Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Celebration!

The "weather observer," not only the first out the door, this morning, was the first uptown and he said that as soon as he got out of his truck in the Post Office parkinglot, he knew there was a "fire" and he knew exactly where to find the firemen!

(Click to enlarge photos!)

(I went back there, half-an-hour later and Oooooh! If only I could digitize the aroma!)

The sidewalk in front of Morgan's Hardware was even brighter than usual....

...and temptations were appearing on both sides of East Main Street!

By the time I got "uptown," several more vendors were setting up.

"Classics" were lining up on the Hardings' front lawn, and coffee was brewing.

The Petting Zoo was drawing as many adults as children, and the small calf, chickens, several goats, pigs and bunny (did I miss anyone? Sorry!) were having as much fun as their audience!

At Michael's, all was in order for alfresco dining, and - nearly next door, next to MerriRose Florist - the Women's Club were having a Pie Sale!

The Garden Club's bright display of mums and ??? (I couldn't see because of traffic) is in front of the Green Acres Plaza and on the White Street side are Apples, Cider, Indian Corn and Pumpkins!


Photos by R. F. Brown - Click to enlarge.

Fr. Tom Servatius from St. Bernard's Catholic Church delivers the Invocation

Senator David J. Valesky from the 49th Seante District

Assemblyman Bill Magee

Dan Kentile, former D.O.T. Engineer in Charge of the Highway Reconstruction Project

With the parade lined up and ready to go ,,,,,,,

Mayor Jim Younes cut the ceremonial ribbon, held by
Village Clerk-Treasurer Lorena Lenard and Trustee Shirley Rockwell.

Following cars from the New York State Police and Oneida County
Sheriff's Department, the Mayor and Village Board.

The "Crimson Bonnets" - local chapter of the Red Hat Society!

The Pop Warner Cheerleaders led the players.

There were High School floats,

the WCS Saxaphone Ensemble played,

and about fifty antique and classic cars gleamed

As one Parade ended, another began .........


(and we have heard that they ran out!)

In the center of the village, at exactly 8:32, - A.M. or P.M., take your pick! - Rotarian Larry Hitchcock opened the Dedication Ceremony of the Waterville Rotary Club Centennial Clock.

Other speakers included Charlotte Parks and Peg O'Dowd speaking about the importance of Rotary membership to those who belong and to the communities in which they live.

(The dedication took place at 2:00 P.M..
The electric clock will be activated when the Victorian lamp posts have
all be installed and power to them is turned on later this Fall.)

It was, all in all, a wonderful, bright day - and one that will probably be called, from now on, "the FIRST annual 'Cruise In to Waterville!' "