Tuesday, January 25, 2011

“OYSTER FLIX” Celebrates the Return of Movies to Downtown Oyster Bay, Feb. 11, 7:30pm

Exciting New Series to Premiere February 11

Anybody remember the old Lyric Movie Theater on Audrey Avenue?

It’s been about 30 years since downtown Oyster Bay had a movie theater, but starting in February we’ll have a modified version of a theater—also on Audrey Avenue—for Long Island film lovers to enjoy! Come gather, eat, drink, watch and discuss!

Long Island has long been a destination for film crews. You're sitting in a movie theater--and wait a minute--that mansion or that stretch of beach looks very familiar--it's likely a Long Island landmark magically transformed into a fictitious estate or town by a Hollywood filmmaker. After all, Long Island is a very photogenic place! The list of movies about Long Island, filmed on Long Island, starring someone on Long Island, or by someone on Long Island, is incredibly comprehensive.

LI has had a resurgence as a film backdrop in recent years. But this is only the latest chapter in almost a century of local moviemaking. As far back as the 1920's, in the era of silent movies and early talkies, about a hundred films had LI locations. Filmmakers then left LI for several decades of Hollywood life, but returned in the 1950's when they portrayed the Island as a place of leisure and glamour. And did you know that a man named Fred Waller invented CINERAMA (the real beginning of commercial widescreen motion pictures) in 1952 right here in Oyster Bay?
To celebrate this vibrant history, The Oyster Bay Main Street Association is proud to offer a new film series called “OYSTER FLIX,” with an initial run of three classic movies filmed in part on the north shore of Long Island.


Dates and Schedule: The Second Friday of each month:

Friday, February 11th ~ “Sabrina” (1954, the original film)
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Friday, March 11 ~ “The Great Gatsby” (1974)
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Friday, April 8 ~ “North by Northwest” (1959)
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Time: 7:30pm

Where: 17 Audrey Avenue, downtown Oyster Bay

Fee: $5 suggested donation /per person at the door

What to bring: ‘Movie snax’ will be available but please bring your own beverages

Films will be immediately followed by a group discussion hosted by a speaker.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Planting Fields to host annual LIAA Arbor Day Event, March 26, 7am-2pm

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that the Long Island Arboricultural Association will host its annual Arbor Day event at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, NY. This event is a collaborative effort between New York State Parks, The Planting Fields Foundation, and LIAA.

The Arbor Day event will take place on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 7am to 2pm. This one day volunteer effort includes pruning and general cleanup of the historic trees and shrubs at the Carshalton Gates, Main Drive, and Taxus Field located on the south west side of the arboretum off Chicken Valley Road. The work also includes the removal of hazardous trees in these areas culminating with the planting of a new tree.

LIAA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education on the care, preservation and maintenance of trees and shrubs on Long Island. The organization also spearheads and promotes proper management practices of trees and encourages research for the protection of trees in the community.

This annual Arbor Day event features over 100 professional arborists, and their families, who volunteer their time to give back to the community. Dozens of trucks, chippers and other arboricultural equipment will be provided for the day’s activities. This massive group effort is estimated in value at over $75,000.

For more information please contact Planting Fields at 516-922-8601 or LIAA at 631-415- 4535.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation operates 178 state parks and 35 historic sites, which host 56 million visitors a year. More information is available by visiting www.nysparks.com, connecting on Facebook, or following us on Twitter.

Artist Appreciation Day, Sat, Feb 19, 11am-5pm

Please note: This event that had originally been scheduled for Feb. 5 has been rescheduled for Feb. 19 on account of weather.

70 Local Artists, Craftsmen, Authors, and Chefs
Meet at Think Long Island First
Saturday, February 19th, 11 am - 5 pm

Come and meet the talented Long Island artists, craftsmen, authors, and chefs whose work we carry at Think Long Island First. Please join us at the store on Saturday, February 19th, anytime between 11 am and 5 pm.

Photo by Karolina Zamecka

Start at the store, meet the artists, pick up a map and coupons, tour the town, eat at a local restaurant, come back to the store, meet new visitors.

The guided tour of Oyster Bay starts at 2:30 pm and takes about 1 hour. It will be conducted by Isaac Kremer of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association. If you would like to participate please fill out the form on www.thinklongislandfirst.com. The tour starts at the store.

Self-guided audio tours are available, as well. Pick up the audio players at the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum at 102 Audrey Avenue, 11 am – 4 pm.
All the historical sites you may want to visit are listed on the Main Street Association's website and in the booklet we have ready for you. Some of them are:

Raynham Hall Museum – historical house dating back to 1770s
20 West Main Street, 1 pm – 5 pm

Oyster Bay Railroad Museum – preservation of LI's railroad history
102 Audrey Avenue, 11 am – 4 pm

Sagamore Hill – home of Theodore Roosevelt
3.5 miles out of town, 10 am – 4 pm

Planting Fields Arboretum – grounds, greenhouses, Coe Hall
1.5 miles out of town, 9 am – 5 pm

The raffle drawing will take place at 5 pm at the store. The lucky winner will enjoy a $50 gift certificate for a meal at Canterbury's Oyster Bar & Grill.
Various Oyster Bay restaurants offer discounts to our guests on the day:

Canterbury's Oyster Bar & Grill – 15% off lunch, 20% off dinner
Oysters and American menu, lots of TR memorabilia
46 Audrey Ave, 516.922.3614

Cafe al Dente – 15% off dinner (dinner service starts at 3 pm)
Italian, family style
2 Spring Street, 516.922.2442

Jack Halyards – 20% off lunch or dinner
American Bar and Grill, American cuisine, lots of seafood
62 South Street, 516.922.2999

The Homestead - 10% off lunch or dinner
American, TR and Billy Joel have frequented its bar and lounge
107 South Street, 516.922.9293

For your sweet tooth, the Chocolate Lady across the street at 49 Audrey Avenue offers a free chocolate with a purchase of hot chocolate.

