Story by Katie Bisaro
Last summer colorful knitted “sleeves” were placed on tree trunks along Main St. in the Village to symbolize the “knitting together” of the community.
This year, Pat Foxx from Warwick Works, a collaboration of local artists, presented a new project for the trees on Main St.: “Trees That Speak.” Small sculptures made from recycled materials, each with an inspirational word on it, will be hung from trees on Main St. as well as Railroad Ave.
Inspirational Words to Be Inscribed
A comprehensive list of the words that will be put on the sculptures was given to the Village of Warwick Board of Trustees at their meeting on Mon., Jun. 18. To name a few, these words include: love, empathy, patience, trust, mindfulness, optimism, humanity, peace, compassion, friendship, generosity, gratitude, intuition, curiosity and several more conveying a similar message.
Foxx didn’t feel the words were controversial in any way and the Board did request that the project stay strictly to the words listed in her proposal.
Several local artists will be participating in the project creating the sculptures. The display will begin during the Summer Arts Festival in late July and will continue through the end of August. The sculptures will be small and securely hung, one per tree, in such a way as to not interfere with pedestrians.
Warwick Playground Dreams
Hannelore Chambers, representing Warwick Playground Dreams, the playground upgrade project for Stanley-Deming Park, updated the Village Board of Trustees about the proposed musical instrument features that are planned for the project.
Chambers was seeking feedback and input from the Board regarding the types of proposed percussive “instruments.” These pieces, which may include a xylophone, chimes, marimba and drum, would be placed on the far side of the playground, away from neighboring homes to lesson the potential sound impact.
Chambers explained that these musical features are important sensory elements for the inclusive playground, appealing to all who might play there. The instruments are very interactive and can also be soothing to some children.
Some pieces may be mounted on the sides of the new playground structures, while others may be free-standing, and all part of a “sound garden.”
In their discussion, the Board of Trustees noted that they would defer to the Playground Dreams group and those planning the playground as to which components to include. Chambers explained that the proposed pieces were well made of durable, long-lasting materials that will withstand use and weather.
Trustee Barry Cheney suggested that measurements be taken from the proposed location of the instruments to the nearest homes. From there, based on the decibel levels described for each piece, the sound impact could be determined to ensure it is below the Village’s sound ordinance levels.
Chambers agreed and also noted that the group is looking at pieces with lower tones to further minimize the sound.
Lion Drinking Fountain to be Installed
The first new addition to Stanley-Deming Park will be a whimsical lion drinking fountain donated by the Warwick Lions Club. The project is part of the Lions Club International Centennial celebration and will be installed at the park at the end of June.
July 4th Bicycle Parade & Pageant
The second annual Bicycle Parade and Pageant will take place on Wed., Jul. 4, at 10:45 a.m. The parade will begin at the Railroad Green and proceed to the Warwick Valley Community Center.
Trustee Bill Lindberg reported that there will be prizes for Best Vintage, Most Patriotic, and Most Unique. Participants are required to wear helmets.
If participants would like to stay for the events at the Community Center following the parade, the entry fee will be half price.
Merchant Guild Sidewalk Sale
Trustee Eileen Patterson announced that the annual Merchant Guild Sidewalk Sale would be taking place the weekend of July 7.
Village to Apply for Arts Grant
The Board of Trustees authorized the Village of Warwick to apply for funds, up to $5,000, through the 2018-19 County Executive Arts, Heritage and Tourism Grant program.
These grant funds are available for “arts, cultural and historical organizations and municipalities, arts venues and individual artists to support projects and events that take place in Orange County, are open to the public and promote tourism-related economic development.”
Originally, the Village was going to apply for funds for the Summer Concert Series held on the Railroad Green. However, financial support for that series has increased over the years and it is well-funded.
Winter Concert Series Proposed – Music & Conversation
After discussions between Mayor Michael Newhard, grant writer Linda Smith and concert series coordinator Bill Iurato, it was decided to apply for a grant to extend the summer series into a Winter Concert Series, for specific concerts that focus on “individual musical talent that is indigenous to [the Warwick] community.”
Similar to the Second Sunday Conversations held during the Sesquicentennial year, the concerts would be a series of “spotlights,” with conversations and music. These would only take place if the Village were to receive grant money to fund the events.
Mayor Newhard Congratulates Class of 2018
Mayor Newhard took time at the end of the Village Board meeting to congratulate graduates from the Class of 2018.
“Congratulations, ladies and gentlemen! You’ve got a future ahead of you and we wish you the best for next year whether you’re going to school, travelling or other things. Your life is ahead of you,” said Mayor Newhard.
Next Village Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Village Board of Trustees will take place on Mon., Jul. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall., located at 77 Main St. in Warwick NY.