Homecoming is a much loved fall tradition where football rivalries and school spirit are a source of pride.
Ok, Sag Harbor has no football team — but this is a village with plenty of spirit, and Pierson’s PTSA and the Sag Harbor Booster Foundation are joining forces to make this weekend’s homecoming one to remember.
In addition to time-honored events like Friday’s bonfire at Long Beach, Saturday’s parade, skits at Mashashimuet Park, and varsity games, this year there will be some new homecoming traditions designed to appeal to all ages.
“Homecoming is seen as something for high school students, and some schools will tell you that’s the way it should be,” says Laura Matthers, secretary of the Booster Foundation. “But we’re looking at it as school spirit and we want to transfer it into community spirit. That’s the goal.”
“We’re trying to make it more community oriented so it’s not just a high school event,” adds PTSA president Stacey Britt. “[School board member] Mary Anne Miller said when her daughter was in a stroller they had so much fun going to Long Beach, getting a hot dog and watching the bonfire.”
“We’re trying to go back to that,” she adds.
This year, instead of parents flipping burgers at the beach during Friday’s bonfire, Britt has arranged for two food trucks to handle the hungry masses — Silver Spoon Specialties (which served up food at HarborFest) and an ice cream truck. The PTSA will collect a portion of the food sales.
Perhaps the most noticeable homecoming addition will be at Mashashimuet Park where the Booster Foundation is organizing the “First Annual Night of Lights.” A little tweaking of the field hockey schedule has ensured a nice match up against Port Jefferson Saturday and the Booster Foundation has rented lights to make the game a special event.
The Booster Foundation will also offer a full concession stand at the park and high school varsity athletes will lead soccer and field hockey clinics during the day on Saturday for grades K-6.
“One of our missions is to bring together the schools, and this was the best thing we could think of,” says Matthers. “The kids are enamored of the athletes, and the athletes love to show what they can do.”
“It’s a simple, no brainer kind of thing,” adds Matthers. “The athletes love it, and the kids touch base with players they’ve read about in the newspaper.”
Pierson Homecoming 2012 Schedule
Friday, September 28
Boys Varsity Soccer vs Stony Brook – 4:30 p.m.
Bonfire and pep rally at Long Beach – 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 29
Homecoming Parade – Main Street to Mashashimuet Park followed by skits at the grandstand – 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Field Hockey Clinic for grades 2-6 —12:30-1:30 p.m.
Girls Varsity Soccer vs Port Jefferson – noon
Soccer Clinic for grades K-6 – 2 to 3 p.m.
JV Girls Field Hockey vs Port Jefferson – 5:30 p.m.
Varsity Girls Field Hockey vs Port Jefferson – 7 p.m.