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Past Events 2023

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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.
Family Holiday Celebration at the Castle
Family Holiday Celebration at the Castle
December 10, 2023
Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children

Bayside Historical Society is ringing in the holidays with a festive day of seasonal crafts for kids, music, games, seasonal snacks, storytelling, and of course, a visit from Santa! Our beautiful Castle will be decked out for the holidays — come join in the fun!

Open Sew at the Castle
Open Sew at the Castle — CANCELLED
December 9, 2023
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Do you quilt, sew or just love textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing. Bring something you are currently working on and enjoy the camaraderie of community sewing! While this is not a sewing class, beginner seamstresses and quilters are most welcome and will find inspiration and guidance. There are a limited number of sewing machines available, but please try to bring your own if you have one. Also, do not feel obligated to sew on a machine — hand work (cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, etc.) is always welcome!

Community Singers of Queens Winter Concert
Community Singers of Queens Winter Concert
December 6, 2023
Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Cost: Advance tickets: $10 BHS members, $15 non-members. Day-of event door sale tickets: $20

Bayside Historical Society welcomes the Community Singers of Queens to the Castle for a special musical event! They will perform a variety of music, from classical and spiritual to jazz standards and pop. Plus, the audience will get the chance to join them for a fun holiday singalong featuring beloved seasonal favorites!

 

The Community Singers of Queens is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the joy of music to audiences throughout Queens for 60 years. Their members come from all walks of life and are united by a love of music and joy of performing with a group.

Civilian Combat Photography in WWII
Civilian Combat Photography in WWII
November 29, 2023
Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Cost: Free for BHS members; $10 for non-members

Bayside Historical Society welcomes history enthusiast Eric Weil to the Castle for an eye-opening presentation on World War II photography that will go beyond the more familiar photographic work of the Army Signal Corps. Eric Weil delves into the photography of the civilians — and the women correspondents in particular, many of whose photographs were overlooked as credit was given to the publishers rather than the individuals themselves. This presentation will highlight some of the iconic photos taken in WWII by civilians while bringing to life the photographers' own stories. Attendees will also learn about some of the cameras that were used at that time and about the state of photography in the 1940s.

Eric welcomes attendees to email him with follow-up questions

Decorate the Castle for the Holidays
Decorate the Castle for the Holidays
November 25, 2023
Time: 11:00am to 2:00pm

Bayside Historical Society thanks the Key Club of Bayside High School and their Moderator Steve Jacoby for decorating the Christmas tree and lighting the menorah in the BHS Castle. Special thanks to BHS’s Anne O'Connell, Carol Marian, and Laura James for their great decorating skills and to Steve Cavesano for his time lapse video. Truly, the holiday elves were hard at work! Check out the photos and video on our Facebook page!

BHS Vintage Car Show 2023
BHS Vintage Car Show 2023
November 19, 2023
Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Ride back in time with Bayside Historical Society's classic car show! A variety of vintage and antique automobiles will be showcased on the lawn of the Castle at Fort Totten.

 

Cost: The event is free for visitors to attend. For car registration information and pricing, contact organizer Jim Barnes at 917-428-4499 or jimbarnes05@aol.com

 

The car show is presented by the Long Island Sound Region of the Classic Car Club of America, in conjunction with Bayside Historical Society.

Veterans Day Ceremony at Captain Dermody Triangle
Veterans Day Ceremony at Captain Dermody Triangle
November 11, 2023
Time: 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Cost: Free

Bayside Historical Society and the Bayside Hills Civic Association commemorate Veterans Day at the historic Captain Dermody Triangle in Bayside Hills. Alongside community leaders and honored guests, we will lay a wreath to honor the memory of Baysider Captain William C. Dermody and all those who bravely fought in the Civil War. Representatives from Co. K, 67th NY Infantry Volunteers Association will attend the ceremony in period-correct Civil War uniforms and include an honor guard carrying a reproduction of their Regimental Flag and drummer during a "present arms" salute. 

