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NEW JERSEY HAS EDISON, LONG ISLAND HAS TESLA!

 

July 26, 2017

 Stony Brook, NY – An amazing summer-long exhibit showcasing the brilliance of inventor Nikola Tesla is now open at Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Educational & Cultural Center in Stony Brook Village.  The exhibit will feature an impressive 4 x 4 foot replica of the Tesla Laboratory at Shoreham, as well as a signed “founder’s edition” Tesla Roadster (pictured), the ninth one off the assembly line. The first exhibit of its kind on Long Island, it was designed and implemented by the Tesla Science Center and includes many displays that are interactive.

On August 27 at 2 pm, internationally renowned physicist, Dr. Sebastian White, a member of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) and great grandson of famed architect, Stanford White, will speak about Tesla and his connection with Long Island cultural figures and the international scientific community. Interestingly, Stanford White was one of Nikola Tesla’s original investors.  It is also fitting that this exhibit is hosted in Stony Brook Village, adjacent to a church designed by Stanford White.

Partially sponsored by Astoria Bank, the exhibit will be open through September 4, seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm at the Cultural Center, located at 97P Main Street in the rear of the Stony Brook Village Center. The cost for all components of the exhibit is $7 pp for adults and children 5 to 11 will be $5 pp. For further information call 631-689-5888 or visit stonybrookvillage.com.

Founded in 1939, WMHO is a not-for-profit corporation that develops and fosters community enrichment through cultural and educational experiences.  WMHO accomplishes this by enhancing and interpreting its historic and environmentally sensitive properties and by utilizing state-of-the-art technology. 

A Tribute to Erik Halvorsen

A Tribute to Erik Halvorsen

 

Caption L-R:  Laura Huang-Ernst, WMHO Trustee;  Gloria Rocchio, WMHO President; Leif Halvorsen unveiled the plaque in honor of his father Erik Halvorsen; Dr. Richard Rugen, WMHO Chairman; Lilli Halvorsen (daughter of Erik and Britt Halvorsen); Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman, Valerie Cartright; Emilia Retzlaff (friend of the Halvorsen family); Britt Halvorsen (wife of Erik Halvorsen); Liv Halvorsen (daughter of Erik and Britt Halvorsen)

 

Stony Brook, NY  — Family and friends of Erik Halvorsen, along with Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman, Valerie Cartright and Ward Melville Heritage Organization trustees, came together on the Stony Brook Village Green recently to celebrate his life.  Erik was the former owner of Norse Tree and passed away tragically last November.

Jeff Owen of Owen Brothers, donated a dogwood tree and the Ward Melville Heritage Organization donated a boulder from the historic Mount House with a bronze plaque that reads:

 

Erik Halvorsen

Our Arborist…He Cared

1971-2016  

“Oak K”

 

 

The area selected for the placement of the tree and plaque (next to the Jennie Melville Gardens) was done so not only for its beauty and peacefulness but because of Erik’s help with revitalizing that area and the entire Village Green.  Three Village residents made donations toward the project and their generosity exceeded the original cost.  That balance was given to Erik’s widow, Britt Halvorsen.  There are only three other plaques on the Village Green.  One is dedicated to Jennie Melville and the other two to Ward and Dorothy Melville.

“NIKOLA TESLA:Past, Present, Future” Opens July 8 in Stony Brook Village

 

Stony Brook, NY – An amazing summer-long exhibit featuring the brilliance of revolutionary inventor Nikola Tesla will open July 8 at Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Educational & Cultural Center in Stony Brook Village.

The first exhibit of its kind on Long Island, it was designed and implemented by the Tesla Science Center.  Visitors will step into a virtual time machine of innovation with exhibits that highlight the genius of a man whose inventions electrified history, power the present and shape the future. Many models of his inventions will be on display including the famous Tesla Coil and original Tesla Laboratory at Shoreham (Wardenclyffe).

An Outdoor Car Showcase will also be held on July 9 from noon to 3 pm with a 2017 Tesla Model X SUV, a 2017 Tesla Model S Sedan, a 2008 Original Tesla Roadster 2-door sports car and an impressive array of various antique cars.  The Roadster will also be featured inside the Cultural Center for the duration of the exhibit. Additionally, on August 27 at 2 pm, internationally renowned physicist, Dr. Sebastian White, a member of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) and great-grandson of Stanford White, will speak about Nikola Tesla and his connection with Long Island cultural figures and the international scientific community. (Famed architect Stanford White was one of Nikola Tesla’s original investors.)

Partially sponsored by Astoria Bank, the exhibit will be open through September 4, seven days per week from 10 am to 5 pm at the Cultural Center, located at 97P Main Street in the rear of the Stony Brook Village Center. The cost for all components of the exhibit is $7 pp for adults and $5 pp  for children  ages 5 to 11.  For further information call 631-689-5888 or visit stonybrookvillage.com.

TOP HONORS TO BE AWARDED AT JEWELS & JEANS BENEFIT DINNER

TOP HONORS TO BE AWARDED AT JEWELS & JEANS BENEFIT DINNER

Stony Brook, NY – Grab your bedazzled jeans and get out your “jewels” for a night of fun with dinner, dancing, raffles, live and silent auctions and more at Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Annual “Jewels & Jeans” benefit dinner, Wednesday, June 28 at Flowerfield in St. James. The celebratory evening will honor leaders in the community for their outstanding achievements and contributions. All proceeds will be used for WMHO educational programs, Youth Corps and historic properties.

