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Spring Concert
Friday, June 8

Oyster Bay Historical Society
Sunday, June 10

Making Tracks For Celiacs
Sunday, June 10


Friday, June 8

Spring Concert

The Vernon grades three and four spring concert takes place at 9:15 a.m. in the Vernon gymnasium.


Sunday, June 10

Oyster Bay Historical Society

Annual meeting featuring the election of officers and trustees. There will also be a ceremony honoring the members of the North Country Garden Club and formal acceptance of their gift of the Miniature North Room at Sagamore Hill. 2 p.m. at The Koenig Center, 20 Summit St., Oyster Bay. Call 516-922-5032.

LI Rose Society Annual Show

The Long Island Rose Society will present its annual judging and exhibition titled “An American Beauty: The Rose” at Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the horticulture building. See roses of all colors and classes from mini roses to hybrid teas, climbers and old garden roses, all garden grown on Long Island. A Court of Honor will display the individual roses that have been judged Best in Show. See roses that have been grown by children and learn which roses have been judged most fragrant. There is also a section displaying rose arrangements. Meet the growers to discuss the characteristics and requirements of each rose. See and learn about the newest varieties of landscape roses which are easy to grow and very disease resistant. Have questions answered by certified consulting rosarians. Anyone who wishes to join the society will receive a free trial membership which will include two issues of its publication American Rose magazine. There is also a plant sale and raffles. Admission to the show is free. Parking at Planting Fields is $8. For directions to the arboretum, go to www.plantingfields.org. For further information on the show, go to longislandroses.org or contact Mary Jane Lee at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Making Tracks For Celiacs

The Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation announces its partnership with the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland for the Making Tracks For Celiacs 5K event. The 5K will begin and end in Theodore Roosevelt Park, Oyster Bay. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. Participants can join as individuals or join as teams and each person will be able to follow his/her total donation amounts raised directly on the events official website, www.celiacwalk.org. All participants will receive a performance T-shirt the day of the event as well as be treated to gluten-free snacks, food vendors, drinks, race awards and music at the event. To register for the event online, visit www.celiacwalk.org and click on Long Island, NY on the left hand side.


Monday, June 11

Summer Baseball Clinics

Portledge School, 355 Duck Pond Rd., Locust Valley, is offering Summer Baseball Clinics. Come get ready for baseball with fun skills and drills in pitching, hitting, base running and fielding with our new baseball coach Frank Battaglia. Special June sessions run the weeks of June 11 and June 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additional summer sessions are July 9-13, July 16-20 and July 23-27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For questions or more information, log onto www.portledge.org/summeradventures or contact Melissa Worth 516-750-3104 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Wednesday, June 13

Free Nature Program

“Leopard Conservation in Africa: Where Science, Hunting and Policy Converge” with Luke Hunter, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. at the Cold Spring Harbor Library, 95 Harbor Rd. (Route 25A), Cold Spring Harbor. Learn about the natural history of leopards as well as the conservation efforts that are being employed to protect this magnificent big cat. Dr. Hunter will bring copies of his latest book for sale and signing. Visit www.hobaudubon.org for more information.


Saturday, June 16

Nature Tours

Enjoy a guided nature walk on the trails throughout the year from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Hoffman Center Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, 6000 Northern Blvd., Muttontown (between Route 106 and 107 – just west of Martin Viette Nursery). Meet the guide at the site entrance at 12:50 p.m. Gate locked when tour begins. No pets, no children under 10 years of age or organized groups permitted. Weather permitting. Call 922-3290 the day before to confirm. $5 admission. No registration required. Visit www.hoffmancenter.org. Also on July 7, 21, Aug. 4, 18.


Saturday, June 23

Kayaking For A Cure

Come for an amazing one-day kayak experience and help raise money for the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. One hundred percent of all donations go directly to funding research grants leading to discoveries in understanding the causes and improving treatments of brain disorders in children and adults. Preregistration and donation is required. The event will be held at Beekman Beach located in the Town of Oyster Bay, The WaterFront Center is the best address for GPS. All are welcome - beginners and experienced kayakers. Registration sign-in 7:30 a.m. for experienced/intermediate level; 9 a.m. for beginner kayakers. Cost: $40. Kayak rentals are available at an additional cost. Contact 1-800-829-8289 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to secure rental. For additional information visit http:// bbrfoundation.org/events/kayakforacure.


Sunday, June 24

The Book Lover’s Garden Party

Scarsella’s Flowers, 1702 Route 25A, Laurel Hollow, is hosting The Book Lover’s Garden Party, a book fair and cultural event to raise funds for The International Breast Cancer Surgical Mission. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with the authors, participants will discover a bee harvester, a tea merchant, a purveyor of natural products and a nutritionist. Come and enjoy a day to delight the senses, while supporting local talent and helping in the war against breast cancer on a global level. Entry donation is $20. All fees and 10 percent of sales will go directly to the mission.


Upcoming Events

Free Summer Vacation Bible School Program

The Children’s Ministry of North Shore Community Church announces it is now accepting registrations for its annual summer VBS program. This year’s theme -“SonRise National Park” - is a week-long, nature-themed, day program offered to children pre-K through 12th grade. At VBS, children will have the time of their lives singing songs, watching skits, creating crafts, playing games and - for the teenagers - participating in a high-energy sports program. In the midst of all the fun, children will learn about Jesus and discover just how much God loves them. SonRise National Park VBS begins June 25 and continues through June 29 at North Shore Community Church, 209 South St., Oyster Bay from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information or to register children, call 516-922-7322 or visit www.northshorecommunintychuch.com. Limited space.


