Thursday, June 9, 2011

Some Non-Political Events

Joan O'Dwyer Funeral---Mermaid Parade---Swedish Mid-summer Fest
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Joan O'Dwyer Obituary

Joan O'Dwyer, mother of N.Y.C. Civil Court Judge Kelly O'Neill Levy, died Monday, 6th June, 2011. The funeral will be this coming Friday, the tenth inst., at 10 A.M. at the Holy Trinity R.C. Church, 213 West 82nd Str., Manhattan. Notes of condolence may be sent to Judge O'Neill Levy at 322 Central Park West, N.Y.C. 10025.

Judge O'Dwyer began her long judicial career on the N.Y.C. Municipal Court in 1959, appointed by Mayor Wagner, and retired as a State Court of Claims judge. Subsequently, she continued her service to the public as a J.H.O.

O'DWYER--Joan Hon. on June 6, 2011. Gave New York 50 years of Judicial service. Loving wife of the late Hon. Anthony P. Savarese. Devoted mother of Shane O'Neil, his wife Karen Frieman, Liam O'Neil, his wife June Ma, Kelly O'Neil Levy and her husband Harlan Levy. Cherished grandmother of Jamie, Max, Gavin, Caitlin and Emily. Family will receive friends on Wednesday and Thursday from 3-8pm at Frank E. Campbell, 1076 Madison Ave at 81st St. Mass of Christian burial, Friday 10am at Holy Trinity R.C. Church, 213 West 82nd Street.
Published in The New York Times on June 8, 2011
Coney Island's Decadent Mermaid Parade

It's almost time for this year's Mermaid Parade, the annual elebration of sea lore, kitsch, and well-positioned pasties. This year's King Neptune and Queen Mermaid have already been crowned, and they're a far cry from last year's Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson.

Taking up the trident will be Brooklyn-born Man v. Food host Adam Richman, a man described by Alton Brown as "disgusting" and "an embarrassment." Joining him on the thoroughfare will be NBC New York's "Talk Stoop" host Cat Greenleaf. Hooray?

Hopefully the floats, antique cars, marching bands, bikinis, lack of bikinis, hotdogs, glitter, facepaint, tridents, ice cream cones, tropical birds, wigs, feathers, seashells, contraband booze, beads and boobs will provide enough other entertainment to keep the hordes satisfied. This year's parade is Saturday, June 18, starting at 2 p.m at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue, Coney Island.

June 6, 2011 / Brooklyn News
This year, King Neptune needs a diet!
By Alex Rush, The Brooklyn Paper
Photo by Paul Martinka
Here's a typical Mermaid Parade scene.

At this Coney Island parade, it’s merman versus food.

The king of the 29th annual Mermaid Parade, a nautical-themed costume party along Surf Avenue, is none other than the Brooklyn-born star of “Man v. Food,” Adam Richman.

Richman and his Queen Mermaid, NBC New York personality Cat Greenleaf, will lead the People’s Playground procession that celebrates the beginning of summer.

“I’m thrilled that two television personalities are leading the parade this year,” said parade founder Dick Zigun, whose jaunty jaunt has previously made King Neptunes out of actor Harvey Keitel, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, musician Moby, gravel-voiced and -personalitied singer Lou Reed, and late local legend Rabbi Abraham Abraham.

But the Mermaid Parade is more than just a celebrity showcase. It’s an afternoon-long festival featuring marching bands, antique cars and near-naked sea nymphs covered by only body paint and maybe clam shell bikinis for the more conservative participants. The most eye-popping costumes receive awards like “Best Mermaid.”
And when we say “Best” costume, we really mean “least costume.”

“It’s our Mardi Gras,” Zigun said.

But this New York holiday often has a political twist. For instance, last year some marchers tried to spread awareness about the environmental crisis in the Gulf of Mexico with signs like “F—k You BP, Save the Mermaids.” And in 2009 some protested Mayor Bloomberg’s Coney rezoning plan to turn the neighborhood into a year-round tourist destination with amusement parks, shopping and hotels.

“You never know what’s going to happen, but I think this year there will be a patriotic spirit because of the death of Osama bin Laden,” said Sideshow performer Stephanie “Serpentina” Torres, who says this year she’ll dress as a “military superhero with a nautical twist.”

After the parade, performers and spectators can congregate at the after-party at the Aquarium’s 1,000-seat amphitheater. The extravaganza will feature a sea lion show, synchronized swimmers and performances by both burlesque and kitschy carnie acts.

Mermaid Parade [starts at W. 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island, (718) 372-5101], June 18 at 2 pm. For info, visit; Mermaid Parade Ball at the New York Aquarium [602 Surf Ave. near W. Eighth Street in Coney Island, (718) 264-3474], June 18 at 7 pm. Tickets $25. For info, visit

©2011 Community Newspaper Group
Midsummer Festival
Midsummr. Photo: © Jörgen Bennicke/LINKImage
On Friday, June 24, the annual Swedish Midsummer Festival will take place in Battery Park City on the southern tip of Manhattan. At this unique celebration, adults and children come together to picnic in the grass, decorate the midsummer pole, make flower wreaths, play traditional games and dance to authentic fiddle music.

Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Barnklubben Elsa Rix, and the Swedish Folkdancers of New York will provide traditional music and folk dancing. Gunnar and Lena Iggendal, leaders of the Stockholm’s Spelmanslag, will also join the musicians this year. Master of ceremonies and dance caller is Ross Sutter, professional folk musician and Swedish heritage historian.

Food stands will offer delicacies from some of New York's finest Swedish restaurants, including White Slab Palace, AQ Café and Smörgås Chef. Another confirmed restaurant is Gigino’s in Wagner Park.

The Swedish Midsummer Festival is presented by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy and co-hosted by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York. Sponsors include Ambassador and Mrs. Lyndon L. Olson Jr., Handelsbanken, The Heimbold Foundation, Investor AB, POLARN O. PYRET, SAS, SEB, Skanska, Swedish Match and Volvo Group North America.

Midsummer Celebration
Friday, June 24, 5-8 pm
Robert F. Wagner Park
Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan -- Rain or shine

Now is the winter of our fiscal discontent
made glorious summer by this sun of Mario.
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