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May 23-26th & 30th
Memorial Day Observance
May 30, 2014
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Celebrate Commemorate Overview
It may seem like summer, but folks in Waterloo know that there are weeks to go before the official start of the vacation season on Memorial Day weekend. The Celebrate Commemorate Committee has been meeting monthly to plan this year’s 15th annual event, that will draw thousands of people to this upstate New York village that is the official Birthplace of Memorial Day. New members are always welcome to the committee meeting, which are at 7 p.m. at the VFW on East Elisha St.
The weekend will once again showcase our expanded Living History Events on Oak Island and at the American Civil War Memorial on Locust Street.
Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads will perform at Oak Island before the fireworks.
The Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension in cooperation with the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce and the Seneca County Farm Bureau once again present the “Taste of Seneca County” Culinary Tent. It is a very popular attraction and this year features an expanded schedule featuring guest chefs, summer grilling tips, and cooking demonstrations. Here is a clip of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joining in with some of her grilling expertise.
The Arts & Crafts Show, the Wheels on Main Street, Live Stage Family Friendly Entertainment, Strolling Entertainers, Delicious Food Concessions, 5k Race, Bike Rally, Train Tours, History Tours, Pizza Eating Contest, Ice Cream Eating Contest, Patriotic Merchandise, Community Parade are all highlights that help us Celebrate our many Freedoms!
What’s a festivity without food? There will be plenty to eat again this year, and for the stout of appetite, there will be the popular pizza eating contest on Saturday and an ice cream eating contest at the Lafayette Park stage on Sunday. Chair Mary Anne Sutliffe said artisans are lining up to reserve spaces in the arts and crafts show in Lafayette Park.
Those attending the festivities in Lafayette Park are reminded that while everyone is invited,
PARADE MARCHERS TO COMMEMORATE FREEDOM
As always the parade honors all veterans but this year especially Vietnam veterans.
Our event is all about celebrating our freedom and commemorating the sacrifices of those who preserve it, so bring a flag and
wave it proudly as you enjoy the festivities with your family and friends in the Birthplace of Memorial Day
The parade will be led by the Waterloo VFW American Legion color guard and the Patriot Guard riders. It will feature youth groups, church floats, marching groups, political leaders, antique tractors, Woodie cars, and others. This year’s parade will feature two past US Presidents and Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. President Teddy Roosevelt will accompany the Welles Award winner and President Abe Lincoln will lead a group of Civil War reenactors. Among the featured music groups will be The Hit Men from Rochester, back by popular demand. The Hit Men are a group of good fellas who come together from all parts of the New York area. They provide a performance that combines both the musical and the theatrical. Their show stopping demeanor means they provide the best entertainment around. Their antics enliven the parade route. They will perform a mini concert at the Main Street-Virginia Street intersection. Topping off the musical groups will be the Waterloo High School marching band and the 5th and 6th grade band. School children are invited to bring their pets and join the lineup. Neighborhoods are welcome to ride their decorated bicycles.
The National Memorial Day museum, the village's Terwilliger Museum, and the M'Clintock House, part of Women's Rights National Historical Park, will be open during the weekend and on Memorial Day (May 30).
What would a festival be without food? Pretty boring. What would a festival be with free food. Wow!
This year’s Celebrate Commemorate will have a special treat – free food! A new culinary tent will feature top chefs from 4-H, restaurants, and the community who will demonstrate their favorite recipes and offer samples to the audience. Recipes will feature products grown or produced in New York.
Reenactors prepare lanterns for the Candlelight Tour at Celebrate Commemorate
Meet key people from the Civil War and hear their stories during the Candlelight Tour at Celebrate Commemorate, a new event this year.
The tour, by members of the Celebrate Commemorate Living History Committee will begin following the Illumination and Remembrance at the American Civil War Memorial on Friday, May 23rd at 8:45pm. It will commence at the check-in point on Oak Island’s Pavilion #1. The cost of the tour is $5.00. Tickets are available in advance at Nugent Hardware, 5 W. Main Street, Waterloo, NY. Tickets also will be available at the Pavilion the night of the tour.
