THE 12TH ANNUAL ST. GEORGE DAY FESTIVAL
TAKES PLACE ON APRIL 22, 2018
A Community Festival Celebrating Earth Day, Art, and Cooperative Collaboration
APRIL 16, 2018, Staten Island, NY — The St. George Day Festival, a local Earth Day and arts celebration, is Sunday, April 22, 2018, from 11 am to 5 pm at Tompkinsville Park on Little Bay Street, on Staten Island. This free event features a variety of live performances, art, music, spoken-word events, a sneak preview of the new film “Show Dogs,” and many participatory activities.
Among the highlights, this year are an International Food Sampling Station, a “Meet Your Neighbor” community picnic area, a big free store/swap, a seed and seedling swap, craft vendors, and Art Around the Park, which is a free fence show. The Staten Island Neighborhood Food Initiative will give out samples from more than a dozen local ethnic restaurants and supermarkets, and neighborhood restaurants will offer special deals to festival goers.
Children will be delighted to try out the the NYPD rock-climbing wall, make magic wands, collaborate on a chalk mandala and a construction fence mural, write poems about “Why I love the Earth…” and then read them aloud as part of the Staten Island Creative Community’s spoken-word programs, and enjoy the colorful Dragon Parade at 2 p.m.
Promoters of the soon-to-be-released movie Show Dogs will offer a fun photo booth opportunity, a sneak peek at the film, and free promotional items.
In the Earth Day section will be New York City Parks, a free bicycle repair area, Farmer John and the Staten Island CSA, the New York Public Library, Staten Island MakerSpace, and other tables. The Urban Park Rangers will bring their favorite animals, weather permitting.
An Earth Day event like no other, the festival brings together people to experience the rich diversity of the North Shore, learn more about how to take care of the environment we all share, and have fun sharing our gifts and skills and getting to know our neighbors better.
The day starts out with a cleanup from 9 am to 10:30 am organized by Friends of Tompkinsville Park. Staten Islanders are invited to come help clean up the park and to volunteer with other aspects of the festival set-up and break-down. For more information visit the festival website at www.stgeorgedaysi.com.
Attractions at the 11th Annual St. George Day Festival:
Earth Day Zone – A special area dedicated to green living and education
International Food and Picnic Area – Sample Staten Island’s international and foodie specialties and sit down with your neighbors
Art /Craft Activities- a chance for kids to create art!
Dragon Parade – A walking pageant of dragons, fairies, and people
Art Around the Park – Park fences turn into galleries for the day
Craft Vendors – There will be opportunities for supporting local craft vendors selling their assorted crafts, jewelry, soaps, etc
Live Music Stage – Listen and dance to some of Staten Island’s eclectic talents
Spoken Word Stage Poetry, performance, music and storytelling for children and adults on the theme of “I Love the Earth Because….”
Photo booth and give-aways – Promoters of the soon-to-be-released movie SHOW DOGS will offer a fun photo booth opportunity, a sneak peek at the film, and free promotional items. (See YouTube for a trailer, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7H0fCTBdFQ)
Free Store – Give and take great free stuff: re-use, re-purpose, recycle! We are partnering this year with HELPSY, a company that is dedicated to the idea that “#ClothesAren’tTrash”. They have promised that any unwanted textiles will be kept out of the landfill! Bring it on!
About St. George Day/CATPAW
The Community Association of Tompkinsville Promoting Arts and Whimsy (CATPAW) is dedicated to providing and supporting exciting, engaging and diverse programming that promotes sustainability through community building, sharing resources and the arts.