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Food, Food, Food for Everyone!

 At 4pm on Saturday May 25th:
Patriot Pizza Eating Contest sponsored by Ciccinos Pizzeria!

Food-Tents

 FOOD CONCESSIONS: 

Food Vendor list:

LAFAYETTE PARK FOOD VENDORS

Committee/Rotary tent- Burgers, hot dogs, pizza, sausage
Riblicious BBQ food truck
Dars Delights Ice cream
G G concessions- Hawaiian shaved ice
Dom’s original – fried food, fried dough, steak sandwiches
Brittany’s lemonade
Sugary Delights Cotton Candy
Dandy Sandy Cheesecake on a stick
Cayuga Lake Creamery-ice cream

Till it’s gone food truck-Oak Island

Please Support our Veterans Organizations:

Saturday May 25th

7-10am Breakfast – AT Waterloo American Legion

Sunday May 26th

8-11am Breakfast – AT Waterloo VFW

For more information please contact:
Conrad Struzik- 315-246-3041
email: Castruzik@gmail.com

The culinary tent is being organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Stop by and see what’s cooking!

CULINARY TENT SCHEDULE

All activities take place in the Cornell Cooperative Extension Culinary Tent
located in Lafayette 
Park

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Culinary tent will have lots of great information about food and nutrition throughout the weekend, plus gardening, agriculture, recycling, and youth programming from CCE.  Stop in for some tips and recipes.

Celebrate Commemorate Parade Saturday May 25th

Waterloo Remembers

Click here for Some Suggested Parade Etiquette for those attending the 2024 Parade

Parade Co-Chair – Sarah Smolinski    315.745.9928    sarahemcmaster@yahoo.com

The parade will line up at 10:30 a.m. and step out promptly at 11 a.m. for the march down Main Street.

Parade Line Up

Celebrate Parade Float Contest


Slideshow of the 2018 Parade

Printable – Celebrate Commemorate Parade Line-Up

Freedom Parade

This year’s honor float in the Freedom Parade pays tribute to our men and women who have served.  Come watch the Romulus Girl Scouts come together to carry a large flag down main street in honor of all military men and women who have served and are still serving.  We welcome anyone who would like to join us in this great opportunity.

A float by Girl Ccout Troop 60562 will honor all veterans.  Any Vet who would like to ride on the float is invited to call Sarah Smolinski at 315-745-9928 or Nicole Hunsberger at 315-719-5247.

Veterans will follow in cars, motorcycles and especially buses from the VA hospital in Canandaigua.  Those who want to drive their own cars must have at least three people in the vehicle.  Following the parade, vets will be hosted at a chicken barbecue lunch at the VFW.  Please RSVP to Karen Lewis at 315-651-9513 to allow the VFW to plan for enough food.

Groups that have been in the parade before, know what fun it can be.  Once again, there will be divisions for military and officials; youth organizations, schools and families; churches, senior citizens and organizations; and vehicles.  The Civil War and American Revolutionary War re-enactors will have a “parade within a parade.” Watch for special “dignitaries” in this year’s parade including US President Abe Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.  The very popular Hit Men Brass Band will join Downbeat Percussion, Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps, the Waterloo Central School Band and the Finger Lakes Pipes & Drums in the lineup this year.

Bring your chair and wave a flag to honor our vets and community stars!

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The Cornell Cooperative Extension Culinary Tent

“The Culinary tent is a great resource to learn about foods grown and produced locally in Seneca County and the surrounding Finger Lakes area,” said CCE Executive Director Ave Bauder. “The public is invited to taste delicious samples, while getting new recipes and nutrition tips.

Saturday will feature a variety of presenters offering tasty samples.
Sunday will offer a Jr. Iron Chef Competition.  Check it out.

Click below to enlarge The Cornell Cooperative Extension Culinary Tent printable schedule

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Culinary tent will have lots of great information about food and nutrition throughout the weekend, plus gardening, agriculture, recycling, and youth programming from CCE.  Stop in for some tips and recipes.

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CULINARY TENT SCHEDULE

All activities take place in the Cornell Cooperative Extension Culinary Tent

SATURDAY, MAY 25th

10:00 Blender Bike your way to Healthy Breakfast Smoothies. Take a spin on Lafayette Park our blender bike provided by the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC) grant. Sample a healthy smoothie made with local products, learn new recipes from SNAP-ed, and tips to start your day right from CCE Nutrition Educators.  

