Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Rauch Foundation Launches Long Island Index Map

As you may know, the map was officially launched on December 10 after a two-month beta testing period. Media outlets on Long Island provided great coverage – including a terrific editorial from Newsday – and several mapping industry websites have featured the map as well (see http://www.urbanresearch.org/news/new-LongIslandIndex-maps for a full list of coverage).

You can now access the map from the Long Island Index homepage (www.longislandindex.org) or directly at www.longislandindexmaps.org. We encourage you to sign up for free email updates so you’ll receive notice when the maps are expanded and enhanced in the future (the map page itself has an option to add your email to the list).

This Friday (January 30), the Index will be releasing its 2009 report, with a special focus on education issues facing Long Island. They’ll be adding key education statistics and maps by district to the interactive map.

"Dearest Jane...Love L" exhibit opens at OB Historical Society, Feb 14th, 4-6pm

Who: Oyster Bay Historical Society
What: "Dearest Jane...Love L", Jane Bush and her Love Letters from Habana
Where: Earle- Wightman House, Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay, New York
When: Hours of Operation: Tues-Fri 10am -2pm, Sat 9am -1pm & Sun 1pm -4pm; Opening Reception: Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14th, 4-6pm
Why: Read beautiful letters and get swept up in the celebration of Valentine's Day in Oyster Bay.

The Oyster Bay Historical Society presents "Dearest Jane...Love L". A collection of love letters from Luis Francke to his beloved Jane Bush. Luis Francke operated a sugar plantation in Cuba from which he wrote many of his love letters to Jane. After their marriage in 1911 they moved to Glenby, the Brookville estate which Luis built for his new bride and which still exists today. During Luis's long absences due to business, Jane designed a garden on the estate and pursued her passion for bird watching. Jane Bush Francke became extensively involved with the Garden Club of America and with the early development of the American conversation movement. The Jane Bush Francke Bird Sanctuary on the grounds of her former estate, still serves as a legacy to her commitment to open space throughout the country and on Long Island. We would like to thank Ellen Curtis the granddaughter of Jane Bush Francke for her support.

Dr. John A. Gable Lecture Series - starting March 26

The Friends of Sagamore Hill will commence the 5th Annual Dr. John A. Gable Lecture Series on Thursday, March 26, 2009 in Oyster Bay, N.Y. This program is free to the public and offers the opportunity to both hear and speak with illustrious experts on subjects and people related to our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt and Oyster Bay history.

Doors open at 7pm and the programs begin at 7:30; at the newly renovated Christ Church Parish Hall located at 61 East Main Street, in Oyster Bay Hamlet. Following lecture and a brief discussion, light refreshments will be served and the public can meet with the speakers in an informal setting.

On Thursday, March 26, 2009, Mr. Charles Markis, Chief of Interpretation at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, will present “The Literary Antecedents of Theodore Roosevelt” describing the authors and writings that influenced TR as a young man and throughout his life.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2009, CDR Henry J. Hendrix II, USN, Ph.D. will speak on “Theodore Roosevelt’s use of The Navy in Diplomacy”. Commander Hendrix is a Naval Flight Officer, prolific author and National Secretary of the Theodore Roosevelt Association.

On Tuesday, May 12, 2009, Mr. Franklin Hill Perrell, Chief Curator of the Nassau County Museum of Art, will present “TR and the Arts of His Time”, a lecture and video presentation on art in the time of Theodore Roosevelt. Mr. Perrell is a noted artist, lecturer and foremost authority on art of the “American Gilded Age”.

The Friends of Sagamore Hill is a chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association a 501C3 charitable organization


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Eastern Waterfront Steering Committee - PUBLIC MEETING

Who: Eastern Waterfront Steering Committee and members of the public
What: A meeting to review the work of the Steering Committee and to receive public comment.
Where: Town Board Hearing Room, 54 Audrey Ave
When: Tuesday, January 27, 7pm
Why: To be informed and share your opinion on making Oyster Bay an even better place to live, work, and play.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Winter Weekends: Takin’ It Easy in Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay was recently featured in this New York Times article...

Winter Weekends: Takin’ It Easy in Oyster Bay
Published: January 2, 2009

Dutch and English settlers discovered a smooth, scenic bay on Long Island’s North Shore, named it for its oysters and built a harbor town. Three centuries later, Billy Joel wrote, “I wish that I was back in Oyster Bay, takin’ it easy.” Suburbia has encroached, but the hamlet of Oyster Bay is still a charming little place, and the area around it invites exploration.

The most famous local citizen is not Billy Joel but Theodore Roosevelt. Sagamore Hill, the rambling Victorian home he built in 1885, is a National Historic Site (516-922-4788; www.nps.gov/sahi), where winter tours run from Wednesday through Sunday ($5).

From the big veranda to the rooms filled with books and mounted heads of unlucky animals, Sagamore Hill looks like what by all accounts it was — not just the summer White House where Roosevelt brokered a peace between Russia and Japan (earning him a Nobel Peace Prize), but paradise for a big brood of children and a roomy container for the outsize personality of its owner.

The house sits on 83 acres on a peninsula that is an ideal place for a walk, even in the dead of winter. Paths and a nature trail with forests, meadows, a salt marsh and a beach are open from dawn until dusk.

This is the renowned Gold Coast, and another estate lives on as Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park (1395 Planting Fields Road; 516-922-9200; www.plantingfields.com; $6 to park on winter weekends). Greenhouses are open daily; the winter specialty is camellias.

A house tour that paints a picture of life in the Revolutionary War era is at the Raynham Hall Museum (20 West Main Street; 516-922-6808; www.raynhamhallmuseum.org; $5). And just outside of the village, there’s yet another experience at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, which houses fish, reptiles and amphibians native to New York State (1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor; 516-692-6768; www.cshfha.org; $5).

If Oyster Bay touring inspires an appetite for oysters, you can find them prepared several different ways at Canterbury’s Oyster Bar and Grill (46 Audrey Avenue; 516-922-3614).

The Inn at Fox Hollow (7755 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury; 800-291-8090; www.theinnatfoxhollow.com) is an all-suite hotel with off-season rates from $219 to $339.