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Yonkers Festival


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Waterfront Trivia Challenge

How to play the game. Pick up an event program on the day of the festival at the below location. Use the festival map to navigate to each of the designated festival locations.  Each location will have the answer to one or more of the trivia questions listed on the sheet. Once you have visited each location and answered all the trivia questions, submit your answers at the festival and be eligible to win a kayak from Liquid Logic Kayaks.

Where to start the game.

Festival Area Map

Downtown Waterfront Heritage Tour

Location: Beczak Environmental Education Center                      

Time: 12:00

Fee: Free (Normal Fee: $15/person)

Take a guided walk through Yonkers core area with MC Heritage Tours. Settled in 1646 as an advantageous mill site, learn how this area continued to serve as the economic, social and political center throughout its history. Explore three and a half centuries of architecture leading into modern day where a major revitalization effort once again spurs economic growth throughout the larger city.

Click here for more information.


Beczak Environmental Education Center

Location: 35 Alexander Street

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Located in Habirshaw Park on the Hudson River in downtown Yonkers.  This non-profit organization provides hands-on educational experiences about the ecological, historical and cultural aspects of the Hudson River.  Beczak offers comprehensive, interdisciplinary environmental education programs that meet New York State education standards in science, social studies, mathematics, and language arts.  They teach children from pre-K through high school and also conduct programs for student teachers and adults.  Last year, over 275 separate programs for more than 4,500 children were taught at the Yonkers facility.  Environmental education is valuable because it helps people learn to be responsible citizens by connecting them to their community and helping them realize they can make a difference.  Environmental education also fosters high-level skills such as creative thinking, decision-making and team building.  Beczak helps instill an essential sense and spirit of place found to be lacking in so many video-dependent children today.

Click here for more details on Beczak.

Invited Organizations

Habirshaw Waterfront Park
Fun Kid Projects.

"The Ring" A Theater Production

Location: Yonkers Public Library, One Larkin Center

Time: 2:00 pm

THE RING by Paula Shanley Marchese and  directed by Tony Award winner Theodore Mann is a short play based on the touching true story of two Irish immigrant sisters living in New York City in 1895.  Also featured in the afternoon presentation is live music by popular Irish singer-songwriter Padraig Allen.  THE RING is made possible in part by an Arts Alive Grant from the Westchester Arts Council with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.   

Hamm and Clov Stage Company

Hamm & Clov Stage Company (named for two characters in Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame”) is a non-profit organization established in 1972 and incorporated in New York in 1973 for the development, production, and exchange of theatrical works by playwrights, musicians, dancers, and media artists from around the world.

Yonkers Public Library

Location: One Larkin Center

The Riverfront Library of Yonkers offers a full range of modern public library services and collections. Among special collections and services are extensive business, technical, and governmental information sources in printed and electronic formats. One of the region's collections of federal government documents is housed at Larkin Center. The Riverfront Library also has available meeting rooms, and a state-of-the-art auditorium for use by the public

Riverfront Library

Philipse Manor Hall

Location: Warburton Ave and Dock Street, Yonkers, NY

Open: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Fee: Free

Philipse Manor Hall contains superb 18th-century woodwork, as well as one of America's earliest decorated plaster ceilings. In the 19th century, the house became Yonkers' first city hall; it was turned over to New York State in 1908. The woodwork features carved faces, roses, and leaves, while the rare rococo-style drawing room ceiling (also installed by Frederick III) is crafted from papier maché and plaster, and features portrait medallions and scenes of the hunt and mythology. The rooms contain exhibits about the history of Yonkers, the Philipses, and the restoration of the house. There is also a collection of portraits of every President from Washington to Franklin D. Roosevelt, including works by Charles Willson Peale, Thomas Sully, and Thomas Eakins.

Click here for more information.

Friends of Philipse Manor Hall


Kayaking

Where: Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club

Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Fee: Free

Get on the water under the supervision of experienced kayak instructors from Hudson River Recreation, Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club and Liquid Logic Kayaks. Discover the Hudson River from the seat of a kayak.

