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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!

The Buzz Around Town with Suzie Q

Blue skies and bright sunny days! Summer is almost here – which means that Father’s Day is just around the bend! I decided to visit my favorite place – Stony Brook Village to enjoy the incredible weather.

I can’t believe that it’s time to fire up the grill! My father has always loved cooking al fresco and Madison’s Niche has some of the most unique BBQ platters and sauce sets. I also saw a beer cap display box that would be perfect because he loves to save the bottle caps of his favorite brews from Brew Cheese! Speaking of brews – the shop also had unique beer bottle candles!

 

There’s something so special about fresh and warm days – they always inspire me to buy fresh flowers. While in the Village Florist, I spotted a variety of ceramic truck vases. Speaking of trucks, the Village Coffee Market is selling k-cups in a small truck!

Some men are all about the outdoors – While I was at the Mirabelle restaurant for lunch, I noticed that The Three  Village Inn has a package designed with them in mind – “Dad’s Nature Getaway Package”! Included is a one-night stay in the inn, ride for two on the Discovery Cruise a wine and cheese plate, complimentary drinks and breakfast!

Speaking of the Discovery Wetlands Cruise, the cruises are scheduled to be running until the end of October. They even have a number of photography cruises throughout the season! If you need binoculars, make sure to stop by Camera Concepts and Telescope Solutions. They also astronomy workshops that are starting in July for those who love the nighttime stars!

I thought about taking my Dad out for a lunch-date at The Country House for their “Scotch Special” featuring a variety of malts and surprising him with tickets for the Educational and Cultural Center’s summer exhibit Journey Through Time, starting July 14th through September 29th. This event features the nation, Long Island and Stony Brook over the last eight decades. It surely shows the changes! Or perhaps he would prefer reservations for the Walking Through Time Walking Tours, taking place on select dates from July through September. The tours will give the history of the area from the 18th Century through the 21st Century. The purchase of a premium ticket would even include entry into the Journey Through Time exhibit!

If you are worried that your gift may go unused, Gift Certificates are always available at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s office located at 111 Main Street and can be used at any location in the village. 

 

 

Ciao for now!

– Suzie Q

 

The Buzz Around Town with Suzie Q

Full throttle into spring! I don’t know about you, but it always seems to me that the spring weather awakens so much joy in my life. Perhaps it’s the sunny days and fresh air, but it is such a wonderful time to spend a day in my favorite place!

Speaking of my favorite place, I recently visited Stony Brook Village – I need to share with you what a wonderful experience I had with my Great Aunt Elizabeth at Robinson’s Tea Room. We met for a light lunch and a perfect cup of tea to discuss the family brunch we would be having to celebrate Mother’ s Day! While we were there we noticed a flyer presenting a Musical Theatrical Performance of Ethel Merman and Zero Mostel. Aunt Elizabeth didn’t stop talking about how nice the luncheon and performance would be. What a perfect Mother’s Day present for her…I’ll have to come back and reserve two tickets for us soon since they only perform from May 8th to June 13th!

After our lunch, we walked into Chocolate Works – I noticed a flyer that said during the entire month of May, with a reservation, you could decorate your own chocolate houses with little colorful chocolates! Looking to satisfy my own sweet tooth, I found the most adorable and delicious chocolate tulips. While on the subject – when we passed by Village Florist, I
was so struck by the beautiful spectrum and assortment of colorful flowers, I had to stop in for a bunch of orange tulips and magenta daisies!

The colors don’t stop at flowers either – Chico’s, Loft and Mint have the most vibrant, floral and fun selections of blouses and dresses! I’ll be back to pick up a particular floral blouse to give to my godmother! Madison’s Niche had the most enticing spring displays – with aromatic candles, unique home décor items and a relaxing selection of perfumes, lotions and soaps. That reminds me of the truly wonderful treatment I had at Blue Salon and Spa.

I was so excited when I remembered the newest addition to the village – Premier Pastry Shop! With an assortment of delightfully tasty treats like macaroons, cakes, cake pops, breads and brownies, I knew I would have to visit before our brunch to pick up a delicacy for dessert!

