Written by Chris Boyle, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
There’s something to be said about ringing in the holiday season with a little elegance and indulgence; especially when doing so involves consuming delicious treats prepared by a professional chef and adhering to the ideals of Victorian-era society.
That’s just what happened recently at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch, when Chef Barbara Sheridan of Mount Sinai hosted a Victorian-style Holiday High Tea, providing attendees with both a fascinating look into history and an afternoon of taste and class as well.
“High Tea started as an afternoon treat among the upper classes in England during the Victorian age,” she said. “Eventually, tea rooms were opened up all over the country, and that’s when High Tea became more popular...workers would be coming home later in the day and not eat dinner until 8 or 9 o’clock at night, so that’s here High Tea came in. It was more filling tea, served with light sandwiches and treats, and it helped them to make it to dinner.”
Sheridan’s version of Victorian Yuletide High Tea entails a sumptuous menu highlighted by a delightful brewed special holiday tea served with tempting items such as stolen scones with orange curd, white pimento cheese sandwiches, cucumber radish tea sandwiches with shallots and chives aioli, and her specialty- lemon poppy seed tea bread.
Adding to the novelty of the event was the fact that Sheridan prepared many of the menu items right in front of the attendees, giving them not only an interesting cooking demonstration, but something to make their mouths water as well.
Upon retiring after working 30 years as a nurse, Sheridan, who always had a bit of a cooking bug, trained to be a chef and then was treated to post-graduate course at famed cooking school Le Cordon Bleu by her husband as a 50th birthday present.
“I’ve always loved to cook, and it was something I was good at...I went to cooking classes when my kids were little,” she said. “But I never knew it was going to be a career that I was going to go into. But I just wanted to learn how to cook after Martha Stewart came around, and I really wanted to train where Julia Child went.”
After graduating, Sheridan then owned her own cooking school in Oyster Bay for 13 years; in addition, she even got to meet and work her idol, the iconic celebrity chef Julia Child herself, which she said was like a dream come true.
“I met her a few times at cooking conventions and whatnot,” she said. “I got to work with her a few times, as her personal nurse had to take a leave of absence, and since I was trained in both nursing and cooking, I took over here and there. It was really nice to be able to work with her.”
This day’s High Tea event was originally slated to accommodate 25 people, but the slots filled up so quickly that she allotted extra seats to handle more holiday revelers. However, overcrowding is an ongoing issue with Sheridan, who hosts popular culinary demonstrations all throughout the year.
“I do cooking classes all over Long Island...French, Italian, and more,” she said. “But around this time of the year I always like to do a nice Victorian-style Holiday High Tea, but I never knew it would take off like this, and we cover all the historical teas of Long Island, so it makes for a very nice event.”
Mickey Cohen-Howell of Massapequa was one of the attendees at Sheridan’s High Tea, and said that events like these are wonderful ways to ring in the holidays with friends both old and new.
“High Tea is always elegant and beautiful,” she said. “It’s a fun day, because you attend with friends, and you get to know each other a little bit better, and it’s a lot of fun, and the food is a absolute treat...Barbara is a great host and, more importantly, a great cook.
Rosalie Fletchall, raised and currently residing in Massapequa Park, and was excited to experience her very first Victorian High Tea.
“I’ve always been interesting in anything of a Victorian nature, going back to the concept of everything being so gentile and lovely,” she said. “It just sounded so lovely and very interesting, and so far I’m enjoying it immensely.”
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”