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Watch Out Newport!

Making Oakcliff and Oyster Bay the

center of the sailing world in America

Oakcliff Sailing Center hosted a free champagne brunch and art reception to bring together people to see just how special it is. The Fragility and Resilience of our Dunes was the title/focus of the event held at 2 South Street on Saturday, March 2.

Dawn Riley, OSC executive director said, “It was a friend raiser and a celebration of art.  After three years, we are still the best-kept secret in Oyster Bay.  We are here for more than the boating community - we are here for the community. Art, job training, sailing etc.  And yes, we are working to make Oakcliff and Oyster Bay the center of the sailing world in America. Watch out Newport!”

Dawn is one of the dynamos of OSC; another dynamo is artist Betsy Lawrence.

Betsy and Ron Saccardo were co-curators for the art show. Betsy is a creative whirlwind. Anthony Pulgram is the OSC development director.

The centerpiece of the art show was a giant watercolor mural Betsy painted: a study of the dunes of Fire Island before Hurricane Sandy took the sands away. The painting was installed by hanging it from strings and on its reverse side was a mural of boats. The flip side was uncovered near the end of the reception. Another mural was hung over the bar area. Betsy also created several three-dimensional pieces, a bouquet of flowers, an hour glass, and an egg/Earth/blue marble — your interpretation welcome.

The giant mural required handmade Japanese paper. It comes from Central City Paper in NYC, in a box, said Betsy. She slowly unrolled the paper working on section after section to complete the work. Three mural panels were on display in the reception center.

Several other artists had their work hung in the show. They included: John Taylor, Teresa Waterman, Hannah Bonomo, Judie Swanson, Nancy Shapiro, Diane Schottenstein, Sue DiSanti, Kirk Larsen, Betsy Lawrence, Franklin Hill Perrell, Frank Olt, Elizabeth Roosevelt, Yana Frangiskos and Richard Bonomo.

The artists were recognizable by sprigs of yellow forsythia in their lapels. “We cut them a few weeks ago and forced the blooms,” said Betsy whose enthusiasm fuels her activities.

Those who came were invited to attend Hunt Lawrence’s Financial Seminar at 4 South Street which runs from 10 to 11 a.m. every Saturday during the months and Fridays during sailing season.

News

The installation of a cell phone antenna in the steeple of the Community Methodist Church of East Norwich has outraged parents, causing them to seek alternative preschool options for their children and resulting in the closing of the nursery school held at the church. The decision to close the school was announced last week, and the school shut its doors on the summer camp on Tuesday.

“We knew this might be coming, since the numbers were so low, but we didn’t know the summer camp would close so soon,” says Carolyn Wilson, who has been teaching at the Wesley United Method Church Nursery School for 35 years.

History will be made on Friday as Nassau Country Club opens its grounds for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, playing host to the tournament which was last played on its greens 100 years ago. The club has been planning for the tournament for the past eight years or so, when the club’s president and mayor of Mill Neck, Peter Quick, says they first discussed having it return to Nassau for the 100 year anniversary. The tournament, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), will have 156 women from all over the world competing for the Robert Cox Trophy and the title of national champion, including twin sisters Jennifer and Kristin Coleman, whose grandfather is a member of the club.

For the Coleman sisters, 21, of Rolling Hills Estates, CA, the tournament will almost be like a homecoming: they began playing golf at age 5, and have played Nassau Country Club a number of times over the years while visiting their grandfather, Daniel Coleman, who lives in Glen Cove.


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

Everyone who enjoys running or swimming or both is invited to join in the fun for the 3rd annual “Summer’s Not Done Aqua Run” on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Town of Oyster Bay’s TOBAY Beach in Massapequa.

UJA-Federation of New York and the Greater Long Island Running Club will be co-hosting the event, which will consist of an 800-Meter Swim in South Oyster Bay followed by a three-mile run through the TOBAY Beach Bird and Game Preserve.  You can compete as an individual or as a two-person relay team.  New this year – there is also a 3 Mile “Run Only.”


Calendar

July Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 30

Babysitting and First Aid Workshop

Thursday, July 31

Opera Night

Saturday, Aug. 2



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com