Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve

Friends of Caleb  Smith Preserve 2017 Fall Festival

George Washington speaks with a youngster waiting on the face-painting line.

Despite 90-degree temperatures, nearly one thousand visitors of all ages spent the day at the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve’s Fourth Annual Fall Festival on Sunday, September 24.

Children fished on the peninsula at Willow Pond, played Colonial and Native American games, made dreamcatchers and painted free pumpkins at the Crafts table and enjoyed nature events with popular naturalists Eric Powers and Jan Porinchak. Antique cars, Three Bees Aviary and other exhibits were on hand. Musicians, including singer/pianist/songwriter Mike Tedesco, played on the back lawn as festival attendees listened, and enjoyed lunch at tables under tents.

     Peter Paquette, as George Washington, spent the day walking the area, speaking with children about the history of the park, and the Revolutionary War. At one point, a child was heard to say: “Mommy, I just met the president!!!”

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1. Alma Wegener, and her mom Lauri Christiansen Wegener, of Kings Park meet George Washington, who by afternoon had shed his prominent blue and gold jacket due to the heat.
2. Jared Tetrault of Smithtown makes friends with naturalist Eric Powers’ boa constrictor.
3. Bean Bag Game is always a favorite.
4. A family enjoys the craft table. 

2017 Junior Anglers Fishing Tournament

Winners from the morning group, above, display their trophies. From left,  Mia McGivney, Angelina Saeiocca, Tommy Lozada

The fish in Willow Pond were biting at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve in Smithtown June 10 and as a result the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve’s catch-and-release 15th annual Junior Fishing Tournament hit a record with a total of 259 fish caught by 30 anglers, ranging in age from five through twelve. All anglers caught at least three fish per person.

Winners of the morning session for those ages five to eight: Angelina Saeiocca, 5, from Bay Shore, won first prize for the most fish caught: 10; Thomas Lozada, 6, Massapequa Park, caught the largest pan fish, a 9-3/4-inch sunfish; Mia McGivney, 8, Rockville Center, caught the largest “other” fish, a 13-inch bass.

Winners in the afternoon session, for anglers ages nine through 12 were: Erik Trovitch, 12, from Smithtown, first prize for catching the most fish: 53; Matthew Cira, 9, Smithtown, caught the largest pan fish: a 10-inch sunfish; and Christopher Bellinger, 12, Smithtown, caught the largest “other” fish: a 14-1/2-inch bass.

For Eric Trovitch, who won first prize last year as well for catching 17 fish, the day began with immediate good fortune. 

“He caught a total of 53 fish, and that’s the truth! He threw in his line and caught a fish within a minute!” said Carol Tokosh, whose husband Tom was chairman of the tournament.

There were 19 anglers in the morning session who caught a total of 116 fish, and 11 in the afternoon session who caught a total of 143 fish. All participants received a free tee shirt and goodie bags. 

The Fisherman Magazine provided worms, bobbers, hooks and two rods for prizes.

From left, Christopher Bellinger, Matthew Cira and Eric Trovitch celebrate a successful day of fishing during the afternoon session.


Saturday, May 13                      Annual Birding Presentation with Eric Powers      9 a.m.
Saturday, June 10                     Junior Anglers Tournament                                9 a.m.
Saturday, June 17                     Annual Nature Walk with Jan Porinchak             10 a.m.
Sunday, September 24               Fall Festival                              

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colonial crafts and games were popular fun at last year’s event.

Youths and Nature Prevail at 2015 Fishing Tourney

Twenty-seven youths, age 5 - 12, enjoyed the tranquility and excitement of fishing during the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve’s 13th Annual Junior Angler Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Nearly forty fish were caught and released into Willow Pond at the Smithtown state park, and six anglers received large fish trophies, while all received ice cream, and goody bags loaded with fish-related items.
Meanwhile, a snapping turtle, undisturbed at the activity around her, dug a nest and laid her eggs at Site #10 as the young anglers fished at other marked sites around Willow Pond.
 Winners at the morning session [ages 5-8]:
Lena Umbrino, 8, Kings Park, first prize: catching the most fish [3];
Anthony Ross, 6, of Seaford, second prize: largest pan fish [an 8-inch blue gill];
Dennis Steele, 6, of Lake Grove, third prize, largest other fish caught [an 11-1/2-inch bass].
 Winners in the afternoon session (ages 9-12):
Timothy Glover, 11, of Center Moriches, first prize: most fish caught [four]
Christopher Belanger, 10, second prize: largest pan fish [8-1/2”]
Edward Belanger, 12, of Smithtown, third prize: largest other fish [12-1/2” bass]
Special thanks to Fred Golofaro, from the Fisherman who donated the worms, hooks and bobbers. Carmine Petrone and Dylan Sobina from Camp-Site Sport Shop who were judges. Also, thank you to Carmine for donating 3 fishing rods that we raffled off. 

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1. Anthony Ross, 6, of Seaford, with dad Irving, happily shows off his 8-inch blue gill for which he received a trophy for the largest pan fish caught.
2. Judge Dylan Sobina of Huntington notes the length of Anthony Ross’ bluegill after releasing it back into the lake. 
3. Winners in the morning session (ages 5-8) at the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve Junior Angling Fishing Tournament held on June 6, 2015: Anthony Ross,  Lena Umbrino, Dennis Steele. 
4. Morning session anglers.
 5. Snapping turtle laying eggs, undisturbed, all morning at Site 10.
6. Hayden Glover, 9, [foreground]; dad Timothy; brother Timothy, 11, of Center Moriches, fish on the peninsula. Timothy won first prize in the afternoon session for the most fish caught [four including an 11-inch bass]. 
7. Nicholas Churanai, 9, of East Northport gleefully reels in a 6-3/4 inch blue gill. 
8. Ryan O’Connor, 9, of Smithtown and dad Chris, wait for a bite. Seen in the background are anglers at the peninsula sites on Willow Pond. 
9. Winners in the afternoon session: Edward Belanger, Timothy Glover, Christopher Belanger. 
10. Afternoon session anglers.

The Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve are
dedicated to preserving the natural environment,  
historical structures and collections 
of one of the last great places on Long Island

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