Raynham Hall Museum’s annual Valentine’s ball brought together 225 revelers at The Muttontown Club on February 8 for an evening of extravagant tablescapes individually created by twenty renowned designers, as well as gambling, dancing, fine dining, and auctions. The party is the museum’s main fundraiser, providing necessary operating support for Oyster Bay’s historic house museum, once the home of George Washington’s Culper Spy, Robert Townsend.

The honorees this year were former state Senator Carl Marcellino and Assemblyman Charles Lavine, both of whom have been instrumental in directing much needed funding for Raynham Hall’s new Education Annex, set to open in the fall of 2020. The principal supporter of the capital campaign transforming the 1915 building into the Education Annex is the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

Among the over-the-top tablescape designers were Randy Statham of Scarsella’s Flowers, who created a jaw-dropping table in a gazebo with a Greek statue centerpiece entwined in flowered boughs, and Dean Yoder Interiors, whose table featured a red-tulip-festooned centerpiece topped Marie-Antoinette-style with an 18th-century ship’s model, as a nod to the Museum’s past as the home of the merchant-ship-owning Townsends. Other amazing tables were designed by Andrew Maier Interior Design, Andrew Pascoe Flowers, Vivian Cimmino of Beautiful Flowers, Eric Lysdahl Inc., Rebecca Finelli, Greg Lanza Design, Rebecca Lawton Flatters, Barbara Lewis of The Lewis Design Group, Kyle Marshall, Nicole Troncone in coordination with Elite Party Rentals, Peter LoPippero of Peter Charles Designs, Ltd., Gina Maisano of Silver Creek Antique & Estate, Susan Bloom Interiors, Greg Knudsen for Timothy Macdonald Inc., and Cathy Barry and Jean Daly of Valley Attic in Locust Valley.

At the grand piano, generously underwritten by the Piano Exchange in Glen Cove, pianist extraordinaire John Schwartzberg conjured up love songs and other romantic music to set the tone of the party during dinner. Auctioneer Michael Taglich had people on the edge of their chairs as he auctioned off nine separate items, raising a total of nearly $40,000. After dinner, partygoers adjourned from the ballroom to the club’s historic dining room, where DJ Rob H from Famous Entertainment played raucous dance music. Throughout the evening, gamblers tried their hand at games of chance in the barroom. Little jars of honey from La Selva in Mill Neck were distributed to departing guests as party favors, courtesy of Claudio and Debra Del Vecchio.

Co-chairs of the event were Dean Yoder and Jonathan Grimm, Franki and Nish Doshi, and Claudia and Michael Taglich, and our Junior co-chairs Jamie and Frantz Arty and Kyle Marshall and Matt Smoak.”

  • Fri

    Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Decorated for the Holidays

    Come see Raynham Hall Museum festively decorated for the Holiday season! The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the holiday season. The museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. We will close at 3 p.m. on the eves’ of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

  • Fri

    5:00-7:00 p.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    The Delights of Harmony

    Exclusive Members Event: Twelfth Night Celebration

    For our members,

    Come ring in the New Year at our Twelfth Night Celebration!
    Colonial Yuletide tunes, holiday punch and light fare will be served.

    Space is limited, so please R.S.V.P. through the Eventbrite link or call the Museum at 516-922-6808.

    Eventbrite - Members Event: Twelfth Night Celebration

  • Sat

    7:00 pmOld Westbury Golf & Country Club

    Annual Valentine’s Benefit

    On January 26, 2019, Raynham Hall Museum will host its annual Valentine’s Ball to benefit the Museum. Tickets are $275 per person or $150 for those under 35.

    The Friends of Raynham Hall, Inc., is extremely grateful to honor historian and best-selling author — Dr. Libby O’Connell — whose dedication to bringing the great stories of history to a wide audience is so inspiring. 

    Raynham Hall provides an excellent educational experience to about 5,000 students annually who come on field trips to study the Revolutionary War. We offer free or reduced admission, and sometimes the cost of transportation, to schools that would otherwise be unable to visit, amounting to about a quarter of our student visitors.

