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About Ann Parry

Ann Parry Photography Inc., Ann-Parry.com | blog: "FROM LONG ISLAND" FromLongIsland.com | New York, USA - - [fLi] - - For 5 generations, my family's lived on Long Island, my home base for capturing images of our people, traditions & cultural arts • civic engagement & government • architecture & coastal environment • animals • classic cars & historical aviation - - [fLi] - - I'm a portrait & event photographer, a freelance newspaper & magazine photographer, & a contract photographer for a press wire service.

Bellmore, New York, U.S. September 25, 2021. L-R, NYS Senator JOHN BROOKS and visitor BOB STUHMER, wearing a face mask because of COVID-19, chat at the senator's booth the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

Twice Around the Bellmore Family Street Festival

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
October 2, 2021

VIDEO  Click bottom right corner for Full Screen – Bellmore Family Street Festival, Sept. 25, 2021:

The first Saturday in autumn, August 25th, Bob and I visited the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. The food, the smells, the crafts… were tantalizing, and the people were the highlight of the afternoon.

Bellmore, New York, U.S. September 25, 2021. Nassau County Executive LAURA CURRAN visits the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

Bellmore, NY, U.S. Sept. 25, 2021. Nassau County Executive LAURA CURRAN visits the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. (© 2021 Ann Parry, annparry.com)

As we walked to the carnival rides at the opposite end of the festival, I ate grilled corn on the cob, chatted at various political booths, and browsed at countless crafts booths, including one where I bought a glass and metal blue bird for my front yard. 

Bellmore, New York, U.S. September 25, 2021. At center, JASON ABELOVE, the Democratic candidate for Town of Hempstead Supervisor, visits the South Shore Women's Caucus booth at the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

Bellmore, NY, U.S. Sept. 25, 2021. At center, JASON ABELOVE, the Democratic candidate for Town of Hempstead Supervisor, visits the South Shore Women’s Caucus booth at the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

We were about to leave when we ran into my daughter Sue’s family, so the five of us headed off together towards the carnival rides and ices.

Bellmore, NY, U.S. Sept. 25, 2021. New York State Legislator STEVE RHOADS (R-19th District) speaks with a visitor at the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

Bellmore, NY, U.S. Sept. 25, 2021. NYS Legislator STEVE RHOADS (R-19th District) speaks with a visitor at the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

After the bonus hour or so of family fun at the festival, Bob and I decided, once again, to leave.

Just before we turned off Bedford Ave to head to the car, DAN YNGSTROM — wearing his bright pink Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores VOLUNTEER shirt (as seen early in above video) — said a cheery hi.   

Bellmore, N.Y., U.S. Sept. 25, 2021. Musician at the New York Musician's Center (NYMC, 701 Bedford Ave) sings, while accompanying himself on electric guitar, during the 34th Annual Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

Bellmore, N.Y., U.S. Sept. 25, 2021. Musician at the New York Musician’s Center (NYMC, 701 Bedford Ave) sings, while accompanying himself on electric guitar, during the 34th Annual Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.


FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post):  Bellmore, NY, U.S. Sept. 25, 2021. L-R, NYS Senator JOHN BROOKS and visitor BOB STUHMER, wearing a face mask because of COVID-19, chat at the senator’s booth at the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.


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Bellmore, New York, U.S. July 30, 2021. Cardboard cutout of movie star Burt Reynolds holds up fingers making ‘V for Victory’ sign from driver’s window of 1981 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo 4.8, at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show, held at the Bellmore Long Island Rail Road parking lot, with hundreds of visitors enjoying classic and customized cars and pleasant summer weather. (© 2021 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

Bellmore Friday Night (Lights) Car Show

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
August 2, 2021

Classic cars light up the town

. WHEN: Fridays, 6-10 PM, May 15th through October 1st, 2021, weather permitting
. WHERE: Bellmore Long Island Rail Road parking lot
. ADMISSION: Walk through = Free • Parked car = $5
. HOST: Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores

“Bellmore, New York, U.S. July 30, 2021. A classic black 1955 Chevrolet with airplane hood ornament, and ONEHOT55 license plate, gleams during sunset at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. A classic black 1955 Chevrolet with airplane hood ornament, and ONEHOT55 license plate, gleams during sunset at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Friday night, July 30th, brought unusually comfortable, cool weather, and Bob and I were fully vaccinated for Covid-19, so we visited the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show for the first time since 2019.


1959 Chevrolet Apache picks up L.I. spirits

Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. RUSS KOHLER of Seaford is sitting in driver's seat of his orange 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache truck at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. RUSS KOHLER of Seaford sits in driver’s seat of his orange 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache truck at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

Past sunset, I noticed an awesome orange 1959 Chevy Apache, with its owner, RUSS KOHLER, of Seaford, sitting in the driver’s seat, with his face lit by the instrument panel lights.

Through various non-profit events, Kohler uses his classic car to bring cheer to his fellow Long Islanders, and driving it in birthday car parades struck me most powerfully.

Starting in 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic first struck Long Island, Kohler put a big Happy Birthday banner on the side of his truck while joining many dozens of birthday car parades, helping people celebrate without the risk of spreading or catching the virus.

Covid-19 has killed over 600,000 Americans, but “more than 99.99% of people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have not had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization or death, according to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” –  CNN, August 2, 2021

However, children under 12 aren’t eligible to get the vaccination, so their Covid-19 prevention options are to wear a mask and socially distance. My grandsons and granddaughter are all under 12 – one is nearly 12 years younger than that.

Those who can and do choose to get vaccinated, wear a mask, and socially distance are the truest good neighbors possible to those who cannot choose to get the Covid-19 vaccination – whether they live together or half way around the world from each other.

“At the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show, RUSS KOHLER of Seaford shows, on his mobile phone, a video of his 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache truck the person he bought it from sent him. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. At the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show, RUSS KOHLER of Seaford shows, on his mobile phone, a video of his 1959 Chevrolet Apache truck the Texas owner he bought it from sent him. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


Polaris Slingshot autocar – 3 wheels & a pinup

“Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. A Polaris Slingshot, a three-wheel autocar, is colorfully lit and has a WWII sailor pin up girl illustration on hood, at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. A Polaris Slingshot, a three-wheel autocar, is colorfully lit and has a WWII sailor pin up girl illustration on hood, at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


1984 Buick Regal – flat out of luck?

“Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. A blue 1984 Buick Regal has eye-catching driver’s side front wheel in air and a passenger side front flat tire, and the license plate DAVESSAL, at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. A blue 1984 Buick Regal has an eye-catching flat tire on front passenger’s side, and wheel high in air on front driver’s side, at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


FEATURE PHOTO Smokey and the Bandit (at top of post): Bellmore, NY, USA. July 30, 2021. Cardboard cutout of Burt Reynolds making a ‘V for Victory’ sign, at driver’s window of black 1981 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo 4.8 is at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


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