2006-08-16 / Front Page
Putnam Valley Sunset Series "Mega Evening of Fun" Proves to be a Success
The Putnam Valley Sunset Series really out did themselves with their Mega Evening of Fun" on Friday night. Everywhere one looked there were people of all ages enjoying the free events offered the whole evening. Three major Sunset Series events; the "Family Camp Out", "Family Movie" and the "Evening Star Party" were combined to provide activities for all interests, whether you were a child, adult or just young at heart. This year the Sunset Series added a new event, the "Family Camp Out." Theodora Moeller, Sunset Series Director, said that the series wanted families to enjoy the experience of camping right in the heart of Putnam Valley. With the Scouts being the experts in camping, the Sunset Series joined forces with them to provide this new event to the community. Late afternoon the first car drove up. Out stepped an adventurous family complete with sleeping bags and gear. Both parents and children worked together to proudly set up their tent. Then a second family joined them and a third until there were 20 tents prominently displayed over the field. The evenings started off with the Girl Scouts, under the direction of leader Debbie Weeks, providing crafts for the children to enjoy. Masterpieces were completed and displayed by the young artist. Then the scouts lead games with prizes for all. Everywhere you looked you could see the smiles of the participants excitingly carrying their prizes. You could smell the fragrance of fresh popcorn in the air. The Concession stand, which supports the series; run by Doreen Piacente, Lynn Sharp, and Phyllis Levesque, offered a variety of snacks and beverages. Barbara Heaslip, Kathy Colonna and James Piacente sold raffles, tee shirts and glow sticks which provided the fluorescent colors that encircled the area. Most participants picnicked and others supported the series by purchasing hot dogs and more. The pavilion rapidly filled with people anticipating the "Family Movie." There were families comfortable on blankets, people sitting on lawn chairs and some taking advantage of the picnic table that surrounded the parameter if the pavilion. The 25-cent raffle for a "Basket of Goodies" and the "Mega Family Bucket" of fresh popped popcorn was drawn. Then the lights were dimmed and the movie began. Corey Moeller and Matthew Brady provided the surround sound that enhanced the movie effects. After the movie's conclusion, the Boy Scouts, under the direction of leader Larry Gibbs, provide a surprise at the magnificent campfire, which they constructed. A scout climbed a ladder, lit the end of an object, and then out of the dark a flaming arrow flew thru the air to light the evening's family campfire. Everyone had the opportunity to roast a marshmallow and relax around the glowing ambers. Simultaneously in the front of the park, Joe Rao, News 12 Meteorologist, amazed a group of onlookers sitting on lawn chairs and blankets, with an overview of the luminous night sky, at the "Evening Star Party." He told many interesting facts regarding the sparkling objects in the sky. In addition the participants were drawn by the anticipation of "shooting stars" with the Perseid Meteor shower just past peek. Watchful eyes gazed at the skies all evening hoping to catch a glimpse of this spectacular event. In addition, Joe Rao also brought a large telescope for all to use. Other star enthusiasts also brought telescopes and shared the sky viewing with other participants. All evening partakers rotated through out the many activities. Some participant stayed up most of the evening sitting around the campfire or diligently watching the night skies before turning in their tents while others, stayed on before leaving, promising to camp out next year. In the morning everyone awoke to the fragrance of brewed coffee, hot chocolate, juice, and donuts. Over the all the evening proved to be successful. The Sunset Series reminded everyone of the Free "Doc Roc" concert on Tuesday August 15th with a rain date of August 17 at the Town Park, 6:00pm and of the fall events planned. Anyone that would like additional information can contact the Recreation Office 845-526-3292.