Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sundown Brings Activity to Oyster Bay this Spring and Summer

Every Tuesday and Thursday night Oyster Bay will be abuzz during the spring and summer months.

Live performances and events will make up the Oyster Bay Sundown Series. These weekly happenings will be every Thursday night from 6pm to 8pm.

“Programming these live events will entice people to visit downtown, which is our goal,” said Diane Meltzer, the Oyster Bay Main Street Association’s Promotion Chair.

The Acts
Throughout the summer, the series will shift from the downtown to a variety of venues in and around Oyster Bay, highlighting the unique historical and cultural attractions in the area. Concertgoers are welcome to bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy these live concerts in an enjoyable setting each week.

Concerts in Other Places
* Stout! Folk music. Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit Street, July 16, 6pm-8pm.
* Oyster Bay Community Band. Traditional band music presented on the grounds of TR’s home. Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, 12 Sagamore Hill Rd. July 23, 6pm-8pm.
* Strike the Bell. Sea shanties. Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main St. July 30, 6pm-8pm.
* Judy Garland Revue. Life and music of Judy Garland presented through song and dance. Il Piatto Restaurant (courtyard), August 6, 6pm-8pm.
* Strummin’ and Drummin’. A fun kids music show. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Rd. August 13, 6pm-8pm.
* Sing-a-Long. Families are welcome for this popular end-of-the-summer event. Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center, 134 Cove Rd, August 20, 6pm-8pm.

About the Presenting Organization
The Oyster Bay Main Street Association was started in 1999 with the mission “to create and promote a healthy economy and an attractive hamlet, while maintaining historic character and integrity.” Projects the organization has completed include sign and fa├žade improvements, public space enhancement, and helping to promote sites and attractions in the historic Hamlet of Oyster Bay.

For more information or to become a member of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, please visit or call (516) 922-6982.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Oyster Bay stands in for the Hamptons in TV show

10:33 PM EDT, May 11, 2009

Oyster Bay residents watched in wonder Monday as someone was rushed from an ambulance into the emergency room of "Hamptons Heritage Hospital" - what on any other day is known as Oyster Bay Town Hall.

The scene played out several times during a taping of "Royal Pains," a new USA television series starring Mark Feuerstein as a private on-call doctor for the Hamptons elite. The series is scheduled to debut June 4.

With the addition of a few signs, 75 crew members and about 25 extras as doctors, nurses, patients and security guards, town hall took on the appearance of a hospital.

Oyster Bay resident Donald Altieri had finished taking a stroll through nearby Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park when he stopped to watch the crew and extras milling about.

"I'm amazed how they set things up and make it look real," said Altieri, 71.

Earlier in the day, the crew turned a nearby pedestrian alleyway into a bustling farmers' market - replete with women in summer dresses and their small dogs - and the deli across the street into an upscale coffee shop.

Supervisor John Venditto said the filming - coming on the heels of several Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sightings around town - has created a buzz in the community.

"People are having a lot of fun with this," Venditto said. "This is good stuff."

The one-day shoot was the first on town property this year; last year, the town clerk's office issued six permits for TV commercial and movie shoots.

The production company paid $500 to use the town's property and agreed to reimburse the town for public safety officers and for shuttling town employees who had to park in a remote lot.

Town Clerk Steven Labriola said he could see why the hamlet, with its tree-lined streets and quaint architecture, was deemed Hampton-esque.

"This could be a street in Bridgehampton," he said.