November 26, 2013

Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society Annual Holiday Fair

The Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society (CNPHS) will have its annual Holiday Fair on Dec 7th, 10-4 pm!

A brand new exhibit, The Art of Quilting: Fibers, Fabrics and Fashion, featuring hundreds of years of quilting, will debut at the fair. See styles that have shaped our contemporary view of this art form. Over 50 quilts and coverlets from the CNPHS collection will be on display, one of the finest groupings of these textiles on Long Island. 

Come and see our cotton patchwork quilts, our unique Trapunto quilt, our flour sack quilt, crazy quilts of velvets and silks, a Flag quilt, and our woven coverlets, and hear the stories behind them.

There will also be quilts available for sale and arts and crafts activities for children and families. 

For more information, please contact the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society. See them on their website and Facebook!

Sands Willets House

336 Port Washington Blvd
Port Washington, NY 11050

(516) 365-9074

November 25, 2013


Our very best to all of you as you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week. Remember all of the things that you are thankful for -- actually thank the people who you are thankful to share your life with. Remember also those less fortunate than ourselves and help them if you can.

Try not to get injured battling the Black Friday crowds -- better yet, stay home and shop online!

 Our families are certainly going to stay put on Thanksgiving Day, at least no shopping at those stores that have decided to open on Thursday. 


It's a great time to be with family and friends.
Whatever you do, be safe and ENJOY! 

October 4, 2013

Learn Public Speaking Skills at Port Washington Library -- FREE ! Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Come to the free interactive workshop at Port Washington Library this Saturday, October 5th. You can get free training in:
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Speech Writing
  • How to Organize a Message
There will be question and answer sessions.

Participants can learn how they can attain their own public speaking style.

Come join Bernard Fitzgerald, Jr. for

The Effective Presenter
How to Write and Give a Speech

For more information visit or call 718-986-5469.

July 15, 2013

Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society – Books Needed!


Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society – Books Needed!

Are your bookshelves overloaded with books you've read, enjoyed, and are ready to share?
Treasured books that need a new home? Gently used books? Children's books?

Please donate these books to the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society for our Fall Country Fair that will take place on Saturday, September 21. Profits will help us in our efforts to preserve our town’s history! 

Books must be in good condition. No VHS tapes or encyclopedias, please, though DVD's are welcome.

All books can be dropped off on the porch of the Sands Willets House:
Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, 336 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050

Or give us a call and we can help make other arrangements, 516-365-9074

The Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society is a registered 501(c)3.
Information on membership and a link for donations are provided on our website.

For more information:
Stephanie Hall
Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society
336 Port Washington Blvd
Port Washington, NY 11050

March 7, 2013

Port Washington Play Troupe Presents "Alice in Wonderland"

Port Washington Play Troupe Presents a Mad March of Alice in Wonderland

Performances and Behind-the-Scenes Conversations
In a month of diverse programming celebrating Lewis Carrolls’ beloved children’s story, Port Washington Play Troupe’s Children’s Show will present their multi-generational production of Alice in Wonderland March 21-24, 2013 following a special, “Alice”-themed  “Spotlight on Theater: Behind-the-Scenes Conversations with Coffee and Confections” event on March 14.
Inviting the community to explore the history and magic behind the show, “Spotlight on Theater” (Thursday, March 14, 2013, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lapham Meeting Room, Port Washington Public Library) will be themed "Down the Rabbit Hole: The Unique Challenge of Creating Inter-generational Theater.” The evening will be led by Play Troupe President Pam Meadows and Children’s Show Director Diana vonRoeschlaub, along with guests from the Children’s Show’s history. Complimentary desserts will be provided by Blanka’s Kitchen. Admission is free.
Performances of Alice in Wonderland will follow, with a robust cast of 50 that includes seven adults and 43 children ranging from grades 4 to 10. Performances will be held in the Parish Hall at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (9 Carlton Ave., Port Washington) on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm; Saturday, March 23 at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 pm. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and tickets can be reserved by calling the Port Washington Play Troupe at (516) 473-6243.
Various incarnations of Alice in Wonderland have made regular appearances throughout the Children's Show's history. Meadows originally created this stage adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass in 1973 to accommodate greater numbers of young performers. vonRoeschlaub, who grew up performing in the Children’s Show and Port Summer Show, has staged Meadow’s adaptation several times.
“Play Troupe's multi-generational approach to community theater for children provides an atmosphere of admiration, respect and encouragement among the cast, while presenting an exciting dynamic for the audience,” vonRoeschlaub notes. “When presenting classic fairy and folk tales, it just adds such a wonderful sense of ‘the way it’s meant to be.’ To see so many generations having fun together will just warm your heart.”

