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Valentine’s Fair Weekend Fun

Get ready for love. The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the third annual Valentine’s Fair in Oyster Bay on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9. As the place where the first documented Valentine’s Day card was sent, it is a natural. Captain Simcoe sent the first romantic Valentine’s Day card to Sally Townsend, opening up the door to today’s celebrations.

The weekend will be filled with activities for everyone. The Chamber, along with Raynham Hall, the Chocolate Lady and several local shops, have organized the two-day celebration which boasts fun children’s events, crafts, classical music, great food and special chocolate offerings, boutique shopping, a Chocolate Fair and Family Valentine’s Day.

The program also includes special events at Christ Church. Saturday there will be classical music provided by Voci da Camera as well as chocolate and other Valentine’s fare in a comfortable setting featuring classic outdoor furniture from Dodds & Eder. Sunday will include the showing of Chocolat. The admission to this romantic feature film is only $5 per person and delicious hot chocolate and other treats will be available at the “concession stand.” Lee Perrotta, Oyster Bay’s own Chocolate Lady and New York State Chocolatier of the Year award winner, will be there to share insight into the tasty aspects of the film.

“You can celebrate Valentine’s Day anywhere, but it lacks the authenticity unless you’re here,” said Raynham Hall Executive Director Harriet Gerard Clark.

Current Chamber President Dottie Simons added: “There’s something for everyone. Along with the Valentine’s Fair, we are celebrating what we’ve been calling Family Valentine’s Day on Sunday. It’s a day where families and friends can get together with grandparents, children, friends…and even pets. Valentine’s is about love and should not be restricted to couples.”

The culmination to the Valentine’s celebration, of course, is the Valentine Evening Gala benefit for Raynham Hall Museum on Friday, Feb. 14. Come celebrate Valentine’s Evening at the Raynham Hall Museum event honoring Patricia P. Sands and the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, Feb. 14 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Piping Rock Club. Dinner, music and auctions for a fee: basic tickets are $250; $200 for junior members, 35 and under.

The invitations add a dress code: red shoes and festive attire. Does that mean dance until you drop? Please call 516-922-6808 for reservations.

All events will be posted to the OBEN chamber web site at visitoysterbay.com. Local merchants who still want to participate can contact the Chamber at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce, advocates for the success and advancement of local businesses by establishing business connections, generating exposure through networking and advertising opportunities, and developing new resources by sharing the knowledge base of more than 150 local companies.

News

There is a new psychic medium on the North Shore of Long Island to compete with the original “Long Island Medium,” Theresa Caputo. Her name is Mary Drew and she has been working for more than a decade doing private readings. Recently, Drew has expanded her horizons and has been conducting readings at restaurants, public events and fundraisers.

“I discovered my ability to speak and to hear the deceased voices when I was 10 years old,” said Drew, who grew up in Brookville and now resides in Glen Cove. “The first deceased person I had an encounter with was my grandmother and it was a very profound experience, to say the least.”

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.

The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

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.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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