West Side Community Garden’s Arts & Crafts Festival,  Sept. 13-14

West Side Community Garden’s Arts & Crafts Festival, Sept. 13-14

West Side Community Garden is hosting a weekend arts festival that includes
poetry readings, a performance by the New York String Orchestra, and artwork
and crafts for sale by local westside artists.

DATES:  September 13th and 14th . 
TIMES:  10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
LOCATION: West 89th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus
Paintings, photographs, jewelry,
ceramics, quilting and limited edition clothing and more will be sold by the
garden’s West 89th Street entrance (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues).
On Saturday, September 13th, you can enjoy a free crafts workshop for children (all materials provided) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, in a garden setting.. Entertainment starts at 1:00 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m.  when Iluminada & Guillermo will play Spanish guitar and lead a folk music singalong for children and adults (in English and Spanish).
On Sunday, September 14th, the New York String Orchestra, conducted
by Stephen Josephs, will present a concert on the garden green from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. local poets Howard Pflanzer and Rosalie
Calabrese will be featured in readings.  Students from NYU’s Creative
Writing programs will join them, with a book signing and reception to follow.

The WSCG Arts & Crafts festival is funded in
part by The Lily Auchencloss Foundation and is an annual event of the West SideCommunity Garden, open year-round from dawn to dusk.  

Make Music New York

Make Music New York is a live, free musical celebration across the city that takes place each year on June 21st, today, the longest day of the year. Today, hundreds of public spaces throughout the five boroughs become impromptu stages for over 1,000 free concerts. From 11am to 10pm, musicians of all ages, creeds and musical persuasions – from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz or punk rock – perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part, enjoyed by anyone who wants to attend.

The site’s handy schedule lets you plot in advance what you want see, by neighborhood, venue or genre. Mass Appeal encourages New Yorkers without a group, to grab their instrument and join in on the fun. And, for those without an instrument save their vocal cords, you are welcome to join in on Mass Appeal Mass rasing your voice with other New Yorkers in singing Mozart’s Coronation Mass and selections from Handel’s Messiah.

I’ll be plotting what to see on the Upper West Side today. Hope you can carve a few minutes out of your busy day to enjoy some nourishment for your soul.

Here is some footage of the bagpipers in Herald Square.