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Editorial: Wow

What a spectacular turnout Sunday at Manhasset Valley Park for the Annual Old Timers Day. What a joyous, amazing gathering. What a slice of history it is.

Picture 50 inhabitants of Spinney Hill, and African-Americans in surrounding communities, deciding to have a picnic in 1969.  Linked closely together as they were—a much smaller community surrounded by a more privileged, larger one—their picnic was both the celebration of family and acknowledgment of the strong bond that existed within their extended community.

Time seems to have strengthened that bond. The picnic, with its humble beginning, has taken root and blossomed over the years into an annual event drawing more than 1,000 people, no longer simply from neighboring towns but from a variety of far-flung states.

We all know about family reunions.

We all know about class reunions.

Did you ever hear of anything like this?

-Pat Grace