Thursday, March 31, 2011

OYSTER FLIX Ready for Third Movie Night Downtown, April 8, 7:30pm

OYSTER FLIX Ready for Third Movie Night Downtown
Second Series of Three Films is Announced

The first two evenings of the new “Oyster Flix” movie series attracted many filmgoers eager to see the return of movies to downtown Oyster Bay. The premiere offering of “Sabrina” in February, and the second event “The Great Gatsby” in March, both played to enthusiastic audiences. Now it is time for the third presentation.
On Friday, April 8, the Oyster Bay Main Street Association (OBMSA) will be screening “North by Northwest.” The time is 7:30 p.m. at the OBMSA office (aka Oyster Flix Theatre), 17 Audrey Avenue. Come early to get some popcorn—provided by Bob Liebert of Gooseberry Grove—and candy and a good seat; stay late to participate in a discussion moderated by film historian Irene Porco Eckert. There is a $5 suggested donation per person at the door.

And continuing with our theme of films in some way connected to Long Island, OBMSA is proud to announce the next series of three, all held on the second Friday of the month:

May 13—“A New Leaf”
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June 10—“Zelig”
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July 8—“The Wind & the Lion”
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Contact or 516-922-6982 for more information.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

SPRING show at Atelier Studio / Fine Arts, Opening Reception April 7, 7pm-9pm

Fleur Palau, Flying Over Delft, 32" x 44", Oil on canvas

Opening Reception: April 7, 2011
7:00 P.M TO 9:00 P.M.
Atelier Studio / Fine Arts
9 East Main Street, Oyster Bay, New York 11771

Jerelyn Hanrahan is an American artist who has lived and traveled extensively in Europe. She has recently returned to her original medium of painting, through a series of enamel paintings on carton paper.

Her drawings have been exhibited in the Aargau Kunsthaus, In Switzerland, the Venice Pavillion in Venice, Italy, and Beijing, China. In 2009, her drawing series Schwarz Blumen ( Black Flowers ) represented by Pierogi 2000 Gallery were exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Her drawings were also in an exhibition Aquarelle, at the Rohmer Apoteke Gallery in Zurich, and two solo exhibitions at Rolf Muller, Art Magazin in Zurich, and an exhibition entitled Gestures at Galerie Francesca Pia in Bern, Switzerland.

In 1997 Andrea Zust published a book of 97 drawings by Ms, Hanrahan entitled Notations On A Trek, with three poems by British poet Max Blagg. A reading by the poet was at The Drawing Center in New York, and at Atelier Studio / Fine Arts in Oyster Bay. Jerelyn Hanrahan runs her professional studio in Oyster Bay where she is currently completing a public sculpture entitled Graduated Pearls.

Fleur Palau is an American artist trained in both New York and Florence, Italy.

Ms. Palau has lived in Italy for over 20 years, where she has drawn inspiration for her work.

The rabbit series is whimsical, yet sometimes a moody reflection of the human psyche. The full-meaning of these paintings is of course open to speculation, though the artist recognizes the use of symbolism as a vehicle to reveal useful messages about ourselves. Ms. Palau's work has been exhibited widly in Italy, and the United States, and is represented by The Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; The Millbrook Gallery, Concord, NH; The Kevin Milligan Gallery in Danville, California; and J. Todd Galleries in Massachusetts. Recent exhibitions include The Portsmouth Museum of Art; The Human Animal in the Millbrook Gallery, N.H.; Four Legged, The Three Graces Gallery, Tulipomania, N.H.; and The Childrens Museum of NH in Dover, University of Dover in Portland, Maine.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site to continue the next phase of its Cultural Landscape Rehabilitation Work

Oyster Bay, NY—Work at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site to rehabilitate the site’s cultural landscape as recommended in the park’s 2008 General Management Plan will continue this spring. The work will include the rehabilitation of historic farm fields and installation of historic landscape features such as historic split rail fences and a historically accurate arbor at the Pet Cemetery. The National Park Service has awarded contracts to Four Mile River Farm Landscape, Inc. of Connecticut and Woven Steel, Inc. of Massachusetts amounting to $90,000 to carry out the landscape work and fabrication and installation of the arbor, respectively.

The first phase of the project which took place in spring 2010 included the re-planting of the site’s historic fruit orchard with 46 new trees; removal of non-historic trees, shrubs and brush in the southeast field and re-planting with native grass varieties; and removal of non-native invasive plants throughout the farm fields and forested areas.

