Holly Tour 2020

SUN, DEC 6, 3-5 PM EST


*A link to the streaming event will be emailed to ticket buyers shortly before the event.



2020 marks the 375th anniversary of Flushing! At the time of its founding by the Dutch, it was known as Vlissingen, however it received its modern moniker in 1683 after the English took over New Amsterdam. We will be exploring some of that long heritage of Flushing across our six sites in our Holly Tour program.


Holly Tour is a tradition of an afternoon of arts and crafts, musical performances, and historic tours. This years' Annual Holly Tour is virtual - and better than ever. Explore historic Flushing from the warmth & comfort of your own home! Each site is putting on a show of their own, and each show has something fun and unique!


The 2020 virtual program will feature a bonanza of local culture and history, and we hope that you will join us. This event will be broadcasted live, and each site will present their unique live content & answer any questions you might have.


Join via Youtube Live! You will not need an account to watch, but if you want to chat with us, you will need one. Links will be distributed the morning of the event. We will also provide translated transcripts for the pre-recorded content of this program in Spanish, Mandarin, and Korean language. Make yourself some hot chocolate and simply click the link to watch.



Join Flushing Town Hall’s Deputy Director Sami Abu Shumays for a 15-minute virtual tour. This tour will look at the Hall's outdoor garden and fall exhibition of community artwork, Call and Response: Grief, Resiliency, and Hope, as well as inside the gallery, gift shop, and artists' dressing room - that used be a jail cell! The tour concludes inside the theatre with a solo violin performance of Greensleeves. Enjoy this insider's look! Built in 1862, Flushing Town Hall (137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing) was the cultural and political focal point of the village in the late 19th century. The Romanesque Revival building hosted swearing-in ceremonies for Union soldiers before the Civil War and later served as an opera house, a courthouse, a jail, and a bank branch. It is now a dynamic cultural venue presenting “global arts for a global community.”


Learn how to make a Bakewell Tart at the Bowne House, one of the oldest buildings in NYC. Learn about the important role the Bowne Family had in fighting for religious tolerance in the early colonies.


See the 17th century architecture of the Friends Meeting House, take a virtual tour through the building, and see how the Quaker values are expressed in the oldest active house of worship in New York!


Take a live tour around the Lewis Latimer House, and join in a discussion of their current art installation Home/Land. Explore the connection between the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which targeted families like Latimer’s, and recent experiences of foreigners attempting to enter the U.S. without permission.


Listen to a choir performance, watch historic video footage, and see the house with the Voelker Orth Museum. Voelker Orth is a unique gem of Flushing, serving as a Bird Sanctuary, Historic House, and Victorian Garden.


Get crafty at Kingsland Homestead, and make a homemade holiday wreath. While making it, learn and explore Kingsland Homestead and learn the house’s history and connection with Queens nurseries.