Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, email@example.com Sunday, 27 October 2013 00:00
Visitors entering the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Angela Koenig Research and Collections Center via the parking lot behind it, will be pleased to see a new garden area. The Main Street Nursery and Florist of Huntington recently donated and planted day lilies that define the back entrance to the research center.
Fran Leone, a longtime Oyster Bay Historical Society board member has been focusing on its garden area this past year, as has Hal Johnson. “We both do the watering. Millicent Pittis also helps two days a week. In the summer we may have to water everyday, according to the weather.
“Hal has been great with trimming the shrubs and reseeding grass where needed. He really is great with gardening,” she said.
Fran added, “It is the North Country Garden Club that takes care of the 18th century Colonial garden.”
The fenced in Colonial Garden has long been a labor of love for the club. OBHS Executive Director Phil Blocklyn said, “The Oyster Bay Historical Society is very fortunate to have the North Country Garden Club take care of our 18th century Colonial Garden. Arnhilt Buelte and all the volunteers do a wonderful job maintaining the plantings.”
The lawn off the terrace entrance to the Koenig Center is the area on which Fran and Hal have been concentrating.
The project began at an Oyster Bay East Norwich Chamber of Commerce event where Hal met Christine Habermaas, the director of marketing at the Main Street Nursery and Florist. They chatted and then Fran and Hal contacted her with a proposal to do a planting at the OBHS grounds.
“Christine was wonderful and everything went smoothly,” said Fran.
Leone has another reason to appreciate what the Main Street Nursery has done. Fran’s nephew Mike Denaro was manager of Main Street Nursery for many years before becoming a teacher. Michael worked with Rich McKean the owner; Sean Hoffman, the project manager and Misael. Michael Denaro was an OBHS volunteer and was going to be the lead teacher of the newly formed School of the Arts at the time of his passing. “We thank Main Street for their generosity and for remembering Michael. The connection with Michael precipitated this donation. It was very heartwarming that Main Street did the planting and shared stories of when Michael worked at the nursery,” she added.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00
First Presbyterian Church is a hub of activity in November as it holds its annual Victorian Fair and holiday luncheon, on Nov. 22 and 23, traditionally the start of the holidays in Oyster Bay.
On Tuesday, Nov. 19, as the hall was being set up for the Victorian Fair, we asked if the rummage sale would be in the basement again. Isa Gutierrez said, “Oh, no. It’s our Granny’s Attic sale, we don’t call it a Rummage Sale.”
True, the Episcopalians, across the street at Christ Church, call it a Rummage Sale, following their English tradition. The Presbyterians have Scottish roots, which was evident on the first Sunday of Advent, Dec. 1. “It is our St. Andrew’s Day Worship, it is close to the actual day, and in keeping with the church’s Scottish roots, people will wear tartan plaids. It’s done in many Presbyterian churches,” said the Rev. Jeffrey Prey.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
On a crisp November evening, more than 200 people arrived at Chelsea Mansion in East Norwich for the Long Island Jewish Community Relations Council Holiday Party, "Multicultural Visions, Artists Exploring Identity." People from all ethnic and religious walks of life mingled under the heated tent viewing art from six local artists, equally as diverse.
There was Stanley Covington, an African American artist from Hempstead; Paul Kolker, a Jewish doctor, lawyer, and artist from Westbury; Rene Efi Hakimian, a Persian Jew from Great Neck; Simon Zareh a Jewish Iranian art collector from Rosyln; Lisbeh Herrera, a Nicaraguan American artist from Bayshore (her husband and children were present but not the artist); and Manu Kaur Saluja, a Sikh artist from Old Brookville now living in Queens. While guests and many politicians viewed the magnificent art and chatted with the artists, the background was filled with beautiful music played by high school students from Suffolk County Asian American Advisory Board Orchestra. Talk about diversity.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Nicole Giannetti entered her third cross country state meet in her career with one goal in mind: to place in the top 20 and earn an all-state medal. After finishing 38th in 2011 and 26th in 2010, the goal was definitely within her reach.
“She was ranked 25th according to one website, so we knew it was going to be close,” said Coach Kevin Cotter. “After looking at some of the times of her competitors, I told her she could potentially finish in the top 10. If she fell short, at least she would still remain in the top 20 and earn that elusive medal.”
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
News 12 Long Island has selected senior Katrina Garry of Locust Valley as a News 12 Long Island Scholar Athlete for the 2013-14 season. Now in its 27th year, the weekly award recognizes outstanding ability by high school seniors in athletics, scholarship, leadership and service to others.
Garry was interviewed by News 12 about her achievements and this award earlier this month; the segment aired Wednesday, Nov. 6 and can be viewed by heading to www.longisland.news12.com/multimedia/scholar-athlete-trina-garry-1.6394824.