Family Day and Jazz Festival Coming to Jamaica Residents This Weekend

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on July 12, 2013 11:28am 

 Family Day in St. Albans Park in 2012.
Family Day in St. Albans Park in 2012.
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Leroy Comrie's office

QUEENS — There will be something for everyone this weekend at St. Albans Park in Jamaica, where a free annual jazz festival will take place, along with Family Day, boasting face painting and slides for kids.

The Annual St. Albans Jazz Festival, organized by Black Spectrum Theatre, will feature Melba Moore on Friday. Bill Jacobs Ensemble, U4ouria, Ed Jackson and Mike Flythe’s Atomic Band will take the stage on Saturday.

"The Family Days and Jazz Festival have been a highlight for Queens' residents for many summers,” said Councilman Leroy Comrie, who has hosted family days in Jamaica for more than a decade.

“It is the perfect way to spend time with family and friends getting your face painted, play in the fun house, while also having the opportunity to listen to tributes from some of the great musicians that called Queens their home," Comrie added.

Kids will also have a chance to enjoy free games and arts and crafts.

During the event, residents will also learn about various community services, Comrie’s office said.

Representatives of Queens Legal Services and low cost health care providers, including WellCare Health Plans and Affinity Health Plan, will be present to answer questions.

Experts from the Parks Department will talk about sustainability and Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica will advise residents about housing related issues.

The Annual St. Albans Jazz Festival starts on Friday, July 12 at 6 p.m. It will continue on Saturday, July 13, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Family Day is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.

St. Albans Park is located on Merrick Boulevard, between 173rd Place and Sayres Avenue.

Family Days are also planned for July 27 at Wayanda Park and for Aug. 10 at Liberty Park.

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