Go for the Day: St. George Day

This Saturday is the perfect time to have a day trip to Staten Island: To St. George Day. It takes place on Earth Day – and is inspired by the day’s focus on taking care of the plant – and each other.

St George Day in Staten Island
(Photo by Susan Patrice – on Stgeorgedaysi.com )

This event re-invents the story of St. George and the Dragon. Instead of slaying him, they talk, work things out and become allies.

St. George Day is a unique festival that promotes peaceful problem solving, communal pride, and sharing and respecting our natural resources as essential elements to a strong and sustainable community. Through art, earth day activities, and the Dragon Parade, we work to facilitate strong community connections to Tompkinsville Park.

In that vein, this festival, in its 11th year, offers a slew of collaborative and entertaining activities, including arts arts and crafts for kids, hula hooping, a puppet show, artists, live music and dance, storytelling – and a dragon parade.

The festival is held in Tompkinsville Park on Little Bay Street, from 11am to 5pm.

See the line up on SILive  – and go to Mommy Poppins for more ideas for exploring St. George while you’re there.

St George Day in Staten Island
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See Exhibits at the National Arts Club

A place steeped in both culture and history makes the perfect excursion. And, located in Gramercy, at 15 Gramercy Park South, set in the historic Samuel Tilden Mansion, the National Arts Club is just such a place.

Its mission is:

“To stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts, as well as educate the American people in the fine arts.”

Photo from nationalartsclub.org
(Photo from nationalartsclub.org )

It was founded in 1898 by New York Times, literary and art critic Charles De Kay, himself an author and poet.

“He together with a group of distinguished artists and patrons conceived of a gathering place to welcome artists of all genres as well as art lovers and patrons.”

While it is a club in the traditional sense – private and comprised of members – the National Arts Club also offers public events.

All galleries are open to the public, Monday to Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and there is no admission fee.

On view now are three very different shows: Photos of old New York, works from emerging student artists – and underwater photography.

“Early Magnum: On & in New York” (on until April 29th) showcases photographs of the city from 1947 to 60,  “The Will Barnet Annual Student Show” (until April 27th) has the fresh and original works of “undergraduate students from nine prestigious New York area schools, and “Keith Ellenbogen: Underwater Wildlife New York (until April 29) “is a visual journey into salty waters – from Montauk Point, NY to Cape May, NJ – to discover and explore an extraordinary world that is teeming with life.”

 Take a look at their Instagram for more intriguing photos from the exhibits.

Pool Play 2.0 is a “Buoyant Daydream of a Show!” – The New York Times

The New York Times calls “Pool Play 2.0”, set in our pool: a “Buoyant Daydream of a Show!”

 This Is Not a Theater Company’s “Pool Play 2.0” at the Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club in Manhattan" - on The New York Times
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes for The New York Times (“Jonathan Matthews in This Is Not a Theater Company’s “Pool Play 2.0” at the Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club in Manhattan”)

Read the full review.

This is Not a Theatre Company‘s production runs Fridays at 7pm, and Saturdays at 6pm (until April 8th) at Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club. Members can see it free!

Tickets can be purchased on Artful.ly. (Waterside Swim & Health Club members: Just show up.)

And actress Caiti Lattimer took a picture while here:

The view from where we do Pool Play!

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See the Fun Show – in our Pool

Last week, we introduced you to “Pool Play 2.0“, the exciting show running on Friday and Saturday nights in our pool!

Photo of Pool Play 2.0 via @blueopaljazz on Instagram
(Photo via @blueopaljazz on Instagram)

And it’s a Voice Choice! From The Village Voice:

“With scenes of synchronized swimming, water aerobics, and even a monologue by a fish, the piece (with text by Charles Mee and Jessie Bear) is organized around vignettes that explore water and the swimming pool and their roles in American culture.”

Writes @blueopaljazz:

“Get your cute selves to the pool to see “Pool Play” by @thisisnotatheatrecompany. Such a fun night!”

Shows are on Fridays at 7pm, and Saturdays at 6pm (until April 8th). (More details and ticket information in our previous post.)

Photo of Pool Play 2.0 - Pool Play 2.0 at the Waterside Swim & Health Club Pool


Photo of Pool Play 2.0 by @thisisnotatheatrecompany on Instagram
Photo by @thisisnotatheatrecompany on Instagram

Pool Play 2.0 at the Waterside Swim & Health Club Pool

Photo of Pool Play 2.0 by @thisisnotatheatrecompany on Instagram
(Photo by @thisisnotatheatrecompany on Instagram)

Pool Play 2.0 at the Waterside Swim & Health Club Pool

Tasty NYC Museums

We made it through yesterday’s snowfall! Time for a treat.

How about a tasty excursion?

Bring your family to these museums to excite their tastebuds – as well as their cerebrums.

Museum of Food and Drink (62 Bayard Street)

Open noon to 6pm, Friday to Sunday, this museum in Williamsburg has exhibits you can eat! Can you say that about the Guggenheim?

Their goal is “to show how exciting it is to learn about the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink”.

Showing now: “Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant” which examines the nearly 170-year history of Chinese American restaurants and its evolution, as well as cultural identity, and what it means to be American. Learn how Chinese Americans persevered despite harsh circumstances and created one of America’s most beloved cuisines.

Experience menus through the decades, as well as chef-designed tastings. You can also: See live demos of a 1,500 pound fortune cookie machine which contains messages of goodwill from around the world – and even submit your own message via Project Fortune.

Plus, on Saturday, March 18th, the museum has a special family program:

Choco-Story New York, Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres (350 Hudson Street)

This just opened this month!

Jacques Torres (of the renowned chocolate factory and store, Jacques Torres Chocolate) is known as “Mr Chocolate“. The store prides itself on purity: Confections made with no preservatives, artificial flavorings or essential oils. And he can school you on chocolate – because knows his stuff! In addition to being the master of his store, he’s a Master Pastry Chef, and in 1986, became the youngest pastry chef in history to earn the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman of France) medal in pastry. He’s also the Dean of Pastry Arts at the International Culinary Center, was the Executive Pastry Chef at Le Cirque for 12 years, is the author of three cookbooks – and the host of a number of series on Food Network and PBS.

His Chocolate Museum is New York’s first ever chocolate museum!

The 5,000 sq. foot museum (open daily from 10am to 5pm) offers: “a self-guided tour of original artifacts, nine premium tastings, original Mayan hot chocolate freshly ground by hand, and a bon-bon making demonstration”. Moreover, “visitors will also be able to learn about the journey of the cacao tree from the Amazonian rainforest and the origins of the chocolate we eat today.”

And if that doesn’t already sound as though it’s got plenty of kid-appeal, there’s also a kids’ corner!

Want to make your own chocolates? Customers can book a class to learn how to make the delights – and bring their creations home.  Like a an art class – only more delectable!