About Port Washington Play Troupe’s Children’s Show
A program of Play Troupe, the Children’s Show was founded in 1947 by Charlotte Merriman, principal of Main Street School, and Elmer, Molly, and Judith Tangerman. It later developed a relationship with Main Street School as a regular venue. Revived in 2012, the Children’s Show remains dedicated to staging literary adaptations of children’s classics and original scripts.
About Port Washington Play Troupe’s “Spotlight on Theater” Series
A program of Play Troupe, “Spotlight on Theater: Behind-the-Scenes Conversations with Coffee and Confections” is a discussion series on the making of theater, with special guests, casual conversations, and desserts provided by Blanka’s Kitchen. The series was inaugurated on January 24, 2013.
About Port Washington Play Troupe
Founded in 1927, Play Troupe is New York State's oldest chartered amateur theater company, dedicated to creating outstanding work in a positive, community-minded atmosphere for every generation in Port Washington. Most of the company’s programs fell into inactivity in the mid-1990s. But in 2012, Play Troupe announced a major revival.
-Port Washington, New York, February 21, 2013

Anne DeAcetis, Media Relations
(347) 866-3415

January 5, 2013


Chase away the winter blahs at Port Washington’s SOUPer BOWL!

Everyone is invited to “Buy A Spoon” and become a taster. Upon paying the admission fee, you are given a spoon and a ballot. You can then stop at each of the soup stations and receive two ounces of the different soups donated by participating Port Washington restaurants. Then vote for your favorite soup, and when all the ballots are tallied, the 2013 SOUPer BOWL Champ is determined.

The winner will receive the “People’s Choice Award.” There will also be a select Judges’ Panel with culinary experts. The winner, as determined by a vote of the Panel, is given the prestigious “Judges’ Choice Award.” The participating restaurants also provide bread and crackers for the tasters.

Note: The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce will be collecting non-perishable food which will be donated, along with a portion of proceeds, to the Twin Pines food pantry!

WHEN:          SATURDAY   February 2, 2013
                        Noon - 3 PM 

ADMISSION: $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Parking is 

WHERE:       Fellowship Hall (in the United Methodist Church)
                       35 Middle Neck Road, Port Washington

                       CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

For additional information, call 516-883-6566 or email:

November 6, 2012


You may see it as your right. Some see it as a responsibility. It is definitely your choice -- to vote for the candidate you want. There are a few races going on locally today in Nassau County, other than the national presidential race. Get out and vote! Let your "voice" be heard!

To find out if there are changes in Nassau County that affect where or how you vote, you can check with the Nassau Board of Elections online here:
They are located at:

Nassau County Board of Elections
240 Old Country Road (5th Floor)
Mineola, New York 11501-4250

Phone:  516-571-8683
Fax:   516-571-2058

November 5, 2012


Remember to get out and vote on election day, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Note that some election polling places where you can vote and even how you can vote may have changed because of damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. To find out if there are changes in Nassau County that affect where or how you vote, you can check with the Nassau Board of Elections online here:

They are located at:

Nassau County Board of Elections
240 Old Country Road (5th Floor)
Mineola, New York 11501-4250

Phone:  516-571-8683
Fax:  516-571-2058


November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Hits Port Washington, New York

Hurricane Sandy came by the Northeast Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday -- October 28-30 -- it could be felt further inland to the west for a few days after that. Destruction and dismay were left behind. We can count ourselves somewhat lucky here in Port, as it could have been so much worse. We are praying for all those who were affected by the storm and hope we can get through this as soon as possible.

June 22, 2012

HarborFest 2012 in pictures

Here is a slideshow of HarborFest 2012. Enjoy!