Village of Katonah to celebrate its 125th birthday Saturday, May 21
On April 5, 1897, the first mail delivery reached “new Katonah” from the New York Central Train. The entire village had relocated half a mile from “old Katonah” when New York City condemned the town to make way for a water source to serve the city.
It’s been 125 years since the village of Katonah first showed its mettle, packing up and moving Victorian-style homes and businesses and pulling them on horseback to where the hamlet sits today.
In celebration of Katonah’s rich history, the village will come together this weekend for a 125th birthday celebration. Village leaders and community organizers invite all residents, business owners, neighbors and friends of Katonah to join the fun.
Festivities kick off 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 with a parade down Katonah Ave, between Allen Place and Jay Street. The parade has two elements: a children’s parade and a dollhouse wagon parade. Katonah’s youngest residents are invited to wear their school spirit wear, sports uniforms, scout uniforms or any other clothing representative of their connection to Katonah. The dollhouse wagon parade is designed to symbolize the village’s historic move from ‘old Katonah’ to ‘new Katonah.’
Teryn Kendall, co-chair of the Katonah 125th celebration committee and board member of the Katonah Village Improvement Society, said that several business owners have been busy preparing custom dollhouses for the parade, designing their dollhouses in the style of their businesses. Homeowners, too, have been hard at work building dollhouses in the style of their historic Victorian-era homes. Residents and business owners who wish to participate in the dollhouse wagon parade must register by emailing email@example.com.
“It should be quite charming and cute for everyone involved, including those who will watch it go by,” Kendall said.
The parade will culminate with a presentation by Bedford town supervisor Ellen Calves, who will talk about the historic move and unveil a new piece of town signage commemorating it.
Following the parade, the Katonah Village Improvement Society has lined up a full slate of family-friendly activities for kids and adults alike. There will be historic tours, delicious treats, arts and crafts, commemorative clothing and accessories, live music and more.
“The whole town really is going to be involved,” Kendall said.
Katonah 125th Birthday Celebration festivities:
- Children’s parade
- Dollhouse wagon parade
- Katonah Historic Museum - open inside the 2nd floor of the Katonah Library
- Historic walking tours
- Children's historic tour
- Children’s treasure hunt through the commercial district
- Live music in the village gazebo
- Screenings of the Centennial Celebration movie filmed 25 years ago
- Katonah Museum of Art craft puppet table for kids
- Katonah Art Walk (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
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