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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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China Now and Then at Nassau County Museum of Art

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 6, 2015

My friend Pat Dillon and I caught the China Now and Then exhibition at Nassau County Museum of Art a few days ago.

Roslyn, New York, USA. January 2, 2015. LINDA SCHWARTZ, a docent shares information about the artwork exhibits at the Nassau County Museum of Art China Now and Then Exhibit on Long Island. Artwork on wall by Chinese artist Lin Tianmiao is Digital Photograph on canvas with thread, with eyes nose and lips of face faintly visible. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, USA. January 2, 2015. Docent Linda Schwartz shares information about Nassau County Museum of Art’s China Now and Then Exhibit. Artwork: Chinese artist Lin Tianmiao Digital Photograph on canvas with thread; covered Chinese jar. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

A dramatic docent was already leading a tour group when we arrived, so we spent our time in the ground level galleries capturing photographs and learning about ancient Chinese blue and white porcelain and 21st Century Chinese ink-on-paper paintings. Then we climbed the spiral staircase to the upstairs galleries which mainly featured contemporary Chinese art.

Roslyn, New York, USA. January 2, 2015. Dinosaur (2006) in red polyresin, by Chinese artist Sui Jianguo (b. 1956) is displayed at the Nassau County Museum of Art China Now and Then Exhibit. "MADE IN CHINA" is written in big block letters down his chest. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, USA. January 2, 2015. Dinosaur (2006) in red polyresin, by Chinese artist Sui Jianguo, Nassau County Museum of Art China Now and Then Exhibit.  (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The China Now and Then exhibition’s synergistic blend of ancient and modern Chinese art was both inspiring and fun, and we ended our visit at the museum’s Gift Shop, where I bought colorful Swirl Sunglasses.

Photo Gallery: China Now and Then

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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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International Slow Art Day 2014

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
April 15, 2014

Saturday, a sunny warm spring day here on Long Island,  was International Slow Art Day, so I visited the Garden Party exhibit and the outdoor sculptures at the Nassau County Museum of Art.

Roslyn, New York, U.S. - April 12, 2014 - During International Slow Art Day, a visitor views artist Hunt Slonem's colorful sculptures of monkeys, wildlife and tropical plants, at the Garden Party exhibit at the Nassau County Museum of Art on Long Island. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, U.S. – April 12, 2014 – During International Slow Art Day, a visitor views artist Hunt Slonem’s colorful sculptures of monkeys at Nassau County Museum of Art.  (© Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

A few of the pieces I lingered at were the Tiffany Studios lamp Chanson de printemps after Bouguereau, the pink and green rhinestone tulip minaudière, and a bouquet of designer dresses with flower motifs.

And I lay down on the grass to enjoy the daffodils.

NCMA’s Garden Party exhibit, which runs through July 6, 2014, is delightful after our winter of snows.

Photo Gallery: International Slow Art Day

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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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Tackapausha Museum & Preserve, Science Exploration Moon Day

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 28, 2013

Science Exploration Moon Day – despite landing during a week-long heat wave – attracted many Long Islanders, especially families, to the Tackapausha Museum and Preserve in Seaford, New York, on July 20, 2013.

Seaford, New York, U.S. 20th July 2013. Science Exploration Moon Day, by Long Island Fringe Festival 5, has moon art, science activities, and animals from the Tackapuahsa Museum and Preserve, the host of this family event. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Seaford, NY, U.S. – 20th July 2013 – Science Exploration Moon Day at Tackapauhsa Museum and Preserve. (© 2013 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

Members of Friends of Tackapausha and seasonal and part-time employees and volunteers at Tackapausha walked around animal residents, such as Zouzi the corn snake and Maple the Rabbit.

And children and adults were actively engaged in the science projects, such as creating green slime in the museum, and shooting off water bottle rockets outdoors.

Commemorating the 44th Anniversary of the 1969 First Moon Landing, the successful event also featured moon art and performances by Long Island artists, presented by Long Island Fringe Festival 5.

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