March 1, 2011
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There’s always something Happening Downtown!

Downtown is always busy with terrific events, and many of them are FREE. For example, during the month of March, you can attend a BID Family Day performance of Ballet Atlantic’s Don Quixote; see the excellent New Rochelle Arts Council 2011 Juried Art Show; participate in a Science Café with a stimulating discussion on “Suburban Ecosystems; Soil and Climate Change” led by a renowned expert and then join friends for dinner at Coromandel; celebrate the 100th anniversary of the New Rochelle Community Garden and the New Rochelle Garden Club at a special presentation by Landscape Architect Jan Johnsen on creating a beautiful garden while promoting a healthy biosphere; or attend the Bach Concert by the chamber group, the St. John’s Trio. And there’s much MORE! » 

In the coming months the New Rochelle BID plans to expand its downtown events listings. To make it easy to learn about what’s happening you can find the listings on Plus you can follow us on Facebook or through our RSS feed. Keep in touch with the New Rochelle BID and forward Downtown Happenings to your friends and neighbors.

Dueling Artists Downtown

The paint will fly downtown during March and April as Alexandra Rutsch Brock and Scott Seaboldt square off for a formidable duel. These very popular New Rochelle art teachers will stand fully armed with brushes, ten paces apart, and partake in passionate creative battle. Of course, it’s all in the spirit of good downtown fun.

These two talented New Rochelle artists will be the stars of the next BID’s Windows on Art 306 occurring at 306 Huguenot Street. Alexi and Scott are arming up with canvas and art supplies to tackle their individual “dueling” arts project, a mere ten paces apart. The cadmium yellow and vermillion red oil paints will fly as these two greats go head to head with lots of zealous laughter while they each create imaginative arts installations in full public view.

The artists will work on their installations over a two month period in the substantial windows of 306 Huguenot Street, which they will make famous (directly opposite our other famous downtown windows, the Tiffany windows at Trinity Church). The public is invited to walk by and watch as they do battle and their artistic pieces unfold, or to view the works in progress anytime you are downtown. The evolving artworks will be lighted for easy viewing, day and night. MORE » 

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by Michelle Sanchez-Boyce

In 2001 Michelle Sanchez-Boyce and her husband, Nelson, an Executive at MTV Networks, moved from New York City to Avalon on the Sound where they fell in love with downtown and New Rochelle. Two years later they decided to buy a home and start their family here. Their son Ferro, now three years old, attends Hudson Country Montessori School. Michelle, an Interior Decorator, is Founder and President of Simplicity Designs and has designed spaces for notables including Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, NBA Star Steve Francis and Radio Personality, Angie Martinez. Her home was on the 2008 Annual Accent of New Rochelle House Tour and she was one of the featured decorators in the BID’s 2009 Downtown Living Design Showcase. Prior to becoming an Interior Decorator, Michelle developed marketing campaigns for entertainers. Her clients included Aretha Franklin, Jamie Foxx, Anthony Hamilton and Babyface. Michelle also serves on the Board of the New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club. Michelle still loves to come downtown and one of the places she visits frequently is Consign It On Main, to shop for clients, and of course for herself. MORE »