Join Us as We Celebrate
North Hempstead Day
Immediate Release - Contact: David Chauvin (516) 869-7794 -August 29, 2005
Manhasset, NY— Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Town Clerk Michelle Schimel and Councilman Angelo Ferrara are inviting everyone to come and celebrate the past with the first annual North Hempstead Day on Friday September 23, 2005. This year’s festivities will include a series of educational and fun activities, music, and games for the entire family.
“North Hempstead has an extraordinary past and our history is truly revolutionary,” said Supervisor Kaiman. “I hope everyone will take this unique opportunity to learn about some of the remarkable events that have happened right here in the Town.”
On September 23, 1775, a group of patriots living in the northern section of the Town gathered in Cow Neck – modern day Port Washington – and declared their allegiance to the revolutionary cause by formally seceding from the Town of Hempstead which was heavily populated by Loyalists to England.
“This is one of the most exciting and fun things I’ve participated in as Town Clerk,” said Ms. Schimel. “We are bringing our wonderful records to life.”
“This is a great way to establish an annual tradition of celebrating the Town’s history,” added Councilman Ferrara.
To honor this historic day, The Town has planned a series of events:
North Hempstead Day at Town Hall, 220 Plandome Road, Manhasset
Daytime Events – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Local students will enjoy a parade, historic activities and games, and musical performances by Dr. Kirby Jolly with his 7-piece ensemble and folk singer David Sear.
Evening Events – 6:00 to 8:00 pm:
Jon Kaiman, Michelle Schimel, and your councilmen – all in costume – will help you experience the historic reenactment of the 1775 meetings that led to the formation of the Town of North Hempstead. You will also visit the gravesite of a 1775 secessionist.
- Saturday September 24th, and Sunday September 25th
Colonial Events and Games at Clark Botanic Garden, 193 I.U. Willets Road, Albertson
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Step back in time as you enter North Hempstead’s Clark Botanic Garden. Colonial characters will take you on a historic tour as they share with you their plan to secede from those faithful to King George III of England.
6:00 pm @ Town Hall Board Room, 220 Plandome Road, Manhasset
Another opportunity to see your elected officials in costume as they perform the historic reenactment of the 1775 meetings that laid the groundwork for the Town of North Hempstead. For those who would like to experience government today, a 2005 Board Meeting follows. Refreshments will be served.
So, mark your calendar and join us for these celebration events. For the latest news and happenings in the Town of North Hempstead, remember to visit our web site at www.northhempsteadny.gov.
Photo (L to R): Councilman Angelo Ferrara, Supervisor Jon Kaiman, and Town Clerk Michelle Schimel.