11:30-1:00 Dairy! Milk, ice cream, butter, cheese, yogurt…yum! Lafayette Park Come taste some dairy samples, learn more about how dairy products are produced, recipes, and nutritional benefits.  You may even get to practice milking a cow. We will be making homemade whipped cream and taste sampling it with locally grown strawberries.

1:00- 2:00 Farm to School Recipes and Samples It’s not the cafeteria food you Lafayette Park

remember! CCE is working with NYS Dept of Ag & Markets and our local school districts to bring more local products and produce into school cafeterias. Try some Farm to School recipes, check out our apple slicer and learn more about this exciting program.

  2:00 – 3:30 Master Food Preservation Demonstrations. Lafayette Park Master Food preservers will be demonstrating how to safely preserve foods in peak flavor and freshnessat home, including making pickles. Recipes and food samples will be provided. Want to become a Master Food Preserver yourself? Come talk with us.

  3:30 –    5:00 Growing and Cooking with Fresh Herbs. Lafayette Park Learn how to grow fresh herbs at home and how to incorporate them into your  food. Recipes, samples, and seed starting materials will be provided.

SUNDAY, MAY 26h

  9:00 –   12:00 Learn how to Rethink Your Drink with 4-H! Lafayette Park Sample some healthy ways to stay hydrated as the weather warms up.

12:00 –     4:00 7th Annual 4-H Junior Iron Chef Competition! Open to teams of Middle Lafayette Park and/or High School Students.  Watch youth repurpose vendor food from the festival into something different and compete to go on to the NYS State Fair. Celebrity judges!

For a complete list of events at our Culinary Tent, go to our website at: www.senecacountycce.org

2023 Henry Welles Award

The Henry C. Welles award honors those individuals who
“embody the character and commitment of the founder of Memorial Day toward the betterment of our community.”

YouTube Playlist of Henry Welles Award Winners 2009-2023

The Waterloo Library & Historical Society is proud to announce the 2023 Henry C. Welles Awardees are Dave and Darlene Duprey. The annual event will serve to kick off the Celebrate Commemorate weekend starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26 in WLHS’s newly renovated Fatzinger Hall. 

Dave and Darlene are lifelong stewards of the Waterloo community. They started their business, Duprey Video productions, in 1989. They have been married for 47 years, raising their 3 children in Waterloo and now have 3 grandchildren. 

Together the Duprey’s have produced valuable footage for events all over the community and started their YouTube channel in 2019 WaterlooNYtube to share their decades of documentation. They have worked tirelessly on community projects including the downtown interactive map, walking tours, the historical mural, and the healing fields. They are active members of the Real Christmas Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Queen of Peace Apostolate, the St. Frances and St Clare Roman Catholic Parish pastoral Council and more. Dave and Darlene are founders of Waterloo in Bloom which provides plants and flowers for downtown including Vern’s Way, the Memory Bank, and Dempsey Park beautifying downtown. 

As if doing all of that wasn’t enough individually the Duprey’s continued their commitment to service. Darlene served on the St. Mary’s Parent club for 17 years, chaired the St. Mary School yearbook committee for 8 years and co-chaired the St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar.

Dave was a village trustee for 20 years also serving as Deputy Mayor. While serving Waterloo he focused on Oak Island and its connection to downtown, improving the Village website as well as the American Civil War Memorial and the Cay-Seneca Canal Trail. He was also the past President of the Waterloo Business and Professional Association. Dave was imperative to the founding of the Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day events in 2000 and has been a Co-chair for the past 20 years. Dave truly understands the true meaning of Memorial Day. During his long served time on the committee he ensured a constant connection to Veteran Organizations. During event planning as to always honor those who lost their lives while serving. 

Like many other previous award winners the Duprey’s contributed to our community without an expectation of recognition. When they were told that they were chosen for this award they were shocked. They are proud to be listed among those they have looked up to for many years. Dave said he “felt extremely honored and lucky to have his wife by his side to accept this award as she supported him along the way.” Darlene has “enjoyed playing a part in promoting our wonderful community and preserving its history” 

To find out more about this and other events hosted by the Waterloo Library & Historical Society, contact 315-539-3313, waterloolib@gmail.com or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/waterloolhs.

The Hit Men

Saturday May 27th 12:00 – 12:20 pm
Lafayette Park Stage

Come & join us for a great show in LaFayette Park following their performance in the Celebrate Commemorate Parade at 11:00 am!

