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Summer Solstice Celebration Benefits Museum

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.

It was a great evening of fun to support a good cause. As Bill Bell, the development director of the museum said, “The museum is posed to make enormous educational historical and cultural contributions to our region. The museum’s presence will enhance downtown visitor activity and support for the hamlet’s restaurants, businesses and other cultural and historic organizations. The location of an operating museum will provide an anchor for the newly relocated public entrance to TR Park. The Audrey Avenue extension, once a forlorn and neglected area, will take on new life as an attractive promenade to the park and museum.”

Rob Brusca took the opportunity to thank the community for its support, not only of the museum, but for working for the betterment of the downtown and its revitalization. He also expressed the museum’s thanks to the generous donors who have provided financial support and donated raffle prizes for the Summer Solstice 2013.