Wednesday May 18th the musical entertainment
Featured: Waterloo High School & Middle School Jazz Band, Cayuga Sax; Concert Choir; Varsity Ensemble; Tribal Acapella.
Families enjoyed the chicken BBQ, cotton candy and baked treats while listening to the talented students on a beautiful evening.
Sponsored by the Waterloo Music Boosters
Saturday May 21st
198th US Army Band Concert Celebrating Armed Forces week performed at the Waterloo Sr High Auditorium to the delight of a good crowd and received a standing ovation for their patriotic selections.
Hosted by the American Legion Family
There have been a few revisions in the Living History Schedule as this event continues to evolve. Please see the links below for updates.
Also we regret to say that due to health issues with one of the miniature horses they will not be able to provide rides at Oak Island this year.
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It was a beautiful night at Lafayette Park in Waterloo with families enjoying the music by The Cool Club. Special Thanks to Generations Bank for their sponsorship of these concerts so they can be provided as free entertainment to the community as part of the 150th Anniversary of Memorial Day events in Waterloo!!
Ever wonder how Waterloo came to hold its first Memorial Day observance that led to the village becoming the official Birthplace of Memorial Day?
The one-act play, “Our Great Heritage” will be performed one time only at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, (the original Memorial Day) in the Waterloo Library’s Fatzinger Hall, 31 East Williams Street.
The play will be preceded at 6 p.m. by a prelude of live Civil War music, a reception featuring grazing stations by Ciccino’s Restaurant, and a silent auction. Several wartime exhibits will be on display as well. Tickets are $20, available at the library or at the door the evening of the performance.
“Our Great Heritage” is a retelling of the roots of Memorial Day. It was written in 1966 by Waterloo High School teacher Don Whitman, Waterloo guidance counselor Don Eshenour, Christine Lucas and historian John Becker to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of Memorial Day.
Steve Duprey will direct the updated play. The cast includes Cindy Duprey, Ave Bauder, Tina Bauder, Nathaniel Bauder, Bob Bittner, Stuart Sewell, Aaron Landcastle, Jared Pierce, and Ellie Stearns.
Duprey said he is excited to produce the play not only because of its significance to the history of Waterloo but because “Don Whitman, the lead author, was my high school director and a tremendous influence on me when I was in school. I owe a great deal to him even today.”
The play is really all about the “why” of Memorial Day, Duprey said. “It’s about a group of visionaries who believed it’s not only important to remember, it’s also important to know WHY we remember. It obviously serves as a pat on the back to the people of Waterloo and to Henry C. Welles in particular, but it’s more than that. It’s an important part of our identity in a national sense.”
Duprey said the cast has worked hard to bring the play to life in a way that is emotional as well as informational. “That’s not an easy thing to do when dealing with cold hard facts,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure working with them.”
Celebrate Commemorate events will be May 27-29.
The 150th observance of Memorial Day will be on May 30.
Always a popular feature, the passenger trains have returned to Celebrate Commemorate. Waterloo Rotary Club will sponsor this year’s train schedule in cooperation with Finger Lakes Railway. Profits will benefit Rotary community projects. Refreshments will be available to purchase.
The trains will make 1.5-hour trips to the village of Cayuga and return. They will leave from behind Lafayette Park at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $20 for passengers age 3 and older. Children age 2 and under who sit on an adult’s lap can ride for free.
And, each train will have entertainment!
On the 1 p.m. train, Steven and Cindy Duprey and Tina Bauder will sing Civil War songs, inviting passengers to sing along.
The very popular Gib Young as President Teddy Roosevelt will be aboard the 3 p.m. train with musical entertainment by Merry Mischief .
The Freedom Parade on Saturday, May 28 is always one of the highlights of Celebrate Commemorate. And this year’s parade promises to be bigger and better than ever. As always, the parade will step off at 11 a.m. for the half-mile march down Main Street. Come early to be sure to find a space along the curb or get a group together and join the line of march.
Co-chairs Kaaren Gerlach and Doris Wolf have announced that this will be their last effort. ”Since we are retiring after 17 years, and Waterloo is commemorating the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, we wanted to make this year especially memorable, “ said Wolf.
The parade will have more bands, more military groups, more animals and more fire departments than ever before, added Gerlach.
There will be six divisions, with more than 16 fire departments making up a new division. This year’s parade will be led by a color guard of veterans representing all the branches of the US military, graduates iof the Waterloo High School class of 1966. The color guard is under the direction of Stan Grela.
The parade honors the Sampson WWII Navy Vets color guard and all WWII vets, who will ride on a float constructed by the Romulus Scouts under the leadership of Becky Jessup. The float will be accompanied by the US Navy National Guard and escorted by more than 100 members of the International Drum Corps Champion Mighty St. Joe’s Drum and Bugle Corps from Batavia.
Other outstanding musical groups featured in the parade will be Waterloo High School Marching Band, Albion High School Band, Excelsior Cornet Band, Towpath Volunteers of Palmyra-Macedon, Finger Lakes Pipes and Drums, Downbeat Percussion, the 319 Army Band of New York and the ever-popular Hit Men. Additional high school bands also may join the parade.
What would a parade be without animals? Waterloo’s parade will have the war dogs from Auburn, Brody’s Boot Camp dog drill team, Muranda Cheese Farm marching Holstein cow, Meadville Farm goat corps, adoptable pets from Beverly Animal Shelter, 4-H obedience dogs and Sal, the Cay-Sen Trail (fiberglass) mule.
Favorite groups will of course return, including the wounded warriors from the VA hospital in Canandaigua accompanied by the Patriot Guard and the American Legion Riders, the Freedom Village contingent including the Iwo Jima float, the “parade within a parade” of American Revolution and Civil War reenactors, and Presidents Lincoln and Roosevelt. The Skoi Yase school children and Rising Star Twirling Corps are always a delight. This year the Boy Scouts from the Finger Lakes will carry the 50 state flags from the VFW.
Businesses and community organizations will be represented including floats by many of the village’s churches, Fuzzy Guppies, Red Cross Donut Dollies, Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Adult Day Health program, Seneca ARC, the LunaChicks Roller Derby team, the TRAC Team with a float with 150 American Flags in honor of the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, the Suffragists from Peterboro and the 50th reunion WHS Class of 1966. Veterans groups will include the Vietnam Veterans, Army National Guard, Honor Flight, Walter Young’s WWII Jeep, and WWII veteran Irv Buchholz and his musical car. Vehicles will include tractors, cars, Woodies and fire engines.
Many other groups and some surprises will delight parade goers. “As we always say, everyone is welcome!” said Wolf
Have you ever wished that you could talk to President Abraham Lincoln?
Do you wonder what Generals Grant and Lee were thinking about when they met at Appomattox Court House to sign the peace treaty that ended the Civil War? What was life like as a slave?
Now is your chance! All the dignitaries and presenters who will be at Living History during Celebrate Commemorate for the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day will take questions from the press and public. The press conference will be at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, May 28, following the parade. It will be behid the Waterloo Community Center on Oak Street. Follow signs to the Presenters Tent.
The press conference will be moderated by veteran newswoman Doris Wolf. The public is urged to attend with questions for the participants. After the event, the participants will be available for photographs and autographs.