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WMHO TO HOST EXPERIENCE-BASED AUCTION TO BENEFIT HISTORIC PARK

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) will host a New Beginnings Online Auction to benefit the restoration and maintenance of T. Bayles Minuse Mill Pond Park in Stony Brook Village between October 19th and November 16th. The auction will include east-end getaway packages, priceless experiences and extraordinary private tours.

The New Beginnings Auction is as easy as eBay and will feature items starting at $50 to items that have a priceless value. Included in the auction are a six-hour, private six-person fishing charter, dinner for four at Duryea’s Orient Point, rare liquor, pizza every month for a year, an exclusive champagne toast and drinks for six at the Explorer’s Club with President Richard Wiese (pictured to right), and a variety of other items and experiences.

A travel package sponsored by the RJG Group includes seven (7) Resort Accommodation Certificates – each certificate’s value ranges from $2,100 – $3,800. Each Certificate provides resort accommodations for seven nights for up to two or three rooms, depending on the resort (the number of rooms is specified on each Certificate). Destinations include Antigua (pictured below), St. Lucia, Barbados, the Grenadines, and Panama.  Ron Gonzalez CEO of RJG Consulting Group says that his group, “is an information technology company located in Stony Brook Village committed to giving back to the community. RJG Group believes that the mission of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization is critical to the local community and Long Island. WMHO provides educational and cultural programming, they also preserve our local historical sites and wetlands. These sites are part of our identity as a community.  Preserving them as well as providing culturally diverse events and education are the pillars of our company’s core values at RJG Group. As a reflection of our shared vision, RJG Group is providing various Resort Accommodation Certificates in approximate total value of $24,250 to the WMHO.  As CEO, Ronald Gonzales is proud to support community organizations, especially during this difficult time”.

There is FREE ADMISSION to register to bid on the auction items, and credit cards of the highest bidders will not be charged until November 16th, when the auction closes. Participants will be notified when they have been outbid.

On November 12th, the New Beginnings Virtual Party will take place with live entertainment, interactive challenges, special guest stars and the chance to win live auction items. Tickets for the New Beginnings Virtual Party are $125 per person, and for the first 50 donors, each virtual celebration ticket includes a luxury gift bag with wine, provisions, over $500 in gift certificates and more. Patrons who register past the first 50 will be eligible for entry into the exclusive “12 Different Experiences at 12 Different Restaurants” raffle prize.

For more information on the New Beginnings Benefit events and sponsorship opportunities, please call 631-751-2244. To register for the New Beginnings Online Auction and the New Beginnings Virtual Party, please visit https://wmho.org/the-ward-melville-heritage-organization/virtualbenefit/.

SPIRITS, SEANCES AND STAR-CROSSED LOVERS RETURN TO SBV

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization is continuing the Secrets of Stony Brook Village Walking Tours, leaving from the Stony Brook Post Office every Wednesday through October 21st at 2:50pm. Tickets for this event are $5 per person, reservations are recommended.

Participants will learn the unheard history of Stony Brook Village. The tour includes the restoration of the village by the Melville family, Jonas Smith, Long Island’s first millionaire who called the Three Village Inn home, the Stony Brook Grist Mill and Long Island’s first vineyard, the myth of the Hercules figurehead and all of the stories in between.

The success of the Secrets of Stony Brook Village Walking Tours has resulted in the emergence of the Secrets and Spirits of Stony Brook Village Walking Tours, taking place on Wednesday, October 28th and Thursday, October 29th at 2:00pm and 4:00pm on each day. Participants will get the inside scoop on the spirits who lived, loved, died and still reside in Stony Brook Village – like Mark and Sarah, two star-crossed lovers who lived by the harbor in the early 1800s. Other spirits include famed painter William Sidney Mount and his séances, the traveling ghost of Jonas

Hawkins, the “Lady in White” at the Stony Brook Grist Mill and many more. Tickets for the Secrets and Spirits of Stony Brook Village Walking Tours are $12 per person. Reservations are recommended. Both walking tours are in part inspired by the works of Edward Lapham, Secrets of Stony Brook and the Forgotten Christmas that were published with funding from Ward Melville in the 1930s and early 1940s.

