Jun 30 2011

Press Conference: “Long Island: The World’s Largest Resort” Interactive Exhibit

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization held a press conference yesterday announcing an upcoming exhibit "Long Island: The World's Largest Resort" at the Mill Pond House Restaurant in Centerport. Since the exhibit includes several Vanderbilia from my collection, the Black Beast was invited to the press conference:


Flappers, Howard Kroplick, Gloria Rocchio (president of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization) and sponsors.


Lance Rheinheimer and Elizabeth Wayland of the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum give a thumbs up.

Long Island Press “Long Island: The World’s Largest Resort” Interactive Exhibit Opens July 7


By Daphne Livingston- long Island Press on June 28th, 2011

Right here on Long Island we have 400 miles of beaches, 130 golf courses, 60 vineyards and 30 wineries with tasting rooms and scores of recreational attractions – all accessible from 60+ hotels, motels and bed and breakfast accommodations. As you can see Long Island IS a resort! Today, the Ward Melville Heritage Organization announced the opening of an exhibit in their Educational and Cultural Center entitled “Long Island: The World’s Largest Resort.”

This exhibit is a snapshot of the best of Long Island all in one place. There will be sand from Cooper’s Beach (voted the best beach in the country in 2010); “Eight Ball,” a 1908 S.S. #8 Class Sloop boat from the Long Island Maritime Museum and other items illustrating life as an oysterman; a wine press, grape vine and corking machine from the North Fork Wine Country; items showing life on the Long Beach Boardwalk circa 1910; a replica of the Montauk Lighthouse, a Scrimshaw and other items that sailors made in the late 1800’s from Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum; aircraft models from the Cradle of Aviation, items from Long Island Aquarium, a “1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race on Motor Parkway” diorama, a Long Island Motor Parkway License Plate (first EZ pass) from the Vanderbilt Museum and much more.

The exhibit opens July 7, with a grand opening scheduled July 10. Activities that day will include a 14 foot x 21 foot BD-5 home built futuristic aircraft, a putting contest with Palmer Van Tuyl, “Can you putt better than an eight year old?” (The winners receive a sleeve of golf balls. Proceeds from this activity will go to the Stony Brook University Medical Center Children’s Hospital.) In addition, a Great Rock Golf Pro will be on hand to give visitors swing instructions. There will be carriage rides, live music with Walkie Bear from WALK Radio, refreshments and specials throughout the Stony Brook Village Center.

Admission to the exhibit is $5.00 per person. The exhibit will be open 10 am to 5 pm daily through Labor Day. The Educational and Cultural Center is located in the Stony Brook Village Center. For additional information call, 631-689-5888.

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Jul 03 2011 Terrence McKeever 10:04 AM

Wow 130 golf courses, 400 miles of beach, thirty wineries & 60 vineyards. This all sounds great but the place where motorsports started in America now boast 1 facility where there were once 40, a museum of L.I.‘s motorsports history rusts away outdoors because it can’t find a home. Thank you Howard Kroplick for doing your part to preserve our past. We at LIDragRacing.com seek to work with anyone willing to help solve the lack of a safe legal option to those that race on the streets and to our motorsports community at large. We have the people willing to do this, we just need a community to agree to where. We seek an answer as to where or why not, it’s all we ask.

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