Ongoing Events

Cruise Nights

Tuesdays at 5:45 p.m. through September. Audrey Ave. in downtown Oyster Bay. Restaurant specials, live music, 50/50 raffle. Fun for the whole family. For more information including sponsorships call 516-922-6464 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For weather updates go to www. visitoysterbay.com.

Spend A Day With TR

NPS Park Ranger Howard Ehrlich is presenting his free talks on “President Theodore Roosevelt’s Oyster Bay” on Sundays for the entire summer. The free walking tour starts at 2 p.m. Meet in the LIRR parking lot in Oyster Bay. After the walking tour, visitors are invited to gather at Christ Church, 61 East Main St., to hear Mr. Ehrlich talk on the “Last Days of Theodore Roosevelt.” Theodore Roosevelt’s funeral was held at Christ Church and a pew is dedicated to him. After that talk, all are invited to drive to Youngs Cemetery in Oyster Bay Cove for a discussion of the funeral of Theodore Roosevelt. For further information contact NPS Ranger Howard Ehrlich at 922-4271.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Needs Oyster Bay Recruits

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in the Oyster Bay area is recruiting new members. They are needed to assist the Coast Guard in performing Homeland Security missions and to implement the Coast Guard’s many recreational boating safety programs. No experience or boat is required. Training will be provided. For more information call Joe Orlich, vice flotilla commander of flotilla 22-05 in Oyster Bay at (516) 624-USCG (8724).

Exhibit

The LI Craft Guild in collaboration with the Oyster Bay Historical Society will be exhibiting functional pottery at the Society’s Koenig Center, 20 Summit St., Oyster Bay, through June 24. The juried exhibition, Dinner Served, will feature the work of Long Island’s premiere potters. Puneeta Mittal, chair of the Ceramic Media Group, is a renowned potter whose work has been shown in national and international galleries. She is also recognized as a ceramist, painter and is a professor of ceramics at Adelphi University. This years juror is Yvonne Noonan-Cifarelli, an independent curator and fine art appraiser for not-for-profit organizations and the private sector. The Oyster Bay Historical Society exhibits its own collection as well as collections on loan from other organizations and museums. All work is for sale and all are welcome.

Pollywog Adventures

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1665 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, announces the return of its hit program, Pollywog Adventures, for kids ages 3 to 5. A shared experience for parents and their pollywogs, the program offers participants an opportunity to learn about the watery natural world which surrounds us. Children and parents will celebrate the hatchery’s exhibit animals through live animal shows, crafts, activities and stories. New events every week. The program takes place every first and third Thursday through June from 11 a.m. to noon. Call for fees. Special discounts for members. Registration required. RSVP by the Wednesday before. Limited space available. Call 516-692-6768.

Muttontown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Fellowship provides an atmosphere of warmth and camaraderie, with talks presented by intelligent enlightening and non-dogmatic speakers who come from the entire spectrum of the arts, history and sciences. This is followed by coffee and an informal discussion circle, held in the turn-of-the-18th century farmhouse in a bucolic setting. Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The Muttontown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located on the south side of Route 25A (Northern Blvd.), East Norwich, directly east of Martin Viette Nurseries and about a half mile west of Route 106. Look for the white brick gate posts with a large sign for Hunter’s Moon Farm. All are welcome. Call with any questions 659-1686.

Upstairs/Downstairs Tour at Coe Hall

Planting Fields Foundation announces a new hour-long tour about servant life at Coe Hall offered through Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The tour takes visitors through parts of Coe Hall (finished in 1921) that have rarely been shown before, including the top floor of the house where servants had bedrooms and where the Coe family’s clothes and trunks were stored when not needed. Though student bathrooms were added in the 1950s when the house was used as a college, and students had dormitories on the third floor, these rooms, hidden under the vast roofs of the Elizabethan-style mansion, have changed little since the 1920s. In the last year, parts of the top floor have been especially painted and re-furnished. The tour, created by Marianne Della Croce, is based on the extensive archives about the Coe family and Planting Fields. $3.50 tour fee nonmembers; children under 12 are free. Call Jennifer Lavella at 922-8678.


Weekly Events

•Alcoholics Anonymous closed step meeting Sundays at 8 p.m. and open meeting at the same time. On Wednesdays at 8 p.m. there is a beginner’s meeting and a closed discussion meeting. Anyone can attend the open meetings. The closed meetings are for anyone who has a desire to stop drinking. The meetings are held at Christ Church, 61 E. Main St., Oyster Bay. For information call 922-6377.

•Play Bridge will be held at the OB-EN Library, 89 E. Main St., Oyster Bay. Meets every Monday at 7 p.m. Bring a partner or come by yourself. Beginners welcome. Call 922-1212.

•Open Mike at Jack Halyards Restaurant, Oyster Bay, at 8 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information, call 922-2999 or visit www.jackhalyards.com.

•Alanon meeting will be held every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Oyster Bay Presbyterian Church, East Main St. All are welcome.

•Substance Abuse Groups meet at the Youth and Family Counseling Agency, 193 A, South St., Oyster Bay, on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration required. Call 922-6867.

•Open Mike. Every Thursday enjoy the open mike night at Canterbury’s, Oyster Bay. Professional musicians and novices are invited to bring their instruments, voices, and friends to join him on stage or perform by themselves. Approximate starting time is 8:45 p.m. Call Mark at 922-3214.

News

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



Columns

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

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