Queens Theatre in the Park Ribbon-Cutting Set for Thurs., Sept. 23

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Queens Theatre in the Park — one of the 33 members of the city’s key Cultural Institutions Group — will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thurs., Sept. 23, 6:30pm, in celebration of the space’s recent $23 million expansion.

The festivities will kick off with a reception in the lobby of what is often abbreviated as QTP. (Personally, I’ve always loved QTIP, but that’s me.) The ribbon-cutting ceremony itself will begin at 7pm.

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According to the press release for the event (sent to the CFR courtesy of publicist Michelle Tabnick), the construction project represents another jewel in one of the crown performing arts venues of Queens, including a new 75-seat cabaret (with cafe and kitchen facility), a 3,000-square-foot lobby/reception area, new visitor amenities and improved accessibility to the site, which is set within Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Funding for the project came through Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Mayor Bloomberg, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, various members of the full New York City Council as well as private, philanthropic-minded supporters.

The evening will additionally recognize donors to a recent $2 million campaign to fund an endowment, a cash reserve and an “artistic growth” fund for the nonprofit organization.

The ribbon-cutting event is by invitation only, but don’t feel like you’re barefoot in the park: QTIP is arguably one of the most vibrant performing arts presenters in the borough, with a 464-seat mainstage house and a 99-seat studio theater delivering 300 performances a year to more than 100,000 visitors.

Visit the organization’s website and start making your plans to become patron 100,001. Tell them the CFR sent you.

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