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Here they’re playing “How much is that Doggie in the Window”

The Hit Men are a group of good fellas who come together from all parts of the New York area. They provide a performance that combines both the musical and the theatrical. Their show stopping demeanor means they provide the best entertainment around. Look around the site, and if you see what you like get a hold of us. If not then we’ll take care of yah. hitmen

Fritz Klein as President Abraham Lincoln May 26th-28th

Klein’s portrayal of Lincoln brings this American icon to life. He bears a striking physical resemblance to Lincoln. His programs are thoroughly researched, historically accurate, and blend Lincoln’s humor with his great humanity. His ability to adapt to any audience and adapt his program’s content to your theme means that you are guaranteed to walk away with new insight into the man and a genuine sense that you have been with Lincoln himself.

To prepare for a performance, it takes about an hour with costume and make-up. However, if you happen to have Lincoln in mind, his natural resemblance to Abraham Lincoln can be quite convincing. Several years ago when visiting Washington D.C. he created something of a stir when he walked into Ford’s Theater, the place where Lincoln was shot. Though Klein was dressed in ordinary street attire, with his 6’3″ height and Quaker beard one woman screamed outright when she looked up to see him casually strolling down the stairs.

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Actor Fritz Klein of Springfield, Illinois has been a professional actor and speaker for many years. His portrayal of Lincoln brings this American icon to life. Klein brings striking physical resemblance as well as historical accuracy, acting ability, humor, and relevance to the audience. Productions vary in content and length according to the need and character of the audience, but you will come away with new insight and the sense that you have been with Lincoln himself. Klein was first asked to portray Lincoln after performing as Lyman Beecher in a local history pageant in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i where he lived at the time. After a number of requests for repeat performances, he decided to begin extensive research in order to write a one-man production on Lincoln. That production has led to many others. He has since performed as Lincoln in 38 states and internationally as well. He and his wife Linda now reside in Springfield, Illinois where he performs at the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, as well as many other venues around the country. In the summer Klein plays Lincoln in a variety of venues in a program called “History Comes Alive. In 2011 Klein was featured in the National Park Service’s recreation of Lincoln’s Inaugural Journey, travelling from Springfield to Washington, DC. and performing for some 5,000 people enroute. Klein portrayed Lincoln in a feature entitled “Lost River” and four History Channel Lincoln Bicentennial spots, as well as the award-winning Lincoln film at the Lincoln Home National Park “Journey to Greatness” by Aperture films of Los Angeles. On President Obama’s Inauguration night, Klein was Lincoln in the first American showing of a German film called “Lincoln’s Last Night” produced by VIDICOM of Hamburg and again featured at the Smithsonian for the 2013 Inauguration. Klein was also featured in the 2013 Ford’s Theater exhibit put together by History Channel. Klein has also done numerous documentary and feature films for National Geographic, Discovery and History Channel including “Stealing Lincoln’s Body”, “Lincoln’s Secret Killer”, and “American Mastermind”. In 2013 the Smithsonian film, “Lincoln’sWashingtonWar” aired in 2013, on the Smithsonian Channel, and he appeared on National television with “Larry the Cable Guy”. In April 2015 a new documentary “Lincoln’s Last Day” aired on the Smithsonian Channel. Recent plays include a 2012 role in the Pulitzer – Prize nominated production “The Heavens Are Hung in Black” by James Still, and a 2014 appearance with actor Carlo Garcia in “Of Mutual Interest – Lincoln and Mexico” before Illinois Governor and delegates from Mexico. In the Fall of 2014 a new Ken Bradbury play about Lincoln’s assassination called “Last Full Measure” opened at Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. That play will continue to run in locations around the country through 2016.

President Abraham Lincoln (Fritz Klein) speaks at the American Civil War memorial in Waterloo, New York. As keynote speaker at the annual Illumination Ceremony, He was asked to make some comments about the battles at Gettysburg and his part in the dedication of the cemetery. His comments conclude with his famous Gettysburg Address, recited as only the President could.
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Memorial Day Post Covid Bike Rally

MONDAY MAY 29th, 2023 

Lead by The Patriot Guard Riders of NY and Waterloo Legion Riders
Sponsored by Molly M. Headley Insurance & Sessler Companies
Ride with us through the beautiful Finger Lakes Region this Memorial Day
and show your support for those who served to protect our freedoms! 