Registration required day of festival at Beczak Environmental Education Center (next door to YPRC)

Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club (YPRC)

Location: Alexander St, Yonkers

The Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club, Inc. is a not-for-profit membership organization whose purposes are to:

  1. Encourage the growth of, and participation in, rowing and paddling sports.
  2. Educate and inform the public about the environment of the Hudson River and the importance of its protection for present and future generations.
  3. Teach and foster rowing and paddling skills among adults and youths.
  4. Encourage use of safety skills and procedures in rowing and paddling sports in particular, and in water sports in general.
  5. Provide sites for storage of boats and the conduct of rowing and paddling programs, and
  6. Publicize, organize and conduct rowing and paddling events of all types, including, but not limited to competitive events.

Hudson River Recreation

Come explore New York’s historic Hudson River and Long Island Sound with Hudson River Recreation. They are the largest guided sea kayak company in Westchester County with trips from Sleepy Hollow, Nyack, and New Rochelle. Since 1998, their experienced and friendly staff has guided thousands of guests from novice to experienced paddlers, through some of the most stunning waterways in New York. Guided tours run from two hours to full day adventures and they provide all gear and instruction. If you are looking for an opportunity to learn the local history, meet some great people, learn or improve your kayak skills, or just want to enjoy the sun, than Hudson River Recreation is just the place for you.

Mike from Liquid Logic helping out.
Getting on the water.
Go for a paddle.

Yonkers Downtown Waterfront

The Yonkers Downtown/Waterfront revitalization effort over the past decade has produced a new waterfront for recreation, entertainment and leisurely strolls along the Hudson River.  Come on down to Yonkers and enjoy splendid views of the Palisades to the west, the Tappan Zee Bridge to the north and the George Washington Bridge to the south.  Drive under the railroad tracks and discover for yourself a whole new world that includes Yonkers Recreation Pier, Esplanade Park and the Sculpture Meadow on the Hudson.


Directions to Downtown Yonkers Waterfront & Festival

From the North

  • From Major Deegan / NYS Thruway (I-87) or Sprain Brook Parkway or Bronx River Parkway Southbound to Cross County Parkway westbound.  Pass the exit for Yonkers Avenue east, take next exit, Yonkers Avenue west (Saw Mill Parkway northbound/Albany).  Do NOT get on Saw Mill.  Stay to the right on the exit ramp as it curves around (you will make an almost full circle).  At end of ramp, make right at light onto Yonkers Avenue Westbound.  Follow Yonkers Avenue directions.
  • Saw Mill River Parkway south to Downtown Yonkers/Yonkers Avenue westbound. Follow Yonkers Avenue directions.

From the South

  • Take Major Deegan (I-95) or Bronx River Parkway or Hutchinson River Parkway north to Cross County Parkway westbound. Pass the exit for Yonkers Avenue east, take next exit at Yonkers Avenue west (Saw Mill Parkway northbound/Albany).  Do NOT get on Saw Mill.  Stay to the right on the exit ramp as it curves around (you will make an almost full circle).  At end of ramp, make right at light onto Yonkers Avenue Westbound.  Follow directions from Yonkers Avenue.
  • West Side Highway (which becomes Saw Mill) northbound to Yonkers Avenue Westbound.

From Yonkers Avenue

  • Stay on Yonkers Avenue, which will dogleg to the left in front of a large tan brick Catholic church (St. Casimir) and becomes Nepperhan Avenue.  Continue straight on Nepperhan through two traffic lights (School St and New Main Street).  You will pass Yonkers City Hall on the right and go up and over a hill.  At South Broadway, Nepperhan Avenue will become Prospect.  Go straight on Prospect to a T intersection (Buena Vista Avenue).  Make right onto Buena Vista.  Continue on Buena Vista past the train Station to the end. Make a left onto Wells Ave and go under the railroad tracks.  The Parking lot is just in front on the left.

From the River Towns (Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown)

  • Take Route 9 south into Yonkers = North Broadway.  Go straight on North Broadway through light at Ashburton.  North Broadway will become Wells Avenue at dogleg to the right and end at light at Warburton Avenue.  Make left at light onto Warburton.
  • Take Route 9 to Warburton.  Continue on Warburton to Dock Street (Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site will be on your right).  Make right onto Dock Street.   Make left onto Buena Vista Avenue

Train

  • Take Metro North (Hudson Division) / Amtrak to Yonkers Station.  When you exit the station, make a right and make another right (going under the train tracks). Pier will be directly in front of you.

Parking is available at Beczak Environmental Education Center and off of Alexander St.


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