Newsletter - November 18, 2020



The Coney Island Museum Fundraiser, Once Upon a Time in Coney Island: A Virtual Celebration of the People’s Playground, Saturday, December 5, 2020, 8pm!

We miss your Funny Faces! Please join the Coney Island Museum — on Zoom — for Once Upon a Time in Coney Island, a salon-like evening of readings, stories, performances, and memories that capture the heart and soul of the People’s Playground. Hosted by the inimitable Adam Realman, our Museum benefit will feature luminaries including Neil Gaiman, Alice Hoffman, Kevin Baker, Bill Griffith, Todd Robbins, Richard Eagan, Trav SD, and others to be announced. Amid the chaos and strife that defined 2020, this special event is an easy escape into the wonders of Coney Island. Apart but together, we’ll focus on what makes this place so magical … and with your generous support, begin the next chapter in its spectacular story.

With Special Guests:

  • Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline, American Gods, The Ocean At the End of the Lane)
  • Alice Hoffman (The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Practical Magic, Magic Lessons)
  • Ann Aptaker (Genuine Gold; Flesh and Gold; A Taco, A T-Bird, A Beretta, and One Furious Night)
  • Kevin Baker (Dreamland, Paradise Alley)
  • Richard Eagan - Actor, Artist, Musician
  • Jennifer Egan (Manhattan Beach, A Visit From the Goon Squad)
  • Bill Griffith (Nobody’s Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead, Lost and Found)
  • John Major (111 Places In Brooklyn That You Must Not Miss)
  • Philomena Marano - Artist, Visual Designer, Storyteller
  • Larry Racioppo - Photographer
  • Dawn Raffel (The Strange Case of Dr. Couney, The Secret Life of Objects)
  • Trav SD (Rose’s Royal Midgets, No Applause), Actor, Director, Playright
  • Todd Robbins (The Modern Con Man: How To Get Something For Nothing), Entertainer
  • Chris T. - "The Voice of the Mermaid Parade", Writer, Producer, Creator and Host of "Aerial View”

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

A Zoom link to join us online, will be emailed within 24 hours of purchase.

Ask The Experts: Jim R. Moore, Trav S.D. - Live on Zoom, Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 7pm!

Jim R. Moore - Publisher - Rose's Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville

Trav S.D. - Author - Rose's Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville - Actor, Director, Playwright

Rose's Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville is A BIG STORY about little people. This is the first book in 40 years devoted to the wonderful performances of these vaudeville acts. It includes personal remembrances and photographs from the daughter of Gladys Farkas, one of the original members of the company, PLUS reproductions of vintage collectible postcards that were originally sold by the performers at their shows.

Pre-sale for the book, Rose's Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville, available here.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.

A Zoom link to join us online, will be emailed on the day of the event.

Ask The Experts: Nancy Bilyeau - Live on Zoom, Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 7pm!

Nancy Bilyeau - Author - Dreamland

New York historical fiction author and magazine editor Nancy Bilyeau will discuss the history of the turn of the century Coney Island amusement park Dreamland, with the help of original photographs and postcards, and how she made use of its dramatic story in her new novel, 'Dreamland,' which was praised in Publishers Weekly: "Bilyeau populates her story with achingly believable, realistically flawed characters. This fascinating portrait of the end of the Gilded Age deserves a wide audience."

One of the book's themes is the stark difference between the amusement parks in 1911, which were dubbed "Sodom by the Sea," and the luxury hotels less than a mile away in present day Manhattan Beach, which were visited by the cream of Edwardian Society in Europe as well as such Americans as Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. A reading from the book will be included as well as Q&A.

Photo Credit - Joshua Kessler

Purchase a copy of Dreamland here.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.

A Zoom link to join us online, will be emailed on the day of the event.

Ask The Experts: Aaron Smith - Live on Zoom, Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 7pm!

Aaron Smith - Author - Circus Jerks

Aaron Smith is a journalist, thru-hiker, ex-circus barker and former roustabout. As a teenage metalhead in the 1980s, he ran away from home (walked actually - 2,150 miles from Georgia to Maine) and joined the circus. He lived on a train, which caught fire one night as it traveled to its next destination. An alligator escaped during a live show. An elephant tried to trunk him from a moving train. His incredible adventures with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, as well as the Big Apple Circus, go on and on.

Populated with clowns, dancing girls, Soviet bear trainers (with their bears), scalawags, elephants, and dung shovelers, Circus Jerks is a rare behind-the-scenes look at America’s fascinating circus culture, which is fast receding into history.  

Circus Jerks available to purchase here.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.

A Zoom link to join us online, will be emailed on the day of the event.

LatinX Burlesque Fest! December 17-20 on Zoom!

Join us on this digital burlesque weekender for The LatinX Burlesque Fest! From December 17th-December 20th enjoy shows, workshops, games and dance parties, all viewed on Zoom from the comfort of your own home. It's four days of burlesque in celebration of unity through diversity of the many shades, sizes, gender expressions, and walks of life that make up the Latinx community.

Early bird ticket pricing: $15/show or $35/weekend full pass all four days
Standard pricing (after December 1st): $20/show or $40/weekend full pass all four days

A Zoom link to join us online, will be emailed the day of the event.

Tickets and info here!

The Mermaid Parade at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Watch on Thanksgiving Day! All-female samba drumline FogoAzul NYC, along with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and Mermaid Queen Lynn Nottage and Dick Zigun representing The Mermaid Parade!

Watch the Virtual Parade on NBC!

Check out all of our new Gift Shop items!

You’ve heard the stories about mermaids and their mirrors! Now you can get your very own mirror, complete with an iconic image from the Coney Island USA archive!

Check out all of our new items!!

including a Glass cutting board and a wood and cork Coaster set by the amazing Marie Roberts.

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