Story by Lisa Rice
Elizabeth Knight Moss was named Queen for a Day at the 22nd annual Warwick Ladies Night on Thurs., Aug. 22. The annual crowning is sponsored by the Warwick Merchants Guild and the recipient is chosen based on her community service and volunteer efforts.
During heavy rain with lightning bolts slashing across the sky, Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard, with Zach Wasiluk holding an umbrella and cell phone light, read Deanne Singer’s letter nominating Moss to be crowned Queen for a Day.
“What an impact she’s made on our town since she arrived. She truly wants to make the world a better place for others. Please consider Elizabeth for this honor,” Newhard read from Singer’s letter, referring to the fact that Moss moved to Warwick from Damascus, PA six years ago.
Since moving to Warwick she was a driving force behind several programs, including Too Good to Toss and Warwick’s Repair Cafe. She is also a volunteer with Sustainable Warwick and the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry, and the school district’s recycling program.
She is a speaker on WTBQ radio and a presenter at the Albert Wisner Public Library. Moss also hosted the chaperone for the Spain Summer Student Exchange program.
Before the mayor could continue his remarks, a spectator interrupted the mayor’s comments, and using the microphone to ask revelers under nearby tents to be quiet for the presentation, stating “This is a very momentous time. Please let us all hear it. Thank you.”
“I am always amazed and surprised at her creativity,” said Mayor Newhard, reclaiming the microphone. “To come up to a challenge and to face it and to do great things for our community. I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for our community and it’s always done with grace and aplomb.”
Women of Warwick Make Community Great
“This is the first time it’s really rained like this at this event,” Mayor Newhard stated before he acknowledged all the merchants who donated the many gifts that were given to Moss as part of her honor. “Corinne [Iurato] you are, ‘C’ for Corrine and ‘C’ for courageous. It’s the women of Warwick that really make our community great, we’re nothing without you.”
Moss thanked other volunteers who showed up when she said ‘I think this would be fun’. “Thank you, because without you in back of me, I’d be sitting home alone with my computer thinking what a swell idea and that’s as far as it would go.”
Moss was chosen, in part, based on her efforts to implement a Repair Cafe in Warwick, an event where people can bring a household item and get it repaired by a local volunteer. Moss closed her remarks by announcing that the next Repair Cafe would be held at the Warwick Senior Center, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick, on Sat., Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“If it’s broken, bring it in, we’ll see if we can fix it,” she said.
Mother Nature Didn’t Smile on Ladies Night
Unfortunately, the 2019 Ladies’ Night was a rain out for many frequent revelers. Plagued by recurring and, at times severe, rainstorms many vendors closed up early. This was quite a reversal from the 2018 Ladies Night, when event organizer Corrine Iurato stated, “I was so very happy we had beautiful weather. That makes or breaks this event.”
While this year’s weather did not “break” the event, it certainly dampened it.