Wednesday, April 27, 2011

“OYSTER FLIX” Ready for its Next Close-up, Movies the 2nd Friday of Each Month

Second Series of Three Films is Announced

The first three 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, the second presentation“The Great Gatsby” in March, and the third offering of “North by Northwest” in April all played to enthusiastic audiences. Now it is time for the second series of three special film evenings.

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:

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 after the film. There is a $5 suggested donation per person at the door.

Contact or 516-922-6982 for more information.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

See Walter Matthau in 'A New Leaf' this Friday night at 7:30pm

Remember what Walter Matthau looked like at age 51? Frances Louise Ward (pictured at right) produced this sculptural bust of Matthau in 1971 when he was filming A New Leaf right here on Long Island.

VideoHoud’s Golden Movie Retriever describes A New Leaf as follows:
A playboy who has depleted his financial resources tries to win the hand of a clumsy heiress. May was the first woman to write, direct and star in a movie. She was unhappy with the cuts that were made by the studio, but that didn’t seem to affect its impact with the public. Even with the cuts, the film is still funny and May’s performance is worth watching.

So, be sure to join us this Friday, at 7:30pm, for a screening of A New Leaf as part of the Oyster Flix film series, right here at 17 Audrey Avenue! RSVP on Facebook right now!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Reclaimation: Sculpting History Exhibit Opening at Sagamore Hill, Apr 16, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Rhode Island School of Design Students Showcasing 25 Works of Original Art

Oyster Bay, NY: Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (NHS) announces the opening of an exhibition of student work from the Rhode Island School of Design showcasing more than 25 original works of art at the Old Orchard Museum. An opening reception will take place on Saturday April 16 from 6:30-8:30PM at the Old Orchard Museum. The objects range from small hand-crafted books to large-scale furniture pieces, all utilizing plant material from Sagamore Hill NHS and George Washington Birthplace NHS. The exhibition is the result of a partnership between the Rhode Island School of Design, the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation and Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.

Sagamore Hill NHS has been undertaking numerous cultural landscape rehabilitation projects to better present the spatial design and historic character of the site when it was a working farm during the Roosevelt family period (1885-1948). Some of the work has included the clearing of former farm fields, overgrown in the last 60 years by trees and brush. George Washington Birthplace National Historic Site has also been undertaking work at their site, including extensive trimming of historic boxwood shrubs at the site. Wood and other organic material from the landscape rehabilitation projects from both sites were provided to students enrolled in a joint course offered by RISD’s Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences and the Department of Furniture Design.

As part of their course, students studied Theodore Roosevelt, Sagamore Hill and George Washington and even made a field trip to Sagamore Hill NHS last fall to tour the Roosevelt home and grounds. From their study and personal experiences they created works of art in response to the landscape, the site’s history and the Roosevelt family.

The exhibition and opening event is sponsored in part by the Friends of Sagamore Hill, a Chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association. The exhibition will be on display through June 5, 2011. The Old Orchard Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday 10AM-5PM and is Free. In addition to this temporary exhibit, visitors can experience three galleries of exhibits and artifacts telling the story of Theodore Roosevelt’s life and impact on America. The museum also has a theater offering two audio visual programs on the Roosevelt family and Sagamore Hill.

The exhibit opening kicks off National Park Week which celebrates America’s 394 National parks with special programs, events, and free admission to all fee based parks, including Sagamore Hill NHS. For more information about National Park Week activities across the nation visit:


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, or call 516-922-4788. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for updates at and on Facebook at

The M-1 Electric Cab Simulator Arriving in Oyster Bay April 12!

On Tuesday morning, April 12, the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum will take delivery of a unique piece of modern Long Island Rail Road history - an M-1 MU Electric Cab Simulator. The one-quarter length model of an MU was used to simulate operating rail conditions for training and certifying Long Island Rail Road engineers.

The simulator will afford the public (and especially youngsters) the opportunity to experience the cab of a modern passenger train, just as an engineer would - a wonderfully educational exercise.

The M-1 is being shipped by truck from the LIRR's Upper Holban Yard Training Facility in Hollis, Queens, and will arrive at the OBRM Rail Yard at approximately 9:00 AM. It will then be hoisted by crane, and will reside at the front of the yard. This simulator represents an important addition to the OBRM's collection of rolling stock.

The M-1 was acquired by the LIRR in 1995 and saw usage up until a few years ago, when the carrier began using the current Model M-7 cars, and phased out all M-1 equipment.

The Model M-1 weighs approximately 5,000 lbs. It is 10'8" wide, 11'6" high and 12'3" long.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Classics Day Gives Free Admission to Attractions in Oyster Bay, Sunday, May 15, noon to 4pm

Classic Boats, Cars, Trains, and Cycles Too

A new exciting event "Classics Day in Oyster Bay " on Sunday, May 15, 2011, will take place at various locations in the hamlet from noon to 4pm. There will be a walking map with points of interest throughout the hamlet for the event.

Classics Day in Oyster Bay combines classic boats, classic trains, classic cars, and Billy Joel's classic motorcycles. It will be a nice day for people to walk around the town to relax; the kids can climb onboard a train; they can come to the water, see the boats and relax and have a drink. There will be no charge at any of the venues, and a great day to enjoy historic Oyster Bay.

Visitors will start at Sagamore Yacht Club where various classic boats will be on display, courtesy of Oakcliff Sailing Center and The Waterfront Center of Oyster Bay. Sagamore Yacht Club's decks provide breath-taking views of Oyster Bay Harbor.

From there, it is a short walk to the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum train yard, where guests may climb aboard restored cabooses and view several other types of train equipment.

Just around the corner is Oakcliff Sailing Center dedicated to training sailors, boat workers, owners and teams in order to raise the level of sailors and sailing in the United States.

Next stop, after walking through the downtown area of Oyster Bay, is Billy Joel's 20th Century Cycles. On display are a collection of some 60 bikes lined up in neat rows, each a story on its own, where the important icons of their day are well represented with names like Ducati, Yamaha, Honda, BMW, Royal Enfield, BSA, Triumph, Harley Davidson, Moto Guzzi and others.

Just across the street is the home of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum, and then through Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park back to Sagamore Yacht Club. The Sagamore Yacht Club will have steel drum entertainment providing live music the day of the event!

Participating restaurants will be offering Classics Day discounts throughout the day for those wishing to have lunch or dinner. For a full list of Dining and Shopping in Oyster Bay, visit the Oyster Bay Main Street Association website. Also follow us on Facebook at "Historic Oyster Bay" and on Twitter @oysterbayny.