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Riverdale Park Day

By J.D. DiMattio

The thermometer has finally dipped under ninety degrees, so that must mean autumn is on its way. What better way to usher in the fall than our annual Riverdale Park Day at the Riversdale Mansion, 4811 Riverdale Road, on Saturday, October 5, 2002.

"This year we are offering more for everyone to enjoy," said Tracey Toscano, Riverdale Park Recreation Committee Chair. "We have local restaurants, artisans and a whole lot of activities for the kids."

This year's celebration has the title, "Celebrating our past, present and future." Through this annual event, we applaud our diversity, cultures and patriotism by extending the warmest of invitations to all our residents.

From a petting zoo to a four-sided climbing wall and pony rides, there is something for every child. Adults will have their share of fun, too. Live music that ranges from urban folk to Brazilian jazz to folk rock and a touch of blue grass and blues will be center stage from noon until five. Don't forget the Riverdale Historical Preservation Society's yard sale. You can find petty much anything from antiques, clothing, toys and wares.

Around the perimeter of the Riversdale Mansion there will be tables and tents that will offer food, non-alcoholic beverages, crafts and art work. The Riverdale Park Police and Fire Department will have booths and there will be a special demonstration by the Fire Department.

Music acts will feature: Lea [with her urban folk flair]; Brazil On The Hill [definitely dancing music - Brazilian jazz]; Alecia Deeny [Spanish folk songs and American folk]; 3 'til Midnight [our own local guys hit the blues and folk]; and crowd favorite, The Open Door Policy, with their 'down home' blues and bluegrass and folk that will rock you!

There will be tours of the historic mansion plus raffles galore. Mayor Michael Herman will open the festivities at noon and then the fun begins. It will be a day to leave the car at home and walk down to the mansion and have fun with your families and neighbors. So come and enjoy a day on the grounds of the mansion. It's a sure-fire way to bring in the fall with a smile!

J. D. DiMattio is a member of the Riverdale Park Recreation Committee.

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