Bayport Heritage Association

~ August 2017 Newsletter ~

Happy summer!

Hello everyone and Happy Summer! The Bayport Heritage Association has been extremely busy and we have lots of information and wonderful events to share. Please feel free to pass this newsletter on to your neighbors and friends so everyone can be informed about all of the historical events happening in our communities. You can also follow us on FaceBook at Bayport Heritage Association or on Twitter @BayportHistory. Our other contact information is listed at the end of this newsletter. Hope to see you at our next community event or at Meadow Croft!

FREE Summer Concert!

Save the date! On August 10, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 PM, the BHA will be sponsoring a FREE Concert in Bayport Memorial Park! We are lucky to have Lazy Bunny Ukulele Band coming to play. Bring your lawn chairs, some bug spray, your favorite beverage and your dancing shoes! For a preview, see the video below. Thanks to BHA Director Dave Harenberg for setting this up for our community to enjoy.

Monica Randall exhibit continues…

Local historian Monica Randall has a wonderful display of Gold Coast 1920’s dresses that will be on display at Meadow Croft on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-4:00 in the ladies’ parlor. There is a $5.00 donation requested for this display. This will run from June through October. The house is also open for tours during these times as well.
During the sixties and seventies hundreds of the great estates were bulldozed to make way for new housing developments. The attics of these doomed palaces were often littered with steamer trunks filled with the most expensive gowns money could buy. These gowns, which could cost as much as $20,000, were worn in the heyday by the Gold Coast ladies of high society who hosted elaborate masquerade balls. Clothing items on display were worn by notable North Shore women such as the ladies of the Woolworth, Tiffany, Hutton, and Woodward families, as well as the Countess of Bismarck.
We hope you have the chance to come to Meadow Croft and view these beautiful historic gowns on display.

Artist Display: John Hodge of Bayport

John Hodge was born in NYC in 1868 but spent most of his life in Bayport. He held many jobs throughout his life including house painter, NYPD patrolman, bicycle repair shop owner, and crossing guard among others, but he is most famous for his unusual artwork. He combined painting and wood carvings to make beautiful, natural, 3-D outdoor scenes.
John became close friends with Gene Amann, proprietor of the Bayport House, and the tap room became John Hodge’s unofficial showcase. Many of his unique pieces hung from the ceilings, were displayed on walls or sat on shelves for guests and patrons to enjoy. In 1938, with the help of Gene Amann, John’s work was displayed at the National Sportsmen’s Show in NYC’s Madison Square Garden. The following year, in 1939, Hodge also had samples of his work on display at the Long Island Exhibit at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow in Queens NY.
The BHA is proud to present an exhibit of John Hodge’s works starting in September at Meadow Croft. Many of his special pieces were donated to the BHA and will proudly be on display starting this fall. More information to follow with specific dates and times.
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Invitation from the Long Island Master Gardener’s

Lorraine Leacock, is Meadow Croft’s very own Master Gardner and has done a fabulous job with our heirloom garden and the many volunteers who help out each week. As a member of the Long island Master Gardener’s, she has exciting news to share!

Please join us!
Summer 2017 Picnic at Meadow Croft
When: August 16th, 2017 from 11:00-4:00 PM
Docent tour: of Meadow Croft @ 11:30
Lunch: Bring a dish to share with friends
(Ice, water bottles, coffee and paper goods provided)
Entertainment: Music and Magic from Dave
Games: Board Games and Lawn Games
Giveaway: Plant raffle BINGO
Please contact Lorraine Leacock with your RSVP, and to let her know what dish you would like to bring. Phone: 631-363-3646 or email:

Autumn House Tour

The BHA has sponsored an Autumn House Tour for more than 20 years showcasing the beautiful homes of residents in both Bayport and Blue Point. This year is no exception! We already have many commitments from our neighbors and friends which will make this years tour outstanding! The date of the tour will be October 22nd and tickets will be available mid-September. More information to follow.
There are a few spots left so if you have an unusual or historic home, and would be willing to showcase your abode, please give us a call or email for more information.
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Voices from Bayport & Blue Point: An Oral History Project

The BBP Library has a wonderful series of audio files of people and memories from the Bayport and Blue Point communities. This month’s feature is from Ed Kennelly, a lifelong Bayporter. We hope you enjoy this month’s feature.

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