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Music Festival Big Hit

The Oyster Bay Music Festival has become a summer classic in the hamlet. Now in its third year, the festival, which ran from June 28 to July 6, had concert-goers reveling in the sounds of beautiful classical tunes from 34 talented young musicians from across Long Island and New York State. The week was filled with 14 public concerts, two open master classes, a concert just for children and two interactive musical workshops. In addition, the performers also held daily concerts for seniors at Day Break Adult Day Care and the Life Enrichment Center.

“We put on these concerts for two different reasons,” said Sarah Hoover, one of the directors of the music festival along with Pippa Borisy and Lauren Ausubel. “To create performance opportunities for talented young musicians who don’t spend a lot of time performing at public venues and to create a concert experience for people that is fun and less formal than your typical classical music concert.”

Some of the concert venues included Raynham Hall, the Waterfront Center, Cruise Night, Gulden’s Cafe, Not Just Art and Beekman Beach. Christ Church and First Presbyterian Church were also regular stops for the performers. A dockside concert was also held aboard the Tomahawk Lobster Boat at the Oyster Bay Marine Center.

“All week long from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., our group of students are performing non-stop,” said Borisy. “They are doing three to four concerts a day and daily performances at the Senior Center and Day Break, places where people wouldn’t normally get out.”

Borisy added that there are mix of different performers at this year’s concert series including two Oyster Bay residents.

Christopher Paolucci is a 15-year-old pianist from Oyster Bay who attends Holy Trinity High School and is very active in his school’s Music Department. Nathalie Mejia is a soprano singer and a 12th-grade honors student at Oyster Bay High School. She is a member of the Oyster Bay Community Band and is an annual participant at the NYSSMA Festival.

The festival hosted two neighboring arts organizations this year. The North Shore High School Madrigal Singers and members of the Eglevsky Ballet Company put on performances throughout the week.

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.


Calendar

MSA Party - September 17

West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


Columns

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