The Muttontown Horsemen’s Association (MHA) and the Nassau Suffolk Horsemen’s Association (NSHA) held their annual open house at the Muttontown Preserve on April 29. It was a perfect day for the event, sunny with a bit of breeze.
Through their care of the equestrian area, they have shown that they are the lead agency involved in the care of the Muttontown Preserve. Recently Nassau County hired Saratoga Associates to come up with a blueprint for caring for all its parks and preserves. There was a need for looking at the future of the parks and preserves because of the daunting economic climate that caused cutbacks in staffing of workers who maintained those open space areas. At the Muttontown Preserve a staff of 10 was reduced to one fulltime and one half-time employees. The recommendation of Saratoga Associates was that Nassau County residents should form “friends of the parks and preserves” groups to support their local open space venues.
John Loring made Louis Comfort Tiffany (LCT) truly Oyster Bay’s own in his lecture April 22 at the Oyster Bay Community Center, hosted by the Oyster Bay Historical Society (OBHS). Mr. Loring, design director emeritus of Tiffany & Co. spoke about his recently published book Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co. in a slide presentation. The photographs on the screen followed their order in the book and remembering his talk, will enrich the reading experience for those who bought the book. Signed copies of the $60 volume sold for $40 to benefit the OBHS, which most of the audience opted to do. Copies, unsigned, are still available at the historical society’s Earle-Wightman House shop at 20 Summit Street.
Interestingly, President Theodore Roosevelt published his first book, The Naval War of 1812, written partly while he was at Harvard. It set the standard for studies in naval strategy and was required reading at Annapolis for many years.
“Wow,” said Harlan Friedman, Oyster Festival co-promoter, as he was walking to his office in the B.H. Powers building on Audrey Avenue. “With my face buried in my morning Starbucks and my ear glued to my Blackberry, I saw something miraculous. It was a new store, right across the street from my office. It was filled with golf bags and clubs! Nike, Callaway, Taylor Made, you name it, they were all there!
“I dropped everything. I ran up to the guy putting the sign up and as I was about to ask when they were opening... Well, actually, I asked, instead, if this was a real golf store, but it turned out it was a Royal Pains store. Looks like we still have to leave town for our golf needs to be filled.”
It was a sold-out affair as Coe Hall Mansion, at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, held a preview party for the opening of their new exhibition “Cocktail Culture: the Gold Coast Years From Prohibition To 1960,” on March 30. The exhibit is running now through Sept. 30.
Henry Joyce, Planting Fields Foundation (PFF) executive director, has once again created a well-designed exhibit space in Coe Hall Mansion’s Great Hall. He summed up the new show saying he would like visitors to come to Planting Fields and see the Cocktail Culture exhibit. “It’s about clothes that would have been worn in the house in the period of the house’s heyday, 1920 through 1960.” There are great flapper clothes from the ‘20s and wonderful clothes from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. And included are marvelous accessories, shoes, bags and great cocktail hats, including one of Mr. Joyce’s favorites, a small green cocktail hat by Elsa Schiaparelli.
Henry Joyce, Planting Fields Foundation executive director said, “Mr. Coe was not booked on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, but was booked for a return voyage from New York to Southampton. With the sinking of the Titanic, they instead re-booked on the Lusitania in June of that summer.” That was why their new Renault Landaulet, which they bought in Paris in June 1912, was shipped by rail to London for their use while they were in England that summer.
It is once again time for the Dr. John A. Gable Lecture Series sponsored by the Friends of Sagamore Hill (FOSH) and held at Christ Church Parish Hall. The series kicked off on March 29 with a talk by Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Wynn speaking on “Theodore Roosevelt: The Intellectual: TR as writer, contributor, and correspondent.” The next lecture in the series takes place on Thursday, April 12 at 7:15 p.m., as James L. Coll, associate professor of American and Constitutional history at Nassau Community College speaks on “The Progressives and the Constitution.” Admission is free and refreshments are served.
This year the 15th Annual Hispanic Cultural Center dinner will showcase three performances by Estampas Folkloricas Peru. Estampas Folkloricas Perú is a nonprofit organization whose main goal is to preserve, promote, and diffuse Peruvian folklore and cultural manifestations through dance and music. Its repertoire includes traditional dances from the different regions of Peru, including the coast, the mountain areas and the jungle.
Most members of the dance group are students from colleges, universities and schools districts in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and New York City.
Educational enrichment comes in many forms. The classrooms of the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School and the James H. Vernon School are often buzzing with excitement as parents and friends share in many writing celebrations with students as young as kindergarten ages. These celebrations and the reading and writing programs in place in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich schools have been praised by the Columbia University Teachers College and visited and studied by teachers from other districts all over Long Island.
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