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Raynham Hall Museum Staff Meets, Greets Tall Ship Lynx

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00

The Waterfront and History are at the Heart of the Oyster Festival

History came alive this year at the Western Waterfront Pier as the American Privateer, the Lynx, was greeted by staff members of Raynham Hall Museum who interpret the Townsend family of Oyster Bay, merchants and ship owners. The American Privateer The Lynx, is a replica of a ship that took part in the War of 1812, and was here as part of the Oyster Festival waterfront events.

Theresa Skvarla, Raynham Hall Museum assistant director and Steven Waldenburg, education coordinator, dressed in historic costumes, went to meet the Lynx to meet the crew, also dressed in historic outfits. Raynham Hall Museum interprets the Townsend family as it lived in Oyster Bay during colonial and Victorian times.


Screening Fireboats of 9/11 With John J. Harvey Fireboat

Written by Robert Grabowski Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00
Phillip Blocklyn, Oyster Bay Historical Society executive director; Daniel Walker, Harvey volunteer; and Jennifer Sappell, LI North Shore Heritage Area executive director introduced a fascinating documentary at the Oyster Bay Community Center about the Fireboats of 9/11 on Oct. 13. The presentation included the volunteer crew of the fireboat the John J. Harvey, ready to answer questions and to impart the history of these workhorses.

Fireboats are part of the Marine Division of the New York City Fire Department and patrol the City’s water ways. Their history is rich, originating back to 1864 when the first fireboat, the John Fuller, was put into service. Even then, New York was the shipping hub and center of business for the western world. By this time the Industrial Age was in full swing, and the ports of NYC were full of vessels, merchandise and danger from the cargo that these ships carried.


Oyster Festival Attracts Over 205,000 Visitors

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00

Over 35 Not for Profits Will Spend Their Earnings with the Community

People will be asking “Were you there?” at the 29th Oyster Festival. You probably can just say, of course, – with a record breaking 205,000 attending. The weather was perfect. Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park looked great with new landscaping adding to the ambiance.

It was a win-win day for the over 25 not-for-profits that served food at the Tom Reardon Memorial Food Court.


OB Haunted House Museum Paranormal Events October 29

Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00

Paranormal discussion and haunted history tours for teens to adults

Raynham Hall Museum, considered by some to be one of the most haunted places on Long Island, has a tradition of celebrating the supernatural. On Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7 to 10 p.m., the museum, located at 20 West Main Street in Oyster Bay, welcomes Shawn Schildgen, metaphysical and paranormal specialist, to conduct a “how to ghost hunt” investigation. Shawn has been actively working in the paranormal field for the last 16 years and has most recently worked with the paranormal group S.I.G.H.T. (Suffolk Investigative Ghost Hunting Team).


Third Annual Oyster Fest Run with Grandpa on Oct. 15

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 14 October 2011 00:00

On Sept. 23, Richard LaMarca emailed his friends and relatives on Sept. 23 to remind them to sign up for the “3rd Annual Oyster Fest Run with Grandpa.”. The grandpa in question is Oyster Bay attorney Anthony LaMarca.

Richard said, “Hi everyone.

“Autumn is upon us, so you know what that means...


Fashions from the Collection: Oyster Bay Historical Society

Friday, 14 October 2011 00:00

Exhibition: Wearing History: Women the Force behind Fashion

The Oyster Bay Historical Society is exhibiting women’s fashion from their collection dating from the 1890s to the 1930s. The title of the exhibition is Wearing History: Women the Force Behind Fashion. The opening reception will be held on Oct. 20 in their recently completed new building. The Oyster Bay Historical Society’s growing collection of irreplaceable historical artifacts is now able to be housed in The Koenig Center through the generous donations by our President, Frank Leone, our members and patrons, and in particular the Dolan Foundation.


Timing Is Precious, As Is Location, Location, Location

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00

Fast Acting by the LEC Staff Saves Senior John Bergano

As they say in marketing, the important thing is location, location, location. For John Begano, it was true too, as he experienced a heart attack at a party at the senior center. The staff of the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay went into action when they heard the words “chest pains” and ended up saving his life. As a result they will long remember their end of season party on Aug. 24.

“It was the day after the earthquake,” said LEC Executive Director Gail Speranza. “The theme of the night was Bella Notte - beautiful night - and the great room was transformed into an Italian Wine Garden with centerpieces with (fake) grapes flowing over. It was fantastic!


Rotary/Oyster Fest Directly Benefits District Children

Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00

When you buy a raffle ticket or a raw oyster at this year’s Oyster Festival, it will directly benefit children in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District. The district includes children from Cove Neck, Oyster Bay Cove, Oyster Bay, Muttontown, East Norwich, Upper Brookville and Mill Neck. One of the biggest events in Oyster Bay is the annual Oyster Festival. In fact, for the past 27 years, the Oyster Fest has been Long Island’s largest waterfront festival. The 28th annual Oyster Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, October 16.


The OB Fire Departments Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Suit

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

Fire Departments, Town, and Villages to Pay $279,600 in Lost Pension Funds

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced on Sept. 20, that the Oyster Bay Fire Department has agreed to settle a class age discrimination lawsuit brought by them. The OBFD No. 1; the Atlantic Fire Company No. 1; the Town of Oyster Bay; and the villages of Oyster Bay Cove; Laurel Hollow; Mill Neck and Cove Neck – that they serve – will pay at least 31 firefighters lost pension money totaling $279,600 and provide increased monthly pension amounts going forward to several firefighters – with $20 a year added for active service – to a cap of $800 a month in pension funds.


RHM Reception for Opening Of a Scrapbook for the Ages

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

Modern Technology Helps Tell an Historic Tale

Raynham Hall Museum  just opened its new exhibit “A Scrap-Book for the Ages: Four Generations of Alices of the Weekes Family of Oyster Bay.” To celebrate the opening they held a reception set up in a tent in the museum’s Victorian Garden. A fundraiser for the RHM collections, about 60 guests attended.

RHM Director Harriet Gerard Clark said of the reception, “We had a great turnout with our stal wart friends and supporters. Rita Ravenel Weekes and her daughter-in-law, Phyllis Weekes, attended as well as residents of the hamlet and local villages. Add to that, it was a beautiful day for a party.”


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