Passport to Historic Oyster Bay is a weekend series of events meant to invite you to trod the streets where history comes alive. Want to walk in the footsteps of Theodore Roosevelt? See the Rough Riders in action? Dance to traditional American music? Try on clothing from the colonial era or see a British American Revolutionary War Encampment? You can, in Oyster Bay on July 3rd and 4th - as part of the Passport to Historic Oyster Bay summer weekends.
Events on July 3rd include: guided tours of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., gallery talks on Theodore Roosevelt at the Old Orchard Museum at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and village walking tours "In the footsteps of TR" with a National Park Service Interpreter beginning at the corner of East Main and South Street (1 East Main, Wild Honey restaurant) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information call Sagamore Hill at 922-4788.
Additionally, on July 3rd, the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center will host "Celebrate the Bald Eagle" from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with the opportunity to see the Sanctuary's resident Bald Eagle and learn how this majestic bird of prey became the symbol of our country. For more information call the sanctuary at 922-3200.
The Oyster Bay Historical Society located at the Earl Wightman House Museum presents "Hands-on History: Fashion in Colonial America" at which visitors will be able to try on reproductions of the fashions worn by 18th century Americans and uniforms worn by Revolutionary War soldiers. For information call the museum at 922-5032.
On the evening of July 3rd families can dance and tap their feet to the music of Pat Cannon's Foot & Fiddle Dance Company - Traditional American Music & Dance for all ages, concert presented by Friends of the Arts at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park. For information and tickets, call FOTA at 922-0061.
In a traditional Independence Day Celebration, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site hosts a Rough Riders re-enactment, patriotic speeches and music concert at 2 p.m. (922-4788). Also in the afternoon, one can experience a British American Revolutionary War Encampment on the sight of an original one at Raynham Hall Museum from noon-5 p.m., (922-6808), or tour the Oyster Bay Historical Society - Earle Wightman House Museum "Hands-on History: Fashion in Colonial America" from noon-4 p.m., (922-5032).
The Rotary Club of Oyster Bay is sponsoring an old-fashioned trolley service on July 4th from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. that will travel a six-mile loop from Theodore Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill to Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, home of Friends of the Arts concerts. There will be additional stops at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center; The Waterfront Center; Raynham Hall Museum; Doubleday Babcock Senior Center and the Long Island Rail Road station.
On board the trolley, visitors will be greeted by John Mahoney, a Student Conservation Association intern at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site who will offer interpretation of Oyster Bay's rich history. The interpretive service is made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Company to promote alternative transportation in the National Parks. Major funding for Passport to Historic Oyster Bay has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for the Passport to Historic Oyster Bay has been provided by the Peter Tilles Family Foundation, Island Properties, LLC and Avalon Bay Communities, Inc.
A free Passport to Historic Oyster Bay brochure is available to all. It includes a map, travel information, schedules and more. To obtain a Passport or for more information, call the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce (922-6464), or log on to the website, www.oysterbay.org. Please consult individual websites for hours of operation, admission prices and additional information.