With that fluke of a heatwave far in New York City's past and with free the concert season kicked off, it's time to mark your calendar and prepare your picnic basket.
This week's free picnic-friendly events include:
Tonight, June 21, 2005, 7 PM: The Metropolitan Opera performs Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns in Prospect Park's Long Meadow.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005, 7 PM: The Madison Square Park Conservancy is presenting Dar Williams
Thursday, June 23, 2005, 6 PM: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green Movie: Chac: The Rain God - Based on Tzeltal and Mayan ceremonies and stories and the Popul Vuh, the film focuses on a small village in the Chiapas region of Mexico desperate for rain during a terrible drought.
Friday, June 24, 2005, 5PM: Swedish Midsummer Festival at Wagner Park in near Bowling Green - Celebrate the longest day of the year the traditional Swedish way – picnicking on the grass, making flower wreaths for headdresses, listening to traditional fiddle music, and dancing until dark.
Directions: Take the 4/5 to Bowling Green, or take the 1/9 to Rector and walk down Greenwich.
Walk west along Battery Place until you pass Historic Battery Park and enter BPC.
Bus: The M9, M10, and M22 buses all stop in Battery Park City
Friday, June 24, 2005, 7:30 PM: Pack your picnic baskets and join us in gluttoneous sin before the eyes of the great Christian Crusader, Reverend Billy Graham. For three free days you can picnic in Flushing Meadows Corona Park amid the Saved. Look for us non-believers with our yuppily packed gourmet picnic baskets. Take the 7 train to Willets Point/Shea Stadium. Be prepared yourself for a 15 minute walk.
The Downtown Boathouse provides free kayaking weekends and weekday evenings, perfect for a floating Picnic-on-Hudson.
Pier 26 Between Chambers Street and Canal Street on the Hudson River.
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