Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Things to do in Kew Gardens This Fall

Hi! There is so many good things to do in Kew Gardens in the Fall!

*TAKING PICTURES 1970-2010: Selections in black and white and color"
Photographs by Laraine Anne Fletcher
A reception for the photographic exhibit will be held on Friday, Sept. 10th at 8:00 p.m. at "The Gallery" of Ascend Spa, located at 82-62 Austin Street, Kew Gardens (one half block from the LIRR Kew Gardens Station).On view until November.

Laraine Anne Fletcher was born (1940) in Brooklyn, grew up in Ozone Park and currently resides in Kew Gardens. She attended Richmond High School, received a B.A. from Adelphi University and a Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook. She has worked professionally as an archaeologist in Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua and currently heads the Anthropology Department at Adelphi. She has also been a photographer since 1970. Her last exhibit, "México Profundo," was held at the Swirbul Library Gallery, Adelphi University, Garden City.
She began taking pictures with the reliable Pentax Spotmatic , using only available light with the classic 50mm f/1.4 lens, shooting almost exclusively in black and white and trying to Robert Capa's advice that "If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough". The switch to digital came within the last decade and, with that, an interest in color, form, and, finally, the use of the zoom lens with greater frequency. This eclectic exhibit reflects some 40 years of picture taking in black and white and color, and covers a wide variety of themes.

*KEW GARDENS (almost) FALL MUSIC FESTIVAL: Sunday, September 12, 12:30pm to 6:30pm The Kew Gardens Musicians will be playing for the 52nd time since November 2003 at Kew Gardens Cinemas Park on Austin Street, off of Lefferts Blvd, All types of music, instrumental and singing.

gather at Maple Grove, Victorian Administration Building, 83-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens
A personal evening of remembrance of loved ones begins with a bagpipe led procession, followed by celebrations and reflections by Father Philip J. Pizzo and Mama Donna at our Story Stones, a visit to our 9/11 Memorial and a sunset Lantern Festival. After writing endearments and good wishes, glowing lanterns are launched on the lake, symbolically helping the loved one’s journey. (Co-sponsors Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery and Maple Grove Cemetery)

* FALL LANDSCAPE PAINTING, Saturday, September 25, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM (in case of rain will be rescheduled) The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Reservations are necessary. $8, $5 seniors, members FREE,
Capture the glorious colors and shapes of fall at Maple Grove! Bring your own art materials for a day of outdoor

* REZ READING SERIES, Tuesday, September 28, 7:30 PM, The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, $5 suggested donation
The REZ Reading Series, Kew Gardens' monthly reading series led by local publisher Deborah Emin, offers a warm and friendly atmosphere to listen to excellent writers read from their works, all genres. If you enjoy literature and poetry, please join us! The theme for this month is Neighbors & Notables and several local writers will be reading.

* SPIRITS ALIVE, Saturday, October 9, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, RAIN OR SHINE
Victorian Administration Building, 83-15 Kew Gardens Road. In case of rain, Spirits Alive will be held at The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, $5 per person, members and children under 12 FREE
Join us for an interactive walking tour through time. Costumed actors will recreate the lives of some of the cemetery's most illustrious and historical figures. Visitors will receive easy to follow maps and programs.

* openhousenewyork Weekend, Sunday, October 10, Walking tours at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM, RAIN OR SHINE, The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Public invited FREE OF CHARGE
America's largest architectural and design event held in all 5 boroughs of NYC. Public invited to tour places and spaces of architecture, design and historic merit. Maple Grove Cemetery, established in 1875, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2004 and the very beautiful Center at Maple Grove is a LEED building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Carl Ballenas, Maple Grove’s Historian, will be leading tours.

Saturday, October 16, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM, (rain date October 23), Maple Grove, Victorian Administration Building, 83-15 Kew Gardens Road, $5 per person, Members FREE (suggested age:12 years+) Carl Ballenas, Maple Grove’s Historian, will be leading this tour.

Saturday October 16, 5:00 PM—7:30 PM (rain date October 23), Victorian Administration Building, 83-15 Kew Gardens Road, $5 per person, Members and children under 12 FREE
This FAMILY EVENT includes Scary Stories, Games, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts and a Children’s Costume Parade.For those who would like to participate in the Carved Pumpkin Contest (separate categories for adults and children), please drop off your uniquely carved pumpkin, with candle, by 6:00 PM. Prizes Awarded at 7:15.PM.

* REZ READING SERIES, Tuesday, October 26, 7:30 PM, The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road $5 suggested donation (see September 28th for more info about REZ) Theme: Voices of the Dead: Reading the Work of Writers Buried at Maple Grove Cemetery. We will be reading writers rather than having writers read to us for this Halloween celebration of the writers buried at Maple Grove. And we do intend for it to be spooky!

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