Parishville celebrating 200 years with music, fireworks, & much more Fri.-Sun.; parade Saturday at noon
Corrected at 6:40 a.m. Monday
By MATT LINDSEY
PARISHVILLE – Next weekend, the Town of Parishville will host a bicentennial celebration with a parade, live music, historical presentations, family activities, fireworks and more July 25-27.
Other entertainment planned includes inflatable bounce houses, a magic show, tug-of-war competition, softball tournament, 5k walk/runs and a sand castle competition.“Everything is free all weekend except for a small fee for the 5k runs and food,” according to event organizer Bob Wickwire.
An opening ceremony will take place Friday at the downtown gazebo featuring general remarks from Town Supervisor Rodney Votra, assemblyman Marc Butler and other local representatives.
“There will be two interpretive panels dedicated during the ceremony that will be placed alongside the gazebo,” says Wickwire.
There will be a dedication for the hamlet of Parishville and the St. Regis River, according to Wickwire.
A time capsule will also be placed in the town’s museum to be opened at a later date.
Other downtown activities scheduled for Friday include live music from Pat McGill and Handsome Pete’s Band, a chicken barbeque at the AmVets, a history of the town slideshow/video presentation, food, block dance and movie for children.
“The slideshow was first presented during the town’s birthday celebration in March,” he said.
The slideshow and videos were made by local radio personality Bob Larue and lasts about 15-20 minutes from start to finish, according to Wickwire. The presentation will run from 7 to 11 p.m. in the town hall.
Starting at 7 p.m. there will be a block dance with the River Mohawks Band, food concessions inside the fire station and a movie for kids in the town hall.
The slideshow presentation returns from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town hall.
A parade featuring floats, the Norwood Brass Firemen, Brockville Pipe Band, fire departments, clowns and girl scouts will start at noon.
The parade will begin at the top of the hill near the old town barns, travel down Main Street and turn left onto school street and finish at the firemen’s field on Rutman Road.
Downtown entertainment on Saturday includes live music from several bands all day long, interviews with older residents and a horseshoe tournament at the AmVets.
The firemen’s field will offer an array of things to do and see including a car show and concert, wine tasting, crafts and food.
Family activities will canvas the beach on Saturday with a children’s dirt run 5k and adult 5k walk/run planned in the morning. A water slide, bounce houses, obstacle courses, and clowns will entertain kids from 10 a.m. on with a variety of food offered all day long. Kids can dig for buried treasure at 2:30 p.m.
There will be a sand castle competition with cash prizes held from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Canoe and kayak races, a tug-of war competition and ice cream social will also be featured.
“The Jack Kelley Little Big Band will play during the old-fashioned ice cream social from 5 to 7 p.m.,” Wickwire said.
A dance for kids and families will take place at the arena from 7 to 11 p.m. featuring Dick Wickwire’s “Wired For Sound.”
A fireworks display can be seen around 10 p.m. on the river. Fireworks were primarily sponsored by the Masonic Lodge and NuMed in Hopkinton, according to Wickwire.
Activities conclude Sunday with an opening ceremony for a new county ATV trail at the firemen’s field at 9 a.m. An ATV run will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
A fiddler and bluegrass concert featuring the Barn Boys and Hickory Stump will be from noon to 4 p.m. downtown.
“We invite everyone to come out and celebrate our bicentennial…there will be something for everyone to enjoy,” Wickwire said.
The full event schedule is as follows:
Friday, July 25: Downtown activities, interview by Joan Thaler Dobie with older residents for a multi-media document on history of the town, museum, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; live music by Patrick McGill and Handsome Pete’s Band, 3-6 p.m.; chicken BBQ, AmVets, 4-6 p.m.; opening ceremony and dedication of interpretive panels, downtown gazebo, 6-7 p.m.; slideshow, video presentation of town’s history, town hall, 7-11 p.m.; food concessions, fire station, 7-11 p.m.; block dance with River Mohawks Band, 7-11 p.m.; movie for kids, town hall, 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, July 26: Downtown activities, coffee, doughnuts, town hall, 7:30-11 a.m.; food concessions, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; town history slideshow, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; parade, Main Street to firemen’s field, noon; horseshoe tournament, AmVets, 1-4 p.m.; interviews by Joan Thaler Dobie with older residents for multi-media document on town’s history, museum, 3-5 p.m.; Northern Music Stage Downtown, horse-drawn tours of hamlet and old Homes Bands, 1-5 p.m.; Ed McCarthy, Special Ed & Friends, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Generation Gap, older country, 2-5 p.m.; Long Time Gone, older rock & roll, 5-8 p.m.; Max Ryder Band, southern rock & blues, 8-11 p.m.; mini-soccer tournament, high school field, 4-7 p.m.; fireworks display on river, Jeff and Janie James’ home, 10-10:30 p.m.
Saturday July 26: Firemen’s Field activities, car show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; band concert after parade, 1-3 p.m.; High Peaks Winery, wine tasting, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; main concession stand, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; one-pitch softball tournament, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; firemen’s hall dinner, 12:30-3 p.m.; craft fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; bus transportation between venues, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, July 26: Beach activities, register for children’s dirt run/5K walk/run, 8-9 a.m.; children’s dirt run, 9-10 a.m.; 5K walk/run, 9-11 a.m.; water slide, obstacle course, sticky wall, bounce house, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; face painting, 1 p.m.; Cubby the Clown magic show, 1 p.m.; popcorn & snowcones, Parishville Integrated Ladies Auxiliary food concessions, after-prom committee, 1-4 p.m.; Pirate’s adventure pirate ship on the beach, 2 p.m.; buried treasure hunt, sawdust pile, 2:30 p.m.; sand castle competition, 2:30-4 p.m., judging 4 p.m., cash prizes; canoe/kayak races, register by 1 p.m., drop off canoe by 1:30 p.m.; races 3-5 p.m.; tug-of-war competition, 4:30 p.m.; different age groups; ice cream social, 5-7 p.m.; Jack Kelly Little Big Band, 5-7 p.m.; family dance, Dick Wickwire’s “Wired For Sound,” arena, 7-11 p.m.
Sunday, July 27: Downtown, fiddler/bluegrass concert on Northern Music Stage featuring the Barn Boys and Hickory Stump, noon-4 p.m.
Sunday, July 27: Firemen’s Field, opening ceremony for new county ATV trail, 9-9:30 a.m.; ATV run on new trail, 9:30 a.m.-noon.