Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery, Inc.,  a Non For Profit Organization
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127-15 Kew Gardens Road
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
(347) 878-6614
info@friendsofmaplegrove.org

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The Friends' Directors and Officers

Carl Ballenas - Chairman

Andrea Crawford - Vice Chair

Andrew Koslosky - Vice Chair

Helen Day - Secretary

Malini Singh McDonald - Treasurer

Judy Close

Carol Goldman

Catherine (Cate) Ludlam

Alex Samaroo

Henry Vas Nunes

Auxiliary Board Members

Jean Philippe Rancy


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Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery, Inc.
 is a non-profit, membership organization created to promote Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, NY, who are committed to increasing public awareness and appreciation of the Cemetery's park-like ambiance, as well as its historical, and cultural resources.  [Read more]


calendarFRIENDS OF MAPLE GROVE in 2014!
Click here to see The Friends of Maple Grove 2014 tentative calendar and descriptions of upcoming events! Updated as of March 26 with the latest details!

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY OR BECOME A NEW MEMBER!
Click here to print out Membership Form and mail your payment. Also, the Form can be scanned and emailed to info@friendsofmaplegrove.org.

Or Sign-Up online using PayPal here.

George Washington Johnson Plaque renditionCheck out a recap and photos from the April 12 ceremony unveiling a historic plaque at the unmarked grave of George Washington Johnson (1846 – 1914) , the first successful African-American recording star in recording history. To see information on this and other 2014 past events go to our 2014 Past Events Page.  Click here to go to our 2014 Past Events page.

Upcoming Events:

Victorian Hat MakingVictorian Hat Making Workshop
On Saturday, May 10 from 10 AM to 4 PM, The Friends of Maple Grove will hold a Victorian Hat Making Workshop. There is a $25.00 fee for this workshop which includes all supplies – Straw hat bases, ribbons, flowers, feathers etc.

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Registration for this workshop is now closed. Please check our calendar for other events and workshops.


Victorian Wedding TeaInvitation to a
Victorian Wedding Tea

On Saturday, May 17 at 2 PM, The Friends of Maple Grove cordially invite you to a Victorian Wedding Tea.  Join us for Food, Music and Entertainment! This event will take place in Celebration Hall at The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. FREE PARKING and HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE
Limited Seating. Tickets: $30; $25 for Seniors; $20 for Members. To make a reservation and for detailed information, call (347) 878 6614. Make checks payable to: Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery. Mail to: The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Please include your name and number of tickets. You can also pay for this event  using the PayPal button below.

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If Member, give Member name

Click here to see a flier with more information about this event.


Memorial DayMemorial Day Service & Musical Celebration

On Saturday, May 24 at 3 PM, The Friends of Maple Grove will hold a free outdoor event. Rain or Shine! COLOR GUARD, REFLECTIONS and MUSIC. This event will take place at The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. For further information, call (347) 878  6614 or email info@friendsofmaplegrove.org

Click here to see a flier with more information about this event.


snowscape
If you're looking to find something wonderful in all the snow, CLICK HERE to see some lovely pictures of Maple Grove as a winter wonderland!


Announcement
NEWS / ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Grebe Radio! Friends of Maple Grove recently purchased a wonderful Grebe Radio! Alfred Grebe was born in Richmond Hill and opened the Grebe Radio Factory in his old homestead. He died in 1935 and is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery. Grebe Radios are highly prized and made at the Richmond Hill factory. Click here to see pictures of the wonderful Grebe Radio!

Click here to go to the Grebe Radio website

February 2014
The G-Man Interviews: Carl Ballenas

African-American Legends of Maple Grove

Grammy Foundation to Honor George W. Johnson at Special Ceremony

(A Special Tribute Episode Celebrating Black History Month)

Click here to hear the interview

SewingSewing Volunteers!
Do you like to sew? Be a volunteer for our special projects and events! [More Details Here]



Membership The Friends of Maple Grove have many wonderful events planned. By becoming a member you help support our efforts and benefit in many ways. Student Members ($15), Individual Members ($25), Family ($35), and Organizational Members ($75). Also consider becoming a Friends of Maple Grove SPONSOR or PATRON.  [Join here]

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139th Anniversary This year (2014) marks the celebration of Maple Grove Cemetery's 139th Anniversary!

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The Center Building at Maple Grove on Kew Gardens Road
The rear view of the Center Building at Maple Grove
Top: The Center at Maple Grove Cemetery (2010).
Bottom: A rear view of The Center (2010).
Photos by C. Ballenas
Visit the Maple Grove Cemetery Web Site
Visit the Cemetery on the Kew Gardens History Web Site

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all Maple Grove Gates.


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Above: Images from Google Maps for location of
The Center at Maple Grove in Kew Gardens, NY.

 
The 1880 Victorian Administration Building Above: The 1880 Victorian Administration Building designed by architect James E. Ware. The stone for the building came from the Maple Grove Quarry. It was expanded in 1925.


Looking from the Kew Gardens Road and Lefferts Boulevard intersection. Above: Looking beyond the stone pillars and ornate iron gates entrance from the Kew Gardens Road and Lefferts Boulevard intersection.

The Queens Boulevard Entrance
Above: The Queens Boulevard Entrance


Briarwood/Van Wyck Subway Station
Above: The Briarwood/Van Wyck Subway Station and Pedestrian Entrance to Maple Grove Cemetery on the Van Wyck Service Road

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