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 these words aloud.  I am glad I did, though, and made some new friends.  At the end, a poem by Walt Whitman, “Ashes of Soldiers” (1891-92), a tribute to the soldiers who died fighting in the American Civil War, was read. 

The Staten Island Philharmonic Concert performed at the Fort with vocalist, Jenny Kelly.  It was quite hot in the sun, but the musicians were troopers.  As usual, they entertained the crowd with their American Salutes Concert--an afternoon of patriotic songs.  The vistas are spectacular as evidenced by the photos below.  The Philharmonic again performed later in the evening at Alice Austen House Museum with the Viva Voce Chorus and Brooklyn's Dyker Singers.

The Staten Island Snugs own Lou’s 70th Birthday Show/Celebration at the historic Killmeyers Old Bavarian Beer Garden on Sunday was a huge success and attended by 40 friends and fans. Below are photos from the bash! Happy Birthday Lou!








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Take the kiddies to $1 movies at the Regal UA Cinemas at 2474 Forest Ave. on Wednesday 7/10 at 10 featuring "Lego Movie 2" and "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World".

Kids 3+ can participate in Camp Creativity Space-Age Fun on Wednesday from 10-12 at all Staten Island Michael’s stores. Imagine hopping on a spaceship and heading out into the universe. Kids will enjoy making planetary creations on Monday, Alien creations on Wednesday and milky way slime on Friday. $3 fee, good for ages 3+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.  To register, call:

718-720-0377 for 30 Barrett Ave. (Forest Ave. Shoppers Plaza)

718-697-0252 for 2795 Richmond Ave. (Pergament Mall)

347-694-7203 for 245 Bricktown Center (Charleston)

The Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr., offers free admission each Wednesday in July & August from 5-7 pm. Bring the family to Boogie Woogie Wednesdays from 5-7.  Explore exhibits, hear a story and enjoy a music or dance performance.

The Wednesday Night Concert Series is back at Westerleigh Park, 160 Neal Dow Ave. from 7-9 featuring Joan Caddell & the Midnight Choir.

Bring your children to Forest Adventures on Thursday 7/11 from 10-11:30 at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. This weekly series is filled with woodland adventures, including hikes, seasonal explorations, stories, and crafts. This program is designed for a caregiver and age-appropriate child to explore the wonders of the forest together.  Fee per week:  $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members.  Fee per series:  $32 non-members/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members (pay for 4 weeks, get 1 week free). Call 718-351-3450 to register

Join the Urban Park Ranger Adventure Guides at Nature Center Adventures on Thursday from 11-12 at Blue Heron Nature Center, 222 Poillon Ave.  Nature Center Adventures connect New Yorkers of all ages to nature through experiential learning. Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.

Attend the Busy Bees Gardening Club on Thursday at 3 at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. Grow the library garden this summer and learn about nature and grow fresh fruits and vegetables!  

The Summer Sunset Concert Series continues featuring Spinning Bad and The Black Ties on Thursday from 7-9 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.

On Thursday from 7-10, join award-winning filmmaker James Verdi, as his documentary film “Loyalty & Rebellion”, exploring the American Revolutionary War on Staten Island, makes its Conference House debut. The film examines the Island’s strategic significance during the NY Campaign and the drastic effects the war had on Island life. After the film, there will be a Q&A with the director.  Film screening will take place at The Conference House in Conference House Park, 7455 Hylan Blvd.

The 116th Anniversary Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society, 243 Virginia Ave. begins on Thursday at 7:30 and continues through 7/14. Next week, on Tuesday, 7/16, a Parade through Rosebank begins at 9 a.m. with a Mass at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Joseph and St. Mary Immaculate, 463 Tompkins Ave. The Feast continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7/19, 20 & 21. Visit the National Landmark shrine on the grounds and enjoy music, games of chance, activities for the kiddies, food galore and more. For more information, call 347-204-5203.

Design and create your own animations and learn about technology in the media industry at the Coding Club with Google CS on Friday, 7/12 at 3 at Stapleton Library,  132 Canal St.  This is an 8-week series and good for ages 8-12. Registration required; call 718-727-0427.

Have fun with Walk Up Paddling on Friday from 5-8 at the Conference House Park, 7455 Hylan Blvd.  Sessions generally run 2-3 hours depending on the tide.  Wear watershoes and water appropriate clothing and be mindful of your expensive cellphones and eyewear.

As part of Movies Under the Stars, watch a screening of “Venom” on Friday from 8:30-10 at Willowbrook Park, Eton Pl. and Richmond Ave. A journalist becomes the host of an alien symbiote and acquires superhuman abilities alongside a malevolent and unpredictable alter-ego while investigating the true nature of the secretive experiments conducted by the Life Foundation. Arrive before 8:30 to get your spot.  Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.  Bottled water is OK but no glass.

Gentle Flow Yoga takes place on Saturday 7/13 at 10 at Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Blvd.  The lawn of Clear Comfort is the perfect serene environment for yoga two Saturdays a month this summer led by Be Yoga & Dance in partnership with Shape Up NYC. Bring a yoga mat, water and a towel. These free yoga sessions continue on the following dates: 7/27, 8/10 and 8/24.

