So it’s finally September! 

For those of us who love fall, and everything about it – fall foliage, fall festivals, cool weather and everything pumpkin, or in my case, everything pumpkin spice – we are embarking upon the best season of all. 

I know you’re expecting me to write about all of the great harvest fests, pumpkin patches and hayrides, but not yet. When I think about some of the fabulous fall diversions in our area, I immediately think about the incredible access we have to the arts. There is literally no end to museums, sculpture gardens and galleries to explore, but in the fall I’m thinking outdoor art and crafts shows.

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Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst
635 South Broadway, Tarrytown
Sept. 15, 16 and 17
More than 300 artists working in clay, glass, furniture, jewelry, photography, wood, mixed media, fiber, painting, drawing and printmaking will be exhibiting on the grounds of the legendary Lyndhurst Mansion on the banks of the Hudson River. There are gourmet specialty food vendors, craft demonstrations and kids’ activities. 

Why I love it
Because after 40 years in existence, they must be doing something right. Because the venue and quality of crafts is truly outstanding; one could go for the crafts, the food or the venue (tours are available during the show); getting all three guarantees a perfect day out and about in the Hudson Valley. It’s also a great way to showcase the rich cultural resources of our area to out of town guests!

56th Annual Armonk Art Outdoor Art Show
205 Business Park Drive, Armonk
Sept. 23 and 24
Now in its 56th year, the Armonk Outdoor Art Show is a juried fine art and fine crafts show sponsored by the Friends of the North Castle Library Inc. to benefit the North Castle Public Library and its Whippoorwill Hall Theater. Artists represent most of the 50 states and several countries and there is something for every budget and taste. There is a children’s tent filled with free, fun activities and an array of food, craft beer and wine vendors.

Why I love it
Because I have been attending most of my life, beginning with my mom, an art teacher, and still have my first clay piece hanging in my home today. Because there are consultants available to assist visitors in selecting their art, a real bonus for the young collector.

Crafts at Purchase
Performing Arts Center at Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase
Oct. 28 and 29
Over 100 fine juried crafts artists descend upon the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College for this weekend of exhibits, demonstrations and gourmet specialty food. The show benefits the PAC at Purchase College’s Arts in Education program and supports its many fine offerings throughout the year. There is a silent auction of artist-donated works and yarn spinning and basket weaving as well. 

Why I love it
Because you can go backstage and see what it is like to be on the Concert Hall Stage looking out at the audience. Because by the end of October it’s time to get a jump on holiday shopping and what better way than with a piece of original art or fine craft?