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Past Events 2014

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Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Winter Solstice Cookies and Crafts

December 21, 2014

Cost: FREE; Photo-ops with Santa: $2.00

Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm

Join us at the Castle for this walk-in workshop. Families are invited to the Castle to craft delightful decorations celebrating the winter season. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available for purchase. Santa will also make a surprise appearance and will take gift requests and photo-ops.

Victorian Holiday Dinner

December 06, 2014

Cost: $65 BHS members; $85 non-members

Time: 7:00pm

Tree lighting at the Castle followed by a candlelit supper. A wonderful evening of music and dancing. Reservations required: 718-352-1548

BHS Vintage Car Show 2014

November 30, 2014

Cost: FREE

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

Calling all classic cars! Bayside Historical Society will be hosting its vintage car show on the lawn at Fort Totten Castle. For more information, call 718-352-1548.

13th Annual Totten Trot 5K Foot Race & Kids Fun Run

October 26, 2014

Cost: $30 through 10/15, $35 10/16 through race-day

Time: Check-in: 7:30; Start: 9:00am

Packet pickup and race-day registration will begin at 7:30am at the Castle.


Waterfront course in historic Fort Totten Park – a pristine stretch surrounding a preserved Civil War fortress on Little Neck Bay in Bayside. Runners will pass through the historic district which consists of buildings dating to the late 1800s. The Fort is situated where the Long Island Sound meets the East River at the Throgs Neck Bridge. The start and the finish are located at the landmark Officers’ Club, home of the Bayside Historical Society. The course includes a loop out onto the Joe Michaels Mile along Little Neck Bay. The course will be USATF-certified and NYCRUNS will provide professional scoring and race results.


Kids’ Fun Run at 10:00am (costumes suggested): A short-distance sprint for tiny tots and kids up to 12 years of age, grouped in age categories. Special “Cookie Medals” for participants in the Fun Run!


Cash prizes will go to the overall male and female winners of the 5K! Also, a special prize valued at $50 will go to the best costume!


Stick around after the race to try your luck at the $50 raffle prize and many great gift certificate raffles!

Pop-Up Birthday Card Workshop

October 19, 2014

Cost: $15 BHS members; $10 non-members

Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Join BHS instructor, Janet Epstein who will teach you how to create unique hand-crafted pop-up birthday cards using cut-out paper and folds. This workshop is suitable for all ages, with or without experience. All materials will be provided.

Call to reserve: 718-352-1548

A Day at the Races: Second Annual Bayside Trifecta

October 16, 2014

Cost: $75.00 per person; $700.00 for a table for 10

Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm


Belmont Park Race Track at the Turf and Field Club.

Co-Sponsored with the Bayside Business Association

The Bayside Historical Society, the Bayside Business Association, and the Bayside Kiwanis will get together to honor long-time Bayside residents, Dr. Aline Euler and her brother, Henry Euler, for their decades of service and contributions to our community.
The day includes admission, cocktail hour, buffet lunch, beverages and desserts, private betting window and cash bar, all at the exclusive 4th floor Turf and Field Club.

12th Annual Open House New York Weekend

October 11, 2014

Cost: FREE

Dates: Saturday October 11, 2014 and Sunday October 12, 2014

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Open House New York weekend is a five-borough-wide event that celebrates architecture and design. This year, Open House New York takes place throughout New York City on October 11th and 12th.

2014 New York Archives Week

October 05, 2014

Cost: FREE

Dates: October 5, 2014 to October 11, 2014

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc .(A.R.T.), along with hundreds of organizations in the archives community across New York State, will celebrate the 26th Anniversary of New York Archives Week, October 5-11, 2014, with special commemorative activities throughout the New York City Metropolitan area. New York Archives Week is an annual celebration aimed at informing the general public of the diverse array of archival materials available in the Metropolitan New York City region.

Bayside Day Commemoration and Festival

September 27, 2014

Cost: FREE

Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bayside Day! Vintage Automobile Parade! Entertainment! Beer and Wine Garden! Food Tent! Vintage Games and Challenges! Bring Your Own Bike (BYPB) to decorate and enter the velocipede parade! Rain or Shine. Parking available within Fort Totten on designated streets.

View Bayside Historical Society's Historypin collection of historical documents and pictures to depict life during the celebration in 1914.

Bayside Day! Launch Party

September 26, 2014

Cost: $10 for BHS Members; bring a guest for $25 per person

Time: 7:00pm

Guest Speaker: Cindy Lobel, food historian and author of Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in 19th Century New York

1914 inspired appetizers and drinks will be served

BHS Members Only Cocktail Reception

Reservations required: 718-352-1548

Open Sew at the Castle

September 13, 2014

Cost: $8 BHS members; $10 non-members

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Do you quilt, sew or just love textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing.

