FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Spring Appreciation Day in Stony Brook Village

“Spring Appreciation Day” Fun in Stony Brook Village

Stony Brook, NY – With winter finally behind us we all deserve a fun-filled day of celebrating spring, and one is planned in Stony Brook Village!  Spring

Appreciation Day will take place Saturday, April 22 with happenings throughout the Village Center. Along with the simple beauty of the area and a multitude of shopping and dining choices steps from each other, it won’t be hard to spend the entire day enjoying the many special events planned.

Festivities begin at 10 am with the Three Village School District-Wide “Spring into Art” K-12 Art Show at the Educational & Cultural Center. Starting at noon and running until 4 pm there will be a petting zoo, live music with WALK-FM and Walkie Bear, the Burke & Brenda duo and the Cross Island Brass quartet. Balloon Artist, “Thoroughly Modern Lilly” will offer amazing creations for the kids to take home and there will be a crafts table coordinated by WMHO’s Youth Corps. Roseland School of Dance will also put on a performance at Noon.  Admission is free.

The historic Stony Brook Grist Mill officially opens for the season that day as well. It is located within walking distance of the Village on Harbor Road off Main Street. Visitors will enjoy a charming country store as well as a “miller” dressed in period clothing who will grind grain into corn just as it has been done since 1751.   Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children under 12 and they will be open noon to 4:30 pm on weekends.

For full information visit or call 631-751-2244.


Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn & Empire National Bank Support Black History Month

Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn & Empire National Bank Support

Black History Month Educational Programming

Stony Brook, NY Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn (5th District) and Empire National Bank are this year’s generous sponsors of Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s riveting live theatrical drama, Running Scared, Running Free.  Performed by St. George Living History Productions, it tells the story of slaves escaping through the Underground Railroad from the south to Long Island and north to Canada. Native Americans, Quakers, free Blacks and Abolitionists assisted them through the fascinating use of secret codes in quilt patterns as a means of communication.

For further information on this and other WMHO educational programming, call 631-751-2244 or visit

Photo Credit:  WMHO

Long Island’s Got Talent 2017


It’s Time for “Long Island’s Got Talent” 2017!

Entry Deadline:  March 17

Stony Brook, NY – Attention Long Island students!  Can you carry a tune? Is a musical instrument your specialty? If so, get your audition DVD or YouTube video submitted now for Long Island’s Got Talent 2017, hosted by the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO).

Created by WMHO’s Youth Corps, the event gives Long Island students the opportunity to show off their talents this spring. It’s open to students 10-17 years of age in Nassau or Suffolk County who must still be in high school at the time awards are given in November 2017.  Talent must be non-professional vocal or musical instrument performances. The entry deadline is March 17 and there is a $25 entry fee. Those who are contacted after submitting their audition will be asked to perform at the first round performance on April 7 at 6:30 pm at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main Street in the Stony Brook Village Center. Finalists chosen will also have the opportunity to perform at WMHO’s Sunday Summer Concerts series in July and August and finals will take place on November 3, 2017 when the winners will be chosen.


For full details download the Official Entry Form

Winter Break Fun in Stony Brook Village!

Connecting Kids to Nature
Winter Break Programs in Stony Brook Village



Stony Brook, NY – Learning about nature through fun events is on the Winter Break menu at Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Educational & Cultural Center this month with two great programs.

First there’s Morning of Nature: Music and Storytelling for kids ages 3 to 5 from February 20 to 21, 10 am – 11:30 am, with Johnny (“Mr. C”) Cuomo who will include singing, dancing, creating and moving to music followed by storytelling.  This program is geared toward children of all abilities with their caregivers as well as those children with special needs.  Johnny is local teacher, musician and naturalist who specializes in programming for children in early childhood through young adulthood. Cost is $65 pp for all 3 days (Per day pricing: $35 pp) 15 person minimum; 20 person maximum.

 The second program offered is Teepee Ted of the Traveling Wilderness Museum for ages 6 to 9 from February 21 to 23, 10 am – 12 Noon and includes learning about how Indians lived as settlers on Long Island, wilderness survival, how to use bow and arrows, making the tools and toys of native children and stringing jewelry. Cost is $90 for all 3 days (Per day pricing: $35 pp) Minimum participants, 10.

