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New-York Historical Society Commemorates Veterans Day with Programs Exploring Black Soldiers in WWII and Women in the Military; Vets, Military Admitted Free

November 5, 2021
Honor Veterans Day by visiting the New-York Historical Society for a program to learn about the experience of Black soldiers during World War II. (Image courtesy of Hugh Groffinet)

The New-York Historical Society, the oldest museum in New York City, commemorates Veterans Day with two days of insightful programs for all ages. Admission is free for veterans and active duty military on November 11–12. All Veterans Day programs are free with Museum admission.

Veterans Day: Black Soldiers in World War II | 1 pm and 2:15 pm
Honor Veterans Day by coming to the NYHS to learn about food, rationing, and the experience of Black soldiers during World War II. Visit an interactive station to discover how a sugar-coated chocolate began as a soldier staple and later became a candy store favorite. Then, chat with a soldier—as portrayed by historical interpreter Hugh Groffinet—to learn about Black WWII vets such as Corporal Ivan J Houston, Major Hyman Yates Chase, and Captain Robert W. Hainsworth. Interact with original and reproduction WWII artifacts and learn how the country banded together to feed the troops and their families back home. After the program, visit the NYHistory Store to pick up a free sample of one of WWII’s most lasting contributions to the American diet: M&Ms! This event is sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery and AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate.

ADULT PROGRAMS ON  NOVEMBER 12

Women in the Military: Keynote | 1–2 pm
Colonel (Retired) Mary Westmoreland of the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army shares her recollections and personal experiences of serving in the military.

Writing Veteran Experiences: Women’s Voices After Military Service | 3–4:30 pm

Hear from five women veterans about their military service and experiences of writing about it afterwards. Join us for short readings and a moderated panel discussion about their lives after the military and the process of engaging with narrative to help share veteran experiences.

Canary in Combat Boots, a musical performance featuring Alexis Cole | 6:30–7:30 pm
Experience a hilarious one-woman show starring jazz vocalist Alexis Cole as she reflects on her experience as a soldier during Army basic training. Cole reports back from the front lines and sings iconic, World War II-era pop standards from composers like Arthur Schwartz, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, and Frank Loesser.

As part of New York City’s Key to NYC program, all visitors to New York City museums age 12 and over are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19; masks are also required. For more details, go to our FAQs

(Fun fact: the American Museum of Natural History, across the street, is providing free vaccinations for children 5-11, that comes with admission for four.)

Also visit “Notorious R.B.G.: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

New York City’s oldest museum, the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library was founded in 1804. The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library—one of the most distinguished in the nation—fosters research through its outstanding collections, which holds millions of books, newspapers, maps, manuscript and archival collections, prints, photographs, and architectural collections. The Museum presents groundbreaking history and art exhibitions as well as public programs that convey the stories of New York and the nation’s diverse populations to the broadest possible public.

The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (77th Street), New York, NY 10024, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org.

See also:

HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ‘NOTORIOUS RBG’ PAYS HOMAGE TO NEW YORK’S OWN RUTH BADER GINSBURG

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Kids 5-11 Get COVID Vaccination, Free Admission at NYC’s Natural History Museum

November 5, 2021

The American Museum of Natural History is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to children ages 5-11, and giving free admission for up to four people © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Make your child’s COVID-19 vaccination truly memorable and rewarding with free admission for up to four people! The American Museum of Natural History, along with all New York City vaccination sites, is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to children ages 5–11. The Museum vaccination site is open seven days a week, from 10 am to 5 pm.

Though the site accommodates walk-in appointments, scheduling an appointment in advance is strongly recommended. To schedule a vaccination appointment, visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov or call 877-VAX-4NYC (or 877-829-4692). Note that a parent or guardian must be present during vaccination appointments for children ages 5–15. For ages 16–17, a parent or guardian must be present or reachable by phone during the vaccination appointment. To help with capacity at the vaccination site, we request that only one parent or guardian join each child for their vaccination. Enter the Museum at the West 77th Street entrance to access the vaccination site.

All those who get vaccinated at the Museum will receive a voucher for free admission for up to four people.

This month, the Museum is also presenting two free virtual programs about COVID-19 and vaccines. You can learn more and RSVP at the site:

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

Tuesday, November 16, 7 pm ET

What should your family know about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine for kids? Join Dr. Sallie Permar, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Jay K. Varma, professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine as they discuss the science and public health policies behind the development of vaccines and the authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for children—and take your questions.

