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Egg Hunting At Raynham Hall

Sunday, April 13 was the perfect day for an Easter egg hunt, and Raynham Hall Museum was ready with 500 plastic eggs filled with treats placed in the yard of the museum. The hunt started at 11:30 a.m. with more than 100 excited kids and grown-ups swarming through the gate.

Theresa Skvarla, director of public relations, and Alex Sutherland, director of education, were ready. Kids were armed with baskets to fill and  parents had their cameras ready for memories with the Easter Bunny.  

“We have 500 eggs, which include nine special golden eggs,” said Sutherland. “These special eggs contain chocolate coins in gold foil. The kids love them.”

The two women explained the rules of the hunt to the crowd. The eggs were all in the side yard, some on the ground and some higher. There were  no eggs in the back or in newly planted areas. Most of the eggs were placed on the lawn so the kids, some as young as 12 months, could find them.

Lisa Orellana’s 7-year-old twins, Ava and Jake, each found a golden egg as they filled their basket.

Orellana said, “I’ve toured the museum before and I love it here. This is our first Easter egg hunt, and we are having a great time.”

Little Miles Moligano is 1 year old. Four-year-old brother Joey brought him eggs, and volunteer Emily Lattanzio gave Miles a  lollipop. Gena Moligano grew up in Oyster Bay, and has enjoyed the Easter egg hunt for several years. “Joey goes to the same pre-school that I attended over 20 years ago here in Oyster Bay. It’s a great place.”

After the hunt, the museum offered a class in Pysanky egg painting. Pysanky is a centuries old Ukrainian style of painting designs on eggshells. Anita MacDougall set up stations for the eight students who’d signed up for the workshop.

She said, “I became interested in the art of Ukrainian egg painting about 30 years ago. My children and I would paint the eggs. Now we have wonderful keepsakes. Then we used a tool to apply hot wax to resist different colored dye, and followed design patterns. Today the kids can use Sharpie markers to make their designs.”

The eggs had been pierced, and their contents emptied through the small holes. The  kids chose designs, outlined picked their colors, and applied the Sharpie colors on the eggshells.

Volunteers for the museum included Emily Lattanzio and Isabella Skvarla. Raynham Hall is located at 20 West Main St. in Oyster Bay. For information on programs, events and collections, visit raynhamhallmuseum.org or  call 516-922-6808.

News

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.


Sports

The Falcon Pride Athletic Booster Club and a generous group of alumni have hit one out of the park with their assistance in upgrading the high school softball field.

Throughout the process, former and current Falcon softball players worked together for a good cause.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts:

The Peanuts hosted the Uniondale Knights. It was hard fought battle and the Generals gave their all. Terrific performances by JR Hill, Joseph Travaglia and Kody Gehnrich The defense played strong. The Peanuts are working hard and the results are paying off.

7- and 8-year-old Midgets:

The 7- and 8-year-old team did battle with the Floral Park Titans. In a tough battle, the Generals’ offense was powered by a big offensive line led by Declan Trainor, Joseph Gotti, Owen Parlante and Jake Hargrave. In an impressive hurry-up offense, the General’s Jayden Marshall scored a last second touchdown to end the first half.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



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