The ‘spirits’ can continue after the walking tour, as the Mirabelle Tavern at the Three Village Inn (c. 1751), and the Country House (c. 1710) will be offering Secrets and Spirits of Stony Brook Village ticket holders drink specials with the purchase of food items.

To learn more about the Secrets and Spirits of Stony Brook Village, to reserve your tickets and hear about our safety precautions, call the Ward Melville Heritage Organization at 631-751-2244.

SCARECROWS HAVE TAKEN OVER SBVC

 

Over 45 scarecrows of all shapes and sizes have been erected throughout Stony Brook Village Center for the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s 30th Annual Scarecrow Competition. Winning scarecrows will win cash prizes based on the number of votes they receive from the public.

Ballots can be found in all shops in Stony Brook Village Center. Once completed, ballots should be returned to any shop to be counted in for voting. Voting is open until Monday, October 26th.

On October 30th at 3:00pm, the winners of the Scarecrow Competition will be announced in a Zoom meeting with all competition participants, as well as posted on the Stony Brook Post Office Community Board.

 

The sponsors of the 30th Annual Scarecrow Competition are as follows: The Main Event sponsor The Suffolk Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy, the Main Event sponsor, Dr. Robert Quilty, Ph.D., the Goblins and Ghouls sponsor, Dr. Samuel Taube, LCSW, BCD., the Great Pumpkin sponsor, and Carissa Millet, LCSW, Psychotherapist, the Candy Corn sponsor.

To learn more about the Scarecrow Competition or the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, call 631-751-2244.

Fall in LOVE with Stony Brook Village!

Do you need a break from reality?

Experience the change of the seasons while you stroll through the quaint colonial styled Stony Brook Village. Adventure through Avalon Park and Preserve. Get the scoop on the village’s history in a Walking Tour. Kayak or paddleboard through Stony Brook Harbor and visit the Stony Brook Grist Mill’s waterfall. Explore Stony Brook on a bike ride. Bike to  the Hercules Pavilion and the T. Bayles Minuse Mill Pond Park. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at seven different eateries. Visit 35 exciting shops and boutiques.

Vacation packages include room accommodations at the historic Three Village Inn, and a $50 dinner voucher toward the Mirabelle Restaurant and Tavern. 

Package vacation rates starting at $194!

Click here to see more information about the Fall in Love with Stony Brook Vacation Packages!

 

The Return of the Scarecrows!

 

Announcing the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s 30th Annual Scarecrow Competition! This October, scarecrows will once again line the sidewalks of Stony Brook Village Center!

Ward and Dorothy Melville made it their duty to provide the Three Village area with activities and to promote community connectedness during times that try the human spirit – in their case, the Great Depression. The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) continues their legacy of remaining positive and including the Three Village community by creating fun, creative and unique activities during times like these. The Scarecrow Competition provides exactly this to kids, adults and families in the Three Village area.  The Scarecrow Competition allows for the exploration of their imaginations to create their scarecrow masterpiece in a location where they can maintain social distancing.

Winners for each category (previous winners & professionals, adults & families and children) will be chosen by the public, and will win valuable cash prizes! Individuals, families, children, teams and even previous winners are welcome to register for this fun experience but must return their registration form by September 28th 2020.  

Between Thursday, October 1st and Monday, October 26th, whenever you visit a shop or restaurant in Stony Brook Village, make sure you vote for your favorite scarecrow creations on a ballot. Simply return your ballot to any shop to ensure that your vote will be counted in.

The winners will be announced virtually on Friday, October 30th.

The sponsors of the 30th Annual Scarecrow Competition are as follows: The Main Event sponsor – The Suffolk Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy, the Goblins and Ghouls sponsor – Dr. Robert Quilty, Ph.D., the Great Pumpkin sponsor – Dr. Samuel Taube, LCSW, BCD., and the Candy Corn sponsor – Carissa Millet, LCSW, Psychotherapist.

