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Children’s Museum Launches Friends Of The Theatre

A family from Oyster Bay recently had the unique opportunity to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the theater at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City. From the moment they entered the museum to their big moment in the spotlight, participants got to experience at least some of what the performers in the 145-seat theater do.

The tour, the very first of its kind, is an offering made exclusively available to Friends of the Theatre (FOTT) members. Theater Program Coordinator Cindy-Lou Edwards is overseeing the new initiative and says it was a way of thanking the families who have been coming for years to the programs at the theater.

The tour began when the participants entered through a secret door in the museum.

“Many of our staff don’t even know about this door,” said Theater Director Jim Packard.

On the other side, they found what is referred to in show business as the “green room,” although no one is quite certain why. According to Packard, one of the theories is that traditionally, the room where the performers wait for their time to go out on stage would have been outside on grass, hence the name.

Backstage, participants fiddled with the lighting and sound systems. On stage they experienced the magic of lighting. With lights of three colors, red, blue and green, they were able to make shadows in varying shades of the rainbow.

As the group moved around the stage, they learned theater lingo--being asked to move from stage right to stage left, upstage and down and to the “house,” where the audience sits.

According to Maureen P. Mangan, director of marketing and communications, “The success of last year’s ‘Puppet’s Take Long Island’ festival served as a catalyst for the FOTT program.”

The festival took place over an eight-week period and included a different puppeteer each week. Families were given a punch card to track their performances. Those who attended all eight were given a t-shirt.  Watching families return week after week gave theater directors the idea to reward that loyalty in a more meaningful way.

The LICM has set its mission to be a place where visitors of all ages can explore freely, discover their passions and appreciate the communities and world we share. With the inception of the FOTT program, visitors will now not only get to watch a series of wonderful performances from “the house,” but will have more opportunities to interact with the performers and experience their practice.

“We want to help children to find their voice,” said Edwards.

And find their voice they have. During their first interactive workshop, children got to experience the feeling of welcoming the audience to the theater while under the spotlight and standing downstage center. Three-year-old Rosabella Memon, whose mom says she has a hard time getting her to say hello to relatives, decided to belt out the song “Let It Go,” from Disney’s Frozen, the moment she was handed the microphone.

Anyone interested in joining the FOTT program can contact Cindy-Lou Edwards, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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.


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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