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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: 

Support our Veterans!

Buffet breakfast at the VFW Saturday 7am – 10am
Buffet breakfast at the Legion Sunday 8am – 11am
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

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.

The History of Celebrate Commemorate in the Year 2000

Please join us for this video “Premiere”! Thursday May 23, 2024 at 7:00pm
(Click the image link below)

Celebrate Commemorate is enjoying its 25th anniversary this year – do you remember how it all got started?

Dave & Darlene Duprey have produced a video that recaps the 5 days of events that took place in May of 2000, which was originally thought to be a one year event to celebrate the turn of the century.“We filmed all the activities so we would be able to show the community involvement and just plain fun that was had by both those who volunteered and those that attended” they. 

Viewers will have fun spotting friends and family throughout the 57 Minute video.

There are clips of each of the entertainers & musicians, as well as craft vendors in the park, the duck race, the car show, boat rides, horse & wagon rides, civil war re-enactors, and the military services at St. Mary’s and Maple Grove Cemeteries. The parade features many veterans and school band members.

The highlight of Celebrate Commemorate 2000 was the attempt to put Waterloo in the Guinness Book of World Records for displaying the most American flags in a single town in one day. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H club members and anyone that participated in the flag count, might see themselves in the video!

The video can be viewed on YouTube during a special “Premiere” airing at 7 pm on Thursday May 23rd. This will be interactive on Youtube!

Please share this with anyone you know who was involved during the year 2000 or would just appreciate reliving this 5 day event.

Click the link below the image and be sure to click on the notification bell in the video window, to get a reminder 30 min. before the premiere starts!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlpBoHolgbM

The video will be available at Waterloonytube.com after the premiere.

2024 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 has announced the 2024 Henry C. Welles Awardee is Gina Suffredini. The annual event will serve to kick off the Celebrate Commemorate weekend starting at 6:00 p.m. on May 24th in the Library and Historical Society’s newly renovated Fatzinger Hall.

Suffredini, a 1976 graduate of Waterloo attended Herkimer County Community College then SUNY Geneseo where she graduated with a BS in Speech and Hearing and continued her education at Nazareth University receiving her Master’s degree in Education. She continued her passion for teaching in Waterloo for 30 years as a Speech and Language Therapist having a positive impact on students of all abilities earning her Waterloo Education Association Teacher of the Year. While working within the Waterloo Education Association Suffredini was the building representative, Secretary of the Teacher’s Union, served on the contract negotiations team, and even chief negotiator.

Suffredini is extremely active within her community serving 3 terms as an elected Village Trustee where she has been the First Woman Deputy Mayor, and served on numerous village committees including Public Safety, Personnel, Community Service, Department of Public Works, Water, and Sewer. She also has been involved in the revitalization efforts in downtown, village codes, the assessment team, and the the Village Police Department negotiations team. Suffredini also served as a liaison between the Waterloo School District and the Village of Waterloo.

She is a member of numerous community organizations, serving on executive committees, and has been awarded honors within many of them. Some of these committees are the Celebrate Commemorate Committee, Waterloo Rotary, Catholic Charities, Phi Beta Psi Sorority, Seneca County Retired Teachers Association, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life team, Catholic Daughters of the America’s, St. Frances-St. Clare’s Festival Committee, Trevor’s Gift Backpack Program, Rotary Camp Onseyawa Fundraising Committee, and more.

It is no surprise that someone as involved with so many aspects of the community would be chosen to receive the Henry C. Welles Award. When asked of her reaction to this honor Suffredini stated, “I am proud and honored to be among the list of so many past recipients. Promoting and sharing our historic community and rich history with current residents as well as future generations is important to me. I hope that the time and effort volunteering over the years has inspired others to become involved in community events and organizations so that we continue to preserve what is uniquely ours here in Waterloo.”

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.

Illumination and Remembrance Ceremony

The AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL 

Remembers the fifty-eight men of Waterloo who died in the Civil War (1861-1865) and recognizes all the soldiers and sailors who gave their lives in the conflict.

Ceremony at the American Civil War Memorial will be held on Friday, May 24, 20224 at 8:00pm. Located on the corner of Locust Street & South Virginia Street. https://www.americancivilwarmemorial.com

15th Annual Memorial Day Veteran’s Biker Rally

MONDAY MAY 27th, 2024

15th Annual Memorial Day Veteran’s Biker Rally

Sponsored by:
Waterloo Container and Sessler Companies

Lead by the Patriot Guard Riders of NY
and
The Waterloo Legion Riders

2024 Bike Rally Registration Form

One of the most popular features of Celebrate Commemorate is our annual Biker Rally. The rally will be held on Monday, May 27, and is expected to attract 300 riders. Entry forms are available here, or participants may register at the VFW, 29 West Elisha St., from 8 to 10 a.m. the morning of the ride. Led by riders of the New York Patriot Guard and  Waterloo Legion Riders, bikers from throughout the area are invited to join the “Ride for Respect” to pay tribute to our troops. Riders will leave the VFW at 10 a.m. under the direction of ride captain Nigel Heaton of the New York Patriot Guard Riders. They will return to the VFW by about 2 p.m. where a buffet luncheon will be available.

Friends and families are welcome to attend.  A merchandise table will offer souvenirs for sale.

ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT New York Patriot Guard Riders, Waterloo VFW, Waterloo American Legion and Celebrate Commemorate Event

EXTRAVA”CAN”ZA 2024-Sat. May 25 & Sun. May 26

You can help the Waterloo Rotary Club fight hunger locally by joining us in a little friendly competition called EXTRAVA”CAN”ZA 2024. 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 5000 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 24 and be displayed May 25 and 26. 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, 2024. Your structure must be built on Friday, May 24 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm (other times on Friday can be arranged) and ready for display on May 25 and 26. Winners in several prize categories will be recognized, including a People’s Choice award!

On Sat. May 25 and Sunday, May 26 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 2024

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 26 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 26. 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 26 at 3 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 3, 2024 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 2024 structure with the most votes from the community. Community voting will take place on Sat. May 25 and Sun. May 26 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.  

    Still Have Questions?

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!

Parade Participants Form

 

Verification

 

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.

CCESC

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