Brooklyn's New Utrecht Reformed Church
October 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Christmas Decorations Among Items at Brooklyn Thrift Sale
BROOKLYN - Christmas decorations are among the items featured as the New Utrecht Reformed Church opens its Parish House Saturday, October 24, for a thrift sale with proceeds to benefit the historic church complex in Bensonhurst. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is available in the church lot off 18th Ave. between 83rd and 84th Streets.
"This fall we have some beautiful Christmas decorations that have been donated," Rose Lood, a church leader, says. "And all the proceeds will benefit this historic site." The church building, which is undergoing a $2 million repair and restoration, dates back to 1828. The New Utrecht Church was founded in 1677.
Mrs. Lood, who remembers when her mother would set aside items for the church thrift sales more than 75 years ago, says besides Christmas decorations "gently used" clothing, linens and handbags will be offered for sale, along with toys, books, housewares and jewelry.
Refreshments and a light lunch will be available to purchase.
A famous "Liberty Pole," the last of its kind in the nation, stands on the church's front lawn. The original New Utrecht cemetery, maintained to this day by the church, is a few blocks away. Information on the history of Brooklyn, long before the borough got its name, is available from Friends of Historic New Utrecht at (718) 256-7173 and at www.historicnewutrecht.org
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