Summer is on its way

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 5/31/2013, 1:32 p.m.

The performance titled "Estampas on 6: Postcards from El Barrio" was a tribute to Harlem. Showcasing the sights and sounds of New York City, the children did a phenomenal job of portraying the blocks they call home. Taking a ride on the 6 train from the historic Duke Ellington statue to the 103rd Street station, they weaved their way through a patchwork of street vendors, passing by the Apollo Theater and encountering musicians and domino players, ending at the Harbor, where all they could say was "Thank you, thank you, Tony, for showing us the way to opening up a world of possibilities!"

TheMid-Manhattan Branch of the NAACP will be weaving its way around the lower Manhattan waterway as it hosts its annual boat ride on Saturday, June 22. It's all aboard the Harbor Lights, located at East 23rd Street and FDR Drive. Boarding begins at 12 p.m., and it will be on the high seas from 12:30-3:30 p.m. For ticket information, contact Dottie Seals at 212-787-7486.

Looking gorgeous and every bit on her way to becoming a prima ballerina was Michaela DePrince as she was on her way to attend the American Ballet Theater Spring Gala. DePrince, as you may know, is a company member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. It just goes to show that all is fair in love, war and dance.

For those of you who do your food shopping out of the zone, you will be sad to hear that the Food Emporium at Broadway and 68th Street has closed. I was shocked when I passed by the location on the bus and saw the entire store empty. I shopped there occasionally, and I loved the experience. The aisles were roomy, the selection of delicacies was varied and large, and there were bite-size samples of cheese, a yummy bakery counter (with small cannolis) and a sit-down counter if you wanted to have a little something to eat with a hardy cup of coffee or tea.

Meanwhile, Harlem Shake at Lenox Avenue and 124th Street has opened and is doing a brisk business. The offering is snack fare from hamburgers, franks, shakes and fries to wine and a smattering of desserts. Step right up, place your order, grab a table and chair and enjoy.

Happy birthday, Uncle Frank.

Until next week ... kisses