Despite the summery weather, with temperatures in the 80’s, the Island celebrated its Fall for the Arts festival last weekend. The festivities included the unveiling of the Island’s first Book Birdhouse, live music, art, activities for children, and at the end, the annual Kite Flight for Peace at Four Freedoms Park.
The Book Birdhouse
A jazz concert in the RIVIVA gallery on Friday evening kicked off the weekend. On early Saturday, the Book Bird House, located underneath the shade of a Golden Rain Tree was unveiled at 9:00am.
iDig2Learn's, Christina Delfico officially unveils the Book Birdhouse, alongside RIOC's Susan Rosenthal, members of the local NYPL staff and the birdhouse designer
Supported by a 2019 grant from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), the intent for the Book Birdhouse is to provide a resource to encourage residents to explore nature by reading outdoors. “This Book Birdhouse is a perfect example of how community groups can partner together and combine their talents to encourage public enjoyment,” said RIOC President Susan Rosenthal. “We are committed to providing services that continue to improve the quality of life on Roosevelt Island.”
Families and kids enjoyed the reading time and the start of a fun Saturday full of activities.
Fall for the Arts
The different artists that the Island is lucky to have in situ, started working on their large murals located in different places across Island that morning, all interpretations of the theme #EarthLove, while spectators had the rare privilege of witnessing art in the making.
RIVAA member, Laura Hussey, works on her mural
There were free activities, such as face painting, henna tattoos, and music. The Island Girls scout played a role, and of course there were bouncy houses with balloons. In the good tradition of a family and artistic Island the little ones could enjoy a perfect Saturday.
To commemorate the beautiful day as neighbors, Four Freedom Park hosted their annual human rights initiative, the kite flight for peace.
This year the kites were green and made of recyclable paper. With a nice breeze you could see your kite flight among several others.