Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, email@example.com Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00
Patty McSkane of the Knitted Purl has demonstrated her qualifications to be named the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year.* It will be evident next spring when the Oyster Bay commercial area will be enlivened with her Hand-Stitched Hamlet project. She is working with fiber artist Carol Hammel to give hugs, via colorful crocheted wraps, to trees, poles, cannons and the bandstand. The project is being funded by McSkane, Oyster Bay Main Street Association and the Oyster Bay East Norwich Chamber of Commerce. It promises to make the hamlet a Long Island showpiece.
McSkane came to Oyster Bay ready to share her marketing experience after 17 years with a shoe in the door of iconic footwear companies Frye, Coach and Calvin Klein. She previously did a fundraiser for education for residents of Mama’s House with her Knitted Puffs Hair-Blooming Program. Needless to say, the HSH project is working well: they already have 40 percent of the needed sponsors signed up.
The Knitted Purl was open during the Oyster Festival and they used the time to hand out fliers to reach more sponsors. The project includes a fundraising element to benefit the Youth & Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich and they were handing out fliers as did the OB-EN Chamber of Commerce and Purl members, “while wandering the streets,” said McSkane.
She is very excited about a new group the chamber has started that will help with the project, the Friends of the Hamlet.
“Walter Imperatore has started a new group, Friends of the Hamlet, residential supporters of the chamber of commerce. He has taken on an advisory job to help in the administration of the HSH,” said McSkane. The work will include organizing Knit-Nights and Crochet-Nights, so that volunteers can work to make the panels.
The Locust Valley High School reached out to McSkane to ask her about using the panels for community service credit and they will be donating community service hours to the project. McSkane is also talking to Mill Neck Manor getting involved and the Happy Hookers of the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay are already involved as are customers of the Knitted Purl.
“If a sponsor wants to make the panels for their tree, they can,” she said. McSkane said she was going out to measure the trees as per Carol Hammel’s directions. Hammel will then do a list of what is needed and giving the specifications for each location as she did for the launch.
Standing next to her, her husband David said, “I can’t wait for spring to come.”
McSkane said the OB-EN chamber is sponsoring the Derby-Hall bandstand; and all three cannons have sponsors. So far the Madd Potter, Taby’s, Smith’s, Canterbury Ales and Mill Neck Consignment have signed. “About 40 percent of the sponsorships have already been declared and the spots are going fast,” she said.
Friends of the Hamlet
McSkane is excited about a new program the chamber is starting that will help the HSH.
Walter Imperatore of the OB-EN chamber’s marketing committee said, “The Friends of the Hamlet is the residential membership program of the Chamber of Commerce. Only residents of Oyster Bay-East Norwich can join. The focus of the Friends is beautification – the Hand Stitched Hamlet, holiday decorations, hanging baskets, clean ups and related fundraisers…although it can include family oriented events such as the art festival. It gives residents a chance to see the impact of their participation. We will be organizing a formal roll-out in the next couple of weeks. Will keep you posted.”
“For clarity,” said Imperatore, “I didn’t start the program… it was a team effort and Colleen McKean came up with the concept.”
McKean has worked with the MSA on their garden tour and for the Oyster Bay PTSA’s Taste of Gold Coast that earned money for cultural programs for the OB-EN schools.
If you are interested in sponsoring a location in the hamlet, the cost is: large trees are $200, standard trees, $100; light pole, $40; information kiosk, $80; a bandstand canon [three are taken], $75; and the entire bandstand, $435 [taken]. The cost incorporates a donation to the Youth & Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich.
The next part of the project is to get crocheters, and knitters are okay too, said McSkane, to get together and create the pieces. They need to sign up at the Knitted Purl. The shop is located at 80 South Street. Call 516-558-7800 for information. The store is open Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Thursday the hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sunday the Knitted Purl is open from noon to 5 p.m.
* Additionally, the chamber recognized three other worthy members: Jerry Baldesarro of Town Planner; Mitch Parker of Minuteman Press; and Jean Schachter of The Memecrafter Group.