Museum supporters, rock-a-billy fans and tattoo aficionados recently gathered at The Whaling Museum in Cold Spring Harbor for a celebration of the art of nautical tattoos. Guests danced outside as the Buzzards played while inside visitors enjoyed the museum exhibits and voted for their favorite tattoo art submitted by local artists. The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Samantha Sheesley, paper conservator at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. True Love Forever: Preserving the Legacy of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins described the process of acquisition and restoration of Norman Collins’ work. Samantha had several pieces of flash art and acetates on display the night of the event. “Sailor Jerry” was a famous tattoo artist, and a colorful character. Besides sailing and tattooing, he played saxophone in a dance band, hosted a radio show, and was a prolific writer who corresponded with pen pals from all over the world. Collins grew up in Northern California. He hopped on freight trains and traveled across the country and learned tattooing.
Long Island is home to 700,000 Italian-Americans, more than any area outside of Italy itself, said author Salvatore J. LaGumina, an emeritus professor of history at Nassau Community College, where he serves as director of the Center for Italian American Studies. He was speaking at the Koenig Center of the Oyster Bay Historical Society (OBHS) on Sept. 17 about his new book, Long Island Italian Americans. In his introduction, OBHS Executive Director Philip Blocklyn said that it was a return engagement for LaGumina. He had taken part in the OBHS exhibit The Italian-American Experience in Oyster Bay in 2001.
LaGumina opened with a slide show that illustrated the scope of the Italian-American influence on Long Island that because of the easy name recognition reminded everyone of how extensive their influence has been. Today, he said one of four residents of Long Island is of Italian-American heritage.
Mel Warren was handed a check for $24,000 toward his much-needed new custom van and electric wheelchair at the September meeting of the East Norwich Civic Association. Still, they are only half-way there to cover the costs. Present at the meeting were members of the Friends of Mel Warren Committee who committed themselves to raise the needed $38,000.
The plan to help Mel, who has chaired the arts and crafts portion of the Oyster Festival for about 30 years, was initiated at a meeting of the Oyster Fest committee of which he is a member. Mel, who contracted polio in 1958, currently has Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS), a painful attack on the body. Coincidentally, the Oyster Festival is a project of the Oyster Bay Rotary Club and Rotary International’s goal is to eradicate polio.
Assemblyman Chuck Lavine invited members of the public to an informative meeting held Oct. 1, at the Roslyn Public Library where representatives of the LIRR came to discuss the proposed Scoot Trains for the Oyster Bay to Mineola station run, being considered as a future capital project. Participants included Assemblyman Lavine; Bob Brennan, LIRR director of government and community affairs; Tim Keller, LIRR general manager, service planning; and Mark Epstein, chair of the LIRR commuter council. Commuters from Roslyn, Glen Cove, Sea Cliff and Oyster Bay attended and shared their traveling knowledge to enlighten the discussion.
The concept is to give riders more choices of time to use the Oyster Bay Branch with the addition of Scoot Trains that would go every half hour on the single track line. The trains would end in a siding to be built in Mineola, next to the regular platform for easy access to the many trains that arrive there. Coming home riders will have to walk over the walkway to get to the Scoot Trains waiting at the siding.
In honor of the Oyster Festival’s 30th year, there will be fireworks. Grucci fireworks will be doing a light show over the harbor at about 7 p.m. To accommodate the fireworks fun, the food booths and arts and crafts vendors and downtown venues will be open until 7 p.m. The buses will be running until 7:30 to allow visitors to get back to their respective parking lots.
The now iconic event comes the weekend after Columbus Day, Oct. 19 and 20, and while it is not a national holiday, locally, it seems like one. Especially since spending at the festival is “guilt-free” since the profits go to local charities.
The Knitted Purl, The Oyster Bay Main Street Association and the Oyster Bay East Norwich Chamber of Commerce joined forces with world-renowned artist, Carol Hummel to the launch their project of creating the Hand-stitched Hamlet, which unites communities by bringing them together to complete a culturally rich art project. The project kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 21 with “Bagels, Bites & Banter” with Carol Hummel and The Purl Girls. All enjoyed yummy bagels, fruits and Mimosas at the shop. It was the beginning of the project that will be completed at the season’s start of the 2014 ArtWalk next spring.
You don’t need to have a traditional gym membership or a home gym to hire a personal trainer. The trainers at Meta Burn have a studio in Locust Valley where their clients come to get in shape; and many have had tremendous success.
Trainers Greg Kalafatic and Rahz Slaughter worked together at Equinox before deciding to branch out on their own to create Meta Burn, a five-step system for weight loss and improved health. They were in Greenvale before moving to the Locust Valley location about two and a half years ago. They focus on nutrition more than on exercise and currently have 66 clients.
Local artist Larry Aarons will hold his first art show, displaying pastel portraits of mythical heroes, at the Gold Coast Library Annex in Glen Head on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. The show, “The Myths of Man,” is a series of pastels that bring to life some of the familiar faces of Greek, Roman and African gods and mythological characters in a personal way.
“I’m always drawn to the emotional aspect of the Renaissance era...Michelangelo viewed his work with emotion,” says Aarons, who uses many sculptures as his drawing subjects. “My work says touch me, feel me.”
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site recently awarded a $199,000 contract to Chesterfield Associates, Inc. of Westhampton Beach for the reconstruction of the Eel Creek Boardwalk. The boardwalk, which provides the public with access to Sagamore Hill’s beach and salt marsh, was irreparably damaged during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Repairs were initially scheduled to start at the end of the summer.
But Sagamore Hill wasn’t the only Long Island site in need of storm repairs, and a shortage of lumber—a direct result of an increased demand for supplies in the wake of Hurricane Sandy—forced a postponement. However, the work is set to begin now and be completed by Nov. 8. Funding for the project is part of $398 million of aid set aside to assist the National Park Service with recovery from the storm.
The Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay celebrates Homecoming annually, this year’s event did not disappoint. The event generated a great turnout. Staff greeted many new faces as well as familiar ones, ready to embark on the coming fall season with new and interesting programs.
The new executive director, Silvana LaFerlita Gullo, introduced herself and with her staff explained upcoming activities and programs being developed from suggestions by the seniors themselves. As usual the day’s festivities provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The program for the day included complimentary refreshments, a delicious lunch, music and line dancing.
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