Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm on Staten Island

Pumpkin Picking at the Decker Farm on Staten Island
Pumpkin Picking at the Decker Farm on Staten Island

What’s fall without a perfect pumpkin? Sure you can grab one from the local grocery store, OR you can have a fun filled family day on the historic Decker Farm.  Enjoy an impressive experience at this beautiful place with your children that offers entertaining activities such as a farm house tour, hayrides, art and crafts, face painting and a corn maze so you can extend your visit into a full day family trip.

Pumpkin Picking at the Decker Farm
Pumpkin Picking : Arts and Crafts at the Decker Farm 

The Decker Farm is part of the historic Richmond Town grounds and is the only family style farm in the New York City. Immerse yourself into the old world charm where you can smell, feel and discover the old world traditions right here on Staten Island, NY. Take the time to visit this special place full of history and cultural richness.

Pumpkin Picking at the Decker Farm
Pumpkin Picking at the Decker Farm: Hayrides

Use this opportunity as a great reason to get out in the autumn air and spend the day on a historic farm, weeding through the patches, searching for the perfect pumpkin while taking pictures of your adorable kids in the excitement of it all. After you pick your own pumpkin you can head straight to the arts and crafts station and decorate it according to your individual style. Then let the pumpkin dry while you enjoy a lovely tour of the farm house guided by the costumed museum volunteers that will also do demonstrations of historic trades. This picturesque farm will literally transport you into the olden days  from the second you step on the grounds.

Pumpkin Picking at the Decker Farm
Pumpkin Picking at the Decker Farm

“Decker Farm is vital to the way we celebrate centuries of American life. When people visit the farm they are supporting and sharing in American history,” said Ed Wiseman, the institution’s executive director. Wiseman notes that first-timers are often surprised at what they find.

Pumpkin Picking at the Decker Farm
Pumpkin Picking at the Decker Farm

“They turn the corner and gaze at the open fields. Then that look comes over their faces,” he said. “They’re thinking, ‘Am I still in New York?’ That moment is priceless. Yes, rural America is still alive, right in our own backyard.” Part of the Decker Farm charm is that it appears much the same as it did a hundred years ago.

Pumpkin Picking at the Decker Farm
Pumpkin Picking at the Decker Farm

“This land has been farmed non-stop since 1810. It’s surrounded by the original historic buildings. We have the classic farm animals that kids and adults love: chickens, ducks, goats, rabbits and a pony. It’s like stepping back into days gone by.”

Children enjoy getting up-close-and-personal with the farm critters. The animals have fun names like Cornelius (as in Vanderbilt), Buddy, Holly and Elvis.

“Where else in the city can children have the run of a real farm while their parents relax and shop?” says Kevin Fisher, a Historic Richmond Town board member and weekly farm volunteer.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and share some tips on your visit to the Decker Farm!

 

 

 

Chili, BBQ CookOff and Uncorked 2013

As New Yorkers, we are often rushed through our daily routine, overwhelmed and stressed out most of the time, trying to finish as much as we can by the day’s end. Always in a hurry, we eat, talk, walk and drive, thinking of what we have to do next and forgetting about what matters most, like spending quality time with your loved ones. There’s usually very little time left to do what we actually enjoy and what makes us happy, but few special local Staten Island events allow us to experience just that. That’s one of the reasons why I absolutely love events that take place at the Historic Richmond town; NYC Chili, BBQ Cookoff and Uncorked, among others. These gatherings showcase culinary talents of the pros and celebrate the skills of the rookies. They are centered around family and our community, bringing so many different age groups and people together for one reason that unites us all – delicious food!

