Fed­er­als­burg Her­itage Day puts an­tiques on dis­play

Times-Record - - NEWS - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@ches­pub.com

FED­ER­ALS­BURG — The Fed­er­als­burg His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety hosted a Her­itage Day event Satur­day, Oct. 20, show­cas­ing an­tique items from the town.

In­cluded was a large dis­play for a Tas­tee Freez restau­rant, built in 1960. The dis­play was the first time the an­tiques had been dis­played.

Duffy McCon­nell, a mem­ber of the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, said his mother Betty owned the restau­rant, which now sits un­der the Fed­er­als­burg Fam­ily Restau­rant at 309 Bloomingdale Ave. Betty McCon­nell owned the build­ing from 1960 to 1991, sold the prop­erty, then bought it back for two years in 1998.

Gina McCon­nell, Duf fy’s wife, said his mother was well-known in the Fed­er­als­burg com­mu­nity.

“She was highly re­garded, was a strict boss, but every­body said you learned a lot,” Gina McCon­nell said. “She lived by these rules of Tas­tee Freez.”

Duffy McCon­nell said he spent a lot of time work­ing for the in­ter­na­tional com­pany fix­ing ice cream ma­chines at restau­rants around the area. He said he started the me­chanic work around age 17.

The cou­ple even com­piled a list of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual who worked at the restau­rant, which com­piled more than 300 names.

Also on dis­play were paint­ings from a Fed­er­als­burg na­tive, class rings from all eras and a dis­play of the Fed­er­als­burg base­ball sta­dium, Fed­eral Park. The sta­dium which used to sit on Green­ridge Road hosted three mi­nor league teams.

PHOTOS BY JACK RODGERS

A bis­cuit maul on dis­play dur­ing the Fed­er­als­burg Her­itage Day event at the Fed­er­als­burg His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mu­seum Oct. 20.

The orig­i­nal Tas­tee Freez sign on dis­play at the Fed­er­als­burg His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mu­seum dur­ing the Fed­er­als­burg Her­itage Day event Oct. 20.

A dis­play of Tas­tee Freez an­tiques on dis­play at the Fed­er­als­burg Her­itage Day event at the Fed­er­als­burg His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mu­seum Oct. 20. In­cluded in this dis­play were large steel ice cream con­tain­ers, along with an orig­i­nal Tas­tee Freez uni­form.

A model of Fed­eral Park in 1948 on dis­play at the Fed­er­als­burg His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mu­seum dur­ing the Fed­er­als­burg Her­itage Day event Oct. 20.

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