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A Native Thanksgiving

Visitors to Nassau County’s Garvies Point Museum and Preserve were transported back in time on Nov. 23 and 24 when the museum held its Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast. More than 1,000 people attended the two-day event, which showcased the lives of Native Americans. Numerous hands-on activities gave participants the opportunity to try their luck at spear throwing, corn grinding, cooking over an open fire and pottery making. 

 

The feast was the perfect outing for several Cub Scout troops and group home organizations as well as for families from across Long Island. For Sea Cliff siblings Zeke and Uma it was a special day at a place they visit often and have strong ties to. Their grandfather had been one of the museum’s early volunteers. For the Ferrera family of Islip it was a new adventure. Renee Ferrera is a social studies teacher who had taken her classes on trips to Garvies in the past and always enjoyed it. 

 

 “When I saw they were having this event, I just knew it would be a perfect time to bring my husband and my own kids here,” said Ferrera.  

 

One of the most popular attractions of the weekend was the outdoor fire pit. Volunteer Ted Strickroth (Tipi Ted) of the Wilderness Travel Museum engaged the crowd by demonstrating how to make a fire by, literally, rubbing two sticks together.

 

“The fire was the TV of long ago,” said Strickroth. “Children would sit in the wigwams, watch the fire and listen to the stories of the elders.”  

 

Children and adults alike had the chance to prepare and cook native foods over the fire, including popcorn soup, fish and squash.  Once the food was cooked, Strickroth explained that in the days of the Native Americans, the young ones

made an offering of food to the elders and, in turn, the elders offered wisdom to the young. The children were then asked to come up to the fire where they were given food that they then offered to an elder in the crowd. The fish and the squash were declared “delicious;” the popcorn soup not so much.   

 

Brian Nugent, the recently appointed Chief Deputy Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Museums for Nassau County,  dropped by on Saturday to survey the festivities.  

 

“This is fantastic,” said Nugent. “It shows the true meaning of Thanksgiving in the past and I hope this weekend is the beginning of a great Thanksgiving week for all the families who came here.”

 

Garvies Museum has been celebrating its Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast on the weekend before Thanksgiving for more than 30 years explained Kathryne Natale, former museum worker and current President of the Friends of Garvies, who first conceived of the idea.  Close to 40 volunteers work hard each year to make it a very special event. 

News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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