Summer is in full swing, so I will mention several of my favorite local events, in Rockaway, the rest of Queens, and the other outer boroughs, all ready to roll! As every local resident probably knows, The Rockaway Theater Company always offers great value with an air-conditioned respite on hot summer weekends, presenting some of the top-rated community theater productions anywhere. Guys and Dolls was a huge hit, with more to come this year! For info, visit their website, http://www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org.
Hip to Hip Theatre Company continues to thrill Queens audiences each summer with free Shakespearean productions at some of the best park venues around. The new season launches on Wed. July 22 at Flushing Meadow Park, with The Merchant of Venice. This year, Hip to Hip will, for the first time, visit Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, where they will present this year’s comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor, on Saturday, July 25 at 5 pm, on the red steps south of Van Cortlandt House Museum. Enter the park near 241st and Broadway. For the list of all venues, dates and times, visit http://www.hiptohip.org, and click on “current production.”
Rockaway Civic’s free Beach Flix are also back. The classic Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick in his early days on the screen, be still my heart!) will entertain us all at the launch on Thursday, July 23 at dusk, on the sand at Beach 129th Street in Rockaway Park. Sponsored by Pico Restaurant, of 419 Beach 129th Street. To get more details, visit http://www.beachflix.com.
I’ll add another event choice for families. The innovative group Arch for Kids, which I joined as an educator last year, offers free design workshops, year-round, in schools, libraries and museums throughout the metro area, including many in Brooklyn and Queens. This summer, they are offering several intriguing workshops for children and their families/caretakers, at nearby libraries in Brooklyn and Queens. Last week, we created habitats for aliens using recycled materials, at a branch library in Williamsburg. On Thursday, July 23, we’ll be building bridges at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Ft. Hamilton branch in southwest Brooklyn. The entire schedule is available online at http://www.archforkids.com.
I’m now a licensed NYC sightseeing guide, offering walking tours of Rockaway Beach, Edgemere, Broad Channel, downtown Jamaica, downtown Flushing, and the Norwood section of the Bronx. I will arrange private tours, if requested, and other tours of mine can be booked through the Municipal Art Society website, http://www.mas.org. Just click on the tab for “tours” to purchase a ticket. The next date for a Rockaway Beach walk with MAS is on Sun. Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. If you’d like to join me on a private tour, send a comment to this blog, or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I recently enjoyed guiding a group of 20 family members around Edgemere to help celebrate their matriarch’s 80th birthday. Things have changed a lot in 60 years!