2014-02-28 / Columnists

Happy Phil Collins Day!

By Dan Guarino


Performers of all ages came out to the Beach Church to have fun and celebrate Phil Collins Day with the Arts In Parts program. Photos by Dan Guarino Performers of all ages came out to the Beach Church to have fun and celebrate Phil Collins Day with the Arts In Parts program. Photos by Dan Guarino Not even heavy snow could stop the celebration of Phil Collins Day at the Beach Church on Beach 97th Street on Saturday, February 15th.

Dozens braved the harsh weather for a fun musical evening with Heather Kramer and the staff and children of the Arts In Parts program.

The enthusiastic crowd joined the ‘Phil Collins Children’s Choir’ in singing, playing and providing percussion to songs by English singer and drummer Phil Collins and others. Also on the program was an impromptu drummer circle, an open mic which featured even very young performers, and enthusiastic audience participation.

Together with friends, Kramer launched Phil Collins Day 13 years ago, and has since taken it from Seattle to Brooklyn to Rockaway, with each year taking on a different theme. These have included sing-alongs, parades, drum circles on the beach and more. Always the day after Valentine’s Day, it is meant to celebrate love in all its forms.

Speaking last year about the first Phil Collin’s Day after Hurricane Sandy, Kramer, whose own home was damaged, said, “Being able to beat on a drum and sing and wail out loud is very cathartic, and I think that’s what the Rockaways need right now.”

As stated on their website, “Arts in Parts reaches out to kids in areas of New York City by bringing imaginative workshops directly into the community. After the effects of Hurricane Sandy, we saw a need in particular areas for children to be stimulated and engaged. Our hope is to empower young minds through, creativity, critical thinking and curiosity for the natural world.”

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