2016-11-23 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Nov. 24 to Nov. 30)

It’s well known that Queens has the most delicious turkeys. And as this column demonstrates, the borough also has the most enjoyable ways to burn off a Thanksgiving feast: group runs, nature hikes, ice-skating competitions, guided walks, and the usual theater, film, art, and World’s Fair-related events. Here’s the rundown.


Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Trek, 8 pm. A relaxed, roughly 10-mile group run through five local parks organized by Queens Distance Runners. Meet at the Unisphere and end in Bayside, http://bit.ly/2gDix6P.

Nov. 25, Black Friday Hike, 10 am. Urban Park Rangers lead a nature hike. Free. Meet at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center, Winchester Boulevard under Grand Central Parkway, Douglaston, http://on.nyc.gov/2fVuBvL.

Nov. 25, Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School, 1 pm and 3 pm. Based on the books by Barbara Park, this children’s musical follows Junie B. Jones as she deals with the trials and tribulations of school. $14. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations, Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2fzbffB.

Nov. 26, Annual Turkey Scramble, 5 pm. Ice-skating races for all ages and levels, plus exhibitions and interpretive dances. World Ice Arena, 131-35 Avery Ave., Flushing,  http://bit.ly/2gbVqiw.

Nov. 26, Pirate Pete's Parrot, 2:30 pm. This children’s musical follows a lovable rogue and his beloved parrot, Polly, who prefers pancakes to birdseed. Armed with an endearing crew of misfits like Jolly Roger (the insufferably happy second mate) and Miroslav, the Czech mate, Pete goes on a journey with songs, sword fights, and plenty of audience interaction. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2gavPmp.

Nov. 26, NYRR Open Run, 9 am. A volunteer-led, weekly run on a course that is roughly 2.5-miles long. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs. Free. Astoria Park Track (meet near the bathrooms), http://on.nyc.gov/2fl5Nz0.

Nov. 26-27, Flavors of Long Island City, 12:30 pm. Explore LIC’s industrial past, learn about its artistic present, and witness its vibrant future while savoring unique culinary treats. Enjoy a burger with a recipe that goes back 100 years, an authentic French patisserie, and a rustic Italian eatery from the heart of Naples. $47.95-$64.95. More info at http://bit.ly/2geeFpg.

Nov. 27, Jesus Christ Superstar, 7 pm (plus Nov. 29 at 8 pm). This rock opera is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life. $20. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2gavPmp.

Nov. 27, World's Fair Adventure Quest, 10 am. This challenge leads teams on a part scavenger hunt, part walking tour that combines easy physical challenges, photo clues, and searches while testing knowledge of local history. Free. Flushing Meadows Corona Park (exact meeting location will be announced to pre-registered participants), http://on.nyc.gov/2fj73Q9.

Nov. 27, NYRR Open Run, 9 am. A volunteer-led, weekly running initiative open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs. Free.  https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/Q021  Cunningham Park, (meet off Union Turnpike at the comfort station between the tennis courts and baseball fields) Fresh Meadows, http://on.nyc.gov/2gvTnq3.


Nov. 27, World’s Fair Memorabilia, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Children (ages 5-12) and their adult companions can explore the World’s Fair exhibit on the second floor. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2fjq0SI.


Nov. 30, Just the Three of Us, 7 pm. Three improvisation actors and teachers join up for an interactive evening of improvisational theatre. Made in Queens, 27-24 Queens Plaza S., LIC, http://bit.ly/2gDBUMW.


Nov. 30, Elmhurst Holiday Tree Lighting, 5:30 pm. Children’s activities, refreshments, caroling with local schools, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas reading, tree lighting, and a visit from Santa Claus. Free. CC Moore Homestead Playground, Broadway between 45th Avenue and 82nd Street, Elmhurst, more information at 718.803.6373.
Continuing from last week:


Festival An Koulè (Festival of Colors), until Dec. 31. Twenty established and emerging Haitian artists — many of them Queens locals — display their works at the Cambria Heights, Rochdale Village, St. Albans, and South Hollis libraries for six weeks, http://bit.ly/2fWtiwC.
GingerBread Lane, until Jan. 15, 2017. A 500-square-foot mini-metropolis with more than 1,000 houses bridges, stores, trees, trains, and other structures made of gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The annual exhibition always includes Candy Cane Place, Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, and Toffee Boulevard. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona,  http://bit.ly/2eFMEra.

The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions. More info at  www.itsinqueens.com.

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