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Garden City, NY, U.S. July 20, 2019. TOM RUHLE wears NASA space suit at the Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island

Moon Fest at Cradle of Aviation: The Eagle has landed

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 30, 2019

During the July 20th Moon Fest Countdown at Cradle of Aviation Museum, visitors filled all three levels of the vast atrium to watch the re-enactment of the Eagle – the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar module – land on the Moon at 4:17 p.m EDT.

Before the Countdown there was a wide variety of activities. My two young grandchildren, who went with their mom, enjoyed building bottle rockets, riding “Moon buggies” outside, and more.

The NY Avengers

Garden City, NY, U.S. July 20, 2019. At right is SAMANTHA CATALANO as Captain Marvel, at left wearing red jacket is DOM CHARLAND as Peter Quill or Star-Lord, and upper right with red hair and green face is EYLIZA MORCIGLIO as Gamora - three Marvel super heroes in The NY Avengers non profit cosplay group, during Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island at time Apollo 11 Lunar Module landed on Moon 50 years ago. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. July 20, 2019. At right is SAMANTHA CATALANO as Captain Marvel, at left wearing red jacket is DOM CHARLAND as Peter Quill or Star-Lord, and upper right with red hair and green face is EYLIZA MORCIGLIO as Gamora – three Marvel super heroes in The NY Avengers non profit cosplay group, during Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

When the NY Avengers, a non profit group of cosplayers, were announced, a large group of visitors gathered at the stage.

There were loud cheers as Peter Quill, or Star Lord, portrayed by DOM CHARLAND, announced the super heroes, including Captain Marvel, portrayed by SAMANTHA CATALANO, who founded the group

Garden City, New York, U.S. July 20, 2019. The NY Avengers non profit cosplay Group, and visitors are on stage during  Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration happening at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island at  time Apollo 11 Lunar Module  landed on the Moon 50 years ago. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. July 20, 2019. The NY Avengers non profit cosplay Group, and visitors are on stage during  Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration happening at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Celebrating Role of Long Islanders in Apollo 11

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Garden City, New York, U.S. July 20, 2019. L-R, ALAN CONTESSA, Nassau County Executive LAURA CURRAN, ERNEST FINAMORE, TOM RUHLE (wearing space suit), and visitor SUE MOLLER holding child looking up at astronaut helmet, are at Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island. Contessa and Finamore worked for Grumman on Apollo 11 mission. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. July 20, 2019. L-R, ALAN CONTESSA, Nassau County Executive LAURA CURRAN, ERNEST FINAMORE, TOM RUHLE (wearing space suit), and visitor SUE MOLLER holding child looking up at astronaut helmet, are at Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island. Contessa and Finamore worked for Grumman on Apollo 11 mission. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

NASA Space Shuttle Astronauts

Three NASA Space Shuttle Astronauts helped make Moon Fest special:  CHARLIE CAMARKA, BOB CENKER, and BILL SHEPHERD.

After BILL SHEPHERD presented a lecture in the Red Planet Cafe, he autographed JOEY CASABIANCA‘s cast that Joey’s mom decorated with an Apollo 50 design.

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Garden City, NY, U.S. July 20, 2019. JOSEPH (JOEY) CASABIANCA, 13, of Wantagh, shows his foot cast signed by Space Shuttle astronaut Bill Shepherd and decorated by Joey's mom with Apollo 50 design, at the Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. July 20, 2019. JOSEPH (JOEY) CASABIANCA, 13, of Wantagh, shows his foot cast signed by Space Shuttle astronaut Bill Shepherd and decorated by Joey’s mom with Apollo 50 design, at Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Garden City, New York, U.S. July 20, 2019. At center, NASA Space Shuttle astronaut BOB CENKER poses with, at left, LUCY DEEGAN, 8, and MEREDITH DEEGAN, both of Swords, a town near Dublin, Ireland, at the Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. July 20, 2019. At center, NASA Space Shuttle astronaut BOB CENKER poses with, at left, LUCY DEEGAN, 8, and MEREDITH DEEGAN, both of Swords, a town near Dublin, Ireland, at the Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Garden City, NY, U.S. July 20, 2019. L-R, NASA Space Shuttle astronaut CHARLIE CAMARDA poses with DASHIELL CHEN, 13, at the Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island. Camarda was in a summer program, for middle school STEM students, at Mount San Antonio Community College in California. © 2019 (Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. July 20, 2019. L-R, NASA Space Shuttle astronaut CHARLIE CAMARDA poses with DASHIELL CHEN, 13, at Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown at Cradle of Aviation Museum. Camarda was in a summer program for middle school STEM students, at Mount San Antonio Community College, California. © 2019 (Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Garden City, NY, U.S. July 20, 2019. L-R, NASA Space Shuttle astronaut BILL SHEPHERD, ADRIANA IACONO, 6, of Franklin Square, and Space Shuttle astronaut CHARLIE CAMARDA, are at the astronaut autographing table, at the Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. July 20, 2019. L-R, NASA Space Shuttle astronaut BILL SHEPHERD, ADRIANA IACONO, 6, of Franklin Square, and Space Shuttle astronaut CHARLIE CAMARDA, are at the astronaut autographing table, at Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The (1/3 Scale) Eagle Has Landed

Countdown began at 4:00, and 17 minutes later a 1/3-scale replica of the LEM descended from the ceiling and touched down on the ground floor at the same time the Eagle landed on the Moon 50 years earlier. 

