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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fireworks at Orchard Beach (and other awesome weekend events)

 Fireworks light the sky at a Fourth-of-July show

The Bronx will start its holiday weekend early with a fireworks spectacular tomorrow evening. “New York Salutes a Boardwalk Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza” will hit Orchard Beach Thursday, July 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will include music, face painting, a magic show and balloon art in addition to the fireworks display. The fireworks launch at nine, but arrive early to get good seats! For more info, call 718.590.5623.

More Fun Stuff:
Barefoot Dancing: Israeli Dances will take place at Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park) Thursday, July 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come participate in learn-as-you-go traditional dances with live music and cool, clean grass for your toes! For more info, visit http://www.vancortlandt.org/events.html.

This Friday, July 2, First Friday! Bronx Beat at Bartow-Pell will feature traditional Irish Folk Music performed by Mary Courtney. Delight in the music of the Bronx’s many cultures, the magic of the mansion at night, and ride the free Bronx Seaside Trolley to City Island! The event will run from 5:30 to 10:30 at the Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road. $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors For more info, call (718) 885-1461 or visit http://bartowpellmansionmuseum.org/events/calendar.php

Percussionist Wilson “Chembo”Corniel and Grupo Chaworo jam in the Bronx Library Center this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The concert will spotlight Grupo Chaworo's many rich traditions (be-bop, swing,bomba, rumba, tango, danzon, and charanga) and hits from Chembo Corniel’s latest CD, Things I Wanted to Do (2009), which was Grammy-nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album. Visit www.nypl.org for
more details.

Those who don't feel like spending the afternoon indoors can attend a Basic Canoeing  lesson in Van Cortlandt Park. You'll learn the basics of canoeing so you can sign up for an advanced program later in the summer! The group will meet at the Van Cortlandt Golf House & Lower Putnam Trail (in Van Cortlandt Park). The last session begins at 1:15 p.m.  First-come, first-served, so arrive early with water, sun block and a snack! Ages 8+. For more info, visit http://www.nycgovparks.org/

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