We’re at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, and the grounds aren’t just beautiful, they’re exquisite. We came for “Dancing at Dusk,” a family music event held at the art center a few Wednesdays this summer. Last year, we brought along several of our neighbors and their kids, camping out on blankets for a potluck picnic until the music started up. This season at Caramoor begins on June 28 at 5pm with “A Voyage to Japan,” where children will be introduced to the delicate elegance of Japanese dance.
The kids are always game to dance. Some may prefer the “Hoedown in the USA” on July 5th, while others may appreciate the “Celebrating Mexico” night (July 19th) or the “Traditional Russia” evening (July 26th).
When the performance is over, don’t forget to duck through a lush arbor or two and explore the grounds. A few years back, we spotted an elegant stone fountain, where some older children had found a sprinkler to run through. When I spied a stucco villa with a red-tiled roof, I began to wonder: Where am I? Caramoor is more than a beautiful place to host a children’s concert. We’d walked straight into one of Westchester’s crown jewels, 90-acres of rose gardens, towering pines and unspoiled rolling hills where music isn’t just enjoyed outdoors — It’s celebrated.
Walter and Lucie Rosen purchased Caramoor as a summer home in 1928. They fell in love with the very cedar trees that I fell for; these trees alone are worth a visit. The couple used the property to stow their extensive art collection, and as passionate lovers of music, they often invited friends from around the world to listen to private concerts on the home’s grounds — which was the beginning of Caramoor’s International Music Festival. In 1945, the Rosens donated the Caramoor estate as a center for music and art, and the next year the Music Room held its first summer concert series for the public. The site has been hosting them ever since.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids and can be purchased at the door. Parking is included in admission. Snacks and drinks are available, but everyone packs a picnic and eats on a blanket.
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah; 914-232-1252