November 2017

Happy Autumn!

A message from our President; Mary Bailey:
30th Autumn House Tour

This year’s house tour was a huge success. We had more ticket sales this year than in years past and that is all thanks to the home owners of the six beautiful homes on the tour. They were all spectacular! A huge Thank You to our hosts : Rich Piekos, John and Jane Geoghan, Michael and Brittany Parrott, Saul and Sharon Zabell, The Behman Pond Estate, and Peter and Abby Maloney.

Also thanks to the many, many volunteers: The 72 house guides and the guides at Meadow Croft; Kristy Giacchetto and Connie Smith for helping organize the house guides; Angela Stelling for helping find homes for the tour; the antique car owners; Anna Dugan for gathering and organizing the cars ; The Sayville Garden Club for the beautiful pumpkin displays; Jim and Barbara Connell for donating the pumpkins for those displays; John and Laura Amato for numbering the homes on the tour: Jackie Fagan for collecting the raffle donation;, Leanne Berg for manning the refreshments and raffles at Meadow Croft, and my husband, Bill Bailey for the beautiful write ups of all the houses for the tour ticket books and for finding some of the homes for the tour!

It is volunteers that make the Bayport Heritage Association so successful. We couldn’t run without them! Thank you all for your hard work and dedication!

General Membership Meeting: 

Sunday, November 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 

at the Bayport-Blue Point Library

Consuelo and the Duke: The Wedding of the Century
You are cordially invited to attend the wedding of Consuelo Vanderbilt and the Duke of Marlborough – an event that sparked a media frenzy in 1895. Marked by paparazzi, screaming crowds, and family scandals, it was a harbinger of celebrity weddings to come. This presentation will walk you through the story of Consuelo and the Duke using contemporary newspaper accounts intertwined with the personal stories of those involved. The result is a true fairy tale of the Gilded Age, with great displays of wealth and ambition colliding with the human heart.

Join Oakdale historian Chris Kretz at our next general membership meeting on Sunday, November 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Bayport-Blue Point Library for this fascinating presentation! BHA will also have some old maps of Bayport and Blue Point on display at this meeting.

Christmas at Meadow Croft

invites you to:
“A Silver and Gold Christmas”
Join us on Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd and 3rd 2017, from 12:00-4:00
for a wonderful holiday event at Meadow Croft.
Musical selections will be played on the Roosevelt grand piano, magnificent Dutch, Victorian and Edwardian Christmas decorations will be on display throughout the estate. Special exhibits for 2017 will be on display. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Raffles and prizes as well as all decorations raffled off. There will also be vintage clothing on display and a visit from St. Nicholas! Pictures will be available.
Join us for this special holiday event!
Admission: $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children up to 12 and seniors
Contact event chairperson Leanne Berg (631-235-1702) if you would like to volunteer to; stuff envelopes, be a docent for the evening, sell raffles or make phone calls to the winners, have a special display for our holiday theme or just need more information.
Looking forward to a wonderful festive time!
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BHA Historian; Gene Horton

Local historian and BHA member Gene Horton has written another book! His latest venture is another historical book featuring stories about the local history of Bayport and Blue Point. Gene has been writing for a local newspaper, The Bayport-Blue Point Gazette for 15 years. “Yester-Years in Bayport & Blue Point” is a compilation of all of these wonderful historical articles in one publication. It will be on sale in about 3 weeks at The Bayport Flower Houses and the Bayport Blue Point Library. We hope you enjoy it! Thank you Gene for keeping the history of our towns alive!

Docents needed….

If you have an interest in Bayport History and would like to volunteer some time to provide a guided tour of Meadow Croft: WE NEED YOU! 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 631-472-4625.