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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

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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