While I had an absolutely perfect time hanging out with my grandson for four days last week, playing games, putting together puzzles, working on arts and crafts projects, laughing and teasing each other, I welcomed the arrival Saturday morning of my second grandchild--a perfect little girl.  Even the snow fall throughout this week couldn’t put a damper on my spirit!

What did you do last weekend?  Did you check in at your nearest New York Public Library?  Did you go on a nature hike with your children or friends?  Or did you attend the weekly Wine Tasting at Jean’s Fine Wines?  I received a couple of comments about Edith Susskind, her store and her presence on Forest Ave.  Patrick noted:  “Edith Susskind was an Island institution--Forest Ave. has never been the same since her shop closed.”  Ann Marie commented:  “I remember [Edith] and her shop.  She was sparkle and bling.”  I fondly recall Edith always dolled up, even at the end.  Did you make it to the opening reception at the Staten Island Museum on Sunday of the exhibit: “Kaleidoscopic Porcelain:  From the Alfred & Edith Susskind Porcelain Collection”? 

Tonight, Friday, 1/30, at 8, at the ETG Book Café, 208 Bay St.,hosted by Jay Weichun, enjoy Filmmaker Open Screen.Bring your short movies to this open mic for film.  All genres welcome. Call 718-447-8256 for info.

Saturday, 1/31, at 6, get together with friends for a night out at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor with the Peter Zummo 4tet: Prepare for Docking, an evening of rock, jazz, electronic, disco and punk.  Call 718-425-3524 or 718-442-2500 for info. 

5 Mile String Band will keep you tapping your toes and clapping your hands Saturday at 6 and 8 p.m. at the Tavern Concert Series, Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  Call 718-351-1611 for reservations.

If you enjoy dancing, try the Old Bermuda Inn, 2512 Arthur Kill Rd. Saturday, from 8-midnight, DJ Alex Peters will entertain you with music from every era and genre.  I guarantee you will be on the dance floor all evening.

The 5th Annual Ice Skate-a-Thon for Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities, will be held on Saturday, 2, at the Staten Island Skating Pavilion, 3080 Arthur Kill Rd.  There will be ice skating, raffles, costume characters, face painting and children’s entertainment.  For info, call 718-949-4800.

Sunday, 2/1, 2-5, at the Flagship Brewing Company, 40 Minthorne St., the Staten Island Seisium will be led by Linda Hickman, Douglass Barr and Bob Wright and is open to musicians and listeners of all levels and ages. (The Irish word “seisiun” refers to informal gatherings, often in public houses or pubs, dedicated to the practice and performance of Irish traditional music.) Sessions are free and open to the public. Beer is sold separately and a traditional Irish brunch buffet will be available for purchase.  Call 718-448-5284 for info.

Super Bowl Sunday is synonymous with buffalo wings, hero sandwiches, lots of food and lots of fun. 
If you are having a party at your house, or will bring food to another’s house, check out Pamela Silvestro’s “12 Restaurants to Tap for takeout touchdowns on Staten Island” http://www.silive.com/dining/index.ssf/2015/01/14_staten_island_restaurants_t.html

Do you have fond childhood memories?  Created by Melissa Sarris and organized by Melanie Cohn, “Drawing from Memory” asks strangers to connect over the phone by calling a toll-free number 1-888-375-3729 on Wednesdays, from 4:15 to 7:30, and telling a personal story of a childhood memory about “water”, “crossings”, “journeys” or “the city”.  The call is answered by an artist stationed in the Gallery space at the St. George Ferry Terminal, who will create a drawing to illustrate or respond to the story.  These spontaneous, instant connections, sketched in monochromatic colors by local artists will be on display through March 22 in the Culture Lounge.  Participants can take home the sketches of their memories, or have digital versions emailed to them.

Monday, 2/2, 6:30 a.m., come out to the Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway for Groundhog Day festivities.  Let’s see if Staten Island Chuck the Groundhog will predict six more weeks of winter or an early spring.  Admission to the ceremony is FREE. 

Enjoy your weekend and the week ahead.  Try to get out of the house, bundle up, shovel some snow and breathe that fresh winter air.  I’m predicting an early spring.  What do you think?  If you want to share your plans for the weekend, please call me at 646-258-9696 or write a comment below or to joan.coogan@gmail.com

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They ought to keep our groundhog away from our stupid mayor.

Posted by J. Michael Cronin on Friday, January 30th, 2015 at 5:03pm

Thanks for your comment, J. Michael!

Posted by Joan Coogan on Friday, January 30th, 2015 at 7:11pm

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