The reason I created this site was to showcase all the wonderfully rich resources and talented, creative and supportive individuals who inhabit this Island of ours. So I am PLEASED as punch to be the newest committee member for the third annual Treasure Your Island event taking place on Sunday, April 10th, 2011–a consortium of cultural and not for profit Staten Island organizations who are teaming up to show residents from all over Staten Island that this place they call home has a MYRIAD of treasures to offer them!
So what can you expect at this year’s event? “Treasure Your Island III,” the third annual community awareness day that will take place at Fort Wadsworth from 12-5pm. The event is FREE, and everyone is invited to attend. Parents can learn about all the great things to do with their children, and students can learn about volunteer opportunities with organizations on the island. Just a few of these things inlcude: an art school, the only Chinese Scholar Garden in the U.S., a museum dedicated to Tibetan art & culture and over 10 parks.
Get insider access to Staten Island’s most famous historical national park, ( and TREASURE) Fort Wadsworth. On this one day, places like Battery Weed and Fort Tompkins, normally closed to the general public, will be accessible to all. Guided tours will take people around the fort, and historical reenactments will entertain visitors throughout the day.
A full schedule of entertainment beginning at 12:45pm is planned as well. Performances include the popular band Stout, the award winning PS 69 Ballroom Dancers, renowned children’s storyteller Babalo, vocalist Daniella Blyakmean, music for children with Patrick Raftery, and the music of Sounds Uncertain.
Throughout the day, in addition to live music and dance; cultural and recreational organizations will have information and giveaways, including: The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, The Staten Island Greenbelt, the Alice Austen House, Gateway National Parks and many more. Having the event at the Fort, with its historical significance and amazing views of the Verrazano Bridge, the harbor and New York City, is a unique place and way to expereince in Staten Island’s history while learning about other great opportunities on the island.
This is a rain or shine event because performances and information tables will be moved inside if the weather is inclement.
For more information on “Treasure Your Island,” contact Steve Salgo, at 718.354.4556 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and of course FRIEND us on FACEBOOK at http://www.facebook.com/#!/treasureyourisland The Staten Island Family will be hanging out at the JCC’s table- can’t wait to meet you!!