By Merle Exit
The holiday season kicks off with a bang at Flushing Town Hall this weekend with a calendar filled with activities to suit everyone’s tastes.
“At Flushing Town Hall, we love to get into the holiday spirit each year,” Ellen Kodadek, executive and artistic director, said. “This year is no exception. It’s the season for friends, family, and fun in Flushing.”
Highlights include an evening of cheese, a tour of historic sites decked out for Christmas, a holiday market where artists will sell their creations, a winter holiday festival celebrating all the season’s events.
On Saturday things get cheesy with the Great Northeast Cheese Fest.
From nutty sheep’s milk tommes and sharp Cheddars to creamy triple cremes and tangy goat cheeses, attendees will be able to sample more than 60 different varieties and meet the cheese makers.
The annual Holiday Historic House Tour is set for Sunday.
Seven sites in Flushing and Corona invite you to celebrate the holiday season and learn about their unique histories. Each site will offer special activities and delicious refreshments. A trolley will be available to take visitors from one historic house to the next. Six of the seven are in walking distance to each other. This event is being presented by the Queens Historical Society.
That same day, Queens artists will have their works on sale at the holiday market.
There will be jewelry, paintings, hand crafted ceramics, paper goods, T-shirts and much more to get your holiday shopping to a great start.
In another area of building celebrations of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa with an art-making workshop and storytelling will be taking place.
Storyteller Robin Bady will share her favorite stories of miracles, menorahs and dreidels. Aurelia Fernandez will create Christmas poinsettias, which will be donated to senior centers in Queens. And storyteller Tammy Hall will share tales from African traditions that are typically told during the Kwanzaa season.
For more information and a complete schedule, check Flushing Town Hall’s website at www.flush