News

Don’t Hit the Hay – The 31st Annual Scarecrow Competition is back this October!

STONY BROOK, NY – This October, scarecrows will once again line the walkways throughout Stony Brook Village in the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s 31st Annual Scarecrow Competition! Register as an individual, group or professional and create a scarecrow masterpiece. First place winners will receive a cash prize. Registration and entry fee of $25 due by Friday, September 24th.  

Vote for your favorite scarecrows between October 1st and October 25th. Ballots can be found in all shops and eateries in Stony Brook Village and must be returned to shops no later than October 25th to be counted. Winners will be notified on Tuesday, October 26th by 5pm and will be announced during the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Halloween Festival on October 29th.

The sponsors of the 30th Annual Scarecrow Competition are as follows: The Main Event sponsor – Suffolk Speech, The Black Cauldron sponsor – RJG Group, the Goblins and Ghouls sponsor – Dr. Robert Quilty, Ph.D., and the Candy Corn sponsor – Goldfish Swim School.

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 HERE. 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.

For more information on the Scarecrow Competition, the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) or the Halloween Festival, please call the WMHO at 631-751-2244.

All Aboard – Individual Reservations are BACK!

 

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) is now accepting individual reservations for the Discovery Pontoon Boat Cruises starting in August. Cruises (up to 27 passengers) will run from August through October, seven days a week where high tide, sunset and weather allow. Reservations are heavily recommended – $35 per person, $25 per child aged three to six, and $5 per child aged two and younger.

Enjoy an hour and a half long cruise on West Meadow Creek on a roofed, open-air pontoon boat. Onboard, a naturalist will narrate your experience – the wildlife observed, the natural and human history and development of the area.

Walk-ons are welcome, but are cash only ($40 per person, $30 per child three to six, and $5 per child two and younger). Private cruises are also available for up to 27 passengers and are $550. Children under 12 must wear a life jacket, children four and under must bring their own.

  For more information about the cruise, the WMHO, other upcoming events in Stony Brook Village and to reserve your seats, please call the WMHO office at 631-751-2244

Music to Our Ears – The Summer Concerts are BACK!

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) proudly presents two live music summer concerts on the two-acre Stony Brook Village Green to take place this August. Performing bands include Carolyn Benson & the Anthem Band: A Tribute to America on August 15th, and the Jazz Loft Big Band featuring Grammy-nominated vocalist Nicole Zuraitis on August 29th. Both bands are scheduled to perform 7pm to 9pm with a short intermission at 7:45pm. Both concerts are FREE.

Carolyn Benson & the Anthem Band, a 5-piece band, will be performing a patriotic rock and roll salute to veterans, service members and all Americans. The Jazz Loft Big Band, a 17-piece band, will perform with Grammy-nominated vocalist and winner of the 2021 Gold Medal and Ben Tucker Jazz Award in the American Traditions Vocal Competition, Nicole Zuraitis. They will perform classic and historic big band arrangements from the 1940s through 1960s, many from their own archives.

The 2021 Summer Concerts on the Green are sponsored by Realty Connect Team Ardolino, Camco Realty/Charlie Lefkowitz, TEB North Country Car Care, Edward Jones of Stony Brook, Holiday Inn Express and Bagel Express.

     For more information about the concerts, the WMHO, other upcoming events in Stony Brook Village, please call the WMHO office at 631-751-2244

SUMMER OF SCIENCE: HANDS-ON, OPEN-AIR PROGRAMS

This summer, the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO)’s Summer of Science returns to in-person programming at the WMHO’s Ernst Marine Conservation Center in West Meadow Creek.

Three sessions (each a four day program) will run depending on age group from July 12th to August 13th. Registration is required for these programs. Depending on the program, cost per child is $250 to $275. Early Bird registration by June 15th will include a $25 reduction in the program rate.

These open-air outdoors programs emphasize hands-on exploration of plant and animals species along the shoreline, student driven research projects, and scavenger hunts to compare & contrast the marsh and sandy beach habitats.

Salt Marsh Explorers (ages 6 to 9) runs from July 12th to the 16th, Salt Marsh Detectives (ages 10 to 12) runs from August 9th to the 13th. Both programs are $250 per student, start at 10am and end at 11:30am. Salt Marsh Scientists (ages 13 to 17) runs from July 26th to the 30th, is $275 per student, starts at 10:00am and ends at 1pm.

