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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

Click here to read the details of these grants

Coaching Along the Great South Bay

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm


We're sorry to announce this lecture has been cancelled.

Presented by Jerry Trapani and Paul Mateyunas

"COACHING ALONG THE GREAT SOUTH BAY" is a look back at traveling with a coach and four in hand from New York City to the estates along the Great South Bay by members of the "Coaching Club" many of whom were also members of the Southside Sportsmans Club. A glimpse back at the route they took, their Gold Coast Estates and the logistics of such a journey.Mr. Mateyunas will talk about the houses, clubs and residents who traveled to the Great South Bay. From the birthplace of American polo on the legendary fields of The Meadow Brook, come hear about our Island’s Equestrian history.

About Our Speakers

Jerry and Rita Trapani own Shadbelly Farm in North Great River. They are members of the Carriage Association of America, the American Driving Society, the Four in Hand Club, and are founding members of the 37 year old Paumanok Driving Club of Long Island and very involved with the carriage and coaching aspects of the Long Island Museum at Stony Brook. Jerry is a popular speaker at carriage related events around the country and Canada. Rita is an accomplished artist and photographer. For more information on the Trapanis, please visit their website

Paul J. Mateyunas, a native to Long Island's North Shore, has been fascinated by the architecture of Long Island since his early youth. His interest in historical preservation led him to work as a restoration consultant. Paul has given numerous talks for museums, historical societies, and other institutions on the Country House Era. He has appeared as a North Shore historian on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, BBC, and PBS's Treasures of New York, The Gold Coast.

Date/Time: Saturday, March 14, 2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Registration for the lecture is free although seasonal parking rates apply.

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