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Gravestone from Woodhaven cemetery found in local backyard


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Project Woodhaven

For many months, volunteers associated with the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society have worked to beautify and remove weeds from the Wyckoff-Snediker Family Cemetery, a graveyard located near All Saints Episcopal Church that dates back to the late 1700s.

The efforts, conducted in cooperation with the church (formerly St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church), have been both successful and rewarding, according to Ed Wendell of the society — and led to some amazing discoveries along the way.

During their most recent cleanup of the 98th Street site on July 11, Wendell received word from Irene Scheid, who lives adjacent to the cemetery, that her family recently unearthed what appeared to be a tombstone from her backyard. Volunteers came by Scheid’s home to pick up the thin stone tablet marked with the initials “G.S.B.”

Through research, Wendell said, it was determined that the gravestone once marked the burial site of Garret S. Bennet, who died in 1825 and was interred at the Wyckoff-Snediker Cemetery. Wendell said the connection between the stone and cemetery was confirmed through a review of a cemetery survey conducted in 1919, which noted the extent of every graveyard “down to the square foot.”

Bennet’s grave was indicated in the 1919 survey, but the tombstone was listed as missing.

“It’s been out of the cemetery for at least 96 years, probably longer, and it ended up in this woman’s backyard,” Wendell said.

Not much is known about Bennet’s life other than the dates of his death and birth (in 1792, during George Washington’s first term as president) and the fact that several of his relatives, including daughter Ida, are also interred at Wyckoff-Snediker. They all died at young ages during the 1825 cholera epidemic that struck the area, according to Wendell.

Now that the century-old headstone mystery has been solved, Wendell noted it shouldn’t be too difficult to restore the headstone to Bennet’s grave. Along with clearing overgrowth and removing litter from the cemetery, volunteers have been restoring monuments that were either tipped or moved by vandals.

“We know where it’s supposed to go. We know where he is and we can finally put his tombstone back where it belongs,” he said.

 

Photo courtesy of Project Woodhaven
Along from restoring a piece of neighborhood history, Wendell hopes that the cemetery — once beautification efforts are complete — could be transformed into a passive community space where local residents can sit in peace and quiet and enjoy nature. The society hopes to hold an “open house” in October revealing to the public the extent of their efforts to that point.

“We don’t want it to be a place for loud music or play — just a nice, quiet space,” Wendell said. “To have something like that a few feet off Jamaica Avenue would be really nice for the community.”

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Identify this place in Queens


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Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodhaven

What to do with the kids this weekend


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QUEENS

 Saturday, October 13

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., At the 11th Annual Harvest Festival in Jamaica there will be cook-offs, cooking demos, live music, food tastings and arts andcrafts, such as making a scarecrow, pumpkin decorating and face painting. There will also be magic shows, colorful clowns and cowboys.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., At the Oktoberfest and Harvest Hoopla in Bayside there will fun and games for children, food, refreshments, and music by the Pilsner Brass Band. Entry to the event is free.

11 a.m. – 6 p.m., The All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunnyside is having its 22nd Annual Fund-Raising Pumpkin Fair with live music, international dishes, hotdogs, hamburgers, shish kebabs, pumpkin dishes, a raffle and balloon animals.

12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Come to the King Manor Harvest Festival for fall-themed crafts and a food-themed celebration, including a historic food demonstration. It will be fun for the whole family.

Sunday, October 14

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., At the New York Hall of Science’s Little Makers: Paper Making kids can bring their own brightly colored leaves to create handmade paper with fall foliage. Preregistration is recommended.

AROUND QUEENS

Saturday, October 13

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., At the Madison Square Park’s annual Fall Kids Fest children can enjoy a free event with live music, arts and crafts, face painting, snacks and more. There will also be a costume parade led by a Big Apple Circus and pumpkin decorating.

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., At the 10th Annual My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair dogs and their owners can take part in free dog events, including tips from trainers, and participate in fun games, contests, giveaways and more.

Saturday, October 13- Sunday, October 14

2 p.m., This weekend at the Long Island Children’s Museum come see Fall Fun, an interactive musical celebrating autumn from the harvest to Halloween. Ages 3 and up.

Sunday, October 14

2:00 p.m., Come to a family-friendly concert featuring Justin Roberts and The Not Ready For Naptime Players at The Jewish Museum in Manhattan. Ages 2 to 7.

*For more fun things to do with kids, check out our list of Halloween events in Queens

Bayside kicks off holiday season


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Michael Pantelidis

Bayside residents and community leaders rang in the holiday season by lighting up the neighborhood.

The Bayside Village Business Improvement District (BID) and Bayside Business Association (BBA) hosted their annual Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting ceremony on November 29 at the BBA headquarters, located at 41-16 Bell Boulevard.

“This marks the start of the holiday season for Bayside,” said Judith Limpert, president of the BBA. “It is a beautiful village atmosphere here. I think today we are all way too dispersed and focused on things that aren’t relevant. Community and family are very important. We also hope to get people to understand that Bayside has a beautiful shopping strip. They should come here first, because they can probably get everything they need for their holiday shopping. The point of this event is to attract Baysiders to come out.”

Holiday lights were also recently installed by the Bayside BID above all the blocks of Bell Boulevard.

“This event only comes once a year, and it really is the beginning of the holiday season and the biggest season for businesses and restaurants here on Bell Boulevard,” said Gregg Sullivan, executive director of the Bayside BID. “Events like this and our street lights really improve business enormously and highlight Bayside.”

The neighborhood organizations were joined at the event by Councilmember Dan Halloran, Assemblymember Edward Braunstein, Father Brosnan from Sacred Heart Church, Father Byrnes from All Saints Episcopal Church and of course, Santa Claus.

“The celebration of light over darkness is what these holidays are all about,” said Halloran. “These lights symbolize that.”

During the ceremony, visitors were serenaded with Christmas carols, and children had the opportunity to tell Santa what gifts they wanted waiting for them under their tree this year. After the lighting, attendees were invited out of the cold and inside the BBA headquarters for hot chocolate and snacks.

“This is a wonderful event for [my goddaughter] to see the tree with all of this nice lighting,” said Rose Lynch, a Bayside resident for 45 years, who brought her goddaughter, Ashley, to the lighting ceremony. “It is a nice introduction to the holidays with spirit. I think this is a cute idea to come and meet Santa in a unique way, which is individual and small. It is delightful.”