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Volume XXVII, Number 5718
Friday, Oct 05, 2012

This Weekend In Parks

Photo by Daniel Avila

Historic House Festival

From Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7, Parks & Recreation joins the Historic House Trust of New York City and Open House New York to celebrate Parks’ 23 historic houses. Historic houses throughout the five boroughs will open their doors for history and food-related events, exclusive tours and lectures that explore the City’s rich heritage.

The Historic House Festival will include exhibits, lectures, cooking demonstrations and even a rare evening tour of Gracie Mansion. Visitors will enjoy annual favorites like navigating through the Maize Maze at Queens County Farm Museum, tea on the porch at the Alice Austen House Museum, open hearth cooking at the Van Cortlandt House Museum, bike tours to the houses and more. The Festival will also provide a unique opportunity to tour houses or rooms that usually have limited access to visitors, including the Dutch Hendrick I. Lott farmhouse, the attic and cellar of the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, Gracie Mansion, and the Little Red Lighthouse. For more information about the Historic House Festival, including a complete calendar of events, please visit

This festival has been generously sponsored by the History Channel, Benjamin Moore, Forbes, Bloomberg, Bank of America, Con Edison, Estee Lauder, MTA, and supported by Council Member Brad Lander, Council Member Rosie Mendez, and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.

Little Red Lighthouse Festival

Saturday, October 6
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

On Saturday, October 6 from 12-4 p.m., the 20th Anniversary Little Red Lighthouse Festival will take place in Fort Washington Park, to celebrate the only remaining lighthouse in Manhattan. Sponsored by Benjamin Moore Paints, this year’s event is hosted by New York Restoration Project (NYRP), Historic House Trust, NYC Parks, Riverside Park Fund and Urban Park Rangers. The free event will include tours of the lighthouse, live music and theater performances, arts and crafts, fishing clinics, readings and activities for the family. There will even be an up-close reptile experience! The Festival celebrates the area and pays tribute to the popular children's book, "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge” by Hildegarde H. Swift.

Saturday, October 6

It's My Park Day at Westerleigh Park and Soapbox Derby
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Westerleigh Park, Staten Island

Open House New York: Our Daily Bread - Baking Without An Oven
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Van Cortlandt House Museum, Bronx

Open House New York: Prison Ship Martyr's Monument
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Fort Greene Park Visitor Center, Brooklyn

Sunday, October 7

The 2nd Annual Fit for All 5K
9:00 a.m.
Riverside Park, Manhattan

Apple Festival
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Queens County Farm Museum, Queens

Conservation: Coastal Cleanup
1:00 p.m.
Wolfe's Pond Park Comfort Station, Staten Island


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