Story by Danielle Barbour
The big day for the Village of Warwick Sesquicentennial celebration was Sat., Aug. 5, beginning with the much-anticipated opening of the 1967 time capsule at Veteran’s Memorial Park. People young and old gathered for the ceremony.
Joining the Village for the opening were Mayor and Mayoress Stephen and Christine Cross from Warwick, England. Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard spoke about how they did the digging ahead of time to be ready for this moment and they were surprised by the time capsule being encased in concrete, explaining that the wonderful people working for the Village Department of Public Works had the job of removing the capsule from the concrete. They placed the capsule back in the hole in order to pull it out in front of the crowd. The time came to do just that, so they lifted their bucket loader, which was attached to the time capsule with a chain, and pulled it out. Mayor Newhard said that the torpedo-shaped capsule was made from an old ammonia canister.
Once on the ground, Mayor Newhard carefully twisted open the capsule and was taken aback by what looked like asbestos stuffing. For his safety and the safety of the contents, he donned a pair of white gloves and dug in. After removing the asbestos looking content, some men stepped in to help him tilt it down to the ground. They laid a plastic sheet on the grass in front of the opening of the capsule.
Trustees of the 1967 time capsule committee began to remove the articles and place them on the plastic sheet. Letters, signs, newspapers, a plate, coins, and even tin foil came out one by one. The trustees took turns carefully pulling out the memorabilia. When the capsule was empty, members of the committee and Mayor Newhard lifted the sheet full of contents from the time capsule and walked it to a table under the tent. There, the committee, with white gloves on, took each item and placed them in buckets. They were brought to the building next door where they were cataloged and placed in plastic covers. After 12 noon, the public was allowed in to see the buried treasure.
Village of Warwick Trustee Eileen Patterson pointed a letter out to a few people that contained predictions of the future, accompanied by a penny and a toothpick wrapped in Saran Wrap. The letter stated that the toothpick was a cheek swab of DNA from an alien. Trustee Patterson said she was going to look into getting the DNA tested. A piece of tin foil all by itself was found and a man told the committee members that he put it in there because it was very popular at the time.
There were letters addressed to future members of the Town. One such letter was to the future Village Clerk containing photographs. Commemorative plates, coins, letters, and newspapers were spread out across the tables. The Village will decide how to best preserve these artifacts and whether they will be on display at the Albert Wisner Public Library or the Historical Society has yet to be determined.
The Village of Warwick will be burying a new time capsule in a few months. Community members are encouraged to write letters and put them in the drop boxes around town. One such drop box is placed at the Albert Wisner Public Library. The Village is also encouraging people to keep an eye out for announcements in local newspapers for the next community picture day. The date will be after school starts so that more families will be able to attend. They want this picture to have as many people from the town as possible so that the picture can be added to the time capsule. A new committee will be chosen to open it in 50 years at the Bicentennial celebration of the Village of Warwick in 2067.
The celebration continued with a big parade which lined up on Park Ln., and ended at Veterans Memorial Park on Forester Ave. The parade had some special features such as the Tetz family Clydesdales pulling the carriage carrying Mayor Newhard, his wife, Judy Pedersen, Kid Mayor Daniel Alquezada-Madero, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Warwick, England. The first baby born in the year 2017 at St. Anthony Community Hospital, Martin King Charles Paul Jr., and his family rode in a classic convertible. There was also a special performance by Queen Village Queens and amazing floats like the partying Historical Society float.
In addition, some fun kazoo playing by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows took place and the amazing artistry of the Warwick Summer Arts Festival artist was on display with a plastic bag dragon from Sustainable Warwick that was fought by the dragon slayer, Roger Moss. There were so many creative floats and an amazing turnout by local Emergency Services. The parade was long and the streets were lined with viewers.
At Veterans Memorial Park, there was a town-wide free BBQ. Hamburgers and hotdogs were served by local volunteers beneath a large tent with seats and tables for the community to sit and enjoy.
St. Anthony Community Hospital had a photo tent setup to take pictures of anybody who was born at the hospital. They gave out buttons, lollipops and bubbles to all who signed up to get their picture taken. A free copy of the photo was given away to anyone born at the hospital. Face painting for kids was offered by Let’s Face It, and local clown Oakie Dokie, made fun balloons for youngsters. The Otisville Mounted Unit had their horses available to the public for a meet and greet. Officer Cody Houghtoling, of the Otisville Mounted Unit, said that all of the horses were rescued and then trained to be used for guarding at the correctional facility in Otisville. His horse, Jack, is only five years old and the youngest of the group.
