“Ladies Night Out” Festivities to benefit the 23rd Annual Walk for Beauty

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Stony Brook, NY – In commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, participating shops and restaurants in Stony Brook Village will be part of a festive Ladies Night Out, Thursday, October 20 from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Annual Walk for Beauty will also take place the following Sunday, October 23 and proceeds raised for both events will go toward a targeted research fund at Stony Brook Medicine for Breast Cancer Research and the WMHO Unique Boutique for prosthesis and wigs.

Ladies Night Out will include live music throughout the village including WALK-97.5, pink cocktails, foodie specials, sales, raffles and more.  Upon arrival visitors can pick up their free “goodie bag” at Flair Boutique & Bridal filled with surprises from shops and restaurants.  Only 150 bags will be handed out so visitors must register online at to receive one.

This year’s Walk for Beauty…in a Beautiful Place will be held Sunday, October 23 with registration beginning at 8:30 in the Village Center.  It is the 23rd year WMHO has hosted the event and includes a 4K/6K Walk and the “Hercules on the Harbor” 10K timed Run, sanctioned by USA Track & Field. For full information and to register, donate or sponsor, visit

For a full events calendar call 631-751-2244 or visit

Captions:  Photo Credit:  WMHO

(L)  Walk for Beauty Finish, 2015;  (R) Ladies Night out 2015


Culper Spy Ring Theatrical Performance

to-spy-or-not-to-spy-play-photo_stony-brook-village-center_june-2016-300x173Stony Brook, NY – Experience a little espionage right in your own backyard with, “To Spy or Not to Spy: That is the Question” on Saturday,
June 18
at the original home of Joseph Brewster, first cousin to Caleb Brewster, a member of the Culper Spy Ring.

This dramatic theatrical performance will take place at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Brewster House, c. 1665, in Setauket as part of the I LOVE NY Path Through History weekend. It was created and will be performed by WMHO’s Youth Corps Theater Troupe, a teen volunteer group dedicated to stewardship projects in history and ecology.  Guests will also receive a special tour of the Brewster House by teen docents. The Brewster House is on the National and New York State Register of Historic Places.

Show times are 1 pm and 2:30 pm and the cost is $4 pp adults; $2 pp child under 12.  For reservations call 631-751-2244.  General group tours of The Brewster House are available by appointment.


Priceless Live Auction items UP FOR BID

Stony Brook, NY – Grab your bedazzled jeans and get out your “jewels” for a jam-packed night of fun with dinner, dancing, raffles, photo booth, live and silent auctions and more at Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Annual “Jewels & Jeans” benefit dinner, Wednesday, June 29 at Flowerfield in St. James.The celebratory evening will honor the talented individuals who gave their time and expertise to make The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook a reality.  The amazing 6,000 s/f space houses exhibits, including archives from some of the greatest band leaders of their day, instruments, diaries and even a massive orchestra stage constructed from the original Roseland Ballroom dance floor.   A full calendar of musical performances and classes for special needs persons with autism, learning disabilities, dementia and alzheimer’s is also offered.

A highlight of this year’s benefit dinner will be the impressive Live Auction items up for bid including a three day, two night stay for six aboard the “Island Heiress,” a 145 Ft. Yacht (Courtesy, Cathleen Hansen); a three-course meal with wine in your home for up to eight, prepared by Chef Barret Beyer From “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Casino;” complimentary night’s stay in the Superior Room (including Sunday brunch and food & beverage gift certificate at La Chine) for two in Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria, (Courtesy, E. W. Howell); a private candlelight dinner for two in the Garden Balcony of The Simons Center prepared by Executive Chef Paolo Fontana (Courtesy, SCGP Café); a six-course tasting dinner with wine pairing for 10 (Courtesy, Mirabelle/Three Village Inn); and for the younger ones a Princess Party (5+), Pampered Princess Party (8+), Or Prima Donna Party (13+) for six with mani or pedi; make up or hairstyle, tiara, lunch and more (Courtesy, Blue Salon & Spa). Sealed bids will be accepted.

This year’s Honorees are:

Howard Rowland

President, E.W. Howell Construction Group

Harry Hansen

Project Executive/Superintendent, E.W. Howell Construction Group

Chris Richey

President, C.M. Richey Electrical Contractors

John Guadagno

President, IBEW Local 25

Kevin Harvey

Business Manager, IBEW Local 25

Mario Mattera

Business Agent, Plumbers Local Union 200

Joseph Azzopardi

Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer, Painters Union District Council 9

John Shepard

Business Agent, Painters Union District Council 9

 Festivities begin with Cocktail Hour at 6:30 pm at Flowerfield, 199 Mills Pond Rd., St. James.  Full details are available at or 631-751-2244. All proceeds will be used for educational program matching grants and historic properties.

