Fifth Annual Long Island Festival & Walk For Mental Health Set For September 17th

Fifth Annual Long Island Festival & Walk For Mental Health Set For September 17th










LONG ISLAND, NY (PRWEB) August 9, 2006

The fifth annual “Long Island Festival & Walk for Mental Health” is scheduled for Sunday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. The “Walk for Mental Health” is the only event of its kind that is intended solely to raise awareness of mental illness and the consequences of its stigma instead of raising funds. Participants represent many community members, mental health organizations, professional associations, parent groups, individuals and families. Long Island columnist Ed Lowe is Master of Ceremonies as Long Islanders walk to Stamp Out Stigma of Mental Illness.

Those wishing to participate in the “Walk” will gather at the Huntington Post Office on Gerard Street by 12:30. Master of Ceremonies will be the famous Long Island columnist Ed Lowe, who is currently writing for the Long Island Press. He will lead the “Walkers” as they proceed to Huntington’s Heckscher Park. At the park, there will be an exciting festival with an art show, music, food and plenty of exhibits to encourage the walk’s anti-stigma message. There is also an exciting “Kids Corner” that includes an abundance of fun, entertainment and prizes for all.

The festival and walk is coordinated each year by the “Long Island Festival & Walk for Mental Health,” a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that is committed to raising awareness about mental health issues. The organization began with a group of individuals came together to encourage an anti-stigma message within the Long Island community. “Although one in five people across our nation is affected by mental illness, far too often there is a stigma associated with it even today,” noted M.J. Pulling, a “Walk” committee member and Director of Development for the Pederson-Krag Center, one of the largest private, not-for-profit outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment centers on Long Island. “This stigma continues to be a significant obstacle for individuals and their families and discourages them from getting the help they need because of their fear of discrimination,” added Ms. Pulling. “September is traditionally associated with a new beginning, a new year of learning. We hope that by holding our “Walk” in September, many people will begin to learn about mental illness and the stigma that so often is attached to those who suffer from it,” she continued

“The Long Island Festival Walk for Mental Health is an opportunity for people in the community to have fun while learning more about mental-health issues,” said Ms. Pulling. She added, “The more people understand the reality of mental illness, the less likely people will attach a stigma to it.”

Those who would like to participate should gather on Gerard Street by 12:30 pm. The walk will begin at 1:00 p.m., going east on Main Street (25A) until it reaches Heckscher Park. For more information, contact in Suffolk County, 631-471-7242, ext 1350 and in Nassau County, 516-505-2003, ext. 225.

Contact:

Alyssa Nightingale

631-367-8599

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Artists Wanted for Long Island Festival & Walk for Mental Health Poster Contest

Artists Wanted for Long Island Festival & Walk for Mental Health Poster Contest










Cold Spring Harbor, NY (PRWEB) July 29, 2006

The Long Island Festival & Walk For Mental Health, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, is calling for all artists and members of the community to submit artwork for a poster to be used for marketing and advertising of the Long Island Festival and Walk for Mental Health for 2007 and in upcoming years. The winning poster will be announced at this year’s event, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 17, 2006. Each year, thousands of walkers throughout Long Island gather in Huntington Village to raise awareness and remove the stigma associated with mental illness. Walkers begin on Gerard Street, near the Huntington Post Office, at 12:30pm and proceed to Huntington’s Heckscher Park. The day offers a presentation of talents from the Long Island and mental health communities, as well as many other attractions and activities.

“The LI Festival & Walk For Mental Health counters the significant barrier that discourages individuals with mental illnesses and their families from getting the help they need because they fear being discriminated against,” explains M.J. Pulling, a “Walk” committee member and Director of Development for the Pederson-Krag Center. The event replaces common misconceptions and misinformation with understanding and knowledge. This is a critical issue because one in five people nationwide are affected by mental illness in some way. The Walk For Mental Health is committed to making an impact and raising awareness among communities so that those seeking help and guidance will feel comfortable doing so.

