The Friends of Sagamore Hill gathered on Wednesday, June 12 to dedicate a new flowerbed that was installed at the entrance to Sagamore Hill, and to hold an election of new officers.
Park volunteer Margarethe Randall and Peter Hogarty of Ireland Gannon Associates, conceived the idea for the flower bed and conducted research on which types of flowers should be included. They decided on some of first lady Edith Roosevelt’s favorite plantings from her cutting garden, including coreopsis, Montauk daisy and clematis.
Sagamore Yacht Club was the place to be to celebrate the Summer Solstice with members and supporters of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum. It was a perfect summer night on Oyster Bay Harbor, which made a magnificent backdrop for the party. Guests were treated to a summer luau complete with Hawaiian inspired catering by Christina’s Epicure, Hawaiian music and lessons in hula dancing.
Attendees were asked to wear Hawaiian clothing, and brilliantly colored shirts and dresses added a special festive note to the party. Many of the men said how glad they were to have a chance to wear their loudest shirts in public without censure from their significant others. A highlight of the evening was a performance by hula dancers, followed by lessons for those daring enough to take them. John Specce of the Railroad Museum and Walter Imperatore were star pupils, and did an inspired dance together.
A popular novel, The Cardinal, first gave young Richard Kopinski the idea that he might have a calling to be a priest.
“I was taken with the idea of a priest as someone who belongs exclusively to God,” said Father Kopinski, pastor of St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, Glen Head. He had read the 1950 novel by Henry Morton Robinson. The novel was made into a 1963 film directed by Otto Preminger.
That calling would take him far from Long Island, first to the University of Notre Dame and later Africa, but eventually back to Long Island.
Judith Wasilchuk and Beverly Zembko completed Rotary Internationals’ first and only co-presidential term at the club’s 71st installation on June 19 at the Swan Club. The incoming president, Donald Lyons is the manager of Valley National Bank. Lyons and the new board of directors were given the oath of office by District Governor Mario Moran. The event is newsworthy on two accounts: the co-presidents and that Rotary International has decreed a reorganization of the district, to include Suffolk County clubs because their enrollment has dropped to less than 1,000 members. Suffolk had been part of District 7250 until it decided to become a separate entity, some time ago.
Zembko explained, “We are merging with Suffolk on July 1, 2013. We will have a new District Governor, Gwenn Ramage, who is from Westhampton Beach. We will become District 7255.”
On Saturday, June 1, the Class of 2013 continued the tradition of classes before it as it marched down Anstice Street into the Church of Saint Dominic for the 82nd Commencement Exercise of Saint Dominic High School. Led by Grand Marshal Sr. Kathleen Kull, Theology Teacher, the 93 seniors who have distinguished themselves during their four years at Saint Dominic processed into the church.
Valedictorian Jordyn Coyne and Salutatorian Kevin Podell gave wonderful reflections. They urged their classmates to look back fondly on their days at Saint Dominic while at the same time urged them to seize all opportunities that await them and remember they are a part of greater team they are a part of the Saint Dominic alumni team and that “All Things are Possible with God.”
The Boys and Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich celebrated their first spring luncheon at the deSeversky Mansion on Wednesday, June 12. The event included lunch, a vendor fair, and raffles to benefit the club.
The attire for the luncheon was dress to impress, and the prizes in the raffle — as well as the vendors present — set the theme.
Centerpieces, favors, and jazz piano player, Robert Lepley, were donated by Grace and Gregg Haggerty. Party favors were planting pots hand painted by the children of the club, each pot complete with a plant, gloves, and gummy worms.
Martin Viette Nurseries hosted their first annual Grill Night, Thursday June 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event was one of many that the business sponsors.
The evening was full of fun, featuring a special showing of the Lexus LFA supercar, music provided by Perfect Party NYC, grill demonstrations, and more. Stellar Meats provided meat for the occasion, and several chefs were grilling samples.
There were special discounts for all who attended on any merchandise purchased during the event. Every attendee had the option to enter his or her name in a raffle to win a brand new Kamado Joe Grill.
A local mother has combined her love of classic kids fashion with her desire for affordable clothing to create a children’s clothing line that is fit for her own four tots.
Monica Noone, a graduate of St. Dominic’s High School, launched Pennymeade this spring with a party at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove.
“I was so frustrated that all the clothes I liked for my kids were so expensive,” says Noone. “We’d go to a barbecue and one ketchup stain later, we’re throwing out $350 worth of clothes.”
With notices now coming in, the first ArtWalk on June 2, was a success. Walter Imperatore, co-chair of the Marketing Committee of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of commerce offered, “We were generally happy with the results. Jim Perna of Long Island Picture Frame, who’s running this event for the chamber, said that he saw an increase in the number of people on the streets. That being said, we were looking to attract more people.”
ArtWalk also gave several artists the opportunity to share their talent with the public as the Arts & Antiques Walk planned for this summer’s Sundays debuted. It is intended to bring people to the hamlet by adding “eye candy” to the streetscape and Julie and David Heiss of the Madd Potter agreed it did.
The final 2013 lecture in the John A. Gable series was somewhat different from past lectures. The May 16 lecture showcased Xiomaro’s (pronounced SEE-oh-MAH-ro) wonderful and inspiring “How I love Sagamore Hill” photo collection. Commissioned by Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, and displayed in collaboration with the Oyster Bay Historical Society at the Koenig Center, “How I love Sagamore Hill”, derives from Theodore Roosevelt’s well-known quote to his wife Edith on the day before his death.
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