BBP Heritage Association

~ May 2019 Newsletter ~

General Membership meeting

Meadow Croft: History and Restoration

Sunday, May 19, 2019 2:00 at Meadow Croft

Please join us at our next general membership meeting when we welcome our guest speaker Richard Martin, the Director of Historic Services for the Suffolk County Department of Parks. Richard’s office manages over 200 historic structures containing an array of buildings, gardens, and sites of cultural and historical significance, including Meadow Croft.

Richard has been involved with Meadow Croft from the earliest days of its restoration, even living in the caretaker’s cottage on the property for a time. His research has included discussions of the house and its surroundings with members of the Roosevelt family, historians, and local residents (including caretaker Barney Loughlin). Richard will take us on an informal tour of the house and property, where he will discuss the history of Meadow Croft and share his personal knowledge and memories of its restoration. Questions are welcomed and encouraged, so come prepared!

Please note that this meeting will take place at Meadow Croft, not the library.

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Meadow Croft tour ~ Sneak peek

Every weekend from June through October, trained docents offer House Tours of the historic Meadow Croft estate. This fall and winter, the members of the BBPHA have been hard at work making improvements and updating rooms and displays made possible by donations and special events. This year, we would like to offer a special "Sneak Peak" for only a limited number of guests to be held on Friday evening, May 31st from 7:00-9:00 PM. A personalized tour will be offered and refreshments will be served. Tickets for this special event can be purchased online only at $25.00 per person. You can find the webpage by clicking here. We hope you can join us for this special "Sneak Peak" event or sometime this season! Great things are happening at Meadow Croft all the time!

Bayport Land Use and Zoning study

Last night, April 30th 2019, the Town of Islip hosted a public open house at the Bayport Fire House on the study of land use in three distinct areas of Bayport. The areas in consideration of re-zoning are located on Montauk Highway, Middle Road (Bayport's Historic Hamlet Center) and an industrial area located on Rjon Road currently occupied by Wenner Bakery. This article was prepared prior to any updates on said meeting.

The Town proposes additional workshop meetings to gain the Bayport communities input. Each of the three areas has its own unique character with regard to land usage, circulation patterns, and development pressure on vacant and underutilized properties. The study hopes to better understand the impact on each area of our community and the potential for growth in Bayport. The Town of Islip would like to hear from Bayport's homeowners, businesses, and landowners and hopes they share their concerns to effect a positive change to the existing zoning laws.

Please keep updated on these current events happening in our community! Your voice needs to be heard!

Membership now due!

It's that time of year! The BHA is now requesting your membership dues. If you would like to pay for this year, please mail payment to Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association PO Box 4 Bayport NY 11705. Please include your name, address and email on all correspondence. Make checks payable to Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association. You can also make payment directly from our webpage which can be found here . Any questions can be directed to Thank you to all of our generous members! New members welcome!

Membership Type

Annual $25.00

Senior $10.00

Corporate $100.00

Donation $___

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upcoming events!

Meadow Croft House Tours: As mentioned above, the BBPHA will begin it's annual house tours at Meadow Croft starting in June. Each weekend, from 2:00-4:00, trained docents will guide you on a house tour. Special display this year will be of the Sayville Yacht Club. Did you know that John Ellis Roosevelt was the first Commodore of the SYC? To learn more about this organization, come on down to Meadow Croft this summer!

If you are interested in becoming a docent, volunteering only part time, please give us a call!

Summer Concerts: The BBPHA will once again provide two spectacular summer concerts FREE for our communities to enjoy. The first concert is scheduled on July 25th from 6-8 at Bayport Memorial Park. This concert will feature The Flat Leavers! The second concert will be on August 22nd and returning will be The Lazy Bunny Ukulele Band. Mark your calendars! Always a fun time for the whole family!

Historic Boat Tour: The Great South Bay is not only a beautiful part of our communities' summer fun but it has significant historic homes located on the bay as well as a tremendous history to share! Join us for a historic boat tour leaving from Sayville's Ferry dock. This tour will be scheduled for August 7th. More information on pricing and details for this evening to follow.

Autumn House Tour: Each October, the BBPHA hosts a historical house tour of homes right in our community. This is our biggest fundraiser which allows us to complete updates, repairs and displays to Meadow Croft and offer free programs like the summer concerts for our friends in the BBP community. While 5 months away, this venture takes a tremendous amount of planning and preparation and WE NEED YOU! If you would like to help or volunteer or have a historic, interesting or architectural significant home that we could showcase, please contact us.

Memorial Day Parade: Each year the BBPHA marches in the Memorial Day Parade and places a wreath in remembrance at Bayport Memorial Park. All are encouraged to attend. If you would like to march with us, please call us at 631-472-4625.