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‘The Addams Family’ visits Maggie’s LT
Richmond Hill Farmers Market returns for second year
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
For a second year, the farmers market is
returning to Richmond Hill with healthy
fresh produce for residents to purchase.
Councilman Eric Ulrich was pleased
to announce the return of the second
annual farmers market that is situated
near Buddy Monument in Forest Park
located near the intersection of Myrtle
Avenue and Park Lane South. Th e market
kicks off on Saturday, July 13, and
will return every Saturday through Nov.
23, between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Last year, we welcomed the fi rst-ever
farmers market to Richmond Hill and
it was a major success,” said Ulrich. “Th e
market fi lled a crucial void in Richmond
Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods,
where residents had to travel
great distances to buy fresh produce.”
Ulrich, who allocated $20,000 in
funds for the market, partnered with
GrowNYC on the project for a second
year, giving residents direct access
to fresh fruit and vegetables from local
farmers — right in their backyard.
“For nearly 50 years, GrowNYC has
been working to increase access to fresh,
healthy food for all New Yorkers while
simultaneously helping small, regional
farms stay strong in an evolving
food system,” said Marcel Van Ooyen,
GrowNYC president and CEO. “We’re
thrilled to return to Forest Park for our
fi rst full season and hope to be back for
many, many more.”
Th e farmers market will off er a wide
variety of fruits and vegetables, which
change seasonally. During the summer
months, visitors can fi nd produce such
as blackberries, blueberries, peaches,
carrots, garlic, cilantro, arugula, radishes,
mint, mushrooms, tomatoes and
eggs. During the fall season, visitors can
fi nd produce such as celery, parsnips,
peas and eggplant. Many fruits and vegetables
will be off ered during both seasons.
Much like last year, this year’s farmers
market will also employ local students
from John Adams High School’s Junior
Reserve Offi cers’ Training Corps.
“Th e farmers market gives our youth
the opportunity to learn valuable life
skills and, to earn some money during
the summer and fall season,” the councilman
“Th e Richmond Hill Historical Society
is excited about the return of the Youth
Market. We hope that the community
will come and join us in supporting our
local farmers by purchasing fresh produce,”
said Helen Day, vice president of
the Richmond Hill Historical Society.
“We’d like to thank Councilman Ulrich
for all his eff orts to bring back the farmers
Courtesy of City Councilman Eric Ulrich’s Offi ce
A warm hearted look at the kookiest,
creepiest clan is now on stage at Maggie’s
Little Th eater. Th eir version of “Th e
Addams Family, A New Musical Comedy”
is delighting audiences this summer.
On opening night, the unmistakable
aff ection between Morticia and spouse
Gomez is unmistakable. Aft er all, they
are real-life husband and wife. Virginia
Harmon eff ortlessly glides across the stage
with a deliberately deadpan expression and
wonderfully wide, wild eyes. Perpetually
smitten Gomez (Th om Harmon) in his
dark, dark pinstripe suit masterfully
matches the ins and outs of modern life.
Th is talented couple earn deep bows as a
comedy duo who completely understand
the musical’s intended humor.
Director Amanda Montoni capably
guides a very large cast and crew.
Creative choreography (Jonathan Mora)
with musical direction by Paul L. Johnson
provide solid support. Th e actors wear
clever, complicated make-up (design by
Isobel Williams). Th eir ghoulish costumes
(design by Amy Ellis) are also a sheer
delight. Great gothic sets and the production
staff (Joe Annese, Alan Perkins, Ed
Voyer, Michael Tierney, Jess Ronzo and
the entire crew) are indispensable.
Th e Addams family are certainly
beloved nonconformists. Th eir adventures
have appeared for decades on television,
movies and Broadway. In the current
production, their rebellious daughter
Wednesday Addams (Tara Mangione)
has fallen for a mild mannered, bespectacled
“normal” named Lucas (Matthew
Frenzel). Will their relationship withstand
scrutiny? Aft er all, the signifi cantly
strange Addams household maintains
a reverse appreciation for human nature.
Morticia famously discards lovely roses
while doting on the thorny stems.
Frequent physical humor and clever
dialogue bring loud laughter from the
audience. Pugsley (Jacqueline Mikol)
delights in medieval torture. Uncle
Fester, played with exuberance by Joe
Paciullo falls madly in love with the
moon! Grandmama (Miriam P. Denu)
is wild and crazy beyond her years.
Towering, likable “Lurch” (Kevin Reilly)
grumbles and shuffl es his way across the
stage with fi nesse. “Normals” Mal and
Alice (Jim Gillespie, Dolores H. Voyer)
endure a spectacular surprise when
Alice drinks a magical, malicious potion.
Bravo to all the Addams Ancestors (Ellen
Armet, Jackie Cosse, Halle Crawford-
Baron, John DiBono, Louis DiBono,
Amanda Gillespie, Robert Gold, Andrew
J. Koehler, Dana Levy, Chloe Norvez,
Sarah Nowik, Alan Perkins and Shelia
For information on this and future
productions call 917-579-5389 or surf to
www.maggieslittletheater.org. As always,
save me a seat on the aisle.
A VIEW FROM
BY CLIFF KASDEN