What’s happening and how you can be a part.
by Natalie Weinstein, Allied ASID, IDS
On Wednesday night, June 14th, the St. James Civic Association’s open meeting brought together a variety of St. Jamesers, both property and business owners. Our town Supervisor, Pat Vecchio, was the guest speaker. On point and witty, he touted the accomplishments of his administration over the years, and while they are impressive, he distinguished himself best in his eagerness to answer all questions thrown at him candidly and knowledgeably.
The Farmers Market has been welcomed into our town and has, in a short time, become a go-to place on Saturday mornings, not only for fresh produce, local beer and plants, but for greeting friends and neighbors. Families are beginning to gather and support the town’s revival and stop into local stores as well. Hooray!
The St. James Summer Nights (four Wednesdays during the summer) will be launched on June 28th from 5pm – 9pm in front of the St. James Elementary School. It is a not-to-be missed happening with music, food and activities for kids and adults – a great block party. Our own Arline Goldstein, prominent artist and former president of the Smithtown Arts Council will be giving an outdoor art class which anyone can join along with her students who will be displaying their work created at our Lake Avenue Studio 455. I will be there happily giving free mini interior design consults to all who bring photos, fabrics and questions, and my pal, Lenny of St. James Jewelers, will be giving free jewelry appraisals.
Our highlight of the evening will be the launching of the St. James Has HeART Cultural Arts Program with a tableaux (live model posing as a great master’s painting). The “actress” is our own Susan, St. James groomer, owner of Pet Expressions and our narrator is well known Smithtown historian, Brad Harris.
If you see a man with a camera taking pictures of some St. James historic sites, he’s our own Jack Ader, partner in Uniquely Natalie, our quality home furnishing consignment store, and award winning photographer. He is donating his time to prepare a 2018 calendar for sale as a fundraiser. In this project, our historic sites, with their locations and brief history, will be immortalized.
Do you remember the man behind the wonderful historic reenactments and teas at Deepwells some years ago? Sal St. George of St. George Productions, known and respected playwright and producer of historic recreations will be joining our team as well, and he is excited to not only help us to think outside the box creatively to bring our wonderful history alive, but as he so aptly put it, “build a whole new box”!
So the fun has just begun! We, who live and work here will become more aware and truly appreciate our wonderful history of St. James and the arts. Many exciting events are planned for the community. We encourage and welcome all to join. These endeavors are broad based and span art, theater, music, history, dance and more. We need and want all who are willing to lend a hand and share their talents.
- Do you play a musical instrument?
- Would you like to join a band that will be forming?
- Do you have an interest in theater?
- Do you have some spare time to make phone calls and increase awareness of the civic association?
- Do you have suggestions for activities to enhance the quality of life for our families and community?
- Would you like to join a committee?
We welcome all and look forward to the collaboration.
WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU!
Farmers Market – Every Saturday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
St. James Lutheran Church from now to October 28
St. James Summer Nights – Wednesdays, 5-9 pm
First location – June 28 & July 12 on Lake Avenue in front of St. James Elementary School
Second location – July 26 & August 9 on Lake Avenue between 2nd Street and 3rd Street
Yoga in the Green at Deepwells – Sundays (Date to be announced)
Car Show – Friday, August 18, 5-9 pm (Rain date will be Saturday, August 19)
On Lake Avenue between 5th Street & Woodlawn Avenue
For more information or to join us, please email: Stjamescivic@yahoo.com
Natalie Weinstein is President of Natalie Weinstein Design Associates, The Natalie Weinstein Home Decorating Club and Uniquely Natalie, a quality consignment boutique in St. James