Registration for this event is required. You can pick up a registration form at any of the shops in Stony Brook Village, or you can download it digitally from the events section of the Stony Brook Village Center website. To enter this competition, please return the completed registration form to The Ward Melville Heritage Organization – P.O. Box 572, Stony Brook, NY 11790, with the entry fee of $25.

The Buzz Around Town with Suzie Q

 


March 2020

Hello Friends!

I know most of you are home so here are some ideas I thought I would share with you – Don’t get dizzy, let’s get busy!

Spring will officially be here on Friday – I know what I want to do to celebrate it’s arrival: Spend the day outside with my family, in the fresh air at my favorite place – Stony Brook Village!

We got to the village pretty early this morning – I called Crazy Beans ahead of time to place an order for a lavender ice coffee and breakfast wrap for myself, and two egg sandwiches for my husband and my oldest – the youngest asked for blueberry pancakes from Sweet Mama’s so we called in the order there as well. We ate our breakfast out under the umbrellas by Crazy Beans.

 

Passing by Blue Salon reminded me that I had to schedule an appointment to get my hair done – I stopped in briefly to make the appointment for next week, and was extremely excited to find that they were offering 20% off of gift cards for the time being. A gift card and a care package from Madison’s Niche (it included a candle, a mug, a book, hand soap, a beautiful tray and a bag!) is perfect for my sister’s birthday in a few weeks!

I am so thankful that the sun is finally shining bright outside! I forgot my sunglasses at home, and since we will be out all day, I decided to run into Wiggs Opticians to get a new pair.

We rented bikes from TEB North Country for a few hours (you can rent them for the whole day too!) – and were pleasantly surprised to find that they had two seater options as well.

It was the early afternoon by the time our bike ride was finished – perfect timing for us to grab a snack and place our lunch orders. We stopped by Chocolate Works to pick out a little treat (we got chocolate coins and are going to have a scavenger hunt later!). I was so excited when I saw their Chocolate Bunny Cottage to-go kits – It’ll be so much fun for the kids to decorate their own little cottages! Plus, they also had an entire corner devoted to different board games to purchase and bring home! Speaking of things to bring home, Cottontails had a wide variety of books and toys for children of all ages!

We placed our lunch orders from Fratelli’s. We got a pizza to share –  plus we also ordered roasted chicken wings and a ceasar salad to share from Pentimento! We walked over to the T. Bayles Minus Mill Pond Park across from the Stony Brook Grist Mill to eat our lunch, picnic style! The kids had so much fun watching the birds, I made a mental note to call Camera Concepts and Telescope Solutions to order binoculars for bird watching and a camera for photography – this is the perfect time for all of us to get into the spirit of finding new and healthy hobbies!

As we were about to head into Avalon Park (we had to go the entrance on Shep Jones Lane because they are doing construction), I found that I had a huge stain on my jacket – before we leave the village I need to drop it off at Harbor Cleaners to get it dry-cleaned.

We returned to the Stony Brook Shopping Center after our walk to pick up dessert at Premiere Pastry – their single serve delights looked (and tasted!) heavenly. We settled on adorable spring cupcakes and macaroons!

I stopped into the Crushed Olive to pick up some lemon-infused oil (because it is delicious and packed with vitamin C! The blood orange-infused oil (also packed with vitamin C!) also caught my eye – It would be a fun addition to the brownies we were going to make tomorrow! Passing by the Village Florist, I couldn’t help but phone in an order of flowers for delivery to brighten up my house – I think that sometimes – especially right now, stopping and smelling the flowers is just what everybody needs!

I shopped in Mint and saw that they were doing an elevated gift card promotion – a perfect college graduation gift for my niece – the more you spend, the more you save! 

My family and I met at the Village Coffee Market. We ordered our coffees and drank them out on the Stony Brook Village Green – Watching the sunset over Stony Brook Harbor.

