It was a picture perfect day for "A Little Garden Music" on June 19 in Sayville. This event, presented by Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts (BAFFA) and the Sayville Garden Club, was a garden tour that included music and art. About 300 people enjoyed listening to music, watching artists create and taking in the beauty of the gardens. The tour showcased 7 gardens, 65 musicians and 17 artists.
BAFFA was started in 1968 by local parents and teachers to encourage the arts in schools and the community. Sayville Garden Club was founded in 1927 as a way to beautify Sayville and they have been doing that ever since. Both organizations remain very active in Sayville by raising funds to support their missions and also award high school scholarships. They both always welcome new members.
This is the eighth time BAFFA and Sayville Garden Club have joined together to share music, art and flowers. Being a member of both organizations, Carole Sheppard started this garden tour in 1998. Since then Sheppard has worked very hard on the event, which is no small feat to arrange. It takes many months of planning with the help of their members and local businesses. "It is a fabulous event - it is a garden tour and so much more.," said Sheppard. "Today we get to show off the extraordinary talents of our members and raise money to support our goals."
The garden tour started at the Gillette House, which is home to BAFFA. When guests arrived, they received a map with the addresses of the gardens for their self-guided tour. Then they were able to go through the BAFFA gallery to view the botanical artwork. Two artists were on hand doing Asian paintings, while Maurice Kemp serenaded the crowd with his keyboard. The event also included raffle prizes and a plant sale.
There were six gardens in Sayville and one in Bayport on the tour. Each garden had musical and artistic talent. A "welcome to my garden" sign and balloons made the gardens easy to find. Members of the Sayville Garden Club were posted outside each house to check in guests.
A pre-father's day treat was at the Crowley Family Gardens with Dave and Julie MacDonnell. This father-daughter brass duo entertained those strolling around the colorful flowers. Julie, a student at Sayville High School, plays the trumpet and her dad's instrument is the French horn.
Donald and Jeanne Levinsohn's gardens have been 30 years in the making. Jeanne, horticultural chair at Sayville Garden Club, has been constantly revamping her grounds to the splendor that they are today. She proudly showed them off and answered questions from those wandering in her gardens.
"A Little Garden Music" was a truly unique event held under warm sunny skies that blended flowers, music and art beautifully.