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Celebrating July Fourth In 1863

Hundreds of residents from Farmingdale and other neighboring towns celebrated the Fourth of July as if the clock was turned back to 1863 at the Old Bethpage Restoration Independence Day celebration.  

With actors dressed in 1800s attire and everyone getting into the historical spirit, activities included a demonstration of  ‘old time baseball’ – a game played by the rules of 1864; a demonstration of military drills and firing rounds by the 119th Regiment NY Volunteers Co. H Historical Society, a parade through the restoration village leading up to the Noon Inn and various other activities taking place throughout their numerous historically preserved houses.  

“It’s a terrific way to celebrate our nation’s birthday,” one Plainview resident and mother of two children said, who were outside the Bach Blacksmith Shop.  “The kids can learn something and have fun at the same time.”

Families could be seen throughout the village, enduring the hot and humid weather with pride as they walked from location to location, absorbing the knowledge and historical flare of the restoration.

The Blacksmith Shop, which educated spectators about the craft back in the 1800s, was one of the many event-long attractions, including candle making at the Ritch House, Leatherwork at the Luyster General Store, storytelling near the schoolhouse and fiddle and dulcimer music in the Luyster Field.  Singing at the Manetto Hill Church and Pottery at the Schenck Barn were also favorites throughout the day.

The 119th Regiment NY Volunteers Co. H Historical Society drew the largest crowd of the day – members of the regiment were originally recruited on Long Island during the Civil War. Based out of the restoration, the unit’s C.O. (Commanding Officer) is Robert Webber of Farmingdale, who explained to the crowd about how the militia would load their Enfeild 577 Caliber Muskets, which were reproductions.

“Today’s turnout was great, it’s always a benefit when you can teach people something in this kind of way,” Webber said.

As the regiment fired away outside the Noon Inn under the American flag, onlookers held their ears and jumped slightly at the powerful explosions, giving everyone a taste of what was heard loud and clear in Civil War battles.

Members of the regiment hail from towns across Nassau County as well as Queens.

The Noon Inn remained the center of attention for most of the day, as well as the John M. Layton Grocery and General Store.  The Inn is restored to 1850, and was originally located on Prospect Avenue in East Meadow.

The day concluded with a parade from the Powell House to the Noon Inn featuring the Old Bethpage Village Brass Band, where a gathering of nearly everyone attending sung The Star-Spangled Banner and listened to duettists’ The Sisters of Liberty, as well as sermons and readings in 1800s fashion to celebrate Independence Day.

News

At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

 

If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Sports

Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 

 

—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 


The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.

 

Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


Calendar

Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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