Friends of the Bay Partnership Shopping Night With Authors Claire Bellerjeau and Bill Bleyer

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13TH | 5:00PM - 7:00PM
At Theodore's Books

Friends of the Bay and Theodore's Books proudly present a Partnership Shopping Night! Join us for an evening with local authors Claire Bellerjeau and Bill Bleyer as they sign copies of their books. 

This event is free and open to the public. 10% of all sales will be donated to Friends of the Bay!

​Friends of the Bay’s mission is to preserve, protect and restore the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Estuary and the surrounding watershed.

In furtherance of that mission, Friends of the Bay completed a State of the Watershed Report, and subsequently completed a Watershed Action Plan. We also conduct weekly water quality monitoring at 8 sites throughout the estuary from May through October, and we test streams and outfalls at more than 10 sites.

Friends of the Bay conducts water quality monitoring in Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor. The organization also sponsors community events that take place on the water and beaches and it works with citizens and local government officials for wetland restoration and habitat protection. We are monitoring planning for the Eastern Waterfront, involving the public, landowners, and town and state governments.

BILL BLEYER was a prize-winning staff reporter for Newsday, the Long Island daily newspaper, for thirty-three years before retiring in 2014 to write books and freelance for the newspaper and magazines. He is coauthor, with Harrison Hunt, of Long Island and the Civil War (The History Press, 2015). He is the author of Sagamore Hill: Theodore Roosevelt's Summer White House (The History Press, 2016); Fire Island Lighthouse: Long Island's Welcoming Beacon (The History Press, 2017); Long Island and the Sea: A Maritime History (The History Press, 2019) and George Washington's Long Island Spy Ring: A History and Tour Guide (The History Press, 2021). His work has been published on and in Civil War News, America's Civil War, Naval History, Sea History, Lighthouse Digest and numerous other magazines and newspapers.

CLAIRE BELLERJEAU is the co-author of Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth, published in May 2021. In 2022, she co-founded a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called Remember Liss, with the mission to educate the community about Liss's extraordinary life and times. Bellerjeau formerly served as historian and director of education at Liss's birthplace, Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay, New York. She has been researching the Townsend family and those they enslaved for over seventeen years, including curating a yearlong exhibit on the Townsend "Slave Bible" in 2005. In 2015, during a research visit to the New York Historical Society, she discovered what may be one of the earliest poems ever written by Jupiter Hammon, America's first published African American writer. She has developed educational programs on the subjects of slavery in New York and the American Revolution on Long Island and works with teachers to develop curriculum to share Liss's story using primary documents from her research. Bellerjeau lives with her husband, Chris, in Oyster Bay, New York. Tiffany Yecke Brooks holds a PhD in American and Dramatic Literature from Florida State University and has spoken and published widely on early portrayals of race in trans-Atlantic performance as well as the emerging American identity in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She was the lead researcher and contributing writer for the New York Times best-selling George Washington's Secret Six, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, and Andrew Jackson and the Miracle at New Orleans, as well for Fear is a Choice with Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner and Limitless with Paralympic gold medalist Mallory Weggemann.

PLEASE NOTE: All books signed at this event must be purchased from Theodore's Books. If you purchase your book in advance of the event, please save your receipt.

Event address: 
Theodore's Books
17 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, NY 11771-0000