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EXPERIENCE STONY BROOK VILLAGE IN A WHOLE NEW WAY

Stony Brook Village is proud to present that the Stony Brook Village Audio Experience is now available and can be enjoyed on your own time and at your own pace!

The experience is FREE to the public and will allow all visitors of Stony Brook Village to immerse themselves in the quirky history and stories of the lifestyle center and some of its surrounding properties. The audio experience is obtained by scanning QR codes throughout the village and is also available at audio.stonybrookvillage.com

Currently, the experience has ten stops, and covers the history and the stories from the Three Village Inn’s original residents to the entire development of Stony Brook Village Center.

It is recommended that participants of the experience begin at the Three Village Inn. Additional stories will be added soon: the Country House (c.1710), the Stony Brook Grist Mill (c.1751) – including the first vineyard on Long Island, and T. Bayles Minuse Mill Pond Park.

Summer of Science Returns!

This summer, the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO)’s Summer of Science returns to the Edwin Ernst Marine Conservation Center in West Meadow. Three sessions (each a five day program) will run depending on age group from July 18th to August 19th. Registration is required for these programs. Depending on the program, cost per child is $275 to $325.

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 18th to the 22nd, Salt Marsh Detectives (ages 10 to 12) runs from August 15th to the 19th. Both programs are $275 per student, start at 10am and end at 1pm. Salt Marsh Scientists (ages 13 to 17) runs from August 1st to the 5th , is $325 per student, starts at 10:00am and ends at 2pm.

Click here for the registration form!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.