RSVP

Teen SciCafe: Health Equity, Racial Inequality, and COVID-19

Friday, November 19, 4:30 pm ET

In this program for students ages 14 and up, join Dr. Torian Easterling, first deputy commissioner and chief equity officer of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to find out how and why the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affected communities of color across the U.S., and how to work for health equity in the future.

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Long Island’s American Airpower Museum Hosts Labor Day Weekend ‘Warbirds, Wings & Wheels Show’

August 14, 2021
During the American Airpower Museum’s Labor Day weekend Warbirds, Wings and Wheels Show, you can get a ride on AAM’s vintage Waco UPF-7 Biplane © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

American Airpower Museum, Long Island’s only flying military aviation museum, will host its Warbirds, Wings and Wheels Show on Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 4 and Sunday, September 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hangar 3, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, New York.  Come to the Museum’s two day spectacular celebrating the history of aviation and automobiles!  Get up close and personal with vintage Biplanes, Model A and T Fords, plus the Museum’s fleet of World War II aircraft.  There will be flights available on vintage aircraft, contests, and raffles.

On Saturday, vintage Biplanes from the Bayport Aerodrome Society will land on the tarmac and taxi up to park on AAM’s ramp at Hangar 3.  On display with the Biplanes will be vintage cars from the Model A Ford Club of Long Island (Model A and T Fords, plus others).  The Museum’s sponsor, Cockpit USA, will donate one flight jacket to the winner of the best car and one flight jacket for the winner of the best airplane contests. 

Be there Sunday as the Museum’s WWII squadron fires up their mighty engines and lifts off to perform exciting flight maneuvers over Republic Airport.  Aerial demonstrations will feature several flybys by AAM’s vintage military aircraft that played pivotal roles in America’s WWII victories.  

An added attraction on both Saturday and Sunday: AAM’s 1939 Red Waco UPF-7 Biplane and North American AT-6D Texans will be available to give living history flight experiences, weather permitting.  Admission:   $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and veterans, $10 for children 5 to 12.   Don’t miss this one!

Located on the landmarked former site of Republic Aviation at Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY, the American Airpower Museum, Long Island’s only flying military aviation museum, maintains a collection of aviation artifacts and an array of aircraft spanning the many years of the aircraft factory’s history.  The Museum is a 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit Educational Foundation, chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.

American Airpower Museum, Hangar 3, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY 11735, 631-293-6398, info@americanairpowermuseum.org, www.americanairpowermuseum.org .

See also:

LONG ISLAND’S AMERICAN AIRPOWER MUSEUM – WHERE AVIATION HISTORY TAKES FLIGHT – OFFERS CHANCE TO REENACT D-DAY PARACHUTE DROP

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Long Island’s American Airpower Museum Hosts D-Day Reenactment Flights, June 12

June 5, 2021

“Parachutists” board the WWII Douglas C-47 Skytrain Troop Transporter at the American Airpower Museum, Farmingdale. D-Day reenactment flights will be held on June 12. (Photo courtesy of American Airpower Museum)

The American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, Long Island, is gearing up for a return of its C-47 D-Day living history flight experience on June 12. You can sign up, grab your gear and done your WWII helmet and uniform and fly in the troop transport plane, reenacting the experience of paratroopers on that historic and fateful day.

The flights on Saturday, June 12, will also celebrate the start of summer and a return to normalcy, after the COVID-19 lockdowns and quarantines. 

To accommodate demand, AAM has scheduled three flights between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Seats will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. To book a flight, call (516) 531-3950, visit the Museum’s gift shop or call (631) 454-2039, Thursday – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (a great gift for Father’s Day!).

AAM’s Living History Flight Experience is a one-of-a-kind immersive educational program, where re-enactors take you up in an original WWII C-47 to get a sense of what our 101st and 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers felt on their incredible 1,200-plane D-Day assault.  This immersive flight experience includes: a mission briefing; a chance to wear authentic military field jackets, helmets and gear; the actual sights and sounds as the C-47’s engines fire up and you’re off into the blue; see and hear the crew operate their C-47 and paratroopers getting ready for battle; and you actually form up and hook your parachute to a static line.

This is a family-friendly experience for all ages.  The program is about 1.5 hours long and each flight takes 25 minutes.  A flight experience entitles you to bring along an additional person who can visit the Museum all day free of charge. The cost of the C-47 flight is $350 – which goes toward supporting AAM’s mission to honor veterans and U.S. aviation history by preserving the aircraft and their legacy for future generations.

The American Airpower Museum, Hangar 3, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY 11735, 631-293-6398, info@americanairpowermuseum.org, www.americanairpowermuseum.com.

