Monday, April 26, 2010

Downtown Oyster Bay Comes to Life with Music and Art in May!

Sundown concert series will return to downtown Oyster Bay the First Thursday of each month from May to September

Oyster Bay Sundown Concerts Start May 6

Downtown Oyster Bay will again be the place to hear and enjoy live music this summer. Following the enthusiastic response to last summer’s “SUNDOWN” Concert Series, the Oyster Bay Main Street Association (OBMSA) is ready to roll out the musical red carpet for this year’s events. An exciting and varied mix is planned. Diane Meltzer, Chair of the OBMSA Promotion Committee, said “we are thrilled to be bringing live music to the downtown area for a second year of warm weather outdoor concerts.”

The main focus will be on the “First Thursday” of each month, 7-9 p.m., from May through September. To enhance the Art Walks that are already in place on “First Thursdays”--with their wonderful gallery exhibits, wine tastings, restaurant specials, and general bonhomie--live outdoor music will add another option for residents’ and visitors’ entertainment.

Each month will feature something different. The season kicks off on May 6th at the Teaching Studios of Art, 115 Audrey Avenue, where the OBMSA will host a get-together open to the public, which will coincide with the Studios’ new registration period. In an acoustic setting, John Bruschini’s nylon string guitar and Dale Kleps’ flute and reeds will present fresh interpretations of traditional jazz and classical music, mainly from Argentina, Brazil, and the U.S. The sound will compliment the classical art being taught and on display. Refreshments and drinks will be served.

You may RSVP for this event on our Facebook fan page.

Main Street Strategic Planning Completed
During the second weekend in April, Main Street board members and community partners came together to conduct a strategic planning exercise. This resulted in a new mission statement, vision statement, and strategic goals for the organization. The mission statement is: "Oyster Bay Main Street Association (OBMSA) is dedicated to enhancing and promoting an attractive and thriving downtown, while maintaining its historic integrity. We are a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit using the national Main Street™ Approach to downtown revitalization. " The vision statement is: "

The inviting gateways to Oyster Bay, including the waterfront, Route 106, and the Long Island Railroad, lead to an aesthetically pleasing historic downtown. Visitors and residents alike are impressed by the artistic and cultural attractions, including appealing diverse restaurants and shops. Walking through the downtown, one can view public art and a pleasing streetscape, which provides outdoor seasonal dining. Museums and an accessible waterfront provide an engaging family-friendly experience."

Please visit our website for more information and to Donate today.

Art Opening of "Le Voyage" at Chase Edwards Gallery, May 8
Chase Edwards Gallery will present "Le Voyage" a journey through color, form, thoughts, and memories, by Artist Megan Sirianni Brand on Saturday, May 8, from 6-9pm. The opening will be hosted by Bistro Citron Restaurant and Supreme Wine Company. A preview of the show will be during the "First Thursdays Artwalk Evening" on Thursday, May 6 from 7-9pm. Chase Edwards Gallery is located at 15 East Main Street in Downtown Oyster Bay.

You may RSVP for this event on our Facebook fan page.

The Chocolate Lady to Provide Cake Decorating Workshop
Oyster Bay's very own Master Pastry Chef/Chocolatier Lee Perrotta of The Chocolate Lady will show you how to hone your skills so that you too can decorate a cake or cupcakes like a pro! Learn how to level a cake, frost with no crumbs and get a smooth top, and to pipe borders, shells, stars. Special techniques will also be taught like how to pipe a clown, create roses and even a basket of flowers cake. A certificate will be provided upon completion. A beginners kit will also be provided on the first night as well as recipes annd a list of additional items to purchase. The class will be on Thursday night from 7-9pm for 4 weeks starting on May 6. Total cost for the class is $165. To register please contact The Chocolate Lady at 516-922-2002.

Children's Art Show at ART(that matters), May 7
ART(that matters) will present a Children's ART show featuring the art of children ages 4-12. The show officially opens during the "First Thursdays Artwalk Evening" on May 6th from 7-9pm. An artist reception will be held on Friday, May 7th from 6-9pm. ART(that matters) is located at 55 W. Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY.

TR and the Water on Display at TRA Gallery

TRA Gallery is showing TR and the Water. This is a continuation of a series of art exhibitions
featuring the work of contemporary artists who interpret the passions of Theodore Roosevelt’s many-sided life. The current exhibition evokes the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor—always a place of recreation, contemplation and solace for Roosevelt. On exhibit are beautiful prints, watercolors, oils, photographs, and drawings for sale to benefit the Theodore Roosevelt Association and its many charitable enterprises. The TRA Gallery is located at 20 Audrey Avenue, and open Monday through Friday 11 am—4pm, the First Thursday of every month 7–9pm, and by appointment

Yoga Rocks Oyster Bay Re-launches as Bliss Studio
Bliss Studio, formerly Yoga Rocks Oyster Bay, is proud to announce it’s new name, new look, and exciting new offers. The studio will continue to:
“Provide our clients with exceptional service in promoting wellness of body, mind and spirit through excellence in instruction and program diversity in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.”
In addition to the outstanding Yoga classes for which they are known, Bliss Studio has also introduced the popular dance based fitness program called Zumba. The classes are exciting, fast paced, and fun with outstanding Latin and international music. A Zumba workout combines fast and slow rhythms and resistance training to tone the muscles and burn fat.

The studio's biggest new addition is their Ballroom Dance Program. Instructed by Austrian National Champion 2005 and European World Latin Quarter Finalist Vladimir Velev, the program includes both Latin and Smooth dancing styles for social dancing and competition. There is a Group Class every Friday night at 6:30pm that is open to the public for $20 per person or $35 per couple. A coupon for 15% off dinner at The Homestead is also given to all who register for the Group Class. Private lessons and packages are also available.

OBMSA Member Meeting at Oakcliff Sailing Center Well Attended
Nearly 50 people came out for the Main Street Member Meeting on April 15, at Oakcliff Sailing Center. The meeting began with an introduction by Main Street President Ellen Roché, where she announced the formation of an Advisory Board comprised of community leaders. An overview of work Main Street has done over the past six months was provided by Executive Director Isaac Kremer. Highlights included formation of the Advisory Board, applying for several competitive grants, and implementing the New York Main Street grant that was received. Special events included the Winter Wellness Week in January and the upcoming Oyster Bay Sundown series. Invited guest speakers were David Waldo with The WaterFront Center and Dawn Riley, Executive Director of the Oakcliff Sailing Center who both spoke about work of their respective organizations. Refreshments were provided for the evening, compliments of The Chocolate Lady.

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