NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- A few hundred enthusiastic supporters turned out Friday night for North Salem’s Eighth Annual Homecoming. The celebration started with a dodge ball tournament, followed by a chili contest. The challenge was not to see who could eat the most chili, or who could eat the hottest chili. In keeping with today’s standards of moderation in eating, the prize went to the maker of the best-tasting chili.
After supper, Brass Quintessence, a local group featuring North Salem music teacher, Stephen Austin, performed music by Bach, Mozart, Bernstein and Lady Gaga.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the North Salem High School’s athletic teams during the pep rally. One by one, student athletes ran through the blue and yellow balloon arch, were announced by name, and then joined their teammates in formation. Every school team was there, in uniform, along with senior athletes, who took a bow along with their parents. The cheering was tumultuous.
Friday night’s celebration was supposed to end with fireworks, but the display had to be postponed due to weather. A rain date has not yet been announced.
The homecoming celebration continued on Saturday. Fortunately, the weather was more cooperative. The day was filled with sports events, including soccer games by the Boys’ Varsity against Mahopac High and the Girls’ Varsity against JFK. A few hundred fans were there to cheer the teams on.
Jim Langelotti, father of two current and two graduate North Salem students, said, “When my son came home from college he said, ‘Nobody I know at college has friends like I have from North Salem High.’ It’s a small community and we all look after one another.”