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Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1563870

A Successful Year

The Board of Directors of the Hampton Bays Historical Society would like to express their sincere appreciation to everyone who contributed in making 2019 a successful year of fundraising events, museum viewing and educational opportunities.

We started the year with our annual fundraising dinner at Villa Paul. This event was well attended, and diners learned about oyster farming. Thank you, Pensa family, for your gracious hosting and preparation of delicious food.

In May, we held our annual “Hats On for the Lyzon,” the Kentucky Derby cocktail party that took place on the Historical Society’s front lawn. Wonderful food and beverages were enjoyed and prepared by the Golden Pear. Thank you to our musician, Ken Ellis, for your beautiful, warm and inviting melodies throughout the evening.

During the summer, two art and antiques fairs also took place on our front lawn. These fairs included many select vendors, including a wood carver, an art restorer, a maker of forged cutlery, a furniture craftsman, and antiques dealers. Thank you, Marty Zenk, for organizing these weekends.

Throughout the summer, we hosted a lecture series, with many interesting and diverse speakers. Thank you to local author Steve Drielak, naturalist Chris Paparo (aka “Fish Guy”), artist Marc Potaksky, and historians Julie Greene and Skip Tollefsen.

This season’s exhibit of the “1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs Memorabilia” was very popular and enjoyed by our many visitors. A very special thank you to David Elliston, president of the World’s Fair Historical Society of Seattle, who loaned his collection of World’s Fair artifacts for this special exhibit, which provided many pleasant memories for our 500-plus visitors this summer.

To close out this year, we are preparing for the annual “Holidays at the Lyzon” on Saturday, December 7. The Lyzon Hat Shop Museum will be open to the public for viewing and holiday shopping. Accomplished craftspeople will have their handmade treasures available for your gift purchases. In addition, the Historical Society’s Gift Shop will have two best-sellers on sale: the 2019 collectible ornament of the Canoe Place Chapel, and the newly curated framed and unframed historical photos.

As you can see, this has been a busy and exciting year for the Hampton Bays Historical Society — but it would not be possible if not for our volunteers. Without the generous donation of their time and talents, we would not have been able to accomplish our ambitious schedule of events throughout the year. To all of our volunteers — thank you!

Please visit our website, www.hbhps.org, to stay informed of all of our future activities. We hope Hampton Bays community members can join us at our future events, and we look forward to a thriving and historic 2020!

Brenda Sinclair Berntson


Board of Directors

Hampton Bays Historical Society

The letter also was signed by board members Vice President Kelly King, Treasurer Maria Hudson Smith, Secretary Rosemarie King, Patricia Hagen-Tuccio, Frances Oldeack, Walter “Bud” Jackson and Liliaerty Green — Ed.


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