BICENTENNIAL WEEKEND WAS HERE!
The town was humming with activity the morning of August 25 as large crowds gathered to watch what many onlookers said was "the best parade the town has EVER seen". An eclectic array of vehicles, groups, businesses, dignitaries, and even "Elvis" wound its way from Sand Lake Hamlet, through Averill Park, to Westfall Village on the outskirts of West Sand Lake. Welcoming speeches, a color guard honoring our veterans, and a cannon salute by Morgan's Artillery at high noon kicked off the afternoon's festivities. An estimated 1,500 folks enjoyed a variety of vendors and exhibitors, vintage cars, delicious food, special music, children's activities, hayrides, pony rides, trolley tours, tours of Westfall townhouses, and a special "Recognizing Your Own" community service award ceremony. A sunny, blue-sky Sunday saw more of the same, highlighted by an interfaith service at 1 pm that featured a circuit rider parson who arrived "1812-style" by horse and buggy to warn us of the "impending threat of the dastardly British, based in Canada!" By 4 pm, friends and neighbors were saying their farewells, vendors were folding their tents, and volunteers were working diligently to restore the grounds to their pristine state. Another magical sunset was a fitting conclusion to a wonderful weekend celebrating a truly special place - the Town of Sand Lake!
Here is a list of all the events for the two fun filled days!!!
Parade stepped off at 10:00 a.m. at Miller Hill School and ended at Westfall Village. Parade included: Marching Bands, Floats, Clowns…
The fun after the parade with: Music – Vendors – Car Cruise – Crafts – Games – Food – Trolley Tours – “Recognizing Your Own”, and so much more!!
Saturday Music From:
Two Bits String Band
1:00 p.m. – Interfaith Service
3:00 p.m. – Time Capsule Dedication were we learnws more about our rich history and celebrate our promising future!
Sunday music from:
Two Bits String Band
Be sure to check out our History page to learn how our town came into being.
Gathered at the only-just-restored gravesite of Revolutionary War veteran Hon. Thomas Frothingham are the 1st Morgan's Artillery Re-enactment, serving as a color guard. In the foreground (l. to r.) are John McEvilly, former Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Sand Lake and Captain of Morgan's Artillery; County Legislator Judith Breselor; Secretary-treasurer of Sand Lake Union Cemetery Audrey Trupia and Rensselaer County Legislature Chair Martin Reid. Reid presented a check for $250.00 from the Legislature toward the restoration of gravestones, for which there is no family to provide care. This project was undertaken by the Town's Bicentennial Planning Committee and will be ongoing.
You can also help out with restoring gravesites at the Sand Lake Union Cemetery - Please click on the link listed in the documents section for more information.