Soon, visitors of Planting Fields Arboretum will have an opportunity to enjoy nature on every sensory level. On July 11, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new sensory garden and entrance pavilion at the arboretum, which will provide more accessibility for the disabled while also offering a design that appeals to all of the senses.
The 1.6 million, 3,500-square-foot garden and pavilion are being built as a joint venture between New York State Parks and the Planting Fields Foundation.
“I’m fine above the knees,” is the way Belle Santora answers to the question, “how are you doing?” Born in Oyster Bay 102 years ago, Belle celebrated her 102 birthday on June 20 — for about a week.
It started with a dinner at Canterbury Ales in Oyster Bay on Wednesday evening, June 19, with her niece Marianne Principe O’Neil and her husband John, their daughter Trish and a friend, Leon, another of Belle’s admirers. Thursday afternoon there was at a luncheon at Luz Restaurant in East Norwich with 12 friends. At the luncheon on Thursday, her niece Sherry presented Belle with a Proclamation. It started with a painting at the top and had a long sheet of paper attached.
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education welcomed two members, one new officer, and a new superintendent of school at its recent reorganizational meeting.
Florence Frazer, attorney for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District, swore in new board members Jennifer Romeo and John McEvoy, who officially took office at the July 9 meeting at the Oyster Bay High School library.
Romeo, an accountant for King Kullen, and McEvoy, a local attorney and business owner were newly elected to the board May 21 (see Oyster Bay-Enterprise Pilot 05/31/2013).
The former Bruce Mansion, now known as The Woodlands at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course, was filled with like spirits on July 9: advocates for preservation. The Oyster Bay Historical Society was honoring activists who put their energies into preserving history at their second annual Advocates for Historic Preservation and Education Awards Reception.
When Oyster Bay’s Ben Jankowski’s name was called out, he received cheers from supporters of him and his wife, Kathryn Prinz.
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.
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