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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

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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