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Astoria Park Shore Fest Features Ukulele Jam Session

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | August 2, 2012 5:53pm

QUEENS — Sunday will be a funday in Astoria this August.

Starting this weekend, Shore Boulevard, wedged between Astoria Park and the East River, will be transformed into a giant festival stage.

The event, on Aug. 5, 12 and 19, organized by the Astoria Park Alliance will include dozens of performances, live music concerts, food tastings and fitness programs.

“Shore Fest shall highlight Shore Blvd's potential as a grand connection between the neighborhood's signature park and the fabulous waterfront views,” organizers wrote on their website.

On Aug. 5, organizers will invite Astorians (and their pets) to “Kids and Family Fun," complete with a pet parade and pet costume contest. Recycle-A-Bicycle will show kids how to make jewelry with recycled bike parts and children will also participate in bilingual story telling.

The following weekend’s theme will be “Taste the Neighborhood.” Astorians will get a chance to taste free samples from various local restaurants. There will also be a watermelon eating contest and a talk with Meg Cotner, a Queens food author.

Then on Aug. 19, the last day of Astoria Park Shore Fest, Astorians will get to participate in “River Jam” when Dance Entropy and Astoria Fine Arts Dance will take the stage. There will also be a stand up comedy show with Alex Carabano and Jenn Wehrung, and East River Blues Band will play their hits.

On each Sunday, Astorians will get to participate in a Ukulele Social, a gathering of ukulele enthusiasts that will be a combination of jam session and ukulele tutorial.
Love TV will also be present.

The host — Aphrodite — will be interviewing participants about their stories of love.

Astoria Park Shore Fest will occur on Aug. 5, 12 and 19 between 1 and 7 p.m.  A complete schedule of events can be found here.