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What’s up Peekskill? He has a dream.

Peekskill has a lot going on this weekend, so come raise a glass to MLK.

Thursday, January 14th

• KJ Denhert: Urban Folk & Jazz
@ 12 Grapes – 8:00 pm

• David Kraai
@ Birdsall House – 9:00 pm

• Two Lost Souls
@ Hudson Room – 8:00 pm

• Karaoke Night with Tina Machete
@ Gleason’s – 9:00 pm

Friday, January 15th

PB & Awestruck Cider Beer Dinner
a prix fixe dinner
@ Peekskill Brewery – 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

• Valerie not Val and Company
@ BeanRunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

MSL and Emily Ritz at TPCH
• MSL and Emily Ritz
@ Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• Tequila Soul Project
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• The Bookends Band
@ Hudson Room – 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 16th

• What’s New Wine Tasting
@ Dylan’s Wine Cellar – 2:00 – 5:00 pm

oh... todd!
• Todd Londagin Band
@ BeanRunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• Adam Corolla – Not Taco Bell Material
@ Paramount Theatre – 8:00 pm

• Rip and The Sleepy Hollow Boys
@ Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• The Funk Train pulls into 12 Grapes with Mr. Breakdown
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Lou Ubriaco
@ Division Street Grill – 7:30 pm

• Hey Baby
@ Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Sunday, January 17th

• Kids Open Mic Night
@ 12 Grapes – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Emmanuel Faure Photography Exhibit Opening Reception
Emmanuel Faure Art Reception
with music by Martini jones, and special set by Period Comma
@ Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

Monday, January 18th
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

What’s Up Peekskill? New Year hangover?

hangoverYes, all that glitter has been swept up. Them balls have dropped. The hangover should be subsiding, hopefully. That’s good, cause there’s much more to do downtown! It’s a new year, folks, let’s get on with it.

Thursday, January 7th

• Open Mic Night with host, Jess Erick
@ 12 Grapes – 8:30 pm

• A Capella (Doo-Wop)
with The Binghamton Vibrations
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 6:30 pm

• Jazz Night: Conigliaro Consort
@ Hudson Room – 8:00 pm

• Bob and Norm
@ Birdsall House – 9:00 pm

Friday, January 8th

• High-energy Pop Rock
with Electric Beef
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

Joy on Fire, The Tall Whites & NCM
@ Division Street Guitars – 7:30 pm

• Anthony Gach and Harmonic Aggression
@ Gleason’s – 9:00 pm

• The Dave Keyes Band
@ Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Saturday, January 9th

• Dance Expression!
@ Paramount Theater – 10:00 am

• From Live Society, a night of acoustic Motown/Soul
with Collazo Family Singers, and special guest Anthony Candullo
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Scott Seltzer and Tim Feeney
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• Dynamite Di & Destruction
@ Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Sunday, January 10th

• Anthony Rispo In Concert!
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 4:00 pm

• Swing Band Sunday!
with Greg Westhoff’s Westchester Swing Band
@ 12 Grapes – 8:30 pm

What’s Up Peekskill? Winter solstice edition.

Peekskill Rocks “Get Kissed” Instructions:

  1. Go into town to a venue of your choice (see below).
  2. Hold this Peekskill.Rocks! post above your head on your mobile device.
  3. Get kissed!

kiss kiss, bitches

Thursday, December 17th

• Live Band Karaoke
santa sings
@ 12 Grapes – 8:30 pm

Bob and Norm
@ Birdsall House – 9:00 pm

Friday, December 18th

• Adam Falcon: Funk steady groove with a touch of Blues
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Joe Duraes
@ Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• Lou Ubriaco – Guitar
@ Division Street Grill – 7:00 pm

• The Black Dirt Band
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

Saturday, December 19th

• A Holiday Hootenanny
Five bands strong, featuring
Least Best Beast, Apologetics, JD Gambrell, All My Friends and Whiskey Neat
@ Division Street Guitars – 8:00 pm

• The Jon Bates Band
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Doug Smith – Classic House Piano
@ Division Street Grill – 7:00 pm

• Open mic music (hosted by Andy Rice)
@ Peekskill Coffee House – 6:00 pm

• Giacomo Gates, Art Hightower, and the ABC’s of Jazz
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 20th

• Austin Charnis (classical guitar)
@ Peekskill Coffee House – 1:00 pm

• Hope Machine Year End Hootenanny
@ Embark Peekskill – 4:30 pm

• Jessi Mason, & Friends, and Special Guests, JT & Anne
@ 12 Grapes – 6:00 pm

What’s Up Peekskill? Post-Halloween & Post-Election day Hangover

Congratulations to the winners of our local government elections!

