Billy Lopata put on some hot dogs during the summer of 1969.
Others put on a play in their neighborhood. And some people put on moon costumes to salute the crew of Apollo 11. Still other folks put on canvas bags to sell newspapers.
Lopata used to host a summer party on Madison Street. Billy had been playing big brother to kids for years, grilling hot dogs and serving ice cold soda to young friends. Music and games were other parts of Billy’s big deal.
People living in Rotterdam’s Continental Road neighborhood saw a show in July 1969. Kids adapted the story of gold-spinning elf Rumplestiltskin for a play in Beth Ann Flatt’s backyard. The actresses charged for their performance and donated the dough to the Cerebral Palsy Association.