Events: Out & About in June 2011

300 year-old art in Dutchess, Westchester wines and dines, and gardens go public in Putnam


Musical medley
The Tarrytown Music Hall lives up to its name this month, offering a crowded lineup of top-tier musicians of all types. Buffalo-born Ani DiFranco starts things off on June 5. An iconoclastic singer/songwriter, DiFranco straddles the line between folk and progressive rock ($35-$75). Eric Burdon — the vocalist whose driving voice you hear on rock hits like “House of the Rising Sun” and “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” — comes to town with his British Invasion mates, the Animals, on June 9 ($45-$85). Everyone’s favorite oddball party band, the B-52s, swings in on June 10, reprising mega-hits like “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack” ($58-$115). On the 24th, the Texas Tenors hit the stage. These three Lone Star State boys got their big break on last fall’s America’s Got Talent; now, they’re singing everything from gospel to Broadway show tunes to packed houses around the country ($35-$45). All shows begin at 8 p.m. 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 877-840-0457 or

Bring your appetite
Gourmands and oenophiles descend on White Plains this month for Westchester Magazine’s Wine and Food Weekend. Hosted by HV’s sister publication, this two-day celebration of all things gustatory includes Grand Tasting sessions featuring dishes prepared by 50 local restaurants and vintages from every corner of the globe; wine seminars offered by Kevin Zraly (founder of the Windows on the World Wine School in New Paltz) and other noted experts; cooking demos by Alex Grunet (Blue Hill at Stone Barns), Peter X. Kelly (X20, Xaviars on the Hudson), and other top chefs; and a Winemaker’s Ball with a six-course meal prepared by half a dozen different chefs. June 18-19 at the Ritz-Carlton. Call for exact schedule and ticket information. 914-345-0601 or

Historic paintings
Although relatively unknown today, Robert S. Duncanson was the first African American landscape painter. Born in 1821 and considered a “free colored person” by virtue of his parentage (his father was a Canadian from Scotland, his mother African American), Duncanson was employed as a house painter and carpenter before teaching himself to be an artist. He worked in Ohio, and during his lifetime was hailed as the “best landscape painter in the West.” Although the Hudson River School painters had a profound influence on his style, Duncanson also included subtle references to African American culture and perspective in his art. Robert S. Duncanson: The Spiritual Striving of the Freedman’s Son, on view at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, is the first exhibit of Duncanson’s work ever to appear on the East Coast. Thurs.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Oct. 30. $9, $7 seniors & students. 218 Spring St., Catskill. 518-943-7465 or

secret garden tour

Plant management
It’s a year of firsts for Putnam ARC’s Secret Garden Tour. Participants on this annual self-guided jaunt around Putnam County visit about a dozen of the area’s most beautiful landscapes — both public and private. In addition to Stonecrop Gardens (the impressive 12-acre public space in Cold Spring), this year’s event showcases Boscobel’s dramatic gardens and grounds for the first time. The Garrison landmark features an apple orchard, herb garden, formal rose garden — and exalted views of the Hudson and West Point. Guests can also opt to take a boat ride on Lake Mahopac to Petra Island. This private spot is the site of a spectacular home designed by architectural genius Frank Lloyd Wright — as well as a just-refurbished, Wright-designed cottage, both of which open their doors to visitors for the day. June 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $30 in advance, $40 on the day for the garden tour; $125/$150 for the Wright house and cottage and all garden sites. Call or visit Web site for reservations and complete information. 845-278-PARC, ext. 287 or

thomas rowlandson painting

Brits behaving badly
You don’t need to be a student of English history to appreciate Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England, the exhibit currently on view at Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. A print artist and caricaturist, Rowlandson specialized in depicting the social and political life of 18th-century London with wit and humor (and a touch of bawdiness). His portly and bewigged subjects are pictured gambling at a roulette table, stealing kisses by the shoreline, and suffering from the effects of too much gin — among other less-than-genteel pastimes. More than 30 of the 70-some odd watercolors, drawings, and prints on view are part of the college’s permanent collection. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. through June 12. 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5632 or

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