Thursday, May 1, 2014

20,000 Tulips... Fun Free Crafts and Activities for Kids... The Huntington Tulip Festival is back!

Where else can you find over 20,000 beautiful tulips and a family-oriented festival? I only know of one place, and that’s… 
The Huntington Tulip Festival

Returning for its 14th year, this Sunday, May 4th at Heckscher Park, on Main Street in Huntington. Come enjoy a beautiful day outside! The park will be filled with crafts and activities for children supplied by local businesses, and a busy schedule of activities and performances. There are also refreshment booths from local vendors, and cut tulips sold by the Flower Petaler to benefit the Junior Welfare league of Huntington. The Tulip Festival has been selected by AAA as one of the “Top 10 Long Island Fairs and Festivals” and really, where else can you spend the day outside and keep your kids busy for free?

All day from 11:00 – 4:00 - enjoy free Children’s Activities presented by local businesses
***Come visit the Sparkle and Ink Booth and join us in making Mother’s and Father’s Day cards!

Mention that you read about the festival on the Sparkle and Ink Blog and receive a free gift!

Here’s a schedule of performances on the Chapin Rainbow Stage:

StoryFaces – Tales of Transformation and Wonder – Christopher Agostino
            Brings traditional and original tales into the modern world, illustrated by his amazing face painting on the faces of selected audience volunteers. It’s surprising and delightful theatre for all ages, with a playful storytelling style that completely involves the audience.  (Presented by the Huntington Arts Council, Sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings)

Chinese Acrobats
Dzazling acrobatic stunts and feats of balance, flexibility, coordination and strength – these talented athletes tumble and flip, twist and bend in mesmerizing ways, demonstrating how practice, concentration and hard work turn their bodies into moving works of art. They skillfully balance or juggle items such as porcelain jars, silk umbrellas, tables or each other as they share this ancient and colorful art form. (Presented by the Huntington Arts Council).

2:15 – 2:30
Historic Children’s Parade and Tulip Festival Hat Contest
Chinese Acrobats will lead the re-enactment of the annual children’s parade that followed the 1920 dedication of Heckscher Park, which will include a new “Tulip Festival Hat Contest” for children and adults. Just join the parade wearing your creative headgear to enter! Parade will leave from and return to the stage audience area.

3:00 – 3:45
Get Fuzzy with the Fuzzy Lemons
Get ready to jump, wiggle and shake with The Fuzzy Lemons, the juiciest family-friendly rock band on the scene! With laugh-out-loud lyrics and memorable melodies, every song tells a story and every show is full of fun, inspiring kids of all ages to dance and sing along with music the whole family will love! (Presented by the Huntington Arts Council).

Well, I’ll be doing a sunshine dance between now and Sunday hoping for great weather for the festival. Hope to see you there!

Sparkle On!

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