Did you visit art venues this week on Staten Island?  One of my gentle readers shared with me that she visited a number of galleries on the Island with her nieces from out of town and was pleasantly surprised.  Did you attend the Borough President’s free concert at Willowbrook Park or watch a Movie under the Stars at Faber Park or attend Boogie Woogie Wednesday?  As the days start to become less humid, the nights cooler, let’s try to enjoy every bit of summer with so many exciting happenings this week (before the kids go back to school!).  As a summer baby, I am overcompensating with activites because I know those cold days of winter, shoveling, shivering and bundling up are right around the corner.

Speaking of dancing. . .Tonight, Friday, 8/28 from 6-10 at The Tuscan Garden at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, you can participate in the “Silent Disco” party, a free, outdoor party designed to bring dancers of all music preferences together.  Check out the details in Lauren Steussy’s article:  http://www.silive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/08/silent_disco_dance_party_comes.html

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., a therapeutic yoga class will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2329 Victory Blvd. Call Melody at 917-376-3059 for info.

Saturday, 8/29, meet at 7:45 a.m. at Bloomingdale Park, Ramona and Lenevar Avenues by the children’s playground to practice Outdoor Yoga and Meditation Class.  Call 917-669-2571 for info.

Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St., train and strengthen your body to run a 5K.  Led by a ShapeUp NYC certified instructor, this program is suitable for ages 16 and up. 

Meet at Royal Oak Park at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday for Parkside Outdoor Bootcamp--a workout with weights and kettle bells.  Call 917-612-2432 for details.

Learn how to craft biodegradable Kites to sail in the wind on Saturday at 1 at Clay Pit Pond State Park, 2351 Veteran's Rd. West.

The Staten Island Bicycle Association bicycle ride takes place on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Miller Field. Helmets are required.  Participants must be 18 and older.  Parking lot is in back of New Dorp High School. 

“Movie Under the Stars” presents “Ghostbusters” Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Jennifer’s Playground, between Jules Dr. and Elson Ct.  Bring a picnic, a blanket or a chair and enjoy this classic comedy featuring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd (one of my favorites!)

If you haven’t visited the Pop-Up Art Market at Borough Hall, make it a point to go to the South Beach boardwalk this weekend (where it has relocated) on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.  Juliane Leigh Forsyth curates the market—support your NYC artists!

Recently, I reconnected with a neighbor of mine from the early 1960’s.  When her Dad was selling their butcher shop (their back yard abutted our family’s back yard), her father offered his fig tree to my father.  As a kid, I remembered how odd that was--transplanting a tree!  He and Dad planted the fig tree in our front yard and for over 50 years, that tree has produced hundreds of thousands of figs in my yard alone that we have eaten and also made into jams, pies, galettes and many different kinds of desserts.  Some people turn their noses up at figs.  Not me!  Neither do many Islanders who began meeting in 2010 for the Fig Fest which has become an annual event where fig lovers share their figs, desserts, recipes and the love of this wonderful fruit.  This year it will be held at Killmeyer’s on September 15.  Stay tuned for more information and details. 





If you would like to share photos of events you have attended on Staten Island, I'd be happy to post them in next week's blog.  If you would like to post pictures of your fig crops, feel free to send them to me. You can call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment or e-mail me at joan.coogan@gmail.com


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