I noticed two particularly exciting events being showcased that would be taking place from July through September. Walking Through Time is a walking tour that’ll showcase all of the historical happenings from the 18th century to today! If you purchase “premium tickets”, it includes admission to the summer exhibit located at the Education and Cultural Center – Journey Through Time, showcasing just how much our lives have changed since 1939!

For an incredible day with mom – the Discovery Wetlands Cruise beings on May 16th! Mom may like a cruise though Stony Brook Harbor and the wetlands. Afterwards, treat mom to a delightful culinary experience at Pentimento’s, Three Village Inn or The Country House – Make sure you call ahead to reserve a table!

While window shopping, I noticed that Camera Concepts and Telescope Solutions is providing one free Astronomy class with the purchase of any of their telescopes! If giving the world to mom isn’t enough this Mother’s Day, you can give her the stars too!

Ciao for Now…Suzie Q

WMHO YOUTH CORPS CREATE FARM TO TABLE EVENT FOR THE NEEDY

July 10, 2018

Stony Brook, NY:  The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Youth Corps, a volunteer group of youngsters 11 to 17 years old, literally created their own farm to table event recently to feed the homeless and families in need.

All of their hard work took place at HeartBeet Farms which is located on the property of Bethel Hobbs Community Farm in Centereach.  They actually incorporated the same method of farming used by Dr. Samuel Thompson, who lived at WMHO’s historic Thompson House during the 18th century, mixing clam shells into the soil for added calcium – an essential element for plant health.  After harvesting beet greens and kale, they prepared Orecchiette with Greens, Mozzarella and Crispy Chickpeas, as well and a Beet Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette. They delivered the meals to the Saint James Church for their Wednesday food pantry event.

Hobbs Farm, a non-profit, all-volunteer farm, was founded by Ann Pellegrino in 2007, with a mission to provide fresh produce to those in need through a network of local food pantries and programs. In 2017, Ann and Jen Ross formed HeartBeet Farms, a one-acre, for-profit farm on the property to continue to sustain the Hobbs Farm mission.  Their onsite Education Garden offers school groups, scouts, families and individuals a chance to participate as well.

More of the Youth Corps’ harvest will be served at “Create an Organic Garden” on July 25 at WMHO’s Cultural Center in Stony Brook Village.  Hosted by HeartBeet Farms, who will offer a variety of tips and tricks, the event will take place from 1 pm to 2:30 pm and is next in the “55 + Club” ongoing series.  The cost is $15 pp.

For additional information on WMHO’s Youth Corps and additional event information, call 631-751-2244 or visit wmho.org or stonybrookvillage.com.

Pictured L-R:  Youth Corps Members, Lily Mattimoe, Peter Sloniewsky, and Bella Mattimoe; (Photo Credit, WMHO)

Recipe courtesy Josette Sloniewsky, the “brook cook” and Lisa Mattimoe; (Photo Credit, Josette Sloniewsky)

WMHO Honors Community Leaders at Jewels & Jeans Benefit

July 9, 2018

L-R:  Bud Simmons, President, Budco Enterprises Inc.; Anne Shybunko-Moore, CEO / Owner, GSE Dynamics Inc.; Dr. Richard Rugen, Chairman, WMHO; Robert Allen, President / CEO, Teachers Federal Credit Union

 

 

Stony Brook, NY – More than 300 guests recently attended the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s festive “Jewels & Jeans” benefit dinner at Flowerfield in St. James, honoring three individuals with impressive achievements and service.   Proceeds benefit WMHO educational programs, Youth Corps and historic properties.   This year’s honorees were:

 

  • Bud Simmons, President of Budco Enterprises Inc. and founding director of the Master Riggers Association.  In 2001, Bud installed over 2 million pounds of steel in less than 3 months to have the 1 and 9 subway lines open for the first anniversary of 9-11.  Bud is involved in a multitude of organizations including numerous 9-11 memorials, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has been an ongoing supporter of WMHO’s Jewels & Jeans dinner and other programs for the organization.

 

  • Anne Shybunko-Moore is CEO and Owner of GSE Dynamics Inc., U.S. Defense Manufacturer  specializing in providing complex structural assemblies to the Air Force, Navy, Army and Major Aerospace Primes. Anne served as an appointed member of The National Women’s Business Council, a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.  She is a long-time supporter of various WMHO programs and events.

