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Coe Hall Centennial Celebration

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.

News

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion.

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”

“I didn’t know I needed my own Teddy Bear,” said a woman after the first annual Teddy’s Taste of the West dinner and fundraiser at Canterbury Ales on March 19.

Members were given an authentic Teddy Bear as a surprise gift at the end of the evening. As they say, membership has its privileges and that includes a June 11 event when Ken Burns will come to share a preview of his new film on three Roosevelts. Burns’ film explores the political and family ties between President Theodore Roosevelt, President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a Roosevelt in her own right.  


Sports

Muttontown resident and Kellenberg freshman Ceara Ann Conroy has been named an All-League athlete for Girls Winter Track. The title of All-League is awarded to athletes based on a vote of all the coaches in the NSCHSAA League. All of the Girls Winter Track coaches in the league vote based on the athletes performance during the season, and Conroy’s outstanding performance has earned her the title of All League this year.

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School is just in its second year and already it is making a difference. Senior defender Danielle Maggi has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Albright College.

Last year Maggi was recognized as the “Most Improved Player,” and this year she is being recruited to play in college.

Maggi said, “We did very well in our first varsity season last year (12-2). This year we are 100 percent going for the conference. I’m excited we finally have a varsity team.”


Calendar

LI Sound Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, April 19

Annual Egg-stravaganza

Saturday, April 19

Palliative Care

Wednesday, April 23 



Columns

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

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