It was another wonderful weekend in Oyster Bay. Mrs. Richard C. Storrs again offered her house as a venue for the annual Save the Children Christmas Party.
Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Coudert III were the hosts at the annual Doubleday Babcock Senior Center Holiday Gala.
Coe Hall held their Deck the Halls event. The house looked just wonderful decorated by designers. We loved the tree created by Roland Cotter-Kroboth. It was a spray of tree limbs perched in an antique brass vase, about three feet high. Hung from the bare branches were large, antique Christmas balls.
Christ Church had a great concert again, with the performance of the Voci de Camera.
Michael Piccolo, had an opening of his work at the Mistretta Galleries in Locust Valley. It is titled, Retrospective of an Unknown and will be there through Dec. 31.
And, at the First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Jeffrey Prey offered parishioners a labyrinth.
It was a tool for meditation, a copy of the pattern on the floor of Chartres, Cathedral in Chartres France.
People walked the labyrinth's winding path, no different from a maze, he said. It has one circuitous path, with no dead ends that always gets you to the middle. "It's basically a tool or aid to prayer and meditation," he said.
The Rev. Jeffrey Prey heard about it at a meeting of the Presbytery he attended with a church elder, Dr. Pat Azmitia, and they agreed to do it, he said.
"We thought it would be a nice way to start the Advent season, instead of the holiday season. It is a slowing down."
Thirty-five feet square, it is on a roll of canvas.
Rev. Prey said C.W. Post College has a permanent labyrinth installation.
"We had reduced copies, to give people a personal labyrinth to trace with their finger as a prayer or meditation aid."
It was another great weekend of cultural, charitable and religious inspiration.
Add to that the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce's Spruce Up the Hamlet program and what could be nicer.
Oyster Bay, it's a great place to live!