    We thank you for your continued support of our mission.

    Time: Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

    Location: Old Westbury Golf & Country Club (former Whitney estate), 270 Wheatley Road, Old Westbury

    Dress: Festive attire in shades of red

    To purchase tickets or journal ads online, please use the button below. For tickets and information about our Benefit, please contact Theresa Skvarla, Public Relations Director, at or call the Museum at 516-922-6808.

  • Thu

    Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest

    Calling all poets! Plans are underway for the 1st Annual Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest sponsored by Raynham Hall Museum and the Oyster Bay Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Raynham Hall is home to the first known Valentine in the United States of America. At the height of the Revolutionary War, on February 14th, 1779 Colonel John Graves Simcoe, commander of the British regiment the Queen’s Rangers, presented young Sally Townsend with a poem, which read in part: “To you my heart I must resign, O choose me for your Valentine!”

    It’s easy to enter this poetry contest. Write a poem on the topic of love or Valentine’s Day! Click here for the contest entry form.

    There are three age categories: 4th grade – 6th grade, 7th grade – 9th grade, 10th grade -12th grade. One entry per person. Entries must be received by January 31, 2019.

    There will be a first-place, second-place and honorable mention winners for each age group. Winning contestants along with their families and teachers are invited to attend an awards ceremony at Raynham Hall Museum at 4 pm on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

  • Mon

    11:30-2:00 p.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Memorial Day Parade and Open House

    All are welcome after the Memorial Day parade for FREE Italian ice, lemonade, popcorn, old-fashioned games and music.

  • Sun

    12:00-4:00 p.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    6th Annual Colonial Day

    FREE and open to the public. Step into the past at our sixth annual Colonial Day! Join us for a family-friendly afternoon for history lovers as Raynham Hall is filled with costumed colonial adult and child re-enactors who bring the 18th century to life with period music, colonial cooking demonstrations and musket firings! The Order of the Ancient and Honorable Huntington Militia, founded in 1653, will encamp on the grounds of the museum, immersing visitors in the life and military world of our Revolutionary forebears.

  • Sat

    7:30 pmOyster Bay, NY

    Halloween Parade 

    On Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. we will host a costumed parade through town! The parade will be led by ghost puppets designed by Superior Concept Monsters, Inc. Everyone (including your costumed furry friends) is welcome to join the parade! Ghostly entertainment, music, food (from Coach Grill) & drink for purchase, and more!

    Route: From Christ Church Rectory on East Main Street, north on White Street, south on South Street, west on Hamilton Avenue, south on Audrey Avenue, and through the passageway to the municipal parking lot next to Raynham Hall Museum.

    For more information, please check our Facebook page.

  • Fri

    5:00 pm-7:00 pmRaynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY

    The Home Needle: 19th Century Textiles from the Raynham Hall Collection Opening Reception

    The Board of Trustees of Raynham Hall Museum cordially invites you to an opening cocktail reception for our winter exhibition, The Home Needle: 19th Century Textiles from the Raynham Hall Collection, to support ongoing collections care.

    Tickets: $75 per person, $60 for members
    Time: Friday, December 6, 2019, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
    Call the Museum at 516-922-6808 to purchase tickets and for more information. RSVP by December 2, 2019.

    Beautifying the home through tasteful forms of needlework was a practice that shaped the domestic roles and leisure activities of nineteenth-century women. In featuring over 40 objects from the museum’s collection, such as samplers, household textiles, costumes, and archival materials, this exhibition explores various kinds of plain and fancy needlework and how the custom was considered an essential component of a woman’s upbringing.

  • Sat

    11:00 am- 4:00 pmRaynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main St, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Colonial Crafts Day

    Members of the Huntington Militia who demonstrate 18th Century crafts and trades will be at the museum both demonstrating and selling their craft. Come and find some unique gifts to give for the holidays – or treat yourself to something special!

    The event will be held indoors and is free and open to the public! 

    This event is made possible through the generous support of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.