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Centennial Celebration At Coe Hall

The weather outside was frightful, but the gala inside was delightful as 250 guests braved the cold, driving rain to celebrate the centennial of Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. The house was decked out in its finest, with an enormous Christmas tree at the entrance. As guests walked past lighted garlands, waiters with silver trays of chilled champagne flanked both sides of the hallway leading to the great room, where music filled the house from the newly restored Steinway piano. 

 

While guests from all parts of Long Island and even New York City admired the decorations, hors d’eouvres of shrimp, lamb and quiche were passed around and Japanese chefs prepared different types of sushi and sashimi for tastings. Outside, Richard Daly of Ice

Melodies carved a replica of Coe Hall in one and a half hours using only a postcard as a visual guide. 

 

Henry Joyce, executive director of the Planting Fields Foundation, was pleased by the turnout. 

 

“This is an exciting evening for us as we celebrate the centennial with this wonderful gala. There are as many people here as you can imagine the house had 100 years ago for a party. We have many events planned through the year and we have been very busy furnishing the house and planting trees on the estate.”

 

Part of those furnishings come from The Finer Things in Locust Valley, run by Victoria Moses, who helped decorate the house with items from her store. “The house just sparkles and it is such a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season.”

 

Natalie Coe, the great-granddaughter of WR Coe, was there with her son, Cassius, who admired all of the decorations and had high praise for the changes she has seen in the house. She was a child when the house was turned over to the state of New York and never opened to the public and couldn’t be more pleased with the transformation. “I think it is wonderful. This is a house that is meant to have parties and not just be a cob webby museum.”

 

Mayor Julian Beckerman of Muttontown, along with her friends, commented on how beautiful everything looked in the house. “This is a wonderful cause and I am glad to support it.”

 

Ian Miller and his wife, Rosenne, from Glen Cove, have come to this party for the past five years. 

 

“I think this is just lovely, the food was delicious, the house looks beautiful and we are having a very nice time,” Rosenne commented. 

 

Ian added, “It’s always nice, it’s for a good cause, it’s great for the community and it’s a nice way to meet people. It was a nice night.”

 

Dinner — served buffet-style in the dining room on a long table lit by candlelight from crystal candelabras — consisted of salads, vegetables, cheese, prime rib and salmon. Guests settled in different parts of the house to eat on tables decorated with fragrant paper whites.

 

As the evening drew to a close, each guest received a boxed white Christmas ornament with a wreath and the dates of the centennial celebration. As the guests left to brave the rain they all commented that this was the best party Coe Hall has had. For further events taking place this month visit www.plantingfields.org.


News

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion. 

 

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com