Opening night of Oyster Bay’s Cruise Night was buzzing with excitement on Tuesday, May 21, when community members gathered on Audrey Avenue. A wide variety of cars was brought into town, ranging from old classics to exotic, more recent vehicles.
Herb Pass Berger has brought his 1962 Dodge Polara to the car show for at least eight years. “It’s a fun place to be and a nice environment,” said Berger.
Business After Hours, the very popular Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce networking event, was held at the historic Oyster Bay Train Station on May 15. A large-scale model of the Oyster Bay train station grounds was on display. The layout was assembled by board member Gary Farkash, with the assistance of Dave Morrison, historian. It was based on original plans and blueprints of the rail yard, which were obtained by Farkash. The view currently on display is a composite of all the elements that were in the yard between its original construction in 1889 until its closure in 2000. It is the goal of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum to restore the train station to the way it would have appeared in 1902.
A lot can be learned by looking at the model. For instance, there are train tracks that used to connect Long Island Rail Road travelers to a ferry they could take from Oyster Bay to Connecticut. The museum owns one of only three known photos of the terminal.
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.
“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.
On Saturday, May 11, the Manor House at Planting Fields was transformed for the evening into an intimate dinner party to celebrate the age of railway dining cars and its cuisine. This was a special event to highlight the exhibition open now through Sept. 2: All Aboard! A Railway Fortune at Planting Fields.
Author of Dining By Rail James D. Porterfield spoke about the age of rail travel and dining cars, when top chefs were trained and recruited to showcase their best recipes for discerning passengers. Accompanying the lecture was a gourmet dinner, which featured dishes such as Pennsylvania Railroad Deviled Slice of Roast Beef with Mustard; New Haven Railroad Carrots with Mint Sauce; and Fred Harvey Hot Strawberry Sundaes for dessert. Attendees for this special meal dined as passengers would have on a rail trip of yore, at the same time learning about the culinary history of famous passenger trains. It was a festive evening, complete with book signing by Porterfield.
The road from Oyster Bay to Bayville will be open by the Fourth of July weekend, an engineer told local civic groups May 16, but disagreements arose over plans for finishing the road.
The sea wall, which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy, resulting in the closure of West Shore Road “is almost complete,” Donna Boyle, project engineer for Nassau County, told a joint meeting of the Oyster Bay Civic Association and the East Norwich Civic Association at the Italian American Citizens Club, Oyster Bay.
Dodds and Eder will be hosting a wine and cheese reception on Saturday, May 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at their Sag Harbor location to showcase the work of Plein Air Peconic, an artist group dedicated to helping the Peconic Land Trust conserve the natural beauty of the East End. The reception will showcase “At Home in the Natural World” an exhibition and sale of landscape paintings and photographs. The exhibition is on view at Dodds and Eder, which is open Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Many of the paintings and photographs in the show are larger works composed in the studio from field studies of preserved sites. By painting and photographing images of conserved land and other spaces of the East End, the artists call attention to what has already been accomplished by land conservation and the continuing need to protect these vital resources from unchecked development.
A large crowd of almost 100 people gathered at 95 Shore Road in Cold Spring Harbor on Saturday, April 27 to celebrate the completion of the environmental clean up at the former Exxon Mobil site. The 8-acre waterfront parcel, where the oil tanks once stood, was donated to the North Shore Land Alliance for conservation purposes.
On a sunny picture-perfect spring afternoon, Land Alliance officers and staff were joined by elected officials, including State Senator Carl Marcellino, Huntington Town Councilmen Mark Cuthbertson and Mark Mayoka, Heather Amster, Region 1, New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and community members to thank ExxonMobil for this valuable gift.
The Oyster Bay East Norwich Board of Education considered school security measures and held a hearing on next year’s budget at their May 7 meeting.
Christopher Van Cott, assistant superintendent for finance and operations for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich schools, explained both the proposed budget, set for voter approval May 21, and the district’s review of safety and security measures and resulting recommendations during its May 7 meeting at the Oyster Bay High School library.
Guests at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center helped recreate the feel of the 1920s as they dressed for the Legacy of Conservation Gala held at Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley. In honor of the TRS&AC opening in 1923 music of the ‘20s flowed through the rooms on May 4. There was even and a speakeasy where the doorman said, “No photographs please, this is against the law.” Inside there was a stained glass player piano at work.
Nearby an Oyster Bay Historical Society exhibit included the Olmsted Brothers, Landscape Architects vision of both the TRS&AC and the memorial section of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park.
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