Legion of LoHud celebs donates artistic skills to benefit Brewster charity

The Columbus Day Parade has gone to the dogs!

Well, art shaped like dogs. Whatever. It’s a good cause. Stay with me here.

This Monday, the artwork of celebrities – many with a connection to the Lower Hudson Valley – will be paraded down the streets of New York City as part of an initiative to raise money for a Brewster charity.

gere.jpgAbout 30 celebs painted life-sized fiberglass dogs that will be aboard a float in the city’s Columbus Day Parade. Among the artistic celebs with a local connection are Pound Ridge residents Richard Gere (pictured) and Clive Davis; Bedford residents Chevy Chase, Glenn Close, Robert Kennedy Jr., Paul Shaffer and Martha Stewart; Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams; North Salem resident and John Jay High School alumnus Stanley Tucci; and former Putnam County resident Judge Judy Sheindlin.

The money raised through a subsequent auction will benefit Green Chimneys, a 60-year-old non-profit organization that operates a special education school, a residential treatment center for children and a farm and wildlife rehabilitation center in Brewster. The auction ends Nov. 1.

For the rest of October, the dogs will be on display at the TimeWarner Center in Columbus Circle.

Among the other celebrities to apply their palates to fake pups were Fiona Apple, Rachael Ray, Robin Quivers, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Goodall, Cyndi Lauper, Soledad O’Brien, Joe Piscopo, Mike Richter and Bill Walton.

Check out and bid on all the dogs at www.CharityFolks.com and learn more about Green Chimneys at www.GreenChimneys.org.

(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Campbell Scott to do some story-telling at Katonah Museum

campbell.jpgOnce upon a time, there was an actor named Campbell Scott who prepared for his April 10 return to the Katonah Museum.

There, legend has it, he planned to read a selection of short stories centered on a single object for the museum’s ongoing series called “Here’s the Thing: The Single Object Still Life.”

The prodigal son would be no stranger to the facility. The John Jay High School alumnus appeared at the museum June 8 for a showing of his 2002 film, “The Secret Lives of Dentists.”

How will this tale end? Find out for yourself! Scott’s April 10 presentation at the museum, 134 Jay St., is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required and are $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

For more information, visit www.katonahmuseum.org or call 914-232-9555.

(Photo courtesy of the Katonah Museum.)

John Schneider shows love for LoHud roots, brings ‘Razzle Dazzle’ to Broadway

schneider.jpgIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for Mount Kisco native John Schneider, an actor perhaps best known for his role as Bo Duke on TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Five days before selling his model of the “General Lee” — a bright-orange 1969 Dodge Charger made famous on the show — at a Jan. 19 auction for $450,000, Schneider returned to Broadway to begin a stint as slick lawyer Billy Flynn in “Chicago.” His run is expected to last through March 16, according to Playbill.

Yesterday, he appeared on NBC’s “Today” show to talk about his Lower Hudson Valley roots, his career and his Broadway return.

Near the start of the interview, Schneider said he was amazed by “Hazzard’s” lasting impact and explained why he had to lie a little to land his big break in the industry.

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I’m from Westchester County, New York. I’m a New Yorker. They wanted a good-old southern boy, 24 to 30 years old, and I’m actually — at that point — I was 18, from Mount Kisco, New York, you know. So, I walked in with a ripped-up T-shirt and a six-pack of beer — no kidding, I had this kind of nerve at 18 years old — six-pack of beer, popped open one of the beers, offered ’em one and said, ‘Hey, y’all want one of these?’

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In the process of explaining that he’d been acting since he was 8, he gave many more shout-outs to the Lower Hudson Valley:

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I went to the movies all the time in Mount Kisco, saw double-features on Saturday, and loved John Wayne and Robert Redford. I wanted to be in the movies; I wanted to be on television. And I didn’t know it wasn’t possible. So, I started doing theater at 8 years old up at Fox Lane High School, at John Jay High School. And of course a dream was always to wind up one day here on Broadway.

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After offering a deafening “Yeee-ha!” to close the segment, he reminded viewers yet again where he honed that skill.

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There’s Westchester County for ya!

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Check out the full 4-minute, 44 second video of his “Today” appearance here.

Learn more about Schneider’s upcoming morning show appearances and his Broadway background after the break.

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