Some of the youth program's participants.
Some of the youth program's participants.
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West Side Tennis Club Foundation to host summer gala
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Jul 26, 2016 | 54 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Some of the youth program's participants.
Some of the youth program's participants.
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On Saturday, August 6, the West Side Tennis Club Foundation will host its Summer Gala at the club, which aims to benefit the youth, physically challenged and the borough at large. According to the foundation’s Board of Directors president Roland Meier, the revival of the stadium and all of the excitement that it has created has increased the club’s membership, so the club and its foundation are embarking on a few new missions. With proceeds from the gala, the foundation seeks to help those in limited financial situations by providing scholarships and lessons, and provide outreach to local schools and neighborhood organizations. They have reached out to schools such as P.S. 101, P.S. 174, P.S. 144, The Kew-Forest School and Our Lady Queen of Martyrs for field trips and tennis instruction. Local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts have been given the chance to participate in clinics, and the WTSC hosts a New York Junior League. The foundation is also organizing a day at the WTSC pool for the Queens Community House. In the past, the club has participated in the 112th Precinct Night Out Against Crime with free tennis demonstrations for the community. Another goal for the organization is to provide more access for those who are physically challenged. The first wheelchair exhibition match in Forest Hills will take place at the club in August. “We’re promoting junior tennis and giving people who normally would not have this kind of exposure an opportunity to immerse themselves in tennis,” Meier said. “We have come a long way during the past four years with the club. As we have more funds available, the circle will get bigger. “We feel like we could do good things for tennis, the neighborhood and Queens in general by cooperating with other nonprofits around the borough,” he added. As the home of the U.S. Open for 60 years, the foundation hopes to support tennis history and its tradition by displaying historic moments along the stadium and club. Additionally, the foundation is in the process of establishing a tennis library, which will be accessible to the public. It is Meier’s dream to feature a small museum within the stadium along with banners of tennis and music greats who have played at the club. “While we’re not competing, instead of traveling up to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Rhode Island, people can see the preserved tennis history right in Forest Hills,” Meier said. The WTSC has been isolated for many years, Meier added, but with the resurrection of Forest Hills Stadium, the club has been able to become a part of the fabric of the community. The gala is open to the public. Tickets start at $150 and go up to $500. The night will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’Oeuvres and a buffet dinner to follow. There will be a live band. For more information, email info@wstcfundation.org or call 718-268-2300.
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One of the sold out concerts at Forest Hills stadium.
One of the sold out concerts at Forest Hills stadium.
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Food & wine festival coming to Forest Hills Stadium
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Jul 26, 2016 | 54 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of the sold out concerts at Forest Hills stadium.
One of the sold out concerts at Forest Hills stadium.
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Since Forest Hills Stadium was revived in 2013, the venue has hosted a string of big-name concerts, including Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons, Dolly Parton, Drake and Disclosure. Although the venue has become known for its concerts and upcoming world team tennis matches, Forest Hills Stadium concert promoter Madison House Presents has partnered with City Winery for the City Winery Open, a new music, wine and food festival. The two-day event, taking place on Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18, will feature 10 artists. Aretha Franklin will headline the festival with a performance on Sunday night. Shows by Gillian Welch, Dawes, Josh Ritter and Houndmouth will precede Franklin throughout Sunday. Sheryl Crow, The Wallflowers, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Deer Tick and The Wild Feathers will perform on Saturday. While visitors must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol, the performances are open to all ages. “Over its 100-year history, Forest Hills Stadium has played host to the biggest rock stars and sports icons,” said Madison House Presents president Mike Luba. “Now with City Winery Open, we’re excited to add New York City’s top chefs and the world’s top winemakers to that list.” Set breaks between performances, while will last about an hour, will allow festival goers to sample food and wine. Some of New York’s top chefs and restauranteurs, like Daniel Boulud, Drew Nieporent, David Waltuck, Marcus Samuelsson, and Joey Campanaro, will be among the 40 chefs and restaurants featured at the festival. More than 75 wineries from around the world will also participate. The festival will be a cashless event, with festival goers purchasing wine and food with “tastes.” Wine options will be available for either one, two or three tastes, while food samples can be purchased for one "taste" each. All purchases will be made by using a personalized RFID wristband that will be mailed to festival goers by late August/early September. Festival goers can use cash, credit or debit cards to “top up” their credits on the wristbands at designated Top-Up Stations throughout the grounds. Prior to the event, value can be added to the wristband, which is mandatory to enter the festival. There will be a customer service station on Burns Street outside of the stadium. “Over the past eight years at City Winery, we have been blessed to cultivate relationships with stars in the worlds of music, food and wine that converge to create such a unique experience at our five locations around the country,” said City Winery founder and CEO Michael Dorf. “The Open is our opportunity to express this vision at a much larger scale, with the same commitment to quality, in a two-day experience in our own backyard.” Reserved seating for the festival starts at $75 for one day and $140 for both days. There are also a number of ticket packages available, which include reserved seating as well as additional tastes. For more information, visit www.cwopen.com.
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Residents at a forum last December raise their hands when asked who opposes the SBS plan for Woodhaven Boulevard.
Residents at a forum last December raise their hands when asked who opposes the SBS plan for Woodhaven Boulevard.
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