Harbor Day festival plans set
Dutch treats of many varieties — tulips, windmills and beer — will sweeten a late-summer Sunday at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.
Harbor Day, a citywide festival, blows into town Sept. 13.
The Staten Island family fare, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will find children crafting paper windmills, adults sampling Dutch beers in a biergarten, and everyone smelling the flowers in the Livingston cultural center’s gardens.
Children and adults can make Dutch-inspired art at Harbor Day, taking place Sept. 13 at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Livingston. The event is part of the citywide celebration commemorating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of New York Harbor.
Among the borough festival’s highlights are performances by the Dynamo Band of Cirkus in Beweging — 25 young percussionists and circus artists with tons of charisma, directly from Belgium (once part of the Netherlands).
Hosting Harbor Day made sense for Snug Harbor because of its waterfront location and history as a residence for retired sailors, said Larry Anderson, the organization’s director of performing arts.
“A lot of people think Snug Harbor is just this private park or it’s the board of Snug Harbor,” he said, “but we’re a New York City park.”
The event is part of NYC400, a yearlong, citywide celebration of 400 years of friendship between New York City and the Netherlands, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival in New York Harbor.
Harbor Day festivities span six major waterfront sites, among them Governor’s Island and Battery Park City.On Staten Island the schedule is as follows:
“Dutch Treats: Highlights from the George Way Collection” will be open throughout the day. The exhibit features 120 works of 17th-century art and furniture in the Main Hall, Building C.
At 11 a.m., a windmill workshop teaches children to design and create paper windmills. They’ll learn about alternate forms of energy in the Snug Harbor’s Main Hall.
A series of Dutch-themed movies will screen throughout the day in Veterans Memorial Hall. Episodes from the Dutch stop-animation TV show, “Miffy and Friends,” begins at 11 a.m.; a travel program about the Netherlands airs at 1 p.m. and the 2003 flick, “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” screens at 3 p.m.
The Dynamo Band makes some noise between noon and 2 p.m.
The biergarten, featuring Dutch beer and food supplied by Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn, opens for business noon to 4 p.m. in front of the Music Hall.
Tours of Snug Harbor’s gardens run 1 to 3 p.m., beginning on the half hour from the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden.
And at 2 p.m., the “FLART” workshop sets sail. That’s floating works of art. Children (and adults) can make Dutch-inspired art and send their work afloat on Snug’s duck pond. All materials provided in Main Hall.
Admission fees range from $2 to $6. There are no additional charges for the Dutch-themed films, band performance or workshops.