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