There were two Minstrel & Review
shows, 1948 and 1949 The 1948 show was held at
St. John Kanty Parish Hall.
The 1949 show was held at
the Clifton High School.
Harry Nalesnik was the
director of both shows. The talent was all local talent and the chorus was composed of the Auxilliary and Post members. The end MEN and specialty acts by various members surprised
many by their talent. None more so
than Art Kraft and his powerful rendition of “Old Man River” in the first show.
There were many things that are memorable of these events...
The massive outdoor billboard advertising the event.
Harry Nalesnik and Hank Gola shopping in New York City at Orchard and Delancy Streets for specialty blouses for the ladies in chorus.
The commraderie and togetherness that was developed amongst
all that participated, especially through the
many rehearsals. The generosity of the tavern owners on Van Houten Ave. allowing us to use the tavern halls
for rehearsals when we didn’t have a suitable place of our own.
The crowds that
attended were most appreciative. Both shows in each year played to capacity crowds.
Children from the Athenia section of Clifton get a chance to meet Santa and receive a gift. This event was sponsored by the AVP and held at School 13 for many years.
Future AVP member Mike Smolinski is greeted by Santa at School 13 in 1952. Steve Koribanics and Fred Kalinka are assisting with the AVP event.