See also:

LONG ISLAND’S AMERICAN AIRPOWER MUSEUM – WHERE AVIATION HISTORY TAKES FLIGHT – OFFERS CHANCE TO REENACT D-DAY PARACHUTE DROP

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Long Island’s American Airpower Museum’s WWII Warbirds Join Jones Beach Air Show, Offer 4 Days of Flight Experiences at Republic Airport

May 7, 2021
A fly-by of World War II era planes from the American Air Power Museum, Long Island’s only flying military aviation museum, at the popular Jones Beach Air Show. The museum not only will be participating in the air show, but offer flight demonstrations, experiences for four days,  May 27-30. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Farmingdale, Long Island – Memorial Day Weekend is when we honor our fallen Veterans, the sacrifices made by active duty military and those retired from service.  In observance of Memorial Day Weekend, American Airpower Museum (AAM) continues their historic participation in the Jones Beach Air Show, flying their fabled “Arsenal of Democracy” warbirds over Jones Beach on Saturday, May 29th and Sunday, May 30th.  AAM’s fleet of iconic and meticulously restored military aircraft will include a B-25 Mitchell Bomber, Douglas C-47 Skytrain troop transporter, Grumman TBM Avenger Torpedo Bomber, Curtiss P-40 Flying Tiger, P-51D Mustang Fighter, AT-6 Texan Warbird and AT28D5 Nomad Vietnam Era Fighter.

On May 29th and May 30th, Hangar 3 opens at 10:00 a.m.  Arrive there early, park your car, sign in and enjoy the exhibits.  During the morning, you’ll be called outside to watch our pilots start their engines, taxi and lift off, performing exciting flybys with Republic Air Traffic Control permission, before leaving to join the Jones Beach Air Show.  Have lunch and later on watch as our aircraft return from Jones Beach in the afternoon, touch down and taxi back to Hangar 3.   Flight experiences also available each day on AAM’s AT-6 Texan and Waco Biplane!

AAM also welcomes three visiting U.S. Navy EF/A-18 Super Hornets from May 27th through May 30th.  The Hornets are supersonic combat jets, designed as both fighters and attack aircraft.  Exclusive to AAM, Hornets are not in the Jones Beach Air Show and will be on AAM’s ramp all four days.  Be there early a.m. as the Hornets touch down at Republic on Thursday, May 27th.   Hornets are scheduled to depart on May 31st or June 1st.   AAM’s WWII aircraft will also have practice fly days Thursday and Friday in the a.m. and p.m.

According to AAM founder Jeff Clyman, the goal for this four-day salute is two-fold: “To honor the men and women of the ‘Greatest Generation’ who built, maintained and piloted the iconic warbirds of yesteryear in a bold defense of freedom during World War II, as well as active duty military, national guard and reservists who continue this mission and command the skies in advanced supersonic jet aircraft to our present day.”  

Since everyone can’t be at Jones Beach on Saturday and Sunday, Jeff Clyman decided to stage this four-day salute so folks on the beach, as well as those closer to home, can enjoy AAM’s warbirds.  So, if you want to avoid the Wantagh Parkway crawl to Jones Beach, you can park instead for FREE in AAM’s lot and along New Highway!  Bring the family, hang out with us all day, and watch exciting warbirds in action each day!

One other note:  The Air Show features a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II, “The Warthog,” flying over Jones Beach.  AAM has its very own A-10, our nation’s premier close air support attack aircraft and it’s on display outside Hangar 3, with staff ready to answer your questions about its special features and armaments.

Admission for adults is $15, seniors & veterans $10 and children 5-12 $8.  Tickets and pre-registration is not required and admission is on a first-come-first-serve basis.  The Museum can now operate at 100% capacity, in accordance with New York’s May 19th lifting of pandemic capacity limits.  However, there is still a need for social distancing and guests must wear face masks plus have temperatures taken at the door.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all four days, plus AAM is open Monday, May 31st, Memorial Day. 

American Airpower Museum , Hangar 3, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY 11735, 631-293-6398, info@americanairpowermuseum.org –  www.americanairpowermuseum.com

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National Comedy Center, Jamestown NY, Named Best New Museum in the Country by USA Today

February 29, 2020

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The National Comedy Center, the nation’s official cultural institution and state-of-the-art museum dedicated to comedy as an art form, was named the “Best New Museum” in the country by USA Today as part of the 2020 USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards.

Jamestown,  NY — The National Comedy Center, the nation’s official cultural institution and state-of-the-art museum dedicated to comedy as an art form, was named the “Best New Museum” in the country by USA Today as part of the 2020 USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards.

