Woodhaven residents take a musical journey
by Ed Wendell
Aug 16, 2017 | 430 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Giedra Kregzdys and Marge Augliera on the bus leaving Woodhaven bound for Douglaston.
Giedra Kregzdys and Marge Augliera on the bus leaving Woodhaven bound for Douglaston.
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Residents of Woodhaven outside of Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, where they were treated to a musical revue, courtesy of the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery and the Josephine Foundation.
Residents of Woodhaven outside of Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, where they were treated to a musical revue, courtesy of the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery and the Josephine Foundation.
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The cast of "It's a Musical" takes a well-deserved bow.
The cast of "It's a Musical" takes a well-deserved bow.
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The Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society went on a road trip over the weekend to see a musical, and we had a terrific time.

The trip was sponsored by the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery and the Josephine Foundation, who not only provided free tickets but also round-trip transportation to the theater in Douglaston.

The show is part of the Broadway Blockbusters series, which just celebrated its 15th year. We were treated to a selection of some of the best musical numbers, past and present. The cast was full of some very talented young performers, and I suspect we’ll be hearing from a lot of them in the years to come.

It was a terrific afternoon that was enjoyed by our members. We appreciate the generosity of the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery and the Josephine Foundation.

The Friends of Maple Grove is committed to increasing public awareness and appreciation of the rich history of Maple Grove Cemetery, which is a beautiful place to visit. They have many programs that are fun and entertaining for the whole family.

And the Josephine Foundation was launched to honor and remember Josephine Koslosky, “a woman who believed that by using arts and sports programs, young people and adults can reach for their dreams regardless of their background and financial status.”

Together, these two organizations do a great job making life better for a lot of people, and this past weekend we were fortunate to be the beneficiaries of their good work.

The Friends of Maple Grove just celebrated its 10th anniversary, and to mark the occasion they found a young filmmaker who has produced a terrific documentary about the cemetery and the organization. If you go on YouTube and search for “Life, Death, and Maple Grove” you’ll be treated to a beautiful 25-minute documentary.

“The young film director, Utsab Giri, crafted a film that shows the true passion, heart and soul that is Maple Grove,” said Carl Ballenas, president of the Friends of Maple Grove. “It is indeed a labor of love!”

Carl is a familiar face to the members of the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society, having given us a few presentations over the years.

He’s a terrific Queens historian who has put together books on Jamaica, Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill, and he was the one who reached out to us with the offer to take our members out for the day.

And the founder and chairman of the Josephine Foundation is Andrew Koslosky, who was also a standout performer in the musical, especially as Tevye in highlights from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Once again, many thanks to these two men and to all of the cast members who provided such a great day of entertainment to the residents of Woodhaven.

Here’s a reminder about two upcoming local events. The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting at noon this Saturday, August 19, at Emanuel United Church of Christ at 93-12 91st Avenue (corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). If you have any local issues that need attention, this is the group to bring them to.

And on Monday, August 28, the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society will be marking the 40th anniversary of the passing of the King with an Elvis Blue Hawaii Party at Emanuel United Church of Christ.

We’ll have classic rock-and-roll music, trivia, and a showing of the Elvis classic on our King-sized screen. We'll have a snack bar with hot dogs and popcorn. Free leis will be given to everyone, and we’re asking people to dress up in their finest Elvis or Hawaiian shirts for a chance at the Best-Dressed Prize.

And through some video magic, everyone who comes will be able to hang ten and take a wild ride on a surfboard!

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts around 7:30 p.m. Attendance is completely free and we hope to see you there.

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