6th Annual Staten Island Green & Clean Festival

gogreenThe SI Green & Clean Festival brings together over 400 sustainable businesses, green innovation and technology companies, efficient energy experts and local residents interested in sustainable living. The event will feature both indoor and outdoor space with a green market, unique vendors and much more.

The event will take place on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Grand Oaks Country Club – 200 Huguenot Ave, Staten Island

Day of Dragons in St. George

THE 10TH ANNUAL ST. GEORGE DAY FESTIVAL IS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 23, 2016

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The St. George Day Festival, a local Earth Day and arts celebration, will take place Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 11am to 5pm in and around Tompkinsville Park on Staten Island.

This free, all day grassroots event features a variety of live performances, art, and activities that are family-friendly and geared toward the communities of Tompkinsville and its surrounding areas.

Among the highlights this year will be the NYPD rock-climbing wall, the Tottenville High School Green Technology Club promoting alternative energy solutions by displaying their award-winning  solar powered vehicle, and the Mobile MarkerSpace “Steam Wagon.”

See more details HERE

This One Went to the Market!

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The  Holiday Pop-Up Artist Market, that is!

Thursday Dec 10 & Friday Dec 11

12pm – 7pm

Location: Culture Lounge, located inside the St. George Ferry Terminal

Staten Island Arts will be holding regular pop-up markets that will take place on Thursdays and Fridays, coinciding with exhibits & special holidays.

Upcoming Market dates are:

Dec. 3-4 & 10-11, 2015 (Holiday Market)
Feb. 11 & 12, 2016 (Winter Market)
Apr. 21 & 22, 2016 (Spring Market)

DECEMBER MARKET IS FILLING UP SO QUICKLY WE ARE ADDING MORE DATES! Artists and vendors interested in showcasing their work at these events can sign up here> OR CALL Shani Mitchell at 718-447-3329×1007

 

I Want To Go To There!!

2015-10-28_13-12-00via Atlas Obscura – Sitting just off the Staten Island’s poetically named Arthur Kill Road is the last remaining Kreischer Mansion, a lovely Victorian home that is said to be one of the most haunted places in all of New York, which may actually be true if one is referring to being haunted by memories of murder and death.

Celebrate and immerse yourselves in the spooky history and legends of the Kreischer Mansion.
Creepy characters will be brought to life and plot twists that are alleged to have happened in this gorgeous victorian home throughout the night.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Go ahead and dress in costume relevant to the ominous history of the property to better enjoy the night
Dont be shy to participate in the theatre *
Guests are invited to tour the hauntings of the house (Instruction to follow)
The DJ is rad and it’s hoped you get into his grooves curated especially for this event
Food and entertainment will be provided on the lawn as well
Cash NOT accepted for last minute tickets, food or alcohol – CARD ONLY – Save your cash, tip our staff

Ticket on sale NOW!
40$ Early Grave ( admission, tour and performances)
60$ Early VIP ( admission and Exclusive access to the Attic + Seance)
On the door ( Late Grave) 60$ /80$
21+ enforced

FREE shuttles leave Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza 7p (RSVP suggested) * Return LATE
FREE shuttles will collect guests from St George Staten Island Ferry landing (RSVP suggested) There will be 2x shuttle runs per hour (830p-1130p) * Return 2-3a
Rideshare discounts available through LYFT and Uber (watch for promo code in Welcome email)

BOO! How Brave are You?!

Credit: Michael Falco

Credit: Michael Falco

Rumor has it that Staten Island is home to some restless spirits. Are YOU brave enough to explore Haunted Staten Island?

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is said to be haunted and has been the site of many paranormal investigations.

Every Friday in the month of October, guests are invited to join a “Haunted Historical Tour”, discussing the home’s historical and ghostly residences.  To learn more about the Haunted Historical Tour, visit their website.

 Once a 19th Century summer mansion, the Historic Old Bermuda Inn is now a popular restaurant and catering hall. Featuring a delicious menu and period décor, the Historic Old Bermuda Inn purportedly hosts more than just diners and events. Guests have often claimed to see apparitions or felt “cold spots.”

