Saturday, February 21, 2015
BRACA's Third Annual
Embrace Winter Festival 2015

Come out and "Embrace Winter" while celebrating the arts & cultural treasures of Bay Ridge on Saturday, February 21st from noon to 4:00. Music, history, art, games and crafts inside stores along the Third Avenue between 69th Street -
73rd Street.

Get your passport stamped at each activity and win a prize. Suggested donation $5.00. Passports & prizes at Circle's Cafe until 3:00. This event is brought to you by BRACA (the Bay Ridge Arts & Cultural Alliance) in partnership with the Third Avenue Merchants.

www.BRACAbrooklyn.org or call 718-748-5950.

Embrace Winter Festival Schedule
February 21, 2015

Circle’s Cafe - 310 Bay Ridge Avenue - www.circlescafe.com - A mainstay of the Bay Ridge neighborhood since the 1970s, Circle's continues to offer a wonderful assortment of favorites, whether it be their amazing carrot cake, Polio Florentine or thin crust pizza. www circlescafe.com
Pick up passports and prizes here. $5.00 donati0n suggested.

The Ridge Creative Center www.theridgecreativecenter.org was founded in 2014 and is located at 6501 - 6th Avenue in the First Free Church. Offering creative learning opportunities for all through thier: After School, Summer Program, Theater Arts Program, Vacation Day Arts Programs, ESL for Families & Family Cultural & Arts Programs. Today they will be offering a variety of activities. Arctic Exhibit Children's Art Work, Northern Light Art Project, Penguin Knock Down Game & Arctic Puppet Show by Children 12:30 & 1:30 (10 minutes long)
12:00 - 3:00

Consentino’s - 6927 Third Avenue - was founded in 1977 and is named after the family that runs it. Renowned for the freshness of its fish, one only has to try to get in the door during the Christmastime to see how popular this business is locally and beyond.
The Scandinavian East Coast Museum www.scandinavian-museum.org was founded in the early 1990s and is the sponsor of the popular Bay Ridge's Viking Fest. They were just voted Best of the Boro's Museums by The Home Reporter. Olaf the Snowman will be running an ice fishing game.
12:00 - 3:00


Yellow Hook - 7003 Third Avenue www.yellohookgrillenyc.com Named after the Bay Ridge's Dutch Colonial Name - Yellow Hook is located in a former speakeasy which had housed Lento‘s for decades. This corner continues to deliciously nourish the neighborhood, as well as quench thirsts under the very competent proprietors Stephen Jackson and Robert Long.

The Bay Ridge Historical Society - www.BayRidgeHistory.org represented by Jack LaTorre will proudly show pictures of Old Bay Ridge from the late 1800s - early 1900s. Join the Bay Ridge Historical Society for a short slideshow presentation and see how the Bay Ridge area looked like over 100 years ago. See vintage photographs and postcards of our neighborhood, and enjoy talking about the neighborhood's history and past. Come and see what your neighborhood looked like before alternate side parking rules!
12:00 - 3:00


Vesuvios - 7305 Third Avenue www.vesuviobayridge.com Founded in 1953 in one room serving pizza and simple dishes Vesuvio's has grown to encompass several buildings, offering three rooms for dining as well as a substantial party room. They still serve pizza and simple dishes but also much much more. There was a time not so long ago when restaurants cooked for people like family. That's what Vesuvio's does - treats you like family.
Regina Opera Company, www.reginaopera.org - in its 44th Season, is now located at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Company presents 3 fully-staged operas with full orchestra, 5 Sunday Matinee Concerts, and several Free-Admission performances each season. www.reginaopera.org

Today's one hour concert will feature opera and Broadway selections performed by Regina Opera soloists Cheryl Warfield, soprano; Tate Jorgensen, tenor; Dan Boruchowitz, baritone; accompanied by Richard Paratley - flutist and Maxine Feldman - pianist.

Opera selections include arias and duets by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, and Donizetti; Broadway selections from "Carousel", "Les Miserables", "Showboat", "Company", and "Kismet".
3:00 - 4:00
BRACA (Bay Ridge Arts & Cultural Alliance)

Embrace Winter was created by BRACA 2 years ago. Bay Ridge has so many rich cultural opportunities, but not so many at this time of the year. By February, we are all suffering from cabin fever, so why not have a fun, laid backed event that partners & promotes local businesses and local arts & cultural organizations.

BRACA is an umbrella organization, launched in 2011, to support and promote the arts and cultural richness of Bay Ridge and to develop strategies that will make Bay Ridge a cultural destination.


**please check the organizations websites for any possible event changes or updates