Governors Island Alliance is kicking off another exciting season on the Island with the 8th We kick off another full season with our 8th annual opening-day Family Festival on Saturday, May 26, from noon to 4 o’clock. Come to Nolan Park for music, theater, dance, arts and crafts, face painting, maritime activities and more. Performances will run throughout the afternoon featuring Astrograss, the Maybelles, Arm of the Sea Theater and the Quantico Marine Corps Band.
Representatives of the city Department of Transportation will also be on hand for free bike helmet fitting – and giving away helmets while supplies last and demonstrating their new bike share station.
Performances will run throughout the day featuring the following performances:
Astrograss: This high energy band gets kids and their parents dancing and singing together, with a unique blend of bluegrass, old time, and folk music. Astrograss concerts feature sing-a-longs, dance contests, and fiddle hoedowns. Their original songs cover topics like spelling, whether Pluto is a planet, bedtime, and the many neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
The Maybelles: This harmony driven Americana band led by Jan Bell, is accompanied by Rima Fand and Megan Palmer. With Celtic and Appalachian influences, the band has made the Top Ten Folk Albums (Village Voice), 4 Stars (Now Toronto), and People’s Choice Album of the year (Independent Music Awards).
Arm of the Sea Theater: For over twenty years, Arm of the Sea Theater has been developing a style of magical realism that marries the mythic and the everyday, humanity and the earth, visual arts and natural science, poetry and politics. Their large-scale productions incorporate ancient theatrical devices for shared enchantment and visual storytelling. With music, gesture and stunning visuals, they illuminate the links between human communities and the life-support processes of this living planet.
The event and the ferry to the island are FREE and no pre-registration is required! Bring a picnic lunch and come join us for a fun afternoon on the Island!
This event is made possible by the generous support of Council Woman Margaret Chin, the JM Kaplan Fund and REI Inc. The Governors Island Alliance volunteer program is sponsored by Deutsche Bank.
To get to Governors Island you can take the free ferry from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan starting at 10AM, starting at 11AM the ferry will run every half hour. You can also come via free ferry from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park starting at 11AM that will run continuously(roughly every 20 minutes). The last ferries leave Governors Island at 7PM.