Weekend Round-up: Mist-e the cow, a beer bike, and two Dutch festivals take over Governors Island

This weekend, thousands of visitors came out to Governors Island to enjoy the last official weekend of summer. Many visitors took advantage of the miles of car-free biking here, while others caught performances at the New Island Festival, and saw the houses of Nolan Park as they were transformed by Droog design as a part of Pioneers of Change.

One attraction that provided delight for children and adults alike was Mist-e Simone, the New Island Festivals’ iconic cow.  Mist-e took up residence on the Festival’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams and was a great ambassador for the Island.

Another unique site during the festival was the archeological dig. Even though the festival is over, the archeological dig will remain open every Friday – Sunday until the Island closes.  So even though these wonderful Dutch events are over, there are still many more dynamic exhibitions, performances and programs happening through October 11.

Visitors at the Pioneers of Change exhibition in Nolan Park, where visitors experienced unique examples of Dutch architecture, fashion and design

Visitors at the Pioneers of Change exhibition in Nolan Park, where visitors experienced unique examples of Dutch architecture, fashion and design

 
Children on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, at the center of the New Island Festival

Children on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, at the center of the New Island Festival

Mist-e relaxing on Colonels Row with visitors

Mist-e relaxing on Colonels Row with visitors

Many visitors ate and drank at the New Island Festival. Here, visitors enjoy a beer on the beer bike

Many visitors ate and drank at the New Island Festival. Here, several enjoy a beer on the beer bike

Pioneers of Change is coming to Governors Island

This September, a festival festival celebrating Dutch design, fashion and architecture will come to Governors Island. The festival, Pioneers of Change, is conceived and curated by Renny Ramakers, co-founder and director of Droog. Pioneers of Change is a part of the NY400 week celebrations, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Dutch to New York.

Over the course of two long weekends from September 11 through the 13 and again from the 17 through the 20, Pioneers of Change will showcase a modern interpretation on Dutch art and design. The exhibit will utilize several former officers’ houses in Nolan Park, which will house everything from a slow cafe, to a pop-up store selling affordable Dutch design ware (all under $100), to design installations focused on sustainable living.

Several houses in Nolan Park, like this one shown here, will be the site of Pioneers of Change

Several houses in Nolan Park, like this one shown here, will be the site of Pioneers of Change

 

 

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