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The Taste Of The Town Returns

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich PTSA has refashioned its lavish annual event, A Taste of the Gold Coast, and brought it to a new venue, downtown Oyster Bay - for A Taste of the Town, on Thursday, May 15, from 7 to 11 p.m.

The Gold Coast committee felt it was time to shake things up.

“Each year we ask our merchants to donate to our event and they have done exactly that for the last 13 years,” said Diana Hauser, a PTSA board member. “This year we felt it was time to give back to them.”

A Taste of the Town will be a stroll through Oyster Bay, where restaurants and other merchants will offer food, wine, beer tastings, raffles and many other treats. Participating destinations include: Jack Halyards, Canterbury Ales, The Homestead, Oak Cliff Sailing Center, The Oyster Bay Brewery, Chrison & Bellina, The James Guy Shop, The Long Island Picture Frame and Art Gallery and an outdoor lounge provided by Dodds & Eder.

The goal is to bring 200 to 300 people into downtown for an evening stroll, or a trolley ride, while they enjoy a true taste of the town. The idea is to make Oyster Bay the venue while raising money for scholarship programs and high school enrichment including the College Awareness trips, Challenge Day and Cultural Arts Programs like Shakespeare Theater Day.

The OBEN PTSA has the support of the Chamber of Commerce in the planning of this event. Price is $65 per ticket. For more information, ticket sales or to donate to the raffle and silent auction, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Special guest acoustic guitar great Dan Graziano will perform under the tent. Check in for the tour at Oakcliff Sailing Center (4 South St.) Enjoy a few fine tunes and hop on the trolley. Enjoy the tunes in the outdoor party lounge at Jack Halyards (62 South St.) while their chef showcases a sampling of grilled rodizio meats and all of the accompaniments. Then meet the brewers at The Oyster Bay Brewing Company (76 South St.) and taste the brew.

Visit the patio lounge out back at Chrison & Bellina (24 Audrey Ave.) and enjoy live music provided by Stevie Matthews and The Oyster Bay High School “Open-Mic Band” who are donating their time and talent.

Next, enjoy live music at Canterbury Ales (46 Audrey Ave.) Feast on their famous raw bar specialties including: really big prawns, chilled oysters and clams, oysters Rockefeller and Louisiana, Asian tuna-cucumber poppers and steak house sliders.....And at the bar, a very special guest bartender near and dear to many.

The James Guy Shop (77 South St.) will host the wine wall and offer fresh pizza from their pizza oven. The Long Island Picture Frame and Art Gallery (4 Audrey Ave.) will be pairing a Van Gogh Vodka tasting with the time-honored artistry of Vincent Van Gogh. Additionally, all in attendance will be eligible to win the raffle…a framed print of Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Dodds & Eder Lounge (221 South St.) will have a street-side fiesta of food and drinks. Delectable delights provided by many of the fine Oyster Bay and East Norwich eateries.

The evening ends at The Homestead (107 South St.) here. Have a tasting of Penne a la Vodka & Homestead Salad. Dive into desserts provided by the generous Oyster Bay and East Norwich eateries. End the night with our DJ, raffles, silent auctions and a chance to purchase stunning student art work.

News

There is a new psychic medium on the North Shore of Long Island to compete with the original “Long Island Medium,” Theresa Caputo. Her name is Mary Drew and she has been working for more than a decade doing private readings. Recently, Drew has expanded her horizons and has been conducting readings at restaurants, public events and fundraisers.

“I discovered my ability to speak and to hear the deceased voices when I was 10 years old,” said Drew, who grew up in Brookville and now resides in Glen Cove. “The first deceased person I had an encounter with was my grandmother and it was a very profound experience, to say the least.”

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.

The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


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Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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