On June 7th, the Victorian Dance Society celebrated the memory of Tony Noto through the placement of a memory plaque beside the memorial tree planted in his memory. Dance master, Layman Jones is shown placing the plaque at the base of the tree. Prior to the placement, Layman recalled Tony’s contributions to the Amherst Victorian Dance Society as a founding member and as a constant model of enthusiasm, positive attitude and looking out for the welfare of their members. Layman also noted Tony’s many contributions to BNHV as a school tour docent specializing in vintage toys and games, playing the role of Santa at Christmas events and many other behind the scenes volunteer efforts.
The placement of the memory tree and plaque between the Reikart Barber Shop and Sweet Home School is highly appropriate. Tony was a teacher by trade and a teacher of Victorian dance to the Dance Society members. The Sweet Home school symbolizes this aspect of Tony’s life. The Reikarts were involved in the song and dance of Vaudeville. Tony’s love of Victorian Dance is reflective of the Reikart’s show business orientation.