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Lincoln performer at Flushing House

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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:21 am, Thu Feb 27, 2014.

Robert Costello, a professional presenter, will portray Abraham Lincoln in a performance on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Flushing House senior community.

The free event is open to the public in the facility’s rooftop atrium and will run from 2 to 4 p.m. at 38-20 Bowne St. in Flushing.

“Mr. Costello has a unique way of making you feel that you are in the presence of Abe Lincoln,” said Robert Salant, Flushing House director of community relations. “Over the years, he has appeared before many and varied audiences. He looks and dresses like Lincoln, gives speeches of the martyred President and interacts with the audience.

“He has won acclaim for portraying the man who rose from humble beginnings on a rural farm to become our 16th President.”

According to Salant, the event is happening because of Flushing House residents’ interest in history. Several years ago, James Driscoll former president of the Queens Historical Society, became a Flushing House resident. He authored “Flushing, New York: 1880-1935” in the postcard history series and many other books on history.

“When Jim first came here, he gave talks on history to residents,” Salant said. “Several residents recently told Jim we ought to .honor Abe Lincoln. He brought this to management’s attention and the rest is just history.”

The program will include music and refreshments, plus Costello. Free parking is on premises. Seating is limited, so RSVP by calling (718) 762-3198, ext. 3014.

Built in 1974, Flushing House is the largest nonprofit independent living retirement community in New York State. For more information go to flushinghouse.com.

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