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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

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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