Broadway in the Boros returned to Staten Island at the Empire Outlets in St. George presenting performances by the current cast and musicians from “Beetlejuice” and “Chicago”.  I grabbed the first available seat near the photo booth so was able to see all the actors before they went on. The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment organizes this event each year. We participated in trivia contests, and a number of tickets to the shows were awarded to those winners. Below are some photos.

Members of Staten Island OutLOUD 2019 read parts of Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” on Saturday at the historic H.H. Biddle House with maritime music played by the Brass Ensemble of the Staten Island Philharmonic Orchestra. This wonderful…

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The weather was brutal through the week and beyond, but we New Yorkers dealt with it, hopefully attending free concerts, movies, fun times at the New York Public Libraries, at Community Days or Sprinklerfest at Snug Harbor. I worked in my garden, weeded, cut down branches from dead trees and bushes. It’s hot anyway so why not be productive! I enjoyed the breezes on my porch and chatted with neighbors. What did you do?

The 116th Anniversary Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society continued through last weekend.   It didn’t disappoint with games of chance, live music and yummy Italian food especially the smell of zeppoles that beckoned the crowds.  Make it a point to visit the National Landmarked shrine on the grounds at 243 Virginia Ave.  Visit: …

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Did you attend the screening of award-winning filmmaker James Verdi’s documentary film “Loyalty & Rebellion” at the Conference House on Thursday, enjoy the cool evenings with Movies under the Stars--“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was my favorite!, attend art openings at Snug Harbor, the 116th Anniversary Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society in Rosebank or try Walk Up Paddling at the Conference House?

If you came to “Back to the Beach” and stopped by the Gillani Homes booth, I thank those of you who signed up for my “Weekend Events on Staten Island” blog and/or took a chance on the Scratch-Off Lottery Tickets House. Below are some photos from the two days at the beach. It was nice and hot out but the sea breezes kept us cool.

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I hope you, my gentle readers, had a happy and safe 4th of July.  The weather was great with not a cloud in the sky.  Did you attend any of the events mentioned in this blog on the holiday?  The Empire Outlets was hopping with entertainment during their Three-Day Block Party and was a perfect venue to chill out, enjoy the sights, sounds and shop!  The 109th Travis 4th of July Parade was a successful event as well as the 91st Annual Huck Finn Fishing Tournament & Costume Contest at the Zimmer Club and the Historic Richmond Town Independence Day Celebration. 

The Reading of the Declaration of Independence, sponsored by Staten Island OutLOUD and Beth Gorrie, took place in the shade at Fort Wadsworth, and all guests participated.  It was emotional reading…

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The 11th Annual Polish Festival, organized by St. Stanislaus Kostka church, took place on Sunday at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.  We enjoyed sun, low humidity and a healthy breeze every once in awhile.  I thank all of you who visited the Gillani Homes booth and those who took a chance on the Lottery Ticket House!  A big thanks to those of you who signed up for the "Weekend Events on Staten Island" blog mailing list.  The kiddies were thrilled with the blow up rides, checking out the NYPD car (and siren!!), winning at games of chance, while all enjoyed live music, the Polish dancers, wonderful raffle drawings and basket prizes, scrumptious Polish food—stuffed cabbage, kielbasy and fixings, meat and cheese pierogi, zapiekanka, desserts galore and Polish…

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