North Salem Historical Society to host annual Strawberry Festival

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On Sunday, July 10, the North Salem Historical Society will bring community members together for old-fashioned family fun when it hosts its annual Strawberry Festival.

The Festival, which began in 1992, is the Society’s big annual event, hosted every summer. “It’s a wonderful way for the Historical Society to give back to the community,” said past president Cynthia Curtis (Mary Ellen LaRocca is the Society's current president). “And, we’re hoping we can get a few new members as well.”



The Society has been busy working on a full slate of activities to entertain and delight attendees throughout the festival. Sova Dance and Puppet Theater will host two circus-themed puppet shows the day of the event. The Croton Falls Fire Department and the North Salem Bridle Trails Association are recruiting their strongest members for a friendly tug-of-war between the two community organizations. There will also be live music by Rio Nova, arts and crafts, games in the field, a vintage fire truck and a raffle to win a painting by local artist Chrissanth Green-Gross.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Curtis

Attendees are encouraged to bring their sweet tooth. Each year, Curtis makes over 100 homemade shortcakes for the event, which can be eaten straight or paired with fresh local strawberries and/or ice cream.

The event will take place on the grounds of Historical Society headquarters at 81 Keeler Lane. The building, nicknamed “The White Elephant,” is one of North Salem’s landmark buildings, originally built and owned by the Keeler family. Curtis shared a bit of history: “it started off as a sheep shed. Then, when the automobile was coming into fashion, the Keeler were one of the first to get an automobile. They then converted the shed into a garage.” For a time, Miss Keeler used the building as a consignment shop called “The White Elephant.” The name has stuck ever since.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Curtis

Strawberry Festival Schedule of Events
Sunday, July 10 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
81 Keeler Lane

  • 1:30 p.m. – Puppet Show by Sova Dance and Puppet Theater
  • 2:45 p.m. - Tug-of-War between Croton Falls Fire and North Salem Bridle Trails Assoc.
  • 3:00 p.m. - Puppet Show by Sova Dance and Puppet Theater

This article has been updated from a previous version which incorrectly said that Cynthia Curtis is the president of the North Salem Historical Society. Curtis is the past president; Mary Ellen LaRocca is the current president of the NSHS. We regret the error

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Thanks, Sarah.  I'm past-president and Mary Ellen LaRocca is our president.  Donna Taylor, our events coordinator, put this all together and all the trustees pitch in!  Fun day for our North Salem community.

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