Washingtonville Placemaking Announces Upcoming 2018 Events
By Eugenia Moskowitz
The latest Placemaking meeting held on Feb. 12 at Washingtonville High School revealed the upcoming schedule of village events as well as a presentation on “walkability” that gave many attendees and elected village leaders ideas to take home with them and think in terms of as the village continues to improve (see associated Walkability article on p. XX).
Easter Bonnet Parade
The 2nd annual Easter Bonnet Parade will be held on Mar. 31 at Vern Allen Park, at the corner of Ahern and Route 94. All manner of bonnets and men’s chapeaus are welcome, and there will be a judged contest for different categories for adults and children. The Placemaking Events Committee members requested financial donations and/or wrapped candy to stuff into the plastic eggs. Monetary donations get the organizers pre-filled eggs, which is the better way to go as 8,000 (yes, 8,000) eggs will be needed to cover the grass at Vern Allen Park (last year, the parade was held on a smaller patch of grass at Memorial Park). Many children are expected to come, and to give them all an experience to remember, volunteers are needed one week prior, mostly for egg-stuffing. There will be separate areas for smaller and bigger kids.
Washingtonville Little League 60th Anniversary Celebration
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Washingtonville Little League (WLL). Started in 1958, it has seen countless youths don its uniform. These old uniform designs will be incorporated into each division of the league’s uniforms this year as the anniversary is marked with a large Opening Day Parade to be held on Apr. 14, WLL president Scott Davy said in a presentation at Placemaking. This year, many older players from the 1958 and on will be in the parade, he said, so vehicles such as convertibles and pickups are needed to carry them along the route, which is still not finalized but will likely start closer to Brotherhood, wend its way along Main Street, and end at Mays Field where there will be stalls with food, merchandise, and festivities at Fulton Square from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as games are played on the baseball diamonds. Vendors are wanted and will be advertised on all WLL social media sites; please contact Patty Tual at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-614-5202.
Blue and gold banners are available with your family’s or organization’s name on it, to be hung from lampposts throughout the villages of Washingtonville and South Blooming Grove, and possibly Salisbury Mills. All proceeds go to WLL, likely to be used for lighting repairs and upgrades at Mays Field. When the banners come down to make way for Christmas decorations, you will be given yours to take home and display. To sponsor a banner, contact Pattie King at email@example.com or 845-492-1930. In addition, King said the league welcomes team sponsorship where your organization or business name becomes a team name and goes on the back of the kids’ uniforms, and field signage advertising your business is always also available.
As baseball season approaches, there will be timeline posterboards displayed at Moffat Library and possibly old uniforms and memorabilia from WLL history.
The WLL 2nd Annual Pasta Dinner fundraiser held Mar. 23 at the Knights of Columbus on Hallock Drive from 5:00-8:00 p.m. will include spaghetti, salad, bread, make-your-own sundaes, and raffles.
Farmer’s Market of Washingtonville
The committee for this event is solidifying plans, the market will likely be moved to Sundays.
Washingtonville Date Night
The format of this weekly free open-air music and movie event at Vern Allen Park will likely change a little this summer. Stay tuned as plans finalize before the season arrives.
Last year’s Witchingtonville Halloween festival saw unprecedented numbers of visitors from surrounding towns and farther, and spoke to the special quality the village has and how it can attract people to come, enjoy, and stay, breathing cultural and economic life into the area. This year, the second annual festival will benefit from the previous year’s template, and tweaks will be added to the festival ground’s vendor, food, and activity layout, and its traffic flow (both pedestrian and car). Events last year included a spooky hay ride through gruesome zombie woods, a giant hay slide made from black storm drainage pipe, a large trunk-or-treat in the parking lot, dance events, food stalls, resident Denni Lozza’s professional photography stall (not a booth), and multiple local jewelry, arts, and crafts vendors. Pre-festival events included witch-making and scarecrow-making. The huge success of last year’s event was a surprise even to its organizers and spoke to the area’s need for a giant fall festival for both teens and children (sadly lacking since the close of the Brotherhood Winery’s Grape Harvest Festival, which ended some 10 years ago).
Christmas Firetruck Parade
The 8th annual Blooming Grove/Washingtonville Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade of decorated firetrucks and other vehicles is growing every year and will take place, as always, in early December. Placemaking will once again be fueling the pre-parade events in the center of the village including the North Pole, Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa, hot cocoa, and activities and crafts.
Placemaking meetings take place at the high school every second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Everyone who calls Washingtonville home is welcome to attend and get involved.
CAPTION: The monthly Placemaking meeting at Washingtonville High School saw over 60 attendees. At rear, Washingtonville Little League president Scott Davy unveils the planned springtime celebrations for the league’s 60th anniversary celebrations including the Opening Day parade on Apr. 14. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)