Return to the Waterloo VFW for a Buffet Lunch!
ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT New York Patriot Guard Riders, Waterloo VFW,
Waterloo American Legion and Celebrate Commemorate Event

 8:00am – 10:00am -Registration at Waterloo VFW, 29 E. Elisha Street, Waterloo
10:00am –   2:00pm -Scenic Ride through the Finger Lakes Region
 2:00pm -Return to Waterloo VFW for a Buffet Lunch 

Questions? Chris Shaffer 315-719-8106
e-mail: chris@sesslerwrecking.com

2023 Biker Registration Form

EXTRAVA”CAN”ZA 2023-Sat. May 27 & Sun. May 28

You can help the Waterloo Rotary Club fight hunger locally by joining us in a little friendly competition called EXTRAVA”CAN”ZA 2023. The goal is to stock the shelves of a local food pantry (of your choice) with non-perishable food items (canned or boxed food) in May.  Our goal is to collect 4000 non-perishable items.

What’s involved? Organize a team to collect food items and use the items to build a structure at the Waterloo Community Center on May 26 and be displayed May 27 and 28. Rules and tips for building a structure are on the reverse side of this form.  Most importantly, be creative and have fun!

How do You get involved? Register your team by completing the form below and returning it to us along with a $10 fee to be donated to Hunger Initiatives by May 15, 2023. Your structure must be built on Friday, May 26 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm (other times on Friday can be arranged) and ready for display on May 27 and 28. Winners in several prize categories will be recognized, including a People’s Choice award!

On Sat. May 27 and Sunday, May 28 anyone may visit the displays to browse and/or to vote from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Sat. and 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on Sunday. Votes are 10 for $1.00.  

Food must be picked up at 3:00 by the food pantry named.  Uncollected donations will be donated to Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency.

Waterloo ExtravaCANza registration forms & Guidelines

EXTRAVA”CAN”ZA 2023

Rules & Guidelines

  • Aluminum food cans or boxed food of all sizes may be used.
  • Cans must be full, unopened, with labels intact and legible. FOOD MAY NOT BE BEYOND THE BEST BUY/ BEST USED BY/EXPIRATION DATE.
  • Labels may not be covered or altered in any way.
  • Do not place tape anywhere on the can’s label. During take down, the tape may pull the label from the can. A can with no label cannot be taken to the food pantry.
  • Accessory props are allowed; however, props and boxes should not be a dominating feature of the entry.
  • No glass containers, pet food, alcoholic beverages, open or exposed foods are allowed.
  • Velcro and clear tape may be used as adhesives but remember to not cover the label.
  • Teams are allowed to place colored paper discs on the tops of cans.
  • No permanent adhesives, such as glues, may be used.
  • Leveling or supporting materials are permitted.
  • Please create a large “professional” sign telling the public and the judges who you are and about your structure. The sign should have any information pertinent to your structure that will help draw the judges’ and public’s eye to your display as described. This sign should also contain information on the number of items used, cost of your build and the name of the Hunger Initiative you have chosen to receive the food.
  • Each team may dismantle their own on Sunday, May 29 at 3:00 p.m. If you do not, Waterloo Rotary will dismantle it. Props must be picked up at 3:00 p.m. on May 29. If Waterloo Rotary dismantles the structure, no props will be returned.  Someone from the group you have chosen as the recipient should pick up the food on Sunday, May 29 from 3-5 pm.  Food not picked up will be donated to Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency.  
  • This year’s theme is “Waterloo Remembers”.
  • Judges will be looking for displays for the following categories:

         Best Meal
         Most Creative
         Best Theme
        People’s Choice

Judging will be based on design, overall conception, imagination, and creativity based on the rules. Entries will also be judged based on practicality of the foods used. What do we mean by practical? That means a build using more protein-rich foods and less Kool-Aid would do better than one made completely out of Doritos.  Our goal here is to feed the hungry well; remember that when selecting building materials.

  • All awards will be presented on Monday, June 6, 2022 at the Waterloo Rotary Club dinner meeting at  Ciccino’s in Waterloo at 6:00 p.m. 
  • The People’s Choice winner will be determined by the EXTRAVA”CAN”ZA 2020 structure with the most votes from the community. Community voting will take place on Sat. May 28 and Sun. May 29 at the Community Center.  To vote, community members will need to buy tickets (10 for $1) and place them in the container by the structure of their choice.  

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