Glass Painting Workshop

August 03, 2014

Cost: $25

Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Bright colors, transparency, and light: this is what glass painting is all about. Spend some playful time together making a colorful sun-catcher! The class will introduce you to the basics of glass painting. You will learn how to trace a design, color it with transparent, water-based paints and make a shiny and joyful decoration to hang at the window. Reservations required: 718-352-1548

Jazz Brunch at the Castle

July 27, 2014

Cost: $20 BHS members; $25 non-members

Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Beat the heat with some cool jazz! Enjoy light refreshments while listening to our jazz trio. Pre-paid reservations required by Friday, July 25: 718-352-1548

Croquet Day

July 19, 2014

Cost: $10

Time: 4:00pm

Join us for a delightful afternoon croquet party including light refreshments and seasonal libations. Equipment and instructions will be provided. As is customary, please wear your best white sporting attire. Reservations suggested: 718-352-1548

"A Spirited Evening" at the Castle

July 18, 2014

Cost: $5 BHS members; $8 non-members

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join the Seekers Club for a special evening investigation of the c.1887 castle. Follow along as "The Seekers" explore dark corners using the latest technology in the field of paranormal investigation. RSVP 718-352-1548

The Business of Bayside

July 11, 2014

Cost: FREE

Time: 7:00pm

The 100th Anniversary of Bayside Day takes place this year. The original event in 1914 was sponsored by local business leaders, civic associations, elected officials, and Bayside residents. The idea behind it was to promote civic pride, community spirit, and boost local businesses. The original celebration featured five parades, a barbecue for 3,000 attendees, several baking contests and an inaugural ball for the elected "Queen of Bayside Day". As part of the 100th anniversary commemorating Bayside Day 1914, BHS has organized an exhibit featuring photographs of local business owners taken by community members.


Photo: Gidon Pesso, owner of Pesso's Italian Ice at 203-20 35th Avenue, Bayside NY by Shawn King.

Open Sew at the Castle

June 28, 2014

Cost: $8 BHS members; $10 non-members

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Do you quilt, sew or just love textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing.

BHS Annual Lawn Concert

June 22, 2014

Cost: FREE

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Free outdoor concert featuring "Something In Between," playing all of the hits from the 60s through today. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics.Located on the sledding hill at Crocheron Park.


For more information about the band, view their site.

Co-sponsored by New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Paranormal Investigation at the Lawrence Cemetery

June 07, 2014

Cost: $8 BHS members; $10 non-members

Time: 12:00pm

Join the Seekers Club as they guide you through a live investigation explaining the tools and techniques used to discover paranormal activity. Reservations suggested: 718-352-1548

Forgotten Queens — Book Signing and Presentation

May 30, 2014

Cost: $5 BHS members; $8 non-members

Time: 7:00pm

Book Signing and Presentation
Bob Singleton of the Greater Astoria Historical Society

Enjoy some wine and cheese as author and historian Kevin Walsh explores through photographs a Queens that barely exists today. 

Open Sew at the Castle

May 10, 2014

Cost: $8 BHS members; $10 non-members

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Do you quilt, sew or just love textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing.

BHS 50th Anniversary Gala

May 03, 2014

Cost: BHS Members: $75; Non-Members: $85

Time: 7:00pm

Be a part of history! Join in the celebration as BHS turns 50 this year. Save the date for our Golden Anniversary Gala at the Castle. Reservations required: 718-352-1548


For sponsorship opportunites and journal advertising information,  click here. For further information, please contact Marianne Gordineer at (914) 329-4948 or

Dying For Beauty

March 30, 2014

Cost: FREE

Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

A lecture by Harriet Davis-Kram.

Women's fashions in the Victorian era often led them to use substances meant to enhance their beauty that had unwanted and deleterious effects. Consumption (tuberculosis) was a frequent plague on people of all classes, and its victims often appeared pale and sickly. This look became fashionable and healthy women might use easily accessible substances such as vinegar, arsenic or belladonna with rather unexpected and unwelcome results. Face whitening also was popular in some groups. Apparently, dark or tanned skin tones were a symbol of low social standing so lighter skin tones were sought after. Even some people sympathetic to new immigrants in the late nineteenth century believed or hoped that children of darker skinned immigrant parents would become lighter and more "American" when born or brought up in the United States. The chemical properties of the whitener made the quest for "beauty" a life threatening proposition. Changing food trends and various experts' opinions on health and nutrition might result in unexpected and dangerous results.

The Speakers in the Humanities event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

BHS Annual Membership Meeting

March 19, 2014

Cost: FREE

Time: 7:00pm

Installation of new BHS Board of Trustees followed by a performance by the Bayside Glee Club. Refreshments will be served.

Civic Meet & Greet

March 11, 2014

Cost: FREE

Time: 7:30pm

Come meet the people who are working to enhance your quality of life. Learn about their goals and accomplishments and the role they play in your community.

Passion & Piano — Jazz Brunch at the Castle

February 16, 2014

Cost: $20 BHS members; $25 non-members

Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Sip and have a bite to eat while enjoying the musical stylings of our jazz trio. Reservations required: 718-352-1548

Open Sew at the Castle

January 25, 2014

Cost: $8 BHS members; $10 non-members

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Do you quilt, sew or just love textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing.

Valentines Day Pop-Up Card Workshop

February 01, 2014

Cost: $10 BHS members; $15 non-members

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Join BHS instructor Janet Epstein as she demonstrates how to create unique, hand-crafted pop-up Valentine's Day cards using cut-out paper and folds. This workshop is suitable for all ages, with or without experience. All materials will be included in workshop fee. To register: please call 718-352-1548

BHS 13th Annual Winter Art Show

January 12, 2014

Cost: Free for BHS members; $8:00 for non-members

A celebration of the arts!


Opening Reception: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:00pm. Light refreshments will be served. 

On view through January 26, 2014.

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