The reason I created The Staten Island family was to showcase all the wonderfully rich resources and talented, creative and supportive individuals who inhabit this Island of ours. So of course it is with the greatest of pleasure that I get to feature one of my favorite Staten Island annual celebrations Treasure Your Island an event taking place today May 20, 11:30am-4pm which is 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?
Come to “Treasure Your Island”, and experience: live music by Wafoo, the Susan Wagner Jazz Band, Joan Caddell & The Midnight Choir featuring Jim Indelicato, and others! See school group dance performances, literary performances, Staten Island authors book signings, historical re-enactments, history demonstrations, photo exhibits of Staten Island for tours, and much more! Last year’s Treasure Your Island event saw over 3500 people, and we expect even more this year!
When: Sunday, May 20, 11:30am-4pm (rain or shine)
Where: Fort Wadsworth, 200 New York Avenue (end of Bay Street near Bay St. & School Rd.)
Residents can learn about great things to do from over 30 cultural, environmental, historical and recreational organizations like the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, the Conference House, the Greenbelt, Kayak SI, Sandy Ground, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, Art Lab, NYC Compost, Staten Island Museum, Harbor Lights Theatre Company, and many more! Organizational tables will offer information about events for families and visitors of all ages. Students can investigate volunteer opportunities close to home.
The National Park Service will offer tours of its two historic forts, Battery Weed and Fort Tompkins, tours of the Mont Sec history house, and will conduct historical food demonstrations. A free shuttle will be available to transport visitors to all the different points of interest. Historical re-enactments will reveal Staten Island’s centuries of military history, from the early Dutch to the Civil War. Children and adults can learn about, and interact with full-size model planes, firetrucks, and military watercraft. Refreshments will be available for purchase.