After such an active day, I decided I didn’t really want to cook – so we ordered curbside pickup from the Country House. We got meals to share and my husband and I were even able to order our favorite bottle of wine or cocktails to go!

With everything that the world is dealing with right now, it is days like this – spent in a beautiful, safe place – that remind you just how spectacular life is and that it goes on despite its obstacles.

Wishing you all Health and Happiness….Ciao for now

Suzie Q

 

The Buzz Around Town with Suzie Q

 

January 2020

Welcome 2020!

This year is off to an amazing start – A new year, with a new me! This year, I aim to be the best version of myself, which means opening my eyes to new experiences, trying new foods and learning more about the history of my favorite place – Stony Brook Village (there are some things that just won’t ever change!).

The weather has been warm for January, but that’s fine by me – it’s perfect for nice long walks around the most enchanting Village that Long Island has to offer! As I passed by Chocolate Works, I saw the most adorable chocolate dog! Speaking of chocolate, Blue Salon and Spa has an absolutely delightful chocolate covered strawberry facial masque that left my skin feeling so soft and smelling so delicious! I almost got one of their unbelievably relaxing massages, but was a little short on time for my brunch reservation.

While enjoying my Sunday Brunch at Pentimento, I overheard a couple talking about their plans for early February. Apparently the Education and Cultural Center is hosting a Chinese New Year Celebration on Sunday, February 2nd. From the hours of 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, there will be demonstrations of Chinese Lion Dancing and Kung Fu, dancing, singing and even a craft for the kiddies!

Later on in the month, on Friday, February 21st at 7pm, folks of all ages are welcome to experience the riveting interactive theatrical performance of Running Scared, Running Free. A drama that encapsulates the strength of the human spirit along the Underground Railroad. This is so exciting because right around our very village, it is believed that the Underground Railroad was active – the very inspiration for the play! The Education and Cultural Center is currently taking reservations at (631) 689-5888 – I need to make sure I get tickets for myself and my family for both events!

Speaking of fun experiences for children – As I was walking around town, I saw that there will be two Winter Break Workshops from February 18th to the February 20th. Liz Joyce, an acclaimed artist and puppeteer, will be hosting a Puppet Making Workshop for children aged 6 to 11. I must tell my sister about the other workshop – Music Mornings with Johnny Cuomo, it’s just perfect for her 3 year old and her 5 year old!

As I walked by the Village Florist, I was reminded of the rapidly approaching holiday of love – Valentine’s Day! All of the soft teddy bears and the arrangements with colorful roses and lilies make you feel like love is in the air! Actually now that I think of it, a lot of the shops have taken to celebrating romance – even the Premiere Pastry had adorable love-inspired French macrons, heart-shaped sweets and stunning cakes. Madison’s Niche is also bringing a lot of love to Stony Brook Village! They have the most adorable mugs, beautiful ring holders and romantic wall décor!

I’ve been having trouble deciding what to get for the love of my life…do I get him a new tie and socks or a shirt from Jos. A Bank? I heard this year the folks at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization added two new experiences to the Discovery Wetlands Cruises Birding Cruises and a Sunset Cruises…perhaps he’d like new binoculars from Camera Concepts and Telescope Solutions and tickets to board the pontoon boat in May, when the season opens? My husband is always late and Rocky Point Jewelers has exquisite watches – they were really striking! Plus they also have the most beautiful necklaces and earrings – I should let my husband know about all of their sparkles!

This year we –my husband and I – are treating ourselves. The Three Village Inn has a special Sweathearts Package – one overnight stay, plus a bottle of a signature sparkling wine (made for the Three Village Inn specially!), chocolate covered strawberries and truffles. So we are dropping the kids off at my mother’s house in pajamas with a few Valentine’s Day storybooks I got at Cottontails. We are starting our romantic adventure with dinner at the Country House – their menu is themed after famous couples!