The second phase this spring will rehabilitate an historic farm field adjacent to the site’s main parking lot and better define the south side of the west lawn by removing non-historic trees, undergrowth and invasive plants and replanting the fields with native grass varieties. A total of 620 feet of split rail fence will be re-introduced to its historic locations on the property. The fields will be maintained to preserve an open character and to protect wildlife habitat for nesting birds and turtles to name a few. Visitors will gain a better understanding and appreciation of the farm landscape that Roosevelt enjoyed so much through horseback riding and his famous “point to point walks” with his children.

The current non-historic pet cemetery arbor will be replaced with a more historically accurate one. The new arch shaped arbor will stand 7.5’ tall, 9’ wide, and 6’ long and contain two wooden benches flanking either side. Historic photographs and video were used by the landscape architect to design the feature. A creeping rose variety will be planted on either side of the arbor and trained to cover the structure as it had been historically.

According to Superintendent Tom Ross, the overarching goal of the landscape rehabilitation work is to present the farming landscape that Theodore Roosevelt and his family knew when they lived at the site. “Sagamore Hill was a working farm when the Roosevelt family resided there, with fence lined pastures and open fields, an orchard, and garden, but over time many of these open areas were overgrown and fences deteriorated,” said Ross.

“This work is a significant step in rehabilitating the landscape that Roosevelt knew and I think the visitors will be very pleased to experience the beautiful, split rail fenced farm fields and the return of the historic pet cemetery arbor.” He added, “These changes will go a long way in enhancing our ability to interpret the landscape that the Roosevelt family farmed, hiked, played and rode horse-back when they resided here.”

The landscape rehabilitation project complements the recently completed rehabilitation of four historic farm outbuildings and several cultural landscape projects including the reconstruction of the site’s windmill, rehabilitation of the historic macadam road stone wall and the rehabilitation of the herring bone pattern brick driveway under the Roosevelt home’s porte-cochere. All of these historic landscape projects are a cornerstone of the park’s 2008 General Management Plan.

The site’s cultural landscape rehabilitation is one of the major initiatives called for in the park’s General Management Plan (GMP) and Environmental Impact Statement. The plan is the result of a multi-year planning process (2003-2008), during the course of which the NPS held numerous public meetings and considered written comments from the public which was overwhelming supportive of the plan. The cultural landscape rehabilitation projects have been planned and designed by the National Park Service’s Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation based on the recommendations from the GMP and the site’s Cultural Landscape Treatment Plan. To view a copy of Sagamore Hill’s General Management Plan visit and then search under management and then park planning. For more information on the projects, please contact Chief of Cultural Resources Amy Verone at 516-922-4271 x-17.


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, 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 Theodore Roosevelt Home are by guided tour only. Visitors may only enter the Theodore Roosevelt Home by guided tour with a National Park Ranger or NPS volunteer. Tours of the house are offered on the hour beginning at 10:00am. The last tour of the day is offered at 4:00pm. Please note: Tours are limited to fourteen persons per group. On weekends and holidays tours often sell out 1 to 2 hours in advance. Admission is $5.00 for adults while 15 and younger are free.

Free Introduction to Wood Carving Workshop, 3/12, 10am

Introduction to Wood Carving
Saturday, March 12th, 10 am

Three local wood carvers, Don Dailey from Huntington Station, Mike Denaro from Oyster Bay, and Bob Schiff from Great Neck, will conduct an Introduction to Wood Carving session at Think Long Island First this Saturday starting at 10 am. Think Long Island First is located at 36 Audrey Avenue in the Buckingham Variety Store.

Take this opportunity to learn about the carving materials, tools, and varnishes. Bring your completed or ongoing projects to discuss with Don, Mike, and Bob.

This free event is open to the public. No registration is required.

Sand pipers
by Don Dailey

Ice fishing decoys
by Mike Denaro

by Bob Schiff

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Eve Griffon to be Surprise Guest at Oyster Flix, 3/11, 7:30pm

Photo by Ellen Ermanovics

“The green light” at the end of Daisy’s dock will be an invitation to all to watch F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of 1920 society life on Long Island. Eve Griffon will be on hand for a screening of The Great Gatsby this Friday, 7:30pm at 17 Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay. Her husband, Bob Griffon, Sr., was one of the many technicians from Long Island who worked on this film during the summer of 1974. The filming of The Great Gatsby took place on Long Island and in Newport, Rhode Island.

The cast included Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Sam Waterson [before he worked on Law & Order], Bruce Dern, Karen Black, and Lois Childes. They loved making this film, as the sets and costumes were all unique. Bob Sr.’s movie resume include The Exorcist, Godfather I & II, Saturday Night Fever, Tootsie, and The World According to Garp. Today the Griffon Family is still making movies in New York and on Long Island.

Please come to Oyster Bay on March 11th and enjoy the show!

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