Did you play Volleyball on the Beach last Saturday at Great Kills Park? It is a great way to start your day off.  The 115th Anniversary Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society and festival ended on Sunday.  The National Landmarked Grotto is spectacular and something you will never forget.  I light a candle every year.  Can you imagine the local Italian-Americans building this grotto over the years? 

The Borough President’s FREE Sunset Summer Concert Series on Thursday at Snug Harbor was just what the doctor ordered.  London Fogg played all the great oldies as we sang along and a few even danced. JazzOut4tet entertained with favorite jazz hits as we relaxed in the evening breeze. 












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What a great week!  I soaked up the sun on Friday at Lighthouse Pointe in St. George where Broadway in the Boros entertained the crowds who showed up for a live performance by cast members of “Wicked” and “The Band’s Visit”.   There were ticket and t-shirt giveaways after the performances.  And FREE admittance to the National Lighthouse Museum.  Below are some photos from the event.

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The 4th of July came and the humidity felt worse than ever.  People were complaining in the air conditioned mall and everywhere I went how humid it was outside!  What?!  I enjoyed the cool evening on my front porch and played Scrabble a number of times while chilling out. The Staten Island Philharmonic entertained at Alice Austen House on the 4th and at Willowbrook Park on the 7thThe Borough President’s FREE Sunset Summer Concert Series at Midland Beach, featuring Brother Dynamite and The Resistance, was a great evening of entertainment with the cool sea air. Did you try kayaking with Kayak Staten Island at Conference House Park on Sunday? There are plenty of ways to stay cool without air conditioning. I actually worked on my garden a few late…

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I hope you made it to the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre’s delightful presentation of "The Taming of the Shrew" this past weekend at Reformed Church of Staten Island in Port Richmond. The play takes place in Padua, New York, a town that resembles Staten Island. The wonderful cast, clad in hip current-day garb, made you feel right at home with Shakespeare while rapping, moving and grooving, twists and turns, mistaken identities and ending with happily ever after.  The venue, albeit sweltering during this heat wave but cooled with huge fans, was a perfect setting for this play.  Visit SIShakespeare.org for info on future performances