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Garden City, NY, U.S. July 20, 2019. Visitors look down from high landing on the 3rd floor staircase near the 1/3 scale model of Apollo 11 Lunar Module The Eagle suspended from ceiling and ready to descend at exact time Apollo 11 Lunar Module  landed on the Moon 50 years ago, at Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. July 20, 2019. Visitors look down from landing on 3rd floor staircase near 1/3 scale model of Apollo 11 Lunar Module The Eagle suspended from ceiling and ready to descend at exact time Apollo 11 Lunar Module  landed on Moon 50 years ago, at Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Garden City, New York, U.S. July 20, 2019. At top, New York State Senator KEVIN THOMAS poses with children from Westbury who attended Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island, held during  same time Apollo 11 Lunar Module landed on the Moon 50 years ago. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. July 20, 2019. At top, New York State Senator KEVIN THOMAS poses with children from Westbury who attended Moon Fest Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island, held during  same time Apollo 11 Lunar Module landed on the Moon 50 years ago. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

1960s Room: CBS News Coverage of Moon Landing

A few days later I returned to visit the 1960s style living room with CBS news coverage of the Apollo 11 Moon landing playing on the tube TV with rabbit ear antenna, a neon orange couch and neon green chairs, a Woodstock poster, and Pink Floyd poster with psychedelic art. The dog sleeping in the pet bed was a nice live-in touch. 

Garden City, New York, U.S. July 25, 2019. L-R, father BILL WALSH and mother KATE WALSH of Port Jefferson, and son KEVIN WALSH of Miller Place, sit on sofa in American 60s style living room, while watching CBS Apollo 11 news coverage on a tube TV set, with simulation of July 20, 1969, lunar module Moon Landing. The Cradle of Aviation Museum set was for its recent Apollo 11 Countdown on the 50th Anniversary of man first walking on the moon. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. July 25, 2019. L-R, father BILL WALSH and mother KATE WALSH of Port Jefferson, and son KEVIN WALSH of Miller Place, sit on sofa in American 60s style living room, while watching CBS Apollo 11 news coverage on tube TV set, with simulation of July 20, 1969, lunar module Moon Landing. Cradle of Aviation Museum set was for its Apollo 11 Countdown on 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)


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Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. “Would That I Wish For (Tall Totem)” 26-foot-tall sculpture was created, and installed in front of the Arnold and Joan Saltzman Fine Art Building, by artist Marko Remec, at the Nassau County Museum of Art, which commissioned the work. 

Nassau County Museum of Art: Reflections on Times & Space

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 16, 2019

Deciding to take advantage of the nice-in-the-shade weather the first weekend in July, my friend Bob and I went to the Nassau County Museum of Art on Sunday, the last day of its “That 80s Show” exhibit. I also looked forward to seeing Animodules at the Manes Center, and new outdoor sculptures by conceptual artist Marko Remec

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. [NOTE: YELLOW filter added to image]  “Vertebrate Progression (Field Totem)” outdoor sculpture of domed mirrors was created and installed by artist Marko Remec near the Manes Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art, which commissioned the work. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. [yellow filter added to image]  “Vertebrate Progression (Field Totem)” outdoor sculpture of domed mirrors was created and installed by artist Marko Remec near the Manes Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art, which commissioned the work. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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After parking, we walked up the path leading to the Saltzman Fine Art Building, when I saw Pamela, a friend and fellow photographer, a few yards away from us, chatting with someone as they headed toward the parking lot. 

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. PAMELA WALDROUP poses next to bronze sculpture

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. PAMELA WALDROUP poses next to bronze sculpture “Girl on a Bicycle “(1964) by Bruno Lucchesi, on the grounds of the Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

After getting Pamela’s attention, we laughed… for ever since the exhibit opened, we’d planned to see it, but weather and scheduling conflicts got in our way. Now, serendipity had landed us at the same space at the same time, so we could at least capture a few photos by the “Girl on a Bicycle” (1964) sculpture by Bruno Lucchesi.

