New Suffolk Waterfront Fund’s annual fundraiser boosts preservation efforts

Art, Oysters & Champagne On The Water

Independent/Kathleen Bifulco

The 10th annual Art, Oysters & Champagne took place on the New Suffolk waterfront on Sunday, September 2. Spearheaded by the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the area, the event raised funds to help with the continuing revitalization of the waterfront.

“The proceeds from the event will help not only to revitalize and maintain our historic waterfront, but more specifically to repair the badly storm damaged jetty that protects our marina and the hamlet of New Suffolk,” said Patricia Lowry, chair of the NSWF board.

The fundraiser featured a live art auction and approximately 150 guests slurped up 1200 Peconic Bay oysters shucked by a team of four. The auction was led by Billy Finkelstein, and Amy Worth of the South Street Gallery curated the art show.

The NSWF was created in 2005 to purchase a 3.5-acre property and prevent its development as a large rack and stack boat storage facility, restaurant, and parking lot. For the past 11 years, the NSWF board has been responsible for the acquisition, management, development, and maintenance of the property and is comprised of volunteer members from the community.