In addition to honoring Flag Day, nearly 200 children and their families danced the day away, browsed dozens of vintage cars brought over from the East Coast Car Association and indulged in strawberry shortcake, compliments of Rudy’s Bakery.
Ridgewood resident Daisy Guo brought her daughter Sasha and her daughter’s classmate Daniel to the festival after having a great time at the settlement house during Halloween last year.
“We knew it was going to be good,” Guo said. “This is good for the kids to play around and enjoy themselves.”
In addition to speaking with residents about the extensive history of the Onderdonk House, Linda Monte, president of the historical society, helped out with the events and orchestrated the pie-eating contest.
“We had over 200 people come with a lot of great activities for children and adults as well,” Monte said. “It was really a wonderful event, and something we look forward to every year.”
Soceity secretary Jenny Comber said she hopes the festival does more than just celebrate the history of the 17th-century Dutch colonial plantation home in Ridgewood.
“We like to bring the Brooklyn and Queens community together since we’re right on the borderline here,” Comber said. “We do have a lot of young people who just moved into Bushwick and Williamsburg who partake in our events, so it’s a good mix for both neighborhoods.”