 

  • Robert Allen has been President and CEO of Teachers Federal Credit Union  since 1988 and has a total of 47 years working in credit unions. Founded in 1952, TFCU is a full service financial cooperative and has grown to over $5.8 billion in total assets with 26 branch locations and over 700 employees. He has served with many organizations including Chairman, School of Business Advisory Board-SUNY Old Westbury and Member of Congressman Bishop’s Education Advisory Board. TFCU has provided support to WMHO’s onsite and distance learning education programs.

 

Photo Credit:  Clix Couture

Suzie Q Here with the Buzz Around Stony Brook Village

The Buzz around Town with Suzie Q                                                               July 20, 2018

I hope you are all enjoying how wonderful summer has been so far…especially in my favorite Village! The flower boxes in bloom… the American flags…events galore, the farm stand and so much more.

Speaking of the farm stand, I just reserved my spot for “How to Create an Organic Garden” with Heart Beet Farms at the Cultural Center this Wednesday, July 25 at 1 pm. It’s part of the 55 + Club series of great events.  Gardening season will soon be over so don’t miss the tips and tricks!  Plus I understand the organization’s Youth Corps harvested their own beet greens and kale, and are preparing Orecchiette Pasta with Greens, Mozzarella and Crispy Chickpeas, as well and a Beet Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette for all to enjoy at this event.  Sounds so delicious!  Heart Beet Farms will also be in the Village selling lots of veges and more each Saturday now through October 13 in front of Crazy Beans. 

I came down to the “Motorcycles through Time” exhibit at the cultural center over the weekend!  The exhibit was always a wow but there are so many new pieces and new bikes to see it really is amazing.  They have over 35 bikes there, from a 1902 Rambler to a 2018 Can-Am Spyder, as well as the same type of motorcycle Elvis owned – a “ 1975 Rupp Centaur.” Another not-to-be-missed event …and it is open 7 days a week 10 am to 5 pm until summer’s end! While I was there I see that registration is now open for the Walk for Beauty on October 21 benefitting breast cancer research.  It’s a 4K/6K Walk and a 10K Run.  I just registered and you can do it too right here: https://wmho.org/wfb/

It’s really been great weather for a Discovery Wetlands Cruise also so I took advantage and surprised mom and dad for their anniversary.  The sights and sounds you see through the harbor into the wetlands are truly breathtaking.  They loved it and booked a few more on their own including the next photography cruise on August 25.  My dad is such a camera enthusiast and Camera Concepts here in the village gives a class prior to the cruise and then will critique your photos afterward on an enormous high definition TV screen inside the gazebo.  How great is that!  My uncle recently took the cruise and loved it.  He has a way with words so I’ll share his comment – “It’s a great mix of education and entertainment, while learning useful and creative photo techniques and having fun doing it!”

I love the very special alfresco dining choices here like the hidden garden at Pentimento, the new deck at Sweet Mama’s, patio dining at Three Village Inn and of course the outdoor courtyard by the serene waterfall in Inner Court with a great lunch from Robinson’s Tea Room or Crazy Beans!

I’m off now to get some shopping done but want to share one last bit of “buzz” – There will be a Harbor Jazz Festival — on the Village Green – on August 18th starting at 11 am.  Check the Jazz Loft website…. and put that on your calendars! 

Ciao for now…Suzie

 

 

 

Suzie Q

July 2018

I’m sorry I haven’t been telling you the latest buzz around the village! I’ve been so busy with graduations, birthday parties and barbecues but now 4th of July is upon us and I came down to my favorite village to pick up some things for summer.

I stopped at Madison’s Niche to grab myself a nice beach bag and cover up before going over to Cottontails to buy my niece some toys for our next trip to the beach. While I was thinking of it I gave the Crushed Olive a visit for some of their delicious barbecue sauce and oils for grilling. Brew Cheese had everything I needed to complete the meal with a beautiful cheese platter and unique craft beers. While walking across the Inner Court I noticed that Heartbeet Farms has an organic farm stand set up every Saturday morning and they’re even having a talk on July 25th for the 55+ Club on organic gardening at the Cultural Center.

