STATEN ICELAND, NY – Just because the High Rock Challenge and Polish Festivals are not happening due to COVID-19 doesn’t mean the district isn’t celebrating life this season. From music-centric to full-fledged food events, both low-key and large-scale gatherings are creeping back on the calendar to make summer 2021 a great one.
Due to the uncertainty in the pandemic, the organizers are still working on a number of plans and commitments on details. Flagship Brewing Co. from Tompkinsville, for example, wants to bring the festivities back by fall.
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Here are events that are going on on the island.
1st RICHMOND COUNTY FAIR
This is our biggest reader question lately: will there be a county fair? So we start here with the largest outdoor festivals in the district and say “Yes!”. The 41st Festival will again be hosted by Historic Richmond Town at 441 Clarke Ave., Richmond; 718-351-1611. Advance ticket sales for the three-day promotion, which will take place from September 4th to 6th from 12pm to 6pm, will be possible from August 1st. In the meantime, the historical association is looking for salespeople and moderators. We are looking for volunteers for the historic village’s largest annual fundraising event. Those interested can contact Volunteers@historicrichmondtown.org. Vendors can also contact them by email – Vendors@historicrichmondtown.org.
2. TAVERN SERIES
Festive news on a smaller scale: Every Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through September 25, Historic Richmond Town provides the backdrop for local musicians in the historic tavern on campus. Also on tap: you can buy flagship beer. Egger’s Ice Cream can also be a cool treat. Up and coming local artists include GEEZER, Morrisania Band Project, Bob Santangelo and The Jazztronauts. For the full schedule, visit the Historic Richmond Town website – historicrichmondtown.org/events/2021/6/12/tavern-terrace-beer-garden.
3. CELEBRATING MAKER PARK
Saturday sessions on Maker Park’s socially distant party grounds run through August 7th with shows from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Each event has a different musical theme, with a Maker Park radio DJ and live band. There is also a different grocery vendor at each event with drinks available for purchase from the flagship and Killsboro breweries. Ten local artisans will be on hand to shop. Maker’s Park can be reached through its website – Makerspace.nyc/maker-park.
4th ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL
For the 2021 season, films can be seen on the back of the mansion with a view of the harbor as a backdrop. Starting July 13, shows begin Tuesdays at 8 p.m. for $ 20 per guest. Parking spaces and chairs are available. The full list of summer films can be found on Casa’s website at Casa-belvedere.org/. Some tours are offered in the presence of the director.
5. STAPLETON SATURDAY
Van Duzer’s block between Wright and Beach Streets is closed due to the Open Restaurants program launched during the pandemic last year. The Van Duzer Civic Association was behind the concept of nailing the “Stapleton Saturdays” until August. Street seating, music, face painting, and food are provided every weekend from 11am to 5pm to highlight Stapleton’s businesses. Admission is free.
6. SOUTH SHORE BID GIGS
Drive In Movie in the towns of Annadale, Pleasant Plains and Eltingville are happening this July. The Taste of the Towns restaurant tour and the trolley ride on August 15 with flavors from Annadale, Eltingville and Great Kills by trolley are more prominent. Tickets are $ 20 per person and more information will be available soon on Southshorebid.org.
On August 20th, the South Shore BID Concert Series will partner with I Love NYC Small Business with Arkai and The Opera Cowgirls. Tickets and further information are available at https://secure.givelively.org/event/satellite-collective-inc/ty100-concert-series/ty100-concert-series-opera-cowgirls-arkai-south-shore-bid.
7. EAT & FLICK FESTIVALS ON THE MOUNTAIN
Staten Island Catholic Charities will host Drive In Movie Nights on Thursdays from August 5th to August 26th. Film titles and tickets will be available shortly at www.cc-si.org
And note the dates: The Italian festival at The Mount will take place on Columbus Day Weekend, October 8th, 9th and 10th. Also take the Fall Festival at The Mount on October 23rd and 24th. More information on both will be available on Cc-si.org.
8. PIG ISLAND
The successful Pig Island barbecue series will continue with a second installment at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens, Livingston, on Saturday, September 11th, from 12pm to 4pm. Early bird all-inclusive food and drink tickets are $ 55. From 11am to 5pm, a VIP Pitmaster Breakfast offers early access and all food and drink consumed for $ 150 per palate. This ticket includes a t-shirt and guaranteed seats. For more information and reservations, visit Pigisland.com. The event has been supporting 501c3 Friends of Firefighters for 20 years since Sept. 11, providing advice, wellness, and community to active and retired FDNY firefighters and their families. It’s been 20 years since 9/11 and organizers say they will have a chance to commemorate the anniversary on Pig Island.
9. FIG FESTIVAL
The annual, elusive celebration of all things fig (and pawpaw) related is scheduled for Sunday, September 19, starting at 5 p.m. Details will be announced on SILIVE.com and Lighthousemuseum.org/.
NOT ON STATES OF ICELAND, BUT OF INTEREST TO RESIDENTS OF BOROUGH:
10th SAN GENNARO FESTIVAL
The Feast of San Gennaro 2021 in Little Italy, NYC, runs Thursday, September 16 through Sunday, September 26, from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For the full range of entertainment and providers, visit Sangennaronyc.org.
11. FESTA ITALIANA
Brooklyn’s own and 101.1 WCBS-FM DJ Joe Causi is hosting this year’s outdoor celebration in Paterson, NJ for $ 75 per guest with a feast and soft drinks included. Barge is available. Entertainment includes Joe Conte, Paul Bruno, comedian Anthony Rodia, John Penna, Jacie Core, and Blaise Biagio Benevenga. For ticket information, contact the organizers at 973-519-1725 or order tickets online at Festa.eventbrite.com.
12TH GREAT NEW YORK STATE FAIR
Founded in 1841, the fair is the third largest in the United States. It runs 23 days from Sunday, August 15th through Labor Day, September 6th. Reservations for the 303-seat Empire RV Park are now open and can be made here through the Exhibition’s website at Reserve America. The festival includes a presentation of agriculture, New York state food, and live entertainment. A list of events and ticket information can be found at Nysfair.ny.gov/your-visit/events-calendar/.