Growing Up on the Southside 1957 – 1970
(Brought back by popular demand for the TENTH Year!)

By Gary Staffo


This walking tour will START and END at the Rotary Park Terminal Building on Southern Ave. This Tour will focus only on the area of the Southside, south of the Mohawk River and Barge Canal. If you took this tour in the past and you could not finish beyond Casler Street, or finished sooner, come hear the stories you missed and new ones!

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WHAT: The “Tour” will focus on growing up on the Southside from 1957 to 1970, with a theme that was NOT “Leave It to Beaver” or “Ozzie and Harriet” or “My Three Sons,” but instead a very different and special experience. The history is about the places, the people, and the memories. You will find some of the stories very entertaining!

AUDIENCE: Anyone with an interest in the Southside during the 1960’s, or those from the Northside who never understood Southside people, or those not from Little Falls who married Little Falls Southsiders, or their adult children. Some “adult?” content or described behaviors may not be suitable for children.

If you are a photographer, you will find great opportunities for photos in a variety of natural vistas, vegetation, etc.
Bring your camera.

WHEN: Saturday August 10, 2024
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
The end time is flexible and is based upon the pace and stamina of the attendees. There will be time for questions and answers.

WHERE: Meet at the Rotary Park Terminal Building on Southern Ave by 10:30 am. We will start on time. Parking is available.

Special Needs: The walk includes some unpaved dirt paths, uneven surfaces, and climbing up and down stairs. In addition, the outdoor temperatures may be hot. Some areas require moderate to vigorous physical activity. For your comfort and safety, bring drinking water, sunglasses, a hat, and suntan lotion. Please wear comfortable and stable walking shoes.

Pandemic Concerns – This tour is outdoors with social distancing. We will adhere to all NYS and CDC guidelines in effect at the time of the event. Other personal protective measures such as masks are optional based on your personal comfort.

Pets: Please do not bring your pets as we may encounter other “pets” that are not under owner command or on a leash.

Tour Guide and Organizer:
Gary T. Staffo
Phone: 703-336-7241

Gary is Southside “born and bred,” and he shares and preserves the rich memories of life on the Southside. Don’t miss the gems! New stories from other Southsiders each year!

REGISTRATION: Advance registration is requested and appreciated. Please register by phone or email. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Gary.

Hope to see you at Southside Walking Tour IX