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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

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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