Historic Events at Historic Houses this Weekend

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    History repeats itself in Queens this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the King Manor Museum — the former home of Rufus King, a signer of the United States Constitution, a senator from New York, and an ambassador to Great Britain — will host Craftsmen Days. With help from artisans dressed in time costumes, visitors will learn about 19th century crafts like broom-making, tin-smithing, and wood-turning, while also enjoying music featuring instruments such as a hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and banjo. On Sunday, the Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in New York City, will open Picnic Days. Visitors will be able to enjoy the beautiful architecture, gardens and picnic area, and take tours.

    More information and three additional photos are on the jump page.

    Details: Craftsmen Days, King Manor Museum, 150-3 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, August 15th and August 16th, noon to 4 pm, free, visitors can take a tour and see rarely-displayed crafts from the King collection.

    Bonus details: Picnic Days, Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, August 16th, noon to 6 pm, $5/free for children 12 and under with an adult. Groups are limited to 10 individuals. Visitors supply charcoal, food, supplies, blankets, and umbrellas. No alcohol. Tours included.

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    Top three photos: King Manor Museum; bottom photo: The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House

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