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A Hidden Gem In Our Back Yard

Bailey Arboretum is ideal

for outdoor exploration

Bailey Arboretum is a hidden gem that is located well within the confines of Lattingtown, just outside of Locust Valley.

Originally named after self-made millionaire Frank Bailey, the 42-acre property was given to Nassau County in 1967 by the Vanneck Bailey Foundation. It is maintained by the Friends of Bailey Arboretum. Located on Bayville Road, the county property is open to the public 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is the perfect place for an event,” said Alice Matthaei, event coordinator at Bailey. “We have educational classes and programs, nature walks, wildlife programs and many other public events.”

Events include Family Day, the Pumpkin Festival in October and fundraising events such as the Summer Solstice Party, Biergarten Party and Autumn Festival Party, as well as a membership drive and annual appeal. There are plans to create a family spring egg hunt and an event in December.

Just recently the arboretum had its Family Day event on June 1, which was very well attended with more than 100 people coming down for games, fun and a scrumptious outdoor barbeque.  

“People can rent the whole house for weddings, bridal showers and after-burial luncheons,” said Matthaei. “Without these type of events, Bailey’s would not be able to exist because we are a non-for-profit organization.”

Mike Maron, who is superintendent of Bailey Arboretum, helps run the educational programs and is in charge of one of the finest Girl Scouts survival challenges in the country sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County.

New tweaks were added to the survival challenge this year, with the Girl Scouts participating in Bear Bags (throwing a rope over a 10-foot high branch), fire making, shelter building, the burrito hypo-wrap (to prevent against hypothermia) and the rope course.

Facilities on the property include the main house, which has three floors of rooms used for meetings, events and private functions. The educational building contains a classroom for nature studies and wildlife forums.  

The children’s habitat has a natural playground for young children and there are two gardens located adjacent to the habitat. The Secret Garden was at one time Long Island’s only sensory garden and it is considered a special stop off after first arriving at Bailey. The Bog Garden has beautiful flowers and plants and is one of the main wet areas of the property.

The German castle, which was first made for Bailey’s daughter, is located within the Bog Garden and is a known favorite for children.

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.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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