BBP Heritage Association

~ November 2018 Newsletter ~

General Membership meeting

Join us at our next general membership meeting at the Bayport-Blue Point Library on Sunday, November 25th at 2 o’clock. Please note this meeting is later in the month due to the library's closure for Veterans Day.

The Doxsee Legacy: Growing Up in a Fishing and Clamming Family

Long Island’s waters once provided clams to over 60 percent of the country. The Doxsee Sea Clam Company, founded shortly after the Civil War by Islip resident James Harvey Doxsee, was at the forefront for nearly 150 years. Please join the Bayport-Blue Point Heritage Association in welcoming Bob Doxsee, Jr., who will chronicle the Doxsee family’s contributions to the region’s farming, fishing, and clamming industries. All are welcome to attend.

Save the Dates!

Our meeting dates for 2019 are 2/10, 3/3, 4/14, and 5/19. All meetings will be held at the Bayport-Blue Point Library and begin at 2 pm. Information about the presentations will be included in next month's newsletter. Hope to see you there!

Please note the correction to our May meeting date. The meeting will be on Sunday, May 19, not May 15 as stated in last month's newsletter. Sorry for any confusion.

Troop 329 helps at Meadow Croft

The BBPHA had the privilege of working with some awesome Boy Scouts this past weekend. One of the boys from Troop 329 needed volunteer hours while working on his “Life Scout” badge (the step before Eagle Scout). About eight boys from this troop helped out by cleaning and organizing the Carriage House and Auto Barn at Meadow Croft. The boys are always willing and ready to help out and volunteer their time. We appreciate the dedication and hard work for this endeavor. Thank you boys!

Christmas at Meadow Croft

Once again, the BBPHA will be putting on a Holiday extravaganza as we celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas!

Mark your calendars for December 1st & December 2nd, 12:00-4:00 on both days.

Meadow Croft will be beautifully decorated by generous donations from local organizations and businesses, and our very own elves. You can listen to Christmas music being played on the original Roosevelt family piano as you tour the rooms all decked out for the holilday. Many of the decorations and festive baskets will be raffled off at the end of the event so don't forget to but your raffle tickets! Winner need not be present.

This year the carriage house will be transformed into St Nick's workshop and will feature jolly old St Nick himself along with his sleigh. There will be hot cocoa and cookies too. Pictures with St Nick will be available for purchase and a wonderful train set-up will be on display with other surprises as well! Be sure to visit the main house first to receive you pass to St Nick's workshop!

Also new this year will be a special night time Christmas tour of Meadow Croft!
Tickets will be sold separately and are for adults only. You are invited to join us on Saturday night December 1st, from 7:00-9:00, where we will serve wine and cheese and you will have a private guided tour of Meadow Croft. See this beautiful home all aglow and ready for Christmas and learn it's history and the details of John Ellis Roosevelt and his family that lived here during the turn of the century. Tickets will be $20 per person and a limited number of tickets will be available.

Volunteers are still needed and if you have something to donate or period decorations to share, please call Leanne Berg at 631-235-1702.

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Five Mile Look, Blue Point

Last month, the first steps were taken in what will undoubtably be a very long journey to reclaim land for recreational use for the residents of Blue Point. The Heritage Board and the President of the Blue Point Community Coalition, Jason Borowski, met with Councilman Foley and Legislator Lindsay to discuss the potential project at the former site of Avery's 5 Mile Look. The site is located at the end of Blue Point Ave. to the west side of the fishing pier. The property, now over grown, hides the grandeur of it's former life, but does give subtle clues like the remnants of the ornate stone wall that ran along the property line. The project would entail elevated walkways, similar to those found in the sunken forest, through the property which is NYS wetlands, including an elevated platform for bird and nature watching adjacent to Stillman's Creek. The area around the creek discharge would potentially get some relief via removal of invasive species and replacement with native plantings. In a nod not only to the property's history, but the history of Blue Point as a seaside recreation town, the stone fence would be reconstructed and we are hoping maybe even the fountain on the property would be brought back to life. Councilman Foley, Legislator Lindsay, and Assemblyman Garbarino will all be reaching out to the DEC to get the ball rolling on what will be, without a doubt, the hardest hurdle we have to clear, obtaining DEC approval for the project. Thanks to The Blue Point Community Coalition for working with us on this project. We know this will be a lengthy process, but it is a project we are very excited for and we are in it for the duration.

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Thank you to all who have paid your dues for this year! Those funds help us to provide activities and events for our communities as well as upkeep to the Meadow Croft Estate.