead (Guitar and Vocals), Jason Jobe (Keyboards, Harmonica and Percussion), Adam Olsen (Guitar), Ruby Pucillo (Saxophone, Vocals and Banshee Howls), Bebe Seidenberg (violin)


44 Main Street: Hastings WAY Coalition Presents film screening of “Ben is Back,” featuring Kick-off for the “Parent Teen Family Book Club.”

6:45 - 9  “Ben Is Back” film screening followed by a brief discussion. Film starts promptly at 7pm.
The first book: “A Beautiful Boy” will be available for purchase at tonight’s event and the book club will begin meeting once a month beginning in May


546 Warburton Avenue 6:30 - 730 PM:  Lynn Schmeidler’s: Get Your Goddess On: Nasty Women Read (& Write & Speak)

6:30 - 7:30  Come Hear Flash Fiction and Poems Written and Read by some fabulous, badass women including Lynn Schmeidler, Kirsten Oerke,  Gillian Cummings
Ellen Devlin, Brittany Shutts, Donna Barkman, Francie Camper, Liz Burk, Eugenie Theall, Rachel Wineberg.  Wine and cheese will be served.
In2green manufacture and textile designers opened up a  Rotating Retail Concept Store, curating a unique assortment of home goods, apparel and gifts that is themed based and changes monthly. www.in2green.com  914-693-5054   546 Warburton ave, Tuesday-Friday 11-6, Saturday 10-6.


5 Main St:  1/2 Year Birthday Party!
Come in for special discounts & surprises during FNL (and don’t forget to wish Amanda a Happy 40th B-day!


149 Southside Ave: Hastings Trivia Night!
Put your knowledge of our Village to the test while enjoying an evening at Maud’s Tavern! 


6 - 7 PM  Start at Galapagos Books and say hi to owner Amada (who will give you a free children’s book just for saying hello!) and then send you off on the “Chicken Little” story book trail in which each page of the book will be consecutively posted in a store windows (just follow the posted clues!) until you find yourself at the last page at Penny Lick Ice Cream Company where you will receive a free mini ice cream cone for completing the story!

Friday, April 5: Words-on-Hudson Friday Night Live (streets open, literary theme) 6pm–9pm+

Saturday, April 13: Hastings Repair Café (info below) 11am–3pm at the JHCC

Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28: RiverArts Studio Tour

Sunday, May 19: Spring Thing! (Warburton Avenue closed to traffic)12pm–4pm

Saturday, June 1: RiverArts Music Tour

Friday, June 14: Friday Night Live (Warburton Avenue closed to traffic)

June, 29, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: River Spirit Music Waterfront Concerts:

Saturday, September 7: River Spirit Music Festival  - Draper Park

Friday, October 4: Friday Night Live Oktoberfest & Fire Department Demonstrations
(rain date 10/11) 6pm–9pm

October, 19, 20 & 31: Hastings Halloween Events

Friday, December 6: Friday Night Live Lights Up The Night! Village Crawl and Tree Lighting 6pm–10pm

Thursday, December 12: Drop & Shop Bingo Night at the JHCC

Thursday, December 19: Drop & Shop Movie Night at the JHCC

Sunday, December 15: Holiday Celebration at the JHCC


Hastings Repair Café

Hastings is having it's first Repair Cafe, via the efforts of the Transition Hastings Working Group and the Hastings Conservation Commission and there are ways for you to be involved.  For more information, please download the flyer here.