Hempstead, New York, USA. January 1, 2018. L-R, Hempstead Town Supervisor LAURA GILLEN, New York State Lt. Governor KATHY HOCHUL, and Hempstead Town Clerk SYLVIA CABANA pose for photo shortly before Lt. Gov. swears-in Gillen, at Hofstra University.

Inaugurating a New Era for Long Island

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 3, 2018

The New Year’s Day Inaugurations I covered early Monday were bone-deep significant: Nassau County Executive LAURA CURRAN, Hempstead Town Supervisor LAURA GILLEN, and Hempstead Town Clerk SYLVIA CABANA. And it was a freezing 14 ℉ / -10 ℃ during Curran’s historic Swearing-In, held outside the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building in Mineola!

Hempstead, New York, USA. January 1, 2018. Center L-R, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor JUDI BOSWORTH and BRIAN MUELLERS, member of Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen’s Transition Team and a former Nassau County legislator, discuss program before the Swearing-In ceremony of Gillen and Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana, at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. Jan. 1, 2018. Center L-R, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor JUDI BOSWORTH and BRIAN MUELLERS, member of Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen’s Transition Team and a former Nassau County legislator, talk before Swearing-In ceremony of Gillen and Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana, at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Hempstead, New York, USA. January 1, 2018. L-R, Hempstead Town Supervisor-Elect LAURA GILLEN, New York State Lt. Governor KATHY HOCHUL, and Hempstead Town Clerk-Elect SYLVIA CABANA pose for photo shortly before Lt. Gov. swears-in Gillen, at Hofstra University. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. Jan. 1, 2018. L-R, Hempstead Town Supervisor LAURA GILLEN, N.Y. Lt. Gov. KATHY HOCHUL, and Hempstead Town Clerk SYLVIA CABANA pose for photo shortly before Hochul swears-in Gillen, at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. January 1, 2018. NYS Lt. Governor KATHY HOCHUL (in green dress) and Congresswoman KATHLEEN RICE (seen partly behind podium) swear-in LAURA GILLEN (center) as Hempstead Town Supervisor, at Hofstra University (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. Jan. 1, 2018. NYS Lt. Governor KATHY HOCHUL (in green dress) and Congresswoman KATHLEEN RICE (seen partly behind podium) swear-in LAURA GILLEN (center) as Hempstead Town Supervisor, at Hofstra University. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. Jan. 1, 2018. L-R, U.S. Senator CHUCK SCHUMER and Hempstead Town Democratic Leader LAUREN CORCORAN-DOOLIN pose for photo after Schumer spoke at Swearing-In ceremony of Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen & Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana at Hofstra University. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. Jan. 1, 2018. L-R, U.S. Senator CHUCK SCHUMER and Hempstead Town Democratic Leader LAUREN CORCORAN-DOOLIN pose for photo after Schumer spoke at Swearing-In ceremony of Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen & Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. January 1, 2018. L-R, KEITH CORBETT and LAURA CURRAN are on-stage before start of swearing-In of Laura Gillen and Sylvia Cabana, at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. Jan. 1, 2018. L-R, KEITH CORBETT and Nassau County Executive LAURA CURRAN are among dignitaries on-stage before swearing-In ceremony of Laura Gillen and Sylvia Cabana at Hofstra University.  © 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. Jan.1, 2018. R-L, NYS Senator JOHN E. BROOKS, Nassau County Comptroller JACK SCHNIRMAN, N.C. District Attorney MADELINE SINGAS, and Hempstead Town Councilman BRUCE BLAKEMAN are among dignitaries on stage at Swearing-In of Laura Gillen as Hempstead Town Supervisor, and Sylvia Cabana as Hempstead Town Clerk at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. Jan. 1, 2018. R-L, NYS Senator JOHN E. BROOKS, Nassau County Comptroller JACK SCHNIRMAN, N.C. District Attorney MADELINE SINGAS, and Hempstead Town Councilman BRUCE BLAKEMAN are among dignitaries on stage at Swearing-In of Laura Gillen as Hempstead Town Supervisor, and Sylvia Cabana as Hempstead Town Clerk at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Mineola, New York, USA. January 1, 2018. Speaking at podium is U.S. Senator CHUCK SCHUMER of New York, and left of him is Nassau County Executive LAURA CURRAN, at historic swearing-In of CURRAN as County Executive, the first female County Executive. Temperature was a freezing 14 ℉ Fahrenheit / -10 ℃ Celsius for the outdoor ceremony held in front of Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building, and people in audience, some taking cell phone photos, stood close together on and near the vast entrance stairs steps. Bird flying toward waving American Flag atop building. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Mineola, NY, USA. Jan. 1, 2018.  U.S. Senator CHUCK SCHUMER is speaking at podium, and left of him is Nassau County Executive LAURA CURRAN, and seated is N.Y. Gov. ANDREW CUOMO, at Swearing-In of CURRAN as County Executive. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Mineola, New York, USA. January 1, 2018. L-R, Nassau County Legislators DEBRA MULÉ, 55, (Freeport - 5th District - Democrat) and JOSHUA LAFAZAN, 23, (Syosset - 18th District - Independent) are in Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building after attending outdoor historic swearing-In of Laura Curran as Nassau County Executive. Lafazan is a registered Independent and Nassau County's youngest ever legislator. Mulé has Curran's former Legislative seat. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Mineola, NY, USA. Jan. 1, 2018. L-R, 1st term Nassau County Legislators DEBRA MULÉ, 55, (Freeport – 5th Dist. – Dem) and JOSHUA LAFAZAN, 23, (Syosset – 18th Dist. – Independent) are in Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building after outdoor swearing-In of Laura Curran as County Executive. Lafazan is County’s youngest ever legislator. Mulé has Curran’s former Legislative seat. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Old Westbury Gardens Winter Holiday – Now & Then

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 23, 2017

Last Sunday, while entering the snowy grounds of Old Westbury Gardens with my friend Bob, I thought back to 2007, when I visited the Gold Coast estate during a biting, heavy snowfall.