The next day, we are going to Brew Cheese for their Fondue for Two! Bread, pickles, apples and your choice of traditional, buffalo or truffle fondue (try the truffle – it’s our favorite!) and a tasty beer sounds so good! That evening we’ll be returning to the Mirabelle Tavern for their Valentine’s Day prix fixe for an elegant and romantic dinner for two. The Jazz Loft will be hosting two (one at 6 pm and one at 8:30 pm) special Valentine’s Day performances of “Here’s to the Ladies”, including a glass of champagne and chocolates from Chocolate Works!

Making our reservations reminded me of another event I already got my tickets for – A Taste of Stony Brook Village! This year, the event will take place at the Three Village Inn from 6 pm to 9 pm! A lot of Stony Brook Village’s shops and merchants will be have a bunch of giveaways, food sample, demonstrations and raffles! Plus there will be live music by Roberta Fabiano, dancing performances and a fashion show by Chico’s! The best part of the event is that you have all of this fun and you feel good about it because all proceeds go to Stony Brook Medicine for breast cancer research. You can get your tickets by clicking this link: https://www.stonybrookvillage.com/tsbv/.

I’d really like to get a new outfit for both of the occasions – something to make my husband say “wow”! Mint and Chico’s each have such a colorful variety of beautiful dresses, gorgeous warm and cozy sweaters, chic blouses and comfortable but stylish pants…and Loft even has darling heart shaped jewelry!

I know I’ll find the perfect gifts for all of the people that I love in my life. It’s almost magical how Stony Brook Village has everything I need, whenever I need it!

Happy New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ciao for now,

XOXO Suzie Q

The Buzz Around Town with Suzie Q

December 2019

 

Hello Winter!

It is finally time to start finding the perfect holiday gifts for my friends and family, and I know just the place – Stony Brook Village!

As I ventured into the most magical place on Long Island, I was happy to see the beautiful holiday decor throughout the village. The beauty of this place makes it so easy to leave my phone in my pocketbook and just enjoy the world around me!

While I was walking into Inner Court, I passed by a posting of the Holiday Festival taking place on December 8th! I know my nieces would just love to see Santa in the afternoon and then watch him light the tree on the Village Green at 5:30 pm!

The whole day sounds like so much fun for every member of the family – a petting zoo, balloon artists, the promenade of trees and music all day long! There is even a processional of 14-foot puppets called “Legends and Spies”. They portray some of America’s most important spies, as well as other individuals who have played a role in this amazing community – Dorothy and Ward Melville and artist William Sydney Mount.

I can’t wait to see the Model Train Display at the Education and Cultural Center – It brings back all the memories of my brother opening his train set on Christmas morning when we were kids! Speaking of the Educational and Cultural Center, I must remember to reserve tickets for the Gene Kelly Holiday Luncheons! What a great gift idea for Mom and Dad! I think they’d like to go after the New Year, which is perfect because the show runs until January 11th. If you’re looking for another holiday performance, the Jazz Loft is performing the Nutcracker with a 17-piece big band and a vocalist on select dates and times this month!

I was lured into the Village Florist when I walked past its doors. I was met with the sight of everything for the holidays. They have outstanding holiday snowmen and beautiful tree ornaments! Mint had the furriest sweaters and lovely hats – They’d pair so beautifully with the colorful blouses, designer pants and shining jewelry in Loft and Chicos!

Continuing on my way, I noticed that Camera Concepts and Telescope Solutions has the most interesting educational gifts for, from outer space and coding for children – what an excellent way to keep my young ones off of their devices! Keeping young ones in mind, I saw the prettiest holiday pajama and storybook combo gifts at Cottontails. Their outfits for children of all ages are stunning for the holiday season.

On my way into Harbor Crescent, I walked by Premiere Pastry and couldn’t help but pick up a small treat! I absolutely must remember to call and order desserts for the holidays. I saw the most creative holiday tree cupcakes and holiday cakes! I think I’ll stop into Madison’s Niche for that cake platter that I saw to show off the cupcakes and cake.

