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Tulip Festival and Sheep-to-Shawl Festival this Sunday, May 6

12th Annual Tulip Festival (photo by Dave Abrams) is Sunday, May 6, 2012

Twelfth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival, Heckscher Park, 25A & Prime Ave., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A FREE annual, family-oriented, floral festival featuring hands-on children’s activity booths, family performances on the Chapin Rainbow Stage, art exhibitions, lectures & demonstrations; refreshment sales booths, and more than 20,000 tulips.  Presented by the Town of Huntington in cooperation with various community agencies, with Chief Sponsorship support provided by Astoria Federal Savings .

NOTE:  Although some weather conditions (e.g. lightning) could result in cancellation of outdoor Festival activities, essentially the Tulip Festival is held Rain or Shine.

Schedule of Festival Events


Free Children’s Activity Booths:

Arts & Crafts- Not Just Art

Wheel of Prizes & Face Painting–Arch Dental of Huntington

Face Painting– Art from the Heart

Creativity in Bloom–Art League of Long Island

Cheddar Cheese Sampling–Cabot Creamery Cooperative

Making Pasta Necklaces – Calling All Kids, Too

Planting Seedlings-Marigolds–Child Care Council of Suffolk County

Paint with Plants– Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Tulip Day Arts&Crafts– Crestwood Country Day School

Spray-On Hair Coloring – Every Child Matters – LI

Face Painting & Airbrush Tattoos– Fancy Faces by Kathy

Family Wellness/Stress Reduction– Foundation for Wellness Professionals

Come Grow With Us– Gloria Dei Nursery-Preschool

Health&WellnessEvaluations&Consultations– Health & Wellness Association

Calling All Pirates and Swashbucklers! – Heckscher Museum of Art*

BringingChildren&BooksTogether– Huntington Area Public Libraries Outreach: Youth Services

Makean“IAmFedNaturally”Lawn/GardenFlag– Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition

Share a Story– Huntington Public Library

Meet the Tooth Fairy– Huntington Village Dental

Watch Us Grow– Huntington YMCA

Flower Planting– Infinity Windows of Long Island

Face Painting by Joanie Baloney – Joanie Baloney Pro Face Painting & Party Services

JWL Charitable Children Walk-A-Thon– Junior Welfare League of Huntington

Music Workshop– KidzHitz SpringisintheAir– The Learning Center

Ecolological Fun & Energy Efficiency – LI Green/Huntington EECO Homes

You Can Be a Mime! – Little People’s Theater, Inc.

Patriotic Tattoos & Stickers/Bean Bag Toss – LI Blue Star Moms

RockN’Rest- Long Island Doula Association

Montessori Marigold Plantings– Love of Learning Montessori School

Color a Cookie for Charity– Melville Lions

Thrive with Five a Day” Coloring & Puzzle Activities – Reliance New York

Temporary Tattoos & Balloons – Oyster Babies Early Childhood Center

Where All Kids Have a Story to Tell– Pulitzer & Panetta Writing & Art Studio

Seashore Discovery– Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation

Shake It Up!-The Rock Underground
Spanish for Children– Spanish Immersion Workshop
Windsocks – Starflower Experiences
Mind Games for All Ages– Tutor Doctor

SummerSoccer&MultiSportsCamps– United Soccer Academy

UpintheAir– Vasculitis Foundation

Play HistoricChildren’sGames-Walt Whitman Birthplace

Historic Site Butterfly Color Mixing – West Hills Montessori School

Your Work of Art at a Work of Heart– Work of Heart


Heckscher Museum of Art*: Docents will be in the galleries leading tours throughout the day. Special exhibitions include Long Island Biennial, Max Weber on Long Island, and the Permanent Collection exhibition Across Time & Place.

School Art Contest: Winning works on display near the Stage. Organized by the Huntington Arts Council.* SponsoredbyAstoria FederalSavings*

Refreshment Booths: Operated by The LifePoint Church, Tony Silvestri (benefiting the Huntington Softball Hall of Fame), and Good 2 Go Deli (benefiting the Family Service League).

Cut Tulips: Sold by The Flower Petaler (benefiting the Junior Welfare League of Huntington).


Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance, Broadhollow Theatre presents “Rapunzel–The Musical” – A Tangled Fairytale! Let down your hair and join Rapunzel, her Prince, and the evil witch for a performance
of hair-raising hi-jinx! Presented by the Huntington Arts Council.* SponsoredbyAstoriaFederalSavings.*


Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance,“Pirate School!” – David Engels playing “Billy Bones” presents this comic stage show with an on-their-feet action section. New recruits learn well-crafted “Pirate Lessons” on how to stand, talk, laugh, eat, walk, sing and swashbuckle like pirates. They’ll encounter silly challenges, engage in nonsensical competitions; hear a pirate poem, rap song or alphabet, meet an amazingly life-like puppet – his furry first mate Rocky – and receive a Pirate School diploma at days end. Presented by the Huntington Arts Council.* SponsoredbyCablevision.


Historic Children’s Parade: Put your “Pirate” on! – Pirate School’s Billy Bones will lead our re-enactment of the annual children’s parade that followed the 1920 dedication of Heckscher Park. Parade will leave from and return to the Stage audience area (Parents:Please accompany your child in the parade. The Town cannot assume responsibility for your child.)


Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance:“The Broccoli Rob Show” – Singer/Songwriter Robert Poe plays a Super Veggie Hero named “Broccoli Rob.” Along with other characters (Bruce Leek & Elvis Parsley among them), he stresses the importance of eating fruits, vegetables and other high nutrient foods, combining music, comedy, fitness, dance, and martial arts into an interactive and highly entertaining show. Presented by the Huntington Arts Council.*


FestivalCloses (Museum exhibits on view until 5:00 p.m.)
First Aid, courtesy of the Huntington Community First Aid Squad, is available in the parking lot next to the Museum.


Sheep-to-Shawl Festival is this Sunday, May 6, from 11-4 p.m.

Shuttle to the Sheep-to-Shawl Festival:   Use the FREE shuttle to visit the nearby Sheep-to-Shawl Festival presented by the Huntington Historical Society at the 1795 Dr. Daniel W. Kissam House Museum, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington, 11-4 p.m.

Bring the kids for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun featuring real sheep shearing, llamas, spinning, weaving, crafts, games, food and toe-tapping music.



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