Past

That day 10 Decembers ago, I stayed outside capturing photos until I absolutely had to go to Westbury House, beg mercy from staff in the Entrance Hall, take off my gloves and boots, and stand toasty close to the fireplace.

Old Westbury, New York, USA. Dec. 5, 2007. At Westbury House, the Entrance Hall window with black wrought iron grill gives hazy glimpse of snowstorm. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, USA. December 5, 2007. At Westbury House, the Entrance Hall window with black wrought iron grill gives hazy glimpse of snowstorm. (© 2007 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Slowly defrosting in the impressively elegant wood and marble hall, I imagined myself back outside the mansion, but during the Great Blizzard of 1947, when the John and Margarita Phipps family lived there….

Fantasy ’47

I was a trespasser with a noble mission – wielding my Kodak in the snowstorm to capture ghostlike images of trees – and, alas, flirting with hypothermia.

Without warning, a tall stranger swept me off my numb feet and whisked me to the mansion. As we took off our coats, I noticed he, too, had a camera strapped around his neck.

We sat in front a fireplace surrounded by books, and he put his hand to his chest. “Victor, Victor Hasselblad – a… a husgäst of Phipps,” he said softly and with a melodic accent. “And you, lilla frusen lövsångare?”   

“Oh my,” “I said, “You’re THE Victor Hasselblad!” The genius nodded. “You’ve just GOT to develop a Hasselblad camera for civilians!” I said, then started to tell him why….

Old Westbury, New York, USA. December 17, 2017. A lighted Christmas tree decorates the formal dining room of Westbury House at Old Westbury Gardens during its Winter Holiday event. (Ann Parry/˙ 2017 Ann-Parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, USA. December 17, 2017. A lighted Christmas tree decorates the elegant dining room of Westbury House at Old Westbury Gardens during its Winter Holiday event. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Present

Now I’m at times better about coming in from the cold before losing feeling in my extremities.

But I always do my best to protect my camera. So last weekend when Bob and I arrived at Old Westbury Gardens and stepped out of the car on to slippery icy snow-covered grounds, we headed straight to Westbury House.

Once inside, we heard what sounded like live music coming from the Ballroom just ahead. We were right, for in a far corner of the vast room, pianist ANGELINA FUSCO was playing traditional Christmas music on a Steinway grand piano, backlit by large windows. Capturing the atmospheric scene was a fun challenge.

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Old Westbury, New York, USA. December 17, 2017. Pianist ANGELINA FUSCO plays Christmas music on Steinway grand piano to entertain visitors at Old Westbury Gardens museum, a former estate of John Shaffer Phipps, during snowy winter holiday weekend on Long Island's Gold Coast. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)


Old Westbury, New York, USA. Dec. 17, 2017. Pianist ANGELINA FUSCO plays Christmas music on Steinway grand piano at Old Westbury Gardens museum during Winter Holiday weekend. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The Main Hall was not to be missed, especially for families with children, since that’s where Santa sat surrounded by a Christmas tree, fireplace that was a great setting for holiday photos, and stairway strewn with stuffed animals looking as if they’d spilled out of Santa’s bag as he made his way up to the Children’s Quarters on the Third floor.

Old Westbury, New York, USA. December 17, 2017. Santa sits ready for visitors next to a Christmas tree on second floor of Westbury House at Old Westbury Gardens museum during snowy winter holiday weekend. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, USA. December 17, 2017. Santa sits ready for visitors next to a Christmas tree on second floor of Westbury House at Old Westbury Gardens museum during winter holiday weekend. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Bob lingered longest in the bedroom with a large-scale model train traveling around the room, disappearing for a while each lap as it followed tracks under the bed.

Children (of all ages) also enjoyed the charming scene in Mrs. Phipps’s bathroom, where deer and penguins watched a fawn take a bubble bath in the green and white bathtub.

Old Westbury, New York, USA. December 17, 2017. In the Westbury House children's sunny bathroom of Old Westbury Gardens museum, deer and penguins watch over fawn taking a bubble bath. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, USA. December 17, 2017. Deer family and penguins watch over a fawn taking a bubble bath in Mrs. Phipps’s bathroom at Westbury House at Old Westbury Gardens, a Long Island Gold Coast estate. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

As closing time neared, we visited the Porch facing West, with its three walls of windows, and enjoyed hot cider and the panoramic, ungilded dusk view.

Old Westbury, New York, USA. December 17, 2017. At Westbury House, two Christmas trees flank the Porch facing West, with panoramic view of snowy grounds during Winter Holiday event at Old Westbury Gardens. (© 2017, Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, USA. December 17, 2017. At Westbury House, two Christmas trees flank the Porch facing West, with panoramic view of snowy grounds during Winter Holiday event at Old Westbury Gardens. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

And when it was time to go, we made our way through the snow once again.

Old Westbury Gardens Winter 2017:  SLIDESHOW | GALLERY