 The site of a failed Revolutionary War peace treaty attempt, the Conference House is believed to be one of the most haunted spots on Staten Island. The manor house and surrounding land are said to host apparitions of British soldiers, a young boy, and a woman on horseback.

 Before becoming a Cultural Center, Snug Harbor was home to retired sailors. It is believed that some of these “Old Salts” still roam the site’s Greek Revival Buildings and manicured grounds. In fact, Snug Harbor was recently featured on the Syfy show “Ghost Hunters”.

Have Fun & Learn Something New!

c99dfdb859059f59abb513f995a7fce9Richmond County Pipes and Drums is a family orientated, community band based in Staten Island. The organization was founded in 1976 with several guiding principles that has made the band successful for almost 40 years.

The most important principle is to further and encourage the study and practice in the arts of piping and drumming, its proper execution and its rituals and traditions. The group seeks to foster a spirit of mutual respect, friendship and camaraderie among band, its respective members, friends and supporters.

They are always looking for new members to join in.

The band offers FREE piping and drumming lessons to students of all ages. Beginners are always welcome if you like to have fun and are willing to participate in community activities throughout the year but especially during the month of March. The band participates in events in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Long Island and New Jersey.

Practices are held every Thursday night at 7:30 pm at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in the Eltingville section of Staten Island. Email ahead to richmondcountypipesdrums@gmail.com for more info!

GrowNYC Presents Stop ‘N’ Swap

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GrowNYC will host upcoming Stop ‘N’ Swap events at two Staten Island locations.

The first stop/swap event will take place on September 19th from 10am – 2pm at the Sea View Hospital Community Service Building located at 460 Brielle Avenue.

You are invited to bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you.You don’t have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please. Everything is free!

On September 12th from 10am – 2pm, Staten Island’s GrowNYC Greenmarkets will host simultaneous Book Swaps. You are invited to bring books to give away, and to find books that are new to you. You don’t have to bring books to take books and Everything is free!

The Book Swaps will take place at the St. George Greenmarket (St. Marks Place and Hyatt Street) and at the Staten Island Mall Greenmarket.

All Aboard the Lighthouse Boat Tour!

Lighthouse-Boat-Tour-2Join the National Lighthouse Museum in their continuing series of Lighthouse Boat Tours on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 11 am to 2 pm.

The tour will depart from Staten Island Home Port, 355 Front Street, Staten Island, NY for a cruise up the East River, passing through Hell’s Gate to Long Island Sound. The cruise will go as far as Execution Rocks Lighthouse and learn of its gruesome history. The Stepping Stones Light is not to be missed. This is a memorable three hour cruise with knowledgeable presenters sharing little known facts about the lighthouses we’ll see.

Bring your own snacks or purchase refreshments on board. Rain or Shine Cost: Adults $60.00 Seniors $50.00 children $40.00

To purchase tickets: info@lighthousemuseum.org  or by calling 718-390-0400

Tickets can be purchased at the Lighthouse Museum site – 200 Promenade @ Lighthouse Point (behind St. George Post Office) Staten Island, NY 10301

What Do You Wish?

A wish is a desire connected to the heart and mind, conscious and unconscious. There is great power in a wish; it begins an energy movement. Thinking, writing, revealing a wish helps one to understand one’s self more and prioritize actions. Related to hope, wishes become a constant reminder of how life can be better.

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THE WISH SISTERS

On July 16th, Culture Lounge’s new exhibit WISH, created by Day De Dada and organized by Gena Mimozo, will ask visitors to the gallery space at the St. George Terminal, “What do you wish?”   

The exhibition will feature wish themed mail art sent in from around the world, short videos and the Whispering Wishes sound installation.Culture Lounge visitors will have the opportunity to make their own wishes, write a wish on a cloth strip and tie it on the fence installation, create mail art wishes to send off to someone or make a wish on the spot with some guidance from The Wish Sisters.

