Embracing the Spirit of the Season

Flushing Town Hall is celebrating the spirit of the season with its annual Winter Holiday Festival & Market and participation in the annual Holiday Historic House tour visiting popular sites in Flushing on Sunday, December 6, 2015.

That afternoon, Flushing Town Hall will hold its second annual free Holiday Market, featuring everything from hand-made clothing and t-shirts, photographs and greeting cards, to paintings, posters, figurines and ceramics – all Made in Queens. And, at the Winter Festival – which costs only $5 and is free for members – guests can celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa with an art-making workshop and storytelling.

Storyteller Robin Bady will share her favorite stories of miracles, menorahs and dreidels. Aurelia Fernandez will lead guests in creating beautiful Christmas poinsettia displays to donate to local senior centers. And, storyteller Tammy Hall will share tales from African traditions that are typically told during the Kwanzaa season.

You can learn more about all of the events – and purchase tickets to the Winter Holiday Festival – at http://www.flushingtownhall.org/holiday-celebration. Flushing Town Hall’s Winter Holiday Festival & Market coincides with the 28th annual Holiday Historic House Tour, featuring seven historic Queens sites including Flushing Town Hall. The House Tour – which runs from 1:00 to 5:00 PM – is run by the Queens Historical Society.

The Holiday Market – which also runs from 1:00 to 5:00 PM – will be held in the first-floor Gallery at Flushing town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard. Admission is free. Among the participating artists* and craftspeople are:

  • Geraldine Benfante – Hand-designed greeting cards
  • Trudy Fritschi – Photos

    Carole Soler, a retired New York City teacher and adjunct professor, is among those whose works will be available at our Holiday Market. While on an extended stay in Puerto Rico, she found sea glass, shells and other natural materials and began to create one-of-a-kind jewelry and rock canvases. Her work also can be seen in our Gift Shop.
  • Eileen Condon – Crocheted clothing
  • Lizandra Cordero – Paintings, posters, and hand-crafted figurines
  • Rehndell D. Masi – Ceramics
  • Lisa Gaeta – Fabric crafts
  • Nancy Valentine -Jewelry
  • Carole Soler – Pendants and bracelets
  • Phyllis Ger – Brooches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and scarves
  • Fred Adell – Wildlife art, greeting cards, sculptures, Paintings on glass
  • Sheila Blunt – Ceramics/pottery
  • Barbara Marsh – Dichronic glass jewelry, accessories, crocheted wire jewelry
  • Florence Kanarvogel – Christmas ornaments and earrings, and regular earrings
  • Joel Kanarvogel – Decoupage Art
  • Edwin Cadiz – Photography
  • Enric Roque – Woodcrafts Inlaid frames and Jewelry boxes

Also that same day, the annual House Tour takes place.

While the Holiday Market is free, tickets to the House Tour can be purchased at www.queenshistoricalsociety.org or by calling 718-939-0647. Tickets are $25 ($20 in advance), and $10 for children 12 and under. Each spot n the venue will serve refreshments or provide a special activity.

Later in the month, you can get into the holiday spirit with members of the Queens Symphony Orchestra, on Sunday, December 20th starting at 3:00 PM. QSO has assembled an intimate group and will feature traditional holiday season favorites that will put a smile on your face all the way to the New Year.


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