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Easter Day Vintage Car Parade Draws Huge Crowd In Garden City

Thousands of spectators came out to enjoy the 57th Annual Easter Vintage Car Parade on Sunday, an event hosted by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce.

The car show that preceded the parade proved to be entertaining for all ages. Kids danced to the beat of the Banjo Rascals ragtime music, as car enthusiasts shared their passion with the crowds. A colorful array of classic cars - a number of them adorned with decorations from Easter eggs to Easter bunnies - filled the lot this year. Some drivers and passengers along the parade route wore their Easter hats for the celebration.

“I’ve been doing this parade for nine years; it’s a lot of fun,” said Tim Etienne, a 10-year resident of Garden City and owner of a 1961 Ford Econoline Truck. “My four young daughters woke up early this year to tape streamers and decorate the truck, they love it and I can’t stop them!”

Stanley Sokel of Floral Park meticulously waxed his 1950 Mercury two-door coupe as people looked on. “I like to come here to look at the other cars…they represent a special period of life, and I seem to be lost in the 1950s,” he joked.

John Karaba, a member of the Long Island VW Club, brought his 1963 Karmann Ghia from Huntington. “It’s a great place see club members from year to year. I appreciate the old cars, too; my heart just pounds when I see them; it’s this gene I have I guess.”

Maria Mucaria Stankowski explained the appeal of the parade as she stood by her convertible Beetle. “It’s a unique event because it’s Easter, it’s a combined car show and parade, and it is very festive,” she said.

The parade route was packed with families who came out to enjoy the sights and the sunshine as hundreds of vintage cars made their way down Franklin Avenue.

One spectator observed, “The cars in this parade are beauties you don’t normally see on Long Island.”

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Tullamore Park Old Timer’s Day reunion  

Calling all park rats, You are cordially invited to a Tullamore Park Old Timers’ Day Reunion that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 to honor George Roth and Richie Anderson for their years of service to the Garden City Recreation Department.  

For all of you who have memories of spending most of your youth playing at the park, it’s a chance rekindle old friendships and play a game of softball or kickball and remember all the good times you had at your second home. There will be a $30 fee for all those who plan on attending (children are free) that includes a spot on the team, a T-shirt, and food at Doc O’Grady’s immediately following the games. All proceeds collected will be directed by the Friends of Garden City Arts, Parks and Recreation for general park improvements.


Sports

Summer Concert Schedule

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is happy to announce the schedule of its concert series “Summer Music on the Village Green.” The concert series will be held at the gazebo on the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues. Concerts are held on Thursdays beginning at 7:15 pm. The schedule is as follows:

July 24    Six Gun

July 31     Tangerine

August 7    The Terry Nova Little Big Band

August 14    Vintage Bliss

To register for any of the above programs for find out further information about openings, please visit www.gardencityrecreation.org for an application or the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

The Best Secret In Town!

Did you know that each of our neighbor hood parks runs a playground program every summer? Children entering 1st through 8th grades who are residents of the Village are invited to come to the park during the summer to find out what activities are taking place.

Each park has its own “flavor” and “favorite” activities. The park directors and their staff run games, sports, tournaments, and arts and crafts activities during the day and into the evening. Trips are also run through the parks.  


Calendar

Summer Concert: Six Gun

Thursday, July 24

Fivestone Returns To Friday Night Promenade

Friday, July 25

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, July 28



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