Live Auction items will include:

  • Chef Barrett Beyer from “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Casino,” who will purchase, prepare and clean-up a Three-Course meal plus wine for 8 in your own home.
  • A private, behind the scenes Wine Tour for 15, Courtesy of Pindar Vineyards and the Damianos Family.  Includes tour of barrel and tank rooms, production facility and a select tasting of five wines. Also includes a case of specially created “Grist Mill White” Wine with each bottle signed by the owners of Pindar Vineyards.
  • “Princess,” “Pampered Princess” and “Pampered Tweens” Parties, each Courtesy of Blue Salon & Spa.  Young ladies will have lunch, manicures, facials, foot scrubs, makeup lessons, makeup applications and much more (Age groups apply).
  • A Six-Course Tasting Dinner Courtesy of Mirabelle/Three Village Inn with wine paring for 10

This year’s distinguished Honorees are:

  •  Brian Kilmeade: Champion of History Award; Co-author, George Washington’s Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson & the Tripoli Pirates                                  
  • Ralph D. Spencer, Jr.:          President and CEO, Suffolk Federal
  • Dr. Lisa Strano-Paul:            Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean for Clinical Education at Stony Brook School of Medicine
  •  Dr. David B. Paul:                   Long Island Anesthesia Physicians, LLP

 

 

Ladies Night Out is May 18 in Stony Brook Village!

Enjoy “Ladies Night Out” in Stony Brook Village

Stony Brook, NY – Get ready for a festive Ladies Night Out in Stony Brook Village Thursday, May 18 from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The evening will offer not only shop and restaurant promotions, but live music, raffles, free goodie bags and much more.

Filling the air with the sounds of smooth jazz will be Keenan Paul Zach & The Loft Cats in front of the Stony Brook Post Office, and spinning tunes – as well as their raffle prize wheel – will be WALK Radio in Inner Court. Also included in the fun will be specialty cocktails, sales, free samples and in-store refreshments.  Visitors must register online for their free goodie bag at stonybrookvillage.com/lno. Bags will be given out at Roseland School of Dance in Inner Court between 6 pm and 7 pm.  Any bags not retrieved will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 7 pm.

 

Visit stonybrookvillage.com for a full events schedule or call 631-751-2244.

PULSE Magazine: Stony Brook Restaurants are Worth the Trip!

Denine Anderson-Regan details the many fine dining options in the Stony Brook area, many of which are located right here in the Stony Brook Village Center. Read her original post below to see why Stony Brook restaurants are worth the trip.

Stony Brook Restaurants Worth the Trip

GOOD EATS  By denine anderson-regan | APRIL 5, 2017

Stony Brook has quickly become one of Long Island’s major tourist towns and centers for education. Visitors and locals alike are drawn to the hamlet’s cozy, yet chic vibe. Between beautiful nature trails, numerous shopping destinations and legendary Seawolves games, it’s no surprise that their restaurants are terrific too. The next time you’re headed up to the North Shore, make sure you set aside some time to grab a meal at one of these charming restaurants. 

Read the full article here.

 

Spring Musical Theatre Tribute Performances return to Stony Brook with “The Debbie Reynolds Story”


Spring Musical Theatre Tribute Performances return to Stony Brook with

“The Debbie Reynolds Story”

Stony Brook, NY – If you’re looking for live musical theatre right in your own back yard, Stony Brook Village is the place to be.  The Debbie Reynolds Story,” opening May 6 at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, will be entertaining as well as compelling as it touches on the dramatic life and career of this iconic star.  The on-again, off-again relationship with her daughter, Carrie Fisher, will also be highlighted by the actress portraying Ms. Reynolds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The limited engagement luncheon performances, by St. George Productions, are set in the year 1977 and will feature the best of this American actress, singer, film historian and humanitarian. The show will also present a “Salute to Stars Wars” dance number, the music of Rosemary Clooney and a tribute to “Singing in the Rain,” which starred Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor. Many regard this as the best movie-musical ever made.

Sponsored by Roosevelt Investments, performances run through June 15 and take place Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:30 am and Sundays and 12:30 pm May 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 21, 25, 31 and June 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15.  General Admission is $48 pp; Seniors and children under 15 are $45 pp and groups of 20 or more are $40 pp. Lunch, tea and desserts are included and there is a children’s menu available on request.

For reservations and additional information call 631-689-5888 or visit www.stonybrookvillage.com.

“A Place to Hang Your Hat Senior Program”

 

“A Place to Hang Your Hat” Senior Program

Stony Brook, NY – In a unique collaborative effort between WMHO, Stony Brook Medicine, the Long Island State Veterans Home and The Jazz Loft, special programming is being offered to seniors. “Young At Heart” will offer the proven benefits of live music, movement and art.

Next in this series will be “A Place to Hang Your Hat” which takes place April 19 at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center and will feature the Mandala technique coloring experience. The word Mandala comes from Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, which translates as “sacred circle.” This unique program gives the participant art experience along with creativity and companionship.

 

Upcoming programs are listed below:

May 3:              We Take Requests: Audience Requests at the Jazz Loft

May 17:             Bob Hope & Jack Benny…Lecture and Films with Sal St. George at the Educational and Cultural Center

June 7:              Love Songs of the War Years at The Jazz Loft

June 21:           Aging from the Heart and Moving Through our Lives at the Educational and Cultural Center

Programs are sponsored by Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook University, CVS Health, The Bristal Assisted Living, Aging Flower and Village Chemists of Setauket.  Events are from 1 pm to 2 pm and reservations are required. Cost is $20 for guest and partner per event.  For additional information visit stonybrookvillage.com or call 631-751-2244.

Spring Appreciation Day in Stony Brook Village 2017

“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 stonybrookvillage.com 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 wmho.org.

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