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Playland starts new season of old-fashioned fun
RYE — Battered by heavy weather and facing a major overhaul in its future, Playland Amusement Park opened for business Saturday and drew scores of visitors looking for a chance to sample some old-fashioned fun in a place that’s been providing it since 1928.
“We sustained a lot of damage, but we got it together to open today, no easy task,” Westchester County Parks spokesman Peter Tartaglia said.
In a ritual that originated in the park’s first season, the Port Chester High School marching band led a procession that ended with a ribbon-cutting at the park’s entrance.
A major transformation of the county-owned park is in store, as county leaders work out the terms of a deal to transfer control of the facility this year and initiate new attractions there. For visitors, there was only one item on the agenda: fun.
“The kids always have fun here. We’re spending the whole day,” said Pamela Zavala, a mom from the Bronx.
“It’s a great place; we come every year,” said Carlene Sanders of New Rochelle, visiting with her daughter, Britany, 11, who was excited by the prospect of a ride on the bumper cars. “It’s one of the best things about Westchester.”
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino told a crowd of eager visitors that the park has a bright future despite years of declining revenues and concerns over the cost of its operation.
Astorino is promoting a 10-year management agreement that would let the Rye-based nonprofit Sustainable Playland take over the park. The transfer would be followed by the construction of new recreational and sporting facilities to make it a year-round attraction, as well as the shrinkage of some of the older sections of the amusement park.
“Playland has come a long way since 1928, making people smile, and we want to make sure those smiles continue for many years to come. The reinvention of Playland is here,” he said.
Annunziata Vernillo of Valhalla said she’s a fan of the amusement park and hopes to see it continue, and she liked the idea of new attractions.
“I would love the idea of a water park,” she said.
The number of activities is a draw, she continued. “It’s all here — you can eat; you can play; you can go to the beach. And it’s all wrapped up in one place,” she said.
Other county representatives on the Board of Legislators insist that other alternatives should be explored before a final deal is worked out on Playland’s future. A decision could be made in about a month’s time.
Legislator Lyndon Williams, D-Mount Vernon, said there are drawbacks to Sustainable Playland’s plan.
“We have great offers; we want to make the right choice. And we want to make sure the rides aren’t eliminated. Historical preservation, financially sound, that’s what we want to see,” he said.
Port Chester H.S. Marching Band Performs at Playland Opening Ceremonies 2013 season begins today.
A festive parade led by Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino will kick off Playland’s Opening Day ceremonies today at 11:30 a.m. at Playland Park in Rye.
Miss Westchester Teen 2013 Brittany Smith will join Astorino and other officials for the opening parade and ribbon-cutting ceremony, strolling entertainers and costumed characters will be on hand and the Port Chester High School Marching Band will perform.
On Friday, the boardwalk at Playland was re-opened - two weeks early - with the completion of reconstruction needed because of extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy.
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May 14 Full Marching Band Rehersal
May 21 Old Timers Association Dinner
May 26 Port Chester Memorial Day Parade
May 28 Full Marching Band Rehersal
June 04 Band Night, PCHS Ryan Stadium
Port Chester H.S. Marching Band Celebrates St. Patrick's Day in Greenwich
Students join in annual tradition.
Members of the Port Chester High School Marching Band showed off their award-winning ways on Sunday as they marched in the Greenwich, CT, St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The parade was among three big celebrations in the area, including the parade in Maramaroneck and the one in Pearl River.
Port Chester H.S. Band Heads to Greenwich for St. Patrick's Day Paradev
The 39th annual Greenwich Hibernian Association's St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off Sunday afternoon.
What's a St. Patrick's Day parade without great bands?
If you're going to the 39th annual Greenwich, CT, St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, don't worry. You know there will be terrific music because the Port Chester High School Band is set to be part of the parade.
Porth Chester Music Department Chairman Ken Kraut says the band is getting ready to participate in the Greenwich parade.
Artist and lifelong Greenwich resident William Connolly is set to lead the parade as Grand Marshal. He was installed as Grand Marshal by the Greenwich Hibernian Association at the organization’s annual dinner dance on March 2.
Marching with Connolly will be his aides – his daughters, Jane Raviele and Beth Horton, his sons, Billy Connolly and Timothy Connolly and his daughter-in-law, Virginia Connolly.
Known to most people as Billy, Connolly is a lifelong Greenwich resident. His father, William, was born in Carlow, Ireland. His mother, Christina Moran Connolly was born in America, but her father, Michael Moran was born in County Cork, Ireland and her mother, Bridget Milligan Moran was born in County Galway, Ireland.
He attended the former St. Mary’s Grammar School in Greenwich and St. Thomas Seminary. He is a self-taught artist well known for his pen-and-ink drawings. His first drawing was of St. Mary Church on Greenwich Avenue — a drawing still used on church stationery.
The parade will begin at Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Rd., at 2 p.m. with the blowing of the official whistle by Greenwich Police Officer Stan Sanders. Marchers will proceed up Field Point Road, along West Putnam Avenue and then south down Greenwich Avenue.
Prior to the parade, the Hibernians will conduct its annual Irish flag raising ceremony at Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. Members will then attend the 10:30 Mass at St. Mary Church on Greenwich Avenue. The public is invited to both the flag raising and Mass.
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