The recently shuttered and dark Paramount Theater at 1008 Brown St. in downtown Peekskill will temporarily reopen the weekend of Dec. 22 & 23 for Yes Virginia, The Musical to spread some holiday cheer. In addition, the Peekskill Business Improvement District (BID) announced details of the second annual Peekskill Makes Me Merry (PMMM) campaign, with activities and events through the month of December.
The PMMM campaign is organizing three Saturday events in December to promote the aspects of downtown Peekskill that make it a unique community: its family-friendly activities, arts and cultural events, and its food. The PMMM campaign will include a 10 percent discount across participating downtown businesses for holiday shoppers. For all campaign details, please visit the website, downtownpeekskill.com.
Kids’ Activities & Tree Lighting
On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 12 to 7 p.m., the Peekskill BID is hosting an open house tour of all the kids’ activities available around town, from magic, art, boxing and karate to digital filmmaking and music production. The tree lighting, organized in partnership with the Peekskill Recreation Department and the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce, will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the gazebo (at the corner of N. Division and Park). Live choral music, Santa and hot chocolate will be included.
Artcrawl & Reception
On Saturday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., the Peekskill BID is partnering with the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) for a tour of illuminated artwork installed in storefront windows downtown, with two live “art happenings” on downtown streets and a reception at a pop-up art gallery at 906 Main St., exhibiting the work of Peekskill Project V and other local artists.
The Peekskill Arts Alliance is also presenting a small works exhibit at Scott Camera & Studio at 12 S. Division St. from Dec. 1 through Dec. 23.
Santacon Pub & Eat Crawl
The Peekskill BID will hold its second annual Pub & Eat crawl on Saturday, Dec. 15, starting at 6 p.m. Why Santacon? Because crawlers dressed as Santa (or other holiday-inspired costumes) receive special discounts along the way.
Yes Virginia, The Musical
Showing Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Paramount Theater, the story of a little girl who taught the world to believe is sponsored by the Macy’s Believe Foundation and presented by Antonia Arts and Rising Stars. The one-weekend-only musical performance features special guests Daisy Jopling and cast members of Annie and Cats. To reserve tickets, visit risingstarspac.net, or purchase tickets at the box office one hour before show times.