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  1. From the Parks Dept. today!!!! First, please let me apologize for any inconvenience our change of dates for the World's Fair Festival may have caused you. As I hope you can imagine, there is a lot of coordination to pull something like this together. We have now confirmed Sunday, May 18 for the festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. We are still putting together all of the events and activities for the day. I truly hope you will be able to join us. OK, LET THE PLANNING BEGIN!
  2. I think this is a very nice item........ http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage1939-New-York-Worlds-Fair-can-be-table-base-/321343522314?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ad191060a
  3. Bill, I have been getting this doc from the Director of Tourism. His site is itsinqueens.com, but it doesn't appear there. I will continue to post it. As far as lectures go, I am sure they will have one on the 1964 Fair and the "World of Tomorrow"!
  4. Bad news from Janice Melnick about June 8th............PLEASE READ! I apologize profusely but a major conflict has been brought to our attention and will we not be able to hold our event on June 8th. We are trying to resolve this issue and determine a new date as soon as possible. As soon as I have a confirmed date I will let you know. Again, I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Oh Crud. I will continue to keep you all informed. In the meantime, this growing list from Queens Tourism........(Bill, is the August 5th entry the project we have been discussing?) 2014 Events Celebrating the 1964 and 1939 World’s Fairs Announced by the World’s Fairs Anniversaries Honorary Committee Co-Chairs: The Honorable Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President, and The Honorable Margaret Markey, NYS Assembly Chairwoman of the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development April April 5 Taiwan: A World of Orchids, an orchid show sponsored the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, Queens Botanical Garden, 9 am to 6 pm (by invitation reception from 3 pm to 5pm), free with QBG admission. April 5 Peace Through Understanding, Greater Astoria Historical Society, lecture on 1939 WF, whose theme was “Peace Through Understanding,” 1 pm, free. April 7 Lecture and Exhibit: The 1964-65 World’s Fair, Greater Astoria Historical Society, 7 pm, $5/free for GAHS Members. April 12 The NY World’s Fair Tour, Greater Astoria Historical Society, noon to 3 pm, meet at boardwalk leading to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, south of 7 Train Willets Point Station, $5/free for GAHS members. April 13 Lecture: Visions of Tomorrow: Art and Commerce at the 1939 New York World's Fair, Helen Harrison, director of the Pollack-Krasner House and Study Center and editor of Dawn of a New Day: The New York World's Fair, 1939/40, will discuss ways in which artists’ participation in the WF reflected the planners’ agenda and what role art played in promoting the WF’s theme: Building the World of Tomorrow. Noguchi Museum, 3 pm, free with NG admission. April 13 64 in 64, Queens Theatre, cosponsored by the Queens Historical Society, photo exhibit includes photos of the construction of Theaterama, Tent of Tomorrow and Observation Towers, all components of the 1964 New York State Pavilion, runs through November 2, open on Mondays from 10 am to 2 pm and Tuesdays through Sundays 10 am to 6 pm, free. April 13 Iconic Symbols of the 1964 World’s Fair Reimagined — in LEGOs, Queens Theatre, cosponsored by The Port Authority of NY & NJ, runs through November 2/free. April 13 The New York World’s Fairs and The Port Authority Bringing Trade, Travel and Tourism to Queens, the Region and the World, Queens Theatre, sponsored by The Port Authority of NY & NJ, exhibit includes a pop up, display case and video, runs through August 3, open on Mondays from 10 am to 2 pm and Tuesdays through Sundays 10 am to 6 pm, free. April 27 Andy Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted Men and the 1964 World’s Fair Exhibit, Queens Museum, Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted Men exhibit sparked a high-profile scandal at the 1964 WF. As part of a prominent set of public commissions for the NYS Pavilion’s exterior, Warhol chose to enlarge mug shots from an NYPD booklet featuring the 13 most wanted criminals of 1962. Tiled together into a square, creating a chessboard of front and profile views of fugitives who were at large at the time, the work was installed by April 15, 1964—and painted over with silver paint a few days later. When the WF opened to the public, all that was visible was a large silver square. Later in the summer of 1964, Warhol produced 20 Most Wanted Men paintings with the screens he had used to make the mural. These works will form the core of this year’s exhibition, developed collaboratively by QM and The Andy Warhol Museum, open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 6 pm, runs through September 7, free with QM admission. April 29 Queens Taste 2014, Queens Economic Development Corporation, this annual eating-and-networking event will feature a WF memorabilia table and photos from the WFs will flash on TVs around the venue, Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Flushing, 6 pm to 9 pm, $100. Month of April Queens Center Mall will dedicate space for a small exhibit on how 1939 and 1964 were, indeed, the World's Fairs, playing up the borough’s diversity. The display will include boards with photos and text which will stay the entire