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Editorial: Time To Light Up The Holidays

Oyster Bay is getting ready for the holidays. There is nothing like getting back to traditional things when life hands you a storm of trouble. Things start off on Saturday, Nov. 24, Small Business Saturday. Eva Regulski of Not Just Art is taking advantage of the American Express promotion for small businesses on Nov. 24. They offer $25 credit for their AmEx customers who shop on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and spend more than $40. She adds to the offer by giving her customers 10 percent off purchases.

Ewa Rumprecht of Think Long Island First is also involved with the program. She is offering an afternoon of free programs that day to bring in customers, as well as to announce the winners of their poetry contest.

Shopping Directory

Walter Imperatore has been working on a Holiday Shopping Guide/directory.  The chart is on display in the kiosks in town and on their website visitoysterbay.com.

At the October meeting of the OB-EN CC marketing committee, Dottie Simons, Dodds & Eder manager and Oyster Bay Railroad Museum board member said she has found Anton Newspapers to be a good advertising venue for the two groups. She said the ads go into the homes, have news about the schools and the children and as a result are read. Angela Feeley is the Enterprise Pilot salesperson and is available at 403-5161. If you are interested in advertising and she is out and about, just leave a message and she will return your call.

Thursday, Nov. 29 is the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce annual  Light Up The Holidays Fundraiser at 7 p.m. at the Sagamore Yacht Club (tickets are $75.

Saturday, Dec. 1 is the St. Dominic holiday breakfast with Santa Claus, said Catherine Drabin of Chrison & Bellina. That evening, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. is Planting Fields Foundation’s Deck the Halls annual holiday gala. This ticketed event offers refreshments, a silent auction and valet parking. Call 922-8678 for tickets and reservations.

Bah! Humbug! Hello Scrooge!

Ebenezer Scrooge (available for photo ops, bring camera) will be at Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, OB on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Enjoy readings from A Christmas Carol, Victorian carol singing, cider and cookies, and souvenir song sheet included with admission, adults $5, students and children over 5 years old and seniors, $3. Call  922-6808 for reservations.

Calendar Guys

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Boys & Girls Club holds their annual Holiday Luncheon Party at the Metropolitan Club in Glen Cove on Dec. 4. from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The tickets are $125. There are great raffles, boutique shopping and a great lunch. Sharon Sliva, director of development said the NYC Firemen Calendar Boys will be there to sign their calendars. Additionally, every guest gets a Christopher Radko ornament as a gift. Call 922-9285 for tickets.

Concert and Exhibit

Saturday, Dec. 8 the Oyster Bay Historical Society is hosting their annual concert and open house from 4 to 7 p.m. The one-hour concert at the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church on South Street and Summit Street is a gospel event. Think toe-tapping and hand clapping. Then walk   to 20 Summit Street to the Earle-Wightman House for a free reception. They are also opening their new exhibit of miniatures and childhoods small things.

Tree Lighting

The OB-EN Chamber is considering holding their tree lighting that evening, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., but due to Hurricane Sandy plans are still in flux. The Town of Oyster Bay lights the tree at the Derby-Hall Bandstand in Townsend Park and they have been busy cleaning up after the storms.

Holiday Express

The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum is holding their annual Holiday Express at 102 Audrey Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. They have great raffles, exhibits and gifts for sale. They also provide the free horse and wagon rides around town both days.

Holiday Ornament Workshop

Raynham Hall Museum presents a Holiday Ornament Workshop on Dec. 9 at 1 p.m., for ages 6 to 12. The children will decorate a pine cone ornament, make a wreath ornament and a button ornament and have refreshments. The cost is $10 per child. Call 922-6808 for reservations.

Now that is a lot of information and with a lot of fun represented. There is more to mention and we will. Do send us your information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 403-5104, and we will help you celebrate the holidays.   

— DFK

News

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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