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.”

  • Sun

    4:00-6:00 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.

    Date: January 5, 2020, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

  • Fri

    Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest

    Calling all poets! Plans are underway for the 2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest sponsored by Raynham Hall Museum. 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, 2020.

    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 Friday, February 14, 2020.

  • Sat

    7:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Muttontown Club, 5933 Northern Boulevard East Norwich, NY 11732

    Annual Valentine’s Bal Rouge

    The Friends and Trustees of Raynham Hall Museum warmly invite you to a Valentine’s Bal Rouge honoring Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine and Senator Carl L. Marcellino. We will have cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and live and silent auctions. Dinner tablescapes will be created by renowned designers!

    Saturday, February 8, 2020 (Blizzard date: March 7, 2020)
    7:00-11:00 pm
    The Muttontown Club, 5933 Northern Boulevard, East Norwich, NY
    Festive attire in shades of red

    Tickets: $300 per person or $150 for those 40 and under.
    You can also support the Museum by purchasing journal ads. Our deadline is January 24, 2020, please contact us for further details.
    1/4 Page Ad: $300, 1/2 Page Ad: $600, Full Page Ad: $1,200

    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.

  • Fri

    3:00 pmRaynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Portrait of Caesar Foster

    This small portrait, painted in 1842 by John Abeel Weeks, (1820 – 1901) is the only known painting of an Oyster Bay resident who was an enslaved person.

    Standing Where They Stood: Learning about Slavery in Oyster Bay

    Standing Where They Stood: Learning About Slavery in Oyster Bay, is a 90-minute program that brings to light the history of African-Americans who were enslaved in Oyster Bay and on Long Island. This interactive presentation reveals true stories of individuals who lived in slavery, including the first slave freed on Long Island, the first published black author in America, an enslaved woman who escaped with the British, and a regiment of African-Americans who fought alongside Col. Simcoe’s Queen’s Rangers. Participants examine historical documents, runaway slave ads, notices of slaves for sale, and learn about how laws in New York to end slavery impacted the lives of these forgotten Long Islanders.

    This program is open to the public on the following dates:
    February 28 at 3pm, March 20 at 3pm, and April 17 at 3pm
    $8 per person, please preregister through Eventbrite.