Decking out Brookwood Hall
An image of the various trees at Brookwood Hall.

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Decking out Brookwood Hall

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
12/10/2015


ISLIP TOWN—Last Thursday evening, families, friends and 50 local community groups and service organizations gathered together for the second annual Deck the Halls project at Brookwood Hall. The event was sponsored by the Islip Arts Council and the Brookwood Hall Restoration Committee, an organization dedicated to restoring the historic South Shore estate to its former glory.

 Participants included local businesses, historical societies, Boy and Girl Scout troops, churches and chambers of commerce. Each purchased a $25 tree to decorate in various designated spots throughout the perimeter of the property. Many of the bright, colorful and uniquely decorated trees helped raise money for the ongoing Brookwood Hall Restoration Project.

Councilman Steve Flotteron, who spearheaded the event, said that the number of trees jumped from 32 last year to 50 this year.

“It’s getting bigger and better,” said Flotteron. “It’s a great event. This is about bringing people together for the beginning of the holiday season. Some people look at Brookwood Hall as the center of the town, the arts, and maybe even our own Rockefeller Center, and that’s what we have going on here.”

Anthony Mastrantonio, owner of Marconi Manor in Islip, helped donate hot chocolate, coffee and cookies for the occasion.

“I love it here,” said Mastrantonio, who is also vice president of the Islip Chamber of Commerce and involved in both the Islip Arts Council and the restoration project. “Any chance I get to throw something into the ring and help out, I take.”

Islip Arts Council executive director and Brookwood Hall committee leader Lynda Moran said that the event was a great success.

“It gets better every year,” said Moran. “I’m so thrilled that so many groups came forward to participate.”

Other events at Brookwood Hall this holiday season included the Orphans Tree Lighting Ceremony, a reenactment of the holidays at the mansion back when it served as an orphanage. That event took place on Monday, Dec. 7. In addition, a Cocktail Reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. 

Tickets for the Cocktail Reception are available for $50, with all funds supporting the Brookwood Hall Restoration Committee. For more information, visit www.islipartscouncil.org or call 224-5420.