Long Island - February 9, 2012
We didn’t think much of it until we started walking around the village and started spotting pineapples everywhere. Paintings, official signage and restaurants all feature the golden island snack and the annual Chamber of Commerce dance is referred to as the Pineapple Ball. So what’s the deal with the pineapples? Apparently, while the official symbol of Garden City remains a lion, about 10 years ago village administrator Robert Schoelle Jr. brought the idea to the city as a symbol of “family, human warmth and good times”. That seemed like a pretty good motto for a sports team, so for the remainder of the trip we’ll be incorporating pineapples into every meal.
Come to the Bell Centre for a game and there’s a good chance the building will be close to packed even in the warmup. While that’s not the case at the Nassau Coliseum, we have to give a shout out to the dedicated Habs fans that made sure to show up early and line the platinum seats to help make Long Island feel a little more like home for the guys.