Summer Weekend Events

Summer is here and it’s time to have some fun in the sun!

LUMEN Festival 2011

Photo Credit Dmitriy Mirochnik


Lumen is a video and performance art festival on Staten Island’s waterfront. Last year LUMEN festival brought thousands to the Staten Island waterfront for an evening full of exciting performance art and video installations. In its third year, the festival promises to be even bigger. For the map, directions and what to expect from the festival please refer to this helpful article What To Expect If You’re Coming To LUMEN.

LUMEN 2012 will feature video installations, new media projections, animation, performance art, art interventions, and sound art, curated by Christopher Eamon. He has been involved in Pulse, Art Basel, the Whitney, and multiple projects abroad. Grace Exhibition Space will be curating performance art at this year’s festival

When: June 23, Sat. 6PM – 12AM

Location: Atlantic Salt Company; 561 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

Tickets: Free of charge and open to the public.

2. Raja Rajeswari (Part of Summerfest 2012)

Raja and her troupe will perform “Passport to India,” a representation of traditional Indian dance. The dances will include Bharatha Natyam, a classical style of dance that originated in the ancient temples and has survived over 3000 years, recent Folk dance, and Semi-classical dances that borrow from both the classical and folk disciplines. The performance will include traditional costumes, jewelry, and music from India. The audience will be taught several hand gestures throughout the performance, and will be given colorful “Bhindis”.

When: June 23, Sat. at 3PM

Where: St. George Library, 5 Central Avenue

Tickets: Free

3. Staten Island Shakespearean Theater

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, a classic tale of intrigue and murder re-interpreted with a female cast. Directed by Ritty Mahoney.

When: June 23, Sat at 3PM and June 24, Sun at 3PM

Where: Outside the historic courthouse at Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave

Tickets: Free

4. Conference House Tours

Take a Free tour of the Conference House. Conference House Park is a great destination for both park and history buffs. Let the history sink in as you stroll along beautifully kept pathways to a pavilion overlooking the water.

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1PM – 4PM

Where: Conference House, 298 Satterlee St

Tickets: Free

5. Fitness Hike

Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. The Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City and places often off limits to the general public. This particular hike is of a vigorous intensity level. It is long distanced, with hills and rugged terrain.

When: June 23, Sat. at 11AM

Where: High Rock Park, in the lot at the end of Nevada Avenue, off of Rockland Avenue, and follow signs

Tickets: Free

6.  Lost Ladybugs at High Rock Park 

Some species of ladybugs, including the official insect of New York State seem to be vanishing. Learn how to identify ladybugs and become part of a citizen science program to help Cornell University scientists track ladybugs. Bring your digital camera. Suitable for children age 7 and up.  Registration required.

When: June 24, Sun. 1PM – 2PM

Where: High Rock Park, in the lot at the end of Nevada Avenue, off of Rockland Avenue, and follow signs

Tickets: Free

7. Kayak Staten Island

Here’s a great way to cool off after a heat wave – Kayak Staten Island – is an organization providing free kayaking for the public. They provide the use of sit-on-top kayaks, life-jackets and paddles. Offering paddling tips and launch/land assistance. Experienced kayakers are in the water for further assistance.

When: June 23, Sat. 12PM – 4PM

Where: located on South Beach at the end of the Boardwalk in Parking Lot #1.

Tickets: Free

8.  Come Celebrate the Effort to Preserve the William H. Pouch Scout Camp

The Committee to Save Pouch Camp invites you, your family and friends for a celebration of open space and preservation of the William H. Pouch Scout Camp. Pick-up the Committee’s full color brochure at the event and find out how you can help preserve Pouch Camp for future generations. Guided tours by naturalists of the lake area every half hour starting at 2:30 pm. Learn more about the preservation effort.
When: June 24, Sun. 2PM – 5PM
Where: 1465 Manor Road
Tickets: Free
Do you ever wonder what the animals do all day long at the zoo? Come to the Staten Island Zoo and watch your favorite animal get their favorite toy. You will be able to see these magnificent animals use there natural instincts and curiosities. Special animal encounters, keeper talks, and crafts for the children.
When: June 23, Sat. 10:30AM – 3:30PM
Where: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway
Tickets: Free with regular Zoo admission

Visit beautiful homes and gardens along the tree lined streets of New Brighton – east of Snug Harbor Cultural center. The tour includes four to six historic houses in the Hamilton Park section of New Brighton, a suburban community designed around 1860 by Charles K. Hamilton. For more information please call (718) 448-2006.
When: June 24, Sun. 1PM – 5PM
Where: New Brighton, Hamilton Park
Tickets: $25
Wishing everyone a happy weekend full of fun and smiles!


