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Editorial: An Unsolicited Testimonial

We heard from Paige Dawson that the recent visit to the Old Orchard Museum was just great.

Paige Dawson of Laffey Associates attended the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours meeting. It was held at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site at the Old Orchard House Museum. She said, “It was swell- —with some of the items from the main house displayed there. It was catered by Mark Fox of Canterbury Ales. The food was enjoyed by all, as the shrimp and oysters and sliders were all but decimated.”

The event was held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Shari Lee Cope Dembowski, OBEN CC administrative assistant said, “It was very interesting. There are pieces from the house  in display cases in the museum. There is his china from the White House with his crest on it. There is a portrait of his wife Edith wearing her blue Red Cross cap and the cap is actually there on display. There is a piece of President Abraham Lincoln’s hair, in a locket on a ring, that was Theodore Roosevelt’s that is actually there on display.”

“It’s a marvelous place. The china, the knick knacks, the ivory, everything was just so beautiful and so close to see. It is behind glass, but in the actual house, the items are in the room and they aren’t as close.”

She said, “I had a private tour with SHNHS Supervisor Tom Ross and it was wonderful. The place is great and more people should see it.”

Shari had one hint for people going to the Old Orchard Museum, “Wear comfortable shoes. I wore heels and they drove me back to my car.”

Paige Dawson also had an interesting walk back in the dark. Luckily, John Delillo had a mini-flashlight that was a great help going along the unlighted gravel path.

Paige added, “The OBEN Chamber of Commerce is doing a combination fund-raiser/holiday party like last year on Nov. 29, one week after Thanksgiving Day. Mark it on your calendar.”

Ms. Dembowski said, “It will be held at Sagamore Yacht Club. It is called Light Up The Holidays.” Call the chamber for reservations and information at 922-6464.

Talking to Ms. Dawson is always a delight, as it chatting with Shari Cope Dembowski. They are both integral members of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce, and don’t their comments make you want to visit the Old Orchard Museum? They certainly made me want to visit. There is nothing like an unsolicited testimonial to make things come alive. Thank you ladies.                                     

— DFK

News

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.


Sports

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.


Calendar

MSA Party - September 17

West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


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