Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00
How can you write about something, over and over again? The reason is that things are never the same. Each happening is unique unto itself and tells another story.
We’ve written about the Oyster Festival since the second or third year. We remember a photo taken by then-Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot editor Susan Francy-Jenkins of Irwin Tantleff, then owner of the Foodtown in Oyster Bay when he ran in a race held at the opening of the first festival. Today the Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor’s 5-K race has taken that slot.
When the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce gave up the festival and Rotary took it over, it then spread out to the waterfront. That was also when Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto said they could use Theodore Roosevelt Park, before the town always said no, they would damage the grounds.
Then the tall ships came in. They even came in the year there was no sponsor for them. That year Karen DeVine, then-Oyster Festival chair said they would fund the ship to keep up the tradition. Today, the Western Waterfront pier has the Peacemaker, the John J. Harvey, the Christeen and the Shark tied up to the dock.
We remember when the crafts were displayed along West Main Street. We remember the year they were put into Firemen’s Field and the wind was so strong it knocked down a few tents on the outer edges of the area. Now the Oyster Festival has two giant white tents joined by a large Clear Span tent and filled with 140 vendors.
This year we decided to keep a watch on what we called the Oyster Festival countdown to see how things were going. We visited the park on Thursday and saw the food court set up. On Friday we saw more of the sponsors tents going up. The Cummerford Zoo had been set up. As we drove along West End Avenue we saw the wooden arch for the Kings of the Coast pirates was being put into place.
All and all it was mind-boggling. Awesome. Amazing. As we drove out of the park, we spotted Paul Rosen and Kristin Reardon, Oyster Festival co-chairs on the corner of Larabee Avenue and Bay Avenue, directing traffic at the moment and all we could think of was what a giant undertaking they were in charge of creating.
Seeing the festival with all the visitors walking around you sort of see the trees and not the forest. Seeing the festival without people you get a chance to see the forest — the big picture. It is easier to focus on just how large the Oyster Festival actually is.
When speaking to the captain of the Peacemaker, Larry Clinton, we told him the festival goers who board his ship for a tour will be very nice, patient people. They will be happy to be here in Oyster Bay and are great guests. Oyster Bay welcomes them and they come to enjoy themselves and have fun.
It is all wonderful.
What we just want to do is offer our appreciation of all the work entailed in making the Oyster Festival happen. That list of committee members we published in our festival brochure, do a great job.
We tip our hats to them! We salute them! We admire them and we thank them on behalf of the local non-profits and the visitors who come to enjoy this great event. Congratulations on having done a great job, a great public service — which is why it is so good that the Rotary, a service organization, is at the heart of the festival!
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The streets of Oyster Bay were full with enthusiastic supporters of the Oyster Bay High School PTSA, coming out in force to enjoy a Taste of the Town. This was the first annual Taste of the Town — Restaurant Stroll, and, judging by the crowds and the happy smiles in evidence all evening, it will be the first of many successful events.
This event, previously known as the Taste of the Gold Coast, had been held in catering facilities. This year, the committee felt strongly that they wanted to support the local restaurants and businesses that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The local restaurants and businesses are very generous to the community, whether to the PTSA, sports clubs or local nonprofits. The Chamber of Commerce enthusiastically supported the idea, and a wonderful concept came to life.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
“There won’t be any fireworks on July 4,” said Caroline DuBois. She said letters have gone out to residents of Cove Neck from the Dolans telling everyone the news. Charles and Helen Dolan have celebrated their wedding anniversary with fireworks on the Fourth of July for many years. Having attended one of them was a great boon. It was a massive production and needed the cooperation of their neighbors, who were all invited to the party. We parked in an area along the road and with our invitation to show, we were picked up by a van and driven to the estate.
The entire beachfront was filled with tables and chairs. Food stations dotted the area. There was a carousel in the section where you first arrived. The food was served on china with real silverware: no paper plates and plastic forks. We sat with a basketball pro and his lovely family. When the party ended there were teddy bears for the children and stationery for the ladies. You knew you had been to a great party.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club held their Annual Golf Tournament, named for the late World Golf Hall of Famer Joseph C. Dey Jr., on Monday, May 6, at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho. Hugh R. O’Kane, President of Hugh O’Kane Electric Company, chaired this year’s event.
“This year’s outing was an overwhelming success due to the tremendous support from both our corporate and personal friends. We attracted a sold-out crowd across a broad spectrum from both the Long Island and New York City communities,” said O’Kane. “We are thankful to all those that both attended and supported our outing this year.”
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, more than five million Americans are suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Troubled by these statistics and personally affected, Long Islander and NBA draftee Gordon Thomas founded the Alzheimer’s All-Star Basketball Classic Committee, a group of professionals dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia.