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Talent & Variety Show This Friday

There is an old saying that the “family that plays together, stays together.” The Oyster Bay East Norwich community is very much like one big extended family. Every year the Oyster Bay High School holds a Talent and Variety Show featuring the talents of students and staff playing together. Another annual event is International Night sponsored by the foreign language department. This year, the two events are joining forces in an extravaganza of international cuisine, culture and entertainment.

The show will be held on Friday, Jan. 17 in the Oyster Bay High School Performing Arts Center (the PAC) at 8 p.m. The admission for the show is $5. However, for $7, patrons can enjoy dinner and a show. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a sampling of international foods in the high school cafeteria. The $7 ticket allows access to the food and the show to follow.

And what a show it will be. There will be the usual array of student and staff talent as well as some professional entertainers featuring culture from around the world.

The show kicks off with a performance by Bakithi Kumalo from Soweto, South Africa. Kumalo is best known as the bass player for Paul Simon, and is prominently featured on the Grammy winning Graceland album. Kumalo will be joined by Oyster Bay’s own Tom Gould on guitar and vocals and OBHS senior Stevie Matthews on vibes.

Freshman Angela Parry makes her talent show debut featuring her marvelous singing. Abigail Santiago will make her first appearance in the talent show playing the piano. Also making her talent show debut will be junior Jamie Burke. She will be featured in a duet with talent show veteran and senior Grey Warwick-Clark.

Junior Nathalie Mejia returns to the big stage after her command performance on the Pearls of Oyster Bay CD released last year. Mejia will be accompanied by Stevie Matthews on piano.

Senior Hannah Kulis is known to practice her piano up to three hours a day. She is a wonderful talent and is sure to delight the crowd with her inspired touch on the Steinway grand piano as she performs a beautiful classical piece.

Sophomore Charlie Dane has already made a name for herself as a professional singer songwriter. She has two well-produced CDs and has played countless festivals, stages, events and radio. Dane will perform songs from her impressive original songbook. At just 15 years old, Dane has been writing songs for years and vocal skills are nothing short of amazing. Visit www.charliedane.net.

The international flavor of the show will feature a group of seventh-grade dancers directed by teacher Jacklin Luciano: Ibania Cardoza, Brittany Cohen, Kayleigh Crawford, Cinthia Gutierrez and Samantha Sluka.

Some of the youngest members of the community will get involved through a performance by the Hispanic Cultural Center of Oyster Bay.

These young performers will get to experience the thrill of sharing the stage with professional entertainers as the international flare is represented with a flamenco dancer, a Brazilian Samba artist, a West Coast swing dancing duo and even a Middle Eastern belly dancer.

The United States is very much a part of the landscape of international culture with its invention, rock and roll. Senior Stevie Matthews will sit down at the drums and will be miked up for vocals as he leads a new band called Dysfunctional Reality. Mathews will be joined by seniors Joey Sheehan on guitar, Mike Sonta on bass and Danilo Tumasella on vocals.

For the past 20 years the talent show has been filled with a very talented group of performers. The event is presented by the Oyster Bay High School Media Arts Club, guided by advisor Tom Gould. The Media Arts Club officers include President Stevie Matthews, Vice President Hannah Kulis, Treasurer Hannah Guarini, Secretary Charlie Dane, and Historian Ally Thienel.

 It is a much anticipated evening of entertainment, now in its third decade at Oyster Bay High School.

News

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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