That 80s Show

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7 2019. During last day of

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7 2019. During last day of “That 80s Show” exhibit at Nassau County Museum of Art, visitors are in gallery, with paintings from left to right: “Toward the Brightest Light,” 1986, by Julian Schnabel (b. 1951); (at center) “Southern Comfort, “1984, by Sandro Chia (b. 1946); “The Human Comedy, 1987, by Annette Lemieux (b. 1957); (above mantel) “Easter Painting,” 1982, by Gregory Amenoff (b. 1948). (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

After renewing my membership, I entered a spacious gallery hung with five huge paintings and a few smaller, though not small, ones.  [See above photo]

Since the gallery was part of the “That 80s Show” exhibit, it wasn’t chance the artists and I shared birthdays within about ten years of each other.

Two of the artists died at tragically young ages, and, as I feared, it was of tragically times-related causes. Jean-Michel Basquiat was only 27 when he died in 1984 of a heroin overdose. Tseng Kwong Chil was only 40 when he died in 1990 of an AIDS-related illness – which, near the same time, stole my much missed, musically gifted brother in his thirties. 

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. Visitor looks at artwork from Men in the Cities series by Robert Longo (b. 1953). From L-R, the first 3 are Untitled, analog silver gelatin prints, 20 x 16 inches; at extreme right is “Men in the Cities: Eric,” (1983), lithograph on rag paper, 71 1/2 x 35 7/8 inches. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. Visitor looks at artwork from Men in the Cities series by Robert Longo (b. 1953). From L-R, the first 3 are Untitled, analog silver gelatin prints, 20 x 16 inches; at extreme right is “Men in the Cities: Eric,” (1983), lithograph on rag paper, 71 1/2 x 35 7/8 inches. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

More than once, I was struck how visitors looking at artwork impacted, even transformed, the experience. The above photo of a man looking at works from the “Men in the Cities” series by Robert Longo is one example, and a different man near a different lithograph by Robert Longo is another.

Animodules

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. The Wolf Animodule is on display at the exhibition of Animodules, an urban artform of nonviolent superheroes, at the Manes Center at Nassau County Museum of Art, on Gold Coast of Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. The Wolf Animodule is on display at the exhibition of Animodules, an urban art form of nonviolent superheroes, at the Manes Center at Nassau County Museum of Art on Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Animodules – an original urban art form of nonviolent super heroes – were on display both inside and outside the Manes Center. They filled the large room with a positive, vibrant energy.

These Agents of Peace were first created at the Barat Foundation, a non profit in Newark, New Jersey.

Animodules Mission: “Transforming lives and communities through collaborative public art to promote peace, social justice, diversity, and beautification of public space.” 

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. Commissioned Artist Animodules - 13 inches, handp-painted on aluminum by artists of the Bridge Art Gallery - are inside display case at the exhibition of Animodules, an urban artform, at the Manes Center at Nassau County Museum of Art, on Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. Commissioned Artist Animodules – 13 inches, hand-painted on aluminum by artists of the Bridge Art Gallery – are inside display case at the exhibition of Animodules, an urban art form, at the Manes Center at Nassau County Museum of Art, on Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

This is the first museum exhibition for Animodules, and it runs through to September 15, 2019. 

Final Reflections

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. “Vertebrate Progression (Field Totem)” outdoor sculpture of domed mirrors was created and installed by artist Marko Remec near the Manes Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art, which commissioned the work. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. “Vertebrate Progression (Field Totem)” outdoor sculpture of domed mirrors was created and installed by artist Marko Remec near the Manes Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art, which commissioned the work. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Perhaps in part because I’m fond of (literally) shiny things, I’m a fan of Marko Remec’s three outdoor sculptures commissioned by the Nassau County Museum of Art.

Remec’s “The Vertebrate Progression (Field Totem)” was a short make-your-own-path walk from the Manes Center, and typically would be viewed from the road, where one wouldn’t notice a couple of dome mirrors were damaged and some were removed from the end.

The convex dome mirrors of the other two sculptures – the 26-foot-tall “Would That I Wish For (Tall Totem)” [see feature photo at top of this post] and the horizontal “NYET” – were fine off the ground on well-beaten paths.

Even if the sweaty-in-the-open-field weather didn’t stop me from spending quite as much time as I’d like to capture far and close up views of the Field Totem, I’d want to return with my Nikon during each of the seasons.

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. Close up of part of “Vertebrate Progression (Field Totem)” outdoor sculpture of dome mirrors, which was created and installed by artist Marko Remec near the Manes Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. Close up of part of “Vertebrate Progression (Field Totem)” outdoor sculpture of dome mirrors, created and installed by artist Marko Remec near the Manes Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)


Feature Photo at top of post Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. “Would That I Wish For (Tall Totem)” 26-foot-tall sculpture was created, and installed in front of the Arnold and Joan Saltzman Fine Art Building, by artist Marko Remec, at the Nassau County Museum of Art, which commissioned the work.


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