Two Momentous Events Celebrated in the Village
By Stephen E. Lipken
Two momentous events were held in Larchmont, beginning with Annual Larchmont Day, celebrated on Saturday, September 17, 2022 with various booths displaying civic activities, beginning with the Larchmont Police Department fingerprinting children for emergency identification. Face-painting; a bounce castle; inflatable slide; big Larchmont/Mamaroneck DPW trucks; FEMA Emergency Trailer, training citizens evacuation procedures in the event of a fire, with entertainment by Mayor’s House Band. Magician David Levitan, enthralled the public with steel rings, color-changing cloths, numbered blocks, plus the appearance of “Snowy,” a live white dove.
“The first Larchmont Day that we celebrated was in 2016 and it was for the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the Village of Larchmont, which was the Quasquicentennial,” Mayor Lorraine Walsh stated. “It was such a fun event that we decided to make it a permanent annual event.
“It happens in September because that is when the incorporation documents were finalized. This is our seventh year, but only our sixth festival because we had to skip 2020 due to the Covid Pandemic. It is an amazing event and everybody in the Village chips in for this, so we have the Police Department, Fire Department volunteering, we have event teams; the High School Baseball Team; High School Original Civic Research students and Village Board.
“DPW does an amazing job bringing all the equipment, setting up the trucks. The Town of Mamaroneck brought their trucks for us. We have games, cotton candy, popcorn and food trucks. We hope to continue this every year.”
On Sunday, September 18th, the next day, the Village celebrated the 100th anniversary of the construction of Village Hall with unearthing of their 1922 Time Capsule and burial of a new Capsule, containing photos of the Police; Fire Departments and Village Board; PD and PBA badges; Covid Collection (diagnostic kit); Pizza with a Cop; Sprint to Flint tee shirt; current currency; an old iPhone, plus copies of Westchester Women Magazine; The New York Times and Larchmont Ledger.
The gold and blue shovel turning up the soil to bury the new capsule was donated by John Merrell of Foley’s Hardware and a commemorative raspberry pound cake with chocolate frosting, provided by Seth Greenberg of Just Desserts was served.