“We hope this unique experience will help people better understand our nation’s bloodiest conflict by hearing stories of the people who lived through it.” said Living History Committee chair Caren Cleaveland.
Participants will walk around Oak Island, visiting six stations for about 10 minutes each. They will hear stories from historical figures of the Civil War era including Bell Boyd, a known Southern Spy who will visit with a friend. Harriet Tubman will share her experiences and stories of the Colored Troops during battles of the war. Our great President Abraham Lincoln will be stationed at the Cavalry’s Camp and will talk of his trials. Teddy Roosevelt and Union soldiers also will tell stories of the conflict.
KIDS Korner = FUN!
Celebrate Commemorate is a family affair with lots of special events for kids.
Finger Lakes Mounted Drill Team
Horses and riders decked out in red, white and blue will perform a thrilling drill team exhibition at Celebrate Commemorate again this year. The ride will be at Saturday 1 p.m. Admission is free. The show will include patterned riding to music by as many as a dozen horses. Moving at a trot or canter, the riders perform intricate close-order passby and the pinwheel. And then the crowd holds its breath as sound of galloping hooves signals the suicide charge.
Drillmaster Walter Ellison said the team was formed about five years ago and includes members from Wayne, Seneca and Yates counties who practice weekly to school their horses in the intricate maneuvers. The 20 riders who range in age from 30 to 60 ride and train their own horses, which include the quarter horse, Tennessee walker, haflinger, pasafino and roping horses. They have performed at fairs and horse shows throughout the Finger Lakes.
Following the half-hour sow, the riders will bring their horses to the fence
so that people may pet them.
Monica Maddox on Jack.
Horse and Wagon Tours
At Oak Island, youngsters and their parents are invited to take a ride in a wagon pulled by a team of miniature horses owned by Glen Loveless of North Rose.
The rides will be available
from Noon - 4 on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets may be purchased at Oak Island.
The popular horse and wagon tours will return to Waterloo for the Celebrate Commemorate weekend. Carl and Dot Blood of Rushville will bring their draft horses for a half-hour ride through the village.Tours will run from noon to 3:30 p.m. Tickets, $1 for adults and children from grade 6 and older, will be available at the ticket booth on the east end of Lafayette Park.
That's where the tickets for the historic walking tour also will be available. Led by village historian Bea Contant and her team of guides, the tour follows the route of the walking tour brochure. Fascinating facts about the village's colorful history will be explained. Tickets are $2 for the one-hour tour, which will be offered from 12:15 pm to 3:15 pm.
Finger Lakes Water Adventures will offer tours on the Cayuga Seneca Canal on Saturday and Sunday. The tours will last an hour to an hour and 15 minutes, taking passengers from Oak Island through Lock 4 to Seneca Falls and back. The trips will leave at 12, 2 pm and 4 pm Saturday and 10am, 12, 2 pm and 4 pm Sunday.
The boats will hold two to six passengers. There will be snacks available for purchase on board. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets are available at Stivers Marina on Seneca Lake, Geneva, and Nugent Hardware, Main Street, Waterloo. Remaining tickets will be available at Oak Island on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go to www.fingerlakeswateradventures.com
Ever want to walk on water? Visitors to Celebrate Commemorate will have an opportunity to walk on the Cayuga-Seneca canal in a hamster ball, thanks to Fuzzy Guppies. It’s just one of the many water activities being featured on and near the canal. The folks from Fuzzy Guppies will take visitors to their docks about a mile west of Oak Island where they can enter the inflated plastic sphere and try to stand or run on the water.
