BBG’s Winter Festival Illuminated Returns for Second Year

Two Weekends of Indoor and Outdoor Workshops, Nature Walks, Games, Storytelling,
Film Screenings, and More for Visitors of All Ages

January 25-26 and February 1-2

Release Date: January 17, 2014

Brooklyn, NY—BBG’s enchanting winter pop-up festival, Illuminated, returns again this year with four days of distinctive programming for all ages. Enjoy storytelling, a fruit tree treasure hunt, and a junior masked ball and kid cotillion on January 25; old-school New York flicks and classic Brooklyn street games for grandparents and grandkids on January 26; a tween scratch-and-sniff stroll through the Garden and glow-in-the-dark nerd dance party on February 1; and yoga, a screening of cult classic The Little Fugitive (1953), and an egg cream happy hour for folks 55 and up on February 2. All Illuminated activities are free with Garden admission. For more information, visit bbg.org/illuminated.

Each day of Illuminated is unique and offers something for every visitor:
Saturday, January 25: Baby, It’s Cold Outside: A Winter Lodge for Families
Sunday, January 26: Old-School NYC: A Day for Grandparents and Grandkids
Saturday, February 1: Do It Yourself: A Glow-in-the-Dark Clubhouse for 9- to 14-Year-Olds
Sunday, February 2: Old-Time Brooklyn: A Clubhouse for Folks 55 and Upward

A selection of Illuminated images available to the press can be viewed on BBG’s Flickr page. For further details, high-resolution images, or to arrange an interview please email communications@bbg.org. Illuminated is presented as part of Light in Winter, BBG’s winter-long series of activities and programs designed to highlight the pleasures of the winter season and encourage people’s connection to nature in the quietest months of the year. Light in Winter activities are ongoing, with special programming over nine consecutive Sundays through January, February, and early March. More information can be found at bbg.org/light_in_winter.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Saturday, January 25: Baby, It’s Cold Outside: A Winter Lodge for Families
Enjoy wondrous activities throughout the day, including found-object collage-making with Javaka Steptoe, a treasure hunt for fruit trees, and a pretend petting zoo for toddlers. Fashion your own mask and get gussied up for BBG’s first annual Junior Masked Ball and Kid Cotillion, featuring Jon Singer’s Pink Gorilla Consort. Groove to BBG’s pirate radio station, Northern Lights Radio, spinning some of your favorite tunes.

11–11:30 a.m.
Urban Adventures: Storytelling with Javaka Steptoe

Cozy up on the rug and join Brooklyn’s own rousing raconteur and artist Javaka Steptoe for storytelling for families.
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Pretend Petting Zoo for Toddlers

Come play with our imaginary menagerie.
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Lite-Brite Lounge

Let your creativity shine with old-school Lite-Brites and other classic games. (Ages 3 and up)
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

Noon–12:30 p.m.
Urban Adventures: Storytelling with Javaka Steptoe

Cozy up on the rug and join Brooklyn’s own rousing raconteur and artist Javaka Steptoe for storytelling for families.
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

12:45–1:45 p.m.
Treasure Hunt for Fruit Trees

Bundle up and join an expedition to the furthest reaches of BBG to find fruit trees in the winter landscape.
Meet at the Visitor Center.

1–3 p.m.
Scrap Sculpture with Javaka Steptoe

Grab some bottle caps, tinfoil, and pocket lint to contribute to a giant found-object collage.
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

2–3 p.m.
Mask-Making Madness

Fashion your very own colorful creation and get gussied up for the ball.
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

3:15–4:30 p.m.
BBG’s First Annual Junior Masked Ball and Kid Cotillion

Lads and lasses of the kingdom are cordially invited to the “Grand Ballroom” for an elegant evening of dress-up, dancing, and delight, with serenades by Jon Singer’s Pink Gorilla Consort. Bow ties and ball gowns optional.
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

Sunday, January 26: Old-School NYC: A Day for Grandparents and Grandkids
Grandparents and grandkids share a special afternoon celebrating old-school New York. Join a classic street game of box ball and bottle cap skelly and cozy up for story time in the Mitten Lodge. Groove to BBG’s pirate radio station, Northern Lights Radio, spinning some of your favorite tunes. Brooklyn’s own Mark Russ Federman chats about his book, Russ & Daughters:Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built. Grab some popcorn and enjoy glorious black-and-white flicks starring New York City.

Noon–1 p.m.
Winter Bird Stroll

Spot winter birds around BBG with naturalist Brad Klein
Meet at the Visitor Center.

