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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

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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