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Mystery Picture: November 8, 2011

Lots to Think About in the Mystery Picture

We got our answers to the Nov. 3 Mystery Picture in the Enterprise Pilot on the run – so to speak – at the Oyster Bay Historical Society Harvest Moon fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Daniel Walker said, “Can I just tell you what the mystery picture is? It’s my brother Steve Walker and the Oyster Bay Community Band playing at the 9/11 ceremony in front of the Atlantic Steamer Marine Facility.”

He was absolutely correct!

Steve was also at the gala event held right on the grounds of the Koenig Center in back of the Earle-Wightman House, the historical society’s headquarters for many years. A heated white tent was erected on the lawn. The entrance way terrace was a perfect staging area for the party. It appears to be all in the plans – and just wonderful to think they can have a self-contained gala event.

Inside the Koenig Center guests could visit their fashion exhibit. Steve Walker said proudly that in 1996 his daughter Mary had done work on the historical society’s fashion collection to earn her Gold Award Project in Girl Scouting, their highest honor, during the time Tom Kuehhas was the director.

“All the antique clothing needed to be catalogued, photographed and documented,” said Mr. Walker, a longtime historical society board member.

Nicole Menchise said, “Yes, we based the show on her notes. We are building upon those notes for our textile collection. There was no chance to display the items in the Earle-Wightman building. Now the collection can be displayed.”

Mr. Walker also identified the mystery photograph in the Nov. 3 issue of the newspaper. He recognized it as the Oyster Bay Community Band that he directs and said they played beautifully that day.

We asked him about the new “gazebo” in TR Park and commented that it looked similar to the bandstand that had been there years ago and that he hoped would be replicated. “Usually a bandstand has a raised platform,” he said.

Mr. Walker added that he would love the Oyster Bay Community Band to play there, as well as at Chelsea Center in East Norwich.

The band is composed of students from Oyster Bay High School and adult musicians. They did a wonderful job on Memorial Day playing Victory at Sea and at the 9/11 performance at the waterfront they were amazing. They are truly a professional group of players. We hope the community will come out and support their playing in both our local venues.

And as for the mystery picture – Billy Minicozzi, loyal reader, also recognized the concert by the harbor on 9/11.

Have a wonderful week and keep guessing.                          

- DFK