Talker has been to Buckland Park in Brighton on various occasions. We’ve been to snowy Veterans Day observances,
watched pop warner football,
umpired at little league ball fields,
watched the Bruins lose a sectional game,
hobnobbed with political candidates at the summer sunset serenades at the pavillion,
watched Plein Air Paintingtrekked the unnamed trail What should the trail behind Buckland Park in Brighton be named?
and several times nearly scared to death by the ghosts who “live” in the old Groos farmhouse.
The other day I discovered something new to me. In front of the snack shop, restroom and maintenance building beneath the American flag are approximately 700 brick pavers in an area of about 200 square feet. 58 of the pavers are inscribed. The smaller ones are 3 ½ x 8 inches; the larger ones 7 ½ x 7 ½ inches. And there are more. Also new to me were the brick pavers on the path in front of Buckland House.
Since the pandemic, the building is shuttered. But on the day I was there, a radio was playing inside the building, the Buckland Garage. I heard Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About” (1990). I knocked on the locked door but apparently no one was there.
Hear excerpt from “Something to Talk About” emanating from the Buckland Garage (snack shop, restroom and maintenance facilities), 4/14/20. On the morning of 4/16,the radio, 104.4FM, was still playing. I heard Todd Rundgren’s “Hello, It’s Me” (1972). At 5:07 p.m. it was snowing and the radio still audible.
On 5/29, I noticed the garage was open and I saw the no longer ghostly radio, I told the maintenance man about my eerie musical experience when the garage was shuttered. He said one of the guys must have left the radio on. We both were glad the park was reopening, and the music was now enjoyed by actual people.
To learn more about the pavers I turned to Sandra Frankel, Brighton Town Supervisor when Buckland Park was dedicated in 2005.
Sandra offered an overview of Buckland Park and an explanation of the brick pavers and their relation to the acquisition and development of the park:
During my 20 years as Supervisor of Brighton, we created a town-wide park system of parks and trails on more than 500 acres for active and passive recreation and to protect sensitive environmental features. The dream became reality through the hard work of so many people who invested time, talent and treasure in our community’s quality of life. Buckland Park, envisioned as our “Central Park” (borrowing the name of Olmsted’s famed Central Park in New York City) focused on active recreation: playing fields for youth sports, a lodge and pavilion, tennis and basketball courts, and a playground for young children, and a trail. The Brighton Veterans Memorial within the park, championed by former Brighton Town Councilman Jim Vogel, is a beautiful, peaceful place for remembrance and contemplation. The stainless-steel American Eagle created by sculptor Mary Taylor tops the monument of boulders. Along Westfall Road at the edge of the park sits the restored historic Buckland House that depicts early life in the town. Brick making was an early industry in Brighton, and those bricks were used in the construction of the house.
In keeping with “The Bricks of Brighton” theme, brick pavers were sold to help fund the project and in recognition of the importance of land preservation and protection of historic structures in Brighton.
I focus on 5 bricks with connections to Talker.
You’ve met Brighton Town Judge Karen “Proud Brightonian” Morris on numerous occasions (pictured at top is her Buckland Park brick; below is her brick at Monroe Community College).
Along with seeing her at the 9/11 ceremony last year, you’ve met Karen at the Memorial Art Gallery, Washington Square Park. in front of the Brighton Town Hall, outside the Brighton Memorial Library and at the Pride Parade.
In Why did the Faith Temple in Brighton give away free stuff?, you saw the annual Faith Temple’s BIG GIVE (2016) in the open field on Winton next to Buckland Park.
In Iconic America at the Brighton Little League Parade, you saw Larry Davis Sr. cooking up a storm outside the Twelve Corners Middle School.
In Brighton fans celebrate hometown hero Ernie Clement in victory, you saw softball players at the Otter Lodge in Brighton wearing scarlet red Tuthill Lighting uniforms after a game at Cobbs Hill, cheering hometown Ernie Clement playing in the College World Series.
As described on the Brighton Little League website:
Ken was father to Robin (and Steve) Rauh, and grandfather to Ali and Andy Rauh whose softball and baseball involvement spanned the entire spectrum of Brighton’s Little League and scholastic programs. Steve was a long time Brighton Little League coach, league president and commissioner and Robin volunteered for Brighton Baseball throughout the time her family was involved.
Ken actually never missed one of Ali’s games, and only missed a few of Andy’s due to hospitalization. He kept such a good “book” score-keeping for Andy’s teams that he was invited to be scorebook keeper by high school coach Jason Wasserman. His love of youth baseball in Brighton continued for many years after his grandchildren left for college as evidenced by his continuation as scorekeeper for the 16-18 year old boys teams. Ken was known as “Grandpa” even by those who played in the years after his family was involved. Ken worked 12 straight Brighton Little League Opening Day festivities.
Ken loved his family and loved contributing to activities that made them happy. Ken’s contributions to Brighton Little League are cherished.
On the day I was at Buckland, the baseball fields were empty, although I met the McQuaid baseball coach and two varsity players practicing in the batting cages. Nonetheless, cricket players were preparing for a season that will hopefully begin in May in Genesee Valley Park.
After perusing the brick pavers beneath the flag, I found more at the path in The Gardens At The Buckland House. As Sandra told me, the Brighton Rotary partnered with the Town on the restoration of the Buckland House, and did interior work such as painting. The Allyn’s Creek Garden Club also partnered with the Town and did the exterior landscaping plan and planting. Brighton Town Supervisor William Moehle adds that the State of New York was also a joint partner in the restoration project. The town is working on plans for more activities at Buckland House, but those plans have been delayed by COVID-19.
The path and pavers probably deserve a separate article. But here they are, focusing on five with connections to Talker.
As seen in Honoring Mary Jo Lanphear, Brighton Town Historian since 1986, on January 12th, 2020, Historic Brighton honored Town of Brighton Historian Mary Jo Lanphear with the Leo Dodd Heritage Preservation Award.In a past life before becoming Brighton Town Supervisor, Bill Moehle was the Brighton Rotary President.
You’ve met Bill on many occasions, most recently at the Historic Brighton Annual Meeting and Award Ceremony and also all over town lying down on job.As seen in In grand fashion, Brighton celebrates its volleyball champions and the first Boys state team sports title in school history, in 2015 the BHS volleyball team brought home the state title.
As seen in A personal tour of the URMC during Meliora Weekend with Dr. Ruth Lawrence, URMS ’49. And still on the active faculty and true today, Dr. Ruth Lawrence is still on the active faculty.