Frank Catalina, Mayor
Vivian C. McKenzie, City Council
Kathleen E. Talbot, City Council
Andre K. Rainey, City Council

Thursday, November 5th

• Open Mic Night with host Jess Erick
@12 Grapes – 8:30 PM

• Alex Smith
@Birdsall House – 9:00 pm

• Karaoke Night
Singin' Dogs
@Gleason’s – 9:00 pm

• Swing Night with the Bensen-Scott Big Band
@Hudson Room – 8:00 pm

Friday, November 6th

• The Fred Savages
An ’80s Tribute & Rock Party
@12 Grapes – 9:30 PM

• Salsa Night!
with Chico Alvarez & Mauricio Smith with RAN KAN KAN
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:30 pm

• The Jason Gisser Band
@ Paramount Theater – 8:00 pm

• 2 Shoes No Shoes
@Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• The Sugarush Band
@Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Saturday, November 7th

• Slam Allen
with opening act: The Flaming Meatballs
@12 Grapes – 9:00 PM

• INTZ, with special guest guitarist OZ Noy, Into the Zone
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• Call Mr. Robeson. A life, with songs.
Staring Tayo Aluko as Mr. Robeson
@ Paramount Theater – 8:00 pm

• Art Opening Party for Steve Malinki & Jaime Filomio
with Musical performance by The Feejee Mermaids
@ Beale Street Barber Shop – 7:00 – 10:00 pm

• LA Soul
@Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Sunday, November 8th

• Mari Anne Osiel (acoustic )
@Peekskill Coffee House – 1:00 pm

• The Five Creations – Group Harmony Acappella
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 5:00 pm

• Greg Westhoff’s Westchester Swing Band
@12 Grapes – 5:30 – 8:00 PM

What’s Up Peekskill? Last Weekend of Summer Edition.

Here is your weekly round up of events that are rocking Peekskill. For recurring events, please scroll to the bottom.

Thursday, September 17th

• Live Band Karaoke
Hosted by JP Patrick with the 12 Grapes House Band
@12 Grapes – 8:30 pm

• Conigliaro Consort
the HR
@ Hudson Room – 8:00 pm

• Steve Chizmadia
@ Birdsall House – 9:00 pm

Friday, September 18th

• Andrea & the Armenian Rug Riders
@12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• The Hitmen
@ Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

• Joe Duraes and The Skillz
@ The Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• Kristin Hoffmann and Premik Russell Tubbs
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

Saturday, September 19th

• Taboo
a Santana tribute band
@12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Brazillian-Latin Jazz
with Annette A. Aguilar and the Stringbean 4Tet
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• Prognosis
the prognosis
@ Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

@ Gleason’s – 7:00 pm

• Music night at BSBS
featuring: The Bump, Jason Gambrell, Mark Sinnis and Foster Dad
@ Beale Street Barber Shop – 7:00 pm

• P.E.A.C.E.
AMBIENT Music, Interactive, Looping – Be a part of the Symphony or just Chill!
Embark Peekskill – 8:00 pm

• Open Mic Night
hosted by Andy Rice
@ The Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• Hot Rod Pacer
live in the beer garden
@ Birdsall House – 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 20th

• Greg Westhoff’s Westchester Swing Band
@12 Grapes – 5:30 pm

Road Knights Classic Car Show 60th Anniversary
@ Peekskill’s Riverfront Green – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (no dogs, please).

• Austin
@ The Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• Punk Rock Day on Sunday Fundays
featuring Jukebox Romantics, Least Best Beast and more
@The Peekskill Brewery – 4:00 – 7:30 pm

Ongoing Summer Events:

Peekskill Farmers’ Market
@ Bank Street in Peekskill – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Every Saturday.

Hudson River Cruises on the Tour Boat Evening Star
@ The Riverfront Green – 11:00 am; 7:00 pm Sunset Cruise

Downtown Peekskill Music Series
@ North Division Street

Sunday Funday Music Series
@ The Peekskill Brewery – 4:00 – 7:30 pm

Has This Woman Delivered the Farmers’ Market of the Future to Peekskill?

This article is part of a syndicated series written by Paul Stark and focused on the things that make Peekskill special.

Corinna with a baby chick
Corinna with a baby chick
Corinna Makris has worked hard to give Peekskill a farmers’ market that’s state of the art.

No, there’s nothing high tech about this future – no clothing with built-in internet access, no self-driving trucks filled with fresh-picked produce. Just corporate-trained business savvy, a belief in hand-to-hand capitalism and a deep understanding that a farmers’ market should be so much more than an open-air supermarket.

