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Second Annual Raritan Bay Festival Scheduled for June 25

The 2nd Raritan Bay Festival runs from noon to 5 p.m., starting with Hands Across the Sand. Free kayaking, music, nature walks, petting zoo, water slides, and more make it a great day for the entire family, from toddlers to grandparents.

Kayaking at Conference House Park
PRLog - June 10, 2011 - STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Conference House Park Conservancy and Kayak Staten Island announce the Second Annual Raritan Bay Festival, to be held at Conference House Park on Saturday, June 25, from noon to 5 p.m. Additional sponsors include City of New York Parks & Recreation and State Representative Lou Tobacco.

The festival starts with Hands across the Sand, a worldwide gathering of people dedicated to a clean energy future. Starting at noon, festival-goers hold hands for 15 minutes on the beach in solidarity with others on beaches around the planet. See http://www.handsacrossthesand.com/.

At 12:15, well-known local musicians start playing at two stages:

Main Stage (Pavilion)
Graven; Defunked; Altered Perception (http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=261628); The Paul Hurst Band (http://www.myspace.com/paulhurstmusic); Joan Caddell and the Midnight Choir (http://www.myspace.com/250085007)

Second Stage (Conference House)
Harry Oppenheimer, Mountain Dulcimer; Gene Gambardella: Bluegrass; Harbortown—Bob Wright & Bill Doerge (http://bojomusic.com/home.html); The Staten Island Songwriters Circle (http://www.statenislandsongwriterscircle.org/); The Tumbleweeds

On the beach, Kayak Staten Island (http://www.kayakstatenisland.org/) offers free equipment and tips on kayaking to both children and adults. Also on the beach will be free fishing demonstrations.

Young naturalists (and their parents) will be interested in the horseshoe crab walking tours. Walk the Raritan Bay shoreline with Staten Island Museum naturalist Seth Wollney to learn about the life history, ecology, and anatomy of these pre-historic creatures and their contributions to human medicine. Learn about other species that depend on horseshoe crab eggs and how you can help monitor and survey our local populations. Walks start at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and will run about 45 minutes; there is some beach walking.

Exhibitors include local craftspeople, historic societies, and maritime organizations. Children will be able to enjoy water rides and a petting zoo. Chef Louis Marfoglia and his Community Resources team offer lunch and snack items.

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Location:Staten Island - New York - United States
Industry:Environment, Family, Music
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Last Updated:Jun 10, 2011
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