The National Comedy Center was one of 20 new museums nominated for the award by a panel of nationally-recognized travel journalists, tourism experts and USA Today editors for this USA Today travel award series, which celebrates outstanding destinations, attractions and experiences. All of the nominees were museums that opened over the past two years, including art galleries, science museums and children’s museums in cities across the United States and Canada, including Dallas, New Orleans, St. Louis, Seattle, New York City, St. Petersburg, FL , St. Paul, MN and Edmonton, Alberta. The Comedy Center was selected as the #1 museum in the “Best New Museum” category by popular vote after a four-week voting period from January 20 through February 17, 2020.

“We are tremendously proud to be named the Best New Museum in the United States and Canada,” said Journey Gunderson, National Comedy Center Executive Director. “We have reimagined the museum experience with immersive exhibit design and unprecedented personalization. This distinction is a testament to the significance of comedy, and talented comedic artists, to our culture and our daily lives.”

“Our visitors — from all 50 states and 18 countries — already know what a must-see destination the Comedy Center is,” added Gunderson. “We look forward to welcoming thousands more comedy fans from across the country and around the world to the Best New Museum, here in Jamestown, New York.”

“The National Comedy Center team is grateful for the incredible support from our local community, the entire Western New York region, and from comedy fans across the country, all of whom voted for the Comedy Center to receive this national recognition and high honor” said Tom Benson, National Comedy Center project chairman. “It’s tremendous validation of the hard work and vision of our staff and board, our partner organizations, and our community, who believed in this project and worked tirelessly to make it happen.”

“The National Comedy Center is one of my favorite places in the world, and I am thrilled that everyone will now know what I already knew —  it is absolutely the best new museum in the country. It’s an extraordinary showplace for all things comedic –- and interactive from the moment you walk in. I promise you will smile from beginning to end. Now that the Comedy Center is officially the country’s Best New Museum, you need to make plans to visit. You won’t be disappointed,” said Lewis Black, comedian, actor, author and National Comedy Center Advisory Board member.

New York State Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, “We are very excited that USA Today readers chose the National Comedy Center as the best new museum in the US and Canada. Anyone who loves comedy should plan a pilgrimage to this world-class, one-of-a-kind attraction as part of a New York State vacation that includes nearby destinations like the Lucy Desi Museum, the Chautauqua Institution, Panama Rocks and Niagara Falls.”

Last summer the National Comedy Center was named by TIME magazine as one of the “World’s Greatest Places” and People magazine selected it as one of its “100 Reasons to Love America.”

In early 2019, the National Comedy Center was nominated for the USA Today Readers’ Choice “Best New Attraction” award, where it was voted #2 out of 20 new attractions by USA Today readers and chosen as the #1 museum and #1 ticketed attraction in the USA Today poll.

The National Comedy Center is the United States’ official cultural institution and museum dedicated to presenting the vital story of comedy and preserving its heritage for future generations, as formally designated by the U.S. Congress in 2019. Opened in August 2018 in Jamestown, New York, the museum complex offers an unprecedented visitor experience using state-of-the-art technology, interactivity and personalization to create the first true 21st Century museum environment.

Comedy industry authority The Interrobang named the design team second on its list of “Innovators Who Changed Comedy” in 2018. Visitors from all 50 states and eighteen countries have given the Center a rare 5/5 raring on TripAdvisor, ranking among the highest in the attraction and tourism industry.

Based on the vision of Jamestown native Lucille Ball for her hometown to become a destination for comedy, the National Comedy Center showcases comedy’s great minds and unique voices in ways that engage, inspire, educate and entertain. As a non-profit institution, the National Comedy Center was funded by a mix of federal, state and private philanthropic support, including partnerships with I LOVE NY, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State’s Empire State Development.

Design for the National Comedy Center was led by the most prominent cultural and interactive design firms in the world, whose portfolios collectively include the award-winning 9/11 Memorial Museum, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, The College Football Hall of Fame, SNL: The Experience, and more.

The National Comedy Center has been embraced by the entertainment industry, with props, costumes and archival material provided by many of the most revered names in comedy. The Comedy Center recently announced a major initiative to preserve Carl Reiner’s personal “Dick Van Dyke Show” script archive. Exhibition partners include the Kelly Carlin and the George Carlin estate, George Shapiro and Jerry Seinfeld, Dan Aykroyd, Alan and Robin Zweibel, Joan Dangerfield, The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, The Harold Ramis Family, The Garry Shandling Estate, George Schlatter, Bill Marx and the Harpo Marx Family, the Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams estate, Desilu Too, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Corporate Archive, and many more.

