Great entertainment, women’s health and fitness, family life and green living will highlight the seventh annual Mamapalooza, a free music, arts and health festival Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Kensico Dam.
Kids Drum Circle
Voted the “Best in Girl Power Event 2009” by Westchester Magazine, Mamapalooza is a day of fun with free helpful information and plenty of activities and services to help empower women, mothers and families. There will also be shopping, fun for kids, foods to sample and purchase, and a farmers market. So, bring a chair and blanket and spend the day listening to some great musicians and learning how to make your life better.
Mamapalooza is presented in partnership with Westchester County Parks, along with local and national sponsors, to raise awareness for the Museum of Motherhood.
Admission and parking are free. The event will be held rain or shine.
Health and Fitness
Get geared up for the day’s events during a Walk Live Westchester exercise program with Heather Buyers that will kick off at 11 a.m. The Westchester County Office for Women and non-profit organizations will provide information on health, wellness and social services for women and families including help for victims of domestic violence. Pick up information about summer events and programs from Westchester County Parks and the county’s Office of Tourism.
Vendors celebrate a holistic lifestyle of mind, body and spirit with information and booths selling natural cleaning products, soaps and holistic products, many from the Awaken Fairs.
Media partner 100.7 WHUD radio will be onsite. This year’s stage features Massachusetts Six; Dawn Drake and ZapOote world percussion; a musical performance by Armelle for kids; and exhibitions by Suburbia Roller Derby.
Shop the women-centered vendors offering everything from handmade jewelry and gifts, make-up and sunglasses to active wear fashions and tee shirts. Cash accepted only.
For Kids and Families
Kids and their families can also learn how to have fun as they get and stay fit with the county’s own Be Fit Mobile, a fitness center on wheels, which offers hula hoops, obstacle ladders and Frisbees to show everyone how to have fun as they work out. There’ll also be face painting and gymnastics.
Bring your market bag and your appetite to shop a selection of locally grown produce, baked goods, cheeses and food products.
Food and Refreshments
Take your pick of several vendors offering salads, wraps, veggie burgers, rice and beans and gyros. The concession stand will also be open for sandwiches, pizza, burgers and hot dogs.
There will be free giveaways and raffles for prizes throughout the day.
Mamapalooza 2011 is presented to benefit the Motherhood Foundation, an organization that creates and presents visual, literary and performing arts events for mothers. Sponsors are the County’s Office for Women, 100.7 WHUD radio, Westchester Family, Natural Awakenings and Parenting magazines, Awaken Fair, Q.bel, New York Liberty and Friends of Westchester County Parks, Inc.
Kensico Dam Plaza is located at the north end of the Bronx River Parkway in Valhalla. Some Exhibitor Space still available: JoinMama.net to sign up or call 877.711.6667
Organized by Paula Caracappa