Buckingham Variety Store, where Think Long Island First store is located, is offering a 20% discount.

We are dancing a 'Weather Be Good' dance here to wade off another snow storm over the island. So far it looks like we are going to have a sunny day.

If we carry your work in the store, please kindly confirm whether you are coming and, if so, what time you are arriving so that we can inform the folks eager to meet you.

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Think Long Island First is dedicated to promoting goods made on Long Island by local artists and craftsmen. By selling things made locally, Think Long Island First lowers the environmental footprint by removing the long distance delivery of products. The company also lifts the barrier of anonymity and non-accountability by introducing to the general public not only the local products but also their makers.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Artist Club Gallery Opening, Jan 15, 5pm-9pm

Justin Francavilla, Thea Gregorious, and Michael Krasowitz will be featured artists in an upcoming exhibition at The Artist Club Gallery in Oyster Bay. The Artist Club Gallery supports local, nascent artists by offering them a unique showcase for their talent. Please come and meet the artists and hear their stories of inspiration, experience their creative process and learn their future plans. The Artist Club Gallery is a “silent auction” gallery that offers our members anonymity and the convenience of participation in person, by phone and soon online.

Doors open at 5pm
Reception 7-9pm
27 Berry Hill Rd, Oyster Bay, NY

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For more information, please contact:

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the National Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 selected dates throughout 2011 and encouraged all Americans to make a New Year's resolution to visit a national park this year."Many people have made resolutions to spend more quality time with loved ones and to get outdoors and unplug in 2011," said Secretary Salazar."There's no better place than a national park to help keep those resolutions. Parks offer superb recreational opportunities, making them perfect places to enjoy our beautiful land, history and culture, and nurture a healthy lifestyle."

The 2011 fee-free dates will be the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 15-17), National Park Week (April 16-24), the first day of summer (June 21), National Public Lands Day (September 24), and the weekend of Veterans Day (November 11-13).

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site will not be open on Monday, January 17th because we are operating on winter hours until Memorial Day. During the winter hours, visitor facilities, including the Roosevelt Home, will be open for tours and visitation Wednesday through Sunday only. However, the grounds of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site are open to the public year round from dawn to dusk without charge.

Visitors will still need tickets to tour the president’s home. Tickets are available only on the same day as the tour at the Visitor Center. Tours are conducted every hour on the hour from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tours are limited to 14 people. Summer weekends often sell out hours in advance. It is recommended that visitors arrive in the morning to ensure getting on a house tour.

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, located at 12 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay, New York, is a unit of the National Park Service. The site was established by Congress in 1962 to preserve and interpret the structures, landscape, collections and other cultural resources associated with Theodore Roosevelt’s home in Oyster Bay, New York, and to ensure that future generations understand and appreciate the life and legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, his family and the significant events associated with him. Tours of the home are limited to fourteen persons and are offered on the hour on Wednesdays through Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Tour tickets are five dollars each and tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis each day beginning at 9 AM. The grounds of Sagamore Hill are open year round from sunrise to sunset. For further information, visit our website at www.nps.gov/sahi, or call 516-922-4788. Be sure to follow us on twitter for updates at http://twitter.com/SagamoreHillNHS.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Make Oyster Bay Your Fine Art Destination This Thursday Night, 7pm-9pm

Artist Lisa P. Oswald (left) and Naren McIntosh

Monotype artist Lisa P. Oswald of Monroe, CT is exhibiting a collection of her monotypes at Shangri-la Spa, 63 Audrey Avenue, in Oyster Bay, NY through February 17, 2011. The exhibit, called "The Body Serene: Monotypes by Lisa P. Oswald," features a collection of ten contemporary interpretations of the figure (the art is available for sale). For directions and hours, visit www.shangri-laspa.com.

Monotypes are one-of-a-kind original hand-pulled prints created on a printing press. Oswald's work currently can be seen at City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport, CT and at Hiden Galleries in Stamford, CT. For more information about the artist and her work, visit www.studiomonotype.com.

Work of Ken Butler on Display at Atelier this Thursday

Ken Butler is an artist and musician whose Hybrid musical instruments, performances,
collage drawings, and installations explore the interaction and transformation of common and uncommon objects, altered images, sounds and silence.
The artist-musician performs mesmerizing world textures and driving melodic gypsy
grooves with passion and purpose on an amazing arsenal of amplified hybrid string
instruments made from household objects and tools. He has performed with John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Butch Morris, The Soldier
String Quartet, Matt Darriau's Paradox Trio, The Tonight Show Band, and The Master
Gnawa musicians of Morocco. His CD, Voices of Anxious Objects is on Zorn’s Tzadik
label. Works by Ken Butler are represented in public and private collections in Portland,
Seattle, Vail, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, and New York
Including the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Performance at 8pm, exhibition from 7pm-9pm at Atelier Fine Art, 9 East Main Street in downtown Oyster Bay.

The Artist Club Gallery Ribbon Cutting, Thursday, January 6, 6pm
Community leaders will officially welcome The Artist Club Gallery to the community. This is a "silent auction" gallery where club memebrs can bid for work in person, by phone, or online. The gallery is located at 27 Berry Hill Road across from the Theodore Roosevelt statue.

Just in case you haven't had enough, come back on Friday for...
Bliss Studio will have their Kick Off The New Year Social Party on Friday January 7, 2011, at 8:15pm. Join our staff for a fun Evening to kick off the New Year. Mingle with friends and co-students! $10 Per Person - Bring a Guest for Free! Refreshments will be served. Bliss Studios is located at 127 South Street in downtown Oyster Bay.