The National Comedy Center operates the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, which explores the lives, careers and legacy of the “First Couple of Comedy,” and the incredible impact they had on the world.

Now in its 30th year, the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown has showcased comedy’s greatest stars and rising young comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Trevor Noah, Lily Tomlin, Jay Leno, Amy Schumer, Brian Regan, Lewis Black, W. Kamau Bell, Jim Gaffigan, Paula Poundstone, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, the Smothers Brothers and more than one hundred other comedic artists. The 2019 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, presented by the National Comedy Center last August, was headlined by Sebastian Maniscalco and John Mulaney. The 2020 festival will feature Jeff Foxworthy and Legends of SNL David Spade, Rob Schneider and Kevin Nealon.

Stay connected to the National Comedy Center:

Website: www.comedycenter.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nationalcomedycenter/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucilleBallComedyFestival/

Follow on Twitter and Instagram at @ntlcomedycenter

 

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Long Island’s Cradle of Aviation Museum Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Apollo All Day & Night on July 20, 2019

July 5, 2019

Cradle of Aviation Museum, Uniondale, Long Island, has one of only three actual lunar modules on display. Built by Grumman in Bethpage, Long Island, the other three were left on the moon. The museum has a full day of activities planned on the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, July 20 ©Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Garden City, N.Y.– On July 20, 1969 over 600 million people watched Neil Armstrong take the first steps on the moon. It is considered one of the greatest human and technological achievements in history.  On Saturday, July 20, 2019, thousands of people will be joining together at the Cradle of Aviation Museum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission. The Cradle of Aviation, home of the Lunar Module, is celebrating all day and night with two festive events to give the community an opportunity to learn, reflect, remember, & jointly celebrate, all the wonder, achievement, and pride that is Apollo.

“If you’re planning on celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing there is only one place you should be…and that’s the Cradle.  Fun for the whole family celebrating the most important event in our history,” said Andrew Parton, President of Cradle of Aviation Museum & Education Center.

APOLLO AT 50 MOON FEST

Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM Tickets $20 Adults; $15 Kids/Senior (Kids 2-12) A fun, family-friendly festival includes

  • COMMUNITY COUNTDOWN TO LUNAR LANDING –  Join in a Community Countdown at 4:17 pm to collectively watch, re-experience, and honor as a community, the historic “The Eagle has Landed” Lunar Module landing on the moon.
  • ASTRONAUT ENCOUNTERS with Space Shuttle Astronauts Bill Shepherd (Babylon) & Charlie Camarda (Ozone Park), both from Long Island, and Bob Cenker.
  • MOON BUGGY RACES – Traverse a lunar obstacle course driving an electric lunar rover. (kids)
  • VIRTUAL REALITY – Explore the inside and outside of the Apollo 11 up close and personal with Microsoft’s Mixed Reality and the Microsoft HoloLens technology.
  • APOLLO 11 FIRST STEPS in IMAX – Experience  a free showing of the new highly-acclaimed documentary, Apollo 11 First Steps Edition in our immersive Dome Theater.  Playing hourly.
  • SOLAR TELESCOPES- Explore the sun with a special purpose solar telescope.
  • LAUNCH ROCKETS – Build, decorate, then launch a water bottle rocket.
  • ROBOTICS DEMONSTRATIONS – View and interact with student-built robotics from  the First Lego League.
  • VISITS FROM THE UNIVERSE – The not-for profit, NY Avengers Cosplayers are assembling at the Cradle to celebrate the American heroes who contributed to the successful lunar landing.
  • And so much more…

Museum opens at 9:30 am. Family activities are 12 – 4 pm. Countdown begins at 4 pm.

APOLLO AT COUNTDOWN CELEBRATION 

Saturday, July 20, 2019 7-11 PM Tickets $125.  A Dinner ticket automatically gives admission to Apollo Moon Fest Events

A lively dinner and champagne toast with music and dancing, as the community comes together to watch and re-experience the unforgettable first steps on the moon at 10:56 pm with a special moon landing viewing and countdown.

GO BACK IN TIME

  • Dance the night away with live music with a 1960s style band.
  • Dress to impress in your favorite vintage 1960s clothing.
  • Watch original Apollo 11 footage in a re-created 1969 living room.
  • Share stories with family members and learn about Long Island’s contributions to space while visiting our Apollo Exhibit showcasing the largest collection of Lunar Module artifacts, parts, images, & documentation.
  • Countdown and toast to the first steps jointly as a community!

Space Shuttle Astronauts Bill Shepherd (Babylon) & Charlie Carmada (Ozone Park), both from Long Island, and Bob Cenker, will be in attendance.

