Nostalgia was in the air as members checked out the new exhibit decorating the walls of the Koenig Center for the opening reception of Snow Day in Oyster Bay on Jan. 30. The Oyster Bay Historical Society (OBHS) was prescient in picking winter as the season to highlight in this year of excessive snow. The OBHS has been investigating their collections to present them for the public to view. The area has many winter sports, including its bobsledding past and ice boating on the harbor. There is even a model of the ice boat Swifty, from the collection of Scott Valentine. Swifty Tillotson of Bayville built both the ice boat Swifty and the model in the exhibit in 1930. The current exhibit also brought up items of the popular sports of skiing, skating and sledding.
Sag Harbor residents Michael and Claudia Taglich were honored at the annual Main Street Association meeting last Wednesday night at the Life Enrichment Center for putting forth restoration money to save the historic Trousdell House, also known as “Hillside,” which is located at the corner of East Main Street and Sandy Hill Road. The couple had donated $2 million for a roof-to-foundation restoration of the home, which was built in 1844.
“The Taglich family helped raise the necessary money to stabilize this house and we are very grateful for that,” said Main Street Association President John Bonifacio. “It is critical for us as community members and an organization to fight for the preservation of our historic structures to make sure they are not lost.”
The Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) recently put out an appeal for funds for their Teddy Bears for Kids program. The TRA provides classic Teddy Bears for hospitalized children for whom the need is great: they bring smiles to them. They also have a new teddy bear made entirely in America that Laurence Pels, TRA executive director, said he hopes, going forward, will be the norm. Presently, it will be tied to special events such as the Feb. 25 opening reception at the National Arts Club in New York City.
James Pehta, TRA Teddy Bear for Kids Project chair, said, “Our Teddy Bear Program is very appreciative of the members of the TRA who contributed to our program. We have been able to increase the program substantially, from those individuals who have said, ‘I want to sponsor a teddy bear event at a hospital; or in memory of a loved one.’
Hood A.M.E. Zion Church is celebrating February, Black History Month, with several events open to the public, explained Diane Evans, who recently moved back to this area and is their publicity chair. The first event is an African-American Poetry reading, held during their Sunday, Feb. 9 service, starting at 11 a.m. (The first Sunday, Feb. 2, the church celebrated Holy Communion.)
On Sunday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m., there will be readings of African American Poetry during the Sunday morning service.
Get ready for love. The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the third annual Valentine’s Fair in Oyster Bay on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9. As the place where the first documented Valentine’s Day card was sent, it is a natural. Captain Simcoe sent the first romantic Valentine’s Day card to Sally Townsend, opening up the door to today’s celebrations.
The weekend will be filled with activities for everyone. The Chamber, along with Raynham Hall, the Chocolate Lady and several local shops, have organized the two-day celebration which boasts fun children’s events, crafts, classical music, great food and special chocolate offerings, boutique shopping, a Chocolate Fair and Family Valentine’s Day.
Dodds & Eder has a new owner, but you can relax, it will stay the same. Employees Dorothy Simons and Cary Leopold have purchased the retail part of the business and will continue it as Dodds & Eder Home. The ladies purchased the store from owner Joe McLaughlin. He has been semi-retired for 10 years and enjoys living part time in Florida, said Leopold.
Simons is the longtime manager of Dodds & Eder and is the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce President. “Dottie and I have basically been running the business for years,” said Leopold.
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $137 billion spending plan will increase education aid by $807 million for the 2014-2015 school year, but school officials say it will still put them up against the wall.
“State aid represents very little of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich (OBEN) Central School District’s revenue,” says Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld. “However, in light of the tax levy limit and the low CPI, any and all state aid is helpful. “
The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum is making significant strides towards its goals of restoring the historic Oyster Bay train station and Locomotive 35. The museum has been awarded three grants to do the restorations, a project intended to preserve a large piece of history for the area.
Development Director Bill Bell said, “The contribution the museum will make to the cultural and historic fabric of Oyster Bay hamlet is astronomical. It is truly unique in the region, combining history, technology and political history. What the Long Island Rail Road meant to Oyster Bay, and Long Island, is an incredible history, and it’s important that it be told.”
With our American obsession with all things English, e.g. Masterpiece Theatre, Downtown Abbey, Mystery!, hearing Victoria Crosby talk is “a visit to the home country.” She recently came to share information about the Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) and read from her book of poems dedicated to the group and their work: Poetic Vic, Britcentric, at the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center.
The DBE, a not-for-profit group, supports homes for the English aged in four states where there is a local chapter. They also keep those related to Britain up to date on the world of the Windsors. They each also support their local charities.
Katharine Gahagan from Bayville is one of the chosen few fashion students at Pratt Institute lucky enough to show her design talent in an exhibition taking place this week. The exhibition, “Organic Matter: Woven Artwear by Pratt Fashion,” is dedicated to the unexpected possibilities of knitwear design by Pratt students at Ralph Pucci International’s Gallery Nine in Manhattan.
Fashion students at Pratt Institute were challenged to re-think the form, function, and design of knitwear as fine art for this innovative exhibition, which is free and open to the public.“My class was sitting and watching him; I actually saw Ralph Pucci stop and look at my piece and take a picture. It was very exciting,” says Gahagan, who is starting the spring semester of her sophomore year at Pratt.
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