Light the Night

Holiday Season Tradition

Light the Night 2022

December 11 at 5:00 PM

UPDATE: We are monitoring the weather and will make a decision that will be posted here and FB so please check back later

 Rain date is December 17, 2022 at 5:00 PM

To purchase a kit: 

  • Bay Shore Brightwaters Library
  • Brightwaters Deli
  • Brightwaters Village Hall office
  • Drew Patrick Spa
  • Dulce de Leche – Brightwaters
  • Willy Nilly Trading

or find us on Facebook at Bay Shore Beautification.

Join your neighbors to light your sidewalks, walkways, driveways, and yards

with beautiful luminaries. A perfect way to celebrate safely.

$10 per Luminary Kit

(12 Luminaries per kit)

All proceeds will be used to enhance the beautification of our community including the hanging baskets along Main Street, Halloween Festival, Haunted Garden, Reflection Garden, sidewalk cleaning by Veterans, Winterfest, holiday decorations and more. 

COVID edition

May 2020

A Letter to our Supporters

Dear Friends,

It is a difficult and unprecedented time for all of us, as we try to cope with the virus that threatens us, our families and our way of life.

While we realize that many families may be facing financial difficulties, we need to turn to you to request that you, if at all possible, support Beautification by contributing your annual dues and/or basket sponsorship so that our town will remain clean and attractive as we all work to bring our community back to stabilization. We have come so far over the past 25 years in revitalizing our town, and no one wishes to see an unwanted reversal.

In our efforts to reduce our costs, we plan to communicate in the future via email, so please be sure to include your email address in the form below. Our email is [email protected]

Your support is desperately needed!

You can donate via PayPal: (choose Friends & Family for no fees to us)

Yes, I want to commit to Bay Shore by sponsoring a basket!

Number of baskets X $50 ____
Looking for a gift? Basket sponsorship makes a thoughtful present. Recipients receive a beautiful, certificate personalized with your own message. Appropriate for any occasion. Give a gift that gives back!
Recipient’s Name______________________________Address_____________________________________
Message:(include how you wish your name to be signed)

I wish to pay annual dues of $20 for 2021 ___
Your name___________________________Email____________________________________

Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated. My contribution is: _

Please make checks payable to Bay Shore Beautification Society and send to Baskets for Bay Shore at PO Box 698M, Bay Shore, NY11706

Thank you for your support!

April 2019 Newsletter

Bay Shore Beautification Society Newsletter                                  PO Box 698M, Bay Shore, NY 11706

         I’m not daring to say this out loud, but it does finally look like Spring Has Sprung!  Crocuses, snowdrops and irises all in bloom—what a delight to see!  Just a few years ago, Beautification led a wonderful Bay Shore-Brightwaters event called Spruce Up Bay Shore-Brightwaters.  When our lead person moved out of town, the event was paused, but now it’s back in full swing sponsored by the Beautification Society and the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Summit Council!  It was an inspiring day seeing so many groups of people working in so many areas to make our town stand tall!   A flyer is enclosed which will give you full details, but it’s time to get out the rakes, shovels, grabbers and cultivators, find a clean-up or garden project that needs to be done, get your neighbors, friends, team, club, church school or organization involved and go to it!  Choose a spot that needs a clean-up or a new garden: find a sore-looking empty lot, help an elderly neighbor with raking or weeding, do a litter patrol in your neighborhood, plant or redo a garden.   This will all happen on Saturday, May 11 all day long.  Don’t forget to register your project on Face Book at Spruce Up Bay Shore-Brightwaters FB page. If you don’t have a project, bring your gloves and tools and head to the Band Shell on Main Street to join in and find a job you’d like to do.  Seeing so many volunteers working together–this is Bay Shore-Brightwaters at its best! Beautification’s project is the renovation of the train station gardens.  Landscape architect Greg Moran and Tina Moran of Once Upon a Garden have created a beautiful plan for the gardens.  We are coordinating with the Planning Department of Islip Town and should have everything in place by May 11.  We need volunteers to help with preparing the ground and the planting.  All hands on deck, so we will definitely need your time and energy when we put the shovels in the ground.

         The Hanging Basket Program is in full swing preparing for the four hundred baskets (increased from last year’s 350) to be hung around Mother’s Day.  Many thanks to Suffolk Transportation which generously sponsors ten baskets every year.  With the new lamp posts that were installed on the east end of Montauk Highway, Northwell Health has sponsored twenty baskets, so the baskets will now be hung further east on these new poles.  Please use the enclosed flyer to support the basket program that brings so much beauty to our town spring through fall.  On the reverse side of the Basket Sponsorship Form is a form for Beautification Dues.  Dues are only $20 a year and help support our many projects throughout the town, so please join us in our efforts to keep our town clean and attractive.

