Wednesday: Welcome Summer with Food, Music and Joan of Arc

The Joan of Arc Statue Committee and the Riverside Park Conservancy are holding a summer kickoff event at the statue on 93rd Street and Riverside Drive on Wednesday.

The committee has been fundraising to upgrade the area around the statue, and last year Council Member Helen Rosenthal funded a project to rehab the area around the statue.

The committee sent the description below of the event:

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., members of the Riverside Park Conservancy together with the Joan of Arc Statue Committee, will welcome visitors and Upper West Side residents to a celebration of the beginning of the summer season at The Statue of Joan of Arc at Riverside Drive and West 93rd Street.

This free public, family friendly event, “La Fête de Jeanne d’Arc,” coincides with St. Joan’s Feast Day.

The event will feature live music performed by New York’s own Via Paris Jazz Band, and refreshments from the renowned Ladurée restaurant. There will also be special treats for les chiens!

The Joan of Arc statue is New York City’s first statue of a non-fictional woman and the first statue to be sculpted by a woman, Anna Hyatt Huntington.

Highly visual setting in Riverside Park above the Hudson River, with statue facing west.

WHO:                 New York City Parks officials, members of the Joan of Arc Statue Committee andcrowds of local Upper West Side residents.

WHAT:              “La Fête de Jeanne d’Arc,” a free public event to celebrate the beginning of summer.

WHEN:             Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:           The Joan of Arc monument at Riverside Drive and West 93rd Street. NYC’s first statue of a non-fictional woman and first statue sculpted by a woman.

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    1. Bruce E. Bernstein says:

      a note from Dr. Kim’s son regarding his memorial service, Tuesday June 5th, 3-5 PM:

      Professor Young Kun Kim passed away, peacefully and gracefully, in the presence of his friends and family, on Thursday May 17th, 2018. He was 87. His legacy lives on, in his wishes for peace, respect, and fairness; in the love that he gave to all; in his nurturing of our quests for knowledge; and in the stories and teachings, humorous or serious, that he so freely shared. Please share your stories of remembrance on Tuesday, June 5th, at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, from 3-5 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to your favorite charities or community centers. There are so many good causes, big and small, and so many in need. Please remember that these memorials are only for spreading positive feelings, teachings, humorous stories, etc, not details of the ongoing criminal case or links to news articles covering the case. We need to be very respectful of those that are only looking for positive remembrances at these sites, myself included. Again, this is of the utmost importance. Please share stories, quotes, tributes, and the like at the following sites

      Facebook (in development, but live):

      Jinsoo Kim

    2. WestSide Wacko says:

      It’s good that the event honored both the statue AND the real Jean d’Arc.

      ’tis sad that the brave young woman could not have been a STAKE-HOLDER 😱 in the event. 😂