By Kenneth Pienkowski, 125th Anniversary of the FASNY Firemen’s Home Committee Chair and Jamie Smith Quinn, Executive Director of the FASNY Museum of Firefighting
The FASNY Firemen’s Home in Hudson will be celebrating its 125th anniversary May 19 and 20, 2017. A committee is actively planning a great weekend for the residents of the Home, its employees and the entire volunteer fire service. We will be dedicating the large Caring Window in the chapel at the FASNY Firemen’s Home on Friday evening and on Saturday there will be many activities throughout the day.
Muster – May 20, 2017
The FASNY Museum of Firefighting is reviving the muster on the grounds of the FASNY Firemen’s Home! This event will be open to hand-drawn, horse-drawn, motorized not-in-service and motorized in-service apparatus. Prizes will be awarded in several categories.
The committee is also planning demonstrations and games for the muster event. There will be tours of the FASNY Firemen’s Home and FASNY Museum of Firefighting along with memorabilia trinkets to commemorate the 125th anniversary.
The Museum is planning on this muster being an annual event.
Parade – May 20, 2017
We are partnering with the Hudson Fire Department’s Inspection Day Parade. Any participating apparatus in the muster can also elect to participate. Participation in the parade is by invitation only to non-muster participants.
The parade route will end at the FASNY Firemen’s Home, and we will roll right from the parade into the muster event.
Ceremony – May 20, 2017
There will be a ceremony commemorating the 125th anniversary of the FASNY Firemen’s Home during the muster. We will communicate more details as we have them.
Banquet – May 20, 2017
On the evening of Saturday, May 20, 2017, the residents of the Firemen’s Home will be served a special anniversary dinner and for dessert, they will be served anniversary cake and ice cream.
Also on Saturday evening, there will be a dinner celebrating the 125th anniversary at Anthony’s Banquet Hall in Leeds. It will be a sit-down dinner with a program to follow.
Tickets will go on sale shortly.
The original centennial anniversary book will be reprinted, with the addition of an updated section that includes history and many pictures from the last 25 years. These limited-edition books will be available for purchase shortly, with a delivery date of fall/winter 2016 – definitely in time for your holiday gift giving needs this year.
Please look for the pre-sale forms at this year’s FASNY Convention.
Memorial Service and Caring Window Dedication – May 19, 2017
This service and dedication will occur the Friday night before the muster and parade, on May 19, 2017. We will communicate more details as we have them.
Save the Date
As the committee finalizes the plans for the 125th anniversary celebration, we ask you to save the date! Start making your plans for May 19 and 20, 2017, and make housing reservations now.
There will be a limited number of campsites available on the grounds of the Home – first come, first served – so get your request in now for camping. For further details on lodging or camping, visit the Museum’s website and click on the “Events” tab and then the “Muster” tab for hotel and camping information as well as helpful links.