JULY 4th WEEKEND IN KISMET
Parade, Sam’s tribute slide show, the houses, Seabay Annual Potluck dinner
4th (5th) Parade in Kismet
Photos by Bradlee
Woods Bald Eagle
of a program to preserve Bald Eagles - he takes this one to show various
Topical Jean Wood 50 years of parades
float in memory of Jean Wood included Kai Sitone in toy fire truck.
Judges Patty, Phyllis, Joanne, Mallory
Asian Invasion – Most Creative
Gigi Vallachi, Anna Manzo and Lucy Watch.
History of Jaws -
of Jaws float was the extended Lambie family.
Kazoos are back
Paul’s old time carriage
didn't make speech except to mention O'Halloran & Guinta (relative of Don,
the freight ferry guy) -
Historical - 90 years of Kismet History - the Crawsons
Patriotic - Iwo Jima - Arthur
Topical- 50 Years of 4th of July - tribute to Jean Wood
Creative - Asian Invasion - Gigi Villachi Anna Manzo, Luch Watch
in Parade = History of Jaws - Lambe family & friends
of Cheer - Buddy
- Kelly Briscoe
JULY 4th in KISMET
The houses were on display, too
Photos by Jeannie
JULY 4th Slide show and Kismet Parade
IT WAS STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR SAM’S SLIDE SHOW
Photos by Jeannie
Sam Wood who dedicated the parade to his mom, created a slide show
of vintage (and not so vintage) photos from the beginning.
“The First Parade started with an idea based on the holiday and
our red wagons that made perfect floats for Kismet in 1965.
Dick Genemayor, Allen Hathaway, along with Artie Shiller
convinced the Bay Shore Fire Dept to bring their band to Kismet.
My mom, along with the Daniels, organized the rest of it and Jean
Wood continued to run it for 40 years.
A big thanks to all of them, especially my mom.
As time went on more prize categories were added: Most Beautiful,
Patriotic, Topical, Historical, Creative and Best in Parade. In the old days
there was one trophy that had to be handed down from year to year.
In those categories for Topical we had everything from Watergate
to Weinergate, water pollution to global warming. In Patriotic and Historical
we had Paul Revere, Boston Tea Party, George Washington, and Lincoln, Betsy
Ross (she’s still around)
In whatever categories we had the Cone heads, the Flintstones,
Power Rangers and Austin Powers.
Many great ideas are hatched the night before over cocktails.
One year, the night before the parade, I built a giant wedding
cake out of plywood and spackle and decorated with caulking. People from the
block party next door started eating it.
The parade sometimes resembles a Red, White & Blue Halloween
The parade is very unique because it involves the community and is
an all inclusive event. Everyone wants to be involved. Many of the families
from 1965 still have a presence here. The Woods, the Meyers, the Dietrich’s,
Dennis’s, Fields and Hollingers.
In these photos and video you will see old Kismet with the old
chimney at the tennis courts, no bulkhead building, and no firehouse and there
was no Out restaurant. I bet Larry Cole remembers that.
(Sam also showed in slides that in those days Kismet was flat, it
had no trees so the main social activity was always a building project
involving the townspeople – there were no unions)
I want to thank everyone for coming, so stuck round, enjoy the
refreshments and visit the symbol of our land, Uncle Sam, who was brought her
by my brother Jon Wood.”
Sam also thanked Amy, Grace, Karen and Kevin d for their help
putting the event together.