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Food of the Dead: A Culinary History of the Funeral

Thursday, May 5, 6:30 pm8:30 pm

At the end of an early American funeral, participants were given a cookie: spiced with caraway, and stamped with a special design, they were often kept for years as a memento of the departed. Although mourning traditions have changed over time, and vary from place to place, what they have in common is food and drink.

Join historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman for this talk on the culinary traditions surrounding funerals throughout American history. You’ll learn about funerary customs through the years, plus taste beer from Midas’s tomb, funeral cakes, and Mormon funeral potatoes.

$20 for members of Green-Wood and BHS/$25 for non-members. Cash bar available at the event (free for Key Holder members).

Green-Wood trolley tours are fully accessible and ADA compliant. Historic Green-Wood structures, like the Historic Chapel, may not be fully accessible for some individuals. Please call (718) 210-3080, ext. 1 for more information.

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More about “funeral biscuits” or “death cookies” and some recipes for them and their variants, with modern measurements, if you want to bring the custom back.


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Follow the link below to get to Brooklyn Brainery site and book tickets:

The History of Gin at the Brooklyn Brainery Thursday, July 30, 6:00-7:30pm

From the debauched slums of Victorian London to dry martinis and fancy cocktail parties, gin has had a remarkable journey, a story that reflects the ever changing moods and sensibilities of society at large.

Like many other spirits, it began life in the alchemist’s workshop as a medicinal cure-all, a link it would retain as a mainstay of European Battlefields and colonial outposts.

Gin has had many moments in the sun, but it has had it critics: mothers’ ruin was seen by the puritanical as the scourge of the working classes, and this imagery has informed much of our opinions on its history. But, every time it was proscribed or looked like vanishing it bounced back, re-invented. No time is that more true than today, with a raft of new distilleries popping up – including here in New York.

Join me as I take you on the most incredible voyage across the globe and through every facet of life as we explore the history of Ginand prepare to be surprised! 


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Fire jugglers, trapeze artists, opera singers and more will be on hand for this Saturday’s A Night at Niblo’s Garden in front of 19th-century theater legend William Niblo’s mausoleum. (7 p.m.; Cost: $35, Green-Wood Historic Fund and Brooklyn Historical Society members $30, $35 for non-members; Fifth Ave. at 25th St., Brooklyn).
Prizes will be awarded for best period attire and most authentic picnic (think pigeon pies and whiskey punch).
Venue phone: 718-768-7300
Venue website:green-wood.com
Subway: R to 25th St
Event phone: 718-210-3080
Event website: green-wood.com/toursevents…

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Gemini & Scorpio weekend events: G&S 10th Anniversary / First-ever NYC Steampunk Weekend
Fri-Sun Aug 9-11, $45 weekend pass / $65 VIP weekend pass
5 exclusive 3-day VIP spots via Indiegogo [no other way to get VIP for Fri]

Friday Aug 9, 6:30pm – Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Josie Robertson Plaza & Damrosch Park Bandshell, Columbus Ave & 62nd St, FREE
Saturday Aug 10, 9pm-4am – The Lost Circus (circus meets dark cabaret with a steampunk twist), Irondale Ctr, 85 S Oxford St, Fort Greene, BK, 21+
$25 adv / $30 door / VIP seating area w/weekend pass only / $15 after 1am*
Sunday, Aug 11, 2-5pm (boarding at 1:30pm sharp) – Steampunk cruise on a Mississippi-style paddleboat The Queen of Hearts, Pier 78, West Side Highway at 38th St, 21+
$20 adv / $25 door / $35 with VIP seating area access*
For ten years, Gemini and Scorpio have produced some of the most exciting events for New York City’s creative set, from wild circus throwdowns to dazzling vintage dance socials to one-of-a-kind Russian baths bashes. The events are often marked by offbeat themes, fantastic costumes, mind-blowing music, burlesque and circus performances, lavish art and decor, and wild dancing into the morning. G&S is particularly unique in bridging the underground and high-culture spheres, and for our 10th Anniversary celebration, we are proud to present the ultimate mash-up of these two worlds, with a steampunk flavor and hand-picked performers traveling to NYC just for this event.

Featuring, over three days:

Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra
Edwardian pagan lounge ensemble Rosin Coven (Edwardian Ball co-creators)
Members of avant-cabaret circus troupe Vau de Vire Society (Edwardian Ball co-creators)
Brooklyn brass ensemble Hungry March Band
New Orleans “Russian mafia” band Debauche
New York gypsy punk accordion vagabonds Amour Obscur
And much more

We take over the plaza and bandshell of Lincoln Center. Fierce punk cabaret rock star Amanda Palmer throws down a killer set with her band The Grand Theft Orchestra and other special guests. Edwardian pagan lounge ensemble Rosin Coven open the stage show. Members of avant-cabaret troupe Vau de Vire Society perform stunning circus acts on the plaza. Our most frequent brass band guest of the past decade, Hungry March Band, brings the brass mayhem.

Our annual steampunk celebration, The Lost Circus — featuring for the first time on a shared New York City stage the co-producers and headliners of San Francisco’s legendary Edwardian Ball: Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society. We have discussed for years the possibility of The Edwardian Ball in NYC, and this night will finally bridge the East and West coast in steampunk costumed revelry, even as an official Ball is yet to happen. Plus infectious gypsy punk from accordion vagabonds Amour Obscur and special guests from New Orleans, “Russian mafia” band Debauche. The luscious Desert Sin mesmerizes you with their neo-tribal, exotic fusion of dance and theater. The Armored Combat League holds an exhibition of medieval armored combat.…

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