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Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Long Island Railroad model trains, a large G gauge, travel outdoors during the Old Westbury Gardens opening reception for its Great Pine Railway exhibit, which includes Long Island landmarks and runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry, FromLongIsland.com)

Next Stop: Outdoor Model Trains at Old Westbury Gardens

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 28, 2021

Great Pine Railway at Old Westbury Gardens

VIDEO: (1:53) Old Westbury Gardens – 6/23/2021: 

The opening reception for Old Westbury Gardens’ outdoor Great Pine Railway Exhibit was the first event Bob and I attended there since COVID-19 struck Long Island early 2020. The fun for the whole family exhibit of G scale model trains runs through September 6th. 

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Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens has an opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. The red Westbury House of OWG is one of several Long Island landmarks Leslie Salka Inc created for the unique large G gauge model railroad exhibit, which runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens has an opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. The red Westbury House of OWG is one of several Long Island landmarks Leslie Salka Inc created for the unique large G gauge model railroad exhibit, which runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury Gardens commissioned Leslie Salka Inc to create the Great Pine Railway display, including creative models of four Long Island Gold Coast landmarks:  

Eagle’s Nest at William K Vanderbilt’s estate, Centerport

Hempstead House at Sands Point Preserve

Westbury House at Old Westbury Gardens

Oheka Castle in Huntington

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. NANCY COSTOPOLUS, President and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens, attends its members only opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. NANCY COSTOPOLUS, President and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens, attends its members only opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit, which includes Long Island landmarks, and it runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Children enjoyed the chance to run after the several large  model trains traveling the over 220 feet of tracks, ranging from near ground level to high overhead. 

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens has an opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. The orange Oheka Castle, of Huntington, is one of several Long Island landmarks Leslie Salka Inc created for the unique large G gauge model railroad exhibit, which runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens has an opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. The orange Oheka Castle, of Huntington, is one of several Long Island landmarks Leslie Salka Inc created for the unique large G gauge model railroad exhibit, which runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

We enjoyed passing through the Rose Garden on our way to and from the Great Pine Railway:

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens estate grounds, including its rose gardens, are once again open to visitors, with certain Covid-19 related restrictions, the summer of 2021. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens’ rose gardens are once again open to visitors, with certain Covid-19 related restrictions, the summer of 2021. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


Feature Photo at top of post: Old Westbury, NY, USA. June 23, 2021. A locomotive guides a large G gauge model train on elevated tracks around the perimeter of the Great Pine Railway exhibit at Old Westbury Gardens.


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Seaford, NY, USA. May 22, 2021. Outdoor Baby Shower at Puglia's Italian Steakhouse.

All things seem possible this May

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
May 30, 2021

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” – Edwin Way Teale  (1899-1980)

When I went to my daughter Laurie’s outdoor Baby Shower at Puglia’s Italian Steakhouse in Seaford last weekend, it was the first social event I attended since February 2020.

One of the guests I met for the first time was ADA CEA, a registered nurse at North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health.

Last May, my post Happy Birthday Ada, Thank you for being our hero! shared how JOEY CESTARE – who was Laurie’s boyfriend then – helped his close friend Ada celebrate her birthday while she was staying at a hotel to avoid exposing her parents to COVID-19.

Seaford, NY, U.S. May 22, 2021. ADA CEA's a great sport about posing for a photo during Laurie's outdoor Baby Shower at Puglia's Italian Restaurant. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Seaford, NY, U.S. May 22, 2021. ADA CEA’s a great sport about posing for a photo during Laurie’s outdoor Baby Shower at Puglia’s Italian Restaurant. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

That long year ago, while capturing photos of the poster and truck Joey decorated for Ada’s birthday, I hoped to get the chance to take photos of Ada herself some day.

“Hoped” was an unusually strong and scary part of my wish because Long Island was slammed by the COVID-19 pandemic. I took little about the future for granted, and less still about the present seemed safe.

As 2020 crawled into 2021, my fiancé, Laurie, and older daughter Sue continued to tell me I was the strictest person they knew about limiting places I went and people I was around.

Seaford, NY, U.S. May 22, 2021. L-R, Joey's grandma and his mom Donna pose for photo during Laurie's outdoor Baby Shower at Puglia's Italian Restaurant. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Seaford, NY, U.S. May 22, 2021. L-R, Joey’s grandma and his mom Donna pose for photo during Laurie’s outdoor Baby Shower at Puglia’s Italian Restaurant. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Then, not suddenly, it was Saturday, May 22, 2021, and friends and family gathered at Puglia’s under its open-sided tent for Laurie’s Baby Shower.

Virtually every guest who could be vaccinated was vaccinated by then.

Joey’s mom DONNA transformed the venue into something magical, thanks to lots and lots of talent and preparation… plus balloons the color of Laurie’s dress.

And, along with an awesome great-grandma, aunts, uncles, and cousins to be…, Donna and I can’t wait to welcome our grandson with love and hope.


FEATURE PHOTO at top of post:  Seaford, NY, U.S. May 22, 2021. L-R, Ada, Amy, Joey, Laurie, Erica… at Laurie’s outdoor Baby Shower at Sergio’s.


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