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Oakcliff Art Show Supports Sailing

Oakcliff Sailing Center is a magnet for the sailing set in Oyster Bay, as seen last Saturday. The Circles of Oakcliff was the theme of the Art Show and Champagne Luncheon held on March 1 at the campus of the Oakcliff Sailing Center that is the training hub for Olympic hopefuls.

The invitation explained, “Oakcliff and Oyster Bay are circular entities, much like the rings of the Olympics. They are beautiful in their perfect circles, but beyond the simplicity of form is a thriving network supported by the hard work of the athletes, coaches, environmental protection, volunteers and countless other members of a large team…”

And together, founders Betsy and Hunt Lawrence with Dawn Riley, executive director, have created a vibrant waterfront and a training school for the young racing hopefuls for the Olympics in Brazil. Staff members gave tours of the facilities, including the soon to be constructed Sailors Bunkhouse.

Beautiful weather turned up for Oakcliff’s second annual Spring Art Show that was created and curated by Betsy Lawrence who also participated as an artist working in several mediums: oils, bronze and plywood. In keeping with their theme of the Intersecting Circles of Oakcliff, Oyster Bay and the Olympics, even the catering was all about circles and the letter “O” said Dawn Riley, executive director in her blog.

“James Muir of Artaux Catering presented a menu including: Omelets, Olympic blueberry pancakes, Octopus in a soba noodle salad, Orzo salad with feta, Olives and sun dried tomatoes, tiny circles of caviar on blinis, and finally a rum soaked mount Olympus cake.” It sported the Olympic symbol of five rings superimposed over a sketch of a sailboat.

The artists all donated some, if not all of the proceeds to Oakcliff.

Outside the sailing center was a 49er, that special class of boat that was used in the London Olympics, a hint of what is to come from the Oakcliff teams. It is the class of boat that Oakcliff coach Eric Storck sailed in the London Olympics in 2012.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the art, to support Oakcliff’s work, Riley said, “All artists can be reached by sending a request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about Oakcliff and its racing programs please call 516-802-0368.”

News

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.”

One of Oyster Bay’s newest summer traditions is Dancing in the Street, which takes place every Friday in July at the gazebo in town. Sponsored by the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, half of Audrey Avenue is closed off and a DJ is called in for a great night of community dancing from 7-9 p.m.

“This is a great tradition and a beautiful town,” said visitor Michaela Lachance from Cooperstown, NY. “Everyone is having a wonderful time.”


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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