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New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show thru January 31 ~Bronx, NY~

Marvel at model trains zipping through an enchanting display of famous New York landmarks—imagine the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and other favorites—each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, acorns, and cinnamon sticks.

SOURCE: https://www.nybg.org

Location: New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx

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Downtown Stamford Christmas Lights Program

Boasting over 300,000 miniature lights wrapped in trees throughout downtown Stamford, you surely will not be disappointed during your visit!

[The] downtown display begins with Bedford and Atlantic streets where we have over 80 trees awash in lights. This part of our display contains over 130,000 individual warm white mini lights wrapped on individual tree branches giving the downtown area a display worth making a trip to see by itself. Fortunately for our visitors, this is just the beginning of our display.

SOURCE: http://stamford-downtown.com

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Hudson River Museum’s Glenview Victorian Mansion Christmas Tours Weekends in December ~Yonkers, NY~

Learn about the Gilded Age holiday traditions of the Trevor family as you tour the Museum’s Glenview historic home, decorated for the season in Victorian splendor! Celebrate with us on a 30-minute, socially distanced tour of the six fully restored period rooms—the Great Hall, Parlor, Library, Sitting Room, Dining Room, and, of course, Yonkers’ favorite dollhouse, Nybelwyck Hall.

SOURCE: https://www.hrm.org

Location: Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY

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Christmas Markets 2020

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Hudson County, NJ

Westchester County, NY

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Christmas Tree Farms in Fairfield and Westchester Counties

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Article-a-Day #15: Smithsonian-The Unsolved Murder of Civil Rights Activist Harry Moore

It was late on Christmas night, 1951, but Harry and Harriette Moore had yet to open any gifts. Instead they had delayed the festivities in anticipation of the arrival of their younger daughter, Evangeline, who was taking a train home from Washington, D.C. to celebrate along with her sister and grandmother. The Moores had another cause for celebration: the day marked their 25th wedding anniversary, a testament to their unshakeable partnership. But that night in their quiet home on a citrus grove in rural Mims, Florida, the African American couple were fatal victims of a horrific terrorist attack at the hands of those who wanted to silence the Moores.

At 10:20 p.m., a blast ripped apart their bedroom, splintering the floorboards, ceiling and front porch. The explosion was so powerful that witness reported hearing it several miles away. Pamphlets pushing for voters’ rights floated out of the house and onto the street, remnants of a long fight for justice. Harry Moore had spent much of the last two decades earning the enmity of Florida’s white supremacists as he organized for equal pay, voter registration, and justice for murdered African Americans. And yet despite his immense sacrifice and the nation’s initial shock at his assassination, Moore’s name soon faded from the pantheon of Civil Rights martyrs.

SOURCE: https://www.smithsonianmag.com

Buy the Book Before His Time: The Untold Story of Harry T. Moore, America’s First Civil Rights Martyr from Amazon

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My Favorite Books on American Slavery and Civil Rights for Children

Rookie Biographies Pre K to Second

Third Grade-Sixth Grade

  1. Henry’s Freedom Box: Henry, with the help of his friends, mailed himself in a crate to freedom.
  2. Molly Bannaky: Benjamin Banneker’s Grandmother: Indentured Servant who married her slave and was the grandmother to the legendary American scientist!
  3. If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America: A question-and-answer book on what life was like for American Slaves.
  4. American Slave, American Hero: York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition: York was William Clark’s slave. He was an instrumental figure on the Lewis Clark Expedition, along with Sacajawea and her son Jean Baptiste.

Please consider placing a Little Free Library box in your neighborhood, school, church, or nonprofit to share books about American Slavery and Civil Rights

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Essential Readings on American Slavery, Racism, and Civil Rights

A personally curated list of books I’ve read and help me understand what my ancestors experienced and why American society is the way it is today. All links lead to Amazon.

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Plastic Free Shopping in the NYC Metro

Please use CONTACT form to provide information on businesses who are no longer using plastic packaging. I am not affiliated founders and/or employees of the following businesses on the list nor I do not receive any compensation. I am a customer dedicated to lowering my impact on the environment and believe in supporting those who believe the same. -Editor

  • Brooklyn: Package Free, 137 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
  • Manhattan: Package Free, 75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
  • Hastings-on-Hudson: Refill Room, 42 B Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY 10706-1201

Instead of giving a “physical” gift, give the gift of experiences! Memories are a lifetime:

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My Favorite Christmas Light Displays in Westchester County

This is nice tour of Westchester County’s best Christmas homes!

My favorite Christmas displays:

    • Harrison: 50 Parsons Street
    • New Rochelle: 155 Vaneck Drive
    • White Plains: 21 North Kensico Avenue
    • Yonkers: 244 Trenchard Street (decorated for different holidays)
    • Yonkers: Corner of Mile Square Road and Maple Place
    • Yonkers: Dunwoodie Street (drive down Durst and curve around to Dunwoodie)
    • Yonkers: Durst Place (start at the corner of Seminary Avenue)
    • Yonkers: Joan Drive (off Mile Square Road)
    • Yonkers: Thurton Avenue beginning at Yonkers Avenue to Winfred Avenue-at the corner of Thurton and Winfred is a magnificent display!

Outside of Westchester County