If more traditional watercraft is to your liking, the Fuzzy Guppies will have human powered craft including paddle boats, canoes and single and double kayaks to rent at Oak Island. Or learn about the history of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and its big cousin, the Erie Canal aboard a Water Adventures Boat Tour at 10 am, noon and 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Landlubbers will enjoy taking a ride in wagons pulled by mini horses from noon to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday, taking a stroll on the Cay-Sen Trail on the south side of the canal, or watching boats pass through Lock 4.
Learn about the Civil War by visiting the encampment on Oak Island and pay tribute to those who gave their lives by visiting the American Civil War Memorial.
In the evening, everyone will gather for fireworks by Pyrotecnico that will soar over the canal from the trail head across the canal.
Cars, cars cars! Wheels on Main Street, the Celebrate Commemorate car show gets bigger and better every year! And this year's 15th anniversary event will be outstanding. The event is being coodinated by Bob and Bev Good and Lou and Alice LeBrun and committee. Join the crowds who stroll down Main Street from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, May 25th to see the lovingly restored classic and antique autos, the hot rods and stock cars that used to race at the fairgrounds, sports cars, vintage tractors, and of course the Woodies that come home every year to the village where they were manufactured.
Bob Good at Rgood3@rochester.rr.com
0712Waterloo-Geneva Road, Waterloo, NY 13165
The first 100 entrants
will receive a commemorative gift
To register send your name, address, phone number with area code, club affiliation if any, vehicle make, year and model to:
0712 Waterloo-Geneva Road,
Waterloo NY 13165.
For more information, call
Click here for an application
The Waterloo Lions Club will host this annual gathering of the wooden-bodied cars manufactured in Waterloo from 1939 to 1957.
Events will be on Oak Island and at the American Civil War Monument on Locust Street
Travel back in history when Celebrate Commemorate presents Living History Day on Saturday, May 24th. Visit the encampment of the 148th Infantry and other Civil War groups on Oak Island. Members of the 140th Signal Corps will demonstrate the art of communicating with flags while Reynolds Battery L will demonstrate live cannon firing at noon, 3 pm and dusk. Meet President Abe Lincoln as he visits the troops. See the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War as they cook, mend and live in tents just as they did when they followed their loved ones during the battles of the Civil War.
Waterloo’s newest historical group, the Mary Gahan Tent #109 of the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865. It is the seventh tent in New York State in the organization formed to honor the soldiers of the Civil War. The tent has been formed to coordinate programs and events with the Village of Waterloo, the American Civil War Memorial and the DUVCW Department of New York State. The Village has assigned ownership of the ACWM to the DUVCW while promising to maintain its grounds and provide security lighting.
Pay respects to those who gave their lives in our nation’s bloodiest war by touring the American Civil War Memorial at 1 and 3 pm Saturday. Join the reenactors for a wreath laying and celebration reception of the chartering of the Mary Gahan Tent at the Memorial at 5:30 pm.
Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads will perform at Oak Island before the fireworks from 7:00 pm till 9:20 pm
Stay at Oak Island for the fireworks by Pyrotecnico that begin at 9:45 pm
Actor Richard “Fritz” Klein of Springfield, Illinois has been a professional actor and speaker for many years.
Born in Southern California, Klein originally studied to be a Lutheran minister. After some graduate study in St. Louis, he met his future wife, changed course, and went into landscaping. There he worked as supervisor of landscaping and grounds for a missionary organization in the pacific until 1980, and his wife Linda taught school. At the time he began to participate in local dramatic activities. During the Bicentennial year, he was first asked to portray Lincoln for a small local celebration. With only an amateur acting background at the time, he says he himself was surprised at the result. Two years later, in 1978, he decided to begin studying Lincoln with a view to full-scale dramatic productions back on the mainland. In 1980, after two years of extensive research into the works of Lincoln, and selected biographies, he set out on this unique adventure. He traveled from coast to coast for two years until 1982, when he moved to Springfield, Illinois where there was opportunity to cut down on travels by performing for visitors to Lincoln's hometown.
