The Village of Warwick Sesquicentennial Committee is right on course to bring Founder’s Day to the community on Sat., Apr. 15. Exactly 150 years ago, on Apr. 15, 1867 the Village charter was passed by an act of the New York Legislature and signed by local leaders invested in the development of the Village. The foresight and initiative of these individuals provided the foundation that would allow for the meticulous and prudent local progress residents enjoy today.
Big plans have been laid and all are invited to attend the Founder’s Day celebration. With Founder’s Day falling on Easter weekend, the festivities will incorporate some traditional fun for the whole community. The day begins early at 10 a.m. sharp with a children’s Easter egg hunt in Veteran’s Memorial Park, located off of Forester Ave. This event is co-sponsored by the Warwick Fire Department and the Village Recreation Department. Children will be grouped by age for the hunt.
Easter Bonnet Contest, Egg Roll & Parade
The afternoon will kick off at 1 p.m. at Lewis Park with a classic Easer Egg Roll, sponsored by the Warwick Historical Society, and an Easter Bonnet Contest. The entire community is invited to participate. Families and friends may enter as teams or as individuals.
The Easter Bonnet Contest is a great opportunity to get creative. Participants will promenade their bonnets before a panel of judges and the Easter Bunny who will award prizes to winners in each category – infants, two to six, seven to 12, teens and adults, and senior citizens. All participants are invited to march in the Founder’s Day Parade.
The Founder’s Day Parade, which will include the Warwick High School Band, fire department, horses and carriage, vintage cars, and more, will step off at 2 p.m. from Church St. next to Lewis Park and continue down Main St. to the Railroad Green.
Reenactment of Village Signing & A Chance to Meet the Kid Mayor
Festivities will continue on the Green with a reenactment of the signing of the Village charter with Mayor Michael Newhard officiating. State and local dignitaries will be present and proclamations will be read. Brief local history from 1867, 1967 and 2017 will be delivered by Village historians.
The student winner of the “What Would You Do If You Were Mayor?” contest will be present to read his/her essay and to accept the role of Kid Mayor. A reception, complete with a toast and official cake cutting will follow.
Silent Auction on the Railroad Green
A silent auction will be held at the Railroad Green at 2:30 p.m. to raise funds for the Olde Time Family Fourth event that will be held on Tues., July 4 at the Warwick Valley Community Center. Some of the items at the auction include: two Warwick Drive-in packages that has two packets of tickets (11 movie tickets in each package), T-shirts, mugs, and a tote bag worth $150 each; two one month training introduction packages with uniforms for Chosun Taekwondo Academy worth $150 each; two CD’s of Willie Nelson and Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra signed by Sturr as well as a picture of his orchestra that he also signed; Defensive Driving Course with Plaza Driving School instructor George Arnott valued at $40; year subscription to the Warwick Valley Dispatch; half hour introductory piano lesson with Mike O’Neill valued at $25; and over 50 certificates and baskets representing local merchants, restaurants and services.
All are invited to mingle on the green and celebrate with cake and refreshments at 3 p.m. For more information visit www.Warwick150.org or the Village of Warwick, NY Sesquicentennial page on Facebook.