Visit from the Huntington Family

On September 25th, we received an unexpected but welcome visit from Madge Huntington and her son Adrian. We spent a couple of hours walking the property, Friends Way, and all around the meetinghouse.

golden_rule_bigelow_1958Madge is the daughter of William Huntington, the renowned pacifist from whom CBM purchased its site.

Both Madge and Adrian spent time growing up on the larger property that encompassed all of the current Friends Way. Both in “the big house” as they called 2 Friends Way. And “the little house” as they called the house that sat on the property at 1 Friends Way.

Madge took time to stand in different spots around the property and close her eyes imagining where buildings had been. She remarked how few trees were in this area last she had been here. Madge was keen to find the spot where she and her siblings went sleigh-riding as children. We correctly guessed the spot and confirmed with some of the photographs in the Fellowship Room.

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We sat in the Worship Room for a time and Madge and Adrian both told stories about the more personal side of William Huntington. Up in the Caretaker’s apartment, Adrian recounted tales of attending First Day School and Madge pointed out where the hay bales would have been.

I was able to brief both Huntington descendants on what Conscience Bay Quakers have been up to in the intervening years. We spent ample time in the Fellowship Room, looking at pictures, meeting minutes, books, and more. We spent time at the large aerial photo from 1955, which seemed to move the conversation in some great directions.

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The visit ended with Madge and Adrian signing the guestbook and I presented Madge with a “Huntington era” photograph of which we had multiple copies. Since Adrian had taken photos we exchanged email addresses so he could send them over. I let him know that I’d keep him posted on any “Huntington-related” historical items I came across.

A few weeks later Adrian returned with his brother Stefano for another visit. A shorter, but no less fulfilling visit ensued. I’ll continue to update meeting with any developments on this wonderful connection from our past!

Respectfully submitted,

Wells Tipley, Caretaker

 

Long Island Pride Parade

fans20cr20smInspired by the enthusiasm of Rich Morgan, Conscience Bay participated in the 10th annual Long Island Pride Parade in Huntington, organized by the Long Island GLBT Services Network, an association of five non-profit organizations serving Long Island’s GLBT community of all ages with centers in Bay Shore and Garden City, working to end homophobia on Long Island, to provide a home and safe space for the GLBT community, and to advocate for equality.main20street20cr20sm

International Day of Action

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Joy Weaver pictured with banner provided by a Friend from Westchester

On May 2, 1010, Co-clerk Joy Weaver  was one of several members of meetings in New York Yearly Meeting who participated in an International Day of Action in New York City organized to coincide with the opening of the pentennial Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), held under the auspices of the UN, May 3-28. Interviewed about her participation by a reporter from a Japanese newspaper, Joy informed him that her lifelong involvement in nuclear disarmament activities was precipitated by the Long Island visit of two of the “Hiroshima maidens,” the two dozen young Japanese women who were were severely disfigured by the Hiroshima bomb and came to the U.S. for reconstructive surgery. Joy met them – just a few years older than herself – when an American escort brought them into the Garden City shop where she was working.may2rally5

For the May 2 event, some 10,000 people filled Times Square for a rally with speeches and music, followed by a march across town to the UN, where an International Peace and Music Festival took place in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The event was preceded on April 30-May 1 by an International Conference for a Nuclear-free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World at Riverside Church keynoted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and attended by 800 people from 30 nations.

 

North Country Peace Group to mark the 6th anniversary of the start of war in Iraq

qx3rjdtSaturday, March 21st, 10:30 AM – Join the North Country Peace Group to mark the 6th anniversary of the start of war in Iraq. Gather on Rt. 25A, a mile or two east of the Nichols Road/25A intersection, near the Chase Bank on the south side of 25A (across from the St. James Catholic Church) in Setauket.  From there, those who wish can join us as we process east along the storefronts in the King Kullen, Wild by Nature and Stop and Shop shopping centers.  We will be carrying signs about Iraq and Afghanistan, and the NCPG banner.  Also, we will have handouts for passersby explaining why we are processing and inviting them to come to the bottom of the hill (our usual protest spot at Rt. 25A and Bennetts Road in Setauket) for the rest of our event, which will include a reading of the names of fallen Long Islanders from both wars.bnxlj5q

Three years ago,  a similar event was held and several members of Conscience Bay Meeting attended. Their photos appeared in Newesday.