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The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged

One Take Summer Theater is a brand new, not-for-profit student run theater organization. It was developed by college students looking to gain more experience in the theater world. This summer, One Take will be performing The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. The performance will take place on Friday August 13th at 7PM at the Scarsdale Congregational Church. This play is perfect for Shakespeare lovers and perfect for Shakespeare haters as well. Come and enjoy a night of whimsical rhymes and improvisational humor as One Take Summer Theater presents the Complete Works of William Shakespeare…Abridged!

One Take Summer Theater Presents: 
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Scarsdale Congregational Church
Friday August 13th at 7 PM

Produced by Kaitlin Tyler 
Directed by Daniel Carlisto 
Art Director Genevieve Tyler 

Cast Members in Alphabetical Order 
Dana Arkontaky
Isabella Belizzi
Raylla Chan
Jason Dunat
David Himmel
Paul Lazo 
Rio Ruess
Genevieve Tyler
Cassie Valencia

Youth Tennis Tournament This Week

The Scarsdale Summer Youth Tennis League will be hosting several youth tennis tournaments during the week of Monday, August 9th through Thursday, August 12th. Matches will be played at the Middle School Tennis Courts between 6 PM and 8 PM, and boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 18 of all skill levels, including beginner, novice, intermediate and advanced are invited to play. Players should register and play at 6 PM at the Middle School Tennis Courts.

Each participant will receive a participation trophy, a Scarsdale NYJTL T-shirt, and are welcome to attend a pizza and ice cream party on Thursday, August 12th. There will be tournament trophies for the winners.

The New York Junior Tennis League-Scarsdale and the Scarsdale Recreation Department are delighted to maintain the registration fee at $ 35 for each player. A valid 2010 junior tennis permit is required. The proram is now inits 26th season and the program fee has been the same for over 20 years.

Youth and parents interested in participating in the tournaments and the Summer Youth Tennis League should contact Bob Harrison, volunteer director for 26 years, at 914 725-0962 or 914 646-4054 (cell) or by e-mail at

Applications are available at the Scarsdale Recreation Department.

Three Places To Sweat It Out

Between summer barbeques, parties, and ice cream trips, it is pretty easy to see the number on the scale climbing. With August in sight, many people are working hard to stay in shape and keep active. Luckily, Scarsdale offers many different exercise options.

SoulCycle recently opened its doors right by the Scarsdale train station on the second floor of 7 Popham Road , above CVS. SoulCycle was founded by Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler on the Upper West Side several years ago. The classes at SoulCycle incorporate a cardio workout with upper body and core training. Different instructors teach different classes, and each comes up with a own unique workout accompanied by a customized music selection. The studio in Scarsdale has offered some themed classes, such as a session featuring music from the television show Glee or a soundtrack by Beyonce. All of the instructors have their own style of teaching, and all encourage you to shape the 45 minutes into exactly what you want them to be. Decide on a goal and a feeling or mindset you want to attain, and the instructors at SoulCycle will help you accomplish it. Your first class is just $20 and subsequent classes are $32 per class plus the cost of renting the special shoes and buying an optional water bottle. You choose your bike and sign up, usually several days before the class is scheduled. Clients also have the option of buying classes in bulk on the website. SoulCycle has become increasingly popular, especially this summer, but for good reason. A 45-minute class offers an intense, high energy, and enjoyable workout. “I’ve never actually been this excited to work out before!” said SoulCycle enthusiast Taylor Weinberg, “The music and instructors make you almost forget how hard the workout is.”

BodyFit is a studio on Scarsdale Ave that “combine[s] light weight work, isometric exercises for every muscle group and sustained stretching, all in a series of ballet barre and floor work” ( BodyFit offers five different classes and their schedule can be found online. There is a beginner class, which teaches the elements of the different exercises, an advanced class at a more intense pace, a 75-minute master class, a cardio and strength class known as the “burn” class, and a mixed levels class. You should call to make a reservation and to learn more about pricing of classes.