 

Our ceremony will include a rededication of the newly renovated Captain Dermody Triangle, the site of one of NYC's oldest war memorials. This is a free event. Please join us as we honor and thank our military veterans for their service to our country.

Open Sew at the Castle
Open Sew at the Castle
November 4, 2023
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Do you quilt, sew or just love textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing. Bring something you are currently working on and enjoy the camaraderie of community sewing! While this is not a sewing class, beginner seamstresses and quilters are most welcome and will find inspiration and guidance. There are a limited number of sewing machines available, but please try to bring your own if you have one. Also, do not feel obligated to sew on a machine — hand work (cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, etc.) is always welcome!

22nd Annual Totten Trot 5K Foot Race & Kids' Fun Run
22nd Annual Totten Trot 5K Foot Race & Kids' Fun Run
October 29, 2023
Time: 7:30am registration, 9:00am race start

Cost: $25-$40

 

​Bayside Historical Society's annual Totten Trot 5K Foot Race is a Halloween-themed, waterfront course in historic Fort Totten Park on Little Neck Bay in Bayside. Runners will pass through the Historic District, which consists of buildings dating to the late 1800s. The start and finish are located at the landmarked Officers' Club, home of Bayside Historical Society. The Kids' Fun Run at 10:00am is a short-distance sprint for tiny tots and kids up to 12, grouped by age category. Halloween costumes are encouraged for adults and kids!

PLUS: This year's Totten Trot 5K will feature a special guest appearance by the 501st Legion’s Empire City Garrison, a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization!

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Fall Garden Cleanup at the Castle
Fall Garden Cleanup at the Castle
October 28, 2023 [Rain Date Reschedule]
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Cost: Free

 

Calling all volunteers! It's time to tidy up the Castle gardens and get them ready for a winter rest. Come help us mulch, rake leaves, divide and replant perennial plants, and prepare the gardens for the next growing season. All levels of gardening expertise are welcome! The cost is free; tools and supplies will be provided.

Open House New York 2023
Open House New York 2023
October 22, 2023
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Cost: Free

 

Bayside Historical Society is excited to be part of this year's Open House New York Weekend, a five-borough-wide event that celebrates architecture and design.

 

Since 1984, BHS has been located at the Castle in Fort Totten Park. Built in 1887, the building was originally used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as their Officers’ Mess Hall and Club. The Castle is one of the finest surviving examples in New York City of Gothic Revival castellated architecture, and is a NYC designated landmark that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

 

We will be participating on Sunday, October 22nd, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Our staff will be on hand to give tours and talk about our beautiful building and its history. Light refreshments will be provided.

Civil War Living History at Fort Totten
Civil War Living History at Fort Totten — CANCELLED
October 14, 2023
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

This event unfortunately has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

 

Enter the camp of Company K of the 67th NY Infantry for a day of Civil War Living History at Fort Totten, where you can walk in the footsteps of Union soldiers and discover all aspects of life in the 1860s. Interact with the 67th NY and learn of the lives of the soldiers they imitate: what they thought, how they ate, how they were clothed, how they fought, and how they endured through the greatest war in America's history. This event is free to all!

19th Century Base Ball Game
19th Century Base Ball Game — CANCELLED
October 7, 2023
Time: 11:00am to 2:00pm

This event unfortunately has been cancelled due to inclement weather. It will be rescheduled in 2024.

Come to Fort Totten Park for an unforgettable day of family fun! Watch the New York Mutuals vs. the Brooklyn Atlantics in a historical re-creation of a baseball game the way it was played back in the 1880s! The teams will wear replicas of the original 19th century baseball uniforms and use replica balls and bats from the time period. No baseball gloves, since those had not yet been invented! The players will answer questions from the audience and invite children to field grounders. Have a great time while you learn about the history of baseball. 

