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Of picnic tables and Om, the return of Roosevelt Day 2021

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Time and circumstances limited Roosevelt Island Day 2021, but clearly, folks were happy over being back. RIOC organized it on short notice and with limited resources.

By David Stone

Roosevelt Island Daily News

Scenes from Roosevelt Island Day 2021

It’s election season, and that brought candidates out, mingling in the retail politics of one to one conversations. But before a lively concert closed out the afternoon, Shops On Main’s Picnic Table Project and Island Om made things lively for kids and adults.

Popular fitness guru, Island Om, brought dozens out for finding the “Om Close to Home.”

Meanwhile, dozens more, mostly littler hands, formed teams, creatively converting simply picnic tables into art objects of wonder.

We have results for you later, but in the meantime, the gang from the Carter Burden Network was out, celebrating the senior center’s reopening on Monday.

Director Lisa Fernandez (R) and assistant Yulisa Santana (L) can’t wait to welcome seniors back at 546 Main.

Candidates and other politicians come out…

Frequent Roosevelt Island visitors, state assembly member Rebecca Seawright and congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, were again on hand for Roosevelt Island Day 2021. Having both won reelection last fall, they relaxed with the crowd.

Manhattan District Attorney candidate Dan Quart (in blue shirt) sought votes on the first day of early voting.

And a big name in the crowded field for mayor calmly answered whatever questions Roosevelt Islanders had for him.

Ray McGuire stepped out of a successful career in business, offering his practiced skills for running the city of New York.

But Roosevelt Island Day 2021 was a lot about picnic tables

Leading off, above, was the creative genius of Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts pooled together in paint

And the Wildlife Freedom Foundation brought colorful flair to their mission.

And theatre arts in song weren’t far away.

Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance made the benches sing.

And while the picnic tables dried, our friends at the Roosevelt Islander caught the band RIOC hired to set Roosevelt Island Day in rhythm.

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