Whenever I’m in town I always check in at the ECC to see what’s happening. This weekend on July 7th the Motorcycles through Time exhibit starts with over 30 bikes on display from 1902 to the present day. I can’t wait to learn fun facts about pre-WWII Motorcycles!

How excited I was to discover that the next night the Sunday Summer Concert Series on the Green begins. This year is extra exciting because they have three performances in one night. This Sunday it’s Ava Della Pietra, 13 years old (direct from Broadway!), Sara Caliguiri who’s 15 years old and a finalist from Long Island’s Got Talent contest and the famous NY’s Most Dangerous Big Band.

I understand from the WMHO folks they had their big gala last week and that two tickets for Getting the Band Back Together are available if you’d like to purchase them. The donation if fully tax deductible because WMHO is a 501(c)(3) and the minimum donation is only $140.00. Give them a call for more information!

Have a Happy 4th of July!

Ciao until next time.

Suzie Q

Free Summer Concerts Begin – Special Guest Performance

Stony Brook, NY – It’s show time once again in picturesque Stony Brook Village!  The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s (WMHO) free summer concerts will kick off its season of live music on July 8 at 7 pm with Ed DeCorsia & New York’s Most Dangerous Big Band.

A highlight at the opening concert will also be a performance by the multi-talented singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actress Ava Della Pietra (pictured) directly from Broadway.  Ava has performed in Les Miserables, White Christmas and in the original cast of School of Rock!  Only 13 years old, Ava will cut her first EP early this fall and two of her songs from that album will be debuted at the concert!

In addition, WMHO’s “Long Island’s Got Talent” semifinalists will also perform at each concert and audience members will be asked to vote for their favorite! Winners will be chosen in the fall.  The remainder of the concerts will be July 15, The Queen of Dixie Land; July 22, Six Gun Band; July 29, Left Jab Band; August 5, Sound Chaser Band, August 12, The Steel Silk Band and August 19 with Tom Manuel & The Jazz Loft Big Band.  Tom Manuel, President and Founder of The Jazz Loft says, “I am thrilled to be performing once again with The Jazz Loft Big Band at the closing performance.  Part of our Annual Harbor Jazz Festival  it will include a repertoire from luminaries such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman!  WMHO has served as the cornerstone of our community for decades and its an honor to partner with them throughout the year on a variety of projects.”  

Sponsored by Competition Automotive Group, Owen Brothers and Realty Three/Ridgeway Plaza,  visitors will be en tertained under the stars from 7 pm to 9 pm in front of the Stony Brook Post Office at the Village Green in Stony Brook Village Center, 111 Main Street.   Concert-goers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets.  There are no rain dates.  For information call 631-751-2244 or visit www.stonybrookvillage.com

Sweet Mama’s Opens in Stony Brook Village

Stony Brook, NY – Eagle Realty Holdings is pleased to announce a new addition to the Stony Brook Village Center – Sweet Mama’s family restaurant!

Sweet Mama’s, also in Northport, opened this week in the former Latitude 121 Restaurant location.  The family restaurant will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Saturdays and 9 am to 8 pm Sundays.

Owners, Marios and Margo Patatinis are Three Village residents who live in Setauket with their three children.  Marios says, “I’m very happy to be here in Stony Brook and think this is a perfect fit to be able to service customers in my hometown.”  Some dishes have a southern flair such as eggs with grits, biscuits and sawmill gravy.  Others are all American favorites like bacon cheesburgers.  The ice cream section will remain so customers can still select all kinds of desserts from the 20 flavors, including Designer Cookie Monster!

Sweet Mama’s is located at 121 Main Street in the Harbor Crescent section of the village.  For complete menu items visit www.sweetmamasli.com or call 631-621-7895.

24th Annual Walk For Beauty

Thank you to everyone who showed their support at the Walk For Beauty event this past Sunday. We couldn’t have asked for better weather to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research. A special thanks to all of our volunteers and sponsors who helped make the event a success. All of the proceeds raised go directly to Breast Cancer Research at Stony Brook Medicine. Hope to see everyone again next year at the 25th ANNIVERSARY EVENT.

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