time and a display case which will promote WF-related events. For example, in April it will direct people to Queens Taste 2014 with a menu from the Smorgasbord restaurant, a postcard of the Japan restaurants from 1964, photos from about five restaurants from 1964, a save-the-date card and maybe some photos from prior Queens Tastes. Other events included in the case for April will be the Noguchi Museum lecture, the Queens Museum Warhol exhibit and the Port Authority and Lego exhibits at QT. May May 1 Unnamed exhibit??, LaGuardia Plaza Hotel, 104-04 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst, free. May 5 Moving the World to the 1964 World’s Fair, photo exhibit will be on display at the AirTrain JFK Jamaica and Howard Beach Stations until November 12. May 6 (opening reception on May 25) World’s Fair Gallery Exhibit, Queens Botanical Garden, an exhibition created largely from archives that look back at the WFs and traces QBG’s history, runs through September 28, free with QBG admission. May 17 Magic from the 1964 World’s Fair, Queens Theatre, 8 pm, $45. May 24 to 26 World’s Fair Train Show, Queens Botanical Garden, A working “G-scale” model train exhibit in a WF-themed outdoor setting. On May 24, the festivities will include food and craft vendors, a trackless train for rides through selected sections of QBG, and a 4 pm concert by John Yao’s Big Band, a 17-piece ensemble, presented in partnership with the Long Island Garden Railroad Association and The Kupferberg Center for the Arts, free with QBG admission. June June 8 Queens: Where Every Day Is A World’s Fair Festival, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the festival will include games, inflatable rides, crafts and activities, tours of historic WF sculptures and structures, memorabilia, and free fun for the entire family, sponsored by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and the Queens Borough President’s Office, noon to 4 pm followed by a Queens Symphony Orchestra concert from 4 pm to 6 pm, free. June 22 Remembering Yesterday: Queens and Its NY World's Fairs, Queens Historical Society, an exhibit open Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, runs through May 31, 2015, free with QHS admission. June 26 Unnamed photo and memorabilia exhibit??, Long Island City Department of Health Building, sponsored by the LIC Partnership, runs through ??, free. June 28 to 29 Tour of World’s Fair Grounds, Flushing Meadow Corona Park, Meet at ??, time??/cost?? Month of June: Innovation and the Fair Exhibit, New York Hall of Science, free with NYSCI admission. July July 18 to 20; and July 25 to 27 The World’s Fair Plays, a July festival of 10 original, 10-minute plays inspired by the 1939 and 1964 WFs. Queens Theatre has commissioned world-class playwrights Craig Lucas, Caridad Svich and Wendy MacLeod; multi-disciplinary composer and playwright Todd Almond; hot young artists Lauren Yee and Qui Nguyen; and borough-based up-and-comers Theater 167, as well as three additional writers who have not confirmed their participation yet. There will be eight performances over two consecutive weekends. Each performance will “travel” among QT’s multiple performance spaces. July 19: World’s Fair Brew Fest, Queens Botanical Garden, participants will sample beers from around the globe and enjoy music, food and craft vendors, two tasting sessions, noon to 3 pm and 4 pm to 7pm, tickets required. July ?? The Bridge and the Fair, a photo exhibit on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Co-sponsored by the MTA and the Queens Historical Society, Whitestone Branch of Queens Public Library, Monday through Friday, free Month of July Photo exhibit at Holiday Inn LIC/Manhattan View. August August 5 The New York World’s Fairs and The Port Authority Bringing Trade, Travel and Tourism to Queens, the Region and the World, Queens Botanical Garden, sponsored by the Port Authority of NY & NJ, runs through November 1, Tuesday through Sunday, 8 am to 6 pm, free with QBG Admission. September September 28 World’s Fair Lecture by Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky, Executive Director of the New Haven Museum, Queens Botanical Garden, 2 pm, free with QBG Admission. Other Queens Historical Society will help set up roughly 10 commemorative WF exhibits at various spots, including a few cultural venues and hotels (possibly Borough Hall). Kupferberg Center for the Arts Jazz Concert?? Louis Armstrong House Museum?? Museum of the Moving Image Film Series?? Queens Jamaica Library exhibit?? Queens Theatre Film Series??
  5. Here is the latest from Janice Melnick, Flushing Meadows Park Administrator... We have changed the date of this event from April 13, 2014 to June 8, 2014. The event will include games, inflatable rides for children, crafts, World's Fair memorabilia, and tours of our many World's Fair sculptures and structures. We will also have entertainment throughout the day culminating with a concert in the evening. In addition, many of the cultural institutions in and around Flushing Meadows Corona Park will also have exhibits relating to the World's Fair. For example, the Queens Theatre will host "Lego Exhibit of Iconic Buildings associated with the World's Fair", the Queens Museum will have Andy Warhol's "13 Most Wanted Men" exhibit as well as a World's Fair exhibit and the famous Panorama, and the New York Hall of Science will host their "Innovation and the Fair exhibit". If I can juggle a commitment on June 7th, I will be there. It would be cool to hook up with some WFCers...?? The tours sound awesome. And I can't wait to see Guy Lombardo!