 

This event is FREE for everyone to attend, although donations are appreciated. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics; snacks and beverages will also be available. The Bayside Historical Society Castle will also be open for tours! Parking will be available in Little Bay Park. 

 

Image: The American National Game of Base Ball: Grand Match for the Championship at the Elysian Fields, Hoboken, N. J. Publisher Currier & Ives. 1866.

Open Sew at the Castle
Open Sew at the Castle
September 23, 2023
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Do you quilt, sew or just love textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing. Bring something you are currently working on and enjoy the camaraderie of community sewing! While this is not a sewing class, beginner seamstresses and quilters are most welcome and will find inspiration and guidance. There are a limited number of sewing machines available, but please try to bring your own if you have one. Also, do not feel obligated to sew on a machine — hand work (cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, etc.) is always welcome!

Open Sew at the Castle
Open Sew at the Castle
August 26, 2023
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Do you quilt, sew or just love textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing. Bring something you are currently working on and enjoy the camaraderie of community sewing! While this is not a sewing class, beginner seamstresses and quilters are most welcome and will find inspiration and guidance. There are a limited number of sewing machines available, but please try to bring your own if you have one. Also, do not feel obligated to sew on a machine — hand work (cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, etc.) is always welcome!

Open Sew at the Castle
Open Sew at the Castle
July 15, 2023
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Do you quilt, sew or just love textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing. Bring something you are currently working on and enjoy the camaraderie of community sewing! While this is not a sewing class, beginner seamstresses and quilters are most welcome and will find inspiration and guidance. There are a limited number of sewing machines available, but please try to bring your own if you have one. Also, do not feel obligated to sew on a machine — hand work (cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, etc.) is always welcome!

A Conversation with Lidia Bastianich
A Conversation with Lidia Bastianich
June 29, 2023
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

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

 

Part of Bayside Historical Society's Author Talk at the Castle Series

Bayside Historical Society is honored to welcome to the Castle Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Emmy award-winning public television host, best‐selling cookbook author, successful restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Lidia will be presenting a lecture, conducting an audience Q&A, and signing copies of her latest book, A Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl.

Lidia has shared her love of food and family on public television for over two decades, and continues to invite you to her table. Don’t miss this chance to meet Lidia up close and in person!

6th Annual Independence Day Celebration
6th Annual Independence Day Celebration
June 27, 2023
Time: 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Cost: Free

 

Bayside Historical Society is hosting the 6th Annual Independence Day Celebration with a free concert and fireworks display by Grucci in Fort Totten Park. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for an evening of community fun! Food vendors will be on site. Free parking and shuttle buses available! This event is sponsored by Council Member Vickie Paladino and Parker Jewish Institute.

Whitestone History Stroll with Jason Antos
Whitestone History Stroll with Jason Antos
June 24, 2023
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Cost: Free for members of either BHS or QHS;  $7 pre-registration / $10 day of event (cash only) for non-members

 

Presented by Bayside Historical Society and Queens Historical Society

Jason Antos, renowned local historian, published author, and Executive Director of Queens Historical Society will narrate our History Stroll beginning at the site of the former Whitestone LIRR station, and continue through the mansions along Powell Cove Boulevard to the site of the Hammerstein House. This area of Whitestone was home to beer gardens, mansions to rich and famous politicians, stage and film personalities, and others of interest. Join us to hear the rich history and anecdotes of our local community.

Gardening Day at the Castle
Gardening Day at the Castle
June 24, 2023
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Cost: Free

 

Come join us for another rewarding morning of gardening — all levels of expertise are welcome! Tools and supplies will be provided. In addition to garden maintenance, we'll be working on several exciting enhancements to the Castle grounds, including a pollinator garden, a pumpkin patch, and a vegetable patch.

