(Though these events are over, we
leave them in for historical reference.)
June 24: The Mermaid Parade. Coney Island, 11 Noon. Meet in front of the Coney Island Side Show. The Side Show is on the boardwalk. Ask anyone where it is. Once you're at Coney Island, eight out of 10 people will be able to point you in the right direction as the Side Show is the sponsor of the Mermaid Parade, and many people who know about it will be milling about that day. Take any CONEY ISLAND bound subway to the end of the line; at that point, you're nearly there! As for the Mermaid Parade, it is one of the wildest, zaniest things (next to Wigstock) which calls New York City its home...
Lots of vintage cars, mostly from the 50's, many convertibles draped with mermaids (ur) women dressed as mermaids... And the costumes; so creative! Very home grown. No corporate floats in this parade, just neighborhood folks putting together makeshift costumes out of common household materials; you know, old bleach bottles, cellophane, paper mache, sequins, netting, etc.
Oh, there aren't just mermaids. There are many King Neptunes too. Men are not, repeat not, left out of this parade.
And, there are a lot of babies (yes, real babies) dressed as mermaids, and King Neptunes... They are all very cute, indeed.
And for you wild and woolly young men, you may find a few topless mermaids... but I can't promise that.
Anyway, The VivaVegie Society will be out there, en force.
We will have lots of pro-veggie literature to distribute. And we will be passing out a lot of ANTI-MC DONALD'S material this year too because of a special situation. The Coney Island Side Show may be losing its lease. And their landlord is considering renting the Side Show space to McDonald's. So, we will have a lot of anti-McDonald's sentiment to draw upon this year.
The Coney Island Side Show is a solid neighborhood institution. It claims that it is the only Side Show in the country. It's a real Side Show like you might think of at any circus. They have show acts such as fire swallowers, contortionists, a tattoo man... etc.
To put McDonald's into their spot would be a great affront to the neighborhood spirit, and a tragic end to a rich tradition that only Coney Island can boast...
The next event of The VivaVegie Society is, fate would have it, also at Coney Island...
On July 4 (yes, The fourth of July...), Nathan's Famous hot dog bar will be having its annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. The VivaVegie Society, along with Big Apple Vegetarians (718-438-1523) will be making a statement. We will be handing out copies of a brilliant flyer called "What is a Hot Dog". Also, copies of "101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian" will also be distributed.... What's great about this event--VivaVegie did it last year-- is that the media is out in full force. Last year a VivaVegie activist got quoted in New York Newsday. (Now, that's responsible reporting -- getting the other side of the issue!)
Meet at Nathan's Famous Hot Dog bar at 11 a.m on 4th of July. We hope to have at least 20 people on hand. This number looks very possible.
Also, bring some tofu pups, or any brand of non-meat hotdog (Smart Dogs, Not Dogs, etc.). We're going to try to give these away. Keeping them hot, may be a problem. Bring buns too...
To get there, take any Coney Island bound subway to the end of the line. Once out on the street after you get off the train, walk towards the boardwalk. You might have trouble missing it; but if so, just about any person can direct you.
Please email me if you have any question I did not address here. Please give your feedback too.
-- On Sun., Sept. 10: The Island Vegetarians will have its general meeting and potluck 2:30 to 5:00 p.m., Huntington (Long Island) Public Library, 338 Main St. For more info call 516/349-8639.
-- On Tues., Sept. 12: Friends of Animals (New York) meeting, 7:00 p.m., at Gulliver's, 120 W. 41st Street. Call 212/247-8221 for more info.
-- Sun., Sept. 17: Big Apple Vegetarians counsels GO WILD! Forage in Prospect Park with "Wildman" Steve Brill." Reservations: (718) 291-6825 (mention Big Apple when you call).
-- On Sun., Sept. 23: EarthSave-Long Island monthly veg potluck featuring George Eisman, R.D., founder of Vegetarian Dietitians and Nutrition Educators and author of The Most Noble Diet. For more info: 516/421-3791.
-- On Sun., Sept. 24: Join us for Farm Sanctuary's Annual Walk-a-thon. 11 a.m. at 79th street and Riverside Drive (Riverside Park) in Manhattan. For more information, a walker's pack, or to volunteer call Dawn Hernandez 516/944-8166 between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.
-- On Sun., Oct. 1: Vegetarian Awareness Month kicks off with World Vegetarian Day. It's not too late to plan a simple observation in your town. For more info, write to North American Vegetarian Society, P.O. Box 72, Dolgeville, NY 13329.
-- On Mon., Oct. 2: 13th annual observance of World Farm Animals Day, in conjunction with Gandhi's birthday. For a list of events, call Scott Williams at 301/530-1737. Sponsored by FARM (Farm Animal Reform Movement).
KAREN DAVIS IS SCHEDULED TO SPEAK in New York City on November 1, 1995, 6:30 p.m. at the Metro Baptist Church, 410 W. 40th Street (btwn 9th and 10th Ave.'s). $10 includes catered vegan dinner ($5 w/o dinner). Ms. Davis will be available to sign books. Questions: call Jean Thaler @ 718-438-1523. (Jean's group, BIG APPLE VEGETARIANS, is the sponsor the event.)
-- On Sun., Nov. 18: All-vegetarian gourmet Thanksgiving potluck in Frederick, MD sponsored by United Poultry Concerns. Meet Benjamina, Hester and Abigail, three friendly and very grateful turkeys. Cookbook signing and storytelling. Contact Karen Davis at 301/948-2406.
Schedule to distribute "101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian" in VivaVegie-style vegetarian street advocacy (call ahead, 212/966-xxx, to confirm):
-- Tues., Aug. 29: Leafletting patrons exiting from the movie, "BABE," evening hours; call ahead. -- Sun., Sept. 10: Transportation Alternatives Human Propulsion Fair, Central Park, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- Tues., Oct. 31: Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village, 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Meet at Mulberry St. and Spring St. at 5:45 p.m.) (The VivaVegie Society frequently goes out on short notice. Keep in touch !)