All community members are invited to submit artwork to be considered for the poster contest. All artwork submissions must be on oak tag or poster board, size 24 x 36, and can be created in pen and ink, crayon, tempera, acrylic, or colored pencil. The theme for the poster must be related to Mental Health and Mental Wellness topics (for example what we can do to keep our minds healthy, how we can promote tolerance and acceptance of those who have a mental illness, how we can help break the stigma of mental illness, or how to promote mental wellness within your town). The artist of the winning poster will receive $ 50 and must agree to allow his or her poster to become the marketing poster for the LI Festival & Walk For Mental Health in 2007 and during upcoming years.

All artwork must be submitted by September 1st to the Family Service League building, 790 Park Avenue, Huntington, New York 11743 attention to Terry Mecke, Art Therapist. The artist’s name, address, and phone number must be attached to the back of the artwork. The artwork will be judged and the winner will be announced at the Long Island Festival & Walk For Mental Health. For more information, call Terry Mecke at 631-427-3700 ext. 292.

Contact:    

Alyssa Nightingale

631-367-8599

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World’s Largest Tulip Festival Blooms in Ottawa

World’s Largest Tulip Festival Blooms in Ottawa










Ottawa (Vocus) May 1, 2009

From May 1-18, 2009, three million tulips bloom in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, during the Canadian Tulip Festival – the largest festival of its kind in the world.

The Canadian Tulip Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year who come to explore the 15-km (9.3 mile) Tulip Route that winds throughout the Ottawa region and along the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What springs up along this colourful Tulip Route?

A lavish art nouveau Tulip Festival Mirror Tent hosts the award-winning Chinese Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe (think: elaborate juggling and human balancing acts), live musical performances by jazz singer Kellylee Evans, folk singers Ian Tyson and Lynn Miles, as well as a thought-provoking speaker series called Celebridée, a Celebration of Ideas, which brings together thinkers, artists, writers, and political figures to debate and discuss issues. Canada’s political satirist Rick Mercer, Booker-Prize winning author Margaret Atwood and Sister Helen Prejean whose story turned into an international best seller and Oscar-nominated film Dead Man Walking, will all appear;
An International Pavilion to house representatives of 23 embassies and high commissions to share food, explore traditions and crafts from their respective countries;
5 vintage carnival rides, an interactive circus school that teaches festival-goers circus skills, as well as a Green Tulip Showcase to share ways for visitors to lessen their environmental impact;
Commissioner’s Park – home to 300,000 tulips alone – shines even more with street performers, school music programs, local painters as well as the outdoor Tulip Legacy Exhibit that started it all.

The Canadian Tulip Festival traces its roots to a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs sent to the people of Canada by the Dutch Royal Family at the end of World War II. During the war, the Royal Family took refuge in Ottawa and Princess Margriet was born here. Canadian troops played a pivotal role in liberating the Netherlands, which led to the original tulip gift. Even today, the Royal Family and the Dutch Bulb Growers Association send tulip bulbs to Ottawa. http://www.tulipfestival.ca

Want to make the most of your tulip experience? Ottawa Tourism offers a Tulip Celebration Package. To find out more about this package or to book, visit http://www.ottawatourism.ca or by calling 1-888-OTTAWA-8 (1-888-688-2928).

Summer Festivals

From June to August, Ottawa reverberates with music festivals including:

The Ottawa International Jazz Festival (June 25-July 5);
The Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest (July 8-19) – the world’s second largest blues festival after Chicago’s;
The world’s largest Chamber Music Festival (July 25-August 8);
The Ottawa Folk Festival (August 21-23).

Couple music festivals with Canada’s biggest birthday bash (Canada Day on July 1), the world’s largest beach volleyball tournament (July 11), a green and eco-friendly Rideau Canal Festival (July 31-August 3), the eclectic ByWard Market neighbourhood, the pomp of the Changing the Guard Ceremony on Parliament Hill and you have an action-packed summer.

For information on Ottawa’s festivals and events, restaurants, attractions, neighbourhoods, or to book packages and access Ottawa videos and images, visit http://www.ottawatourism.ca

Ottawa Tourism provides destination marketing, strategic direction and leadership in cooperation with members and partners to service the travel media and attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. Its vision is to build recognition of Ottawa as an outstanding four-season tourism destination.

