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Olympic Torch Passed from Child to Child at Bronxville Library; See Photos PDF Print Email

Feb. 12, 2014:  You don't have to travel to Sochi to take part in the Winter Olympics! This past Saturday, February 8, more than 50 children participated in the Bronxville Public Library's version of the 2014 Winter Olympics.  

The Olympic torch was passed from child to child as the children worked furiously to complete crafts that included painting Olympic rings and making laurel wreaths. 

A scavenger hunt to find letters to spell Sochi had the children searching the children's room from top to bottom. 

The favorite event of the day was the Olympian photo booth. All smiled as they took their turns atop the winner's podium wearing a giant gold medal and holding the Olympic torch up high.  

What was the best part of the afternoon? Every child went home a winner! Gold medals were awarded to all participating young Olympians. And who knows? There just may have been a future real Olympian in attendance!

For details about upcoming free library programs for children, call 914-337-7680, ext. 34, or visit

To see photos, click on this link: Winter Olympics for Kids at Bronxville Public Library

Pictured here:  Organizers of the Winter Olympics for Kids event at the Bronxville Public Library, Christine Utchel and Erin Schirota.

Photo above and photos in link by N. Bower

OSilas Gallery to Present Retrospective of Late 19th-Century and Early 20th-Century Paintings Starting February 12 PDF Print Email

Feb. 12, 2014:  The OSilas Gallery at Concordia College in Bronxville is proud to present the exhibition Artists in Depth: 19 Retrospectives from the Davies Family Collection, opening February 12 and running through mid-April. The exhibition will fill the gallery with 99 paintings.

The works span the late nineteenth century, along with a heavy concentration of works from the early twentieth century. It also includes contemporary work over a wide range of mediums and subjects.

An opening reception and gallery talk will take place on Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 pm in the OSilas Gallery.

Featured artists include:  Frank Boggs, Dines Carlsen, John Costigan, Emile Gruppe, Aldro Hibbard, Felicie Waldo Howell, Max Kuehne, Hayley Lever, Alfred Mira, Frederick Mulhaupt, T.M. Nicholas, Tom Nicholas, Edward Potthast, William Lester Stevens, Gardner Symons, Harry Vincent, Frederick Waugh, Edwin Lord Weeks, and Guy Wiggins.

Each of these artists actively participated in influential art colonies, and many hail from the Cape Ann art colonies that still thrive today.

OSilas Gallery programming will continue to explore the concept of art colonies and their vital influence in the artistic community, beginning with the opening talk given by scholar and curator Kirsten M. Jensen, PhD., titled "Coastal Allure: American Artists and the Art Colony Experience." The gallery will continue this theme with visits to the Old Lyme Art Colony and Florence Griswold Museum in April.

The exhibition was assembled by Tom Davies and provides a unique spin on the concept of an exhibition--allowing visitors to view a minimum of four paintings per artist by a large number of artists. This private collection has never been on view to the public on this scale.

For more information on OSilas Gallery exhibitions and programming, please visit

Pictured here: Aldro T. Hibbard (1886–1972), Jeffersonville Winter, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

Photo courtesy Shanley Hanlon, Gallery Manager, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College

Emma Oxford, Former Director of Concordia Books & Coffee Series, Returns as Featured Author Thursday, February 6 PDF Print Email

Feb. 5, 2014: Emma Oxford, former director of community relations and Concordia's Books & Coffee Program, returns to discuss her first book, At Least We Lived: The Unlikely Adventures of an English Couple in World War II China, on Thursday, February 6, at 7:00 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College.

Inspired by her parents' extraordinary collection of letters and journals, Oxford began the book when she lived recently in Hong Kong, supplementing her parents' eyewitness accounts with her own extensive research on life in Asia during World War II.

Commenting on the book, Philip Snow, author of The Fall of Hong Kong: Britain, China, and the Japanese Occupation, said, "Emma Oxford has painted a vivid picture of the now distant world of two generations ago. Her story of an English couple in wartime China and Hong Kong is beautifully written, and her description of life in Chungking in particular lingers on in the mind."