Two stages were set up for music and entertainment as part of the Warwick Summer Arts Festival. Attendees were able to enjoy music and dance while they waited for the fireworks, which commenced at 10 p.m. After the spectacular fireworks display, it was time to put an end to an amazing celebration that only comes around every fifty years. Happy birthday to the Queens Village, the Village of Warwick!
The first baby born at St. Anthony Community Hospital in 2017, Martin King Charles Paul, Jr., & his family traveled the parade route in a classic green convertible. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard addressed eager & excited community members during the unearthing of the time capsule. Photo by Jennifer O’Connor
The time capsule was carefully removed from the ground to be opened & explored by the community. Photo by Jennifer O’Connor
Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard opened the time capsule & carefully & meticulously removed the packaging from the opening of the capsule. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Members of the time capsule committee took turns removing the items with white gloves on. Photo by Jennifer O’Connor
Members of the time capsule committee took turns removing the items with white gloves on. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Anyone born at St. Anthony Community Hospital could get their picture taken, receive a pin, & keep a copy of their picture. Hospital staff also gave away lollipops & bubbles. Photo by Danielle Barbour
St. Anthony Community Hospital set up a photo booth, by Kimberly Connelly, Lori Greenberg, Barbara Demundo, Karen Kettler, Elizabeth Hopkins, & Laurie Motejl at the Community BBQ on Sat., Aug. 5. They are joined by baby Chase Roe. They took pictures of anyone born at the hospital. Photo by Danielle Barbour
The community gathered for a meal together under the big tent. Hot dogs & hamburgers with a side of slaw or macaroni salad were served with either a soda or water, free to all. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Volunteers cooked over three hot grills to serve over a thousand visitors. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Warwick’s own Patricia McMillan, a candidate for OC legislative district three, joined the volunteers serving food at the BBQ. She said she was honored to be asked to volunteer for the day. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Included in the recently opened time capsule was a letter addressed to the local newspaper. Photo by Jennifer O’Connor
George Arnott, the chairman of the time capsule committee, is all smiles as Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard introduces him to a round of well-deserved applause. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Chris Kane, Dalton Procak & “RIP” Robert Remo from the Warwick DPW await the moment to lift the time capsule from the hole. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Colin Chambers (from left), Oscar Chambers & Mya Joy Barbour pose with the time capsule & plaque. They are part of the next generation who will be coming back in 50 years to unearth what is put in the next time capsule. Photo by Danielle Barbour
A panoramic view shows the size of the crowd that gathered to watch the opening of the 1967 time capsule at the entrance to Veterans Memorial Park in Warwick. Photo by Danielle Barbour
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows played their kazoos to the National Anthem in front of the reviewing stand. It was a fun way to be patriotic & put a smile on everyone’s faces. Photo by Danielle Barbour
The Kid Mayor, Daniel Alquezada-Madero, was on hand to fulfill his Kid Mayor duties by being a part of the parade. Dressed to empress with his official sash, he looked on from the official’s box after arriving in a horse drawn carriage. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Letter boxes have been placed around the Village, including this one at the Albert Wisner Public Library, to collect letters for the next time capsule. The deadline has been extended for residents to submit letters & there will be another photo session in the fall for the Town Picture, which will be widely publicized. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Lisa Brennan (from left) was present when they buried the time capsule in 1967. Lisa is joined by her father-in-law, Phil Brennan & his girlfriend, Teri Pyrzynski, as they pose for a picture with the time capsule & plaque. Photo by Danielle Barbour
The reviewing stand was filled with honored guests & local officials, providing them with a great view of the entire parade. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Come paint the Town at the Warwick Historical Society’s Annual Wine, Cheese & Jazz event on Sun., Nov. 12. Pictured is the Historical Society’s float in the Sesquicentennial Parade last August. Dispatch photo file
The contents of the time capsule were placed in plastic covers & put on display next door in the American Legion Hall for people to view. They will be moved to either the Library or the Historical Society for future viewing after they are better preserved. Photo by Danielle Barbour
The Queen Village Queens, an all-girl drum & bugle corps, performed in front of the reviewing stand. Ken Durland wrote the Queens song many years ago & the returning Queens sang it for the crowd. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Rob Phillips was on the winning float & also helped build it with his dad back in 1967. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Sustainable Warwick joined the Warwick Summer Arts Festival’s marchers with their plastic bag dragon & their very own Roger Moss as the dragon slayer. Both organizations are under Community 2000, a non-profit organization here in Warwick that promotes organizations for the betterment of Warwick. Photo by Danielle Barbour
The Tetz Family farm brought two of their Clydesdale horses & a carriage to carry officials in the parade. Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard; his wife, Judy Pedersen; Kid Mayor Daniel Alquezada-Madero; the Mayor of Warwick, England Stephen Cross; & his wife, the former Mayoress, Christine Cross arrived at the reviewing stand in style. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Mayor Stephen Cross (left) & Mayoress Christine Cross, from Warwick, England, watched the parade from the reviewing stand in front of Village Hall. Union Jack flags were placed around the Village in honor of their visit. Photo by Danielle Barbour
Toni Pellegrino (right) & Joey Ciapara, with their dogs, Chewy & Mia, wait to find out what Toni’s brother put in the time capsule 50 years ago. Photo by Danielle Barbour
An “All You Can Eat” Roast Beef Dinner fundraiser will be held on Thurs., Dec. 3 at Engine Company 3 Warwick NY.