To learn more about Summer of Science programs, register your child, and to learn more about the WMHO, call the Ward Melville Heritage Organization office at 631-751-2244.

The Take Out Inn

The Stony Brook Village Center, the County of Suffolk, and the Town of Brookhaven announced  a new concept for restaurants when the weather gets colder and outside dining won’t be possible. Suffolk County Department of Health suggested the idea months ago, “Why don’t landlords think of using empty stores for restaurant take-out?” This is how the “Take Out Inn” was created. Stony Brook Village Center President, Gloria Rocchio said, “The objective of this entire project is to help restaurants with small seating capacities to survive”. Stony Brook Village Center representatives worked with the Suffolk County to receive the necessary approval from the Department of Health.

Stony Brook Village Center representatives worked with the Town of Brookhaven to receive necessary permits from Planning Board, Fire Marshal and Building Department. “Since it appears this is the first of its kind on Long Island, it presented a challenge, but we made it happen”, said Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine.

The new Take Out Inn is located in a 3,000+ square foot facility, formerly occupied by Jos. A. Bank in Stony
Brook Village Center.

The facility will be open seven (7) days a week from 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, and 9am to 4pm,
Saturday and Sunday. Customers inside the Take Out Inn will be able to access touchless menus by use of QR
codes for Crazy Beans, Robinson’s Tea Room and Pentimento Restaurant – order their food and eat inside the
facility.

The Take Out Inn is CDC compliant and following all New York State guidelines. It has 15 tables and 15 seats
that are spaced six feet apart.

Stony Brook Village Center has installed ionized generators in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning
system. As the air flows through the system, ions actively purify the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and
viruses in this space. The ionization process also reduces allergens, smoke and static electricity, as well as
controlling odors and other particles in the air without creating ozone or any harmful byproducts.

To learn more about Take Out Inn call Stony Brook Village Center at 631-751-2244.

Here For You – Choose your own experiences!

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization will offer a new Master Class series, “Here for You”, which will take place each month, from January to June. “Here for You” will feature everything that Stony Brook Village has to offer to Long Islanders. Participants will be able to choose the format that is most enjoyable for them – in person or virtually. Subscriptions for the entire series is $85 per person, which includes a “taste kit” from the Crushed Olive, a “Stony Brook Village Booklet” with insider tips from experts in cooking, mindfulness exercises, floral arrangements and photography, and special “hot” deals throughout Stony Brook Village.

Participants will be a part of six content-rich experiences from Stony Brook Village that span across the arts, health, science, history and culture. The monthly series will include virtual tours of Madagascar, South America and Europe, culinary lessons, open-air guided tours of Stony Brook Village, and much more.

The first class of the series will take place on Friday, January 29th, is titled “The Power of Flowers” and features the Village Florist and Events owner, Amanda Haggquist. In this virtual workshop, participants will utilize a floral arrangement kit, learn about popular winter flowers and arrangement techniques, and discover the origins of flower arranging. This class is available without the seasonal subscription at $20 per person.

Upcoming programs include Mona Rossero, owner of the Crushed Olive, Guy Reuge, the Executive Chef of the Mirabelle Restaurant, primatologist Patricia Wright and her husband, wildlife photographer Noel Rowe, and professional meditation and spirituality guide, Michael Opisso.

To learn more about the “Here for You” series and to register, call the Ward Melville Heritage Organization office at 631-751-2244.

More than Music: The Human Spirit of Jazz and the Art of Living Joyfully

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) is continuing the “Let’s Talk Life” Master Class series on November 18th at 1pm over Zoom with “More than Music: The Human Spirit of Jazz and the Art of Living Joyfully with Tom Manuel, DMA”. There is no cost to attend this program, but registration is required. 

Dr. Manuel will lead the meeting in an exploration of Jazz and its role not only in the American songbook, but in healing and invigorating the human spirit. A discussion of the art of living joyfully will follow, including the importance of embracing spontaneity in everyday life.

Dr. Manuel is the founder and President of the Jazz Loft in Stony Brook Village, as well as a Jazz historian, music educator and trumpet player and the recipient of an endowed Artist in Residence chair within the Jazz department at Stony Brook University. He also holds a faculty position with the Stony Brook University Young Artist Program directing their jazz program in residence at the Jazz Loft.

To learn more about the monthly Master Class “Let’s Talk Life” series and to register for individual master classes or a yearly Master Class subscription, call the Ward Melville Heritage Organization office at 631-751-2244.   

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.