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A Native Thanksgiving

Visitors to Nassau County’s Garvies Point Museum and Preserve were transported back in time on Nov. 23 and 24 when the museum held its Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast. More than 1,000 people attended the two-day event, which showcased the lives of Native Americans. Numerous hands-on activities gave participants the opportunity to try their luck at spear throwing, corn grinding, cooking over an open fire and pottery making. 

 

The feast was the perfect outing for several Cub Scout troops and group home organizations as well as for families from across Long Island. For Sea Cliff siblings Zeke and Uma it was a special day at a place they visit often and have strong ties to. Their grandfather had been one of the museum’s early volunteers. For the Ferrera family of Islip it was a new adventure. Renee Ferrera is a social studies teacher who had taken her classes on trips to Garvies in the past and always enjoyed it. 

 

 “When I saw they were having this event, I just knew it would be a perfect time to bring my husband and my own kids here,” said Ferrera.  

 

One of the most popular attractions of the weekend was the outdoor fire pit. Volunteer Ted Strickroth (Tipi Ted) of the Wilderness Travel Museum engaged the crowd by demonstrating how to make a fire by, literally, rubbing two sticks together.

 

“The fire was the TV of long ago,” said Strickroth. “Children would sit in the wigwams, watch the fire and listen to the stories of the elders.”  

 

Children and adults alike had the chance to prepare and cook native foods over the fire, including popcorn soup, fish and squash.  Once the food was cooked, Strickroth explained that in the days of the Native Americans, the young ones

made an offering of food to the elders and, in turn, the elders offered wisdom to the young. The children were then asked to come up to the fire where they were given food that they then offered to an elder in the crowd. The fish and the squash were declared “delicious;” the popcorn soup not so much.   

 

Brian Nugent, the recently appointed Chief Deputy Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Museums for Nassau County,  dropped by on Saturday to survey the festivities.  

 

“This is fantastic,” said Nugent. “It shows the true meaning of Thanksgiving in the past and I hope this weekend is the beginning of a great Thanksgiving week for all the families who came here.”

 

Garvies Museum has been celebrating its Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast on the weekend before Thanksgiving for more than 30 years explained Kathryne Natale, former museum worker and current President of the Friends of Garvies, who first conceived of the idea.  Close to 40 volunteers work hard each year to make it a very special event. 

News

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion. 

 

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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