Open Archives Night: The Bell Family
Open Archives Night: The Bell Family
June 15, 2023
Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Cost: Free for BHS members; $20 for non-members

 

Join Bayside Historical Society for a sneak preview of the Bell Family Collection. View a selection of the artifacts, photos, and documents in this collection. Help shape the final exhibit by sharing your opinion in the on-site survey available at the event on June 15.

Passport Concert: Experimental World Music from Korea
Vong Pak's Binari: Experimental World Music from Korea
June 11, 2023
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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

Part of Bayside Historical Society's Passport Concert Series

 

Vong Pak’s Binari is an experimental world music influenced by Korean folk music, improvisation, avant-garde, jazz, as well as storytelling. The characteristic triple rhythmic groove, South and North Korean folk song hybrid together with trombone and drum set sound. Like the Korean Epic song, Pansori, they draw the story by music. This unique combination of Korean folk music mixed with western styles like jazz and funk will expand the listener's ears, showcasing the Korean tradition to western audiences.

 

Watch clips on BHS's YouTube channel

Open Sew at the Castle
Open Sew at the Castle
June 3, 2023
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Do you quilt, sew or just love textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing. Bring something you are currently working on and enjoy the camaraderie of community sewing! While this is not a sewing class, beginner seamstresses and quilters are most welcome and will find inspiration and guidance. There are a limited number of sewing machines available, but please try to bring your own if you have one. Also, do not feel obligated to sew on a machine — hand work (cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, etc.) is always welcome!

Beekeeping Workshop at the Castle
Beekeeping Workshop at the Castle
June 3, 2023
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Cost: Free

 

Join Master Beekeeper Walter Blohm for this fascinating workshop, as he discusses the benefits of beekeeping and how bee enthusiasts can get started on making beekeeping a serious hobby. Blohm will also talk about the life of honey bees and the important role they play in our food supply. This workshop will take place outside in the Castle gardens. Plus: Delicious local honey from the BHS hives will also be available for purchase.

Gardening Day at the Castle
Gardening Day at the Castle
June 3, 2023
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Cost: Free

 

Come join us for another rewarding morning of gardening — all levels of expertise are welcome! Tools and supplies will be provided. In addition to garden maintenance, we'll be working on several exciting enhancements to the Castle grounds, including a pollinator garden, a pumpkin patch, and a vegetable patch.

Passport Concert: Caribbean Island Music
Caribbean Island Music with Geff Z & The One Vybz Crew
May 21, 2023
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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

Part of Bayside Historical Society's Passport Concert Series

 

Bayside Historical Society welcomes Geff Z & The One Vybz Crew to the Castle ballroom for this latest installment in our Passport Concert Series. Originating from Central and South America, and the Caribbean, the band offers a potpourri of Island Music — Reggae, Soul, Soca, and Calypso. Featured performers include Paul G. Zuniga (Keyboards) from Belize, Vibert Austin (Vocals) from Guyana, Leon Raga (Bass) from St. Lucia, and Fitzroy Frank (Drums & Percussion) from Jamaica. Their music will have you dancing in the aisles!

 

Watch clips on BHS's YouTube channel

Gardening Day at the Castle
Gardening Day at the Castle
May 20, 2023
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Cost: Free

 

Come join us for another rewarding morning of gardening — all levels of expertise are welcome! Tools and supplies will be provided. In addition to garden maintenance, we'll be working on several exciting enhancements to the Castle grounds, including a pollinator garden, a pumpkin patch, and a vegetable patch.

Passport Concert: Brazilian Music
Brazilian Soirée with Diálogos Duo
April 30, 2023
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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

Part of Bayside Historical Society's Passport Concert Series

 

The acclaimed Diálogos Duo presents the World Premiere of "Soirée for Pixinguinha," which celebrates the Brazilian master's 125th birthday with thirteen inspired tributes. Composed in the virtuosic genre known as Choro, their music is an exciting alchemy of Afro-Brazilian, contemporary jazz and classical styles. Diálogos Duo features composer Richard Boukas on the guitar and Louis Arques on the clarinet and bass clarinet.

