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National Park Events

November 2015

1

SUN

Queens

Walking Tour
Fort Tilden
Building 1
10am-12pm
Join a park ranger for a walk along the Shore Road and through the back fort to discover the hidden history of this former coastal defense post.

6

FRI

Westchester
County

Rest in Peace: The History of Funerals in America
Saint Paul's Church
7pm
Join this talk by Nancy Coffey, professor at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, and director of a Westchester County funeral home.

7

SAT

Monmouth
County

Surf Fishing Clinic
Sandy Hook
Building 18
8am
Join Jeff Dement, Fish Tagging Director, for a day of surf fishing and instruction on the beach. He'll cover the basics of casting, knot tying, lure/bait selection, and "reading" a beach. All skill levels are welcomed. Rods, reels and tackle will be provided, but bring your own if available. Children under 18 are welcome with a supervising adult. Coffee and doughnuts provided, but bring your own lunch. Fee: $20 for Littoral Society Member Family/Individual or $60 for Non-Member Family/Individual. Space is limited. Reservations required. Contact Jeff at 732-291-0055 or jeff@littoralsociety.org

8

SUN

Staten Island

Fall Hike
Fort Wadsworth
Overlook
11am-1pm
Hike the Overlook loop to see fall foliage with a park ranger. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable shoes. Call 718-354-4655 for information.

10

TUE

Brooklyn

Make Do & Mend
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
1-2pm
Learn about the contribution of ordinary citizens to the war effort during WWII. Peruse 1940's pamphlets and hear how everyone made do when supplies were scarce by mending and remaking items.

11

WED

Westchester
County

Veterans Day Commemoration
Saint Paul's Church
11am
Join this Veterans Day commemoration event with an 11am ceremony, followed by tours recalling the stories of soldiers buried in the historic cemetery. At 1pm hear a performance, and sing-along, of songs that soldiers sung and heard from the 18th to the 20th century. At 2pm, learn about the history and meaning of Veterans Day.

 

 

Brooklyn

Naval Aviation on Jamaica Bay
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
11am-12pm
Honor veterans and learn about aviation history of the Bay on Veterans Day.

 

 

Manhattan

Behind the Scenes: Clairvoyant Tenement Housewives
Tenement Museum
6:30pm
Join a mini-tour of the tenement to explore early 20th century recreated apartments of Professor Dora Meltzer's neighbors, show where the advertisement announcing her mind-reading talents was discovered, and reveal primary sources that tell us about Dora's family life. Then hear from historian and Yiddishist Edward Portnoy, as he sheds light on the role fortune tellers in the immigrant community. Fee program, tickets are required. Contact Laura Lee at 212-431-0233 ext. 259 or llee@tenement.org.

14

SAT

Monmouth
County

Bird Banding
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot M
8am
Observe Monmouth County Audubon in a bird banding session.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Holly Forest Ramble
Sandy Hook
Beach Lot E
2-3pm
Join a park ranger on a walk through the maritime holly forest. Learn how the plants and animals adapt to this extreme ecosystem.

 

 

Queens

Winter Waterfowl Workshop
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
10am-1pm
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Refuge Visitor Center for a slide presentation, then walk along the trails and ponds to look for waterfowl and other birds. Learn about the many species of ducks and geese that spend the winter in New York City and how to identify them. For more information and to register, contact Don Riepe at 718-474-0896 or donriepe@gmail.com. Space is limited to 25 participants.

 

 

Westchester County

Freedom of the Press in America
Saint Paul's Church
1pm
Explore the history of freedom of the press in America, with Professor John of Columbia University's School of Journalism. Dr. John will focus on religious and political dimensions, amplifying themes of the site's current feature exhibition, Intrigue on the Village Green: The Election of 1733 at St. Paul's.

 

 

Staten Island

Gaze at the Stars
Great Kills Park
Parking Lot A
8:30-10pm
Come gaze at the wonders of the night sky at Great Kills Field with the Amateur Astronomers Association. Weather permitting.

15

SUN

Queens

Back Woods Tour
Fort Tilden
Building 1
10am-12pm
Explore the mysterious back woods with American Littoral Society naturalists and search for signs of winter wildlife in the little-known historic fortifications for WWII.

 

 

Staten Island

Fall Hike
Fort Wadsworth
Overlook
11am-1pm
Hike the Overlook loop to see fall foliage with a park ranger. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable shoes. Call 718-354-4655 for information.

18

WED

Manhattan

The American Dream NYC
Tenement Museum
6:30pm
Hear from a panel examining the working conditions, as well as the opportunities and challenges of immigrant labor in New York City. Moderated by former New York Times labor reporter, Steven Greenhouse, panelists include the Times' Sarah Maslin Nir, who exposed the world of nail salon workers and New Yorker's Lauren Hilgers, who revealed the inner workings of Chinese restaurant workers network. Contact Laura Lee at 212-431-0233 ext. 259 or llee@tenement.org for more information.

19

THU

Brooklyn

WWII Nose Art
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
2-3pm
Bring the kids to learn about graffiti designs WWII pilots painted on the nose of airplanes then paint your own picture.

20

FRI

Westchester County

Autumn Music & History
Saint Paul's Church
3pm
Hear acclaimed organist Kathryn Jones perform on the 1830 Erben pipe organ in this Friday afternoon series of tunes and talks.

 

 

Brooklyn

Gaze at the Stars
Floyd Bennett Field
Community Garden
8-10pm
Come gaze at the wonders of the night sky at Floyd Bennett with the Amateur Astronomers Association. Weather permitting.
 
Other Activities
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