Take a stroll during Saturday Morning Walks from 10-11 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W.  Learn about the flora and fauna in our Park or just get out, get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air!  All ages welcome.  You will hike at least a mile each week.

Summer Family Day: Nature Prints takes place on Saturday from 10:30-12 at Staten Island MakerSpace, 450 Front St, Unit B. Included in the $5 fee is one print kit: the sun paper to make a solar art print, paint and a potato for carving your own print. Please get multiple tickets if you need more kits.  Instructions will be given on how to create your own unique prints with materials from nature and preserve the image. We will explore MakerPark, but you may also bring your own materials for printmaking. Please arrive within the first hour to ensure your seat. All ages are welcome, parental supervision required. To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-family-day-nature-prints-tickets-62656291655

Bring your children to Sensory Storytime on Saturday at 11 at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St.  Sensory Storytime is a fun, new and interactive library literacy program designed to engage kids through movement, music, stories and sensory activity play. This program is open to all and is ideal for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration challenges, or children who have difficulty sitting still. Pre-registration required; call 718-727-0427.

Back to the Beach 2019 begins on Saturday from 11-10 and ends Sunday 7/14 from 11-7 at at Midland Beach on the  FDR Boardwalk, Fr. Capodanno Blvd.  Join Borough President James Oddo & The Bini Fund for this event which features vendors, live music, rides and games for the kids, great food and, of course, the amazing fireworks display which will be held on Saturday at 9:15. This event is open to the public FREE of charge, and all are invited to attend. Don’t forget to stop by the Gillani Homes booth and meet your favorite real estate agents.

Participate in Meditation on the Lawn on Saturday at 1 on the lawn at Alice Austen Park, Hylan Blvd. and Edgewater St.

Have you ever heard the term “invasive species?”  Learn about Alien Invaders, what that means and those present in Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W. on Saturday from 1-3 and help to remove them in honor of New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week.  Best for ages 5+.  Please RSVP. 718-967-1976

The Opening Reception of The Summer Show: Snug Harbor Studio Artists is on Saturday from 2-4 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr., Buildings C & G.  This group exhibition, which highlights the diverse talent and artistry of our studio artists, features the work of Ann Marie McDonnell, Craig Manister, Elibeth Sollazzo-Daland, Erin Butler, Gayle Tanaka, Griselda Lessard Healy, Joyce Goldstein, Julius Wasserstein, Linda Butti, Lisa Dahl, Mary Campbell, Robert Giunta and Sharon Wasserstein.  Housed in the heart of Snug Harbor’s historic campus, participating artists have long-term studio space where they have developed and housed their process.

The Art Lab's Summer Invitational Opening Reception takes place on Saturday from 2-4 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr., Ste. 10.  Summer Studio Scholarship alumnae Brigid Gallagher Davies, Laura Grace Marchi, and Darlene Livingston will exhibit at the Art Lab gallery. Each artist has their own distinct painterly style, while exploring three dimensional form and space on a two dimensional surface. Exhibit is curated by Lynnanne O'Connor Daly.  It is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

As part of the Movies Under the Stars, watch a screening of  “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on Saturday from 8:30-11 at Broadway and Wayne Street in Cpl. Thompson Park.  Captain America teams with Black Widow and the Falcon to fight the villainous Winter Soldier.  Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. comes under attack, and a malevolent conspiracy threatens to destabilize the entire planet.  Arrive before 8:30 to get your spot.  Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.  Bottled water is OK but no glass.

Attend the New Dorp Family Fun Weekend Walk on Sunday, 7/14 from 12-3 on New Dorp Ln. between 10th St. and 8th St. featuring Steve the Magician, Music with Patrick, Rock-a-Silly Band, Bouncy House, Rides, Face Painters, Kids Art & More.

Join your family and friends at the Patio Parties with Maker Park Radio this Sunday and every Sunday from 12-3 at Cottage Row, near Cottage D and Harbor Eats, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Disco! Disco! Disco! with DJ Euclid. Bring a picnic lunch, or purchase beer from Flagship Brewery, wine from Honor Wines, and food from Harbor Eats. Enjoy lawn games and classic tunes played live by MakerPark Radio DJs.

Learn about summer pastimes of the Victorian era and create a piece of Victorian Shell Art with Skye Suter on Sunday at 1 at Ft. Wadsworth, 210 New York Ave.The Victorians enjoyed leisure time activities such as spending time at the beach. Time at the shore also helped them to indulge their passion for collecting.  Materials are provided. For reservations and information call 718-354- 4500 or email Diane Wulff@nps.gov

Attend Second Sunday Spoken Word: "Poetry the Audre Lorde Way" on Sunday from 3-6 at Staten Island Creative Community Art Gallery, Art on the Terrace, 776 Richmond Terr.  $2 suggested donation.

The GO!HEALTHY FOOD BOX IS BACK! Every Tuesday through 11/19 between 4-6 go to Goodhue Center, 304 Prospect Ave. in New Brighton, and sign up and pay $10 Cash, Credit/Debit and Health Bucks! (or $8 with EBT or FMNP) at least one week in advance for $30 worth of fresh local produce.  Come back the next week (same time, same place) to pick up your bag and taste the weekly recipe!   Here’s a photo from last week and samples of their special potato salad.  






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