 

Watch clips on BHS's YouTube channel

MUSIC MEMORY LANE: Classics of the Cousin Brucie Era
MUSIC MEMORY LANE: Classics of the Cousin Brucie Era (Sunday Event)
April 23, 2023
Time: 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Concert tickets: $20 BHS members & seniors; $25 adults; $10 kids

 

Join Bayside Historical Society for a weekend-long tribute to the music of "The Cousin Brucie Era" at our MUSIC MEMORY LANE celebration. This fabulous event features the Broadway Blockbusters ensemble, live orchestra, and all of your favorite music from the 60s, 70s and 80s! This is sure to be a great afternoon  — don't miss this chance to relive the music, the fashions, and the memories of the rock and roll generation!

TRIBUTE TO COUSIN BRUCIE WEEKEND LINEUP:

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 3:00 - 6:00 PM

"Get Into the Groove" — On Sunday, we'll open the day with a special pre-show Wine & Cheese Reception for an additional $10 per person (adults only — 21+). The curtain goes up at 4:00PM.

MUSIC MEMORY LANE: Classics of the Cousin Brucie Era
MUSIC MEMORY LANE: Classics of the Cousin Brucie Era (Saturday Event)
April 22, 2023
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Concert tickets: $20 individual; $60 for family up to 5 people

 

Join Bayside Historical Society for a weekend-long tribute to the music of "The Cousin Brucie Era" at our MUSIC MEMORY LANE celebration. This fabulous event features the Broadway Blockbusters ensemble, live orchestra, and all of your favorite music from the 60s, 70s and 80s! This is sure to be a great afternoon — don't miss this chance to relive the music, the fashions, and the memories of the rock and roll generation!

TRIBUTE TO COUSIN BRUCIE WEEKEND LINEUP:

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

"It's a Family Affair" — Put on your bell bottoms, love beads, disco-dancing shoes, or your Flashdance leg warmers and bring your family to the Castle for a day of great music and fabulous memories! Join us for showtime on Saturday at 3:00PM. We'll be giving a prize to the family that comes in the best costume for one of the decades featured: the 60s, 70s, or 80s.

Earth Day Garden Cleanup at the Castle
Earth Day Garden Cleanup at the Castle
April 22, 2023
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Cost: Free

 

Bayside Historical Society invites volunteers to celebrate Earth Day by beautifying the Castle's gardens and preparing them for planting. This event is free; gardening supplies will be provided.

Passport Concert: Haitian Music
The Vibrant Music of Haiti
April 16, 2023
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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

 

Part of Bayside Historical Society's Passport Concert Series

 

Bayside Historical Society welcomes The Agoci Band to the Castle ballroom for a concert of high-energy music that will have you dancing in the aisles. Agoci (nurturing the soul) was founded by dancer, choreographer, teacher, and lead singer Rol'hans Innocent, to promote Haitian Dance and Music around the world. This band performs original songs, in English and Haitian Creole, about the joy, the love and the struggle of Haitian people. Agoci combines Traditional Haitian Folk Music with Hip-Hop, Compas, and Calypso flavors into a sound that everyone can dance to. Its music is unlike anything you heard before.

Watch clips on BHS's YouTube channel

Open Sew at the Castle
Open Sew at the Castle
April 15, 2023
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Do you quilt, sew or just love textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing. Bring something you are currently working on and enjoy the camaraderie of community sewing! While this is not a sewing class, beginner seamstresses and quilters are most welcome and will find inspiration and guidance. There are a limited number of sewing machines available, but please try to bring your own if you have one. Also, do not feel obligated to sew on a machine — hand work (cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, etc.) is always welcome!

