2017-03-01 / Editorials

March Comes In Like A Lamb

March has come in like a lamb instead of a lion, and let’s hope it stays that way.

We were lucky (so far!) to have had only one major snowstorm, but even a comparatively mild winter is still dark and cold, and we are ready for spring to burst out all over. The early darkness and raw temperatures make some people hole up and hibernate each winter. But there is plenty of fun to be had, whether staying indoors or boldly venturing out. If you haven’t already this year, take advantage of the wonderful ice skating at City Ice Pavilion in Long Island City, and also at the World Ice Arena in Flushing Meadows, which offers skating and hockey classes. Keep these indoor rinks in mind any time of year, as they supply off-the-beaten-track excitement year-round!

If you still haven’t caught cabin fever, there are numerous other options for indoor fun, and we may yet get another cold snap, so consider exhibits, performances and activities at our numerous enlightening museums, historical societies and cultural institutions, at Queens Library and our local colleges. Don’t forget the comedy clubs, senior centers and Parks Department recreation centers, in addition to the abundant clubs and restaurants, newly opened, as well as venerable neighborhood favorites. Check our Community Calendar online for specifics of many special events.

Spring officially begins on March 20th, but by baseball reckoning it began on February 12th and 14th with the Mets’ and Yankees’ pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training. And if you would like to take advantage of this balmy springlike weather while it holds up, Queens is gifted with a profusion of magnificent parks and gardens – for example, Queens Botanical Garden for nature photography, gardening workshops and even concerts and arts and crafts; Forest Park’s 500-plus acres that even boast horseback riding; Flushing Meadows Corona Park to visit the Queens Wildlife center Zoo, or go bike-riding; Alley Pond Environmental Center for stargazing and nature hikes; explore the historic Castle at Fort Totten and its art exhibitions; Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge for bird-watching; and the recently rebuilt Rockaway Beach now boasts upscale food adventures, fitness equipment, roller hockey, a skate park and as always, splendid views of the Atlantic Ocean.

And speaking of March, how about marching in St. Pat’s For All Parade, on March 5th? Registration is still open for those wishing join the parade, at www.stpatsforall.org. Volunteers are welcome, and there is the benefit concert at the Irish Arts Center on March 3rd. The annual parade really brings the community together, and it should be jolly fun, even if you simply come as a spectator. There will be plenty of celebrating, led by Grand Marshals Phil Donahue and Anastasia Somoza. The parade will be followed by the Irish Music Festival, at Sunnyside’s Boulevard bars, from “3 pm ‘til late.”

As you can see, there is no shortage of fun this mighty month of March! So take advantage of this “warm snap” in case it doesn’t last.

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