Uncorcked 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Uncorcked 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Uncorcked 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Uncorcked 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Uncorcked 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Uncorcked 2013 Historic Richmond TownUncorcked 2013 Historic Richmond Town

Uncorcked 2013 Historic Richmond Town

Uncorcked 2013 Historic Richmond Town

Historic Richmond Town events on Staten Island are one of my favorite recommendations and activities I anticipate most every spring, and for a good reason. Year after year, we get to taste mouthwatering culinary creations all in the historic setting of Richmond Town where you can find a designated spot to spread out a blanket and relax. Just think about tasting a variety of hearty, spicy, beef and vegetarian chili, hot and flavorful salsa, melt-in-your-mouth bbq ribs, delicious slow-cooked pulled pork sliders and more, infusing happiness into our lives with every bite. Next time definitely plan to attend and you’ll find there is much to do including food tasting, culinary demonstrations, exciting competitions, historic landmark tours, hay jumps, all day activities, children’s rides, performances by local musicians and even a Mariachi band.

BBQ CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
BBQ CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
BBQ CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
BBQ CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
BBQ CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
BBQ CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Chili CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Chili CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town

There are many elements that make this place a gem – open grassy spaces, designated seating areas and authentic historic buildings that have been restored and are open to the public. This beautiful place is the perfect backdrop for family fun where kids can enjoy the outdoors and active recreation. Make sure to stop by on any given weekend and check out their official site, Historic Richmond Town, for scheduled events year round.

Chili CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Chili CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Chili CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Chili CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town

Some of our favorite stands and contestants that won us over include:

Chili CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Chili CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Daddy O’s BBQ and Sports Bar, the only authentic smoke house on Staten Island. The energy and the hype of the crew at the Daddy Os BBQ stand matched their flavorful chili.
Chili CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Chili CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Smokey Joe’s BBQ cooks, four friends that like to cook chili and BBQ together. It was the guys’ first year at the cook off, doing a recipe testing and welcoming public reactions, jokingly calling it market research. Their chili was sweet with a surprising kick of heat.
Chili CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Chili CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Culinary renegade, “Chef Rob” won people’s choice award for his delicious and chunky chili for the last 3 years in a row. Rob’s home kitchen is at Harvest Cafe on New Dorp Ln, run by a Very Special Place and open for breakfast and lunch daily.
Chili CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Chili CookOff 2013 Historic Richmond Town
Ian McCabe from Connecticut is a family man and a carpenter that prepares amazing chili. We had a chance to meet him and his adorable family at this event. He spoke of his passion for cooking his secret recipes and sharing it with the public, saying “The people want to come in here and try the best authentic chili and enjoy themselves, I give the people what I would expect to get. I’m not going to serve the public what I’m not going to eat myself. I want to put smiles on everybody’s faces when they try my food and make them feel like we appreciate them.”
All images by a talented local photographer, Dmitriy Mirochnik of ShutterWhisper

Fun Things To Do This Weekend

We are sure glad it’s Friday! Enjoy our weekly “Things To Do on Staten Island” List:

Brady’s Pond on Staten Island by Dmitriy Mirochnik

1. Historic House Trust Festival

A total of 23 historic buildings in the five boroughs will be open to the public today through Sunday, 12 of them on Staten Island. Tour participants can go from one end of the Island to the other, starting at the Alice Austen House Museum in Rosebank and ending at the Conference House in Tottenville. Please follow the link for more information on Historic House Trust Festival.

When: October 6th and 7th, Sat and Sun

Location: Historic Places throughout Staten Island

Tickets: Free to the public

2. Victorian Tea with a View of New York Harbor

In the 1930s, Alice and her partner Gertrude opened up their home and started a business serving refreshments. Come to their Victorian Tea House, relax on their porch, and bask in the amazing view of the Verrazano Narrows. Enjoy wonderful teas, sandwiches, and treats, in one of the oldest and most beautiful houses in New York. Reservations are required.

When: October 6th and 7th, Sat and Sun, 12 Noon – 4PM Last seating at 3:00 p.m.

Contact phone:  Please contact Sara, at 718 816 4506 x 10.  Tickets are $15.  The experience is priceless.

Location: Alice Austen House & Park (in Alice Austen Park)

Tickets: $15 adult

3. It’s My Park Day at Westerleigh Park and Soapbox Derby

On It’s My Park Day, the Friends of Westerleigh Park will be cleaning, raking, and weeding at Westerleigh Park. Then join the excitement by designing, building and bringing your own version of a soap box cart for the Parks’ Annual Soap Box Derby. You must be over seven years-old to race. NO motors allowed. Helmets and some type of brakes are required for all cars. For more information please call (718) 442-0336.

