STONY BROOK, NY: June 28, 2022 – The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) will be hosting seven Pop-Up Saturdays (rain dates: Sundays) in Stony Brook Village on Saturdays from July 9 to August 20, from 2pm until 4pm.  This family friendly event is filled with animals, magic, music, art and more! Pop-Up Saturdays are free to the public and except where noted, will take place in Stony Brook Village’s Inner Court (by the Rustic Loft and Crazy Beans). Pop-Up Saturdays are a family friendly event series sponsored by Edward Jones in honor of their 100th anniversary throughout 2022!

On July 9th, experience the Magic of Amore from 2pm to 3pm, and North Fork Country Kids Rescue Vixen from 2pm to 4pm. On July 16th, Sweetbriar Nature Center will bring birds of prey and touchable animals from 2pm to 3pm. On July 23, Burke and Brenda will be performing original and cover songs in the genres of R&B, Roots, Blues and Contemporary Acoustic from 2 to 4pm at the Post Office. On July 30, Characatures by Marty Macaluso (no rain date) will visit the village and draw caricatures of individuals and groups from 2pm to 4pm. On August 6, Sweetbriar Nature Center returns with birds of prey and animals to touch from 2pm to 4pm. On August 13, enjoy storytelling and singing by Johnny Cuomo from 2pm to 3pm, enjoy the music of Burke and Brenda at the Post Office from 2pm to 4pm. On August 20, Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center will visit the center with adoptable dogs from 2pm to 4pm and L.I Traditional Tae Kwon Do will host a free Martial Arts class outdoors from 2pm – 3pm. On August 27, the last pop-up Saturday, Charactures by Marty Macaluso (no rain date) will return by popular demand!

Edward Jones is a financial advising service dedicated to making a difference in their clients’ lives and helping them achieve what matters most. Over the last 100 years, Edward Jones has been committed to partnering with communities to create deep relationships that make a lasting impact. Edward Jones is located at 97 Main Street in Stony Brook Village. To learn more about their services, call (631) 444-0179.

To learn more about Pop-Up Saturdays and the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, call (631) 751-2244.

Music to Our Ears!

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization & The Long Island Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame Sign Long-Term Lease


The Long Island Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame (LIMEHOF) board of trustees are excited to announce today that the organization has signed a long-term lease with the Ward Melville Heritage Organization to house the non-profit organization’s first physical facility. The 8,800 square foot Educational and Cultural Center (ECC) is located at 97 Main St, Stony Brook, NY in Stony Brook Village Center.

“We are thrilled that LIMEHOF has found a permanent home in such a wonderful location” said Ernie Canadeo, Chairman, LIMEHOF. “We thank the Ward Melville Heritage Organization for leasing us the building. It’s in great condition and we’re looking forward to creating world-class displays that showcase Long Island’s rich and diverse musical and entertainment history in new and exciting ways. We will feature different and exciting exhibits, displays, videos and education offerings that will make our center a dynamic place for people of all ages to visit on a regular basis. We are planning a grand opening in November.”

There will be a permanent “Hall of Fame” with plaques and exhibits recognizing the over 100 and growing
inductees, as well as areas for a library, classrooms for educational programs and master classes, and a theater.

“Our organization has grown and our wish has always been to have a physical facility to showcase our mission of
celebrating Long Island’s musical history and supporting education,” LIMEHOF Co-founder Norm Prusslin
added. “We can now achieve our dream.”

The main exhibit space will contain a rotating exhibit theme, and the layout and first exhibit, “Long Island’s
Legendary Club Scene: 1960’s – 1980’s” is currently being designed by world-renowned visual designer Kevin

“Our Trustees feel this is a perfect fit with the other not-for-profits located in Stony Brook Village, namely, The
Long Island Museum, The Jazz Loft and The Reboli Center,” said Dr. Richard Rugen, Chairman, Ward Melville
Heritage Organization.

“With all the other attributes in the Stony Brook Village, such as restaurants, shops, parks, Discovery Boat,
kayaks, historic buildings and hotel, this is a perfect addition,” Gloria D. Rocchio, President, Ward Melville Heritage Organization, added. The multi-purpose building was constructed to hold exhibits, performances, classes and is wired for distance learning. When I heard that LIMEHOF was looking for a permanent home. I called Ernie Canadeo and the rest is history.”

The official ribbon-cutting and public opening of the completed space is scheduled to take place this November.
For more information and to see artist renderings of the exhibits, visit


Grab your fanciest hat and get off to the races: Stony Brook Village Center is proud to announce Mint Clothing Boutique will be celebrating the release of their first private line of designs at a Belmont Stakes themed Look Book Luncheon. The luncheon will take place at the Three Village Inn on Thursday June 9 at noon until 3pm (rain date: Friday, June 10, same time). As guests enjoy their al fresco lunch, models will stroll through the gardens wearing the private line’s breathable, sustainable and easy-to-wear styles. Tickets for this event are $35 per person and include a three-course prix fix lunch. To reserve your seat, call the Three Village Inn at (631) 751-0555.

Mint Clothing Boutique was created in 2004 by Joanna Mazzella, inspired by the beauty and lifestyle of the North Fork and the Hamptons. The boutique offers a unique collection of beautiful pieces from luxury clothing brands, tailored to create a refreshing shopping experience that highlights the modern woman’s lifestyle. Mint Clothing Boutique is located at 119 Main Street in Stony Brook Village and is open daily 10am to 6pm.


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

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.   


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