On Saturday, April 15, Founders Day 2017 began in Lewis Park with a children’s Easter egg roll and an Easter Bonnet contest open to both children and adults.
The colorful and traditional events were sponsored by the Historical Society of the Town of Warwick in collaboration with the Village of Warwick Sesquicentennial Committee.
Lewis Park is one of the historic properties owned by the Warwick Historical Society and it is frequently made available for events that are open to the public.
Located in the center of the Village of Warwick, the park is home to the Old School Baptist MeetingHouse and The 1810 House.
In the late 1960s it was created and donated to the Society by Elizabeth Sanford Lewis in memory of her husband, Madison Horton Lewis.
The Easter Egg Roll is an annual event through the United States, dating back to the early nineteenth century, where children push an egg through the grass with a long-handled spoon. It is also a traditional event held on the White House Lawn.
Following the egg roll contest, Mayor Michael Newhard, Elizabeth “Lilibet” McLean and Eileen Hanlon served as judges in a children and adult Easter Bonnet Contest.
The winners in the children events were Emily Peattie, 2, and Elizabeth Donnally, 6.
Mary Demarest, a member of one of Warwick’s most well-known families, was the winner of the adult contest.
Immediately after the Lewis Park events the Founders Day parade formed for the march down Main Street to the ceremonies on Railroad Green.
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