BBP Heritage Association

~ September 2018 Newsletter ~

General Membership meeting

Please join us for our first general membership meeting of the season on September 9th from 2:00-4:00 at the BBP Library. Our program will feature, direct from across the pond, Mr. Tom Love of Islip, Northamptonshire, England - the namesake of our fair town.

Tom is a former Islip Town councilman and has made numerous visits to Islip NY USA in this capacity. Likewise, several former Islip Town elected officials have visited Islip, England and have been able to see first hand the historic St. Nicholas Church (pictured below) which features a cross dating back to 1226. They were also able to view the Nine Arches Bridge, and Washington House, the birthplace of George Washington's mother.

Tom will share the connections of the two townships named Islip. Tom is a delightful speaker and we look forward to this interesting lecture! We hope to see you there!

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31st Annual Autumn House Tour

The BBPHA has sponsored an Autumn House Tour showcasing the beautiful homes of residents in both Bayport and Blue Point for 31 years. This year is no exception! We already have commitments from our neighbors and friends for 6 homes which will make this years tour outstanding! The date of the tour will be October 21st and tickets will be available by September 23rd. Learn about local history and view 6 lovely historic homes. Meadow Croft will be serving refreshments and tours of this home will be available.

Please note that out of respect for the homeowners, children under 12, high heels, food or drink, and cameras will not be permitted. Tickets are on sale for $ 30.00 and can be purchased at Bayport Flower Houses, BBP Library and Century 21 Bay's Edge Realty on Main Street in Sayville. The tour will start at 1:00 and end at 5:00. If you are willing to help please call or email us. Contact information found below.

There are a limited number of tickets so purchase them early so you will not miss out. Looking forward to another wonderful BBPHA event!

Summer concerts

A special Thank You to BBPHA board member Dave Harenberg for setting up our two free summer concerts this year. In July, the community was treated to the elegant sounds of J. K. Hodge playing his piano at Bayport Memorial Park. It was a great crowd and a beautiful night! We followed this concert with another FREE concert in August featuring, Soundswell. The crowd was singing and dancing as they enjoyed another great band. Thank you to all of our friends in the community who came out to join us for these FREE events!

Christmas at Meadowcroft

Save the dates!

Christmas at Meadow Croft will be December 1st & 2nd from 12:00-4:00. The theme this year will be The 12 Days of Christmas! Volunteers are always needed to help with this event. Please call Leanne Berg if you are interested, have something to be raffled off or have a display that fits our theme. Her number is 631-235-1702. There will be raffles and refreshments will be served. The decorations and ornaments that are donated will be raffled off at end of 2nd day. Winner need not be present. Something for everyone as St Nicholas will be on hand to take photos, piano music will be played on the Roosevelt piano and more!

More information to follow next month.

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The Sayville Yacht Club

This excerpt from the story featured in the September issue of the Bayport Blue Point Gazette is reprinted with permission from the author, Danielle Golden Giglio

Nestled on the shores of the Great South Bay in Blue Point is the Sayville Yacht Club. From land or water, it is always a gorgeous summer sight to see the sailboats gliding along the bay in front of the club.

But the age-old questions is - why is the Sayville Yacht Club in Blue Point? Founded 117 years ago, by some familiar names - Post, Suydam, and John Ellis Roosevelt, it was called Southside Yacht Club. The first Commodore was John E. Roosevelt of the Meadow Croft Estate and meetings were held at his home. About 1910 the club became more aligned with Sayville when John E. Roosevelt's cousin President Teddy Roosevelt would race with Southside Yacht Club at the foot of Foster Avenue in Sayville. During WWII the club was officially incorporated under the name Sayville Yacht Club (SYC). Lispendard Suydam of Blue Point in 1957 offered SYC a great deal of a piece of property on Boylan Lane where the present-day club resides.

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Thank you!

Thank you to all who have sent in membership dues. These monies go a long way to provide free programs and needed improvements at the Meadow Croft Estate. It's our friends and community that make this volunteer work so meaningful. On behalf of the BBPHA board, Thank you to all!!

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