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Celtic Colours International Festival Announces Line-up for 2011

The line-up for 2011 Celtic Colours International Festival was announced on Monday and organizers are excited about what’s in store for their 15th Anniversary.

Celtic Colours will be exploring our Cajun and Appalachian connections in 2011 with this year’s Artists in Residence: songwriter Ron Bourgeois from Cheticamp and Old Time Appalachian fiddler and singer Bruce Molsky from the US.

“We’ll be getting to know more about our Celtic cousins to the South as we broaden our understanding of the roots and branches of Celtic traditional music,” Joella Foulds says, the Festival’s Artistic Director. “An emphasis on song this year will help tell the story of the connections and how they came to be.”

Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours opens October 7 with a concert in Port Hawkesbury called “Distant Sons and Daughters” and closes October 15 with a concert featuring the Barra MacNeils and guests from throughout the festival in “The Barra MacNeils’ Celtic Roots and Branches” at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney.

This closing concert is one of a couple of special projects being featured at Celtic Colours this year. The October 12 concert “Women of Song” will bring together eight outstanding women singers from Scottish, Appalachian, Acadian, Gaelic and Cape Breton traditions and the October 13 concert “My Old True Love: The Songs that Bind”, will explore the shared Scottish/Appalachian history through an intimate song circle. The Acadian roots of Cajun music will be celebrated in the Acadian communities of D’Escousse and Cheticamp, and of course there will be plenty of Gaelic songs and Irish tunes throughout the Festival.

Along with the usual shows dedicated to Celtic music featuring Cape Breton fiddlers, piping, guitar, piano, Gaelic song and dancing, concerts will also celebrate the contribution of legendary Cape Breton composer Dan R. MacDonald, and pay tribute to Alice Freeman for hosting ceilidhs in Inverness for over 20 years.

Festival organizers are very excited to welcome the Black Family from Ireland for the first time including sister Mary Black, BeauSoliel avec Michael Doucet from Louisiana, dancer Nic Gareiss, and Appalachian singer and banjo-player Sheila Kay Adams.

Popular performers from past festivals visiting this year include Blazin’ Fiddles, Dougie MacLean, Karine Polwart, Archie Fisher, Ron Hynes, James Keelaghan, Cathy Ann MacPhee, and Anna Massie. Returning from last year are Old Man Luedecke, Tim Edey, Lewis MacKinnon, Niamh Ní Charra, and the MacKenzie Brothers.

Artists new to the Festival this year include Ireland’s Alan Kelly Quartet, the April Verch Trio from the Ottawa Valley, Scottish Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes, and Cape Breton’s own bluegrass legends in the making Crowdis Bridge.

And of course, no Celtic Colours would be complete with our very own favourites like Ashley MacIsaac, J.P. Cormier and the Elliot Brothers, Mary Jane Lamond, Wendy MacIsaac, Carl MacKenzie, Winnie Chafe, Howie MacDonald, Brenda Stubbert, Doug MacPhee, Dave MacIsaac, the Colin Grant Band, Glenn Graham, Rodney MacDonald, Marc Boudreau, Douglas Cameron, Maybelle Chisholm McQueen, Dwayne Cote, Troy MacGillivray and Kimberley Fraser.

As usual, Celtic Colours will present a full complement of Cultural Experiences in communities all around Cape Breton Island and the nightly Festival Club at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s.

Tickets for Celtic Colours International Festival go on sale July 11, 2011. They can be purchased at the Festival Box Office, located at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney, online, or by phone—567-3000 (local) or 1-888-355-7744 (toll free). For the complete lineup of Celtic Colours, to view video highlights from 2010, or purchase tickets, visit http://www.celtic-colours.com.

About Celtic Colours

For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island hosts a unique celebration of music and culture as the Celtic Colours International Festival presents dozens of concerts all over the island, an extensive line-up of community events, and a nightly Festival Club. Since its 1997 debut, Celtic Colours has become one of Canada’s premiere musical events, and a cultural highlight of Nova Scotia’s tourism season, collecting accolades from regional music awards to national and international tourism awards.