This is always a nerve-wracking time, for if rain was a possibility in the forecast it means that there will be low attendance and the possibility of the cancellation of our entertainment, but happily it turned out to be a clear chilly day and then the sun came out and the day was drenched with sunshine and the weather, although cold, was good.
So, the entertainment program was on. The acrobatics of the Malaysian Lion Dancers were great and show stopping, with the drums and the dancers enchanting the crowd. Franklin K. Lane High School outdid themselves this year with the Drum Corps, and the ROTC cadets under the leadership of Lt. Col. Ralph Gracia and Master Sergeant Eddie Carr, and the Imperial Dragon Hombu Dojo located on Jamaica Avenue under the leadership of Kyoshi Myron was here for the 35th year.
Our musical groups, Solid State Band, Plastic Soul, Syndicate Musical Groups and Mary Lamont Band, really rocked.
The theme of our day again this year was “Patriotic Red, White and Blue”, and American flags were flying proudly along Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue, and our GWDC booth distributed over 300 small American flags, flag lapel pins and keychains, and “I Love Woodhaven” and Woodhaven Fire Department decals.
Also, in keeping with the country-western music, cowboy hats for the young and the young at heart. There was something for everyone.
The beginning and end of the festival was marked by two bright lights strung across Jamaica Avenue, courtesy of Illuminations by Arnold. Also represented were the 102nd Precinct Auxiliary Police, many more nonprofit groups, and the NYPD and FDNY recruiting among the crowd.
Our formal ceremony for the day was held at 3 p.m. Elected officials in attendance were Evelyn Cruz representing Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Councilman Eric Ulrich, and Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad of the 102nd Precinct. Each spoke glowingly of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and Woodhaven!
The GWDC honored Deputy Inspector Urprasad, for although being with us a short time has been so responsive to Woodhaven and our needs. Also honored was the Yu family, who recently opened a new sushi restaurant in the WBID. They were presented plaques by Capo's Trophies of Woodhaven's Jamaica Avenue.
It was a wonderful day, and again as many have stated, the best street fair in Queens! To all of our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue stores and businesses, all of our local organizations, the unique vendors, and the great rides by our guy George and, most of all, the residents in attendance, a big “thank you.”
Also, to our sponsors, including Community Federal Savings Bank, P.C. Richards, New York State Lottery, Rubie’s Costumes, Logan Bus Company, Queens County Savings Bank, Walker Funeral Home, Ohlert-Ruggiere and our excellent local newspapers, Queens Chronicle, Forum, Gazette, Leader/Observer, Queens Courier, Times Newsweekly, and Tribune.
Also, the New York Mets, Health First, Resorts World Casino NYC, Scaturros Supermarket, and DII Stores.
This year our Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival for the 35th year was again a safe family day. The GWDC staff thanks our supportive Board of Directors, especially President Stephen Esposito, the hardworking part-time staff of Maureen, Lisa, and John, who did a great job coordinating this year, and all the fine young people of Woodhaven who helped us that day, it was a labor of love.
A big thank you goes to our 102nd Precinct officers who kept us safe that day, and a big thank you to the GWDC for my beautiful bouquet of stunning flowers from Park Place Florist. It was so thoughtful of you all.
Also, say it loud and say it proud, “Let's Go Mets!” Wear your American flag pins and fly our American flag Proudly above all others.
May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our NYPD, and may God bless our America.