Tickets to either event can be purchased at www.cradleofaviation.org/apollo or by calling Reservations 516-572-4066 (M-F) 10:00am-4:00pm) Grumman Retirees and Museum Members, may call Reservations for discounted tickets. Proceeds to Benefit Museum Education and Preservation Programs.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center is home to over 75 planes and spacecraft representing over 100 years of aviation history and Long Island’s only Giant Screen Dome Theater.  Currently, the museum is celebrating  “Countdown to Apollo at 50”sponsored by the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation, showcasing Long Island and Grumman’s significant role in the Apollo program. The Museum was recently recognized and listed on New York State’s National Register of Historic Places as a significant part of American history. The museum is located on Museum Row, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., in East Garden City.  For more information call (516) 572-4111 or visit www.cradleofaviation.org.

See also:

Long Island’s World-Class Cradle of Aviation Museum Hosts Special Events for 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

Apollo Astronauts Look Back During Gala at Long Island’s Cradle of Aviation Museum Marking 50th Anniversary of Lunar Landing

 

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National Comedy Center in Lucille Ball’s Hometown Close to Being Officially Designated by United States

February 23, 2019

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The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York – iconic comedian Lucille Ball’s hometown – is close to being designated the official “National Comedy Center” of the United States.

The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York – iconic comedian Lucille Ball’s hometown – is close to being designated the official “National Comedy Center” of the United States.

US Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer included a provision in the 2019 Lands Package that called on The Comedy Center, located in downtown Jamestown and built in-part to honor the massive national impact of Jamestown native Lucille Ball, to serve as America’s official center of comedy and its rich history in our nation. Schumer said this official congressional designation will help solidify the facility as a civic landmark and cultural institution, and the premiere “National Comedy Center” of the United States, and called on his colleagues in Congress to pass the Lands Package as soon as possible.

“Comedy is an art form, and it’s a part of our rich cultural history in America. I am proud to stand here today, in front of the revolutionary National Comedy Center, to continue my push to pass legislation that will officially designate it as the National Comedy Center of the United States,” Schumer said. “As the birthplace of the iconic Lucille Ball, and home to the Annual Comedy Festival, Jamestown has rapidly become an epicenter for comedy in the nation, and is the perfect home for the National Comedy Center. This organization is becoming a cultural institution, attracting visitors from far and wide, creating jobs, and injecting millions of tourism dollars into the region. I vow to do everything in my power to shuttle this legislation through Congress and on to the president’s desk, because I know that this institution has become a national attraction and a smash hit!”

The 2019 Lands Package includes legislation from Senator Schumer that will formally designate the National Comedy Center as the ‘national’ comedy center. Schumer noted that this designation will allow the center to build on the success of other Upstate New York tourist attractions like the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. The National Comedy Center employs 38 people and has created nearly 200 spin-off jobs and is projected to have a $23 million impact on the region. Currently, the annual comedy festival hosts about 20,000 people and has been visited by famous comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Joan Rivers, Jay Leno, and Nick Offerman. Schumer said this designation is vital to the center’s continued growth, and pointed out that Jamestown’s National Comedy Center is the only museum of its kind with the mission of preserving, protecting, and showcasing the art of American comedy and its role in our culture.

“The Jamestown Comedy Center is a celebration of talent and has quickly become a must-see location in New York. When I toured the museum, I was amazed by the incredible job done to transform an old train station into a state-of-the-art center dedicated to preserving the history of comedy in our nation,” said Senator  Kirsten Gillibrand. “This museum is a destination for families, tourists, and comedy lovers from all over the country, and it has played in important role in Jamestown’s revitalization. That’s why I fought to make sure that this year’s Land’s Package would designate the museum as the National Comedy Center, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this bill.”

“The National Comedy Center is committed to Lucille Ball’s vision for her hometown of Jamestown, New York to honor comedy’s great minds and unique voices in ways that educate, engage and inspire future generations. With visitors who’ve already come from all 50 states since our opening last August, we truly are the nation’s museum for the celebration of comedy. We thank Senator Schumer for everything he’s done to make the National Comedy Center a reality, and welcome this official Congressional designation in 2019,” said Tom Benson, Chairman, National Comedy Center.

“As the country’s first national-scale museum and cultural institution dedicated to presenting, preserving and celebrating the art form of comedy, the National Comedy Center — and Comedy — is deserving of this important recognition by Congress. We are grateful to Senator Schumer for his tremendous support and look forward to the bill’s passage in both the Senate and the House in the coming weeks,” said Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the National Comedy Center.

