2010-06-25 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

As we move towards July, hot days are upon us quite a bit. Dress in loose, comfortable clothes and drink lots of liquids. (Before we leave June – I hope all Dads and Dad-like figures enjoyed their favorite pastimes and foods on Father’s Day.) Take it easy on those hot days; we’ll have more as summer progresses. Have fun – don’t forget not to overdo – and no matter what – hang onto your cool!

“With the summer underway, the BCAC, this year’s Host for Mardi Gras, announced a full schedule of events all summer. There will be a different dinner every other Wednesday beginning June 30, so leave the cooking to us. July 3 will be Family Day festivities with adult and children’s relay races and obstacle courses, BBQ, beverages, and a water slide. We’ll end the day with a campfire, complete with sparklers and smores!! July 16 will be Karaoke Night. July 24 marks the return of last year’s Girls Softball challenge, this year after the Girls game the Orioles and Mudsharks from the old Jamaica Bay Softball League will renew their rivalry on the field. As always, your favorite beverages and a BBQ will be available. August 7 is the date for the signature event of the season, the 3rd Annual Broad Channel Irish Festival. This year Finns Fury will be back along with Unforgettable Fire, the renowned U2 cover band, and many more to provide great Irish entertainment. Shaded seating, great food and drink, entertainment for the kids, and loads of Irish vendors will be on hand.

August 21 marks the return of another neighborhood favorite, Movie Night, and on August 28 there will be an adult kickball tournament, so start recruiting your teams now. The first annual Jamaica Bay softball old timer’s fundraiser game between Grassy Point and O’s Pub will be held on Friday of Labor Day Weekend prior to Countdown at 6 p.m. at the BCAC field. Proceeds of the game will benefit the Mardi Gras committee. If you played Jamaica Bay Softball in the late ’70s/early ’80s, join your team. For further information see John Hanning or Marty Feeney. Tickets are also available for the $10,000 drawing to be held at Countdown on Friday, September 3; with only 400 tickets sold, the $100 ticket is a great buy; shares are available at $10 and $20. There are 18 chances to win prizes; after all tickets are drawn they go back in for the $10,000 grand prize drawing. To buy tickets/shares, contact Sabrina Gross at 646-236-0090 or smag406- @aol.com. All events will be at Memorial Field, so please come out and help support the Broad Channel Athletic Club, and have a great Summer! Late risers can enjoy a Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge program for birders who avoid getting up in the early morning on Sunday, June 27 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Stroll through the refuge and look for “elusive” birds during this afternoon. Bring drinking water and protection from the sun and insects; bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

Birds of the Northeast United States, is the subject of an art exhibit which opens in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, June 27 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Both artists will be on hand for the opening. Exhibit runs to September 30.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on the following Tuesday nights: June 29, July 6 and July 13. Doors will be opened at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation is $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

“Attention! Got talent? We want you!” The American Legion Post 1404 presents Adult Kareoke Night on Saturday, June 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with music of the ’50s and ’60s. Cost of $25 per person includes tap beer, wine, soda, heroes and wraps. There will be a cash bar for canned beer and mixed drinks at a minimal charge. Proceeds will go to: American Legion Committee to elect Fang A. Wong to National Commander. It will mark the first time in 31 years that a New Yorker has had this honor. For tickets, Call John Wagner at 718-474-4343, Frank Bassetti at 718-207-3600 or see Carol at Ruffle Bar on Thursday or Friday.

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on Sunday, June 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cruise consists of a three hour narrated cruise along the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay aboard the two deck boat, the Golden Sunshine. Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl. Boat will leave from Pier 2, Sheepshead Bay. Cost of $45 includes guides, wine and cheese, fruit, drink, snacks. Leaders are Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe. To reserve, send check to American Littoral Society, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. For more information, call 718-318-9344 or send Email to: driepe@nyc.rr.com.

The Shad Creek Association presents its 16th Annual “It’s A Fluke” Fishing Tournament on July 10. The Association is located at 529 Crossbay Boulevard in Broad Channel, NY on Jamaica Bay. The Capt’s meeting/sign-up will be on July 8 from 5 p.m. on ... The contest runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. sharp. Weigh-in is at the clubhouse and there will be a BBQ and beverages at the weigh-in party! For more information or any questions feel free to send email to: ShadCreekAssoc@aol.- com.

Susan Marcotte, a poet living in Georgia, said, “Anger helps straighten out a problem as much as a fan helps straighten out a pile of papers.”

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