Spring Garden Cleanup at the Castle
Spring Garden Cleanup at the Castle — CANCELLED
April 1, 2023
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Cost: FREE

 

This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Spring is here at last, and we can't wait to roll up our sleeves and start working on the Castle's gardens! We're welcoming volunteers to help clear out last year’s weeds and old plants and prep the beds for new flowers and plants. No green thumbs required — just helping hands! This event is free; gardening supplies will be provided. 

Open Sew at the Castle
Open Sew at the Castle
March 25, 2023
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Do you quilt, sew or just love textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing. Bring something you are currently working on and enjoy the camaraderie of community sewing! While this is not a sewing class, beginner seamstresses and quilters are most welcome and will find inspiration and guidance. There are a limited number of sewing machines available, but please try to bring your own if you have one. Also, do not feel obligated to sew on a machine — hand work (cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, etc.) is always welcome!

Joseph Cornell Shadow Boxes: Lecture and Crafting Workshop
Joseph Cornell Shadow Boxes: Lecture and Crafting Workshop
April 13, 2023
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Cost: $30 BHS members; $35 non-members

In this BHS workshop led by artist and Creative Arts Therapist Betsy Lazarus, you will learn more about the life and art of Joseph Cornell, an innovative mid-20th Century artist known for his shadow box assemblages. Further exploring the creative process, participants will design a shadow box from assorted objects into a work of art both unique and personally meaningful. You are encouraged to bring objects both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional of your own to include in your piece along with frames and other decorative supplies that will be provided. No artistic experience is required for this program! 

Americana: Songs of the 40s and 50s
Americana: Songs of the 40s and 50s
March 19, 2023
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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

 

Part of Bayside Historical Society's Passport Concert Series

Americana music has been defined as incorporating "elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues." For the next event in our exciting Passport Concert Series, BHS welcomes jazz vocalist Barbara Rosene to the Castle for a musical trip through the 1940s and 1950s. Renowned for her passionate interpretation of the great music of the 1920s through the 40s, Barbara takes classic material from all eras of jazz and makes the material sound fresh and emotionally relevant today. 

Watch clips on BHS's YouTube channel

Hop Into Spring at the Castle: A Family Celebration!
Hop Into Spring at the Castle: A Family Celebration!
April 1, 2023
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Cost: $10 per person (max $30); $35 per family of 1-5; $55 per family of 5+

 

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin' down the Castle trail. Hippity, hoppity, Spring is on its way! 

Make your way to the Castle for this special Spring event! Bayside Historical Society welcomes neighbors and friends for a fun-filled day of crafts, music, surprises, and a visit from Peter Cottontail. See if your kids can find all the bunny eggs hidden in our beautiful spring garden! 

BHS Annual Membership Meeting
BHS Annual Membership Meeting
March 15, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM–7:30 PM: Member Business Meeting; 7:30 PM–10:00 PM: General Meeting

Cost: Free for BHS members

 

Bayside Historical Society celebrates Irish Cultural heritage during our Annual Membership Meeting. This members-only event will feature the Installation Ceremony of newly elected BHS Officers and Trustees, as well as Volunteer Recognition. Afterwards, we’ll gather in the ballroom for Irish music & refreshments to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy delectable corned beef sliders, homemade Irish soda bread, and Irish coffee while being entertained by the Ciara Greene School of Irish Step Dancing and Celtic guitarist & singer John Walsh.

Author Talk with David D. Morrison
Author Talk with David D. Morrison
March 7, 2023
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Cost: $5.00 for BHS members; $10.00 for non-members

 

From his childhood love of Lionel trains to a career as a branch line manager for the Long Island Rail Road to founding the Long Island Rail Road Historical Society, train enthusiast David D. Morrison has devoted much of his life to railroad history. Having written numerous books for Arcadia Publishing's Long Island Rail Road series, David brings his extensive knowledge to the BHS Castle for a fascinating presentation about the LIRR Port Washington Branch. All aboard for a trip through history!

