Did any of you attend or participate in the Frank Sinatra Sound-A-Like Competition last Saturday?  Sam Levine, of Marlboro, NJ, took home first place and a $100 cash prize for his velvety take on "The Way You Look Tonight".  He commented that he has been listening to Sinatra with his dad since he was a teen.  In my family, Mom and Dad were always singing.  Mom liked the golden oldies of her time, Dad sang Cowboy songs.  Both had beautiful voices.  Us young’uns were into musicals and of course 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  My brother sang in a band for many years so he sings everything!  I can still remember my older sister dancing around the living room as a teen singing, “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story.  How many of you have heard a song and it brings you right back to a time and place where you felt happy, sad, elated or mad?  Singing is good for you and your health.  Summer is a good time to let loose and sing, in your abode or with your windows down in the car or your convertible top down driving along the beach or highway. Sing while you work; sing while you play.  Just do it!

Speaking of singing, I’m writing about the Saturday Doo-Wop Show a week early.  On 8/15 at 7, Vito Picone and the Elegants will be singing at the Freedom Circle in Midland Beach.  Opening act will be The Expressions.  This is a FREE concert.  Bring your lawn chairs, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to sing along.  I cannot wait!

Friday 8/7 at 10:30 a.m. bring your children to SummerStage Kids at Bloomingdale Park, Lenevar & Ramona Avenues for “Hopalong Andrew”. 

Join the Friday Hikes group to observe seasonal changes and wildlife at Clay Pit Pond State Park Preserve from 4-5, 2351 Veterans Rd. West.  Call 718-605-3970, ext. 201 for info. 

Have you ever been to a Drive-In?  On Friday at 7, you can drive up to Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clark Ave. and see “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” or on Saturday, 8/8, catch “Back to the Future”.  Buy tickets online and you’ll get an e-mail with instructions on where to park.  Call 718-351-1611 for information or visit HistoricRichmondTown.org. 

This Saturday, at 2, Enzo Boscarino, a well-traveled troubadour, presents “Viva Italy” at an outdoor concert on the grounds of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, 420 Tompkins Ave. Adission is $5. 

The 5th Annual Feast of St. Clare’s takes place on Saturday beginning at 11.   There’s something for everyone with dance performances, karate, robotics, magicians, Legos building, give-away table, “Trash and Treasure Garage Sale”, raffles, food and much more.  St. Clare’s Church, 100 Nelson Ave., Great Kills.

On Saturday from 11-7:30 at Historic Tappen Park in Stapleton, attend the annual “Acoustic Stomp” featuring North Shore artists for an entire day of singing and chilling in the outdoors.  The lineup of acts is as follows:

  • The Mighty String Demons 11:10-11:40

  • Cadre: 11:45-12:20

  • Bob and Ruth: 12:30-12:50

  • Dona & Company: 1-1:20

  • Jessie Kuffner: 1:30-1:50.

  • Carl Wurzbach: 2- 2:35

  • Matt Wilson: 2:45-3:05

  • Allergic to B’s: 3:15-3:50

  • Omnia: 4-4:20

  • Big Frank Mirra: 4:30-5:05

  • A Cast of Thousands Jam: 5:15-6

  • Sonwa: 6:30-7:05

From 10-noon on Sunday, join Cliff Hagen on an exploration of part of the North Shore’s own “Greenbelt”:  Goodhue Park, Allison Pond Park, Snug Harbor and Jones Woods. Meet at Prospect Ave. and Brentwood Ave. for this FREE walk.   

On Sunday at 2 at Historic Richmond Town, join Staten Island OutLOUD in a reading of “The Soldier that Wagged her Tail” by Islander Dolores Morris recounting a black WWII veteran’s extraordinary story about an unusual comrade, a little dog who saved his life.   

Learn about Composting on Sunday at the Joe Holzka Community Garden, corner of Castleton Ave. and Barker St. from 11-1. 

Monday, 8/10 at 10:30 a.m., bring your children to the Carousel for All Children on Eaton Pl. and Victory Blvd. for a presentation of City Parks Puppet Mobile presented by SummerStage Kids.

Will you be singing at any of the events I have listed this weekend?  If you would you like to share memories of summer or your “olden days” or photos of you on Staten Island, I will be happy to post them in next week’s blog. You can call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at joan.coogan@gmail.com

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