The Salem Evangelical Church presented the Live Nativity this weekend—Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for the 10th year on the church’s front lawn at 634 Clove Rd.  To say this presentation was absolutely beautiful and touching is an understatement.  On Sunday night, as the snow lightly fell, the story of the birth of Christ was told as if it was happening in the present, with the three kings and visitors to the manger and the llamas, pony and donkey beside them.  I was moved to tears as the church choir sang Christmas carols. After the performance, the children pet the animals.  All were invited inside for homemade cookies and hot cocoa, a musical performance on stage and/or a visit to the worship center.  Another skit about the life of St. Nicholas was performed outside in a manner that children could relate to.  Below are some pictures from this event.








Did you attend any Christmas/Holiday Fairs this week or help trim a tree or decorate for the holidays?  Following are photos from St. Teresa’s Church Fair that took place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,






and the Tree Trimming at Staten Island University Hospital, North with members of the Service Auxiliary.

The St. Cecilia Choir will be holding its monthly concert on Wednesday, 12/14 at 1 at the New Dorp Moravian Church, 2205 Richmond Rd. Holiday and classical music will be performed. Call 718-979-6658 for info or visit

An Anti-Bully Support Workshop will be held on Wednesday from 4-6 at the Rossville AME Zion Church, 584 Bloomingdale Rd. The Workshop is for children or teens experiencing any type of bullying (in school, cyber bullying, food allergy, etc.) and parents looking for resources.

Visit the Culture Lounge Gallery (St. George Ferry Terminal), One Ferry Terminal Dr. for a three-day holiday-oriented Holiday Marketplace on Wednesday, 12/14, Thursday, 12/15 and Friday, 12/16 from 11-8.  The event, targeted to Staten Island residents, commuters and tourists, is presented in partnership with Flagship Brewery's "Made in Staten Island,'' and the Staten Island creative community. It will feature handmade accessories, jewelry, home goods, edibles, pet care, skincare, toys, arts supplies and more.

Richard Helgason, a former professor with the Metropolitan College of New York, will present a slideshow and history of the Creche (also called Presepio) on Thursday, 12/15 at 2:30 at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, 420 Tompkins Ave. This timely event focuses on the tradition behind this incredible Italian cultural symbol. For information, call 718-442-1608 or visit

A Child’s Car Seat Safety Check will take place on Friday, 12/16 at 9 a.m. at Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Ave. Join RUMC's Trauma Department for a FREE program to learn how to properly install a car seat and to have yours inspected. For more info or to reserve a space, please call Christina Youssef, Pediatric Trauma Program Manager at 718-818-2902.

"Ride Staten Island" a FREE Documentary Film Screening will be on Friday at 4:45 at Faber Park and Pool, 2175 Richmond Terr. “Ride Staten Island” highlights how Staten Island residents travel on Staten Island and the good and bad that comes with it. The film follows four people as they make their way around the Island via bus, train and ferry.  For details, call 917-396-2749 or visit

The Little Victory Theater, 4089 Victory Blvd., will present "It's a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play" on Friday, 12/16 at 8.  This beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940's radio broadcast, with the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage.  For reservations, tickets and other show dates, call 718-524-8467 or visit

Attend a Pop-Up Holiday Market on Saturday, 12/17 and Sunday 12/18 from 11-5 at The Kreischer Mansion, 4500 Arthur Kill Rd. featuring local vendors just in time for last minute gift giving. For info, visit

Visit the CPG (Creative Photographers' Guild) Gallery Holiday Show and Sale on Saturday, 12/17 and Sunday 12/18 from 1-5 at 814 Richmond Terr.  Exhibiting Photographers are Willie Chu, Bruce Cohn, Joyce Coletti, Robin George, Robert Haber, Marilyn Kiss, Jeff Mason Gail Middleton, Paul Nueckel, George Roos, Virginia Ross, Doug Schwab, Joan Velazquez and Richard Xuerub.

The Staten Island Community Band, one of the oldest community bands in the country, presents its 77th Annual Holiday Concert featuring an assortment of holiday and pop music on Sunday, 12/18 at 3 at Tottenville High School, 100 Luten Ave. Admission is $10.  Call 718-356-2220 for details.

Enjoy a FREE performance--Christmastime in Song and Dance with an Italian twist on Sunday at 5 at St. John's University, 300 Howard Ave.  There will be  special performances by the New American Youth Ballet, with excerpts from The Nutcracker, Italian opera selections by local Staten Island singers Kristin Palmeri and Giuseppe Taormina. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to pose with kids for photos. There will be a 50/50 and prizes and goodies for the children.  For info, call 718-990-5892 or visit

Join the St. Francis Catholic Singles for their 16th Annual Christmas celebration at the West Shore Inn, 3955 Victory Blvd. on Sunday at 6:30.  Admission is $35.  Bring CHECKS made out to CASH (with SFCS Christmas Dinner in memo box) to any monthly Thursday night meeting or mail with your name, phone number and email to: Holy Family Parish; Attn. Singles Christmas Dinner; 366 Watchogue Rd., SI, NY 10314. (Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child 3 to 14 years of age.)  For more info, email or call 718-761-6663.

You only have a few more weeks to visit the Christmas Wonderland display at 107 Sharrotts Rd. between Bloomingdale Rd. and Arthur Kill Rd. This wonderful interactive “event” was created 15 years ago by Joseph DiMartino in memory of his wife, Debra Ann, a victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack at the World Trade Center.  Each year, he raises thousands of dollars for the Nalitt Institute's Outpatient Children's Cancer Unit at Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze, in the name of his late wife.  The lights will be on daily from 5-11.  Santa Claus will make special appearances 12/9-11 and 12/16-18, from 7 to 8 p.m. Below are photos from last year.

Holiday/Christmas Fairs

Thursday, 12/15 5-8 – P.S. 21, 168 Hooker Pl.

Friday, 12/16 6-9 – P.S. 36, 255 Ionia Ave.

The holidays are so joyous and fun when you are at parties or with friends and family. Try to remember those who are home bound or in nursing homes, who could use a visit to make their day brighter.  It is getting to be that time of year when we start gathering to sing carols at nursing homes.  If you know of any groups who need singers, please share.  I’m sure some of my gentle readers would love to join your group. 

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