Both programs take place at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center at 97P Main Street in the Stony Brook Village Center.  For additional details call 631-751-2244 or visit






February is We Love Our Veterans Month in Stony Brook Village


Stony Brook Village Loves Our Veterans


Stony Brook, NY – During the month of February participating shops and restaurants in Stony Brook Village will thank and honor the service of our Veterans by offering them special discounts, free coffee, dessert and more.

Veterans are asked to provide their veterans I.D. card to take part in the offers. If they do not have one, Joanne DeMarco, a representative from the Northport Veterans Administration, will be on hand at the Educational & Cultural Center in the rear of the Village Center on Wednesday, February 15 from 10 am to 3 pm to create and provide I.D. cards for them.

Offers from shops and restaurants include the Three Village Inn with a complimentary wine or local draft beer and the Country House Restaurant offering a free dessert with lunch or dinner. Mint Apparel, Chocolate Works, Crazy Beans, Stony Brook Auto Care and Latitude 121 Restaurant are offering 10% off; The Crushed Olive and Harbor Cleaners, 15% off; the MensRoom Barber and Blue Salon & Spa, 20% off; Crabtree & Evelyn will be giving free samples and Village Coffee Market will serve up free coffee with purchase; last but not least Roseland School of Dance is offering $20 off a 10-Pack of Zumba Classes.


For full information visit or call 631-751-2244.


HOT COCOA & MARSHMALLOWS Children’s Authors’ Series


Children’s Authors’ Series


Stony Brook, NY – Kids ages 3 to 5 can enjoy sing-alongs, storytelling and a craft activity at Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Hot Cocoa & Marshmallows Children’s Authors’ Series each Wednesday from January 25 through March 22 at 10:30 am at their Educational & Cultural Center in the Stony Brook Village Center.

The schedule of children’s authors to appear will be:

January 25:     WMHO Educator – Dr. Seuss’s Wacky Wednesday

February 1:     Cindy Sommer – Saving Kate’s Flowers

February 8:     Jack Batcher – Burnt Toast and Scrambled Eggs

February 15:   Wendy Wax – City Witch, Country Switch

February 22:   Tracey Delio – The Adventures of Louie V

March 1:            Karen Seader – In Your Heart lives a Rainbow

March 8:           Rich Specht – A Little Rees Specht Cultivates Kindness

March 15:          Stacey Moisher – Dylan the Singing Duck

March 22:         Michelle Zimmerman – Can’t Catch a Butterfly (pictured, credit WMHO)

Hot Cocoa (a special recipe from Chocolate Works) and Marshmallows will follow each session.

Cost is $3 per person and reservations are not required.

For further information call 631-689-5888 or visit

Dogwood Tree Planted in Honor of Erik Halvorsen

December 15, 2016

Dogwood Tree Planted in honor of Erik Halvorsen

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Stony Brook, NY – Last summer, Erik Halvorsen, owner of Norse Tree Service in Setauket, worked on a project with Michael J. Opisso Designs beautifying the Village Green in Stony Brook Village.  When that project was finished, Erik mentioned that he had always wanted to donate a Dogwood tree to the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) and it was determined that a location would be finalized at a later date.  Unfortunately in light of his recent tragic passing, that will not happen.

In his honor, WMHO has now planted that tree for him.  A 14-foot Dogwood was recently donated and installed by Jeff Owen of Owen Brothers Landscaping.  A bronze plaque honoring Erik’s memory will be placed on a boulder on the Village Green at a special dedication ceremony this spring.  Erik was pleased after learning of the significance of the Dogwood tree to the organization.  Jenny Melville, mother of WMHO’s founder, Ward Melville, loved Dogwoods and had them planted throughout the area, many times on private property.  Her dishware collection, used at the Three Village Inn for decades, also has the pattern of the Dogwood tree on it.

If you would like to make a contribution, please send your tax deductible donation to WMHO (P. O. Box 572, Stony Brook, NY 11790) and note Erik’s name. Any proceeds over and above the cost of the plaque and boulder will be given to the Halvorsen family.

For more information please contact 631-751-2244.