Noon–3 p.m.
Pretend Petting Zoo for Toddlers

Come play with our imaginary menagerie.
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman atrium at the Visitor Center

Noon–6:30 p.m.
Lite-Brite Lounge

Let your creativity shine with old-school Lite-Brites and other classic games.
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

2–3:30 p.m.
Jump Rope, Box Ball & Bottle Cap Skelly: Street Games in the Garden

Join veteran street games player Mick Greene outside for classic New York fun.
On the terrace of the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium

3:45–4:30 p.m.
The House that Herring Built: Musings from Russ and Daughters’ Mark Russ Federman

Learn how a family helped bring Jewish delicacies from Delancey Street to Main Street. In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

4:30–5 p.m.
Book Signing with Mark Russ Federman

Meet and greet the author of Russ and Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

5–6:30 p.m.
Old-School Flicks

Get your popcorn for a nickel and see New York in glorious black and white, including rare footage of monkey madness at Coney Island!
A Chimp’s Jamboree (1945), 9 min.
Rootie Kazootie (1953), 15 min.
Living in a Metropolis (1952), 20 min.
And much more….
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

Saturday, February 1: Do It Yourself: A Glow-in-the-Dark Clubhouse for 9- to 14-Year-Olds
Bring your friends (and banish your parents) for a day of glowing fun. Create your own luminescent bow tie and learn how to tie it. Ingrid Alvarez teaches neon nerd dance moves to prepare for our Glow-in-the-Dark Discotheque, featuring tunes on Northern Lights Radio. Don’t miss Eric Girardi’s Glow Show, featuring juggling, yo-yo antics, and magical mayhem.

Noon–1 p.m.
Scratch-and-Sniff Stroll

Follow your nose on this smelly exhibition all around BBG.
Meet at the Visitor Center

12:30–1:30 p.m.
Readings and Book Signings with Local Authors

Presented with our friends at Community Bookstore
Amy Herrick
The Time Fetch
Jane Kelley
Nature Girl
The Girl Behind the Glass
The Desperate Adventures of Zeno & Alya
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center


1:45–2:45 p.m.
Glow-in-the-Dark Bow Ties

Create your own luminescent retro formal wear. Free bow tie included in workshop on first-come, first-served basis; supplies limited.
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

3:15–3:45 p.m.
How to Tie a Bow Tie

Geek chic-sters…don’t miss this step-by-step seminar.
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

4–5 p.m.
Neon Nerd Dance Moves

Hip-hop instructor Ingrid Alvarez teaches the moves that will have you doing the Robot, the Freeze, the Ripple, and more. Free nerd glasses are included in the workshop on first-come, first-served basis; supplies limited.
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

5:15–6 p.m.
Glow Show Spectacular

Eric Girardi lights up the night with juggling, yo-yo antics, and magical mayhem.
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

6–7 p.m.
Glow-in-the-Dark Discotheque

Neon nerds’ time to shine! Dancing fiends can get their groove on in neon bow ties, nerd glasses, and glow sticks. Tweens only!
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

Sunday, February 2: Old-Time Brooklyn: A Clubhouse for Folks 55 and Upward
Chair yoga expert Sarah Meredith kicks off the day with a class designed for arthritis relief. Be enchanted by storytellers from Pearls of Wisdom, and enjoy BBG’s grounds with a bird stroll and tour. Join us for a special screening of the classic 1953 film Little Fugitive, followed by a discussion with Mary Engel (daughter of the filmmakers). Cap off the day at our Egg Cream After Party.

11 a.m.–Noon
Yoga for Arthritis Relief

Stretch, strengthen, and relax with chair yoga expert Sarah Meredith. Please wear comfortable, loose clothing. Space is limited, sign up in the Visitor Center.
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

Noon–1 p.m.
Pearls of Wisdom: Presented by Elders Share the Arts

Three storytellers share their true tales of growing up in Brooklyn.
In the Auditorium

Noon–1 p.m.
Winter Bird Stroll

Spot winter birds around BBG with naturalist Brad Klein
Meet at Magnolia Plaza.

1–2 p.m.
Chase Away the Winter Blues

Join licensed psychotherapist and veteran BBG guide Lynne Spevack, LCSW, for an hour-long outdoor narrated walk designed to relieve the winter doldrums.
Meet at Magnolia Plaza.

1:15–2:45 p.m.
Film Screening: The Little Fugitive

Directed by Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin, and Ray Ashley (1953)
“Our New Wave would never have come into being if it hadn’t been for the young American Morris Engel, who showed us the way to independent production with [this] fine movie.”—François Truffaut. This groundbreaking, award-winning film is a naturalistic journey through the eyes of a young boy in the thrilling setting of 1950s Coney Island.
In the Auditorium

2:45–3:15 p.m.
Discussion with Mary Engel

The daughter of filmmakers Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin shares the story behind the making of Little Fugitive.

3:30–5 p.m.
Egg Cream After Party

This festive happy-hour mixer features live music, artwork by Elders Share the Arts and egg creams by Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain.
In the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center

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