Friday, May 26, 2006

Astoria Weekend Edition 26.05.06

Another holiday weekend is upon us, and this time it comes with an extra day off work for some! Memorial Day (formerly known as Decoration Day), observed the last Monday in May, is an opportunity to commemorate US men and women who died in military service for their country. Memorial day also means getting together with friends and family for fun cookouts or parties. We're finally heading into some warmer weather, so the weekend should be quite summery and perfect for a gathering. Memorial Day parades are quite common around the country, and while there aren't any parades happening here in town, there are some going on around Queens. The Little Neck-Douglaston parade is apparently the largest one in the nation.

And speaking of summery, the Water Taxi Beach in LIC is re-opening this weekend! On Friday they'll be open at 4pm, and this holiday weekend they'll be open at noon all three days. Come by for drink, some food, and awesome views of Manhattan...from the beach!

Socrates Sculpture Park has much to offer this weekend. On Saturday morning, come join the Kripalu yoga class from 11-12. Then feed your creative self that same day at a sculpture workshop. From 12-3 Mitch Miller will help you create custom-made tinker toys using recycled materials. On Sunday morning, join instructor Aaron Kirtz from 11-12 for Tai Chi class. All events are free! These classes and events will happen each week, same day/time, throughout the summer. Very exciting!

Saturday night at 9pm head over to Waltz for their monthly wine tasting event. $20 gets you a selection of wines, tasty snacks, and a culinary education. And at the Beer Garden this weekend (Saturday and Sunday), come for the 24nd Annual Czech & Slovak Festival! The garden will be open 12noon-12midnight, and for $10 you can come and enjoy its fabulousness complete with music (including the Pilsner Brass Band), dancing (Limbora Slovak Folk Dancers) food (BBQ open from 3pm on), and even a raffle and door prizes.

More fun, here (and congratulations to John Roleke on the recent birth of his daughter Bea!).

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