Last weekend of summer is busy in Woodhaven
by Ed Wendell
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The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will have a coloring table at this week's Richmond Hill park Fair on Saturday.
The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will have a coloring table at this week's Richmond Hill park Fair on Saturday.
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Sister Cathy Feeney with last year's honoree, Loy Gordon of Neir's Tavern and family, at the annual Harvest of Wine and Cheese & Open House, which takes place on Sunday.
Sister Cathy Feeney with last year's honoree, Loy Gordon of Neir's Tavern and family, at the annual Harvest of Wine and Cheese & Open House, which takes place on Sunday.
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Although the kids are back in school and summer vacation is over, there’s still a little bit of summer left. This coming Saturday and Sunday is the last full weekend of the season, and if you’re looking for something to do, I have a few suggestions.

For starters, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association holds its monthly Town Hall meeting on Saturday, September 15, at noon, at Emanuel United Church of Christ at 93-12 91st Avenue (at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).

Have you noticed that quite a few stores on Jamaica Avenue have been replacing their signage? Come out to the Town Hall meeting Saturday to hear about the latest squeeze by our city that’s really harming our local businesses.

Also on Saturday, the Richmond Hill Block Association will host its annual Park Fair at the Buddy Monument in Forest Park at the intersection of Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue. The fair runs from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m.

There will be a lot of vendors, rides, food and music. More importantly, it’s a great opportunity to walk in the park and meet up with your friends and neighbors. The Richmond Hill Park Fair always attracts a good crowd.

Many thanks to President Wendy Bowne and the rest of the Richmond Hill Block Association for their hard work every year bringing this fair to us.

The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will be there, as well, setting up a “coloring table.” We will have pictures of local attractions and a huge bucket of crayons for the kids.

We did this last year at a festival in the park and it was wildly popular. It’s fun to watch children as they interpret the world around them. The J train may be gray in our world, but to a kid it can be any color.

And coloring isn’t just for kids. If you feel like letting your inner child out, come by and color Babe Ruth and Dexter Park. Or add some color to Mae West’s dress as she stands outside Neir’s Tavern.

And while you’re at the park fair, you’ll be able to visit the newly launched Farmer’s Market, which is sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich. Managed by a group called GrowNYC, the Farmer’s Market will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Saturday until November 17.

And on Sunday, September 16, the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women will be hosting its annual Harvest of Wine and Cheese Open House from 3 to 6 p.m. The Center is located at 87-04 88th Avenue in the old convent across the street from St. Thomas the Apostle Church.

You’ve seen me write about the Sisters in this space many times. (Full disclosure: I am honored to serve on their Board of Directors.) This is a great opportunity to take a tour of the center and enjoy a selection of fine wines and cheese and raffles.

The Sisters will be recognizing two great volunteers for their service to the center on this day, Joe Haufe and Brendan Ryan.

“Joe Haufe has the SSND spirit in his blood. He has been our IT man since we moved the center to Woodhaven,” said Sister Catherine Feeney, executive director of SSNDEC. “Who else has a personal IT man on call?

“And Brendan Ryan has been a faithful friend of the center since its inception,” she added. “His bright smile and Irish wit liven every Harvest and Mardi Gras.”

So there’s lots to do this weekend, both indoors and out. Find out what’s happening in our community and meet up with your friends and neighbors along the way.
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