February 2012
New Rochelle
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There are Events for the Entire family in February

There is always something happening downtown and for all ages.

For example check out the many free family events including the upcoming BID Family Days: a Valentine’s Day Workshop on February 11th, an African Dance and Drum performance on February 25th, the Celtic Harp Concert on March 10th and Green Crafts Day on March 17th, both celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day.

Or come downtown to hear music such as Julia Breanetta Simpson performing Harlem on my Mind on February 18th, Glenda Davenport performing Great Woman in Jazz on March 4th, and A Greek Musical Odyssey on March 28th.

Want to see a film. It’s all available downtown. Whether you want to see a current blockbuster at one of Regal Cinema’s 18, or a classic such as Lon Chaney in The Unholy Three, or Irene Papas in Electra, we have it downtown.

We also have art. There are two great exhibits coming by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts (March 11-28) and The New Rochelle Art Association (March 31-April 21). And look for announcements about this year’s BID Gallery openings.

Vacations are coming so schedule great times with your kids at the many events that happen downtown during school holidays at our Public Library.

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Downtown Owners Do
Well by Doing Good!

Downtown New Rochelle business and property owners participating in the New Rochelle BID Energy Savings Program with Con Edison are collectively saving more than $100,000 annually on their electric bills. They are doing this by reducing their energy consumption by more than 625,000 kilowatt hours, equivalent to more than ninety (90) average households’ annual energy consumption and to almost a million (1,000,000) fewer pounds of CO2 emissions. In addition, they are accomplishing these energy savings while improving the quality of their lighting and extending the life span of their equipment, lowering replacements costs.

In the spring of 2011 the New Rochelle launched its Downtown New Rochelle Small Business Support Program, an array of technical support, business loans, marketing opportunities, and energy conservation incentives to downtown businesses and restaurants. One of these programs was the BID’s Energy Savings Initiative. 

The BID, working with the Con Edison Small Business Energy Efficiency Program and their representative Lippolis Electric Inc., provided free energy audits that offered recommendations for lighting and basic equipment improvements which can significantly lower energy and operating costs. Con Edison pays 70% of the cost for the one time improvements for approved projects.

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New Performance Venue Opens Downtown

Downtown New Rochelle welcomes the PAC House Theater, an intimate performance space featuring music, comedy, cabaret, children’s productions, plays and other great entertainment events. Located at 311 Huguenot Street just off Division Street, in the historic Parish House adjacent to Trinity St. Paul’s Church, the PAC House theater is convenient to parking and downtown’s many great restaurants; park your car once and enjoy a full evening of great entertainment and dining.

The PAC House Theatre is the latest venue creation by New Rochelle resident Eric Woodlin and his Incoming Tide Entertainment. Eric began his career in the arts as a theater producer but most recently had worked with Kraft Foods and as a corporate event manager. While successful in business, Eric missed the arts. He decided to combine his business and arts careers and start Incoming Tide Entertainment while fishing (another of his many passions) the shores of the Atlantic and waiting for the incoming tide come in (hence the name of his new production company).

Reflecting in his decision to create a performance venue downtown, the PAC House Theater, Eric Woodlin reflected, "New Rochelle is the perfect storm, combining new flavorful eateries, an eclectic arts scene and cultural diversity. It’s only a matter of time until our City becomes a very hip place to be.

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