From Halloween’s candy and frights, to the Thanksgiving turkey Tryptophan, November launches New York into the festive holiday season. Get ready for some serious eating and drinking as the party invitations start to arrive. Be warned though, you will find the svelte trained up for the New York City Marathon, and you’ll be standing beside those snake hips at the Holiday parties next month.
Here’s what’s on:
October 27, 10am AWNY presents The Emotional Transition of Moving to New York in the East Village. Join a small group of women to discuss the excitement – and hardship – of transition to the City of Cities, led by AWNY’s Susie Lang.
Barton Orchards Farm, 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag NY 12570. Open seasonally, and closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, this incredible destination is a unique experience to go apple picking (get your apples for the Thanksgiving pie) and see a real NY country farm. For those with children, you will find a haunted house, petting zoo, fun park and corn maze. For everyone else, the apple cider donuts and drinks are authentically rural, and the scenic drive is a beautiful way to pass a leisurely weekend day. A fun weekend to go is October 28 & 29 to capitalize on the Halloween festivities.
November 5 is the TCS NYC Marathon. Download waze.com if you are driving in the city because it’s a hazard to get around by car from E59th up to E138th Street (and traffic congestion beyond). Runners will be blocking your way across town. Walk or use the subway to come out and cheer your fit friends on and celebrate afterwards.
November 9, 12-2pm Congratulations to AWNY President Belinda Jackson for being nominated for the Clara de Hirsch Award for exceptional support of other women in the 92nd Street Y Extraordinary Women Awards.
November 14, 6pm Finances in the USA, Australian Consulate, Midtown East. Tax expert, Martin Cranitch, of Transpacific Tax Services (and previously, the SMATS Group) will speak to Aussie expats living in the USA in relation to taxation and financial planning. $15 members/$25 non-members.
November 23, 9am-12 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Where will you be for Thanksgiving this year? If you are in the city, you can plan to see the Parade, which begins at 9am at W77th and Central Park West, and runs down (south) on Central Park West, to Central Park South, and down 6th Avenue, from W59th Street down to Macys Department Store at Herald Square at W34th Street. You can watch from the Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle, or the Hilton at W53rd & 6th. Hotels can offer a nice vantage point for viewing if you haven’t found a local friend with a high-floor apartment to afford a good view and bathroom to watch the spectacle. Or watch it on TV like most of America.
November 24 Sample sales. If you haven’t hit the phenomenon of NYC’s sample sales, you may want to have a look. There are also online sales of course, and THE most massive shopping day of the year being Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, where everyone gets online after feasting, or gets out and about in the shops, to actively seize the very best of the year’s buys before the Holiday onslaught of ultimate consumerism.
November 29, 7pm-9pm Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, with live performances, between W48th and W51st Streets, and 5th and 6th Avenues. Put on your coat and come out with the crowd if you haven’t ever done it yet, to see the celebration of the big tree at Rockefeller Center. Arrive early (very early) if you want to see the tree. Each year, thousands crowd the sidewalks and streets and millions watch it live across the globe. It will remain lit until January 7, 2018 and represents goodwill and peace throughout the Holiday season.