Oxford is a founding member of HERO (the Hong Kong Escape Reenactment Organization) and a fellow of the British American Project, a transatlantic fellowship of over 1,000 leaders from a broad spectrum of occupations, backgrounds, and political views that celebrates and encourages the transatlantic relationship. A graduate of Oxford University, Oxford grew up in Malaysia and England. Her career has spanned the UK and the US, including time as chief of staff to two of Margaret Thatcher's ministers.

In 2011, Oxford moved to Washington, DC, with her husband, Michael Elliot, CEO of the ONE campaign, and spent time on her own writing, and she published At Least We Lived in August of 2013.

Concordia's Books & Coffee series is made possible through the generous support of Friends of Concordia. Admission is free, and no reservations are required. For questions, please contact CLOAKING or call Ellen de Saint Phalle at 914-337-9300, ext. 2159.

Pictured here:  Emma Oxford, author of At Least We Lived: The Unlikely Adventures of an English Couple in World War II China.

Photo courtesy Ellen de Saint Phalle, Director of Community Relations, Concordia College

An Evening of Opera Classics to Be Sung at Reformed Church Saturday, February 15 PDF Print Email

Feb. 5, 2014:  On Saturday, February 15, at 7:30 pm, a sextet of the chancel choir's professional section leaders at The Reformed Church of Bronxville will present an evening of opera classics titled "A Night at the Opera."

Vocalists Laura Green (alto), Christopher Lucier (tenor), Timothy O'Conner (tenor), Jenny Ribeiro (soprano), Robert Mobsby (baritone), and Kyle Oliver (tenor) will fill the Edwards Room in the church with some of their favorite opera arias.

Highlights include:  Lensky's aria from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin; Sam's aria from Carlisle Floyd's Susannah; "Una voce poco" from Rossini's The Barber of Seville; and "Quel guardo il cavalieri" from Donizetti's Don Pasquale.

Dr. Sandor Szabo, minister of music for The Reformed Church, will be the accompanist. Admission is free.

Pictured here:  The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

Photo by A. Warner

Joyce Balint to Perform 'A Mostly Italian Afternoon' Concert Sunday, February 9 PDF Print Email

Feb. 5, 2014:  On Sunday, February 9, at 3:00 pm in the second concert on the Midland Music Series, Joyce Rasmussen Balint, mandolin, and Oxana Mikhailoff, piano, will present an afternoon of music for the mandolin at The Bronxville Women's Club. Both Ms. Balint and Ms. Mikhailoff are members of the club. The title of the concert is "A Mostly Italian Afternoon."

Joyce Balint is the mandolin soloist with the Metropolitan Opera and has performed as a recitalist and with orchestras both as a member and as a soloist throughout the United States and in Europe and Japan. The New York Times said that her playing "came close to the ideal," and a review in the Gannett Newspapers in Westchester said, "The mandolin . . . can be a delightful concert instrument in the right hands. Mandolinist Joyce Rasmussen Balint proved that." Ms. Balint teaches both the violin and the mandolin at the Mozartina Musical Arts Conservatory in Tarrytown and in her private studio.

Oxana Mikhailoff is a concert pianist who also maintains an active teaching schedule. This Russian-born American pianist has won many awards at piano competitions, including the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition. She teaches at the Crestwood Music School in Eastchester. Of her playing, Vladimir Feltsman said that she "is a mature and accomplished musician. . . . Her playing has character, imagination, and is poetic. She has a strong personality and stage presence."

Ticket donations are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for students (college students must show ID). Tickets may be reserved by calling the club at 914-337-3252 and may also be purchased at the door. There will be a reception immediately following the concert

The final concert on the series will be Friday evening, April 25, at 8:00 pm. Performing will be the Bardekova Ensemble, which includes flute, oboe, viola, and double bass.

Pictured here:  Joyce Rasmussen Balint.

Photo by A. Warner

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