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‘Under The Sea’ At East Woods

On April 3 and 4, the East Woods Upper School presented a captivating production of the Disney musical The Little Mermaid, Jr. The stage of the old gym was transformed into an underwater kingdom and a coastal estate, complete with waves lapping against the bow of a majestic, moveable ship. The set was designed, constructed and painted entirely by students, parents and faculty, and was a labor of love, with weekend workshops from morning until night.

The talent of the Upper School students was showcased by the stellar performances of every student involved with the production. With an endearing and very crab-like Sebastian, a beautiful Ariel, a sweet and sincere Prince Eric, a concerned Grimsby, a loyal but frightened Flounder, a very silly Scuttle, an imposing King Triton, a hilarious and memorable Chef Louis, the scheming and sinister Ursula and her “pets” Flotsam and Jetsam, and with the wonderful harmonies sung by the graceful Mersisters, the lively cast of middle school students brought their characters to life. No canned music here, the stage actors were accompanied by their gifted and accomplished fellow students in the pit band. In what has now become an Upper School musical tradition, the kindergarten class participated in the musical as guppies.

Parents, families, friends and fellow students were blown away by the talent, hard work and especially the fun that was evident during all three performances.

 As Artistic Director Orlando Peña said, “My goal was for the students to laugh hard, work hard and go beyond their comfort zone in the safe environment of East Woods...after all, it’s not every day we can be mermaids, mersisters, crabs and seagulls! I just wanted the students to cherish this moment.”

The East Woods student performers clearly did cherish this experience. Whether on the stage, in the band or behind the scenes, they impressed everyone with their talent and dedication.

For additional information, contact Amanda Laserson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.eastwoods.org.

News

Serving Oyster Bay and the rest of Long Island since 1990, Periwinkles is an Oyster Bay business on Audrey Avenue that assists with event planning, staging and staffing and catering a multitude of different events. Periwinkles was started by Pat Spafford, who was encouraged to take her passion and make it a career.

 

“I was raising a family and doing this part-time,” said Spafford. “One of my clients encouraged me to make it full-time. Most of my clientele was from Oyster Bay so I settled here. I have a huge affection for the people and the place. It’s great that I have been successful here for so long.” 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

 

“I had this idea for a festival years ago, and when I finally nailed down a date, people are coming out of the woodwork to be a part of it,” says Losee.


Sports

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.


Calendar

MSA Party - September 17

West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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