Monday, October 22, 2012

Part I: Centennial performances and speakers

Isham Park's Centennial was blessed by truly great performances, beginning with Rosanna Perch who sang a lovely rendition of "America the Beautiful," reviving the song from the 1912 celebration program.

Rosanna Perch's performance followed a lovely dedication and prayer by Father Robert J. Abbatiello, pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd, and proceeded speakers including Manhattan Parks Commissioner William Castro; NYC Council Member Robert Jackson, whose generous allocation for Water Service Restoration in Isham Park was made manifest in the display of a NYC Parks design board for the project, which is set to begin in spring of 2013; Elizabeth Ritter, who spoke on behalf of State Senator Adriano Espaillat; Carol Collins Malone (go to for Cole Thompson's video of Mrs. Malone's remarks), Julia Isham Taylor's great-niece who invited her brother William Bradley Isham Collins to the stage while she spoke on behalf of the Isham family; and finally Pat Courtney, author of this blog and founding member and organizer of Volunteers for Isham Park.

Refreshments were then served, including a beautiful and delicious cake from Darling Coffee and delicious tea-sized sandwiches from the Indian Road Cafe.  New Heights Realty covered the cost of bottled water and lemonade.  We are grateful to Edison Properties for their generous contribution for the centennial that paid for the cake and sandwiches and many other necessary costs for the event.

After the food, afternoon performances and activities began at 1:00pm, with Jamie Hamilton, Joe Hamilton and Michael Tanksley singing Irish Ballads to the great delight and amusement of the crowd.  We were also grateful to the young lady who so expertly held the microphone for the ballad singers!

At the same time as the ballad singing, children's activities began nearby under a tent on the western portion of the lawn, including face painting, games and sports, and art projects managed by Friends of Indian Road Playground and Pre-School on the Planet.

Please see the next post for more great performances...  

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