  6. UPDATE ON ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS Two requests for info on a 4/13 event by Parks & Req have gone unanswered. I did hear from Rob MacKay, the Director of PR & Tourism for the Queens Economic Development Corp. He sent me a schedule of events thru the summer. How can I post this on here? It's a Word document. His website is itsinqueens.com. These events are not yet posted, tho. Waiting to hear if he knows anything about the April 13 thing. My room is booked for the 4/26 weekend. Seeing a comedy show at the Theaterama Saturday night and the Warhol exhibit opens Sunday. Relics & Remnants list complete (for now). Planning to photograph the central Fairgrounds first. Anyone else going to the QMA???
  7. Hey Bill, That's great news, important news, exhilarating news! If I had a "big" from the Fair, I'd lend it! I have a decent collection, but I don't think anything would turn heads. If I was retired, I'd camp out in Space Park and help out. Maybe for us weekender helpers, you could post a "day laborer wanted ad"? That could let some of us drive down for a day or two of assistance. Uh, just don't ask me to clean the windows in the Hall of Science! Hopefully, with the aforementioned participants on board, more will get involved. Thanks for the announcement and please keep us posted every step of the way.
  8. Greetings Fellow Fair Fanatics

    Boy, Bill, this forum-subforum-topics world is new to me...and quite daunting. Saw your post about the deal at the HOS. Switching over there to comment....see you there!
  9. Greetings Fellow Fair Fanatics

    Hi Folks, Parks Dept. has not answered my two inquiries about any 4/13 plans. They do, however, report a walking tour on 3/1 (nycgovparks.org). I have been toiling over my relics n remnants list. I'll need to divide and conquer. My photo ops run the full limit of the fair, from marina to amphitheater and heliport to the eagle flagpole finials. Lots of territory to cover. And memories to experience. Contributions welcome! I'll publish the list when it is proved out. I'm keeping the 4/12 weekend open, but booking the last weekend in April. This allows catching a comedy show in the Theaterama (first time inside) and the Warhol exhibit in the QMA. Anyone spot the small luminaire on ebay?
  10. Greetings Fellow Fair Fanatics

    Good Evening All, Special thanks to Jim, Doug, Bill and Fred for welcoming me. As regards any April 13 "shindig", I emailed Parks Commissioner Liam Kavanagh for info about any plans. I will repost to this thread, unless you recommend a different one, with his reply. I had originally planned to visit the Fairgrounds the weekend of April 26th, primarily to catch the Warhol exhibit at the QMA. In amongst a whirlwind of photography. Now I am waiting to hear from Parks & Rec to finalize my plans, which could include both weekends. It would be super to hook up with some other members. I have spent the week building my list of relics. The candelas had a fascinating story. Now I'm into the Underground Home (pardon the pun). I'll check out the forum next! Robby
  11. Hello to all my new friends! Just joined up with you today, full of renewed passion for the orange-and-blue! Three trips from CT to the Fair, as a lad of 9-10 years. At some point, I learned that when the Fair closed, it was deconstructed. The last thing I remember seeing was The Rocket Thrower, and I nearly cried. That's why that statue still gives me a lump in my throat. A "lightning round" of remembrances: Ford, Travelers, Bell (my fave pavilions), my beloved Dinoland and the cool injection molding vending machines (and those WARM dino dudes), the U.S. Rubber Ferris Wheel (to chicken to ride it), my mom drinking a BEER at the Schaffer garden, walking and walking, Rocket Park, being scared to death in the Swiss Sky Ride, the absolute quiet and reverence during the viewing of the Pieta (and it was COLD in there), the comforting omnipresence of the Unisphere, walking and walking, and being awestruck by the NY State architecture (still awestruck, but for the WRONG reason). My personal goodies, on the shelf just above my head, include: a black felt fedora with ROB embroidered on it (alas, the ostrich feather didn't last), the kitschy plate I brought home for my mom, and the molded dinos from Sinclair. I have visited the post-Fair Fairgrounds* twice, the last time to photograph the demolition of the amphitheater (before being escorted out). Now that I am liquidating my collection, I have started reading again, and getting all juiced up. I am planning another visit during April and hope to catch a show at the Queens Theater and the Warhol exhibit at the QMA. Plus take innumerable photos. As such, I have been compiling a list of all the après-faire remnants I can find on-line. Has anyone found something obscure lately? Minutia rules! So, is there any news about any formal celebrations in April? Or, perhaps more importantly, is there any get-together planned within this membership? In closing, a big thanks to Bill Cotter, Bill Young and many others who have rekindled my interest. And to Mike Penders, too, wherever you are...we communicated for a bit, but I have lost the connection. I hope to be a useful contributor to this community. Robby *sorry, just can't get myself to use "Corona Park"