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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

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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