2016 OYSTER FESTIVAL VOULENTEERS NEEDED!You may know about the Ida May Project but you may not be aware, NYS Senator Carl Marcellino has facilitated our getting a $125,000 NYS Economic Development grant for which we need to have $65,000 more to qualify.This year for the first time we have been given the opportunity to sell Greek food in the Oyster Festival Food Court as a not-for-profit group fundraiser. This is a big opportunity for us, but to do it we need volunteers. We plan to have two four-hour shifts of six people each, for each of the two days at this year’s Oyster Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The volunteers will be at the IMP booth, selling Greek food, by taking orders, giving the order to the cooks and bringing the food to the customers.We are hoping that you, or a family member or good friend is willing to give the IMP a hand, to help “float our boat.” If you are interested in volunteering for one of the shifts, or even for a couple of hours, give us a call at 516-305-9204 and leave a message. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org the days and time you can work.The Ida May oyster dredge replica, is currently being built by volunteers as a project of the not-for-profit Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. The work is being done by volunteers under the direction of a professional shipwright, Josh Herman, in Building J at the Oyster Bay Western Waterfront. Their mission is to preserve the tradition of wooden boatbuilding in Oyster Bay, by replicating this historically significant vessel, which will be used for marine education, tours of the bay, and other recreational opportunities that will bring people out on Oyster Bay and allow them to enjoy and learn about this precious resource."