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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

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.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

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.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



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