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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

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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