Tuesday, November 3, 2009

You're Invited to A Forest Hills Gardens Centennial Celebration: "Autumn Lights," Sun, Nov 8, 2009, 4 PM - 6:30 PM

2009 marks the 100th anniversary since the establishment of the Forest Hills Gardens, one of the earliest planned communities countrywide, and a master of urban planning, great property values, and a preservation success model. It is a prominent example of Ebenezer Howard's Garden City Movement, and is modeled after a traditional English village. It was voted the "Best Cottage Community" countrywide in 2007 by Cottage Living Magazine. Dominant styles are Tudor, brick Tudor, & Georgian. Its mansions, schools, religious institutions, few apartment houses, winding streets, lush gardens, private parks, Station Square including the Forest Hills Inn, and the Gardens' monuments are meticulously preserved, thanks to Restrictive Covenants that date back to the community's founding, and are renewed every two decades.

 One of the superb events and fundraisers that will commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime Forest Hills Gardens occasion is.........

 "Autumn Lights" - A Forest Hills Gardens Centennial Celebration
Capturing 100 years of Music in the Gardens

When: Sunday, November 8, 2009 from 4 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Community House, 15 Borage Place


Emmy Award-winning & Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist, Chieli Minucci
Broadway performer, Ann Kittredge
Perry Serpa and the Sharp Things, a symphonic rock band
Belle Arti's internationally acclaimed concert artists
Other local artists including Betina Hershey, William Ryden, and Paul Beaudry

Reserve your tickets now by calling (347) 545-0515 or visiting http://www.pa101.org/
Admission: $75 per person - wine, hors d'oeuvres, desserts

Proceeds will benefit The School in the Gardens and a portion to be donated to the Forest Hills Gardens Corporation.
Event Sponsored by 5 Burro Cafe, Fox Funeral Home, Restoration Medical Supply, and S&M Klein Company, Inc.

Forest Hills Gardens History Links:

1. 100 years of FHG history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_Hills_Gardens,_Queens
2. A Garden City For The Man of Moderate Means, The Craftsman, Feb 1911: http://www.library.cornell.edu/Reps/DOCS/brush.htm
3. Station Square History: http://www.friendsofstationsquare.org/history.htm
4. A Success In Community Planning by Historian Francis Morrone: http://www.nysun.com/arts/success-in-community-planning/64366/
5. The State & National Register of Historic Places' effect on the Church-In-The-Gardens: http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20372747&BRD=2731&PAG=461&dept_id=574907&rfi=6
6. Gardens Vision Lives 100 Years Later, Queens Chronicle, Oct 22, 2009: http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20381268&BRD=2731&PAG=461&dept_id=574907&rfi=6

Forest Hills Gardens Photos:

1. FHG Flickr slideshow (nearly 900 photos): http://www.flickr.com/groups/fhg/pool/show/
2. Historian Jeff Gottlieb's FHG walking tour, Photos by Rego-Forest Preservation Council: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8095451@N08/sets/72157605631544942/

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