ROCKY POINT HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S 21ST ANNUAL TEA
Each year the Rocky Point Historical Society celebrates history with an Annual special themed Tea at the VFW Post #6249 in Rocky Point. The Tea is directed by Linda Cathcart with many volunteers to assist in serving the tea, sandwiches and home-made treats. Girl Scout Troop #4299 led the group in singing our National Anthem.
This year marked the Society’s 21st Annual Tea, featuring “Tea With President Abraham Lincoln” portrayed by actor and historian, Lou del Bianco. Lou’s portrayal of Lincoln has been endorsed by the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. His program took the viewers on a journey of the extraordinary life of the self-taught Lincoln, from his early childhood thru the emotional tragedies of his personal life and the Civil War. His dramatic approach to storytelling “puts pow into passivity!”, stated the New York Times. The parents Choice Foundation stated that “few performers excel s both storyteller and musician, but Lou del Bianco is one who does.”
Lou’s grandfather, Luigi del Bianco, served as Chief carver on Mount Rushmore and was recently honored with a plaque at the mountain site. It took Lou’s family twenty-five years to accomplish recognition of Luigi’s work. Lou recently appeared on “Good Morning America” and several television programs in celebrating of achieving this recognition for his grandfather. Lou has completed his book “Out of Rushmore’s Shadow – The Lugi del Bianco Story”, which is available on his website: https://findlou.com/
On Saturday, April 29th, Rocky Point Historical Society volunteers worked on their landscaping project at the Noah Hallock Homestead. The Landscaping Committee in photo: Suzanne Johnson, Mary Cooke, Janice Bambara, Edith Mahler and Maryann Posse. Other members of the Committee are Joan Depken and Pamela Fregeau. The Committee has enhanced the garden with plants and flowers and plan an herb garden. Edith Mahler has researched Colonial gardens and has brought in many plants which were prevalent during that time. Volunteers who wish to help with this project and to tend the gardens, please phone Edith at 631-744-0953.
Best Wishes to the McCarricks on their well deserved retirement! McCarrick’s Dairy has been conducting their business in Rocky Point for the past 71 years. We wish all the best to Kevin, Bridget and Hugh. We congratulate them on providing one of the best and oldest businesses in town.
Congratulations to Joe Cognitore as 67th Grand Marshal at this year’s Friends of St. Patrick Parade. Joe serves as Commander of the VFW Post #6249 at Rocky Point. As a Vietnam veteran he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign and Air Medals. He was inducted in the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame in 2005. He works closely in providing homes for wounded veterans and their families, along with the Suffolk County Veteran Commanders, the Long Island Home Building Corporation and Landmark Properties. Joe was instrumental in helping us obtain the rock and our memorial to Rocky Point’s Civil War soldiers in Old Depot Park. He helped establish the Diamond in the Pines 9/11 Memorial and the German Shepherd Service Dogs Memorial. Joe is always helping people, driving them to doctor’s appointments. Along with Mark Baisch, he was honored by the Times Beacon and the Rotary Club for their service as Persons of the Year. He serves on a Committee to Congress on behalf of our veterans Our deep gratitude to Joe Cognitore for his continued and faithful commitment to serve our community.
An engraved clock was presented during our Christmas Dinner at Caruso’s on December 8th to our Honorary Member, Mark Baisch of Landmark Properties, for his generous support in saving the historic Circa 1721 Noah Hallock Homestead.