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New Utrecht Reformed Church
PO Box 97

Brooklyn, NY 11214-0097

(718) 236-0678

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

A past Liberty
                                Weekend celebration.

Liberty Weekend, sponsored by Friends of Historic New Utrecht, returns Saturday, June 2, 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 historic 1828 Church and of the Old New Utrecht Cemetery among events celebrating the 235th 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.

This year's visitors will have a chance to tour the landmarked Church, built in 1828, in part with stones that taken from the original 1700 church built on the old Cemetery at 16th Avenue. Church members will speak about the Church building's history and the current work of restoration and repair.

Events on the church grounds and in the Parish House from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be focused on the American Revolution.  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 Maria Grillo on "Doctors, Surgeons and Midwives: Medicine at the Time of the Revolution."

A ceremony honoring the 235th 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.

Earlier in the day, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Dave Elligers leads a tour of the Old New Utrecht Reformed Church Cemetery, on 85th Street with the entrance east of 16th Avenue. He gives a similar tour on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Liberty Weekend is the only time during the year that the cemetery, dating back to the 1600's, is opened to the general public.

On the church lawn from 12 noon to 3:30 p.m., the New Utrecht Reformed Church will conduct a sale of baked goods and refreshments with proceeds going toward restoration and repair of the church sanctuary.


On Sunday afternoon, June 24 at 2:30 p.m. the Charley Gerard Quartet, accompanied by vocalist Angela Ortiz, will perform at the Parish House of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst. The concert is free to the public. The program will include jazz standards and new compositions by Mr. Gerard with lyrics by Judith Weinstock.

Led by Mr. Gerard on alto sax, the Quartet includes Eva Gerard, cello, David Phelps, guitar, and Dmitri Moderbacher, bass. Mr. Gerard is a Brooklyn-based composer, arranger and author and the founder (in 2002) of the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet which performed at an FHNU-sponsored concert at the New Utrecht Reformed Church in June 2017. Angela Ortiz is a singer and song-writer who performs regularly in New York City as well as in cities around the country.

Brooklyn Eagle - Landmarked Bensonhurst church needs funds to finish restoration
Landmarked Bensonhurst church needs funds to finish restoration - from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sept. 7, 2016
Restoration news
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

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