The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Community Band is returning to its historical roots in the village this summer. The location of the band’s Summer Lawn Concerts will be moved from their usual location in front of Oyster Bay High School a little further west on East Main Street.
Because of brick and sidewalk repair work to the high school, that venue is not available this season. Two neighboring churches have graciously offered their grounds for summer concerts, the First Presbyterian Church and Christ Church.
“Special thanks are due to, respectively, to Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Prey and Rev. Peter Casparian, for extending such warm welcomes,” says Stephen Walker, the band’s director.
Recently, an eager group of young padawans (Jedi students) received a lesson in using their force wisely at Oyster Bay Family Karate. It was no surprise that the Star Wars training class was a hit amongst the kids, although owner Bobby Rekha says he wasn’t expecting the enthusiasm he received from the adults. “As soon as we put the sign up, I had adult kick boxers asking if they could come.”
Some had even hoped to wear costumes.
The Oyster Bay Music Festival has become a summer classic in the hamlet. Now in its third year, the festival, which ran from June 28 to July 6, had concert-goers reveling in the sounds of beautiful classical tunes from 34 talented young musicians from across Long Island and New York State. The week was filled with 14 public concerts, two open master classes, a concert just for children and two interactive musical workshops. In addition, the performers also held daily concerts for seniors at Day Break Adult Day Care and the Life Enrichment Center.
“We put on these concerts for two different reasons,” said Sarah Hoover, one of the directors of the music festival along with Pippa Borisy and Lauren Ausubel. “To create performance opportunities for talented young musicians who don’t spend a lot of time performing at public venues and to create a concert experience for people that is fun and less formal than your typical classical music concert.”
Oyster Bay resident and independent musician Gianni Paci, a 2010 graduate of Oyster Bay High School, is taking the stage at St. Rocco’s Festival twice this weekend, giving his home town a chance to experience his solo endeavor.
“This is exciting for me because I have been going to the festival for years,” says Paci, who grew up down the street from Fireman’s Field.
Earlier this year, Paci released his first single, “Goodbye,” which has received a lot of attention by fans and media outlets alike.
Sunday, June 29 was a perfect day in Oyster Bay: at 85 degrees under bright blue skies, you couldn’t have asked for better conditions to celebrate the commencement of the Class of 2014.
At the stroke of noon, Matthew Sisia raised his baton and the Oyster Bay High School combined Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble struck the familiar chords of Edward Elgar’s venerable classic, “Pomp and Circumstance.”
The Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay invited American Legionnaires and members of the VFW to a luncheon held on Friday, May 23, prior to Memorial Day.
"They usually invite us to lunch in honor of Memorial Day, but this year they will also invite us for Veteran’s Day,” said American Legion Commander Reginald Butt, Jr., of Quentin Roosevelt Post #4.
Gone Dancing celebrated its eighth year in Oyster Bay with its annual recital, held at St. Dominic’s auditorium on Saturday, June 21. With nearly 200 registered students, one recital would be too long. To solve that problem, Carrie Kirincic and Caitlin Malley presented two separate shows. The second show sold out days in advance.
Representing the culmination of a year’s worth of preparation for children as young as age 2, the shows highlighted many different styles of dance: ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop, acro, and even break-dancing.
As Malley said, “The recital is something the teachers and the kids work for all year. This was our eighth recital and every year it keeps getting better and better. They are a lot of work but in the end it’s all about the kids and helping them build up their confidence.”
The Oyster Bay Music Festival is giving classical music some Oyster Bay flair.
The festival, happening now through July 6, is showcasing 34 classical musicians ranging from ages 11-24. The students come from all over Long Island and have a wide array of musical talents.
Thursday, June 19 was the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum’s 8th Annual Summer Solstice/ Luau Celebration at the Sagamore Yacht Club. This Hawaiian-themed celebration is one of the museum’s most profitable fundraising events and welcomed summer with food provided by the Harborside Delicatessen, an open bar, live Polynesian entertainment and more than 100 guests.
“We have three major fundraisers,” said John Specce, president of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum, “and the luau is fairly substantial in helping the museum do what it does.”
Bailey Arboretum is a hidden gem that is located well within the confines of Lattingtown, just outside of Locust Valley.
Originally named after self-made millionaire Frank Bailey, the 42-acre property was given to Nassau County in 1967 by the Vanneck Bailey Foundation. It is maintained by the Friends of Bailey Arboretum. Located on Bayville Road, the county property is open to the public 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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