Family Fun Fair: Crafts & Games at the Castle
Family Fun Fair: Crafts & Games at the Castle
February 25, 2023
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Cost: $10 per person (max $30); $35 per family of 1-5; $45 per family of 6-10; $55 per family of 10+

 

Before the Internet. Before cell phones. Before cable TV...there were things to make and games to play. Join Bayside Historical Society at the Castle for a nostalgic day of family-themed crafts and games that don't require a computer or WiFi! Decorate picture frames for your 3x5 family photo or create a pretty flowerpot for your family garden. Music, games, and refreshments round out this fun afternoon

From Italy with Love: Music by Vocalist Elena Camerin
From Italy with Love: Music by Vocalist Elena Camerin
February 24, 2023
Time: 8:00pm to 10:00pm

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

Part of Bayside Historical Society's Passport Concert Series

 

We're rounding out the month of love by bringing the romance of Italy to our ballroom. Bring that special someone to the Castle for an enchanting evening with vocalist Elena Camerin. Elena performs internationally and inspires young artists through her work as a voice instructor. Light refreshments will be served.

Watch clips on BHS's YouTube channel

Open Sew at the Castle
Open Sew at the Castle
February 18, 2023
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Do you quilt, sew or just love textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing. Bring something you are currently working on and enjoy the camaraderie of community sewing! While this is not a sewing class, beginner seamstresses and quilters are most welcome and will find inspiration and guidance. There are a limited number of sewing machines available, but please try to bring your own if you have one. Also, do not feel obligated to sew on a machine — hand work (cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, etc.) is always welcome!

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Romancing the Melodies: A Valentine Cocktail Party
February 12, 2023
Time: 2:30pm to 6:00pm

Cost: $45 for BHS members; $50 for non-members

Celebrate Valentine's Day in style at Bayside Historical Society's Jazz Cocktail Party! Live entertainment by the 12-piece Dean Saghafi Orchestra, featuring vocalist Kathryn Farmer, will provide the romantic soundtrack while you enjoy wine, a signature cocktail, and a selection of passed hors d'oeuvres in our beautiful ballroom. Coffee and sweets will round out this enchanting afternoon.

Craft Night: Make a Shamballa Macrame Bracelet
Craft Night: Make a Shamballa Macrame Bracelet
February 9, 2023
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Cost: $25 BHS members; $30 non-members

In this fun jewelry-making workshop, crafter Elaine Miller will show you how to create a beautiful and meaningful Shamballa macrame bracelet. A Shamballa bracelet is a hand-knotted bracelet from Tibetan Buddhism and stands for unconditional love, freedom and strength. Shamballa is the Mythical Kingdom located north of the Himalayas close to Tibet. The bracelets remind the wearer of the importance of unconditional love and mercy, living with an open heart and giving and receiving trust. The characteristics of the stones used give the wearer protection, strength, energy and a sense of decisiveness and determination. Supplies and materials are included in the cost of the workshop. Participants will take home their handiwork at the end of the class.

American Gospel Music: James Jones Ensemble
American Gospel Music: James Jones Ensemble
February 5, 2023
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm

 

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

Part of Bayside Historical Society's Passport Concert Series

Concert of gospel music. Musician, vocalist, and music director James Jones Jr., son of music mogul Jimmy “Handyman” Jones, will bring his inspirational and soulful music to the Castle ballroom for an uplifting concert experience.

Watch clips on BHS's YouTube channel

Author Talk with Sergey Kadinsky
Author Talk with Sergey Kadinsky
February 1, 2023
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Cost: $10.00 BHS members; $20.00 non-members

Part of Bayside Historical Society's Author Talk at the Castle Series

 

BHS welcomes local author and historian Sergey Kadinsky to the Castle for a presentation about his book, Hidden Waters of New York City. This book offers a historical survey of 101 hidden lakes, creeks, inlets, ponds, and reservoirs within the borders of New York City, including Fort Totten Pond, Crocheron Pond, Oakland Lake, and Alley Pond. These minor waterways serve a vital role in promoting sustainability and hold potential for revival that could offer cultural, economic and environmental benefits for the city. Learn how these hidden waterways impacted our past, what are their present conditions, and what are the plans for their future.

