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Bedford Hills Library Celebrates Mardi Gras

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. — The loudest and brightest Mardi Gras celebrations may be found in New Orleans, but the Bedford Hills Free Library made sure to do its part to add to the holiday from afar. Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent begins in the Christian religion, offers those a chance to enjoy their “riches” for one last day before giving up a part of their routine.

Bedford Hills resident Scott Hodgson got the week off from work as a criminalist who works in New York City, and decided to take his 5-year-old daughter Sarah to the afternoon event.

“I’m off this week, she’s off this week and we can’t watch TV all day. She is having a great time and she has more beads than anyone,” Hodgson said. “I love what this library does. My wife is in here constantly, we practically abuse this place.”

The day included the classic bead toss, along with King’s Cake and dancing the two-step. It’s all for the children, Librarian Kathy Storfer said, and it doesn’t cost much, either.

“They seem to love it. We have a great time, and they think it’s a blast, and we have people who show up,” Storfer said. “With cheap little beads, it’s a lot of bang for the buck. We have a good time with it. It’s really nice to have this in the middle of the season.”

Storfer offered a reading with, what she called a touch of New Orleans.

“We really love jazz. We’re a jazz library and we love New Orleans, too.  There’s not a lot to do in February, it’s this or Valentine’s Day,” Storfer said. “But the books are also a lot better for Mardi Gras – swamps, frogs, gators, and we pass a good time, as they say.”

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