Beastly Feast with Santa

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TheStaten Island Zoo welcomes back Santa Claus, our favorite reindeer herder from the North Pole!

Breakfastfrom 9:30am to 11:00am

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Lunchfrom 1:00pm to 2:30pm

TICKETS NOW ON SALE! 

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Low-Stress Holidays: The Art of the Gift Basket

2017-12-01_13-04-42via ApartmentTherapy.com – Growing up, I remember the time leading up to Christmas being weeks that my mother had the makings of her annual gift baskets strewn throughout our infrequently used formal dining room. Baskets or buckets, Carrs crackers, pepper jellies, candied pecans were a few of the items. Oh, and rolls and rolls of cellophane and ribbon. Our dining room became her own little elf workshop where she carefully put together anywhere from 10-50 gifts for the people in her life – co-workers, teachers, neighbors, and distant relatives who might unexpectedly drop by for a holiday visit.

While I personally couldn’t stand the look of cellophane and curled ribbons (I know, what 10-year-old isn’t into curled ribbons?), I did appreciate the attention she put into making the perfect gift basket. It is, in fact, an art.

If you’ve turned your nose up at gift baskets in the past, I’m with you. They can be tacky, impersonal, and sometimes just full of, how shall I say, crap. But knowing how much time and effort my mother put into creating the perfect assortment, it might just be the way to go this holiday season – especially if you’re gifting to the masses.

Follow these simple guidelines for the best gift basket:

  1. Pick a theme. Having a game plan helps guide you in all your purchases. Think themes like A Cozy Night At Home, Family Game Night, Gifts for Hosting, or End-of-Semester Teacher Survival Kit to get you on the right track.
  2. Start with a good container. Pick something that can easily be reused or repurposed. And by all means, don’t just go for a brown basket! (See our favorite picks below.)

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Post Thanksgiving Day Hike

5a0afc106b8b8Staten Island’s North Shore ‘Greenbelt’

Friday, November 24, 2017

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.

 

Burn off some Turkey Day calories!

Explore some of Staten Island’s North Shore natural areas on this post Thanksgiving Day hike. This easy to moderate hike will make its way through the North shore “Greenbelt” parks of Jones Woods, Goodhue Park, Allison Pond Park, and Snug Harbor. These four parks comprise over 100 acres of woods, ponds and creeks located less than two miles from the Staten Island Ferry.

Meet at Franklin Avenue at Arnold Street in Jones Woods Park

THANKSGIVING DECORATING, TABLESCAPE AND CENTERPIECE TIPS AND IDEAS

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via Food & Wine –  We’re at Thanksgiving for the food, clearly, but décor and a beautifully set table are just as important a part of the big day as the turkey and sides (well…they’re close). Here, a few easy tips to make sure your table is Thanksgiving ready.

FRESH LINENS

Send all of your linens (napkins, table runners, even a fancy apron for the chef) out to be dry cleaned so they’re pressed and ready for the big day.

MISMATCH YOUR TABLEWARE

Not everyone has enough matching glasses, silverware and plates for 20 plus people, so don’t hesitate to mix-and-match what you have. Keeping it all in the same color family will give your table an eclectic, but coordinated look.

USE CANDLES

Use a lot of them. Everywhere. No, you’re not trying to seduce your house guests, but the warm glow of (UNSCENTED!) candles is much more welcoming than overhead lights. Candlesticks are festive, but short pillar candles or votives won’t block the person dining across from you.

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Old Mill Road Nature Walk

oldmillSaturday, November 11th from 1pm – 3pm

Park at the end of Old Mill Road, behind St. Andrews church. We’ll stroll along the multi-use trail next to Fresh Kills, below the hills of LaTourette Golf Course and return along the Blue Trail. From the remains of colonial structures to the Hessian Spring and the remains of Ketchum’s Mill we will take a look into the influence of man and nature on the ecosystems bordering the Fresh Kills estuary. For more information call Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.

Staten Island’s historic, possibly haunted Kreischer Mansion is for sale

kreischer_house_uncut_jeh-0via Curbed – For an enterprising real estate investor—or someone who likes really freaking creepy homes—this newly listed Staten Island house might be a gem. It’s no ordinary home, you see; it’s the Kreischer Mansion, one of the island’s most notorious properties.

The house was originally built in the late 19th century by Balthasar Kreischer, a German-born immigrant and brick-maker who went on to create one of New York City’s first company towns, known as—of course—Kreischerville. He was responsible for building a small spattering of workers’ houses that were built in the 1870s complement the family’s manufacturing facilities, along with other services—shops, churches—to serve the growing community. (One of those, the the Free Magyar Reformed Church, is a NYC landmark that stands today.)

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Halloween in Richmond Town

Multi-ethnic children dressed in Halloween costumesFRIDAY

October 27, 2017

3:30 PM – 5 PM

RAIN or SHINE

Prepaid reservation required

$12 for children, $6 for adults.

Trick or treating in the historic village! Tasty treats for costumed kiddies as well as crafts, apple bobbing and games!  Kids bring your parents!

Bennett Cafe will be open from 3:30-5 PM serving vanilla and chocolate cupcakes (nut free), juice, and water.

Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue
Staten IslandNY 10306

Phone: 718-351-1611 
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Jazz Fest at 30

2017-10-13_13-15-39This 30th annual celebration will feature performances showcasing the depth and breadth of jazz music, dance, song, art and spoken word. This year’s featured performers include NEA Jazz Master Barry Harris, Reggie Workman, Winard Harper, Kiane Zawadi, Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble, Betty Shirley, Karlus Trapp and more! UTA’s Staten Island JAZZ Festival 30 is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional public support has been provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, Con Edison and FerryAds.com. For more information, visit www.utasi.org

Price: Advance Tickets: $20 for adults | $10 for children under 18. Door Tickets: $25 for adults | $15 for children under 18. Buy tickets here: http://utasi.org/Buytickets.html

Staten Island Oktoberfest

2017-10-04_11-32-45The Rotary Clubs of Staten Island and Rolling Thunder are once again organizing the Staten Island Oktoberfest. The event will be hosted by the Staten Island Marine Corps League Det. 246 and will run from 12PM-7PM on Saturday, October 14th. In the event of rain, Oktoberfest will be moved to Sunday, October 15th. All Proceeds will go to helping Veterans in need. for more information visit: http://sioktoberfest.com