MASTICS MORICHES SHIRLEY LIBRARY SHOW
SUNDAY AFTERNOON OCTOBER 16,2005
This show was the main reason I was back on Long Island again. It was especially gratifying for me to be able to do my first in person talk in the very building where I first discovered who the Knapp was that actually owned the mansion in Mastic Beach that started this huge snowball rolling.
Couple that in with meeting new and old friends and "Knappsters" too that have been brought together by the website,and last but not least the fantastic support from the entire Mastics Moriches Shirley Library staff and it all added up to one very special afternoon. I want to say special thanks to several folks who made it all possible : Linda Knel, Josephine Wuthenow, Brad Shupe, William Cicola for the Mastics Moriches Shirley Library
And lots kudos Kenny Vitellaro, Marty Van Lith, Gary Messinetti, Doug Percoco, and Erik Spooner
I want to alert everyone out there that the library is doing a very fine job in acquiring, compiling and archiving historical items of the area and digitizing their ever growing photo collection. They are VERY INTERESTED in hearing from all of you out there who may have photos, or items of local interest. For the past year they have been adding things online for the benefit and enjoyment of all. You can access all of it directly here..... AND They have printed and are offering some VERY NICE Calendars for 2006 not to mention Two different sets of quality note cards and envelopes ! One of the Philip Trypuc Photo Collection and the other The Ken Spooner Collection. Both would make great Christmas gifts!
One of the 8 Note Cards in the Ken Spooner Collection
Here are a few photos from that afternoon. The Library has more of them on their web site.
We had a really nice turn out of around 150 Fine Folks, Masterful Masticians & Knowledgable Knappsters Too!
Some Old William Floyd School Friends Showed Up Too. Marty Van Lith with Peggy & Steve Landau. Marty a Brookhaven Hamlet historian, who I've known since 1959 is no stranger to this website having made contributions in many ways. Steve and I were in classes together from 1955-64. I was in Peggy's class from K- 3.
George Kubala, Adolph Almasy, Marguerite Almasy ________?, Diane DiPierro
Adolph & I were in the band The Islanders in high school. I had not seen his sister Marguerite in probably 40 + years. George Kubala's Dad ran a Sunoco Service Station first in Section One then on the triangle in Mastic Acres. Diane DiPierro who's father was Mike of Pat & Mike's Texaco traveled a great distance to be there.
Doug Percoco (another Islander bandmate) was one of the several photographers working the room
Much of the Librarys growing photo collection was nicely displayed
I was introduced by Linda Knel. She was the key person who organised my appearence.
"Good Afternoon I bring you greetings fron Nashville & MASTIC BEACH!"
IF YOU HAVE THE TIME AND WANT TO READ WHAT I HAD TO SAY
THAT DAY, THE TRANSCRIPT IS LOCATED HERE
LIFE'S SHORT EAT DESSERT FIRST !
Actually this fantastic cake was just part of the nice refreshment spread the Library provided. The staff really went all out to make the day a success. As they say in Tennessee "Ya'll should be mighty proud to have them in your town"