Woodhaven historical society hosts holiday celebration
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Dec 26, 2017 | 733 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society held its 25th annual Festive Holiday Celebration last Wednesday at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Woodhaven.

Hundreds of people attended the celebration and enjoyed a holiday lunch accompanied by entertainment and gifts.

Woodhaven Historical Society executive director Ed Wendell also announced the group received a grant from the Queens Council for the Arts, which will go towards an art program for adults next year.

The society already works with local schools P.S. 60 and P.S. 97 by dropping off art supplies for the children. But the new program would give adults the opportunity to show off their creative sides.

The program will be a series of eight classes instructed by artist Natalia Borgia from Beaver Tattoo, a local tattoo shop. Each class will center around painting local scenery. Six classes will be held at Emanuel United Church of Christ, while two classes will be out in the field.

Wendell also announced that after a busy year, including a growing membership, the group will take some time off. There won’t be meetings held in January or February.

Woodhaven resident Dee Royere joined the group last year, and appreciates it as a resource since her family has been in the neighborhood since her great-uncle moved here from France in 1873.

“It’s so nice to trace back the history,” she said. “Where the clocktower is on Atlantic Avenue, my family used to work there in the 1800s. When I go there I get such a good feeling because I remember my great-uncle and great-grandfather and all of the French society parties my family used to attend around there.”

The 102nd Precinct commanding officer, Captain Courtney Nilan, who has been on the job for a few weeks, and her Community Affairs officers also stopped by the event to wish everyone a happy holiday season.

“I was raised in Queens and I’m happy to be back in Queens to be the commander of this precinct,” Nilan said. “I’m going to be at a lot of meetings, and I want a chance to meet everybody and I want to wish everyone a happy holidays.”
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