Aug 08 2011

The Black Beast at the Lake Ronkonkoma Car Show

Despite early morning showers cancelling the parade, the Sun came out and a good time was had by all at the "First Annual Motor Parkway "Sunday Drive" to Lake Ronkonkoma Parade & Car Show. Some highlights:


Howard Kroplick, Barbara Russell, historian for the Town of Brookhaven, and Ellyn Okvist, organizer of the event.



Barbara Russell brought this piece of Long Island Motor Parkway memorabilia given to her by Evelyn Ericson, daughter of the last Ronkonkoma Lodge gatekeeper Eric Ericson. The tag reads: "This Coin Changer Used by a Mr. Ericson at Ronk. toll station of Motor Parkway 1920's."



Stephanie Gress, Director of Curatorial Affairs for the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, enjoys a ride in the Black Beast.


"Maude Adams" played by Laura Cummings in the Black Beast.


A painting of Petit Trianon by local artist Maria Hansson was on display.


My first tattoo!! .... from the kid's arts and crafts booth.

A video of the event from the Sachem Patch including an interview with Ellyn Okvist of the Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association:

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Aug 09 2011 Howard Kroplick 2:41 AM

From Maria Hansson:

“Hello Howard,

I want to thank you for giving my husband Carlo a ride in the Alco-6 Racer! It made me happy to see him happy, I really appreciate it.


Maria Hansson”

Aug 14 2011 Wayne Duprez 6:40 PM

Howard,  I was there.  You look like you enjoyed the day.

Aug 15 2011 Rosemary Lucas (Steve's wife) 1:15 PM

Didn’t I tell you (when we first met at Roosevelt Field) that my Hubby Steve was absolutely crazy about Motor Pkwy????!!!!

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