#PickoftheWeek | Water Is Focus of Flushing Bay Event on Saturday
BY QEDC It's In Queens
Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine, according to a Slovakian proverb.
Join Guardians of Flushing Bay for Saturday at the Bay, a fun-filled afternoon of water sports and water-related land events, on Sept. 24, starting at noon.
With a focal point at the public launch at One Marina Rd. on the northern edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, this free, four-hour fest includes dragon boating with the Wall Street Dragons and Beast Dragon groups and kayaking with HarborLAB, a nonprofit whose mission is summed up by the words “Learning Adventure Boating.”
NYC Sanitation Department Artist-in-Residence sTO Len will facilitate public arts programs. He’s an environment-focused printmaker and installation, performance, and sound artist who likes to recycle waste into art materials, host ritual performances at superfund sites, and transform public spaces into art studios.
Attendees will be able to take walking tours with Cody Ann Herrmann, a Flushing-based community organizer with an interest in land use, participatory design methods, public space, and local sustainable development; Jack Eichenbaum, who is the official Queens historian as per Borough President Donovan Richards Jr.’s designation; and Jamie Ong, a wetlands manager for the NYC Parks Department.
And as a special treat, Ridgewood-based Vietnamese cafe and music venue Nhà Mình will supply tasty treats.
Saturday at the Bay is free and open to the public, but organizers request a donation.
Guardians of Flushing Bay is a nonprofit that advocates for Flushing waterways to be clean and accessible to the public, including non-human life. Volunteers organize clean-ups and other stewardship efforts as well as waterfront programs and advocacy.
Images: Daniel Paschall/Guardians of Flushing Bay