The Oyster Festival Committee is pleased to announce the winner of this year's T-shirt design contest. Fran Babiss of Orchard Street in the hamlet submitted the winning design. Dr. Babiss, a mental health occupational therapist at South Oaks Hospital, has been coming to the Oyster Fest for years. "I'll be there both days; I wouldn't miss it!" she promised. Her design will be silk-screened onto the commemorative T-shirts which will sell at the Festival, Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14, for under $20. The second place winner is Kristen Ingraham, a student at Oyster Bay HS. Third place was won by Gianni Napolitano, a third grader at the Vernon School. Both Kristen and Gianni will receive a savings bond.
Following on the heels of a brisk 5 K Supervisor's Run to be held in the streets of Oyster Bay hamlet starting in Fireman's Field on Saturday morning, Oct. 13, at 9 a.m., the 18th Annual Oyster Festival will begin in full swing. The whole family can participate in the Run, with prizes in categories ranging from under 14 years of age to over 75. A $16 registration fee ($20 on the day of the race, $14 for TOB residents) can be paid at the Runner's Edge on Main St. in Farmingdale until Oct. 12 and at the Roosevelt School, W. Main St., Oyster Bay on the morning of the race from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Sponsored by the State Bank of Long Island and the Town of Oyster Bay, free t-shirts provided by South Shore Outdoor will be provided to each registrant, who can then stay around and enjoy the Oyster Fest.
Music will abound at the festival at three different locations on both Saturday and Sunday: in a tent on Audrey Avenue in the food court area; at the Town of Oyster Bay Showmobile in Roosevelt Memorial Park; at the Western Waterfront on West End Avenue. The music will suit every taste with popular bands from previous years returning for encore performances. Among these are Cadillac Moon, who play a combination of contemporary rock, blues, R&B classics and original material; the "Bossa Nova Beatniks," whose music is described as funky, rockin' calypso music seasoned with a bit of salsa; Darby Jones, described by Bob Makin from New Jersey's Courier News "by mixing the Monkees and Nirvana into a bittersweet cocktail drunk by R.E.M. and the Replacements;" and The Electrix who perform classic rock of other performers like the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers. Eleven other groups have been booked, so there will be almost continuous music to please all. Don't miss it!
For further information, or to volunteer to help at the festival, call Tom Reardon at 922-6133.