LINKS - Lincoln Square E-News: Winter's Eve Edition
November 2010

in this issue
  • New York City's Largest Holiday Festival
  • Introducing the 2010 Holiday Tree
  • The Gourmand's Guide to Winter's Eve
  • For the Kids!
  • Free Entertainment All Night Long
  • Dance, Dance, Dance the Night Away
  • Shopping and In-Store Promotions
  • And Last, but Certainly Not Least

  • New York City's Largest Holiday Festival

    Welcome to the special Winter's Eve edition of our monthly e-newsletter, LINKS. Winter's Eve, our signature event-and New York City's Largest Holiday Festival-is just around the corner. To help you navigate this exciting evening, we've pulled together a sampling of all there is to do and see that night. Don't forget to regularly check our website for the most up-to-date information on Winter's Eve - www.winterseve.org.

    Introducing the 2010 Holiday Tree

    True to tradition, our Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square festival kicks off with a holiday tree lighting at Dante Park at Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets at 5:30 p.m., and what a spectacular tree it is! Hailing all the way from the northern reaches of Canada, the branches of our 27 foot Balsam Fir (generously donated by McNulty Outdoors and installed by the City of New York's Department of Parks and Recreation) has twinkling lights, large and small lollipops from Hammond's Candies and gingerbread men from our neighborhood's very own Soutine Bakery... all decorated and glittered by artisan Debbie Tuch of Glitterlimes.

    WABC-TV's Sade Baderinwa will host the kick-off festivities this year, with special performances by John Pizzarelli, Eileen Ivers, Chia's Dance Party and others. It's a momentous event not to be missed, but if you need any more incentive-the first 100 children to arrive at the tree will also receive a special gift: a charming and whimsical cup courtesy of artist Jane Jenni (whose adorable plates adorned last year's Winter's Eve 10th year anniversary tree).

    We would like to offer additional thanks to Glitterlimes for adding some sparkle to our tree's decorations and the American Folk Art Museum for helping coordinate the theme of this year's holiday tree display. And speaking of festive trees - from now until the end of January, one tree in each of our 10 Broadway Malls is illuminated with lights, thanks to support from Con Edison.

    The Gourmand's Guide to Winter's Eve

    Winter's Eve is a foodie's paradise with sumptuous, savory and sweet offerings from some of Lincoln Square's finest restaurants. This year, a record-breaking 32 restaurants will offer tastes at nominal cost ($1-5) under canopies in front of Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, along Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets and at Richard Tucker Park between 65th and 66th Streets.

    On the menu the evening of November 29th: Maine lobster bisque with laughing bird shrimp; slow-roasted pork with red cabbage, jalapenos and mustard on ciabatta; wild mushroom ravioli with cognac sauce; Mexican hot chocolate; and warm beignets with spiced chocolate sauce to name but a few! Click here to see all of the participating restaurants and eateries.

    Our tastings are more than just an opportunity to sample tasty dishes, steaming soups, hot drinks and delectable deserts. To ensure that our Food Tastings are as "green" as possible we have purchased biodegradable and compostable supplies for the Winter's Eve Food Tastings at a discount from World Centric. Our Outdoor Food Tastings provide you a great way to "give back" too. For the third year in a row, we have designated the food rescue organization, City Harvest, as our charitable partner. A percentage of the evening's food tastings proceeds will be donated to City Harvest. Winter's Eve attendees are also encouraged to bring a canned food donation to Dante Park at Broadway and 63rd Street to help feed the hungry. So have fun, eat up and help make a difference!

    For the Kids!

    Winter's Eve abounds with activities for the young. Nearly every experience at Winter's Eve is "family-friendly"; however, there are some special features that children will find irresistible. Back by popular demand is KiDROCKERS, an organization producing concerts that feature some of the most engaging and vital artists in indie music and comedy. This all-ages show is designed to bring families together to enjoy new music. On Monday, November 29th KiDROCKERS' entertainment will include DJ Craig Baldo, Emcee Seth Herzog, and the following two bands: The Beets and Twin Shadows. Bite-sized cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, an activity by Time Out New York Kids magazine & face painting courtesy of New York Society for Ethical Culture will also be available at Kids' Central.

    A few steps down Broadway at Time Warner Center tykes can laugh at the antics of Big Apple Circus to Go, watch performances by cast members of the Broadway hit Billy Elliot, and hear student choruses at Samsung Experience plus tomorrow's talent from the Professional Children's School as well. Kids will also have the opportunity to meet Digit from Cyberchase at the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center (Broadway and 66th Street) and St. Nicholas at the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle (Columbus and 60th Street).

    Winter's Eve is such a wonderful and magical event-be sure to bring the whole family for a memorable experience!

    Free Entertainment All Night Long

    What do Irish fiddlers, Brazilian percussionists, North Indian dhol 'n' brass players, and accomplished jazz musicians have in common? All can be found as part of the entertainment line-up at this year's Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square.

