BBP Heritage Association

~ June 2023 Newsletter ~

Welcome June!

Monthly Membership meeting:


From Wilderness to Military Hospital and into the 20 th Century

Presenter: Tom Walsh

Date: Sunday, June 11, 2023

Time/Place: 2-4pm at the BBP Library

Montauk resident, Tom Walsh presents Montauk’s surprisingly pivotal role in Native American

society, its long life as America’s first livestock ranch, and the improbable establishment of

Camp Wikoff, a military hospital the size of a small city. Although Camp Wikoff existed only a

few weeks, it was the focus of a countrywide media circus and the platform from which Teddy

Roosevelt catapulted into a national political career. These events set the stage for the

development of the resort town we know today.

All are welcome to attend! Raffle & light refreshments served!

Meadow Croft Estate Tours

Welcome to summer! Briny breezes, longer days, flowers blooming, birds singing and sun shining! All vivid images of a great season ahead. At the BBPHA, we are excited to begin what we consider our most exciting time of year as well.

Summer House Tours: June 3rd & 4th start the Meadow Croft Estate Tours! They are given every weekend starting in June and running through October. Trained docents will be showing the Meadow Croft estate on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-4:00. There have been many updates and changes in recent months as the BBPHA volunteers work tirelessly to make Meadow Croft even better! Come check out the new nursery, beautifully restored to reflect the room where the Roosevelt children stayed during the summer months.

A display of antique & vintage bottles will also be on display. This collection of bottles dates from the 1880's-1960's. There will also be bottles that were found on the Meadow Croft Estate. These were found in the early 1970's and loaned to the BBPHA from a Sayville family. It is safe to say that these bottles were used by the Roosevelt family during their time at Meadow Croft.

We hope you and your family have the chance to come and visit and learn a little about the local history and home of John Ellis Roosevelt.

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FREE Summer Concert

The Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association is proud to sponsor our first FREE Summer Concert of the year! We have received all of the permissions and permits and are excited to welcome all of you to Bayport Memorial Park on June 15th from 6:00-8:00 pm (weather permitting) for some wonderful music featuring Gene Casey & the Lonesharks.

Please bring lawn chairs or blankets, refreshments and bug spray! This is for families of all ages! Dancing is encouraged! We hope you can join us and enjoy this FREE concert!

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Summer Concert Series

Thursday, June 15th, 6pm

11 Paulanna Avenue

Bayport, NY

Bring your dancing shoes!

Memorial Day Parades

It was a beautiful day for a parade and for honoring all those who served and sacrificed for our freedoms. Special thanks go to the members of the BBPHA for marching in the Bayport and Blue Point parades. This is a tradition for the Bayport & Blue Point Fire Departments to organize the parades in our communities.

Bayport and Blue Point has had community members pay the ultimate sacrifice since the Civil War and we will never forget their devotion and service. May we remain worthy of all they have given us. As John F. Kennedy had so eloquently expressed, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them." .

BBP HS Scholarship

The BBPHA is pleased once again to be awarding a $1000.00 scholarship to a deserving HS student from the BBP High School. This award is given in the name of our dear friend, local historian, and former director, Gene Horton. More information in the July newsletter after the award has been presented to the winner later in June. Good luck and congratulations to all who are graduating!

Welcome new Board Members!

The BBPHA recently replaced two board members; John Amato and Dennis Fagan with two new members. We thank John and Dennis for thier years of service. Welcome to Rebecca Church and Craig Clare as they join the board of the BBPHA!

Craig is from Bayport and is married with a son and a daughter. He is a retired financial planner and is now our treasurer. Craig is very involved with the Boy Scouts and we welcome him to our executive board.

Rebecca lives in Blue Point and is married with two daughters. Rebecca will be a director on our board and we welcome her as well.

The full slate of officers and directors are as follows:

President: Mary Bailey

Vice President: Leanne Berg

Treasurer: Craig Clare

Recording Secretary: Beth Lamarca

Corresponding Secretary: Laura Amato


Frank Giebfried, Sandra Iden, Jennifer Economos, Denise Coscia, Rebecca Church

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7-Eleven Comes to Blue Point

These articles first appeared in the Bayport Blue Point Gazettte. They were written by Gene Horton and reprinted here with permission.

June 2015

Change is coming to Blue Point! A 7-ELEVEN is about to open on the northwest corner of Montauk Highway and Bell Avenue in Blue Point. That particular corner had looked totally derelict in the past few years. It was actually an eye-sore.

The photo below of the property was taken in June of 1981. Back then, this corner was the site of an ESSO gas station and repair shop. Using a magnifying glass, Winston cigarettes were selling for $5.95. Over one of the bay doors is a sign advertising a "complete tune-up: $39.95" and "complete brake- job: $69.95." Over one of the gas pumps: "$1.47.9." Happy motoring!

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