One Savvy Mom ™ | NYC Area Mom Blog: Kick Off The Summer Season In NYC This Weekend At The Governors Island Family Festival - Saturday May, 26th

Kick Off The Summer Season In NYC This Weekend At The Governors Island Family Festival - Saturday May, 26th

The Governors Island Alliance is kicking off another exciting season on the Island this weekend, and you won't want to miss all of the fun family activities! They'll kick off another full season with their 8th annual opening-day Family Festival on Saturday, May 26, from noon to 4 PM.  Head on over to Nolan Park for music, theater, dance, arts and crafts, face painting, maritime activities and more! Performances will run throughout the afternoon featuring Astrograss, the Maybelles, Arm of the Sea Theater and the Quantico Marine Corps Band.

Representatives of the City Department of Transportation will also be on hand to demonstrate their new bike share station and for free a bike helmet fitting. They will also be giving away free bike helmets (while supplies last).

Performances will run throughout the day featuring the following performances:

Astrograss: This high energy band gets kids and their parents dancing and singing together, with a unique blend of bluegrass, old time, and folk music. Astrograss concerts feature sing-a-longs, dance contests, and fiddle hoedowns. Their original songs cover topics like spelling, whether Pluto is a planet, bedtime, and the many neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

The Maybelles: This harmony driven Americana band led by Jan Bell, is accompanied by Rima Fand and Megan Palmer. With Celtic and Appalachian influences, the band has made the Top Ten Folk Albums (Village Voice), 4 Stars (Now Toronto), and People’s Choice Album of the year (Independent Music Awards).

Arm of the Sea Theater: For over twenty years, Arm of the Sea Theater has been developing a style of magical realism that marries the mythic and the everyday, humanity and the earth, visual arts and natural science, poetry and politics. Their large-scale productions incorporate ancient theatrical devices for shared enchantment and visual storytelling. With music, gesture and stunning visuals, they illuminate the links between human communities and the life-support processes of this living planet.
The event and the ferry to the island are FREE and no pre-registration is required.  Pack a picnic lunch and head out for a fun afternoon on the Island!

To get to Governors Island you can take the free ferry from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan starting at 10AM, starting at 11AM the ferry will run every half hour. You can also come via free ferry from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park starting at 11AM that will run continuously(roughly every 20 minutes). The last ferries leave Governors Island at 7PM.

Published May 24th, 2012

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