    We're thrilled that John Pizzarelli, world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer will perform at our holiday tree lighting. Mr. Pizzarelli received the 2009 Ella Fitzgerald Award from the Montreal International Jazz Festival, joining a select group of past winners that includes Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr. Jazz fans will also relish a performance of the Anat Cohen Quartet with Avishai Cohen and special guest John Pizzarelli at the American Folk Art Museum's Lincoln Square Branch and the return of the Rose Rutledge Trio presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center on the 2nd Floor of Time Warner Center. CHIA's Dance Party, a quartet featuring members of the Colombian band La Cumbiamba, will play infectious danceable grooves at Dante Park while Red Baraat will provide Winter's Eve's first ever holiday Bhangra party at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium. The Harlem Samba Brazilian percussion ensemble will perform the traditional rhythms of the Brazilian carnival at Richard Tucker Park and The New York-based Alice Farley Dance Theater will create an outdoor "Theater of Gesture" with its combination of sculptural costuming, circus arts and dance in front of Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

    It's impossible to list all of the wonderful entertainment options available the evening of Winter's Eve-so continue to check our website (www.winterseve.org) for the most up-to-date list of performances. And don't forget to stop by our information central tent at Dante Park the night of the big event to pick up a program and festival map.

    Dance, Dance, Dance the Night Away

    Back by popular demand is the Winter's Eve Dance Tent! Come to 62nd Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue and kick up your heels.

    Fiddler Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul will provide Winter's Eve revelers an exciting evening of tradition and dance. Called "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin" by The New York Times, Ms. Ivers will change the way you think about the violin. She is hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and World Music genres.

    She has established herself as the pre-eminent expert of the Irish fiddle in the world today. Her many accomplishments include being a nine time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, an original musical star of Riverdance, a Grammy awarded musician and having her work represented in the Gangs of New York movie soundtrack. She will play two sets of music at the Winter's Eve Dance Tent; the first set will begin at 6:15 and the second at 7:45 p.m.

    We're thrilled to present this wonderful opportunity to the community and hope you'll come out for what is sure to be an exceptional evening of music and dance.

    Shopping and In-Store Promotions

    'Tis the season for holiday gift-buying. Why not avoid the frenzied crush of retail's famous Black Friday and instead save some of your seasonal shopping during Winter's Eve? On the evening of our event, many of Lincoln Square's stores and institutions will offer discounts and holiday cheer.

    A small sampling of the many in-store promotions that will be available:

    Raymour & Flanigan (1965 Broadway ): 12% discount on every item in the store, wine & cheese and the opportunity to meet Beth Kushnick, set decorator of the CBS hit series "The Good Wife", who will share her star quality design advice that she has used for over 25 years on hit TV shows and movies.

    American Folk Art Museum (125 Columbus Avenue): Special Exhibitions, and a 20% discount in gift shop

    Kiehl's (154 Columbus Avenue): 20% off all regular priced products

    New York Sports Club (61 W. 62nd Street): Free guest day for all and special dance class featuring choreographer Jonnie P. from "The Regis and Kelly Show"

    Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center (Broadway at 66th Street): Studio tours and giveaways

    Cole Haan: 20% discount (restrictions apply) and complimentary mini cupcakes

    Godiva Chocolatier (Time Warner Center, Ground Fl.): Free chocolate samplings

    Landmarc (Time Warner Center, 3rd Fl.): Free cotton candy

    Satya Jewelry (Time Warner Center, Ground Fl.): Spend $100.00 or more and receive a beautiful pearl bracelet

    For a complete list of offers and holiday cheer on Winter's Eve click here!

    And remember, the above promotions don't begin to account for the fabulous entertainment that will take place in many of the stores the evening of Winter's Eve!

    And Last, but Certainly Not Least

    We would like to acknowledge our many sponsors whose generosity makes Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square possible. We are so very grateful for their support:

    Time Warner
    The Shops at Columbus Circle
    American Bible Society
    Milstein Properties
    Ogden CAP Properties, LLC
    Fordham University
    Glenwood Management
    Rosa Mexicano
    Con Edison
    Roosevelt Hospital
    Mandarin Oriental, New York
    The Empire Hotel
    Trump International Hotel & Tower
    Fidelity Investments
    The Aire
    Atlantic Grill
    New York Institute of Technology
    Zagat Survey
    Bonafide Estates, Inc.
    Zeckendorf Development

    Media Partners:
    Time Out New York Kids
    IN New York & Where Magazines

    Additionally, we would like to thank our Board of Directors and everyone else who has contributed to this great event, including: The Empire Hotel; China Grill Management; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Related Companies; Disney and WABC-TV; Bill Bouyer; Bill Ritter; Lauren Glassberg; WNET and WLIW; Fresh 102.7; American Folk Art Museum; Glitterlimes and Debbie Tuch; Hammond's Candies; Soutine Bakery; Jane Jenni; Jenneth Webster; McNulty Outdoors; City Harvest; Fordham University; Sodexo Campus Services; Atlantic Maintenance; NYC Mayor's Office of Citywide Event Coordination & Management; NYPD; FDNY; NYC Departments of Transportation; Parks & Recreation; Sanitation; Health and Consumer Affairs; CBs 4 & 7; and all of the neighborhood stores, restaurants and organizations that help make this event a success.

    We wish everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you on Monday, November 29th!

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