Horse Jack & his officer, Cody Houghtoling, along with other horses & officers from the Otisville Mounted Unit, were at Veterans Memorial Park for the Community BBQ on Sat., Aug. 5. Cody said the horses were all rescues, rehabilitated to work at the correctional facility in Otisville. Photo by Danielle Barbour
The Village of Warwick was decked out in red, white & blue, along with U.S. & English flags, in preparation for the Warwick Sesquicentennial Parade, held on Sat., Aug. 5. Photo by Amy Feldner Lawlor
The Warwick Fire Department Color Guard led the Sesquicentennial parade, held on Sat., Aug. 5. Pictured (from left) are: Andrew Lemin, Joe Ingui, John Kokulak, Brien Pennella, John Van Woudenberg & Kevin Columba (in the rear). Photo by Amy Feldner Lawlor
Among those representing the Queen Village Queens in the Warwick Sesquicentennial Parade, held on Sat., Aug. 5, was Evelyn Card, seated in the back, who for many years was a seamstress who created the Queens uniforms. Evelyn is a valued employee at the Warwick Valley Dispatch. Photo by Amy Feldner Lawlor
Warwick, England Mayor Steven Cross (left) & Mayoress Christine Cross are all smiles during the historic Sesquicentennial Parade held in Warwick on Sat., Aug 5. Photo by Lourice Angie
‘I feel happy & good about Warwick turning 150,’ said six-year-old Warwick Kid Mayor Daniel Alquezada Madero during the Sesquicentennial Parade held on Sat., Aug 5. Photo by Lourice Angie
Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard’s expression displays a great sense of pride & joy during the Warwick Sesquicentennial Parade held on Sat., Aug 5. Photo by Lourice Angie
Members of the Warwick Fire Department lead the way for the Sesquicentennial Parade held in Warwick on Sat., Aug. 5. Photo by Lourice Angie
Warwick Police officers Larry Finnerty (left) & Steve Pascal worked throughout the Sesquicentennial parade, directing traffic & ensuring the safety of parade goers. Photo by Lourice Angie
Warwick, England Mayor Steven Cross (right) lends a hand to Judy Pedersen as she steps out onto Main St. during the Sesquicentennial Parade held on Sat., Aug. 5 in Warwick. Photo by Lourice Angie
Local officials wave & smile at parade goers during the big Sesquicentennial Parade held in Warwick on Sat., Aug 5. Photo by Lourice Angie
The Queen Village Queens entered a float in the Sesquicentennial parade which featured a 1967 photo of the group & memorabilia from the championship all-girl Drum & Bugle Corps. Seated on the float were former director Mr. Hayden & musical director Ken Durland. Photo by Lourice Angie
Warwick Boy Scout Troop 45 rode on a float in the Sesquicentennial parade held on Sat., Aug. 5. Photo by Lourice Angie
The Queen Village Queens performed for local officials & dignitaries in front of the Village Hall during the Sesquicentennial Parade held in Warwick on Sat., Aug 5. Photo by Lourice Angie
The Village of Warwick celebrated 150 years with a Sesquicentennial Parade & arts festival on Sat., Aug 5, in Warwick. Photo by Lourice Angie
Warwick Valley FFA members wave as they make their way onto Forester Ave. during the Sesquicentennial Parade held on Sat., Aug. 5. Photo by Lourice Angie