A JAMAICA POSITIVE: FREE TRADITIONAL FESTIVAL AT RUFUS KING MANOR IN NEWLY RENOVATED RUFUS KING PARK JUNE 11 & 12 FROM 12PM TO 5PM

Rufus King and Crap6.11.16 048And here is a proud moment to be in Jamaica for a change. The Traditional Festival at Rufus King Manor in the I must have to say beautiful renovated Rufus King Park (they are still working on the Gazebo though and hopefully some of the local natives will not trash it). Besides looking beautiful, the park has a “Garden of the Month”.

As usual Jamaica does not do a great job of advertising and I came across this festival today when I went to check out the park. Everything is free at the festival, including some food sampling, which one display was a tradition Dutch menu of a fruit soup, a cheese pie and some sweet breads. One of the displays was an artist working with wood and as I looked closer and saw some photos he had displayed, it was Jamaica artist OK, who I meet last year when several of us were cleaning that abandoned playground at Merrick & 109th Ave. He was actually at that time gathering tree branches for his art work. Inside the “quite area” is all kind of activities for the kids, plus popcorn and cotton candy. If you get a chance, check it out and the really nice Rufus King Park. For a moment I did not think I was in Jamaica. It was actually a very positive experience to see all kind of various people and a very clean and beautiful park. NOW KEEP IT THAT WAY.

Traditions Festival
Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12
12-5 pm, FREE

 Learn about customs from a wide range of cultures by listening to live music, watching traditional craft and cooking demonstrations. Crafts will include early American broom making, wood carving, weaving, Bengali doll fabrication, Mexican dress making, Chinese calligraphy, African sculpture and more*. Musical performances will feature hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, concertina, accordion and drums. Tours of King Manor Museum will be free. In partnership with Queens Library, the Mobil Library will provide loans of books and materials for all ages from 12-4 pm. Traditions Festival will take place rain or shine. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council through the Cultural Immigrant Initiative.

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Garden of the Month

Garden of the Month

Garden of the Month

Garden of the Month

Original Dutch Food

Original Dutch Food

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Music

Music

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Korean Food Demo

Korean Food Demo

More Music

More Music

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Bengali Dolls, made by the beautiful woman on the right.

My buddy, Jamaica artist OK.

My buddy, Jamaica artist OK.

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OK's artwork. Bottom left photo is the crew cleaning the abandoned park last year with community activist Pamela Hazel

OK’s artwork. Bottom left photo is the crew cleaning the abandoned park last year with community activist Pamela Hazel

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