My favorite way of keeping warm in the winter is grabbing a gingerbread cappuccino from the Village Coffee Market. I also won’t forget to find a new favorite seasonal mug from their collection! They certainly aren’t the only ones embracing the season – Crazy Beans has even altered their flavored lattes to include the merriness of the season! They’ve named them all after classic movies that we all adore!

Classic holiday movies? That reminds me! I heard that Brew Cheese is playing holiday movies every Saturday – what a great way to spread the holiday cheer! Also, who could forget the Country House! As always, it has the most extravagant decorations, as well as a themed pre-fix lunch and dishes titled after famous actors and actresses. Just thinking about those tasty dishes got me hungry!

During my journey throughout the stores, my sweet tooth got the best of me. Luckily, I was right in front of Chocolate Works. Celebrations all around, they had all different sized chocolate Santas, Christmas trees filled with bright foiled candies, great Chanukah trays of decorated chocolates and even chocolate dreidels! Plus, you can decorate your own gingerbread house, holiday pretzel wreath or cookies at almost any time all throughout the month of December.

Stony Brook Village has something for everyone, including the man of the house! Perhaps I can buy him a new sweater, some holiday socks or one of those nice new jackets from Jos. A. Bank.

While enjoying my delicious lunch at Mirabelle, I saw in December they were having “Brunch with Santa” every weekend, a Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day brunch, and perfect for my husband (adorning his new spiffy sweater and socks!), a brunch featuring a live jazz band taking place on December 29th! Pentimento has those wonderful winter cocktails and a new seasonal menu, as well as special menus for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve!

There are still a few family members I need to shop around for…but I’m sure with the one stop shopping here at Stony Brook Village, I’ll find the most wonderful gifts. Actually…now that I think about it, a Stony Brook Village Gift Certificate would be the best way to ensure that they get exactly what they want this holiday season! This one gift certificate can be used anywhere throughout the village. They’re available at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization office located at 111 Main Street in Stony Brook Village on the second floor, right above Cottontails!

For my friends who have moved away from this spectacular community (I absolutely cannot imagine why!), I’ve heard that the folks at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization have launched an online retail website to order items from the Educations and Cultural Center’s gift shop! I can order Stony Brook Village merchandise such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, mugs and even ornaments of different village locations and have them shipped right to my front doors – there’s nothing like being proud of Stony Brook Village and showing it!

 

Happy Holidays! Ciao for now! – Suzie Q

The Buzz Around Town with Suzie Q

August 2019

 

 

I needed to relax – and found myself in my favorite place, Stony Brook Village! The weather has begun to change and soon I know we will be surrounded by falling leaves, the sight of pumpkins and the smell of apple cider!

My last visit to the village was certainly an interesting one! I happened to overhear the most fascinating conversation about the upcoming event – Courageous Women of the American Revolution…here’s the scoop:

On Saturday September 28th, guides dressed in colonial period attire invite you aboard trolleys at the Educational and Cultural Center to step back in time and ask yourself – What about the women? For the first time ever, the Hawkins-Mount House, the Brewster House, the Thompson House, and the Stony Brook Grist Mill will be open to the public at the same time! At each location, there will be a performance of a woman who stood proudly in the face of the red coat invasion during the American Revolution.

In Stony Brook’s Mount-Hawkins House, you will meet Ruth Mills – wife of merchant and Culper Spy Ring member Jonas Hawkins. Knowing about her husband’s treasonous choice to go against the British crown, Ruth chooses to stay strong for her family and keep her husband’s secret all the while managing the family general store and keeping up the appearance of obedience to the crown. 

At the Stony Brook Grist Mill, indentured servant on the run Katie scavenges for food. Her story includes the horrors of the British overrunning colonist’ houses – stealing belongings, food and the livelihood of the people who lived there. Katie is tired of being told what to do, where to go and who to be…and she’s ready to fight back against the red coats who have taken everything from her.

