BBP Heritage Association
~ November 2019 Newsletter ~
GEneral Membership Meeting
Please join us for our November General Membership Meeting on 11/10/19 at the Bayport Blue Point Library at 2:00.
Amazing Women and How They Got the Right to Vote
Celebrate the centennial of women being granted their right to vote with this presentation by the Long Island Suffragists Committee of the Islip Area Branch of the American Association of University Women. They will focus on the seven major facets of the suffrage movement, featuring the activities of leaders in our own backyard - Long Island and Suffolk County. Vintage slides and stories will enhance this dynamic, informative, and fast paced program. All are welcome to attend.
Christmas at Meadow Croft...
It's almost time for our Annual Christmas at Meadow Croft! This year's event will be held on December 7 & 8, 2019. There will be special exhibits, electric trains, dolls, wood carvings, and of course St. Nicholas will be there. The Roosevelt piano will be filling the air with holiday music and the festive decorations and baskets will be raffled off. The theme this year will be;
All Creatures Great and Small!
Our chairperson, Mrs. Leanne Berg still needs volunteers. If you would like to volunteer some time, have unique items to display, or items to donate, please give Leanne a call. Her number is 631-235-1702.
Help wanted: If you can lend a hand with parking for this event (directing traffic), on either day, please contact John Amato by email. firstname.lastname@example.org We also are in need of 2 piano players to volunteer, only 1 hour of your time and talents.
Preview Christmas at MC...
Lion's Club visits Meadow croft
The Bayport Blue Point Community Lions Club visited Meadow Croft this past month. More than 30 members came to Meadow Croft on a rainy Sunday in October to have a tour and enjoy some lunch. Veteran docents Jerry McClusky and Frank Giebfried split the group and led them on a tour the historic home, telling them the story of John Ellis Roosevelt and how his family spent their summers on Long Island. After the tour, the members enjoyed a delicious lunch and had plenty of laughs in the carriage house. Along with the history lesson, the group relished in a tasting of the fabulous wines from Loughlin Vinyards. It was our honor and pleasure hosting such a wonderful community organization!
90th Anniversary for Blue Point Elementary School
Our community recently celebrated Blue Point Elementary's 90th Anniversary, which was hosted by the Bayport-Blue Point Union Free School District, Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association and the Blue Point Community Coalition!
The Elementary School which has been on Blue Point Ave since 1873 has evolved over the years. The brick Blue Point Elementary School building you see today was originally dedicated in 1929 that housed students in grades 1-8 and just 147 students were registered. This year, marks the buildings 90th Anniversary. The dedication of the district and buildings administration team, teachers and staff members, the hard work of its students, and support from the community, has made Blue Point Elementary School the cornerstone to this great community.
This special day wouldn’t be complete without the inspiring words of Blue Point Elementary schools current and former students. BBP High School senior Lizzy A, and lifetime residents and former Blue Point Elementary students, Dennis McCarthy and Joe Monteith, shared the love for their school and the wonderful memories of fellow students, staff and their days at Blue Point Elementary.
After a beautiful celebration with administration, current students, staff and community leaders on the front lawn of the school, the community was invited into the auditorium to browse the photos and memorabilia collected from Historian Gene Horton and community members. It was a fantastic celebration and a wonderful stroll down memory lane. Congratulations Blue Point Elementary school!
Historic Haunts of long island...
On Wednesday, October 23, the BBPHA hosted a special presentation by author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky and paranormal investigator Joe Giaquinto. The two discussed ghosts and legends from Kerriann’s book Historic Haunts of Long Island. The sold-out audience of over fifty people was entertained with the history of various Long Island locations, as well as the paranormal activity that was investigated at these sites. The pair previously investigated Bayport’s own Grey Horse Tavern, soon to be JT’s Farmhouse, which was included in the book.
The ladies’ parlor at Meadow Croft was an appropriate setting for the lecture, as the house will be included in Kerriann and Joe’s next book. The two visited Meadow Croft this past April and researched the history of the house and the Roosevelt family. They also conducted a paranormal investigation. Look for the results when their book is published in 2021!
Meadow Croft is open for tours every weekend from June through October. During this time, trained docents guide visitors through the historic estate, share the rich history of John Ellis Roosevelt and his family and explain the daily happenings of life in the early 1900's.
Our docents are self-less volunteers who give up their weekend time to share this knowledge because of their commitment of preserving local history and making our community a better place. Three cheers for all of them! Thank you for all you do to help the BBPHA achieve it's goals.
Joe and Ginnie Novak
Mary Lou Cohalan
And Harriet Mihlstein who organizes the docent schedule for the season.