Ridgewood community center celebrates 10th anniversary with fundraising festivals

Woodbine operates a food pantry along with hosting a series of artists’ events and community workshops.
Photo courtesy of Woodbine

An experimental cultural and community center in the heart of Ridgewood plans to host a series of fundraising festivals to celebrate its 10-year anniversary this winter.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, Woodbine will host its fourth annual Holiday Market at Gottscheer Hall, located at 657 Fairview Ave. in Ridgewood. The center will have over 30 different vendors selling a wide array of goods. Each vendor will also contribute prizes for a fundraising raffle during the market.

Woodbine also announced a call for submissions for it’s first Art Auction, in partnership with the nonprofit cultural organization Peat and Repeat. The deadline for all sorts of submissions is Dec. 21.

Woodbine, located at 585 Woodward Ave. in Ridgewood, is a volunteer-operated group of like-minded folk who seek to aid others in building, “autonomy,” according to its website. In the fall of 2020, the organization moved into a 5,000 square-foot storefront in Ridgewood, amidst COVID relief work, which included operating a food pantry every Monday and Wednesday morning.

In addition to its ongoing food pantry efforts, Woodbine also hosts weekly Sunday dinners, a Wednesday screening series, fitness, yoga and meditation workshops and poetry readings and lectures.

In addition to the upcoming holiday market, Woodbine plans on hosting other events found on its Instagram page. A New Year’s Eve party for Woodbine’s 10th anniversary will also take place on Sunday, Dec. 31.

Among the many vendors present include some Ridgewood and Bushwick artists.

The vendors present at the Woodbine Holiday Market include the following:

  • Baited Area
  • Bushwick Print Lab
  • Callisto Works
  • Caroline Beatrice Bennett
  • Eva Conrad Ceramics and Paintings
  • Fenrick Books
  • Fungus Fungus
  • Good Radish Flowers
  • Ivy and Sophie’s Holiday Wreaths
  • Long Uneven Hair
  • Maricela’s Salsa and Mole
  • Mil Mundos Books
  • Mugs By TD Studio
  • Mycopal Pots
  • Nino Ceramics
  • Pal’s Plants Etc
  • Peat and Repeat
  • RANK Clothing
  • Radix Media
  • Sacred Heart Pottery
  • Sasha Mink
  • SC Glassworks
  • Small Orbit
  • Suna Bonometti
  • Suzanne Goldenberg
  • Taia Leituala
  • The Greater Ridgewood Hysterical Society
  • Tiny Arts Supply
  • Tommy Cheese
  • Wares by eliz.
  • Work Related Books
  • Zodiac Moon Calendar

For more information on upcoming events in December and January,  interested persons are encouraged to follow the Woodbine Instagram page @woodbine.nyc or online at its website woodbine.nyc

Photo courtesy of Woodbine.