Category Archives: Garden City

Buzz Aldrin, Welcome to Mars

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
October 26, 2015

Aiming for up front seating at the Buzz Aldrin event at Cradle of Aviation Museum this past Saturday, Bob and I arrived at CAM well over an hour early. Waiting on line wasn’t bad, though, since I got to chat with a really nice family whose son wore an astronaut suit to see his hero in person.

Garden City, New York, USA. October 23, 2015. Former NASA astronaut Edwin BUZZ ALDRIN is in conversation about his experiences in space and his new Children's Middle Grade book Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet. After the talk at the jetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium at Long Island's Cradle of Aviation Museum, Aldrin signed copies of his new book. On the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin was the second person to walk on the Moon, and his first trip to space was the 1966 Gemini 12. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, NY, USA. Oct. 23, 2015. Astronaut Edwin BUZZ ALDRIN speaks at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

In the jetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium, ‘The Real Buzz’ had a conversation with his Mission Director, Christina Korp, and had time to answer several questions from children in the audience.

Then, Aldrin left the theater to sign copies of his new book Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet, a National Geographic Kids book geared for Middle Grade children. And where was the book signing?  CAM’s Red Planet Cafe!

Buzz Aldrin photo galleries, Ann-Parry.com:  Buzz Aldrin 2015  |  Buzz Aldrin 2013

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United Ink Flight 914 Tattoo and Body Arts Show

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
October 16, 2014

For those who appreciate tattoos and other body arts, United Ink Flight 914 was the Long Island show to catch at the Cradle of Aviation mid-September. Tattoo artists and aficionados from the USA and abroad were at booths and events throughout the museum’s three floors.

Garden City, New York, USA. September 14, 2014. SEAN GRIFFEN, aka NME, of Freeport, is a graffiti artist creating an outdoor mural of a girl, at the United Ink Flight 914 tattoo convention at the Cradle of Aviation museum of Long Island. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. Sept. 14, 2014. Graffiti artist SEAN GRIFFEN (aka NME) creates outdoor mural at United Ink Flight 914, Cradle of Aviation museum, Long Island. (© 2014 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

Outdoors, visitors could watch artists create murals. And United Ink’s body suspension show later that evening was piercingly memorable.

Photo Gallery: United Ink Flight 914 Tattoo and Body Arts Show

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Eternal Con 2014 Long Island

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 16, 2011

Last weekend’s Eternal Con 2014 was even more colorful and lively than I expected – with sci-fi, horror, comics artists, comic books & other collectibles, gaming, celebrities, and costumes – outside and inside the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Garden City, New York, U.S. - June 14, 2014 - L-R, DIMITRIOS HARITOS, CHRIS HARITOS, and STEVE CARABELLO, all of the Selden Centereach area, from the Long Island Ghostbusters, a charitable volunteer group, are at Eternal Con, the annual Pop Culture Expo, with costumes, Comic Books, Collectibles, Gaming, Sci-Fi, Cosplay, Horror, and held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. – June 14, 2014 – Long Island Ghostbusters – DIMITRIOS HARITOS, CHRIS HARITOS, & STEVE CARABELLO – at Eternal Con, at Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island. (© Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

A few of the many people I got a chance to see were Armored Combat League members USA Knights, Amtgard & Dagorhir, the charitable volunteer group Long Island Ghostbusters, Zippy Dee The Wonder Dummy, Lindsay Lowe comics fashionista, members of NYC Harry Potter meetup group “The Group That Shall Not Be Named,” and actress Catherine Mary Stewart.

And it certainly was family fun, for Saturday morning, hours before I visited, my older daughter’s family enjoyed watching the Cosplay Parade, visiting booths selling rare Transformers, and more.

Photo Gallery: Eternal Con 2014

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Martin Luther King Jr Day at Long Island Children’s Museum

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 21, 2014

At yesterday’s program “Dreaming with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,’ the Long Island Children’s Museum had a room full of families with young children eager to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Garden City, New York, U.S. January 20, 2014. JAEL CHARLTON, 6, of Freeport, reads King's 1963 "I Have a Dream Speech" at the program Dreaming with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. where children explored Dr. King's life and then created an artwork of peace, at the Long Island Children's Museum, to celebrate the American official federal holiday Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. January 20, 2014. Jael Charlton reads King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream Speech” at the program ‘Dreaming with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘ at Long Island Children’s Museum. (© 2013 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

Stacey Lee, LICM’s Outreach Director, presented information about Dr. King’s life, and the children read his famous 1963 speech “I Have a Dream.”