When: October 6th, Saturday 9AM – 1PM

Location: Westerleigh Park, At Maine Avenue and Neal Dow Avenue

Tickets: Free

4. Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm Stand

Visit the 1800s Decker Farm and enjoy a guided tour through the 1810 farmhouse and a hayride.  Purchase a pumpking to bring home.  Free shuttle bus service from the Historic Richmond Town parking lot to the farm.

When: October 6th, Saturday 11AM – 4PM

Location: Decker Farm,

Tickets: Free

5. Greenmarkets across Staten Island

This weekend don’t forget to visit one of the three or all greenmarkets on Staten Island for farm-fresh produce! Get delicious, locally grown fruits and veggies.

When: October 6th, Saturday

Locations:

1) St. George Greenmarket, corner of Hyatt St. & St. Marks Place, 8MA – 2PM

Set on a hill overlooking New York Harbor and the downtown Manhattan skyline, this market draws a dedicated following of neighborhood shoppers who line up each Saturday to get first dibs on the freshest seasonal fruit, produce, cheese, meat, seafood and baked goods.

2) Staten Island Mall Greenmarket, 2655 Richmond Ave, parking lot, 9AM – 4PM

3) Decker Farm, 435 Richmond Hill Rd, 9AM – 1PM

The farm stand is open for business, stocking its shelves with organic fruits and vegetables harvested each day from its 11-acre field. This historic family farm has been operating since 1810. It is a unique and special part of Historic Richmond Town where centuries of American life are preserved and presented every day.

6. Scarecrow Festival

Create your own life-size scarecrow, paint a pumpkin & craft programs. A great fun-filled day for the entire family! Don’t forget to bring an old shirt & pants to stuff! Refreshments will be available as well as nature-related gifts, education items, T-shirts & sweatshirts for sale.

When: October 6th, Saturday 11AM – 4PM

Location: Blue Heron Park, 222 Poillon Avenue, mid-way between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road

Tickets: Admission is Free, however, there is a minimal materials charge for the scarecrow kit and a fee to paint a pumpkin

7. Shibori Sensations

The Greenbelt nature center invites you to view a series of ornamental textiles inspired by the beauty of Staten Island’s Greenbelt.

This exhibit is made possible in part by a DCA Art Fund Grant from the Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island, (COAHSI), with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

When: October 6th, Saturday 10AM – 5PM

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue

Tickets: visit Staten Island Arts for pricing information

8. Healthy Families Hike at High Rock Park

Join the Greenbelt Educators for a brisk walk through the autumn forest. Observe the tranquil ponds and changing colors as you hike along the trails, and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Perhaps you will see a turkey vulture flying overhead or a chipmunk scurrying by. This hike will last about one hour and is suitable for ages 6 and up with adult chaperon. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or email: naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

When:  October 7th, Sunday at 11AM

Location: High Rock Park, Meet at the Nevada Ave parking lot

Tickets: Free program

9. Under the Spotlight – Microscope Investigations for Kids

Here is a chance to view the forest, up close and personal. Take a short walk through the forest and help the Greenbelt Educators spot and collect interesting samples to examine. Then we will return to the Education Building to view soil, pond water, and much more under brand new microscopes, a flex cam, and other lab equipment sponsored by the Northfield Foundation. Young naturalists (and their grownups) will learn about the layers of the forest, and life below the forest floor. This program is designed for ages 8-12 and their adult chaperones and is sponsored by Councilman Vincent Ignizio. Meet at the Nevada Avenue entrance to High Rock Park. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or email: naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

When: October 7th, Sunday at 2PM

Location: High Rock Park, Meet at the Nevada Ave parking lot

Tickets: Free Program

10. Dinosaurs and More

Join dinosaur enthusiast, Richie Mirissis, as he presents some amazing fossils, three- dimensional models and memorabilia from his vast collection of artifacts. Dinosaur activities and crafts available for children ages 4-12.

