Events celebrating 125 years
Patchogue Village’s 125th anniversary celebrations commenced earlier this week during the board meeting held on Monday, Sept. 10. Later tonight, the celebration will continue with a party hosted by the Long Island Advance at 89 North Music Venue, followed by a history day at the Patchogue-Medford Library and Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The party will feature live music, a Taste of Patchogue, sales of T-shirts, pins, Four Corners photos and glasses, as well as the first copy of the historic Advance’s special edition and a first taste of the BrickHouse Brewery’s Pop, Fizz, Clink 125th anniversary brew.
Saturday’s event will feature live historical tours, guided and self-guided, and a family scavenger hunt, created by children’s librarian Alyson Roselle, at the library between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Village historian Hans Henke will also be on hand to showcase a historical walk down memory lane displaying photos and maps. He will also be selling signed copies of his Patchogue books in the lower level of the library.
According to Roselle, who is also a member of the Greater Patchogue Historical Society, the scavenger hunt was originally created as part of the library’s hometown explorers group a few years ago and has since been revamped and changed to accommodate the anniversary. The hunt will include about a dozen questions that must be answered by visiting specific sites on Main Street. Once completed, she said, the packet can be brought back to the main entrance of the library and turned in for a prize.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for children and their families to learn about some of the history of the community,” she said. “I hope they will enjoy.”
Leading the tours, created by the library in partnership with the historical society with the help of local historian Mark Rothenberg, will be adult reference librarian Carrie Locke, reference page Nicole Birch, teen librarian Colleen Hutchens and Karen McCahey of promotions and development, as well as Peter Berman and Steve Lucas of the Greater Patchogue Historical Society. Each tour guide will take participants down a section of the village at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. Each section of the tour is about an hour and a half. For the full tour, participants must go on all three or opt to use the self-guided tour by downloading the library app and clicking the tour. To find/follow the tour, guides will be carrying a blue umbrella.
The self-guided audio tour, curated by Gary Lutz of the library, will feature a voice leading participants through the village accompanied by photos. That full tour is about two hours long with about 32 stops and can be accessed via the library’s mobile app.
“Come on the tour and learn about Patchogue’s history up close and personal,” said Lucas, hoping a nice crowd will participate in the free tours.
The walking tours, scavenger hunt and exhibit are all free and open to the public. The Greater Patchogue Historical Society Museum, located in the lower level of the Carnegie Library, will also be open.
“We are excited to be partnering with the Greater Patchogue Historical Society to present the walking tours and a scavenger hunt,” said Pat-Med Library executive director Danielle Paisley, also explaining that the event is only the beginning of the library exploring the rich history of the community, including upcoming river and other tours. “We felt it was really important to get kids learning about their community, and what has happened in the past. We want them to take pride in where they live and feel connected to it and each other.”
The party and tours will feature first sales of the 125th anniversary Four Corners photo taken earlier this year. Poster-quality photos will be $10 and other options including fully framed start at $75. T-shirts are $15, pins $5 and glasses featuring the 125th anniversary logo will be sold at a to-be-determined price.
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