We will miss the late Herb Machol of Machol Media Services. As the first promoter of the Oyster Festival, he created some grand events that created momentum and enthusiasm for what has become a major fundraiser for local not-for-profit groups.

Originally created to showcase the hamlet of Oyster Bay, the oyster, and our historic town, it is now a major fundraising event. By now, 25 years later, the Oyster Festival has a life of its own, as they say, but he took it to a higher level especially with the Oyster Festival Cycling Classic that attracted international notice.

I was just starting with the Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot in those years and at one Oyster Festival press event held at what was then known as the North Country Hotel I remember being thrilled to have Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Angela Delligatti sitting at the next table having a sandwich with several of the town councilmen.

The event was held in June, and Herb started the excitement early in the year to build interest in it. At one of the events there was a large ice sculpture - they were just becoming the rage at that time. Another event had the press invited to a Viennese Table-tasting to announce new sponsors for the Oyster Festival.

Herb brought a certain panache to the events that certainly made the press happy and eager to get back to their typewriters.

I truly dislike the words - "those were the days" but in this case that is the truth. There was a great deal of excitement around the Oyster Festival and I loved how Herb Machol made us all feel a part of the events.

"Those were the days!" - DFK

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