Record crowds celebrated an “Old Fashion Fourth of July” at Morgan-Manning House
There could not have been more perfect weather for the Morgan-Manning House “Old Fashion Fourth of July” celebration. Warm sunshine competed with a gentle breeze wafting through the crowd of about 750 to almost 1,000 people. It was likely the largest turnout for this event in its 33 year history. In shade or sun, families and folks of all ages filled the lawns in chairs and blankets or meandered to meet people or buy refreshments. The gathering was a human tapestry of the community.
The large numbers attending were also seen in The Children’s Parade. An estimated 80 youngsters in festive patriot attire and on decorated kid’s vehicles, accompanied by adults, made a long procession of nearly 200 parading around the block. Each youngster received a gift bag at the end.
The festivities opened with the Summer Community Choir. Formerly appearing as the Brockport High School Choir last July 4, Director Liz Banner announced the choir this year represented the wider community. She introduced several singers of various ages who joined the high school students in rousing patriotic songs.
The Brockport Community Concert Band held a concert of patriotic tunes, show tunes, and marches all excellently played with only two rehearsals. The rich, stirring sounds were made by about 70 musicians who came from all walks of life. The Brockport High School Band’s 30-year tradition for July 4 changed a couple of years ago when Director Shawn Halquist invited community members to join. He introduced current high school members, recent and past graduates of BHS, BHS music faculty, graduates of various colleges, students just entering 6th grade, and various community family members playing together, including his wife, Deanna and son, Noah.
The Brockport Big Band kept spirits lively right after the concert band, playing swinging tunes of the 1940s Big Band Jazz era.
The popular Cake Walk had 35 youngsters walking the big circle to land on a number and win a cake. Over 100 participants walked and 18 cakes were won, donated by WMHS members.
Photos by Dianne Hickerson