Story by Lourice Angie
The Village of Warwick, gathered with community members, families, and people of all ages on Sat., Oct. 14 at the entrance of Veterans Memorial Park in the Village of Warwick to bury the 2017 time capsule. The tradition is part of the Sesquicentennial Anniversary Celebration and a part of the unparalleled history that continues to persevere in the beautiful town of Warwick.
In 1967 the Village of Warwick celebrated its Centennial. Among the many memorable events, a time capsule was buried and marked at the entrance of Veterans Memorial Park. The Centennial committee selected twenty young children to serve on the Board of Trustees. Each person received a personalized letter with instructions that listed their duties.
Now, as the Village of Warwick celebrates its Sesquicentennial in 2017, the 1967 trustees have fulfilled their duties when they removed the contents from inside the time capsule last August. A new Board of Trustees have been appointed for the new time capsule which will be opened in 2067 for Village’s Bicentennial Celebration.
A total of thirty-five children have been appointed to perform duties on the 2017 Board of Trustees. The following children have been selected by the Village of Warwick Sesquicentennial Time Capsule Committee: Mya Joy Barbour, Carson Beers, Oscar Carew, Oscar Chambers, Phoenix Garrison Davis, Elizabeth Estella Delaney, Joshua P. Demarest, Erickson Devlin, Mikayla Ford, Sophia Fotino, Adeline Gallo, DJ Gardner, Caiden Gerstner, Kiera Ginley, Madelaine Graziadio, Sabrina Hoti, Abigail Kane, Abigail Luciano, Leila Maas, Daniel Alquezada Madero, Giovanni Madero, Connor Meigh, Aaron Milligan, Joshua Milligan, Gianfranco Muto, Finbar O’Connor, Kaiden Orenstein, James Patterson, Jr., A.J. Perron, Emerson Powers, Megan Scannello, Elle Schlichting, Fiona Suckow, Violet Tinnerollo, and Annabelle Wadeson.
Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this. Writing a letter to the future was a nostalgic moment for some. Many people expressed how emotional they’d become while writing to their children or loved ones in the future and trying to decide what items to include. For many, realizing that they might not or will not be around when the time capsule will be unearthed in 50 years for 2067 was something they’d never thought of before, until now. Others were happy they were leaving behind sentiments to be remembered for many years to come.
As the newly appointed children trustees arrived with their families at Veterans Memorial Park they were each asked to sign in, then they had their photo taken by Events Committee Coordinator Mary Collura who used an instant Polaroid film camera, and placed the photos into the time capsule. Children also received a gift bag.
A very large crowd began to form and everyone was eager to take photos of the historic moment, and a get a glimpse of the new time capsule. People were allowed to place letters and other small items into the capsule. There was delicious apple cider and donuts being offered to everyone while they waited, courtesy of Ochs Orchard.
Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard spoke to the large crowd and explained that there were two time capsules being buried this year. The first capsule was donated to the Village by the Warwick Valley Rotary. It was a lovely white cylinder shaped capsule with the Warwick Sesquicentennial logo inscribed on the outside and stood about two ft. tall. The second time capsule was created by the Village DPW who used the 1967 Time Capsule to create a smaller version. The second capsule was filled with artifact materials.
The new stone that will cover the capsule burial area was donated to the Village by Claire and Rocco Garcia, who also included the inscription at no charge. There is a third time capsule that will be buried at the end of the year during the Apple Eve celebration on the Railroad Green.
“It was donated to us by David Brandt, who is an architect and designer and he gave the Village the Time Capsule as a gift. The contents in that capsule will include all of the reference material of the Village Sesquicentennial including, graphics, photographs, brochures, and by waiting for this time capsule, by then, we will have the entire year to show for it and we’re excited about that,” said Mayor Newhard.
The Mayor then called upon the Chair of the Time Capsule Committee George Arnott, who welcomed all new trustees, their parents, and relatives and all who came to witness the historic event. On behalf of the Sesquicentennial Committee, he thanked all of the committee members – the Events Coordinator Mary Collura and Eileen Patterson and her son, Shea, for their hard work, and David Brandt as well as the Warwick Valley Rotary. Arnott gave a special thanks to DPW Supervisor Mike Moser and his crew for all of their help and to the Warwick Police Dept. He also thanked the Warwick Valley Dispatch, the Warwick Advertiser and WTBQ for all the coverage in helping to get the news out to the public throughout the year about all of the events. Arnott also thanked Mayor Newhard for his policy of including everyone.
Mayor Newhard then thanked Collura and Trustee Bill Lindberg. He gave special thanks to Mike Moser of the Village DPW saying, “You have been fantastic, I’m honored that you work so hard for our community.”
The time had finally come to bury the time capsules. They were buried together side by side. Mayor Newhard and Collura tightly sealed the capsule for the last time. Mike Moser and Chris Kane of the DPW lowered each of the capsule into a concrete vault where they will be preserved for the next 50 years.
The children trustees then received a chance to shovel dirt onto the structure with a shovel. Adults then began taking turns shoveling dirt into the hole, including the Mayor himself. Some people stood nearby, others got a little closer to get one last look at a moment in time buried for future Warwickians.