The theme of the dance is “Spring Forever” and attendees are asked to wear something blue, Maria’s favorite color.
The gala will be held on Friday, June 1, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Woodhaven Manor, 96-01 Jamaica Avenue. Tickets are only $65 per person and include a cocktail hour and full buffet, with plenty of music and dancing. They can be purchased by calling (718) 805-0202.
Lisa Kominos, the newly installed executive director, said that this year’s gala will be a tribute to Maria’s spirit and her sense of community.
This past week, Kominos and Maureen Bermingham, who together have spent many years working on behalf of Woodhaven at the GWDC, made a beautiful donation on behalf of Thomson to the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society.
Together, they presented the WCHS with a mint edition of the legendary board game Woodhavenopoly. Released by the GWDC 40 years ago in 1978 and re-released in time for a 10th Anniversary edition in 1988, Woodhavenopoly is a localized version of the legendary board game Monopoly.
However, instead of Boardwalk and Park Place, the board is full of familiar names from Jamaica Avenue back in the day. You can find yourself landing on - and paying rent for - Lewis’ of Woodhaven or Eljay Drug Store or Eebee’s.
All your favorite old stores are there, many of them long gone over the past few decades. During that time it has become a terrific nostalgia piece, one that is highly sought after by fans of Woodhaven’s history.
Over the years, we’ve had quite a few requests for copies of the game, and several people have made the friendly suggestion that someone should print new editions.
Unfortunately, the cost for printing a new version is so high that you would have to make a very large initial investment, and then sell them for a whole lot more than people are realistically willing to spend.
In other words, we are not likely to see another version of Woodhavenopoly ever again. And your chances of acquiring a new set is close to zero.
An old beat-up copy of the game shows up now and again on Ebay and fetches top dollar, so unless you luck out and find one at a yard sale, you’ll have a near impossible time getting your hands on a copy, much less one that is brand new.
But the GWDC has one last copy of this prized board game left, and they will be raffling it off at the dance. So, if you want to come out and honor Maria Thomson, have a party with your neighbors and qualify for a chance to win this great piece of Woodhaven History, make sure you’re at the GWDC dance this June 1.
Many thanks to Lisa and Maureen and the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation for donating a copy of Woodhavenopoly to the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society.
And special thanks to them and everyone else who came out for last week’s launch party of the Museum of Woodhaven History. It was the loudest exhibit opening imaginable, with people looking at old photographs of Woodhaven and excitedly sharing memories with one another.
One of the highlights was the Woodhaven-themed artwork on display, provided by the students of PS 60 and PS 97, as well as a collection of paintings of the Wyckoff-Snedecker Cemetery, painted by residents taking part in our classes depicting local scenery.
One of the young students from PS 60 charmed the crowd and took a bow for her beautiful depiction of the lion from the Forest Park Carousel.
In all, it was a great night, one that not only honored the past, but looked towards the future, led by Woodhaven’s bright students. It was truly a night to remember.