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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

Serving Oyster Bay and the rest of Long Island since 1990, Periwinkles is an Oyster Bay business on Audrey Avenue that assists with event planning, staging and staffing and catering a multitude of different events. Periwinkles was started by Pat Spafford, who was encouraged to take her passion and make it a career.

 

“I was raising a family and doing this part-time,” said Spafford. “One of my clients encouraged me to make it full-time. Most of my clientele was from Oyster Bay so I settled here. I have a huge affection for the people and the place. It’s great that I have been successful here for so long.” 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

 

“I had this idea for a festival years ago, and when I finally nailed down a date, people are coming out of the woodwork to be a part of it,” says Losee.


Sports

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.


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West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


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