You can also go to a good old-fashioned gym to supplement your activities at the specialized workout studios. I go to New York Sports Club (NYSC) because they offer student memberships for the summer, which are pretty reasonably priced. The only irritating aspect is the $7.50 surcharge if you go during peak afternoon/evening hours of the week, which, of course, tend to be the most convenient times to go. NYSC offers lots of different group workout classes that are generally very good. I love the Total Body Conditioning class. A warning to students who bought the student sure to cancel your membership well before you go back to school, because NYSC requires 30 days notice or they will charge you for the month of September!

What do you do to keep in shape? Leave a comment in the space below to let people know about other exercise ideas you have to keep in shape this summer!

Body Fit
858 Scarsdale Avenue
(914) 725-9400

New York Sports Club
208 East Hartsdale Avenue
(914) 725-8447

7 Popham Road
(914) 713-1200

A Unique Way to Say Mazel Tov

Here’s an original idea for a meaningful wedding gift that is steeped in Jewish tradition yet has a contemporary spin. Talented glass blowers offer a colorful hand-blown "mazel tov" glass that can be crushed beneath the chuppah on the couple's wedding day. And, instead of leaving a broken glass, after the ceremony the shards are used to create a hand-blown vessel that the bride and groom can treasure forever.

Mazel Tov Glass creates the wedding glasses and hand-blown pieces in their Brooklyn Studio. The company was founded by three long-time friends and talented glass blowers who had tired of giving the same wedding gifts off the same old registries. They put their hands and heads together to create a truly unique wedding present.

The trio met in 2000 when Andrea Osnow and Susan Schulman were in search of an instructor for their study of glassblowing. They were introduced to Kanik Chung, an accomplished glass blower who had already established himself as an independent glass artist and designer. The three hit it off and began to create glass art and the concept of Mazel Tov Glass evolved. In 2007 they formed their company and now work at Urban Glass studios in Brooklyn.

The process is quite simple: First they hand blow a Mazel Tov wedding glass in your color choice and then they ship it to you in a velvet bag imported from Israel. After the wedding ceremony, when the glass has been crushed, the glass shards are shipped back to Mazel Tov Glass in the shipping container provided. Next, the team suspends the shards in clear molten glass and hand blows a glass vessel shape chosen by the bride and groom. The entire process takes approximately six weeks.

The team at Mazel Tov Glass offers seven standard colors for the glass which include-blue, ivory, amethyst, green, yellow, orange, and turquoise. They will customize the color of your choice to your wedding colors, or to a paint chip color.

The wedding couple can also select the shape of the final product from several standard options. These shapes include a bouquet vase, a ginger jar vase, a v-bowl and a round bowl. The team has many great ideas and will happily create a custom shape. They have designed wine glasses, flowers, specially shaped vases, a ruffle bowl and a platter. For an additional fee, engraving is available and the finished piece can be inscribed with the name of the bride and groom and the date of their special day.

There are a variety of Mazel Tov Glass packages to choose from and prices range from $360 for a Something Special package to $1800 for an Everything Special Package where you choose the custom color and custom shape and engraving is included. Every package includes a choice of color for the glass, an imported, embroidered velvet bag from Israel and a custom heirloom piece. An instruction and traditions card is included in the package as well.

For more information about their products and services go to, email or call 212-219-2092. When you inquire, please mention that you learned about the company on

Free Concert Thursday in Chase Park

Band Director Alan Hollander will lead the 75-member Westchester Band in their third concert of the summer season in Chase Park on Thursday July 8th at 8:00pm. The theme for this concert is Great Men In Music featuring the music of Beethoven, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, George Gershwin and others. Along with light classics, Dixieland and big band selections there will be a "mystery" tune. Guess the name of the song and win a prize donated by one Scardale's merchants. The band is celebrating its 41st anniversary of presenting free concerts and is sponsored by the Scarsdale Department of Recreation and Friends of the Westchester Band. In the event of inclement weather the location will be Edgemont High School on White Oak Lane.