We are blown away by all the amazing things happening at Socrates Sculpture Park this Saturday, June 7. Here’s a roundup of the activities, which range from food to bikes, to art. (Of course!)
Return of the Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket
We are thrilled that the Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket is back this year! It will be open on Saturdays from June 7 to November 22 (right before Thanksgiving), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vegetables, fruit, eggs, bread, honey, and more will be available, and be on the lookout for cooking demonstrations throughout the season.
Here are the farmers that will be at the greenmarket:
- Artisan Oven Central Bakery Breads and baked goods from Bergen County, New Jersey
- Ballard’s Honey Honey from Delaware County, New York
- El Poblano Farm Vegetables and specialized Mexican herbs and vegetables from one of the last remaining farms in the city of New York, in Richmond County
- Goodale Farms Vegetables and dairy from Suffolk County, New York
- Red Jacket Orchard Orchard fruit and juice from Ontario County, New York
LIC Bike Parade and Related Activities
More than simply a parade, this is a great opportunity for children and families to learn about bike safety, get your bike repaired with Recycle-A-Bicycle, helmet fitted with Department of Transportation, decorate your bike at artist-led workshops, and get in on some giveaways. Here’s the order of the day, starting at 11 a.m.:
- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m: bike swap/bike repairs/helmet fitting & giveaway/workshops
- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m: 2nd Annual Northwest Queens Food Day (more on that below)
- 3 p.m: parade along Vernon Blvd (leaving from Broadway entrance gate of Socrates Sculpture Park)
- 3 p.m.-5 p.m: waterfront celebration at Queensbridge Park
The LIC Bike Parade this year will be led down Vernon Blvd by the LIC High School Marching Band! This should be a lot of fun. This is a free event
Second Annual Northwest Queens Food Day
As you can see above, the Second Annual Northwest Queens Food Day will take place at Socrates in conjunction with the LIC Bike Parade activities. Here are some of the things you can expect to experience at this event:
- City Harvest and Vesta Vino cooking demonstrations
- City Growers youth planting workshops and community food advocacy
- Composting by Build It Green
- Slow Food NYC honey tastings
- The first Greenmarket of the season (mentioned above)!
It will be great to see local organizations and businesses working together to build community access to fresh and affordable food. All activities are free and open to the public.
And… Current Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park
There are four exhibitions at Socrates right now:
- Scarecrow by Žilvinas Kempinas
- Queen Mother of Reality by Paweł Althamer
- Folly: SuralArk by Jason Timberlake Austin and Aleksandr Mergold
- Citoyen du Monde by by the Beninese artist Meschac Gaba (this is the park’s spring Broadway Billboard)
All exhibitions are up until August 3, 2014.
So come on down to Socrates Sculpture Park! We’ll be there—please say hi if you see any of us!