2016-07-21 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

by Mary Gallagher

•The Argyle Theater: How does that sound? It is great news for the Village that Mark and Dylan Perlman of Seaford plan to buy Babylon’s movie theater on Main Street and renovate it into a professional theater. The theater has provided residents with film entertainment since 1922 until it closed in 2014. Current plans call for the Argyle to run six Broadwaystyle shows a year. Many of the productions will be classics like “Hello, Dolly” and “Camelot.” We are located too close to NYC to feature current hits for legal reasons. Frankly, if the prices of the Argyle’s tickets are really as low as $25 and up, I’m happy.

I bought a ticket to see “Wicked” for yesterday’s matinee. With fees, the cost of transportation and a cheap meal, it cost $225. How does one take a family to see a Broadway show? Certainly, if this proposal comes to pass, I hope many of the shows will be filled with families. It would be ironic if we see people taking the LIRR from Manhattan to Babylon to see a show!

•There are still numbers of people playing Pokémon GO throughout the Village. As long as they are careful about their personal safety and don’t go into inappropriate locations (churches, cemeteries, etc.) I think it’s great. Instead of being stuck inside playing electronic games or talking constantly on their cell phones, players are out in the fresh air, laughing and talking with one another. They may even be learning the local geography!

•July 15 would have been my father’s 105th birthday. (My mother would have turned 101.) It seems impossible that they could have been born so many years ago, or that they’ve been gone for so long. There are so many questions I wish I had asked them…innocuous things like what games they played, or what they did to cool off on hot summer days. I did ask each of them many questions over the years, but there is so much more I would have liked to know about them and their families.

•PBS recently produced “Genius by Stephen Hawking”, a short but fascinating series about a number of interesting topics. The one that fascinated me the most was time travel. I have always thought that we will develop ways to travel through time. Hawking apparently agrees.

Tragically, however, he demonstrated why we could never travel backward in time. I was so saddened to learn that! While I don’t expect to become a time traveler, I would be much more interested in going to the past than the future. I’d love to observe (invisibly) a week in my father or mother’s life when they were seven, or watch the interactions between my grandparents. What I might have seen…

•Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed an increase in kids driving cars making as much noise as possible? Drag racing has always been a problem at night, especially along Route 231, Deer Park Avenue, and other highways. But for the last two years I have heard and seen cars taking off from a dead stop with an incredible amount of noise.

•Happy birthday to Steve Loudon! (Sorry it took so long to get the photos back, Steve!)

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