Scott Joplin Centennial Memorial 2017
Scott Joplin Memorial
The year 2017 will be the centennial of Scott Joplin’s death. He was interred in a community grave at St. Michael’s cemetery, East Elmhurst, NY, on April 5, 1917. The grave remained unmarked until October, 1974, when ASCAP installed a plaque.
For the centennial, we plan to add a memorial bench at the gravesite. The installation will take place on May 27, 2017, after the cemetery’s annual Scott Joplin Memorial Concert. (The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra will be performing.) We invite Scott Joplin fans and ragtimers who wish to contribute to this event to make donations, of any amount.
Checks should be made out to St. Michael’s Cemetery, with “Scott Joplin Memorial” written in the memo space, and mailed to Ed Berlin who will maintain a record of donors and donations; and will forward the checks to St. Michael’s Cemetery. His address is 46 Meadow Ponds Circle, Miller Place, NY 11764. Should Paypal be preferred instead of a check, payment should go to: firstname.lastname@example.org . (Use the Friends and Family option to avoid Paypal fees.) The complete record of donors and donations will be made public after the installation. Donor’s names will be included unless they ask to be listed as anonymous.
Remember me run 2016
Update: Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in St. Michael’s Remember Me Run and our 9/11 Memorial Service, these were once again successful events. See below a photo impression courtesy of Mr. Chin and Mr. Motto. The Epoch Times reported on the ‘Remember Me Run’. See the news article below in… Read more »
‘Blessing of the Palms’ at St. Michael’s Florals
On March 12th 2016, at noon visit St. Michael’s Florals for “Blessing of the Palms”. You are also welcome for Florals’ Open house from March 10th-13th from 10am-4pm.
‘The Beatles’ inspired Classical Concert
Join us on Saturday, February 27th at 3 PM for a special concert highlighting music of The Beatles. Admission is Free. For more details please take a look at the following announcement: St. Michael’s Concert – The Beatles
Toys for Tots 2015
Update: Thanks to everybody who donated toys, our Toys for tots collection was a success! We hope to receive your continued support for this annual donation! On Saturday, December 19th at 2 P.M. within All Souls Chapel, the United States Marines will collect presents to be distributed to children across the metro area…. Read more »
Remember Me Run 2015
Update: The ‘Remember Me Run 2015′ has finished! We want to thank all participants, sponsors, visitors and everyone who made this event in honor of 9/11 first responders a success! To get an impression of this event, take a look at the following photo gallery and press releases. (These will keep being updated with new… Read more »
Scott Joplin Memorial Concert & BBQ
On Saturday, May 16th at 2PM St. Michael’s will host the Annual Scott Joplin Concert. The Concert has become the communities recognition of Spring with an Open Air Concert and free BBQ.
Joplin was buried at St. Michael’s in 1917. Evidence indicates he was a congregant of St. Michael’s Church locate then and now in Manhattan. Joplin became famous for advancing Rag as a musical genre that took the hearts and minds of Americans during the early 20th Century. Maple Leaf Rag was his signature creation that he had hoped would be played when he was interred at St. Michael’s. For whatever reason which no one seems to know, Joplin’s wife refused to have her husband’s wishes honored. Hearing of this years afterwards a Brooklyn group of musicians determined to honor the last request of Joplin and did play Maple Leaf Rag at his gravesite. They also dedicated a plaque to the renowned artist that remains to mark the location of Scott Joplin.
The movie “The Sting” renewed interest in the author of the Oscar winning music “The Entertainer” written by Scott Joplin. Yearly hundreds of visitors come to St. Michael’s seeking to stand next to the burial site of Joplin in homage to a great American Artist.
St. Michael’s continues its tradition of being part of the community by hosting the yearly Concert and BBQ. Ed Berlin, a Joplin scholar will once again be in attendance speaking of the era of Joplin and his impact on the American music sense. Dan Levinson and his Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra will happily return to St. Michael’s to lead the musical celebration .
The Concert is open to all. Join with the community in a day of music, fun and BBQ. St. Michael’s is proud to once again support Councilman Costa Constantindes in collecting Back-to-School supplies for the needs of our children. St. Michael’s requests all those who attend also support the Councilman by denotating supplies for the needs of children.
For more information view the flyer
(Pre-)Valentine’s Day Concert 2015
On Saturday, February 7th 2015 at 2PM St. Michael’s Cemetery will host a special Violin and Piano Recital.
Admission is free for all, however we will collect donations of canned food for a food drive for those in need. Your donation would be much appreciated.
Concert featuring Billy J. Ray
Join us for a Concert featuring music from the great Billy J Ray who will perform on Sunday October 12th at 2PM in the All Souls Chapel. This event is open to all, please RSVP by calling (718) 278-3240.
Remember Me Run 2014
Each year St. Michael’s Cemetery hosts the 2 Mile “Remember Me Run” in honor and celebration of the first Responders who sacrificed their lives to save others on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. This event is also in honor of those who have fought against the ravages of cancer and those who have learned… Read more »
Memorial Unveiling For Boxing Champion Emile Griffith Celebrated At St. Michael’s Cemetery
On June 21, a special one-year unveiling for the six-time welterweight and middleweight world champion Emile Griffith was held at St. Michael’s Cemetery and was attended by Griffith’s friends and family.
Read more in this Queens Gazette article.
Violin & Piano Recital
On Saturday February 22nd at 2 PM St. Michael’s Cemetery hosted a Violin & Piano Recital featuring two upcoming talented artists who have been recognized for their accomplishments; Olga Turkina, violin and Philipp Petkov, piano. We want to thank everyone who was able to attend this special concert. Below you can find a short video… Read more »
Toys For Tots
Please join us in spreading some Holiday cheer to a needy child by bringing a new un-opened, unwrapped toy.
Date and Time: December 14th at 2pm
Location: All Souls Chapel