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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

The Sporting Life

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Paul Mateyunas

Presented by Paul Mateyunas

Friends of Connetquot is pleased to announce the return of Paul Mateyunas. His lecture in January was fascinating! If you were not able to attend, please mark October 5 on your calendar! You don’t want to miss this!

Learn about the sporting activities of the Gold Coast Estates in the early 20th Century. Mr. Mateyunas will talk about the houses, clubs and residents who played here. From the birthplace of American polo on the legendary fields of The Meadow Brook, to harbors that sheltered the grand yachts, come hear about our Island’s great sporting history.

Paul J. Mateyunas, a native to Long Island’s North Shore, has been fascinated by the architecture of Long Island since his early youth. Schooled in the US and Italy, Paul holds degrees in business and art history. His interest in historical preservation led him to work as a restoration consultant. Since the release of his book, North Shore Long Island: Country Houses, 1890-1950, in 2007, Paul has given numerous talks for museums, historical societies, and other institutions on the Country House Era. His second book, Long Island’s Gold Coast was release in May 2012. 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. Mr. Mateyunas’ Long Island's Gold Coast will be available for purchase.

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

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