Garden City, New York, U.S. January 20, 2014. STACEY LEE, Outreach Director of Long Island Children's Museum, presents the program 'Dreaming with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.', where children explore Dr. King's life and then create collages of peace, for the American official federal holiday Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. January 20, 2014. STACEY LEE, Outreach Director of Long Island Children’s Museum, presents program ‘Dreaming with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’  (© 2014 Ann Parry/Ann-aPrry.com)

Then, with directions from Lee and some help from the moms and dads, each child created a unique, colorful collage of peace.

Photo gallery – Martin Luther King Jr Day 2014

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A Night in Bethlehem

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 10, 2013

Friday night, I went back in time to A Night in Bethlehem, where visitors enjoyed grinding olivesmaking beeswax candles and other activities at re-creations of shops from two thousand years ago, and experienced a Living Nativity manger scene with Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus, complete with animal stable.

Garden City, New York, USA. December 6, 2013. Visitors experience the nativity scene at the manger, with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, the Holy Family, at A Night in Bethlehem, an annual Advent at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, on Long Island, on December 6, 7, and 8. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, NY, USA. Dec. 6, 2013. Living Nativity at A Night in Bethlehem,  Resurrection Lutheran Church (© 2013 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

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The Advent event ‘A Night in Bethlehem’ is free and open to the public, at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Garden City, Long Island. It’s a special Christmas treat for the whole family.

Photo gallery – A Night in Bethlehem

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Buzz Aldrin Lecture and Book Signing, Long Island 2013

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
May 14, 2013

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin lectured, with focus on Mars exploration, and then signed books at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY, this Saturday, May 11, 2013.

May 11, 2013 - Garden City, New York U.S. - Astronaut BUZZ ALDRIN signs "Mission to Mars" for KEATON COOKE, 6, of North Merrick at book signing at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. The NASA astronaut engineer of Apollo 11 in 1969, was the second person to walk on the Moon. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

May 11, 2013 – Garden City, NY, U.S. – Astronaut BUZZ ALDRIN signs ‘Mission to Mars’ for KEATON COOKE, 6, of N. Merrick, who then gave Aldrin a handmade model of space shuttle. (© 2013 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

After a conversation with Dick Dunne at the Sold Out lecture in the JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium, Aldrin – whose twitter handle is TheRealBuzz – autographed copies of his new book Mission to Mars and his history of space illustrated by Wendell Minor, Look to the Stars, in CAM’s LEM room.

May 11, 2013 - Garden City, New York U.S. - Astronaut BUZZ ALDRIN, the second person to walk on the moon, signs books for two young boys at the book signing for Aldrin's new books "Mission to Mars" and the illustrated history of space exploration "Look to the Stars." After Aldrin, the NASA astronaut engineer of Apollo 11 in 1969, gave a Sold Out lecture, people who bought his books at the Cradle of Aviation Museum book store could attend the book signing in front of LEM 13, the Grumman Lunar Module scheduled for Apollo 19, which was canceled. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

May 11, 2013 – Garden City, NY, U.S. – Astronaut BUZZ ALDRIN at book signing for ‘Mission to Mars’ and illustrated ‘Look to the Stars.’ at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2013 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

Long Island’s Grumman Aerospace Corporation built and tested both the LM-13 Aldrin signed books in front of, and the Eagle LM-5 used during NASA’s Apollo 11 mission in 1969, when Aldrin was the second person to walk on the moon.

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Garden City Vintage Car Parade and Show

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)   
April 3, 2013

Last Sunday, Garden City Chamber of Commerce’s 58th Annual Easter Vintage Car Parade and Show featured hundreds of antique, classic and special interest motorcars. Though a gray, cold, windy day, happily the rain held off till that night.

This Pierce-Arrow luxury convertible, with two Easter Rabbits in back seat, is the lead car in the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade and Show sponsored by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce. Hundreds of authentic old motorcars, 1898-1988, including antiques, classic, and special interest participated in the parade. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. March 31, 2013. Pierce-Arrow convertible leads 8th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade and Show sponsored by Garden City Chamber of Commerce. (© 2013 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Seeing skillfully, lovingly restored and maintained cars meant even more when owners shared the restoration process, brought to life through photos and paperwork that document the process.

Some parade participants and spectators wore Easter Bonnets, Rabbit Ears, or outfits appropriate for specific vehicles. A volunteer firefighter with the 1932 Ford Fire Engine of the Garden City Volunteer Exempt Firemans Association wore, you guessed it, a fireman’s coat.

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