With the grass turning greener, it’s time to once again start acknowledging the owners of the homes we love to see for their attractiveness, care and neatness.  The Nominate Your Neighbor program has been renamed in honor of one of our long-time members who passed away earlier this year and was the force in making the program a success.   It is now The Gwen Cox Nominate Your Neighbor Award and we hope you will use the enclosed form to recognize a home that you admire.  Thanks to Colleen Valdini for volunteering to chair this program so that it will continue.  The form is online and has been updated to include an email address so that it (or just the information) can be emailed directly to Colleen.

We are continuing to work on revamping Light the Night and need new volunteers to help in all capacities:  Head Block Captains, Block Captains and luminary lighting.  We are working to expand Light the Night into new neighborhoods, so if your street is not lit on this wonderful night, please contact us.  We have several new members but are looking for more to come to our meetings.   Ideas for making our town even more attractive are always encouraged, so come join in!  

A storage facility is needed for approximately two months to store the luminaries.  Previously, the storage unit was donated by the facility but it is unable to do this any longer.  We need a benefactor who would donate the cost of the storage facility, approximately $300.  Please let us know if you would like to sponsor a unit for Beautification.

Questions:  Call Sue at 631 666 9517 or Gail at 631 334 1041. 

January 2019 Newsletter

Here’s wishing you and your families a wonderfully happy and healthy 2019 filled with all good experiences!  As our New Year begins Beautification is looking forward to continuing our many town projects along with a few new enhancements to our beautiful town.  Another successful Winter Fest and Light the Night ended our 2018 year, thanks to Mary Louise Cohenand Deirdre Wahlberg respectively.  The wreaths and decorations that sparkled on our Main Street for the holidays are tucked away for the winter.  Thanks again to Greg Proce and his men of Sit Back and Relax Landscaping for all their work hanging and then removing the wreaths.  Gratitude is extended also to Gail Farrell, Anne Gerken and Annie Suda for decorating the Reflection Garden and the gazebo with evergreens and lights and for their year-round placing of memorial wreaths on the Blue Star Memorial honoring our veterans. Thanks to Chris Kayserfor decorating the holiday tree at Dr. King’s Park and John Valdini for storage of the extra Light the Night kits. We appreciate all the stores that sold the kits and acknowledge Brightwaters Hardware and Brightwaters Village Deli for selling the greatest number of kits.  

Did you know that the Reflection Garden has volunteers who maintain its pristine appearanceall during the year?  We definitely owe a huge thank you to Billy Knapp Landscaping who cuts the grass and does weeding each week and the members of the Bay Shore Garden Club under the leadership of Anne Gerken who keep the garden weed-free and trimmed.  

Changes in 2019:  Look for new train station gardens and an increase in hanging baskets from 350 to 400 throughout the town.  Please use the Dues Notice 2019 and Basket Flyer to support our projects!  Our work in town depends on your generosity! 

Put the date of Wednesday, June 19 on your calendar for an afternoon of fun and entertain -ment.  The annual Beautification Society Luncheon is being planned by our chairlady, Judy Edelstein, and will celebrate Beautification’s 25th year of serving the community.

On a final note, it is with great sadness that we report the passing of Gwen Cox, a former Bay Shore Kindergarten teacher and long-time Beautification member.  Gwen was a wonderful volunteer for many years, always showing up to work our events whenever possible.  She was in charge of the Nominate Your Neighbor program where residents could send us a home address that was beautifully maintained, and a congratulatory certificate would be mailed to the home owner.  A warm and gentle person, Gwen was loved by many people and will be missed.

A new year, a new beginning!  Come to our Beautification meeting.  We need new membersto keep our ideas flowing on improving our town!  Meeting is Monday, January 28, 7 PM in the Teachers Cafeteria of the BS High School. Use the rear entrance off Third Avenue.

October 2018 News


 October is an exciting month.  Halloween Festival is October 20 on Main Street.  We will have a Costume Parade, Games and Activities for the kids,  Red Carpet and Costume Contest with prizes, lots of great restaurants and our special Haunted Garden open when the sun sets (6:30-8:30). 

Pumpkin People event will take place for its second year! Start planning your Pumpkin People (one or more)—it can be funny, scary or representative of your business (e.g. a bride and groom in front of a church, a doctor and nurse in front of a medical office) and display it in front of your home, business, school, etc. for the entire month of October. Be creative! We want all our businesses and lots of residents to take part in this fun event which is guaranteed to bring lots of folks into our shopping district.

Beautification is actively recruiting new members who would like to join our committee and help with the planning of our events and projects. We meet approximately 8 evenings a year and always welcome new ideas for making Bay Shore even more beautiful than it is now. Call or email if you would like to help.

A flyer for the hanging basket sponsorship is included with this message. If you have not sponsored a basket(s) please be as generous as you can so that all 350 baskets are completely funded. If you have already contributed to the hanging basket program, a huge thank you for your help in keeping our town so gorgeous!

A Dues Flyer is on the reverse of the basket flyer. Your $20 contribution helps fund our town projects and is very important in keeping our treasury healthy. We are trying to increase our membership, so please send in your check!

