2018-03-29 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

•This Sunday the Christian world celebrates Easter. I can remember how my family would celebrate this holiday. Along the lines of our Christmas tradition, the kids would wake up bright and early, eager to find and demolish their Easter baskets! Finding them wasn’t very difficult because the Easter Bunny had to hide six of them between the living room and the dining room!

Once all the baskets were located, we would get dressed in our Easter outfits and head to Mass at St. Joseph’s. Since we all attended St. Joseph’s School, we were bound to run into classmates and compare our outfits! They were so much more attractive than our blue serge uniforms! Then it was home for a big breakfast of bacon and eggs, rolls and coffee cake.

By the time we finished and had done the dishes, we would be drafted into tidying up the house and setting the dining room table. The relatives would begin to arrive around 3:30 or 4 p.m. —mom’s aunts and uncles, and a few of our cousins. By 4, we would start the Easter egg hunt. Plastic eggs were not available until the late 1960s, so we spent a lot of time the Saturday before Easter dying eggs and decorating them.

When we got older, we would use markers to draw scenes on the eggs. One egg hunt was never enough, and we would continue them until dinner was ready. We all enjoyed our great uncles and their stories about their childhoods. Three of them served in both World Wars, but most of their stories were about tricks they had played on one another as children. It was a wonderful day from start to finish!

Later, when my sister Isabel married Dick Freeman and they had children, we were still young enough to enjoy egg hunts. We would hide the eggs for our nephews and nieces. Still later, when those children reached their teens, the egg hunts went on, but once the youngest kids finished hunting, they would turn the tables and hide the eggs for us to find! It must have seemed strange to some of our neighbors to see people in their 60s hunting for Easter eggs. Despite our ages, we enjoyed it as much, perhaps more, than we had as kids!

•I have some more information about the Argyle Theater, which opens on May 10 with the musical comedy, “Guys and Dolls.” The show will run until June 17th. Apparently, local thespians will have a chance to show their skills in many of the productions. While Equity actors will play the main roles, local talent may take smaller parts. For this first show, I understand that auditions were held at Positions Dance Studio this past weekend!

About a month after the first show closes, the second musical will open on July 12 with “Hairspray.” This popular show will wrap up on August 26, followed by “Peter and the Starcatcher” (September 13 to October 21); “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (November 8 to December 30); “Spring Awakening” (January 17 to February 24); and Mel Brooks’ big success “The Producers” (March 14 to April 21). Between musicals, the theater will feature concerts, comedy nights, and other acts.

Group sales will be available, with up to a 20 percent discount. Matinee and evening performances will be available. The theater is fully handicapped accessible, and is Long Island’s largest year-round Equity Theater. Season tickets (for all six musicals) are going to be available, starting at $350. I’ll have more news in my next columns.

•The Village business district was very busy this past Saturday, when the Chamber of Commerce held their annual Easter Egg Hunt, enjoyed by so many area children.

•Following the Easter Egg Hunt, there was a hunt of a different kind, with participants mainly in their 20s and 30s, searching for pubs and bars where they could quench their thirst. This was the 10th Annual Babylon Village Pub Crawl. All of the money raised in this event goes to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other charitable organizations, such as the Ironman Foundation.

Starting at the Post Office Café, participants (accompanied by professional security) move every hour (approximately) to the next pub. Each pub provides live music; drink specials and free food. The route itself is kept secret until the day of the crawl. Additionally, crawlers can take advantage of various discount dinners throughout the Village. The group emphasizes the need for participants to be respectful of the Village so that the event can go on and raise funds to fight cancer.

Organizers Dana Meadows and Bob McKeown are both Village residents who spend much of their spare time raising funds for good causes. This “crawl” goes past my home every year, and I have to say that the participants are good humored and respectful.

I wish you all a Happy Easter and a wonderful Spring Break!

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