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Get Crafty In Sea Cliff

On July 13, the 4th annual Sea Cliff Summer Craft Fair will take place.

Four summers ago, Sea Cliff Arts Council co-chair Kathleen DiResta and longtime Sea Cliff resident Donna Barrett decided to organize a small, intimate affair showcasing local artists, since many of the local makers were lost in the shuffle at Mini Mart. The first Sea Cliff Summer Craft Fair took place on a warm, sunny day in the beautiful Memorial Park overlooking the Sound. There was a steady flow of people who visited the booths of about 15 local artisans, many who still participate in the fair. The booths were filled with all types of artwork, including local scenic photography, handmade body essentials, jewelry, and so much more. To top it off, Kris Rice played her guitar and sang her lovely songs.

Last year, so many vendors wanted to participate that the event grew too big to be held in Memorial Park and it was switched to Clifton Park.  Many of the artists have been there since the beginning, such Donna Barrett with her beaded jewelry designs and Jane Irvine with her colorful fused glass. Diane Bard of Peace Soaps will have a booth with natural soaps such as Enchanted Forest and Mountain Fig. Patricia Kaegi will display her artwork of local everyday scenes. Plus, she will also be working on her “Amazing Project” where she creates portraits on the spot.

“Once an individual decides to have their portrait painted for the Amazing Project, I take the first five to 10 minutes interviewing them and then I paint their portrait,” explains Kaegi. “Ideally it takes about 20 minutes to a half hour. The response has been really positive and one parent told me that it was a really great self-esteem booster for her daughter.”

Sea Cliff MAKEshop, an organization promoting arts and sciences for children, will have a table set up for kids to design bottle rockets that they will safely launch from the park. In addition, there will be clothing, candles, and many other handmade items available. The Sea Cliff Arts Council hopes that this will be another well-attended event.

This year the event will be held on Sunday, July 13 in Clifton Park, between Sea Cliff Avenue and Glen Avenue, at Dubois Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is July 20.

News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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