Elizabeth Roosevelt shared not only her family’s history but her sense of humor at the opening of the new exhibit at the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center on Saturday, Feb. 12. It features many of the Roosevelt documents she donated to the society as well as an exhibit of drawings by Dan Christoffel.
Edmund Morris, best-selling author of the Theodore Roosevelt trilogy, will discuss his latest book at Christ Church Parish Hall in Oyster Bay on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m. The event is hosted by Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in partnership with the Friends of Sagamore Hill and Eastern National.
Mr. Morris will read from his latest book Colonel Roosevelt and host a question and answer session. In addition, Mr. Morris will sign his book following the discussion. Copies of Colonel Roosevelt will be available for purchase. At the conclusion of the event, complimentary snacks and light refreshments will be available courtesy of the Friends of Sagamore Hill. Activities will conclude by 3:30 p.m. Information and directions to Christ Church can be found at www.christchurchoysterbay.org/ or by calling 922-4788.
The Oyster Bay High School PTSA is getting ready to host their annual Taste of the Gold Coast Gala. It is a night filled with food tastings from over 40 restaurants and sweet shops and includes wine tastings generously donated by Post Wines and Spirits in Syosset. To add to the excitement of the evening,
there is live music, raffles, silent auctions and a casino room.
The discussion of proposed cell phone antennas in the Community United Methodist Church steeple/bell tower by Verizon brought about a dozen people out to attend the East Norwich Civic Association meeting on Jan. 27. The civic group holds meetings 10 months a year in the church’s community room. The meeting was well attended in spite of the snow. Almost 20 residents attended.
The Oyster Bay Civic Association is doing something new. It is going to poll its members to find out what local residents would like to see happen at Snouder’s Corner Drugstore. Previously the OBCA’s stance was to wait until “all the facts were in” before taking a poll of members views on an issue.
Jerelyn Hanrahan is an artist with a sense of humor. She is also an artist who creates both large and small scale projects. You are part of her current public art project, to create a series of graduated pearls that will become a “string of pearls” forming a bench, at Theodore Roosevelt Beach to be temporarily located in the area from the concession stand to the flagpole. People will be able to see them from about Memorial Day to the Oyster Festival, said Tracy Dellomo, Main Street Association economic restructuring committee chair.
Partying at Jack Halyard’s American Bar & Grill at 62 South Street at the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party Dec. 13, was a great time to get to know more about chamber members.
The chamber members are very happy that Billy Joel’s 20th Century Classics are located in the hamlet and adding to the mix. Media sources revealed that on Nov. 23, piano legend Billy Joel, was recovering from a double hip-replacement surgery that he underwent the week before at Department of Orthopaedics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
If you bought or received a Kindle for the holidays, you are out of luck! You can’t tune in to the Nassau County Library System and download the digital book Sag Harbor, this year’s choice for Long Island Reads. Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library Director Suzanne Koch said, “Amazon, which makes the Kindle doesn’t want to give us access. You can, however, have access with a Nook or a Sony Reader. If you go to Sony Space, they tell you how you can download from your library and tells you which is your local library. Sony came to the Nassau County Library System to introduce their new designs when it came out and has been working with us.”
Approaching New Year’s Eve, many people might have feared starting 2011 with a hangover, but for County Executive Edward P. Mangano, it was the prospect of a takeover, of the county’s finances by New York State agency Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) on Jan. 1, that became very real.
The Roosevelts of Oyster Bay are more than just TR. That will become evident as people view the new exhibit that will open Feb. 12 at the new Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center grand opening. The exhibit is called, The Roosevelts Next Door, Portraits of Devotion, and will feature longtime OBHS board member Elizabeth Roosevelt’s family papers. She presented the collection to OBHS Curator Yvonne Noonan-Cifarelli and Executive Director Phil Blocklyn at a preliminary visit to talk about some representative material from the collection she had showed them earlier, saying that there was more at her house. “Yvonne and I met at her house in November 2010 and that was when she presented us with a box containing the papers and said she was donating them to us. We have been studying the material since then,” said Phil Blocklyn.
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