Thanksgiving boosters, teen musicians, a freckled girl and holdovers from Halloween made news in November of 1963 and 1966. Turkey fans were at the Schenectady Boys Club and the Red Feather Club. The boys enjoyed traditional fixings at an early feast. The Feathers planned distribution of Thanksgiving meals to needy people. Mohonasen musicians prepared for the New York State Music Association all-state conference in Buffalo. Mary Lynn Gary, a student at Notre Dame High School in 1963, had been named the nation’s “Miss Freckle.” Young people at Schenectady’s Van Antwerp Junior High School were looking forward to Thanksgiving in November of 1966, but some were still thinking about Halloween after walking to raise $733 during a “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” campaign.
Young gentleman at the Schenectady Boys Club prepare for an early Thanksgiving meal in November 1966. Twenty-one boys found seats at the table inside the Union Street club.
Members of Schenectady's Red Feather Club prepare for Thanksgiving good deeds in November 1966. From left are Alvin Green, Ann Vedder, Frank Tomassi (standing), Victor Ragucci, Matthew Robinson and Louis Ragucci.
Mohonasen High School music lovers prepare for the New York State Music Association’s all-state music conference in November 1966. From left are singer John Lehman, musician Patricia Sands and singers Robert Wiltsie and Mark Mohlmann.
Mary Lynn Gary, far right, shows off her freckles to friends — and a toy dog — in November 1963. From left are Carol Duprey, Nancy Nolan and Michele Pallotta. Gary, a student at Notre Dame High School, had been named the nation’s “Miss Freckle.”
UNICEF representative Mrs. Thomas Rouse, left, accepts a check for $733 from Dave Ryan, president of the student council at Van Antwerp Junior High School in November 1966. Students raised the money during a Halloween “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” project. Present for the presentation are teacher Ray Bailey (next to Rouse) and in the background, Van Antwerp officials Frank Taormina, Ronald Howells and Dorothy Kellogg.