The Street Garden Program is underway, and ten gardens around town have been selected for the attractiveness they add to our street fronts. Look for photos of the winning gardens displayed in the library showcase. Winners also receive a copy of the photo. Next year, think about recommending your garden for this honor—it just has to be a garden, small or large, that can be seen from the street. Send your name and address by mail or to our email and identify which part of your property should be considered

Veterans from the Beacon House are again hired to weed and clean our downtown area from June through October. Beautification has funded this program for many years and it is a pleasure to see our streets litter and weed free. Do you remember when it wasn’t???

Also included in this message is a Nominate Your Neighbor form. Do a good deed of encouraging neighbors to continue keeping their homes and yards attractive and well-maintained. Use the form to honor the folks in a home that you admire—all you need is the address, not even the name of the homeowner. You may sign the form or keep the nomination anonymous, and you may send in as many nominations as you wish. We will notify the homeowner with a certificate from the Beautification Society.

Save the Dates:

Beautification Society Luncheon- June 19, 2019                    Winter Fest – Saturday, November 24

Haunted Garden – Saturday, October 20 Light the Night- Sunday, December 9 (Rain date-   Saturday, Dec. 15, then Sunday Dec. 16)

Questions? Please call Sue at 631 666 9517 or Gail at 631 665 3237.

Bay Shore Beautification Society Newsletter – September 2017

Meeting Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7 PM, Teachers’ Cafeteria in the high school.

Why does it seem that summer is only two months long while winter lasts at least four months? Those lazy, hazy days of summer go by way too quickly! Just ask any student who’s now returned to the classroom!

Beautification is really excited about our NEW EVENT, a contest called Pumpkin People, which is scheduled for the entire month of October! This is bound to be another tradition in Bay Shore that will provide tons of fun and bring many visitors to our town and our businesses. So just what is Pumpkin People? Here’s what you need to do…Create a Pumpkin People (one or more) that represents your business, organization or family and display it in front of your store, business office or home. For instance, a medical center might choose to have a doctor or nurse in front of the office, a church might have a bride and groom, a school might have a teacher with students, an auto mechanic might have a mechanic fixing a car. You get the idea! To see photos of Pumpkin People, enter pumpkin people of NH into your computer browser.

So, how is are Pumpkin People created? Details for making one can be found on a video at Basically, a frame is made, the clothes added along with a pumpkin head (or suitable alternative if you don’t want to use a pumpkin) and then either supported on a lamppost, telephone pole or built to be free-standing. We want this to be a huge event in Bay Shore, so grab your cohorts and start planning on how you will create your own Pumpkin People. To enter the contest, take a photo of your Pumpkin People and along with your information send it to Beautification. Complete details are on the enclosed flyer or on our website


October is an exciting month as the Haunted Garden is back with more thrills and chills! It will be held on Saturday, October 21 with a Rain Date of Saturday, Oct 28. Our committee has been fearlessly working to make this the scariest and most fun event they’ve ever put on yet! Come see the peaceful Beautification Reflection Garden (100 West Main Street) transformed into an eerie, scary, spooky, ghostly, spine-chilling, hair-raising, blood-curdling scene!   You get the idea…just don’t miss this once a year thrilling Bay Shore event! In addition, bring a carved pumpkin to enter into the pumpkin carving contest just across the street from the garden. Wear a costume and take part in the costume parade starting at Shore Lane and Main Street at 4 PM.


Thanks to everyone who so generously donated to the hanging basket program. The baskets suffered a bit from the heat and dry weather, but will regain some health and be beautiful well into the fall season.   If you haven’t sent in your check to help us pay for this program, please do so as we need to pay the bill in December for next year’s baskets. See the enclosed flyer.


The veterans from Beacon House are still weeding Main Street, the side streets and a part of Union Avenue. They will work into October and then continue again in the spring. (This is another program that we need to pay for!)


Congratulations to the members of the Bay Shore Lions Club who are celebrating their 100th birthday. They have selected 100 outstanding citizens who have contributed to the betterment of Bay Shore and will host a luncheon in their honor on September 10 at Captain Bill’s.


Dates to Remember: Pumpkin People Contest: October 1-October 31

Haunted Garden: Oct. 21 & Rain Date Oct 28             Winter Fest – Saturday, Nov. 25

Light the Night: Sunday, Dec. 10. Rain Dates: Saturday, Dec. 16; then Sunday, Dec. 17.

Beautification Luncheon: Wednesday, ­­­­­June 20.


We would love to have you join us at our meeting on September 21. See above for details.

March 2017 Newletter

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.


Bay Shore Beautification October 2015 Newsletter

**Meeting October 21, 7 PM, Teachers’ Cafeteria in the high school**

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:

Haunted Garden – Saturday, October 17, 2015

Winter Fest – Saturday, November 28, 2015

Light the Night – Sunday, December 13, 2015

Beautification Society Luncheon- Tuesday, June 22, 2016