Caroline Martin, a geologist and a member of the Warwick Community Center Board, remembers races held in a grassy square in her native city of Dublin, Ireland. As the Board was in the early planning stages for their Family Day, she wanted to bring a bit of Ireland to the Village.
“It was wonderful,” said Martin. “Kids of all ages would run and have the time of their lives. And their parents, grandparents, and friends would be around the square cheering them on.”
So, with Martin’s childhood the inspiration, Family Day will be held on Sun., Jun. 23 at the Warwick Community Center, located at 11 Hamilton Ave. in Warwick. The day will feature races, some standard, some quirky, for boys and girls, men and women from age two to adult.
The day will begin at noon with the Village of Warwick’s third annual Bicycle Parade. Children and adults will begin lining up at Welling Ave. and Campbell Rd. at 11:30 a.m. and the noon parade will travel down Welling, then Orchard St., ending back at the Community Center.
There, the Orange County Bicycle Club will hold a “rodeo” with cyclists weaving in and out of orange cones. All participants must wear a helmet. Specialists will also be on hand to tune up bikes and talk about bicycle safety.
The Bicycle Club has also donated certificates to Barry’s Bikes, located at 5 Oakland Ave. in Warwick, worth $250 each. One bike certificate is for a girl and the other is for a boy. Healey Chevrolet in Middletown also donated a $250 ticket that can be used for anything at Barry’s. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the center before the event or during it. Winners do not have to be present.
The cost is $3 for adults and children and allows the guest to enter as many races as they like. There will be six age categories and the races will include a 100 meter, a 200 meter, an egg and spoon race, a sack race, and a family relay. Medals will be handed out for first, second, and third place finishers. Following the bike rodeo, in the 3 Pines Nature Place, there will be a scavenger hunt for the real little children.
To help raise money for the center, which has served people of all ages since the 1980s, several businesses in the region have donated gifts that will be auctioned off by veteran auctioneer Tony Houston. They include a week at Camp Warwick, two New York Mets tickets, a jersey signed by soccer star Christian Fuchs, and horse riding lessons. Other items to be auction off include: Renegades minor league tickets plus parking;10 tickets and merchandise at the Warwick Drive-In; five free car washes at Warwick Car Wash; a free week at Camp Warwick, home or overnight; training at Hudson Sports Complex and a signed soccer jersey by Christian Fuchs; two one-year subscriptions to the Warwick Valley Dispatch; two defensive driving courses; two tickets to a Mets game; two five-hour pre-licensing courses; dinner for two at the Breezy Point in Greenwood Lake; Corinthian horse riding lessons; Quiet Creek Stables horse riding lessons; and an embroidered framed “one of a kind” piece.
The auction will be held in between and following the races. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers will be available throughout the day, along with drinks. The rain date for this event is Sun., Jun. 30.