It Takes a Team to Build a Village

it-takes-a-team-to-build-a-village-exhibit-press-realease-photo_2016-the-ward-melville-heritage-organizationStony Brook, NY – In commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the construction of Stony Brook Village, the Ward Melville Heritage Organization will host a special exhibit from May 21 through September 7 at their Educational & Cultural Center offering a display of memorabilia spanning seven decades.

Visitors are sure to enjoy this walk through history as they experience the story told through original blueprints and documents, photos, sketches, memorabilia, letters penned by Ward Melville and much more.  Shops will also have historic photos on display in their windows of what their store looked like “back in the day.”  Completed in 1941, Stony Brook Village is recognized as the first planned business center in the United States.  It is the product of Ward Melville’s vision for a “living Williamsburg,” a place where history and culture would blend with natural beauty as a part of everyday life.

This “walking” Village is visited by thousands for its special charm and beauty, 30 specialty shops and seven restaurants, year round events and exhibits and a cultural center that hosts musical theatre and education programs.  It is also home to the impressive “mechanical eagle” atop the Stony Brook Post Office, which still flaps its wings today every hour on the hour from 8 am to 8 pm.

Sponsored by Suffolk Federal, the exhibit will be open May 21 to June 19; Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm then June 20 through September 7 it will be open 7 days a week from

10 am to 5 pm. It will be closed Memorial Day and July 4. The exhibit is free to attend but donations are suggested.  For more information call 631-689-5888 or visit


Shop, Sip & Jazz Stroll

“Ladies Night Out” in Stony Brook Village to feature a Jazz Invasion

ladies-night-out-shop-sip-and-jazz-stroll-may-19-2016-stony-brook-village_the-ward-melville-heritage-organization-300x200Stony Brook, NY – Get ready for Ladies Night Out in Stony Brook Village Thursday, May 19 from 6 pm to 9 pm which will offer not only shop and restaurant promotions but an incredible array of musicians who will fill the night with the distinctive sounds of jazz from ragtime to blues to big band.

The “Shop, Sip & Jazz Stroll” will feature 6 ensembles from The Jazz Loft at different locations throughout the Village, as well as the 17 piece “Jazz Loft Big Band” performing in front of the Stony Brook Post Office.  The evening will also include live music with WALK-FM, specialty cocktails, sales, free gifts, raffles, refreshments and free goodie bags.

You can register online for your free goodie bag at  Visitors will pick them up at Flair Boutique in Market Square between 6 pm and 7 pm that evening and any additional ones will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For additional details, visit or call 631-751-2244.

“The Mickey Rooney Story” Musical Theatre Performances

mickey-rooney-2016-press-release-photo_the-ward-melville-heritage-organizationStony 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 Mickey Rooney Story,” opening May 4 at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, will not only be entertaining but compelling as it touches on the very dramatic life and career of this iconic Hollywood star.

For nearly nine decades Rooney was a dynamo of talent who displayed a natural gift for acting, singing, dancing, comedy, drama and more in over 300 films throughout his lifetime. He was the top box office attraction from 1939 to 1941. Laurence Olivier once said he considered Rooney “the best there has ever been.”  One of his best-known roles was his portrayal of hoodlum Whitey Marsh in the Academy Award winning Boys Town in 1938 with Spencer Tracy. Besides his celebrated movie career, Rooney successfully starred in vaudeville, radio, television and on Broadway.  The musical theatre tribute performances by St. George Productions are set in 1963 with Daniel Garcia portraying Mickey Rooney, Madeline Shaffer as Betsy Palmer Sarah Quinn as Penny.  A High Tea Luncheon catered by Crazy Beans Restaurant is also included.

Performances take place Wed., Thurs. Fri. & Sat., 11:30 am, Sun., 12:30 pm. Show dates are May 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26; June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. Advance reservations are required.  General admission is $50 pp; seniors 60 & over is $48 pp and groups of 20 or more is $45/pp.

For reservations and further information call 631-689-5888 or visit


wing-into-spring-press-release-photo-2016_the-ward-melville-heritage-organization-300x233Stony Brook, NY
– Kids ages 3 to 9 can enjoy games, activities and outdoor exploration during their spring break at Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Educational & Cultural Center in the Stony Brook Village Center.

Wing Into Spring, a three-day program guided by a naturalist takes place from April 26 through April 28. Participants will learn about all the amazing animals that appear in the spring with Morning Time with Animalsfor 3-5 year olds from 10 am to 11:30 am and Amazing Animals A-Z for 6-9 year olds from 1 pm to 3 pm. The cost for all three days is $50 pp for Morning Time and $65 pp for Amazing Animals.  There is a minimum number of participants (10) and maximum number of participants (15).

