Dragon Boat racing is a very old ritual that originated as part of the annual festival that celebrates the spirit of Chinese poet Qu Yuan who was exiled from his country and drowned himself in the Ohu River. His heroic spirit is celebrated every year with the races at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.
This year’s Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place on Saturday, August 7th from 9AM to 5PM, celebrates the year of the Rooster and the 5th moon of the Lunar Calendar. This annual sporting and multicultural event takes place in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens. 120 Dragon Boat teams from across North America will be competing for cash, trophies and prizes while spectators can enjoy traditional Chinese food and performances.
Admission is FREE and the event will go on come rain or shine.
No you’re not dreaming. This is actually happening. Rock icons from the 50s,60s,70s,80s,90s and today will be coming together under one roof at the first annual Rock Con, The National Rock & Roll Fan Fest. This weekend (June 30th- August 1st), Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center in East Rutherford, NJ. will be opening it’s doors to fans and “Hall-of-Famers” alike for 3 days and nights of live performances, meet & greets, panel discussions, film screenings, auctions, photo ops and much much more! Where else will you be able to get that coveted Paul McCartney (yes, he’ll be there) autograph that you’ve always dreamed of having, or watch one of your favorite rock legends on a Q & A panel that addresses your direct questions.
Some confirmed rock celebrities that will be attending include members of the Go Gos, Cars, Yardbirds, Hollies, Rascals and Danzig. More special artists and guests include Johnny Winter, Livingston Taylor, Tommy, James and Robert Gordon.
Tickets for the event are going for just $20 online and $30 at the door. More information is also available at the event’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Information on becoming an event sponsor is available here.
Directions to the venue can be found here.
Catch Don Draper and friends as they head back to the office and kick off the advertising season at the MADison Club Lounge this Sunday night, July 25th at 10pm.
The Roosevelt Hotel, featured in the first two season’s of the show as a favorite hangout of the Sterling Cooper men, will feature classic cocktails from the 1960’s throughout the season four premiere.
Dress to impress in your 1960’s best while catching all the action and enjoying the following $10 specialty cocktails throughout the show!
The Classic Martini
Pink Squirrel Martini
If you are interested in joining in on the contest and have not yet registered, you can register online or the morning of the event. Contest day registration and sculpting begins at 11AM and the judging starts at 3PM. Participants can register as “child” or “adult” and can compete as either an “individual” or a “group” (groups can be “mixed” with children and adults but you must register as a “mixed” group if you wish to do so). Winners will receive cash prizes!
Not interested in building a sand castle but still want to join in on the fun? All day long there will be live music, dancing, information & craft tables, face painting, international entertainment and even clowns. The festivities don’t end until 5PM that evening, so sand sculptors will also have an opportunity to enjoy the other events.
In 1974, New York City celebrated its first Harlem Day, which was a tribute the unique history and cultural contributions of this highly influential urban neighborhood that was the site of the famous Harlem Renaissance in the early 20th century. Since then, Harlem Day has turned into Harlem Week which has turned into a season-long celebration and, with just over two million participants, the largest cultural festival in the United States.
Although Harlem Week has over 155 events and extended events associated with it that last all summer long, the key events take place between July 21st and August 26th. Some key events include “A Great Day in Harlem” (July 25), which honors the legacies of Teddy Pendergrass Patti LaBelle & Gamble & Huff and includes a National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and the “National Historic Black College Fair”(August 14), which salutes the efforts of black colleges and universities on our nation’s health. Events are enjoyed by a wide range of audiences and many are free to the public.
The theme of this year’s Harlem Week celebration is ” The 2nd Harlem Renaissance” which is aimed at remembering the economic, artistic and political flourishing of urban America in the international mecca of Hispanic and African American culture. All events are sponsored by the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce.