I recently rediscovered ping pong, a favorite of mine when I was a teen. And just like riding a bike, you never forget how to play. I have been playing with a friend who seemed to think that he was quite good, but in the last few weeks I won 25 games and he won six.
It’s great exercise, but if you can't get to a ping-pong table or it is not your game of choice, try board or word games. Words with Friends is a good app. I have learned many new words just playing that game once a day. Or the old-time favorites like Connect Four, Monopoly, Scrabble and more.
If the outdoors is your thing, then take a stroll on the Forest Park trails if you can and enjoy the turning of the leaves or a nice afternoon walk to the Carousel and see all that Woodhaven has to offer.
And with fall comes the much-anticipated Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival, which is always a crowd pleaser.
The festival this year is on Sunday, October 13. The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation is crazy busy these last few weeks preparing for the annual festival.
I have visited several fairs throughout the summer, and have secured some new vendors and entertainment. Along with our repeat vendors and music, we will have a cannoli vendor straight from the San Gennaro Feast, and possibly a Himalayan dumpling vendor. I have no idea what they taste like, but it looked interesting.
And this year for the first time on the big stage by Forest Parkway there will be a new band called Karary, which is a traditional Ecuadorian group.
So it is not just the office work that is fun, but the actual effort to secure new exciting vendors and entertainment keep Woodhavenites coming back for more.
I am told quite often that we should do two street fairs. We are not allowed to, but even if we were I’m not sure we could handle that. It is a lot for a part-time staff, but well worth it.
Soon you will see white markings on the curb noting which vendor goes where. They do not appear magically overnight, so a special thanks to John and Krys, who paint these markings all along the perimeter of the fair in the wee hours of the morning when most are asleep.
The pony rides, bouncy castles, games, stage, bands, karate demos and, lest we forget, the vendors all take much effort in planning. Another big thanks to the Sanitation, Police and Fire departments, who keep our streets clean and safe before and after the fair.
And last but certainly not least, let's thank the GWDC Board, President Stephen Esposito, staff Maureen, Debbie and Lina, and all our seasonal hired help for the day that make this street fair possible.
So come on out on Sunday, October 13, from noon to 6 p.m. from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard and enjoy all the festivities rain or shine. No rain please.
The GWDC will have our table in front of our office that day, and if you have any questions please stop by and see us then.