To prepare for a performance, it takes about an hour with costume and make-up. However, if you happen to have Lincoln in mind, his natural resemblance to Abraham Lincoln can be quite convincing. Several years ago when visiting Washington D.C. he created something of a stir when he walked into Ford's Theater, the place where Lincoln was shot. Though Klein was dressed in ordinary street attire, with his 6'3" height and Quaker beard one woman screamed outright when she looked up to see him casually strolling down the stairs.
Using a Kentucky accent based upon research about Lincoln's speech patterns, Klein usually peppers his performances with humor, stories, and passion. "The programs are varied," he says. "Adaptation is a specialty. I have a repertoire of about a dozen plays, which can be altered for special settings.” In addition, there is a great variety of flexible and interactive one-man shows on various topics, which have been developed over the years. An exciting part of these shows has been the element of audience participation. It becomes both entertainment and education. After over 30 years of research, Klein knows his subject. “It is amazing how well Lincoln's words and ideas bear upon the present,” he says. “Leadership training, management, and problem solving skills take on a new depth of meaning in a historical context, and have a deeper impact when tempered with dramatic narrative, humor, and personal involvement.” A member of the National Speakers Association, National Association of Interpreters and a student of Lincoln himself, he has had opportunity to travel the world, portraying Lincoln on stage, in feature films, documentaries, and for many kinds of professional speaking engagements.
On May 24th, 2013 President Abraham Lincoln (Fritz Klein) spoke at the American Civil War memorial in Waterloo, New York. As keynote speaker at the annual Illumination Ceremony, He was asked to make some comments about the battles at Gettysburg and his part in the dedication of the cemetery. His comments conclude with his famous Gettysburg Address, recited as only the President could.
In the reenactment community, the 148th New York Volunteers are considered veterans. Established in 1962, the 148th is the oldest Civil War reenactment organization in New York State. Since its founding, it has participated in several hundred Civil War battle reenactments and hosted scores of living history events, marched in parades and given presentations for schools and historical societies. Even though the organization is built on a military impression, families participate in the recreation of a time in American history when everyone was touched by the events, not just the soldiers serving in Dixie. The original 148th was recruited from the Finger Lakes regions of New York. They were assigned to the Army of the James and served under Major General Benjamin "The Beast" Butler. Some of the battles they participated in were Drewry's Bluff, Cold Harbor, the Siege of Petersburg, Chaffin's Farm, Fair Oaks, the Appomattox Campaign, and the post-war occupation of the city of Richmond. They had five Medal of Honor recipients, and suffered more than 500 casualties. The 148th of today recruits its members primarily from the Finger Lakes area. In 1962, the 148th began with six members from the Ovid Camp of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. Membership in the SUV is a tribute to those "Sons of the Finger Lakes" who answered Lincoln's call for 300,000 more!
The American Civil War Memorial pays tribute to the sacrifice made by citizens of Waterloo during the Civil War, and recognizes the soldiers from the North and the South who gave their lives in the conflict. The Civil War exacted a great toll on the American people; it was one of the most arduous times in our history when more lives were lost than in all our other wars combined. The Memorial, designed by sculptor Pietro del Fabro of Princeton Junction, New Jersey, will be built in Lock Park along the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, part of the Erie Canal System. Pietro’s design incorporates the Memorial into the historic canal environment of Waterloo and provides a destination for visitors arriving from town, those hiking the planned recreational trails, and boaters cruising the inland waterway. The Memorial includes individual cenotaphs for each man from Waterloo who died in battle and a North South Cenotaph recognizing all lives lost in the war. The North South Cenotaph will be constructed of stones sent from the 36 States which were in existence at the end of the Civil War. There will be tours of the American Civil War Memorial Saturday at 2:00 and 4:00pm.
Visitors to Waterloo can learn about the history of Memorial Day, the founding of the village and the birth of the women's rights movement at the village's museums and historical sites.
The Terwilliger Museum, open during the celebration weekend, illustrates the history of Waterloo from its earliest
Native American residents at Skoi Yase.
