Grab your partner! Down-home hoedown celebrates newly renovated park

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DO-SI-DO: Sisters Desiree, 4, and Angelica Kenny, 7, of Bay Ridge enjoy the music at Owls Head Park.
SLOW DANCE: Elizabeth Theofan of Bay Ridge dances with her husband Edward Aleksey.
GROOVIN’: Kevin O’Donnell of Bay Ridge and his son Finnian, 10 months, dig the music at the Down Home Family Fun Day.
The New River Travelers mixed children’s songs in with old bluegrass favorites.
Angelica Kenny, 7, of Bay Ridge, steps up to the mic to sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” with the bluegrass trio.


Ridgites were treated to a down-home, rootin’, tootin’ hoedown — complete with a bluegrass band, and a plethora of fresh pies — on Saturday afternoon.

It marked the first event held at Owls Head Park Overlook since it was renovated this year.

Bay Ridge bluegreass band, The New River Travelers, entertained the crowd of parents and kids, who danced — and, in some cases, sang along — on the terrace overlooking the harbor.

“Everybody had a good time,” said Victoria Hofmo, of the Bay Ridge Arts and Cultural Alliance, which helped organize the day with Councilman Vincent Gentile (D–Bay Ridge). “I’m happy that people heard about it and showed up, since it wasn’t on a main strip with people walking by.”

The day featured a potluck with apple and pumpkin pies and cookies — but the best was a homemade pumpkin pie, she said.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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