Saturday, September 17, 2011

Hey-We're Having a Parade In The Burgh-And You're All Invited:'

   Break out the cheap, overpriced plastic blow up toy's -- it's time for the 36th annual Uncle Sam Day Parade. John Rustin is putting in his wooden parade teeth for the big day, and  Shirley Kelly & Gus Demars are waiting for their yearly convertible ride down 5th Ave like 2 kids on Christmas morning. The point I'm trying to make is that the entire committee works very hard to plan this yearly celebration, and all feel a weight lifted off their shoulders, once the parade is underway. Committee members include, Bill & Alta Reynolds - who also nurture the Ms. Uncle Sam Pageant like doting parents, four term former Lansingburgh Councilman Mark Wojcik, Nurse Darlene Simpson, octogenarians Shirley Kelly & Gus Demars (the last remaining Spanish American War Veteran),  Jim Gordon, Mike Golden, Nora & Susan Dwyer, Carol Coonrad, Kelly Hardy, Randy Demars, Jeff Zovistoski, and John Rustin Sr - who recently celebrated his 96th birthday and had a facelift.
  As you may have heard, thE Uncle Sam Festival at Knickerbacker Park WILL NOT BE TAKING PLACE THIS YEAR. Last year's terrible weather caused the committee to take a HUGE financial bath, and a decision to take a year off, to financially recoup and fundraise was made. There will be however, an Old Daley Chicken BBQ at Germania Hall from 2-5 p.m. So take a ride there to grab a dinner, and come on over to Powers Park for some entertainment, provided by the dynamic horn band, Vehicle. They have reunited for a one time performance to benefit the Lansingburgh Boy's & Girl's Club in this first time fundraising effort. We are asking that those attending bring at least one non perishable food item, which will be turned over to the food pantry at the B& G Club. A pretty cheap price for the quality of music you'll get to enjoy free, on what's being forecast as being a beautiful Fall day in the high 60's .If you'd like to see some video of them, visit my YouTube page at either, Troy NY Events, or vc894. - there's some killer video of them at both Powers Park  & Downtown Troy events. We'll have ice cream, festival foods, along with fried dough available at the park. Sorry folks -- no beer truck at this event. A  50/50 raffle will be held to benefit the club throughout the day.       
   So join us for the celebration of Uncle Sam Wilson's birthday -- come on down and Enjoy Troy -- and check out John Rustin's wooden parade teeth!

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