The Market invites you to “bee” there every Saturday
The Market invites you to “bee” there every Saturday
If you’ve been coming to The Peekskill Farmers’ Market (Facebook, Pinterest), you know what to expect and you’re starting to recognize some familiar faces. But you may not know it hasn’t always been like this, or how it was transformed. (If you haven’t been coming to the market, it’ll be Saturday morning before you know it, so c’mon by)

Market day has been a special occasion since humans invented agriculture. Not only an opportunity for all kinds of buying and selling, but a chance to meet neighbors you haven’t seen all week, or all season. Away from familiar chores and familiar faces, there can be discussions, side deals, gossip, maybe a little flirting, maybe a little celebrating. And, at a more basic level, market day is a time for everyone to celebrate their personal participation in the bounty created by the fruitful and generative earth transformed by human work and ingenuity.

So, all that is old is new again. As Ms. Makris puts it, the Market offers a “revolution in shopping: it’s possible to buy what you need directly from the person who made it.” She calls herself a practitioner of “capitalist activism,” an advocate of what might be called hand-to-hand capitalism.

And you can meet the people on the other side of those hand-to-hand transactions. You can meet some of the Wengerd family and buy produce grown on their Rolling Ridge Farm in Mifflinburg, PA. The unassuming guy who sells the Cooperstown Cheese? His award-winning cheese has been served at the White House. The hilarious guy selling meat down at the end? All his cows have names, and in his spare time he flips (buys, restores, sells) classic cars.

How did Ms Makris, a woman whose mother celebrated her blossoming maturity by giving her Saul Alinsky’s classic Rules for Radicals, pass through high-level corporate capitalism to end up running a farmers’ market in Northern Westchester? She liked her corporate work: she was good at it, a “people person” who thrived within in an environment of clearly articulated rules and goals. But her populist instincts rebelled when she saw wealthy companies looting their employees’ pension funds. How could that not be wrong? How could that not be illegal? Eventually those and other abuses made waiting tables in Hudson the more soul-preserving alternative. She soon found work in community activism, and when the chance came to manage and grow a community endeavor that doesn’t do evil, she jumped at it and became part of the unfolding history of Peekskill.

What she’s grown at the Peekskill Farmers’ Market is a win-win raised to the sixth power.

Marcy B. Freedman colorfully changing the tone
Marcy B. Freedman colorfully changing the tone
It’s marketing for Peekskill’s downtown: it entirely changes Saturday’s tone, and brings people from ever-greater distances to enjoy Peekskill and spend money here. “You have to entertain the customers while they’re here. It has to be fun. You want them to spend the day in Peekskill. Hopefully, you want them to buy a house in Peekskill.”
Peekskill citizens get to buy farm-fresh produce and other good things, while having a market day, making new friends and running into the old.

Corinna is very concerned that every single one of her vendors is happy and making enough money to make the day worth the effort (efforts like heavy lifting and getting up at two in the morning).

The entertainers make it fun for shoppers while earning new fans, maybe selling some merchandise, and leaving with some tips and some farm-fresh produce.

Community organizations (the Cornell Extension Master Gardener, the City of Peekskill 75th Anniversary Committee, HVCCA’s Peekskill Project are visible to a broad cross section of our community.

And there’s even jobs, jobs, jobs. Some vendors hire locally. If you’re interested, Corinna can hook you up with whoever’s hiring. And while we’re at it, volunteering for the market will not only make you feel glad all over, but will look great on your resume.

And the market supports Local Living Economies both here, and in all the places within the 250 mile radius food shed that sends us the fruits of their lands and people. (Learn more about Local Living Economies at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, and around these parts, check out Re>Think Local. And Scott Tillett, founder of Re>Think Local, has also stepped into the stream of Peekskill history, as I detailed here.)

Farm Fresh from Eight Mile Creek
Farm Fresh from Eight Mile Creek
Some important facts. The market operates under the auspices of Peekskill’s Business Improvement District. The theory, borne out in fact, being that the rising tide created by the Market will lift all boats in the district. But the Market doesn’t cost anyone anything: it’s not only self-supporting, but turns a profit. Some people believe City of Peekskill tax money is spent on the market – not true; in fact, the City gets paid by the Market for street closure.
There’s no electioneering at the market, but that doesn’t make it politician-free. “It’s a good place for elected officials to be seen – it’s neutral territory,” Corinna explains, “Everybody wants Peekskill to be a good place to live.”

Another win-win in the market’s six-dimensional win-win universe: Quirk Shop Peekskill (Facebook), a retail co-op for designers is slated to open on North Division in August. It will be curated by Jeorjia Shea, a designer whose work flew off the shelves when she was a vendor at the market. She’ll be representing other independent designers and providing gallery space for local artists.

I’m grateful that the Farmers’ Market is part of my Peekskill, and I see lots of grateful, happy Peekskillians (as many as 1,500 per market day) getting farm-fresh produce and so very much more every Saturday morning. Maybe I’ll see you there one of these Saturdays.