The National Comedy Center, located at 203-217 West Second Street in Jamestown, New York, pays tribute to the art of American comedy through all eras, mediums, and genres. The 37,000 square foot, $50 million facility tells the story of comedy from its origins through the present, with more than 50 immersive, interactive exhibits. As of January 2019, the National Comedy Center has already attracted visitors from all fifty states and nine countries total. It was also recently named the second “Best New Attraction in America,” by USA Today.

Each visitor experiences a personalized trip through the Center as exhibits reflect one’s personal comedic sensibilities via use of a bracelet fitted with an RFID chip worn throughout the stay. Highlights of the collection include George Carlin’s massive personal archives that provide a glimpse into one of comedy’s most prolific minds, a hologram theater that presents performances of some of comedy’s most notable figures, and experiences that allow visitors to step into the shoes of a stand-up comedian. Additionally, the National Comedy Center features rare artifacts from some of comedy’s greatest names. In 2018, Senator Schumer helped deliver one such artifact, as a customs snag threatened to delay the arrival of a vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was donated to the NCC by Dan Aykroyd.

Design of the museum and the repurposing of Jamestown’s original 1930 art-deco Gateway Train Station was provided by some of the most prominent cultural and interactive design firms in the world, whose portfolios collectively include the award-winning 9/11 Memorial Museum, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the College Football Hall of Fame, Saturday Night Live: The Experience, Universal Studios, and more. The Center celebrates comedy in all of its forms, educating and engendering in visitors an appreciation for the art form and its artists.

The National Comedy Center opened in 2018, and ground was first broken on the project in 2015. Schumer noted he pushed a resolution in March of 2018 to formally recognize the National Comedy Center. Schumer also noted his successful push for $1.7 million from the Economic Development Administration, and $5M in net benefit due to New Market Tax Credits. In addition to this federal funding, the National Comedy Center has also received $10M from NYS, and private donations from the Gebbie Foundation, the John R. Oishei Foundation, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, the Lenna Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, the Johnson Foundation, and the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund. Schumer said the National Comedy Center shines a spotlight on Jamestown as a global comedy destination.  

 

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Schumer, Tomlin, Original SNL Cast Headline National Comedy Center Opening in Lucille Ball’s Hometown, Jamestown, NY

May 31, 2018

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The National Comedy Center, an interactive and immersive museum with 50 exhibits, opens in Jamestown, NY, Lucille Ball’s hometown, in August.

Jamestown, NY –The National Comedy Center will celebrate its grand opening in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, New York,  with appearances by Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Saturday Night Live original season alumni including Dan Aykroyd and more, coinciding with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, August 1-5.

Featuring more than 50 immersive and interactive exhibits designed by leading museum design firms in the world, the 37,000 square foot National Comedy Center visitor experience tells the story of comedy from its origins through the present and is the first non-profit cultural institution and national-scale attraction dedicated to the art of comedy.

The opening celebration will feature more than 50 events and 40 artists that include the innovators, creators, and legends of comedy.

Emmy Award-Winning Comedian Amy Schumer will perform Friday, August 3rd with her show “Amy Schumer and Friends” at the Northwest Arena, while comedy legend Lily Tomlin brings “An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin” center stage at Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on August 4th.

“Each of these artists has played a significant role in shaping and redefining comedy as we know it today.  From sketch to stand-up to TV to film, the landscape has been forever changed due to the creativity and, frankly, bravery, of Lily Tomlin and Amy Schumer. Laraine Newman, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris and Alan Zweibel challenged the nation’s sensibilities about comedy in what they brought to air in 1975, introducing what became one of the very few cultural phenomena to endure more than four decades,” said National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson.

On August 2nd, Saturday Night Live cast members Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris, along with original writer, Alan Zweibel, will come together at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts to share stories and laughs in a conversation about the show’s early years.

“Offering four brilliant minds from the show that broke the late night television mold is not only a glimpse into the creation of Saturday Night Live but also a sampling of the National Comedy Center‘s core mission to share the story of comedy,” notes Malachi Livermore, Director of Operations and Programming for the National Comedy Center.

Continuing an annual series of National Comedy Center dialogues, Violet Ramis Stiel will offer a stage conversation about her new book, “Ghostbuster’s Daughter: Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis.”

Festival partner COZI TV will present a very special “Conversation with Fran Drescher” as part of the opening week events. The Nanny star will share insights on her storied life and career influences, including Lucille Ball, on August 3rd.

Additional programming includes five comedy showcases featuring comedians with credits including appearances on ColbertConan, and Last Comic Standing. The weekend will also feature National Comedy Center dialogues, exhibit unveilings, block parties, free kids’ comedy shows featuring the critically-acclaimed Story Pirates and tribute events honoring the influential careers of the “First Couple of Comedy”, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Additional events will be added to the lineup in the coming months.

