Cured meat competition highlights Queens events this weekend and beyond

Cured meat competition and vintage record fair highlight a slate of Queens doings this weekend and beyond
Good thing it’s Leap Year! There’s so much to do in Queens this weekend, the borough needs the extra day this month. Appease your inner epicurean at the Flushing Charcuterie Masters competition; whip those winter withdrawals at an indoor snow day; or show your vinyl love at a record fair. There are free screenings and art discussion; plus, activities to celebrate the Year of the Monkey and Black History Month. The mind just reels at the possibilities…

Saturday, Feb. 27

1. Attend the Charcuterie Masters competition

When: Saturday, February 27 at 1:30
Where: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing

Feast on some of the finest cured meats ever made! New York Epicurean Events presents the best of the best charcuterie artisans from the U.S. and Canada. Makers of sausages, pâtés, hams, salumi, and more, will compete for top honors at this first-of-its-kind event. Attendees will have a chance to taste more than 60 kinds of cured meats and have an opportunity to meet their creators. Pairings will include beer, wine, and spirits. Admission $100 per person/$80 per member.

2. Enjoy a snow day

When: Saturday, February 27 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston

No snow? No problem! Your children can enjoy all the fun of a snow day, but indoors, complete with snow-themed games, songs, and arts and crafts. Kids will also be exposed to live animals and even a nature walk (weather permitting). Price of admission is $23. Pre-registration is required and available at alleypond.com.

3. See Tracy Viergela Pierre’s one-woman performance, “Slave Be Still”

When: Saturday, February 27 at 3 p.m.
Where: Douglaston/Little Neck branch of the Queens Library, located at 249-01 Northern Blvd.

Celebrate African American history month with this incredible theatrical experience presented by Cultural Caravan Productions Inc. “Slave be Still” details a woman’s journey as she learns to accept herself and her culture. Highly skilled in the art of improvisation, Pierre offers those who attend a unique experience.

4. Don’t miss the Monkey Mask Workshop

When: Saturday, February 27, at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing

In honor of the Year of the Monkey, children will learn about “tal chum (traditional Korean mask dance)” and create their own mask and moves. The workshop stimulates a child’s hand-eye coordination, movement skills and curiosity about new cultures. Admission $10 per person/$8 per child and member.

Sunday, Feb. 28

1. Join an art discussion on gender roles

When: Sunday, February 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Dorsky Gallery, 1103 45th Ave, Long Island City

The Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City offers panel that will discussion tackle the influence of gender roles on art. Moderated by Shannon Stratton, Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, the discussion features Crystal Gregory, Michael Milano and John Paul Morabito. Seating is limited. The event is free, but interested attendees must RSVP by phone (718-937-6317) or email: rsvp@dorsky.org.

2. Go on a Winter Safari

When: Sunday, February 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston

For children between the ages of 8 and 12. Kids will have the opportunity to learn important nature detective skills and get a chance to explore the types of animals that are out and about during the winter by looking for different signs: tracks, scat, homes and food. The price of admission is $23. Pre-registration is required and available on alleypond.com.

3. Learn about the New York World’s Fair

When: Sunday, February 28, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Studio A, Queens Museum, New York City Building , Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Have you ever wondered what went into creating the famous World’s Fair? Reconnect with this historic event at a Drop-In Family Workshop. Children ages 5 to 12 along with their adult companions will explore World’s Fair memorabilia and paint their very own take-home paper gift bags. No fee or advanced registration is required.

4. Attend a film screening of “Dhanak (Rainbow)”

When: Sunday, February 28, at 2 p.m.
Where: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria

Presented as part of the India’s New Wave series and in collaboration with Children’s Hope India, this enchanting modern fable from director NageshKukunoor tells the story of two orphans, 10-year-old Pari and her 8-year-old blind brother, Chotu, who wants nothing more than to have his vision back. Tickets are $12, $9 for seniors and students, free for members at the Film Lover level and above. Order tickets online at www.movingimage.us.

5. Browse a kids market

When: Sunday, February 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Ridgewood YMCA, 69-02 64th St., Ridgewood

Support some young entrepreneurs during the Ridgewood Kids Market. The free event allows visitors to browse and purchase items sold by young vendors. There will also be free safe kids identification cards, booths from the Queens Library and Queens Botanical Garden, balloons, face painting and more.

6. Go to a record fair

When: Sunday, February 28, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Queens Tavern, 68-69 Fresh Pond Rd., Ridgewood

Vinyl lovers and enthusiasts have an opportunity to scratch their itch and add 33s and 45s to their collections at Queens’ premier record fair in Ridgewood. Admission is free. For more information, email joemontenyc@yahoo.com or call 917-295-2295.

Monday, Feb. 29

1. Dine and discuss with artists

When: Sunday, February 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: La Puntilla Ecuadorian Bar & Restaurant, 91-17 37th Ave., Jackson Heights

As part of its Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program, Queens Museums presents “Dinner Without an Agenda,” an informal discussion and meal with Marlene Ramirez-Cancio and nine other artists. Those interested in attending are asked to answer the question “How do laughter and humor serve as tactics for cultural change?” on the museum’s website. Ten artists will be selected to take part in the discussion that night. Free admission and appetizers will be offered. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their entrees and drinks.

2. Attend a free film screening of “Selma”

When: Sunday, February 28, at 6 p.m.
Where: Richmond Hill Library, 118-15 Hillside Ave., Richmond Hill

Celebrate Black History Month with a film screening of the 2014 drama “Selma,” which chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights march in Alabama.

Tuesday, March 2

1. Enjoy The Dreamstalks Pajama Party

When: Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m.
Where: 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria
Join the Dreamstalks and their off-kilter friends at a different party each month where you will be delighted and horrified as they fill each heartwarming celebration with their inappropriate brand of children’s entertainment. Party with bad magicians, emotional clowns, derelict parents and other madcap characters from your dysfunctional childhood. This month’s theme is a pajama party. Wear your favorite PJs for drink specials and free popcorn. .


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