Photo Credit:  WMHO

Celebrating Sinatra…Swing That Music with Danny Bacher and The Jazz Loft Big Band

December 13, 2016                                                         


“Celebrating Sinatra…Swing That Music” with Danny Bacher
and The Jazz Loft Big Band
Limited Engagement Performances Open January 20

 Stony Brook, NY – An impressive jazz event will take place this January at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center featuring singer, saxophonist and entertainer, Danny Bacher, accompanied by the compelling sounds of Trumpeter Tom Manuel and his 11-piece Jazz Loft Big Band.

Danny Bacher has an engaging stage presence, evoking the true greats in entertainment, and along with his saxophone prowess you have one of the hottest musicians on the scene today. He has toured internationally and worked with world-class talents in music, theater, comedy and is also a proud member of the New York Friars Club.

“Danny Bacher is reminiscent of ‘triple talent’ icons such as Louis Armstrong and Sammy Davis, Jr…..who can hold his own improvising on soprano sax or scatting with the best musicians on the scene…he has a natural flair for comedy and a voice full of soul.”- Roseanna Vitro, Grammy® Nominated Jazz Vocalist & Educator; “A prodigiously talented musical preservationist.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times.

The shows will also feature the extraordinary sounds of the Big Band era, courtesy of Tom Manuel, President and Founder of The The Jazz Loft, the only venue of its kind on Long Island offering performances, education and the preservation of a treasure trove of memorabilia housed there. Manuel is also a jazz historian and music educator and holds an adjunct position at Suffolk Community College as well as a faculty position with the Stony Brook University Pre-College Music Division.

Performances will take place January 20, 21 and 22 at the Cultural Center located at 97P Main Street, Stony Brook Village.  Saturday, Sunday Matinee performances begin at 2 pm and the cost is $35 pp.  Friday, Saturday evening performances begin at 7 pm (includes wine and light refreshments) and the cost is $40 pp.  Reservations are required.

For further information visit or call 631-689-5888.

Annual Black Friday Festivities Planned for Stony Brook Village

Annual Black Friday Festivities Planned for Stony Brook Villagesbvclogo

Stony Brook, NY – If you need a great day out after all the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and all that turkey, then head down to Stony Brook Village for a full day of Black Friday family-friendly events, November 25, starting at Noon.

fallWith over 30 shops and 7 restaurants to choose from, you can spend this traditional bargain day accomplishing what you need to in a charming setting overlooking Stony Brook Harbor.  Take in the sounds of holiday carolers and wind chimes, the sights of festive holiday windows and the tastes of high-end micro brewed craft beers and cheeses from around the world at Brew Cheese.  The day also includes live music with WALK Radio and “Walkie Bear,” a petting zoo, wine tastings at Lake Side Emotions, dance performances by Roseland School of Dance and specials, discounts and free samples in stores.

For full information contact 631-751-2244 or visit

37th Annual Holiday Festival and Holiday Tree Competition

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization Celebrates its

37th Annual Holiday Festival in the Stony Brook Village Center 


Stony Brook, NY- This year will mark 37 years The Ward Melville Heritage Organization has hosted its Annual Holiday Festival in picturesque Stony Brook Village.

Festivities will take place Sunday, December 4th from 1 to 5:30 pm and will include caroling throughout the day, a holiday train display at the Educational & Cultural Center, a petting zoo, the “Forgotten Christmas” theatrical performance by WMHO’s Youth Corps, Wiggs Opticians Holiday Windows and, of course, Santa Clause. He will thrill adults and children alike as he arrives with great fanfare on a horse-drawn carriage to hear children’s wishes from 2 pm to 5 pm. WALK Radio, with help from “Walkie Bear,” will also be on hand playing holiday music throughout the day and spinning their popular raffle wheel.  Santa returns in dramatic style at 5:30 pm atop a 3,000 light float created especially for him by the Stony Brook Fire Department for the annual tree lighting.

There is also a Holiday Tree Competition.  Families and community groups will decorate some 60 holiday trees beginning at noon on December 4 and they will be part of the traditional Promenade of Trees which will remain on display through January 1. The deadline to enter and reserve your tree is November 18 and the visiting public will choose the winner. The winning tree entry will receive a $150 Stony Brook Village Center Gift Certificate usable in over 35 Village Center stores and 7 restaurants. Ballots will be available in all Village Center stores.

To be part of the Holiday Tree competition or for additional information call 631-751-2244 or visit

Photo Credit:  WMHO