This year’s Main Street Association annual meeting was held in the – still under construction – Octagon Hotel. It heralded what has been one of the most promising changes in the hamlet’s streetscape this year. It was amazing to walk up to the building on Sept. 16 as the heavy rains from the thunderstorm/tornadoes that hit the area had just ended. The porch lights were on and the Octagon Hotel was very welcoming.
The fourth of a series on the people who make the Oyster Festival happen.
Ten years ago, the last thing on Paul Rosen’s mind was the East Coast’s largest waterfront festival. “I was entirely caught up in my career,” recalled Mr. Rosen. A self-described city kid, he never even heard of the Oyster Festival.
The third of a series on the people who make the Oyster Festival happen.
The Oyster Festival began on Audrey Avenue 27 years ago and although the “feast” has since moved to the waterfront, activity on the thoroughfare has never slackened the third weekend of October.
Dawn Riley of the Oak Cliff Sailing Center is bringing the world to Oyster Bay – the sports world, demonstrated by their motto: “Raising the level of sailors and sailing in the U.S.”
The second of a series on the people who make the Oyster Festival happen.
The Tall Ships sailing into sunlit Oyster Bay harbor every October heralds the start of another Oyster Festival. This year’s fleet include a pair of vessels certain to delight buffs: the Gazela, a three-mast, 177 foot long Barquentine wooden fishing ship built in 1901 in Portugal; and the Cutter Chinook, a World War II ice-breaking tug.
It was a beautiful day, reminiscent of September 11, 2001 the moment in time that was being memorialized as Oyster Bay held its 6th annual ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial on West End Avenue on the Western Waterfront. It was fitting that members of the Atlantic Steamer Fire Company stood at the left of the monument, and at the right, the presenters, New York Senator Carl Marcellino, the Rev. Peter Casparian of Christ Church; and Rev. Jeffrey Prey of the First Presbyterian Church. Seated in front with the guests were Co-Pastors Diane and Ray Melograne of the North Shore Assembly of God.
The first of a series on the people who make the Oyster Festival happen.
For many returning visitors to the Oyster Festival, the feast has a face.
The face belongs to the woman shucking and serving oysters at the Oyster Bay Rotary Club’s booth near the Food Court entrance. She smiles through a stream of conversations, shucking bivalves, passing plates of briny oysters across the counter.
The Rotary Rides! program was a large part of the events during the kickoff for the 27th Oyster Festival, Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17. It was a time to meet the people who made it all happen. That included Gail Speranza, Doubleday Babcock Senior Center executive director; Paul Rosen, operations manager for Oyster Bay Manor and Harbor House Assisted Living; Rotarian Donna Lee (who was unable to attend the event); Paul Mori, senior manager of operations, Hendrickson Bus Company; Rotary Rides customer Pablo Cruz; and Rachel Dombrowsky, president of Oyster Bay Manor and Harbor House Assisted Living who sponsored Mr. Cruz. Profits from Rotary’s involvement with the Oyster Festival will be used to fund Rotary Rides!
At his upcoming exhibition at the Nassau County Museum of Art, which will be held from Sept. 25, to Jan. 9, visitors will be able to gain insight into the creative processes of Mort Künstler, an artist renown for his authentic and moving portrayals of scenes from the Civil War. This latest exhibition of Civil War paintings is entitled “For Us The Living.” There will be sketches, drawings, props and photos available, as well as preliminary studies, for visitors’ perusal.
This Oyster Festival is unique in that while all Oyster Festivals are to promote local not-for-profit groups as their major fund raiser, this new festival is dedicated to helping the new Rotary Rides! program that will replace the defunct MTA Able Rides in this north shore area of Long Island. Rotary Rides! will service handicap residents of Oyster Bay hamlet, East Norwich, Bayville, Locust Valley, Syosset and now Glen Head. Rotary Rides! is funded by the Oyster Bay Charitable Foundation that is funded by the Oyster Festival.
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