Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00
The weather outside was frightful, but the gala inside was delightful as 250 guests braved the cold, driving rain to celebrate the centennial of Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. The house was decked out in its finest, with an enormous Christmas tree at the entrance. As guests walked past lighted garlands, waiters with silver trays of chilled champagne flanked both sides of the hallway leading to the great room, where music filled with house from the newly restored Steinway piano.
While guests from all parts of Long Island and even New York City admired the decorations, hors d’eouvres of shrimp, lamb and quiche were passed around and Japanese chefs prepared different types of sushi and sashimi for tastings. Outside, Richard Daly of Ice Melodies carved a replica of Coe Hall in one and a half hours using only a postcard as a visual guide.Henry Joyce, executive director of the Planting Fields Foundation, was pleased by the turnout.
“This is an exciting evening for us as we celebrate the centennial with this wonderful gala. There are as many people here as you can imagine the house had 100 years ago for a party. We have many events planned through the year and we have been very busy furnishing the house and planting trees on the estate.”
Part of those furnishings come from The Finer Things in Locust Valley, run by Victoria Moses, who helped decorate the house with items from her store. “The house just sparkles and it is such a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season.”
Natalie Coe, the great-granddaughter of WR Coe, was there with her son, Cassius, who admired all of the decorations and had high praise for the changes she has seen in the house. She was a child when the house was turned over to the state of New York and never opened to the public and couldn’t be more pleased with the transformation. “I think it is wonderful. This is a house that is meant to have parties and not just be a cob webby museum.”
Mayor Julian Beckerman of Muttontown, along with her friends, commented on how beautiful everything looked in the house. “This is a wonderful cause and I am glad to support it.”
Ian Miller and his wife, Rosenne, from Glen Cove, have come to this party for the past five years.
“I think this is just lovely, the food was delicious, the house looks beautiful and we are having a very nice time,” Rosenne commented.
Ian added, “It’s always nice, it’s for a good cause, it’s great for the community and it’s a nice way to meet people. It was a nice night.”
Dinner -- served buffet-style in the dining room on a long table lit by candlelight from crystal candelabras -- consisted of salads, vegetables, cheese, prime rib and salmon. Guests settled in different parts of the house to eat on tables decorated with fragrant paper whites.
As the evening drew to a close, each guest received a boxed white Christmas ornament with a wreath and the dates of the centennial celebration. As the guests left to brave the rain they all commented that this was the best party Coe Hall has had. For further events taking place this month visit www.plantingfields.org.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Local author Rajdeep Paulus of Locust Valley is living the writer’s dream. After having her first young adult novel published last year with positive reviews, she has just released her second novel, and will be holding a book signing at The Book Revue in Huntington on March 12.
Her first book, Swimming Through Clouds, is about a high school transfer student and her friendship with the basketball captain during their senior year. The sequel, Seeing Through Stones, was released March 1.The mom of four girls only recently tried her hand at novel writing; an English major in college who then taught for a few years, says, “I spent about a decade doing the mom thing...then as my youngest got to be school age, my husband asked me, ‘What do you want to do with your life now?’”
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
February, Black History Month, was celebrated by the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church of Oyster Bay with a series of special events.
“The whole month was inspiring, so I am looking forward to doing it next year,” said Black History-Harriet Tubman Committee Chair Diane Cortes-Evans.
The month included a visit from Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who attended the Feb. 9 service and presented Pastor Linda Vanager with a citation from the NYS Legislature for the church’s work in preserving the Pine Hollow Cemetery, and a lecture by historian Simon Rutledge.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:01
On Saturday, Feb. 22, as temperatures rose to well above freezing for the first time in weeks and the melting snow created a thick fog, the Oyster Bay High School Varsity Lady Baymen Basketball Team showed up at Long Island University ready to play.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:48
The Winter Varsity Sports Season is into post-season play in Oyster Bay. Many fine young athletes have excelled this season and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for February.
Cassidy Exum has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year. Since that time, he has achieved All-County honors, which includes a Nassau County Small School County Championship. This year, Exum started his competitive season with success. He was a place winner in the annual Locust Valley Tournament, a Hank Paris Tournament Champion and a Bethpage Tournament Champion, where he was presented with the Champion of Champions Award. Exum’s success is due to his work ethic, dedication and discipline.; he is a fierce competitor which will help him as he competes for his second Nassau County Championship. Exum is coached by 2012 Coaches of the Year Jay Davis and Doug Axman.