When: October 7th, Sunday 1:30PM – 3:30PM

Location: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway

Tickets:  Free with regular admission – DONATIONS REQUESTED

11. The Richmond County Craft Beer Fest

The borough is hosting two beer festivals, highlighting the growing popularity among islanders for artisanal suds — also known as craft beer. The festival will feature about 18 breweries from around the country, each serving one or two samplers of beer each, said Tim Sinatra, Staten Island representative for Union Beer Distribution, who is helping plan the fest.

When: October 7th, Sunday

Location: Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn, 4254 Arthur Kill Road

Tickets: General Admission, for $45, gets you a pass to sample over 40 craft beers.

 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Fun Things To Do this Weekend

Sneak Peak Freshkills Park on Staten Island

Sneak Peak Freshkills Park on Staten Island

Wondering what to do during the last few warm days? Many around town are taking advantage of the beautiful crisp fall weather and organizing outdoors events. Here’s a great list:

 

1. Festa D’Italia & Motori D’italia – One Weekend 2 Great Events

The family-oriented Festa D’Italia event will feature music and live entertainment, Italian specialty foods and pastries, wine tasting, art exhibits, culinary demonstrations, games, rides, crafts, fun-fulfilled all-you-can-eat contests and more.

In speaking of Festa D’Italia, John Caltabiano, chairman of the festival says: “We hope to make this year’s event the most spectacular ever due to the fact that we’re combining the exotic car show and Festa D’Italia, which was never done before.”

The event is set for this weekend on the sprawling lawns of the picturesque hilltop mansion, Casa Belvedere. A showcase of alluring vehicles will appear throughout the weekend. On display will be Alfa Romeos, Ferraris, Fiats, Lomborghinis, Lancias, Maseratis, Vespas and Ducatis.

For additional information about these events, the Italian Cultural Foundation may be reached at 718-273-7660.

When: Friday, 5PM – 9PM, Saturday, 11AM – 8PM, and Sunday from 11AM –  7PM , September 21,22,23.

Location: Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Ave

Tickets: Adults $10/ Children 12 and under are free

2. Autumn Awakening: A new season for Zoo Babies

The Staten Island zoo babies are ready for their debut! Visit to see how they are being cared for and raised. Some of the babies being introduced include a Fennec Fox, Groundhog, and Scops Owls! Stop by and welcome these critters to the Staten Island Zoo family.

When: Saturday, Sept. 22, 1PM-3PM

Location: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway

Tickets: Free with regular admission

3. Orchestra of St. Luke’s Subway Series & Food Drive

St. Luke’s offers a free, one-hour community concert featuring two chamber works. St. Luke’s will donate $5 to City Harvest for every CD purchased. First come first served seating.

When: Saturday, Sept. 22, doors open at 12 noon

Location: Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue

Tickets: Admission is free; attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations for City Harvest.

4. The Isadora Duncan Dance Company performs at Clear Comfort

It is has become a wonderful tradition.

The dance company, the Beliloveables, and guest dancers will perform solos and group works from the Duncan repertory centered around the theme of nature, a subject Duncan shared with Austen.

Bring your friends and a picnic: it promises to be a memorable evening.

When: Saturday, Sept. 22, 6PM – 7PM

Location: Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd at Edgewater St.

Tickets: Admission is free; although they ask for a $3 donation that goes towards preserving the house

5. Guided Meditation with Thupten Phuntsok

Meet for a morning meditation class with Ven. Thupten Phuntsok.

When: Saturday, Sept. 22, 11:30AM – 12:30PM

Location: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Avenue

Tickets: Admission is $12/ $10 for members

6. The 5th Annual Westerleigh Folk Festival

This year’s event will feature 15 musical acts, an art exhibit by the South Shore Artists Group as well as handicrafts from local craftspeople. There will be free children’s activities such as face painting, balloons and pony rides.

When: Saturday, Sept. 22, 11AM – 7PM

Location: Westerleigh Park, corner of Neal Dow & Maine Ave. off Jewett Ave

Tickets: Admission is free

7. Swamp Stories

Sit by the swamp for a spell and enjoy a story about the critters that live nearby. Suitable for ages 3-6 with adult. Registration required.  For more information or to register please call 718-351-3450.

