Were you an attendee at the “Silent Disco” at Snug Harbor?  One of my gentle readers told me he had a blast—it was like nothing he had every experienced.  Did you catch “Ghost Busters” under the stars on Saturday?   I am embarrassed to say I have not attended even one Yoga class this summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s not therapeutic, relaxing and fun.  Try one of the Yoga classes I listed in past blogs.  Everything becomes clearer in your life; you will not be disappointed.  Maybe I’ll see you there soon.

Today is the day to join New Day Toastmasters, which meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Regina McGinn Education Center, 475 Seaview Ave.  It’s never too late to learn new skills—namely public speaking.  Guests and new members are welcome to attend. For info, call 917-359-1985.

Join the Friday Hikes at Clay Pit Pond State Park Preserve, 2351 Veterans Rd. West, tomorrow, Friday, 9/4 at 4 before Summer disappears and Fall takes over.  Call 718-605-3970, ext. 201 for info.

Saturday, 9/5 at 8 a.m., join birder Anthony Ciancimino for a guided nature walk at Gateway National Recreation Area at Great Kills Park, Hylan Blvd., and Buffalo St.  Meet in the second parking lot on the left side of the park. Visit sibirdwatcher@yahoo.com or call 718-980-6130 for details.

Saturday, 9/5 at 5, the Staten Island Philharmonic Winds, conducted by US Army bandmaster Russell Houser, presents a concert of music from Britain, including the Beatles, Queen, Dr. Who, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and more.  Bring your chairs, blankets, family and friends outside the Noble Maritime Collection at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Building D to enjoy this lovely evening of music. 

Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 9/5-9/7, are three days to experience the Richmond County Fair at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  There are contests to participate in and watch—photograph, baby pictures, baking, hot-dog eating, pie eating.  You can enjoy musical groups, stand-up comedy shows, the NYPD rock-climbing wall, brand new rides, BMX stunt show, petting zoo and reptile zoo, a new Lego area for kids.  Go back in time and experience 19th century crafts with volunteers demonstrating woodworking, tinsmithing, chair caning, hearth cooking, spinning and weaving. The newly restored Kruser-Finley house will be unveiled and ready to tour.  My favorites are the strolling jugglers, stilt walkers, flame throwers, mimes and clowns.  Don’t forget to stop by the Gillani Homes booth right in front of the Court House and say “Hello”.  You can’t miss us.  For online discount tickets, use the code “GPRCF15” for a savings of 10% until 3 p.m. today, Thursday.  Hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For info on admission, being part of the contests, schedules or anything else, call 718-351-1611, ext. 241 or visit historicrichmondtown, org\

Next Tuesday, 9/8 thru Sunday, 9/13 you can experience New York City Honey Week.  This is a week-long festival designed to educate the public on the importance of the honeybee, beekeeping and to enjoy and purchase local honey products.  The honey-producing bee population is on the decline.  Activities feting honey will take place around the city.  New honey dishes will be highlighted at Vida in Stapleton, the Hilton Garden Inn’s restaurant and Lorenzo’s Bar and  Grill as well as honey beer on tap at the Flagship Brewing Co.  For events, including honey tasting, various workshops on bee-keeping, honey-infused salve making, beeswax lip balm, and much more during NYC Honey Week, visit https://www.facebook.com/nychoneyweek and http://www.nychoneyweek.com/events/

Enjoy the outdoors as much as you can.  I drove by the Atlantic Salt Company this morning and saw a large amount of salt being transferred from a ship into a humungous mountain on their site at Richmond Terrace.  You know what that means? They are preparing for a snowy/icy winter.  Ok, enough of gloom and doom.  Enjoy these days of heat and humidity, get out to the beach or your pools one more weekend and make the best of it! 

If you would you like to share photos starring “YOU” at events on Staten Island, I’ll 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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