Free events to pass the long, cold winter
by Ed Wendell
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Artist Madeline Lovallo will display her paintings at Resorts World Casino next month.
Artist Madeline Lovallo will display her paintings at Resorts World Casino next month.
The hard months of winter are officially upon us. Little League season and the opening of the Forest Park Carousel are about 100 days away. Fourth of July picnics are about 170 days away and we’re about 200 days away from the heatwaves of August.

But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to do during the colder months of the year. This week I bring to you a slew of events to entice you out of the house – and they’re all 100 percent free.

To start, this Saturday, January 17, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will be hosting their first town hall meeting of 2015. The meeting kicks off at noon and is being held at American Legion Post 118, 89-02 91st Street (behind PS 60). Representatives from the Parks Department will be on hand to discuss street trees.

Next, Queens Historian Kevin Walsh and the Greater Astoria Historical Society are coming to Neir’s Tavern on Tuesday, January 27, to give a slideshow presentation entitled “Forgotten Queens” based on the book of the same name.

The show, which begins at 7 p.m., will bring you many images of Queens’ past, taken from the voluminous archives of the Greater Astoria Historical Society. The event is sponsored by the Woodhaven Historical Society and if the last two slideshow events at Neir’s are any indication, it would be a good idea to get there early.

The very next day, January 28, the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society kicks off its 2015 schedule with a Valentine’s Day meeting with our special guest speaker Margie Schmidt of Schmidt’s Candies. There will also be a presentation on the history of Valentine’s Day and a few fun surprises.

The meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ, 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard,, is the first of the year for the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society, which meets on the last Wednesday of every month. A full schedule for 2015 will be announced shortly.

As a side note, the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society has two other monthly meetings you might be interested in. The Woodhaven Historical Research Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Avenue Diner, 91-06 Jamaica Avenue, and the Wyckoff-Snediker Family Cemetery Cleanup Crew meets on the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. behind All Saints Episcopal Church at 96th Street and 86th Avenue.

Catholic Schools Week at St. Thomas the Apostle begins on Sunday, January 25, with a mass at 9 a.m. An Open House, including tours of the school, follows from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. All visitors are welcome. Subsequent Open House hours will be held on Tuesday, January 27, and Thursday, January 29, from 9 to 10:30 am.

Next, artist Madeline Lovallo, well known for her painting of Lewis’ of Woodhaven, is going to be featured in an art exhibit at Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct. The exhibit runs from February 9 to March 9. Her exhibit will be on the Red Gallery Wall on the 2nd Floor of the casino.

“Representatives of the casino were visiting Eric Ulrich at his office, where some of my paintings are displayed, and they reached out to me and asked if I would take part in this exhibit,” Lovallo explained. “I was very honored.”

This exhibit is a retrospective of a lifetime of painting the communities of Howard Beach, Ozone Park and Woodhaven. Besides her legendary painting of Lewis’, Lovallo has also painted Oak Ridge in Forest Park, the Forest Park Carousel, and most recently, the Fire Dispatching Building on Park Lane South and Woodhaven Boulevard.

I asked Lovallo if there was another Woodhaven painting in her future and she said that this summer she plans to do a painting of Emanuel United Church of Christ. You read it here first!

And looking further ahead, the Queens Symphony Orchestra will be giving a concert sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich at All Saints Church, 85-45 96th Street, on Wednesday, February 25. The concert, featuring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Claude Debussy, starts at 7 p.m. in the main church building.

So there you have it, a list of free events to help pass the long, cold days and nights of winter. Hope to see you out there!

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