This past weekend also saw the arrival of a new ride to the Forest Park Carousel Amusement Village, and the parking lot and picnic grounds were busy every day.
Summer is shaping up to be a great one in Forest Park, its first under new administrator Portia Dyrenforth. Last weekend, Dyrenforth worked with residents to decorate the Memorial Trees in the park.
She said she is very excited to be here and loves Forest Park. She also shared some details about upcoming concerts, so I’m passing them along to you now.
The concerts at the Seuffert Bandshell are always fun, well attended and feature a lot of dancing. And every show is free.
The bandshell, named after famed bandleader George Seuffert (pronounced “soy-fert”), is 94 years old and is a great spot to watch live shows.
The 2019 concert series kicks off Sunday, June 16, at 5 p.m. with Jerry Costanzo and His Gotham City Swingers. Here are the rest of the free shows you can watch at the bandshell in Forest Park:
• Sunday, June 30, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 3 p.m.
• Thursday, July 11, Shirley Alston Reeves (former lead singer of the Shirelles), 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, July 18, Milagro: The Spirit of Santana, 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, July 28, Mamma Mia! Presented by Plaza Theatrical Productions, 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, August 1, Disco 54 Show, 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, August 8, Captain Fantastic: Elton John Tribute, 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, August 15, KISS Army: A Tribute to KISS, 7:30 p.m.
There will also be a few nights where you can watch films under the stars on the big screen:
• Monday, July 22, Captain America – Civil War, 7:30 p.m.
• Monday, August 5, Carousel, 7:30 p.m.
• Monday, August 19, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, 7:30 p.m.
In addition to these fun events at the bandshell, keep in mind that there are free shows for children every Saturday afternoon at the Forest Park Carousel Entertainment Village at 2 and 4 p.m.
From clowns to magicians to jugglers, there’s always great entertainment on Saturday afternoons at the carousel.
This past weekend I had the honor of attending the premiere of the newest addition to the carousel family, the Woodhaven Wheel, a restore 70-year-old ferris wheel.
The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will be holding our annual party and fundraiser at the park on Friday, June 14, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
For $10, you get a bracelet that gives you unlimited rides on the landmarked carousel, Woodhaven Express Train, Frog Hopper and the new Woodhaven Wheel. (Please note that the wheel is for children.)
We’ll also have some great raffle prizes and free magic show, and we’ll be playing oldies music for all the old folks like me. Kids, if you’re reading this, please know that all your favorite hot singers right now will all be considered “oldies music” one day.
All the proceeds from the rides and raffles go directly to the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society, and it will be used to support our continuing mission to promote history and arts and culture within our community.
Stop by and see us this Saturday as we are proud to participate in the first annual Woodhaven Weekend Walk, brought to us by the Woodhaven Business Improvement District and new BID executive director Raquel Olivares.
Four blocks of Jamaica Avenue will be closed to traffic from 85th to 89th streets, and there will be rides and music and areas to sit and enjoy being out and among your neighbors. How often do you get to sit down at a café table in the middle of Jamaica Avenue?
The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will bring pieces of the Museum of Woodhaven History, as well as a coloring station, where kids can use crayons to color pages depicting different scenes of our community’s rich and interesting history.
So with the arrival of great weather, we are blessed to have fun outdoor events to enjoy with our kids. For a full schedule of events in other areas of Forest Park, visit the Parks Department website or search “Forest Park Events” on Google.
Here’s wishing all of you a great summer, and I hope to see you out at one of these great events.