2009-08-07 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Elizabeth Guarino

Summer is really flying past us at a very fast pace. Fortunately, a month or so is still available for all to enjoy. Saturday is the Irish Festival — it looks to be a really fun day, with many different events to enjoy. And, after it's over — there are a few more weeks until summer bows and makes its exit. Have fun — see you at the Festival?

Dance under the Stars at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road in Broad Channel every Wednesday through August 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. in no-cost dance parties for the whole family — ballroom steps and line dances.

St. Virgilius/St. Camillus CYO BCAC Girls Soccer will be holding registration and practice every Monday and Wednesday at the BCAC Memorial Field, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For further information contact Jo at 718- 474-8207 or email BCACSOCCER@- GAIL.COM

Summer activities at the library: From 1 to 4 p.m., on Friday, all can play board games in the library through August 21. Teens and 'tweens will have their Summer Reading Party on Monday, August 10.

On Friday, August 7 at 1 p.m. (note different day and time) the Book Discussion Group will examine "Queen of Babble" by Meg Cabot; it is a light summer read.

The 3rd Annual Shorebird Festival will take place in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, August 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Join naturalists Kevin Karlson, Don Riepe and Lloyd Spitalnik, who will lead walks and give indoor presentations on shorebirds. Bring waterproof boots, lunch, insect and sun protection, binoculars and drinking water. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

On Saturday, August 15 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, enjoy a morning walk with a ranger. Bring binoculars, insect and sun protection. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

On Sunday, August 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, beginning birders can learn tips and techniques of identifying shorebirds. Wear waterproof footgear. Bring binoculars, insect and sun protection. Sign up in advance at 718-318- 4340.

The Broad Channel Volunteers, in cooperation with the BC Irish Festival Committee, sponsors the 2nd Annual Broad Channel Irish Festival. This year's event is bigger and better than last year. This year there will be two great bands performing; first up is Jameson's Revenge, playing favorite Irish folk and contemporary music. Later in the afternoon and early evening, Finn's Fury will be taking the stage to rock the house. In addition, BCVFD will have its DJ on hand. Of course, festival-goers will enjoy performances by some local pipes and drums groups. Improvements have been added - a large covered area will be available for eating and listening pleasure - a perfect spot for shade to escape the hopefully sunny skies. Many activities for the kids including air cushioned rides to keep them occupied while the adults enjoy the atmosphere and music. Many Irish artists and craftsmen will have their wares on display. Food vendors will provide both traditional and contemporary cuisine. "We will have our favorite Coldest Refreshments on hand! This festival is one of only a few of its kind in the New York City area. We hope to see you there. Thanks, Dan McIntyre, BCVFD"

Christ Presbyterian Church will present Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on Wednesday, August 12 and Wednesday, August 26. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation is $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

A note of gratitude came from Christ Presbyterian Church to their "ever so faithful" attendees for a good turnout, which made Wednesday night bingo a success despite thunder and threatening skies! Also appreciated is the "great support" shown to the children's Storytellers and Carnival. Children and adults alike had a great time and truly enjoyed a wonderful afternoon. The note was signed "Christ Presbyterian Church By the Sea."

The Sunday Carnival and storyteller event in Christ Presbyterian Church hall was a lot of fun for children and adults alike. Many different games accommodating all ages of children were available and allowed each child to win prizes—no one went home emptyhanded. Children had fun by tossing hoops, brightly colored balls, guessing the number of candies in the jars and throwing large dice to play various games. Posters made by a very talented hand offered unique photo opportunities aided by their cutout faces. The kids had so much fun that later in the afternoon, an adult was spotted trying his hand at the putting green! A lot of people offered their talents to create a fun afternoon, which included another two talented people — the storytellers. Calling themselves Tales and Tunes, two teachers took the children and adults on a fun tour of some world culture stories. They played instruments, sang songs, told stories punctuated by music and led the children on a march in the church hall. Lunch was available after the storyteller performance. It was good timing too - all that clapping and singing created a good-sized hunger in more than a few participants. Besides hot dogs and beverages there were clown- topped cupcakes. An old fashioned popcorn cart stood in a corner of the hall, popping its corn and sending a wonderful odor over the hall. Carnival-goers could get a big bag of salted, buttered, freshly made popcorn for a pittance. It was a great afternoon in the Christ Presbyterian Church hall last Sunday.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@- aol.com

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