Over the Celebrate Commemorate weekend be sure to include a visit to our museum to view newly installed exhibits detailing the origins of
Memorial Day in Waterloo, NY.
The Memorial Day History Room features extensive exhibits on the major players of the Memorial Day concept, these being Henry C. Welles, Gen. John B. Murray and, of course, the venerable Gen. John A. Logan. The exhibit also highlights the 1966 Centennial in Waterloo that led to the recognition of Waterloo as the birthplace of Memorial Day. Also on display, an exhibit of historic images, poetry and prose that were generated throughout the 19th century to commemorate Memorial Day, then known as Decoration Day.
A room is devoted to the history and work of the Grand Army of the Republic or G. A. R. and the Women’s Relief Corps in carrying out the work of spreading the concept of Memorial Day, in the 19th and 20th centuries, throughout the nation.
The M'Clintock House on East Williams Street, where the Declaration of Sentiments, the platform of the women's rights movement, was written, will also be open during the weekend. The home, called one of America's treasures, is now part of Women's Rights National Historical Park and is being restored by the National Park Service.
The M'Clintock House will be open
Saturday May 26th 10:30am - 4pm
Sunday May 27th, from 11am - 4 p.m.
Admission is free.
Certified 5K Run # NY04023AM
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
With PCR DAG Timing System
Results will be given immediately at end of the race.
Pre registration $20.00 - 12 & Under $12.00
Day of race $30.00 - 12 & under $15.00
With pre-registration you are guaranteed a commemorative T-shirt, scoresheet, and a Photograph crossing the finish line with the time clock included.
1st, 2nd, & 3rd place medals will be awarded
in 14 age groups!
Plaques will go to the top three
male & female overall finishers.
5 K Walk/Run Race
More than 100 runners are expected to participate in the eleventh annual Celebrate/Commemorate 5k walk and run on Sunday, May 25th. Chairman Jack Sutliffe said the field has grown every year for this event, attracting runners from throughout the area. This year's event is certified NY04023AM. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with an 9:00 a.m. race start. The route will begin and end in Lafayette Park and will wind through the beautiful, historic village. Prizes will be awarded in various age categories. Each participant will receive a picture crossing the finish line and a Celebrate / Commemorate T-shirt. With PCR DAG timing system, the results will be given immediately at the end of the race.
To register or for more information, contact
Jack Sutliffe at 539-3889
5K Run Printable Mail in Entry Form
Photo by Lori Duprey
Food for everyone!
The always-popular Patriot Pizza Eating Contest will again be featured at Celebrate/Commemorate. The fun begins at 3:45. Saturday, May 24th, in Lafayette Park. The contest, sponsored by Ciccino's Pizzeria, challenges contestants to down a pizza as fast as they can. "This is a contest of speed, not quantity," explained chair Jane Shaffer. "It's not how many pizzas you consume, but how fast you can chow down." Contestants may use any technique to consume the pizza. Popular methods are to fold the pie, roll up each slice and pile slice on slice, Shaffer said. The winner will be the first person to finish all the pizza, including the crust. Contestants throw up their hands and open their mouths when they are finished. The timing stops when a contestant swallows the last bite. Entry fee is $5 payable to Celebrate/Commemorate. Applications are available at Ciccino's or Nugent's Hardware. Winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Ciccino's. For more information, contact Jane Shaffer at 315-539-3353.
* Celebrate Committee Food Booth - Hot Dogs - Hamburgs - Hot Sausage & Ciccino's Pizza *
* Wursthaus - German Food *
* Jim & Linda's Fried Dough & French Fries * * Dar's Delights: Home Made Ice Cream*
* Waterloo Lions - Strawberry Fest * * Girl Scouts - Cotton Candy & Sno Cones * Wrap Sandwiches *