For more information and to reserve your child’s space, call 631-751-2244 or visit

Caption:  2015 participants with naturalist, Sue Krause, Photo Credit WMHO

Stony Brook Marine Services Opens in Stony Brook Harbor


Stony Brook, NY – Change is coming to the Stony Brook waterfront. Nick Gregorio, a well-known and talented local marine mechanic has opened his new boating facility, Stony Brook Marine Services, formerly Boatworks Marina, located adjacent to the boat basin and the Stony Brook Yacht Club.

Nick Gregorio (pictured), who grew up in Head of the Harbor, has 25 years of experience with all phases of the marine field. As an authorized dealer for Mercury Marine, Johnson Motors and Evinrude, Nick became a certified marine mechanic in numerous motor lines.

Dave Finkelstein, who is widely known throughout Long Island as an expert in the field, built the original boatyard in 1961.  He moved his company, Stony Brook Boat and Motor, from its earlier home on Sand Street to a newly created waterfront area made by fill from the channel dredging in 1960. In 1970, when fiberglass replaced wooden boats, Dave started a new company, John Dory Boat Works.  In fact, the first of the nearly 15,000 bright yellow John Dories was built at his yard at Stony Brook.  Nick plans to restore the yard to its original condition.

Stony Brook Marine Service is located at 51 Shore Road, Stony Brook, and will offer a wide range of services to the local community, including kayak rentals, gas and diesel outboard and inboard engine maintenance, carpentry, painting, fiberglass repair, hauling, winterizing, shrink wrapping, winter storage, spring commissioning and slip rentals.

Stony Brook Marine Service will also serve as home base for the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s “Discovery” pontoon boat which offers wetlands tours through Stony Brook Harbor and West Meadow Creek from May through October.

Nick can be reached at 631-560-1547,, or better yet, stop by and say hello.

Photo Credit:  P. Newsham

Spring Appreciation Day Fun in Stony Brook Village

spring-appreciation-day-2016-press-release_stony-brook-village-center-300x211Stony Brook, NY
– With winter finally behind us, we all deserve a fun filled day of celebrating spring and one is planned in the Stony Brook Village Center!  Spring Appreciation Day will take place Saturday, April 16 starting at noon.

 Along with the simple beauty of this historic area, nestled on the harbor, and a multitude of shopping and dining choices steps from each other, it won’t be hard to spend the entire day as visitors also enjoy a host of special events.  Festivities in and around the Village begin at Noon with ARF of the Hamptons, a Petting Zoo, kids crafts, live music with Burke & Brenda, WALK-FM and “Walkie Bear,” and Balloon Artist, “Thoroughly Modern Lilly.”  For yet another choice, the mega Three Village School District Wide “Spring Into Art” K-12 Art Show starts at 11 am in WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center.  Admission to these events is free.

Additionally, The Jazz Loft, the new 6,000 s/f venue located directly across the street, will be hosting a one-day-only Sneak Preview that day from 2 pm to 5 pm.  Visitors can enjoy live jazz performances, wine and hors d’oeuvres, exhibits and collections containing thousands of items, some from the greatest band leaders of their day. Cost is $7 pp and children under 12 are free.  Register online at or call 631-751-2244.

One-Day-Only Sneak Preview of The Jazz Loft

Stony Brook, NY
– There’s a jazz invasion coming to Stony Brook Village and a sneak preview event is planned at The Jazz Loft on April 16 from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Festivities will include live performances, wine and hors d’oeuvres and exhibits containing a multitude of historic jazz memorabilia, some from the greatest jazz artists of their day including Louis Armstrong and Count Basie. Also on display are instruments, diaries, autographed pictures, original sheet music, letters from world leaders and vintage LPs. Donations to the collections continue to pour in and include a gold-plated trumpet belonging to Ernie Royal who worked with the likes of Lionel Hampton, never released photos from his studio recording sessions, an original script sent to Royal from Louis Armstrong for a planned Broadway Show and Milt Hinton’s complete music studio.

Hosting the event will be President and Founder, Tom Manuel, who is the Director of Jazz Studies at Long Island University, LIU Post campus in Brookville.  Given the mission of The Jazz Loft to advocate, educate and preserve this American-born culture, the future of The Jazz Loft includes a full calendar of musical performances as well as classes for special needs people with autism, learning disabilities, dementia and alzheimer’s.

The Jazz Loft, located at 275 Christian Avenue, Stony Brook, leases the historic 6,000 sq. ft. structure, c. 1920, from the Ward Melville Heritage Organization for $1 per year and the venue has been totally renovated.  WMHO President Gloria Rocchio says, “Stony Brook Village is poised to become the hub of arts and culture on Long Island with the addition of The Jazz Loft.”

Cost for the sneak preview event is $7 pp and children under 12 are free. For reservations call 631-751-2244 or reserve online at

Photo Credit:  The Jazz Loft