The Wish Sisters – Viv de Dada, Jennifer Weigel, Mary Campbell, Barbara Lubliner, Margaret Chase, Lydia Grey, and Milenka Berengolc –  will collect wishes at various times throughout the exhibition.

Opening Reception (SI Arts members only)
Date: Thursday July 16
Time: 7pm
Become a Staten Island Arts member today and you’ll get a special invite to the Opening Reception of “WISH”, where you’ll be able to rub elbows with fellow members and meet the artists. Light refreshments will be provided. Become a member here.

Wish Sister Performance

Date: Saturday July 18
Time: 12pm – 4pm

The Wish Sisters will collect wishes from people using traditional and non-traditional methods throughout the run of the exhibition. Viv de Dada catches whispered secrets and carefully transfers them into a large bottle with a crystal stopper. Jennifer Weigel has people attach wishes to pennies that participants can take with them or leave for someone else to find, as a means of voicing desires.

Wish Sister Performance

Date: Saturday August 8
Time: 12pm – 4pm

The Wish Sisters will collect wishes from people using traditional and non-traditional methods throughout the run of the exhibition. Mary Campbell gives people the chance to test their luck with the old ritual of breaking a wishbone. Barbara Lubliner offers wishing advice and super charges wishes with the power of the elements before collecting them in a golden box.

Staten Island OutLOUD presents “Be Careful What You Wish For?”

Date: Saturday August 8
Time: 2pm

Staten Island OutLOUD presents a reading – and perhaps a warning – about the wishes we make. What do you wish for? Think carefully before you answer that question! Join the Facebook event!

Africa 411 – An Evening of Short Films

Africa 411AFRICA 411 – An Evening Of Short Films By African Directors

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | 7:00 PM | FREE EVENT | CULTURE LOUNGE

Get the 411 on African cultural realities through the eyes of several emerging film directors from the continent. Staten Island Arts Folklife is proud to partner with the African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) of New York to produce this special evening in honor of the Cultural Feedback Project Community Archive.

AFF is dedicated to advancing an enhanced understanding of African culture through the moving image. It offers diverse platforms for the wide distribution of African media through its flagship annual film festival and complementary year-round programming.

The Cultural Feedback Project is thrilled to host a specially curated series that pays homage to “traditional culture and contemporary struggles” facing the African continent, as part of the exhibit’s programming. As a living and community-driven digital folklife archive, the Cultural Feedback Project seeks to tell the stories and showcase the cultural heritage of Staten Island’s three largest West African communities (Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia) from the inside out, in their own words and on their own terms. It also documents West African traditional arts for future generations.

The films that make up Africa 411 each address ways in which traditional knowledge found in story telling and religious practice as well as daily life can be used to better understand and combat contemporary issues such as evolving gender roles, drug addiction, mental health, and the aftermath of political violence. A short Q & A with festival directors will follow the showing.

Featured Films Include:

Beleh
Ekah Christa Essam, Cameroon, 2013, 26min
Set in a small village in Cameroon, Beleh examines the relationship between Ekema and his heavily pregnant wife, Joffi. The difficulty she faces in her pregnancy is made worse by demands of her selfish husband. One day there’s a mysterious role reversal between the sexes and Ekema gains a whole new perspective on his wife’s situation.

Soko Sonko
Ekwa Msangi, Kenya/USA, 2014, 22min.
When her mom gets sick, Kibibi’s dad must take her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish-out-of-water roller-coaster of a journey about a well-intended dad who goes where no man has gone before…

Curse of an Addict (Documentary Short)
Lovinsa Kavuma, Zanzibar / Tanzania / 2013, 25min.
Seif a young Muslim and heroin addict believes he is cursed. In a battle to be free, Seif seeks help from a Shiek-a spiritual leader who conducts an exorcism and summons the curse on stage. She, arrives in the form of a spirit to confront Seif. She says he is a free man but there are conditions he must abide to in order to maintain his freedom from life of drugs.

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