December 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 Newsletter ~

Christmas at Meadow Croft

invites you to:
“A Silver and Gold Christmas”
Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas at Meadow Croft! This year’s theme is Silver and Gold. Mark your calendars for December 2nd and 3rd, 2017 from 12:00-4:00 for a wonderful Holiday event. Magnificent Dutch, Victorian and Edwardian Christmas decorations on display, vintage clothing and a special visit from St. Nicholas! Special exhibits for 2017. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. The Roosevelt’s grand piano will fill the home with music for the season.
Holiday baskets, gift cards and all decorations will be raffled too!
Cost: $5.00 per adult, $3.00 for seniors and children up to age 12.
From all of us at the BHA;
Merry Christmas!!!

Nominations for the BHA Board of Directors

The nominating committee is developing a slate of members for the 2017 board. There are several seats open; including directors. Any current BHA member may serve on the board. It requires only one meeting per month. If you would be willing to serve for the 2017 year, please contact John Amato at

We are also looking for members to serve on various committees throughout the year. You can work from home! If you have a particular skill or interest (house tour, special events, light clerical and organization) please contact us at

Boy Scout Camporee Visits Meadow Croft!

On Saturday, November 4, the Bayport Heritage Association welcomed over 200 Boy Scouts to Meadow Croft.
The day was part of the Scouts’ History Alive program, which makes local history an element of the Scouting experience. The program aims to be more than a visit to the local museum; it intends to teach youth interactively about the history of their community.
Camp was set up at the Grange in Sayville, where the Scouts toured the historic buildings and talked with period reenactors.
The kids then hiked south to the Roosevelt property and followed the old Roosevelt trail.
Once at Meadow Croft, they were treated to a tour of the house, garage, and carriage house by BHA members dressed in period attire.
Following the tour, the Scout patrols worked cooperatively, answering questions about the Roosevelt family and property to earn awards back at the Camporee.
The importance of programs such as this was demonstrated by the enthusiastic responses and interest of the kids.
Thanks to Blue Point resident and Boy Scout representative Brian McAuliff for including us in such a rewarding day!

General Membership meeting

Due to Christmas at Meadow Croft the first weekend in December, there is no membership meeting this month. We will resume our meetings in March. Please mark your calendars for upcoming meetings with these terrific speakers to learn more about local history:

March 11, 2018
Bill Bleyer: Sagamore Hill; Theodore Roosevelt’s summer White House
April 8, 2018
Diane Holliday: The Idle Hour Artist Colony of Oakdale
May 20, 2017
To be announced

Thank you!!!

The BHA is grateful to our many local business donors who willingly help and support the BHA in all of our endeavors.
We would like to publicly thank the follow local businesses and encourage you to patronize them as well:

Blackbirds Grille
The Fish Store
Satellite Pizza
Sunny B Nails
Vamp Hair Studio
JT’s Café
Daisy Garden
Bayport Flower Houses
Pojero Family Chiropractic
Berry Fresh
Releve Dance Centre

Help wanted….

If you have an interest in Bayport History and would like to volunteer some time to provide a guided tour of Meadow Croft:  
The association is in need of docents. It requires very little time, less than two hours a day, two days a month from June through October.
You will shadow one of our current knowledgeable docents to learn the rich history of Meadow Croft before you will lead a tour on your own.
If this sounds like something you may be interested in, please call Harriet Mihlstin at the BHA phone number.