Well, our Main Street was jammed in a sea of green –hats, shamrocks and even beer—as Bay Shore celebrated its wonderful St. Patrick’s Day Parade! It’s events like this that add fun and flavor to our town and make people want to visit our shops and stores again and again!
In a repeat of last month’s newsletter, let’s not forget how important it is to keep our shopping areas looking as beautiful as possible. Spring is imminent so it’s time to start thinking about decorating the fronts of the businesses with potted plants and urns of flowers. Look around at the stores that have already added these features to their front entrances and how a few touches of nature can help add beauty to a concrete sidewalk. It gives a signal to potential customers that someone inside cares about their store and sends an automatic invitation to enter in to see what’s there. So, visit a local nursery or call your landscaper, and as Nike says, Just Do It! And, this bit of advice seems so obvious, but don’t forget to check the front of your store each day for any loose papers or dirty sidewalks that might interfere with how attractive your store is.
With the oncoming spring it means that our 350 gorgeous hanging baskets will arrive shortly—just eight weeks away in time for Mother’s Day. The baskets of flowers add so much to our Main Street, our side streets and our train station, and we depend on, guess who…it’s YOU… to keep this program going. Beautification does not have money of its own! We have to raise every cent for the baskets, so please use the enclosed basket flyer to sponsor a basket or two or even more. Beautification’s bill has to be paid in June, so the quicker you sponsor, the easier it is for us to meet our financial commitment. Speaking of Mother’s Day, why not sponsor a basket in the name of your mother or another wonderful woman in your life? A certificate with your personalized message will be sent to the person you specify. Many, many thanks to everyone who has so generously sponsored in the past to keep our town so attractive.
On the reverse side of the basket flyer is the dues notice. Joining our organization helps fund many different projects to improve Bay Shore’s appearance.
Beautification plans to continue paying Veterans from Beacon House to weed the tree surrounds on Main Street and on the side streets. This makes a huge difference in the neatness of our streets and gives gainful employment to our veterans. If you see them working, please thank them for their service and for their work to keep Bay Shore shining!
We welcome new members and ideas. For further information call Sue at 631 666 9517 or Gail at 631 665 3237.
SAVE THE DATE: BEAUTIFICATION SOCIETY LUNCHEON IS THURSDAY, JUNE 22!
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Another summer just flown by! Hot and dry, but hope it was enjoyable for everyone! Our town looks just incredible with the beautiful flower baskets colorful and healthy. The hanging ivy geraniums go up in May and still look wonderful when they are removed shortly before Thanksgiving. If you haven’t donated to this program for 2015, please consider sponsoring a basket or sending in a donation in any amount to keep the program viable.
Wasn’t our Main Street awesome this summer? Beautification once again worked with Beacon House on Union Blvd. to hire two veterans to keep our Main Street weeded and clean from June through October. Congratulations to the many stores who have improved the appearance of their store fronts with plantings of shrubbery and flowers. It is a most warming and welcoming sight as one drives through our town. (Remember what it looked like twenty years ago? Shudder!)
Get ready for big fall doings in Bay Shore on October 17! The street will be closed for the Haunted Halloween Festival which will take place on Main Street from 4:00-8:30. For the first event, the Parade and Red Carpet Costume Contest, adults and children will meet on Shore Lane and Main Street at 4:00 PM. Contestants will parade to the Red Carpet Area between the Boulton Center and the Band Shell. Each contestant will be announced in front of a stand and repeat screen, walk the red carpet and stop in front of the judge’s station for viewing and judging. Winners will be announced around 6:15. This event is co-sponsored by Beautification and the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts with the YMCA Act-Out Theater Group performing as the emcees.
From 6:30-8:30 PM the Reflection Garden will once again be turned into the amazingly spooky Haunted Garden. If you haven’t see this transformation, make sure you come. The imagination, work and creativity of this committee, headed by Gina Lambert, makes for a scary evening of pure fun. Every year the experience is completely unique from the year before and the popularity and appreciation for this event is shown by the lines that form to creep through the garden. Surprises are around every corner with many real-life characters there to stand your hair on end.
Across the street from the Haunted Garden will be a carved pumpkin contest with many prizes, so plan what your pumpkin will look like this year and come enter. Pumpkin registration starts at 5:00 PM and pumpkins will be lit and displayed from 6:00-8:00 PM. Winners will be announced at 7:45 PM. (All pumpkins must be picked up by 8:15 PM.) The contest is again co-sponsored by the Beautification Society and the Multi-Cultural Committee.
The above events are not going to be advertised in the papers as they are open for Bay Shore-Brightwaters residents only.
And, there’s more in store throughout the town! During the week, our restaurants will have special Halloween menus and specials. Don’t miss out on the fun at Bay Shore’s first Haunted Halloween Festival!
Please mark these dates on your calendar:
Winter Fest – Saturday, November 28, 2015
Light the Night – Sunday, December 13, 2015
Beautification Society Luncheon- Tuesday, June 22, 2016