When: Saturday, Sept. 22, 11AM – 12PM

Location: High Rock Park, Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot (Nevada Avenue off Rockland Avenue)

Tickets: Admission is free

8. Conference House Tours

Tours of the Conference House.  There is a charge for group tours which are booked separately.  Please visit www.conferencehouse.org or call 718-984-6046 for more information.

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1p.m. to 4 p.m

Location: The Conference House, 298 Satterlee St.

Tickets: Admission is free

9. Healthy Family Nature Hike

Join the Greenbelt Educators on this introductory nature hike through the Nature Center trail. Learn about the animals and plants that live here and how they make their homes on Staten Island. This easy, interpretative hike will be approximately one hour long. Registration highly recommended.

When: Sunday, September 23, 1PM – 3Pm

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue

Tickets: Free

10. Concert Music of Autumn

Stop by for a Shakuhachi Flute concert by Gerald Starlight, accompanied by Andrew Newcomb on synthesizer. The program of music includes, “Under the Sky”, “Autumn Returning”, “Yellow Leaves”, “In Late Afternoon”, and “The Crying of Cranes”

When: Sunday, Sept. 23, at 3PM

Location: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Avenue

Tickets: Admission is $20/ $15 for students and seniors

11. Haunted Houses By Corinne May Botz

For more than ten years, the Corinne May Botz searched for ghost stories in buildings across the United States. She ventured into these haunted places with both camera and tape recorder in hand; her photographs, accompanied by first-person narratives, reveal a rare glimpse into American interiors, both physical and psychological.

When: Sunday, Sept. 23, 2PM – 5PM

Location: Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd at Edgewater St.

Tickets: Admission is free; although they ask for a $3 donation that goes towards preserving the house

12. 3rd Annual Sneak Peak at Freshkills Park

Sneak Peak is a once-a-year opportunity to preview the future Freshkills Park. Enjoy nature walks, kayaking, biking, kite flying, artwork, composting workshops, and much more, all in the breathtaking beauty of Freshkills. See images from last year’s Annual Sneak Peak at Freshkills Park

The hills and creeks of the closed 2,200-acre Fresh Kills Landfill are beginning their transformation into NYC’s biggest and most fascinating new park, on Staten Island’s west shore. Visit the third annual preview of what the park will have to offer!

When: Sunday, Sept. 23, 11AM-4PM

Location: Freshkills Park, Wild and Beresford Avenues

Tickets: Free and open to the public

13. Village Flea Market

Come get your holiday shopping out of the way earlier than all your friends at this antiques, crafts and collectibles market. Search the tables for that one perfect and unique gift.

When: Sunday, Sept. 23, 11AM-4PM

Location: Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue

Tickets: $5 per person, kids under 12 are FREE

14. Greenmarkets across Staten Island

This weekend don’t forget to visit one of the three or all greenmarkets on Staten Island for farm-fresh produce! Get delicious, locally grown fruits and veggies.

When: Saturday, September 22nd

Locations:

1) St. George Greenmarket, corner of Hyatt St. & St. Marks Place, 8MA – 2PM

Set on a hill overlooking New York Harbor and the downtown Manhattan skyline, this market draws a dedicated following of neighborhood shoppers who line up each Saturday to get first dibs on the freshest seasonal fruit, produce, cheese, meat, seafood and baked goods.

2) Staten Island Mall Greenmarket, 2655 Richmond Ave, parking lot, 9AM – 4PM

3) Decker Farm, 435 Richmond Hill Rd, 9AM – 1PM

The farm stand is open for business, stocking its shelves with organic fruits and vegetables harvested each day from its 11-acre field. This historic family farm has been operating since 1810. It is a unique and special part of Historic Richmond Town where centuries of American life are preserved and presented every day.

 

Enjoy your island and have a Fantastic Weekend!

Summer Weekend Events

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

LUMEN Festival 2011

Photo Credit Dmitriy Mirochnik

1. LUMEN

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!