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Polo Matches At Bethpage State Park

$5 admission brings the “game of kings” to everyone

Country Farms’ Polo at the Park summer polo matches at Bethpage State Park opened on Labor Day will continue on Sundays Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 7 and 14. Once considered the “game of kings” polo is becoming more popular among competitive sports fans and those seeking casual, local and low-cost entertainment.  Gates open at 2 p.m. and matches start at 3 p.m.  On Sept. 16, Polo at the Park will have a patriotic theme with special entertainment and activities to honor men and women in the military and veterans.

Country Farms Polo operates a polo training and equestrian center in Medford with indoor and outdoor polo fields operating year-round. “With its high speeds and energy, polo is the original extreme sport.  With Polo at the Park we wanted to introduce Long Islanders to polo in a way that is accessible to everyone.  Long Island has a tradition of horsemanship and a thriving equestrian community; polo is a natural fit for those looking for a new experience that is thrilling and relaxing at the same time,” said Bob Ceparano of Country Farms Polo.

Each polo match features eight riders on horseback that form two 4-player teams.  The two teams of riders and ponies will show off their speed, endurance and panache as they fly around at speeds up to 40 mph.  The match consists of 7 chukkers (time periods) of 7.5 minutes each.  Played on a manicured field of green grass, spectators can enjoy a relaxing picnic or spend the day surrounded by the beautifully landscaped grounds.

The entrance to Bethpage State Park is located approximately one mile east of exit 8 on the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway off Plainview Rd.  Gates open at 2 p.m. and matches begins at 3 p.m.  Admission is $5; kids under 12 are free.  For information on matches and special events, please visit www.poloatthepark.com or call (631)345-9585.

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.


Sports

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.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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