Open Sew at the Castle
Open Sew at the Castle — CANCELLED
January 28, 2023
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

This event has been cancelled due to necessary building repairs.

Do you quilt, sew or just love textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing. Bring something you are currently working on and enjoy the camaraderie of community sewing! While this is not a sewing class, beginner seamstresses and quilters are most welcome and will find inspiration and guidance. There are a limited number of sewing machines available, but please try to bring your own if you have one. Also, do not feel obligated to sew on a machine — hand work (cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, etc.) is always welcome!

Open Archives Night: The American Legion and Historical Map Collections
Open Archives Night: The American Legion and Historical Map Collections
January 26, 2023
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Cost: $10 BHS members; $20 non-members

At BHS's upcoming Open Archives Night, highlights from two popular archival collections will be on display for up-close viewing. Our American Legion exhibit is a collection of historical memorabilia from the American Legion Post 510 of Bayside that  includes rare documents, photos, and artifacts. Our historical map collection is a fun and fascinating trip down memory lane with maps of northeast Queens detailing street names, local shops, celebrity residences, and landmarks. See if you can find the name of the streets where you lived or grew up and compare "then and now" photos of your neighborhood.

The Music of Israel
The Music of Israel
January 22, 2023
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm

 

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

Part of Bayside Historical Society's Passport Concert Series

BHS is excited to announce the first event in our 2023 Passport Concert Series lineup! The David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble is one of the most unusual groups of its kind, and have performed worldwide to critical acclaim. Eclectic by repertoire and design, the group is composed of David Glukh (piccolo trumpet), Ronn Yedidia (accordion/piano), David Keen (violin), Yuval Edoot (percussion), and Eddy Khaimovich (bass). The ensemble performs traditional klezmer music along with special "fusions" between klezmer and other musical traditions of the world.

Watch clips on BHS's YouTube channel

Create Your Own Tiered Serving Tray
Create Your Own Tiered Serving Tray — CANCELLED
January 21, 2023
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Cost: $45 BHS members; $50 non-members

Due to unexpected building repairs, this event unfortunately has been cancelled.

By popular demand, expert crafters Denise Rizzuto and Lisa Wilson return to the BHS Castle for another home decor crafting workshop! Denise and Lisa will be providing hands-on instructions for assembling and painting the charming tiered serving tray pictured above. This photo shows what this versatile tray would look like if it were decorated for Christmas. All supplies and materials are included in the cost of the workshop and participants will take home their handiwork at the end of the class.

Author Talk with Carl Ballenas
Author Talk with Carl Ballenas
January 17, 2023
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Cost: $10.00 for BHS members; $20.00 for non-members

Part of Bayside Historical Society's Author Talk at the Castle Series

Bayside Historical Society welcomes local author Carl Ballenas for a presentation about his book, Jacob's Gift, a Christmas tale based on historical events that uses actual people and places from the town of Richmond Hill, NY. Join us at the Castle in Fort Totten as Carl takes us through the fascinating and heart-warming history behind his book and the origins of Christmas caroling in Queens. Signed copies of Jacob's Gift will be available for purchase. 

22nd Annual Winter Art Show
22nd Annual Winter Art Show
February 1-28, 2023
Time: 9:00am to 9:00pm

Cost: FREE

Bayside Historical Society's 22nd Annual Winter Art Show, showcasing contemporary Queens-based artists working in a variety of styles and mediums, features a combination of online galleries on our website and a live exhibit in The Bay Terrace Shopping Center. The online galleries also feature the emerging talent of student artists at Bayside High School in Queens, as well as artwork by senior citizens living in long-term care in Queens. The show will run for the entire month of February 2023.

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