* Kate's Pretzels* * On Site Catering * * R-Sales *
* 1st Presbyterian Church - homemade pies * Cayuga Lake Creamery - Ice Cream
Serving 8:00am - 11:00 am
Sat May 24th - American Legion,
1 E William St.
Sun May 25th - VFW, 29 E Elisha St,
For more information please contact:
BBQ'S By K&R Catering:
Sat. May 24th - Waterloo in Bloom
Sun. May 25th - Waterloo Rotary
Finger Lakes Inch- high Players: OUTSIDE THE BOX
Mentor program presents “Forties with Flair” USO show
8pm Sunday, May 26th at the Waterloo High School Auditorium
Contact: Kim Brown
Finger Lakes Inch-high Players
Phone: (315) 568-1961
Waterloo, NY Step back in time as the Finger Lakes Inch- high Players mentor organization, “Outside the Box”, closes the phenomenal Waterloo Memorial Day celebration celebrating history and tradition with this signature USO-style fundraising event “Forties with Flair”. This performance harkens back to a time of simple but hearty fun entertainment and performances, laughter and patriotism, beginning at 8pm Sunday, May 26th at the Waterloo High School Auditorium, 96 Stark St. Waterloo, NY 13165.
The show includes jazz musicians; dancers of all ages and types; barbershop sounds; short skits and radio plays; and cast members of all ages. There will even be a vintage 1940s cabinet radio auctioned off that night! “Outside the Box” president, Tammy LeClair, and FLIPs executive director Kim Brown promise a good time for all.
The “Forties with Flair” performance benefits the Finger Lakes Inch- high Players, which provides theatre education programs in the Finger Lakes. Additionally, funds will be contributed to help continue Waterloo Memorial Day children’s programming.
Tickets are $8 presale and are available online at www.InchHighPlayers.org; at the Copy Shop in Seneca Falls, Nugents’ Hardware in Waterloo, and Area Records in Geneva.
FLIPs invites everyone to this family friendly performance- come to celebrate Memorial Day in an untraditional way!
Click for Registration Form
One of the most popular new features of Celebrate Commemorate is our annual Biker Rally.
The rally will be held on Monday, May 26, and is expected
to attract 200 riders. Entry forms are available at www.waterloony.com, or participants may register at the VFW, 29 West Elisha St., from 8 to 10 a.m. the morning of the ride. Led by riders of the New York Patriot Guard, bikers from throughout the area are invited to join the "Ride for Respect" to pay tribute to our troops.
Riders will leave the VFW at 10 a.m. under the direction of ride captain Nigel Heaton of the New York Patriot Guard Riders. They will return to the VFW by about 2 p.m. where a buffet luncheon will be available.
Friends and families are welcome to attend. A merchandise table will offer souvenirs for sale.
$20 per rider /$10 passenger
Questions? Chris Shaffer days @ 315-539-3353, evenings/weekends 315-719-8106
WATERLOO REMEMBERS SOLDIERS' SACRIFICES IN 148th ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION
Following the weekend of celebration, the Birthplace of Memorial Day pauses to remember the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price for freedom. The 148th solemn remembrance of Memorial Day in Waterloo will be observed on Wednesday May 30. The American Legion will conduct the remembrance events. Memorial Day is always commemorated on May 30 in Waterloo, in keeping with Gen. John A. Logan's Orders. The public is invited to gather at 8:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery on Stark Street for a full military service. At 10:30 a.m. marchers will leave the VFW at 29 West Elisha St. to go to Maple Grove Cemetery on Stark Street for military services at 11 a.m. The solemn remembrance will continue at 6 p.m. when the military parade steps off from Main and Clark streets, proceeding down Main Street to Lafayette Park where several veterans organizations will participate in the laying of the wreaths at the veterans monuments in the park. The program will include the recitation of the Gettysburg Address and Logan's Orders by students from Waterloo High School, the playing of the National Anthem by the high school band, and the Salute to the Dead by the VFW firing squad and the playing of Taps. State Sen. Michael Nozzolio and other dignitaries will speak.
For more information, contact:
Stan Grela at the American Legion, 1 E. Williams St., 315-539-8248