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37th Annual Holiday Fest 2016

Thank you to all who made it out to the Holiday Fest last weekend! We couldn’t have asked for a better day to bring in this year’s holiday season! Special thanks to all of the performers and entertainment including our Youth Corps members who performed “Forgotten Christmas, 1814”, the St. James Choir, Roseland School of Dance, Petting Zoo, Celestial Singers, Walk Radio, Sunrise Hi-Railers, Face Painter, Acadia Kunkel and Brianna Zenaty, the Arrowhead Elementary School Band, the Gelinas Vocal Vikings, and last but not least, Santa!!



Thank You! The 2016 Walk for Beauty was a Success!

Yesterday was our 23rd Annual Walk for Beauty/Hercules Run. The Walk for Beauty Committee and the Hercules on the Harbor Run Committee want to thank everyone for their participation despite the cold and the wind. We had 1,100 combined walkers and runners! All the monies earned go directly to directed Breast Cancer Research at Stony Brook University Hospital. Here are some photos from yesterday’s event. More to follow!


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

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

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

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

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

Captions:  Photo Credit:  WMHO

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


It Takes a Team to Build a Village Special Exhibit

Experience the story of the reconstruction of Stony Brook Village in a Spring and Summer long exhibit on the building of the Stony Brook Village Center!

On display will be historical documents, photos, original prints, sketches, memorabilia and much more.  This special exhibit starts on May 21 and runs through September 7.

“To Spy or Not to Spy: That is the Question!”

Experience a theatrical performance showing the creation of the Culper Spy Ring right from the heart of Setauket’s history, the Brewster House, c. 1665.  This was the home of Joseph Brewster, first cousin to Caleb Brewster, a member of the Culper Spy Ring.
Performance presented by the Youth Corps Theater Troupe, a teen volunteer group dedicated to stewardship projects in history and ecology.

Guests will also receive a special tour of the Brewster House by our teen docents!

Children are encouraged to attend!

$4 pp adults; $2 pp child under 12.  For reservations call 631-751-2244

Jazz Legend Warren Vache Donates Personal Library to The Jazz Loft!


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Jazz Legend Warren Vache Donates Personal Library to the Jazz Loft

Just when you think you can predict how cornetist Warren Vaché might finish off a phrase or interpret a given song, he turns quite another way or the tune receives a totally new treatment. In Vaché, jazz has found a creator whose prodigious, hard-earned skills enable him to craft swinging performances of beauty, emotion and surprise.

Sometimes narrowly classified as a swing musician, the cornetist regularly defies this or other labels. Vaché has listened to and absorbed all styles of music. His trumpet heroes include Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Bobby Hackett, Fats Navarro, Tom Harrell and Ruby Braff among others. Warren has spent years playing with such greats as Rosemary Clooney, Benny Goodman, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, Bobby Short, Benny Carter and countless others who were blessed to share their stage with his masterful artistry which served to do nothing short of elevating their art to greater heights.

Shunning imitation, he is able to evoke some of the best from these and other models, creating an individual cornet voice, one that stresses purity of tone. In the liner notes for Vaché’s Easy Going album, Peter Straub wrote, “Here Warren has located himself firmly in that most immediately satisfying of jazz territories, where (in trumpet terms) Bunny Berigan shakes hands with Clifford Brown”.

Mr. Vache recently donated his book library to the Jazz Loft. 140 books, mostly autographed, span the lifetime and career of both he and his father Warren Vache Sr. Along with this outstanding donation Vache also included an assortment of period photographs including the likes of Pee Wee Erwin, Bobby Hacket and others as well as an important artifact from a 6/27/75 New York Jazz Repertory Company television special which can be seen on youtube.

Mr. Vache appeared with his trio in Stony Brook this past winter as part of the Jazz Loft’s Harbor Jazz Series. His recent donation is on the heels of a significant past contribution of his fathers 78 record collection. Roughly 500 recordings including original test pressings from Decca records courtesy of his mother Madeline who was a secretary at Decca records during the 1940s and 1950s are a highlight of the Jazz Loft recording archives.

On a recent trip to Rahway, NJ Mr. Vache recalled how his father would skip lunch at school and save his 5 cents each day. At the end of the week he would walk the five miles to the neighboring town that had a record shop and buy a record for his quarter!

The Jazz Loft is honored to house the Vache Family Archives and especially happy to have established such a wonderful relationship with a true legend in the world of jazz. We look forward to Mr. Vache’s debut performance at the Loft upon our opening!

Thanks Warren, you’re the best!

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