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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

History will be made on Friday as Nassau Country Club opens its grounds for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, playing host to the tournament which was last played on its greens 100 years ago. The tournament, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), will have 156 women from all over the world competing for the Robert Cox Trophy and the title of national champion, including twin sisters Jennifer and Kristin Coleman, whose grandfather is a member of the club. 

 

For the Coleman sisters, 21, of Rolling Hills Estates, CA, the tournament will almost be like a homecoming: they began playing golf at age 5, and have played Nassau Country Club a number of times over the years while visiting their grandfather, Daniel Coleman, who lives in Glen Cove.

A public hearing was held last week to determine the fate of hookah lounges within the city limits of Glen Cove: it was decided they shall not be allowed. The City Council and Mayor Reginald Spinello voted to ban such establishments, a move that was well received by the majority of people present; only two people expressed opposition to the measure. 

 

“These establishments are becoming rather trendy,” said Mayor Spinello.


Sports

LI-Kick, the co-ed adult kickball league based in Glen Cove, was formed a little over one year ago and is already making a name for itself on the competitive kickball circuit.  On Saturday, July 12, the league sent two teams to McCarren Park in Greenpoint to compete in a national kickball competition sponsored by Brooklyn Kickball. Teams came from as far away as Toronto, Portland and Atlanta. LI-

Kick was the only league from Long Island to participate. 

Three members of the Glen Cove Big Red Boys Lacrosse Team were honored at the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association Dinner on June 11.

Pictured are Ryan Perkins, Sean Peet and  Phil Grella, who were awarded for both their play on the field and their work in the classroom. Ryan was named to the All-County Honorable Mention Team, Sean and Phil were named to the All-Conference Team. All three also received Academic All-Conference standing for their work in the classroom.



Calendar

St. Rocco's Feast - July 30

US Women's Amateur Championship - August 1

Historical  Museum Renaming - August 3


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