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Family Strawberry Festival June 15 At Onderdonk House

The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society (GRHS) will host an afternoon of family fun celebrating the strawberry and the beginning of summer during their annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 15, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Onderdonk House.

There will be the best strawberry shortcake in NYC, face painting, crafts and games for children, pie eating contest, music, Bobo the Hobo and tours of the Onderdonk House. The Current exhibit, “Unearthed at the Onderdonk House-Artifacts from early Archaeological Investigations” is free with admission to the Festival. Visitors will also have an opportunity to see renovated period rooms.

The East Coast Car Association is again partnering with the Society and will have their vintage cars on display and opportunities to support their charities.

The society will also unveil the 2013 quilt donated by Eileen Baxter of Woodside that will be raffled on St. Nicholas Day, Sunday, Dec. 8. The raffle benefits the operation and maintenance of the Onderdonk House.

Baxter has been quilting for over 15 years and has previously donated quilts to the Onderdonk House and other charities. She is a member of the Quilting Guild of Brooklyn.

Admission to this event is $3 for adults, children under 3 are free, and children 4 to 12 years are $1. Admission includes strawberry shortcake and entry into the Onderdonk House and exhibits.

The Onderdonk House, located at 1820 Flushing Ave. in Ridgewood, is open to the public on Saturdays, from 1 to 5 p.m. or by reservation.

For information on this and the other programs conducted by the Society, call 1-718-456-1776 or visit the website, www.onderdonkhouse.org.

The Onderdonk House can be reached by bus (the Q54 passes two blocks away on Metropolitan Avenue, and the B57 passes the house on Flushing Avenue) and the L line (to Jefferson Street stop; proceed five blocks north [right] along Flushing Avenue). On street parking is available, plentiful and free.

This event is funded in part from public service grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of New York, supported by City Council members Diana Reyna and Elizabeth Crowley and by members of the Society.

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