December 1, 2010
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Celebrate the Holidays Downtown with Lights, the Nutcracker, Crafts, Music
and Family Events

Start this special month with Father Francis Maurice, Rabbi Amiel Wohl and Reverend Allen Weaver welcoming Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza with benedictions and song at the always popular Holiday Lighting at Memorial Plaza. Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance and then move to New Roc City on weekends where Santa will hear children’s holiday wishes and for family photos.

Don’t let your children miss the Downtown performances of Ballet Atlantic’s 36th Annual Nutcracker Ballet. Older holiday revelers can join New Rochelle’s renown jazz musician Brian Carter and his Trio at an open Holiday Jazz Jam at McKiernan’s Lawton Street Tavern.

Remember December’s free BID Family Days start with our Make a Gift Fair helping children make surprise gifts for their family and friends. Don’t forget to shop locally at downtown stores, including the BID 2nd Annual Craft Market, and celebrate at a downtown restaurant. Happy holidays!

Ballet Atlantic and their
Family Favorite, the “Nutcracker”,
Move Downtown

Ballet Atlantic’s annual family favorite, the “Nutcracker  Ballet” will be performed downtown this holiday season on Friday, December 10th at 8:30 PM and Saturday, December 11th at 11:00 AM at 306 Huguenot Street, directly opposite Trinity Church. This is Ballet Atlantic’s 36th year producing the Nutcracker based on the story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffman with music by Tchaikovsky.

An accomplished ballet troupe and popular dance academy, Ballet Atlantic has taken up full-time residence in downtown New Rochelle at the BID’s Artist Studios. Ballet Atlantic Company was founded forty years ago by Director Leslie Otto who studied at the School of American Ballet in New York City under the inimitable George Balanchine. Additionally, Leslie studied with and began a life-long relationship with the American Ballet School and Theatre. Ballet Atlantic is especially well known in the region for its excellent school which allows children of all talents and ages (yes, this includes adults) to pursue their love of dance in a nurturing environment. MORE »

Little Mexican Café Restaurant
by Alexi Brock

Alexi Brock enjoys dining frequently at the Little Mexican Café, from animated get-togethers with friends, to more quiet evenings with her husband Steve, and their 11 year old son Max. The Brock family has been living in New Rochelle since 1998. Alexi is an accomplished artist and has been an art teacher at New Rochelle High School for 20 years. Steve, a New Rochelle resident since birth, is an artist and educator as well. Max is a 6 grader at Albert Leonard Middle School and becoming an expert in Mexican cuisine.

This year Westchester Magazine selected the Little Mexican Café’s tacos as the Best in Westchester 2010. The restaurant was also for selected by Westchester Magazine for Best Authentic Mexican Food in 2004 and the Best Margarita in 2007.

“We love coming to the Little Mexican Ca. Owner Edwin Almazon warmly welcomed us the very first day. Both he and everyone else who works there have become like family, which is no surprise since this is truly a family runrestaurant, with Edwin’s mother overseeing the fabulous kitchen. MORE »