More than 125 supporters of Friends of the Bay gathered at the Meadow Brook Club on Friday, June 21, for the organization’s annual Launch the Season fundraising event.
The event honored Deborah and Michael Held of Oyster Bay Cove for their many years of service to the community and their commitment to the preservation of our local environment. Deborah Held, a talented artist, donated her painting Breezy Day to the event, which became the centerpiece of the live auction which highlighted the evening.
Raynham Hall Museum held its annual Garden Party at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Sherrell J. Aston on Saturday, June 29. More than 100 people enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at “Land’s End,” the Astons’ beautiful Lattingtown country home, which was remodeled by Walker and Gillette in 1926.
This year’s garden party was a “great success,” according to Theresa Skvarla. In the past, she says the garden party has been a different format, where they showed three gardens at different locations, whereas this year, it was a single location combining the showing of the magnificent 30-acre property, which includes exquisite historic gardens designed by the Frederick Law Olmstead firm, overlooking Long Island Sound, along with a cocktail party for guests to mingle.
Sagamore Hill has initiated the process of becoming designated as a “climate friendly” park. Through the Climate Friendly Parks Program, parks assess and reduce their contribution to climate change and educate staff and visitors about its impacts.
Eric Witzke, Sagamore Hill’s Chief of Preservation and Maintenance and currently acting superintendent, explained that each National Park or Historic Site has an Environmental Management Program, which outlines protocols for dealing with waste management, either through disposal or recycling, energy use, or transportation management. The Climate Friendly Parks program takes the further steps of measuring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, educating National Park Service staff and visitors about climate change and developing strategies to mitigate climate change impacts.
Volunteers joined forces with museum workers at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove on Saturday, June 15, to wage war against a relatively new invasive vine that spreads rapidly and then quickly chokes out native wild flowers and other plants that local wildlife depend on.
Mile-a-Minute (persicaira perfoliata) is so named due to its extremely rapid rate of growth.
Who’s Wearing My Wool? was the theme of an afternoon spent revisiting Colonial America under the dappled shade of the treed lawn of the Oyster Bay Historical Society. The June 29th afternoon featured demonstrations of wool as it was spun into yarn as done over the centuries, as well as the newest in fiber, along with lessons in finger knitting. It is a great way to get a sense of what happens in the age old craft of making fabric out of yarn.
Iris O’Donnell, 15, from Conner Prairie History Park (CPHP) in Fishers, Indiana, demonstrated the process of taking wool straight from sheep, and, after washing it, carding it, and spinning it into yarn. Iris was wearing a replica of an 1836 dress that she sewed by hand. She showed her expertise as a museum re-enacter as she taught the guests several dancing games. Conner Prairie History Park recreates life in the 17th and 18th centuries in America, “similar to what the Old Bethpage Village Restoration does here on Long Island,” said her uncle, Thomas Ross, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site superintendent.
The news that Thomas Ross, superintendent of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, is moving on is getting the same response from Oyster Bayites. Everyone is happy for him, sad at his loss to Oyster Bay, and hopeful that his replacement will have the same interest in working with the community as seamlessly as Tom did.
Besides working on projects with local non-profits, Tom and his wife Kerry were regular guests at local fund raising events, becoming a part of the Oyster Bay social network.
Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay board members, seniors and their friends and families sponsored two races at Belmont Racetrack on Sunday, June 23. It was Hat Day, a benefit for the LEC. Board President Susan Peterson chaired the event, after a hiatus of several years when instead they celebrated a Garden Party at Periwinkles in Planting Fields Arboretum State Park.
The fourth race was named for LEC. It was for Maidens, Fillies And Mares Three Years Old and Upward. The sixth race was named for Frances H. Pinkerton, major LEC donor. It was a Maiden Claiming Race. Fran Pinkerton came with her daughters Debra and Donna, their families, numbering 17 people.
The opening lines of “Yellow Submarine” wafted through the door of the Long Island Picture Frame and Art Gallery of Oyster Bay on Friday, June 21, inviting Beatles lovers from far and near into the gallery’s Come Together exhibition.
The gallery, which opened its doors in October of 2012 during the Oyster Festival, features many different art exhibitions in addition to selling framing. For the Come Together exhibition, the gallery displayed the Beatles-themed masterpieces of artists Eric Cash, Georgina Flood, and Kathy Joyce.
Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton announced that she and her colleagues have successfully negotiated some very important wins for taxpayers and her local residents will soon benefit.
“Unpaid tax refunds, cut youth services and a vital public safety grant are all on the way to resolution after a productive Monday at the Nassau County Legislature,” DeRiggi-Whitton said.
The Friends of Sagamore Hill gathered on Wednesday, June 12 to dedicate a new flowerbed that was installed at the entrance to Sagamore Hill, and to hold an election of new officers.
Park volunteer Margarethe Randall and Peter Hogarty of Ireland Gannon Associates, conceived the idea for the flower bed and conducted research on which types of flowers should be included. They decided on some of first lady Edith Roosevelt’s favorite plantings from her cutting garden, including coreopsis, Montauk daisy and clematis.
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