The occasion was the annual Santa Parade, sponsored by the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, a holiday parade complete with a marching band, reindeer, snowmen and, of course, Mr. & Mrs. Claus.
As we walked from 96th Street all the way to Dexter Court, Jamaica Avenue was lined with the smiles of residents and waves from our friends and neighbors. Forgotten, for just an hour or so, were the troubles we seem to be getting bombarded with on a daily basis, from around the world and right here in our little community.
If you missed the recent holiday events, there’s still time to come out and share some season’s greetings with your neighbors at one of the following upcoming parties – and you’re invited to all of them!
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will hold their annual holiday party this Friday, December 11, at 7 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ at 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. There will be food and music.
The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is holding their annual holiday party next Wednesday, December 16, at 1 p.m., also at Emanuel United Church of Christ. In addition to food and music, there will be a fun Kris Kringle. If you’d like to participate, bring a wrapped gift (no more than $10).
The members of the Society will also be singing a few carols, which will be posted online as a video Christmas Card from Woodhaven.
Assemblyman Mike Miller and State Senator Joe Addabbo are holding their annual holiday party at the Avenue Diner, 91-06 Jamaica Avenue, on Monday, December 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Councilman Eric Ulrich is holding his annual holiday party on Thursday, December 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Oak Ridge, 1 Forest Park Drive, in Forest Park.
Also of interest is a Christmas Jazz Concert on Saturday, December 12, at 5 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ. This holiday performance will feature jazz trumpeter Satish Robertson and his band.
The concert will be held in the sanctuary and refreshments will follow. There is no charge, though a freewill offering would be greatly appreciated.
Also on Saturday, December 12, there is a free comedy show at 9 p.m. at Neir’s Tavern, 87-48 78th Street. Neir’s is holding a Christmas Toy Drive to benefit homeless and needy children via the Highland Park Community Development Corporation, and everyone attending the show is asked to bring one new unwrapped toy.
So, there’s plenty of time to catch up on the good will and community holiday spirit that Woodhaven is well-known for. And if you can’t make any of these events or parties, there’s still one more way you can help Woodhaven celebrate the holidays.
Simply put, let’s all try to take a moment to be a little more patient and forgiving with each other. That lady on line in front of you at the supermarket taking forever to pay for their groceries? She might not have enough money and might be trying to decide what to put back.
That car in front of you that didn’t start moving when the light turned green? The driver might be dealing with a bad illness in his family and be worried what’s going to happen to a loved one.
That guy who wasn’t looking and bumped into you in the street? He might be just holding on to his job and worried about how he’s going to support his family if he loses it.
A little patience and forgiving goes a long way towards making our corner of the world a much better place.