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Astoria groups celebrate 50 years since The Beatles played at Shea Stadium

Photo courtesy of the Greater Astoria Historical Society

The 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ visit to Queens is being celebrated Wednesday night with a little help from some Astoria friends.

As part of the Greater Astoria Historical Society’s (GAHS) monthly lecture series at Q.E.D., located at 27-16 23rd Ave., the group will hold a tribute on Aug. 19 honoring the 50th anniversary of the Fab Five’s performance at Shea Stadium.

Richard Melnick, vice president of GAHS, will be joined by friends to give a retrospective of The Beatles and “that memorable Sunday night on Aug. 15, 1965, when 55,600 [people] got a big taste of Beatlemania.”

The lecture, which will be followed by a Q&A, invites guests to come and relive the performance, share their memories and listen to the music again.

“Our mission is to promote the history of our community. Our commemorative programming will delight and engage folks who attended these extraordinary events and educate and inspire those who did not,” said Rosalie Kenny, lecturer and GAHS trustee.

Tickets for the lecture are $10 for non-GAHS members and can be purchased here. GAHS members get in for FREE with an RSVP by noon on Wednesday. To reserve a spot email QEDAstoria@gmail.com.

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