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PO Box 97

Brooklyn, NY 11214-0097

(718) 236-0678

18th Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets
Brooklyn, NY 11214

FHNU concert: The Irwin Meyer Kings County American Legion Band
The Irwin Meyer Kings County American Legion Headquarters Band in a recent concert.
On Sunday afternoon, May 22 at 2:30 p.m., the Irwin Meyer American Legion Headquarters Band, conducted by Sean King, will perform a concert in the Parish House of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst. The event, sponsored by the Friends of Historic New Utrecht, is free to the public.

The Band has changed its full name to honor the late Irwin Meyer, the Band's conductor and music director for 37 years, who died in May 2015 at the age of 96, a month after his last concert with the Band on April 26, also at New Utrecht. The Band continues in its 88th year under the baton of Mr. King and leadership of manager Jim Buchanan. An all volunteer group, the Band's members come from a variety of backgrounds and range in age from 14 to 85 years.

The 1892 Parish House is part of the landmarked campus of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, home to a congregation organized by Dutch settlers in 1677, which also includes the 1828 Church, now undergoing interior repairs and restoration, and the 1783 New Utrecht Liberty Pole.  The Parish House is at 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst, with bus (B8, B1) and subway (D train) lines nearby.

Friends of Historic New Utrecht's annual Liberty Weekend
Liberty Weekend 2015

Liberty Weekend, sponsored by Friends of Historic New Utrecht, returns Saturday, June 4, to the grounds of the New Utrecht Reformed Church in Bensonhurst with historical displays and presentations, Revolutionary War re-enactors, a lecture, a bake sale and tours of the Old New Utrecht Cemetery among events celebrating the 233rd anniversary of the famous New Utrecht Liberty Pole.

All events are free. The church is at 18th Ave. and 84th St. with bus and subway lines nearby.

Events on the church grounds and in the Parish House from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be focused on American history. Revolutionary War re-enactors will interact with the public on the church lawn. Featured will be the Royal Highland Regiment, the famous Black Watch, which fought for Britain in the Revolutionary War, including the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776. Other re-enactors will represent George Washington, and American and British soldiers and officers.

Throughout Saturday historical exhibits and displays on New Utrecht's past will be open to visitors in the Parish House. At 2:00 p.m. the Parish House will be the venue for a lecture by Michael Callahan of the National Parks Service on "The Aftermath of the Battle of Saratoga, 1777 1783," six years of fighting in upstate New York between American forces and the British and their Indian allies.

A ceremony honoring the 233rd anniversary of the raising of the first Liberty Pole on the site at the end of the Revolutionary War will be conducted at 3:30 p.m.

Restoration news
Sancturary restoration
As part of the ongoing restoration of the New Utrecht Church, the vaulted ceiling of the sanctuary was removed and completely replaced. Work on the damaged ceiling began in May 2013. Elaborate scaffolding was erected to allow the workmen access to the flat and barrel-vaulted areas of the ceiling. The new ceiling was completed in August 2015 and the scaffolding was removed. The installation and removal of the scaffolding caused extensive damage to the walls which must be repaired and painted. Additional funds are needed to complete repairs to the organ alcove and sanctuary walls. Donations to help with this work can be sent to:

New Utrecht Reformed Church Restoration Fund
P.O. Box 97
Brooklyn, NY 11214-0097

Donations to New Utrecht Reformed Church
Donations in the memory of Bruce Hodgman may be mailed to:
New Utrecht Reformed Church
P.O. Box 97
Brooklyn, NY 11214-0097

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