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Mystery Picture: October 17, 2012

Belle Santora Knows Oyster Bay

“That’s the building where they repair the wooden boats,” said Belle Santora, just as we were finishing a “mystery-mystery” picture column. She is correct.

We were just going to say, “In this case we understand that it is a difficult photograph to identify in the Oct. 11 issue of the Enterprise Pilot, but there are clues there. No mystery picture goes in without some way for a person to have a good way to guess what it is, to give those little gray cells a workout, as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poiret would say.”

Well, at 101 Belle Santora’s grey cells were working just fine.

Betty Tiska is also thinking fast. She said in an email. “Today’s OBEP mystery picture was taken at Building J located on West End Avenue at the Western Waterfront.  The picture in the photograph is a copy of the magnificent rendering of the future Ida May by artist Ken Marcell.  The picture is hung on the frames of the soon-to-be oyster dredging boat replica.   

“Who else tells you this stuff?  Okay, probably a zillion people will know the answer after they visit Building J this weekend,” she said accurately.

Therefore, we can tell you, photo credit goes to Gregory Druhak. The print is of the Ida May oyster harvesting boat that volunteers are building there in building J. Thank you for calling Belle!  Thank you Betty!                                

— DFK

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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