The National Comedy Center embodies Lucille Ball’s vision for her hometown of Jamestown, New York to become a destination for the celebration of comedy in a way that educates, fosters and inspires. Design has been led by the most prominent cultural and interactive design firms in the world whose portfolios collectively include the award-winning 9/11 Memorial Museum, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, The College Football Hall of Fame, and SNL: The Experience. The $50 million endeavor was made possible by state, federal and private philanthropic support including partnership with I LOVE NEW YORK™, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State’s Empire State Development.

In a special press briefing at the site on March 30, United States Senator Charles Schumer (who is comedien Amy Schumer’s actual cousin) announced his push for a congressional designation for the Center. The new designation would officially make the National Comedy Center the nation’s cultural institution dedicated to the art of comedy, recognizing it as the only institution of its kind with the mission of preserving, protecting, and showcasing the art of comedy and its role in our culture.

The National Comedy Center also operates the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, and for the last 25 years has produced the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival with performers including Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Lewis Black, Trevor Noah, Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Poundstone, Nick Offerman, Ray Romano, Bob Newhart, The Smothers Brothers and more than 100 other comedic artists.

Located in Jamestown, a city in Chautauqua County and Western New York, the National Comedy Center is in the region of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Toronto.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting NationalComedyCenter.org. by calling 716-484-0800 or visiting the festival box office located at 2 W. 3rd Street, Jamestown, NY 14701.

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NYC Must-See Week Offers 2-for-1 Tickets to Attractions, Museums, Tours & Performing Arts

January 18, 2018

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New York, NY – NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, announced tickets are on sale to the public today at 10:30am EST for NYC Must-See Week. The program (formerly known as NYC Attractions WeekSM in 2017) will offer two-for-one admission to attractions, museums, tours, and performing arts venues across all five boroughs with tickets offered from January 29 through February 11, 2018. Experiences to be enjoyed among the 62 unique participants include iconic NYC attractions, skyline views, historic sites, world-class institutions and more. To view a full list of participants and to purchase tickets, visit nycgo.com/mustseeweek.

“NYC Must-See Week gives locals and visitors a unique opportunity to check off experiences from their bucket list and sample more of everything the City has to offer,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “From iconic attractions to lesser-known gems, the 2-for-1 offer gives everyone a chance to discover more across the five boroughs at a value.”

During NYC Must-See Week, there are options for everyone. For those seeking…

  • recently opened Times Square attractions, head to Midtown Manhattan to explore Gulliver’s Gate, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey or the NFL Experience Times Square.
  • observation deck views, book the Empire State Building Experience or visit One World Observatory.
  • waterfront explorationshop aboard with Bateaux New York, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises or Hornblower Cruises & Events, among others.
  • cultural institutions along Museum Mile, visit the Museum of the City of New York; the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; or the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
  • world-class museums not found on Fifth Avenue, visit the Brooklyn MuseumMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA) or the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.
  • cultural heritage museums, visit the Museum of Chinese in America, Museum at Eldridge Street or the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
  • family-friendly activities, enjoy the Bronx Zoo, The Ride or Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, among others.
  • historical sites, enjoy Fraunces Tavern Museum, Morris Jumel Mansion, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden or head out on an educational historic walk with Lower Manhattan Tours.
  • food tours, dine with Like a Local Tours or Urban Oyster Tours.
  • behind-the-scene tours, discover Carnegie Hall Tours, Madison Square Garden All Access Tour or Yankee Stadium Tours, among others.
  • pop culture tours, head out with On Location ToursThe Tour at NBC Studios or see your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds New York.
  • music and performing arts, enjoy the Baruch Performing Arts CenterChamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterHarlem School of the Arts or the World Music Institute.

NYC Must-See Week will be promoted through exclusive content on NYCgo.com; @nycgo on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #NYCMustSeeWeek; through out-of-home advertising on NYC bus shelters, LinkNYC screens, Parabit Airport Kiosks, and PATH trains and stations; and through various media partnerships.

New Yorkers and visitors also are encouraged to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Must-See Week, NYC Restaurant Week® and NYC Broadway WeekSM. Additionally, snag NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM 2-for-1 tickets during this time after they go on sale January 29 for performances from February 12 to February 25. Hotel savings are also available as the winter season offers the most attractive hotel rates of the year, particularly on the evening of Super Bowl Sunday (February 4). For all there is to do in NYC this winter, visit nycgo.com/winter.
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