Fun Things To Do This Weekend

Lake in Staten Island by Dmitriy Mirochnik

Lake in Staten Island by Dmitriy Mirochni

Photo Credit Dmitriy Mirochnik

Wondering what to do this weekend, why not do it all?! This weekend is filled with exciting and fun events happening around Staten Island.

1. Uncorked! 2012 – Enough said!

This is one event we wait for all year! Stroll through Richmond Historic Town, listen to soft music, sample great dishes, sip local wines, taste American tradition, enjoy ethnic flavors and make tasty memories. Don’t miss it!

When: May 19th, Sat. 12PM – 4PM

Location: Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave Staten Island NY 10306

Tickets: $30 for adults / $10 for children 12 and under. Rides and games additional.

2. Memorial Day Parade

Staten Island will celebrate the brave men and women who have fought to preserve the country’s freedom by hosting the annual Great Kills Memorial Day Parade .

When: May 19th, Sat. Begins at 10 AM

Location: At Durant and Cleveland avenues

Tickets: Free

3. Decker Farm Stand

The farm stand will be open every Saturday morning offering the freshest seasonal vegetables, prepared items and breads. “Farm Fests” will be held on the last Saturday of each month to celebrate the bounty from the Decker Farm fields.

When: Every Saturday until November 3rd, 9AM – 1PM

Location: 441 Clarke Ave.

Tickets: Free entrance. Produce for sale.

4. Staten Island Maifest

A German-inspired Spring Festival hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church. The even will feature traditional foods, music, entertainment, vendors, games and crafts and much more.

When: May 19th, Sat. 10AM – 6PM

Location: South Meadow in Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace

Tickets: $3.50 for people over 16 years of age / Children under 16 are free with parent

5. Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

Sundog Theatre’s Musical Theatre Kids take the stage in a classic Disney tale brought to life through song and dance! Performed by an all-kid cast, the jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in this exciting Disney classic! Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes all your favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.” With colorful characters and that toe-tapping jungle rhythm, The Jungle Book KIDS is a crowd-pleaser for audiences of all ages!

Director Melissa Tierney and local actors between the ages of 8 and 14,  have worked tirelessly to bring the musical to the community through Sundog Theatre’s Musical Theatre Kids program. For more information, contact Sundog Theatre at (718) 816-5453 or visit

When: May 19th, Sat. at 12 PM noon

Location: Staten Island Zoo auditorium, 614 Broadway

Tickets: FREE with paid admission: Seating is on a first come, first seated basis.

6. Top Chef – The Tour

Starting May 17th, Bravo brings together some of Top Chef’s most memorable cheftstants for the fifth annual Top Chef mobile tour. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to watch your favorite chefs compete live.

When: May 19th, Sat. The demo times are 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.

Location: Staten Island Mall, 2655 Richmond Ave

Tickets: Free

7. “It’s My Park Day”

Come out and lend a hand to help clean your park. Offering several activities to engage the community and especially our youth to learn about the importance of caring for and maintaining their local parks. The Staten Island gardeners will lead volunteers in an informative workshop that will teach the basics of maintaining a horticultural site. This event is taking place in all Staten Island Parks.

Tappen Park , Wolfe’s Pond ParkCorporal Thompson ParkWesterleigh ParkEibs Pond ParkNew Dorp ParkClove Lake ParkGraniteville Quarry ParkMidland & South Beach.

Tickets: Free volunteering event

8. The WIYOS in Concert

The WIYOS transport us back to the 1920’s and 30’s by inviting kids and adults alike to holler, stomp and sing along to old-time American folk music. This trio captures the vintage spirit of the era by drawing on blues, ragtime, spirituals, and Appalachian jug-band music. Featuring an array of colorful instruments – harmonica, washboard, kazoo, banjo, guitar – these theatrical musicians fill the stage with rich textures and sounds. Bring your little ones to this free interactive, 45 minute concert.

When: May 20th, Sun. 2PM – 4PM

Location: Veterans Memorial Hall, 1000 Richmond Terrace

Tickets: Free

9. Alice in Wonderland

Come to a tea party with Alice in Wonderland! Step through the looking glass where excitement and adventure go hand-in-hand with magic, music and fun! Audiences of all ages will love the rollicking energy and enchantment of Alice in Wonderland as Lewis Carroll’s great classic is wonderfully brought to life on stage.

When: May 20th, at 5PM

Location: St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt Street

Tickets: $22, $18, $16


Have A Great Weekend Everyone!