Frank M. Flower & Sons, Inc. Oyster Shucking and Eating Contest workers Mary Ann Bentley, Martha Relyea, Ari Mihaltses, and Betty Tiska were standing at the Rotary Raffle booth signing up contestants on Saturday, Oct. 16, the first day of Oyster Festival 27. David Mahnken, winner of the Oyster Shucking Contest for nine consecutive years was checking out the competition. Unfortunately for him, he came in second this year.
If you’ve noticed that the statue of Theodore Roosevelt is no longer sitting in front of the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich, not to worry. The two and a half ton statue is off for a cleaning and waxing to get it ready for its “monumental day” when it is placed atop its new location in the triangle at the corner of Berry Hill Road and South Street.
Last in a series on the people who make the Oyster Festival happen.
Beverly Zembko has overseen the Oyster Festival Food Court since 2000, in its current location at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, when she took it over from Michael Corssen. She had been working in the food court since the second Oyster Festival, (now its the 27th) fundraising for Oyster Bay Cooperative Preschool. Over those years she has gained a great deal of expertise on how to make it all work.
Working with the arts and crafts vendors at the annual Oyster Festival is right up Mel Warren’s alley. Mel Warren has been participating in Arts & Crafts events for 25 years. He comes by his involvement with the arts and crafts people naturally because he is one of them - another independent type and a leather craftsman himself.
The fifth of a series on the people who make the Oyster Festival happen.
“Get your raffle tickets here!”
“You could walk away with 15 thooouuu-sand dollars!”
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.”
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