Phoebe Thompson, wife of the patriot and doctor Samuel Thompson has been struck ill during war time. She values her husband’s medical experience but can’t help but disagree with his diagnosis and treatment and instead follows her own intuition and attempts to solve her sickness all the while coming to terms with her own mortality.

The Brewster House – the oldest house in the town of Brookhaven, will have proprietor Rebecca Mills Brewster, wife of Joseph Brewster, cousin of Culper Spy Ring member Caleb Brewster. With her fear of the British and what they are capable of doing to her and her family, Rebecca does what she does best – serves them their libations, listens to their conversation and steal their weaponry.

It’s so incredible that these brave women were once members of the community and played a part in making Long Island what it is today. In fact, rumor has it that the Mirabelle at Three Village Inn (c.1751), the Country House (c. 1710), Crazy Beans, Sweet Mama’s, Pentimento, Fratelli’s, Robinson’s Tea Room are even planning on serving special menus in celebration of the event!

Some people were even talking about a special package that the Three Village Inn has: if you arrive on Friday night, you get three days and two nights at the Inn (which was known as the Old Homestead during the Revolutionary War), breakfast every morning, welcome drinks, tickets to both the Courageous Women of the Revolutionary War Trolley Tour and the Journey Through Time exhibit at the Educational and Cultural Center, plus a Stony Brook Village Courtesy Card!

 

Ciao for now! 

–  Suzie Q

The Buzz Around Town

Shining sun, blue skies and summer vibes! I am so happy that summer is in full effect! There are so many fun, interesting things to do in my favorite place, Stony Brook Village…But there is one in particular which I have found particularly exciting – the Walking Through Time…Walking Tours!

I did some digging around the Village to find out any tidbits I could about this elaborate, moving performance…Here is what I found out:

This adventure through Stony Brook history includes tour guides that are dressed in period costumes and speak in the 1st person. As each group is led to different location, they will get to meet three extremely interesting and important women that played a role in the history of the village that we all love so dearly – Mrs. Emmet, Mrs. Smith and Miss Louise.

The tours will be taking place on Saturday July 20th (rain date Sunday July 21st), Wednesday July 31st (rain date Thursday August 1st), Saturday August 10th (rain date Sunday August 11th), Wednesday August 21st (rain date Thursday August 22nd) and Saturday September 14th (rain date Sunday September 15th). There will be two sessions on each of those dates – the first tour begins at 1:00pm and the last tour begins at 3:00pm. Regular tickets are $15, Premium tickets are $20 and include the Journey Through Time Summer Exhibit at the Educational and Cultural Center. Reservations can be made by calling 631-751-2244. I found the poster here!

The tour starts at the historic Grist Mill with Mrs. Alida Emmet. Mrs. Emmet brings life to the Grist Mill and its adjacent Mill Pond’s incredible history (which may or may not have been the location of the very first vineyard on Long Island!). She leads the group down the street to the All Soul’s Church explaining the creative architecture and history of the building. In her last role, Mrs. Emmet leads the group to the Hercules Pavilion to meet Mrs. Jonas Smith.

Mrs. Smith elaborates on the nautical history – including the romantic myth – of the Hercules Pavilion and its relationship with the “perfect” American made vessel, the U.S.S. Ohio! As she walks the tour over to the Three Village Inn, she explains the unimaginable wealth of her husband, Jonas Smith. With Mrs. Smith, the revolutionary history of the Inn, also known as “the Old Homestead” is explored.

This is where Mrs. Smith leaves the tour group to Miss Louise – Mrs. Melville’s go-to woman. Miss Louise explains the dedication of the Melville family to the Stony Brook area, as well as the creation and development of our home away from home, Stony Brook Village! The tour will end outside of the Stony Brook Post Office – but I heard that with the purchase of a premium ticket you get to go to one last destination – the summer exhibit at the Educational and Cultural Center – Journey Through Time. This exhibit is a collection of how our lives have changed since 1939, the perfect way to finish our walking tour!