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Editorial: All in All, on Land and Sea Oyster Bay Was the Place to Be!

It was a great weekend in Oyster Bay – June 6 and 7. The weather was just wonderful – the rain finally stopped – and everyone’s plans were successfully aided by the sun.

On Saturday, June 6 the Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen Softball Team completed a two-game sweep of East Rockaway to clinch the Nassau County Class ‘C’ Championship. The Lady Baymen advanced to the Long Island Championship with a game against Port Jefferson at noon on Tuesday, June 9 at Mitchel Field.

 

Bam Miller, Vice Commodore of the Oak Cliff Yacht Club, said on Saturday afternoon the Oak Cliff Yacht Club held the last race of its Oak Cliff Spring Classic on June 6. It was for boats constructed before 1973 including replicas of classic yachts. The overall series was won by Caper, a 1957 Rhodes Sloop.

The Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club held a major team racing invitational with teams from New York Yacht Club, Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans Yacht Club, Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the Noroton Yacht Club on both Saturday and Sunday. There was a great deal going on in the harbor.

The Oyster Bay Historical Society held a wonderful dinner dance at the East Woods School on June 6, the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Thanks to Headmaster Nathaniel Peirce, who offered the school gymnasium free of charge for the fundraiser which celebrated their upcoming exhibit, Oyster Bay Goes to War. It opens on Sunday, June 28, at 2 p.m. with a Roundtable Discussion at the Oyster Bay Community Center followed by a reception for the opening of the exhibit.

At the dinner dance, photographs of local veterans were on display and many stood beside the snaps proudly, remembering their service to the country and a safe return to family and friends.

The food was “comfort food;” the music was superb. Maybe because everyone knew all the words!

That night the Oyster Bay Waterfront Center hosted a barbecue at the home of Frinny Storrs, and introduced their new director, Dave Waldo. He was a commercial real estate broker for three years, and the racing coach for the Centerport Yacht Club. He was at Bay Day on Sunday enjoying the events. Former WFC director Gaye Verdi is moving to Utah where she and her husband, a retired firefighter, have relocated.

Sunday, June 7 was Bay Day at Beekman Beach and it brought out a great crowd of visitors. It started with the annual Blessing of the Fleet. The Christeen was offering free rides and kayak lessons were free, too.

The Anything that Floats Race was a great success, especially with Kurt Larsen announcing the races and the racers. It truly enhanced everyone’s pleasure! One of the boats, the Bucket Brigade, won for losing. They pushed, walked, swam and pulled their boat around the course. They had great heart. Remember, never give up!

Later as we headed to the Oyster Bay Library just in time to return some great books and three tapes (for listening to in the car), East Main Street was filled with parked cars. Christ Church was having a concert. The church is a wonderful venue for music.

All in all, on land and sea, Oyster Bay was the place to be!