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Eats, art and music: 7 super fun things to do this Saturday on Staten Island

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — This is one jam-packed weekend on Staten Island, as fall would have it. And before the weather turns snowy and frigid, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the season. Here are just a few on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Oktoberfest by the borough’s Rotary Clubs will benefit Veterans.(Staten Island Advance/Erik Bascome)


Bratwurst, burgers, lobster and rice balls with a little sausage and peppers in between — that’s how the borough’s five Rotaries and Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 will roll on the food for their fifth annual Oktoberfest. Food trucks and live music will be part of the draw to the clubs’ collaboration, a giant fundraiser for veteran care and services.

The one-day affair runs from noon to 7 p.m. at Pouch Camp on Saturday, Sept. 25. The entrance to the camporee field is located across from the Jewish Community Center on Manor Road.

Tickets are $10 at the door. If purchased online they are $8 through Wednesday, Sept. 22 — Those 12 and under are free, as well as veterans and their immediate families. Vendors are still welcome to register with a nominal fee to the North Shore Rotary Foundation. Contributions are tax-deductible. For more information, contact Christine DeHart at 718-273-1200.

For more information, check out the full story here.

Keeping our woods alive

Clay Pit Ponds Preserve trails are a borough treasure. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)


Feeling generally disenfranchised? Angry over COVID? Take out the frustrations of the world on spotted lanternflies at the first-ever “Squishathon” at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve in Charleston. All that’s needed is a pair of good shoes or a fly swatter.

Participants at the 11 a.m. event will lean about the invasive insects and what can be done to stop the spread. Then, they will hike out to the infestations in the woods to squish the spotted lanternflies. The person who squishes the most will win a special prize, organizers said.

For more details and everything you need to know about this invasive (but handsome) pest of nature — and what to do when you see them — go here.

Staten Island Advance/Bill Lyons

The Richmond County Orchestra plays under the direction of Alan Aurelia. (Staten Island Advance File Photo)


Later in the afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Conference House Park Conservancy, kick back to listen to the Richmond County Orchestra presentation of “Bach to the Beatles.” It’s a free a free concert in honor of the late Dr. Dorothy Matthews, a physician and long-standing board member. The two-hour event features a range of tunes under the direction of Staten Island’s own Maestro Alan Aurelia.

Donations are welcome. Blankets and lawn chairs are suggested. The address is 298 Satterlee Street, located at the very end of Hylan Boulevard. Parking is available in a lot on the Park’s property or on the street.

For more details on the concert, Dr. Matthews and the performers, read this story here.

10th annual Todt Hill Reunion

Members of the Todt Hill Reunion Committee, family members and friends, at their annual reunion at Nansen’s Lodge in Travis. (Courtesy of Mitch Gotesky) Staten Island Advance


Hello, neighbor! The 10th annual Todt Hill Reunion is set for Saturday, Sept. 25 at Nansen’s Lodge on Victory Boulevard in Travis from 5 to 9 p.m.

Organizers ask that former residents of the Todt Hill Houses gather to reminisce and celebrate an idyllic lifestyle that they explain will live forever in the hearts of its former tenants.

Sharing stories photos, renewing old friendships, and playing a round of golf will be just part of the festivities.

“Todt Hill projects, where diversity took seed and was nurtured into an indomitable spirit of economic and social awareness was unlike any other place on Staten Island,” said attorney Ronald A. Gregg. “Here in Todt Hill racial equality was not just a catch phrase, but as its resident can attest it was a true way of life.”

The cost is $60 per adult. For further information contact Ed Letendre at [email protected] For more on the Todt Hill Houses sweet annual reunion, check out this story here.

lfs fence show

Art hanging at a Snug fence show in 2019. (Staten Island Advance File Photo)Christine DeRosa


Paintings, ceramics, prints, jewelry and textiles and take something original home from this 71-year old festival. Limited free parking is available onsite, ample free street parking is also available.

For any questions about participating as an artist, please contact Donna Pagano.

Music by Maker Park Radio and food options include: Tex Dawson’s Chili Dogs, Pastry Lover’s Choice, Lebanese Eatery and Mi Armadillo Taqueria.

For the full lineup of artists, go to Snug’s webpage —

Mall festival

The Mall will be home to a rescheduled Beer, Wine and Spirits sampling event. (Courtesy of Evan Berman Productions)


The Staten Island Mall will play host to a new festival dubbed the 2021 Staten Island Summer Beer, Wine, & Spirits Festival. Yeah, it’s not summer anymore but remember this puppy was rescheduled twice due to inclement weather. Now, it’s party time!

The outdoor event is planned for Sept. 25 in two three-and-a half hour-sessions with live music as the backdrop.

The festival will take place at the Mall Courtyard next to Shake Shack — 2655 Richmond Ave., New Springville — on Saturday, Aug.21, 2021 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m. The venue can hold up to 500 guests per time slot.

Planners Rachael and Evan Berman of Long Island-based Evan Berman Productions expect over 100 styles of local and international beers, wines and spirits. Some of the attendees will include Vino Di Vino Winery of Staten Island and Kas Spirits of New York. From afar, there will be Babe Wines, The Long Drink, 902 Brewing, Codigo 1530, Root Out Whiskey, Swiss Mojito, Chinola Liqueur, Nest Vodka and more. The growing list of breweries, distillers, and wineries may be viewed at

Food will be available for purchase. Headlining chefs so far are Chavas Empanadas and Mozzarepas.

For more details, go to this story on


The St. George Greenmarket in fall. (Courtesy of Dan Torrison)


Good gourds! What’s for dinner this weekend? What the region has to offer. Check out local farmers and producers at two markets each Saturday.

Peeps at the St. George market can be found rain or shine at Hyatt Street and St. Mark’s Place behind the St. George Theatre form 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For South Shore folks, a series of tents that includes a compost station can be found at the Mall in the commuter parking lot near Ring Road. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Have a food event coming up? Email us at [email protected].

Pamela Silvestri is Advance Food Editor.

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