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Scarecrow Fun in Stony Brook Village

Visit Stony Brook Village this October to see all the scarecrows made by creative community groups.  Au Pair in America entered the contest with Au Pair Annie and friends.  Our Scarecrow is #107 just to the left of the Post Office!

Au Pair Annie is holding 8 au pairs from countries in our Suffolk County Au Pair in America cluster.  Her banner has the AIFS moto, “We Bring the World Together”.  Au Pair in America is a division of the American Institute of Foreign Study.  Check out AIFS here.

Mia from Croatia, Dana from Germany, Sara from Panama,  helped Community Counselor, Cindy Garruba, with the Scarecrow.  Their energy and creativity was lots of fun!

Stony Brook Holiday Festival Enjoyed by APIA Families & Au Pairs

Sunday, December 3rd was the annual Stony Brook Village Holiday Festival.  This year APIA was one of the sponsors of the festival.  Host families and au pairs came together to decorate the APIA International Peace Tree.  Decorations were made by au pairs and host children.

Santa arrived on a fire truck and then listened to the wishes of the children.

The new 14 foot tall Legends and Spies parade came next.  The parade celebrated the Culper Spy Ring of Setauket that helped win the Revolutionary War for America’s independence.  Also featured was Ward Melville, the Stony Brook businessman, conservationist and philanthropist. He supported the restoration and preservation of historic buildings in the area to encourage his vision of a New England village in Stony Brook.  The event was run by the Ward Melville Heritage Organization.

Their are 70 trees on the Promenade of Trees that will be on view until the New Year!  The day included a petting zoo, music, and a model train exhibit. 

The day concluded with Santa and friends lighting the big tree on the Village Green!

APIA a Winner!

Stony Brook Village has a great safe Halloween celebration for children every year.  All October there are scarecrows decorating the village for the annual Scarecrow contest.  Visitors to the shops throughout the month can vote for their favorite scarecrow.

The Suffolk County Cluster of Au Pair in America has been entering the contest for several years.  This year, Community Counselor Cindy Garruba, accepted the 2nd prize for the cluster’s entry “Au Pair Annie and her Host Kids.”  The prize will be spent on a party for the au pairs in her cluster!

The contest is run by the Ward Melville Heritage Organization and they provide wonderful events throughout the year for the community.  Soon APIA will be decorating a Holiday Tree in the Promenade of Trees.  The trees will be on view throughout December!

Au Pair in America Scarecrow

Stony Brook Village Annual Scarecrow competition has begun.  Au Pair in America put up a scarecrow near the Post Office, in front of Chicos. 

Our Scarecrow is named Au Pair Annie and if taking care of her three host scarecrow kids! 

Go down and visit her and the other scarecrows.  They will be set up through Halloween.  You can vote for our scarecrow, too!

Thanks so much to Juliana from Colombia for her help setting up the scarecrow!


Au Pair in America Scarecrow in Stony Brook Village


Klara and Melanie from Germany with Corrina from South Africa

Every October Stony Brook Village has a scarecrow contest.  Suffolk County Cluster of Au Pair in America entered our scarecrows.  An au pair with her 2 scarecrow host kids. Corrina Moore, Melanie Oppe, Kara Hofmann and Community Counselor, Cindy Garruba had fun setting up the au pairs, dressing them all in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Go down to Stony Brook Village and see them in front of Fair Winds, near the post office.  You can vote for our scarecrows!  Ballots in the local stores.20151006_133425_HDR_resized20151006_133548_HDR_resized

Stony Brook Village Promenade of Trees

IMG_20141207_142344On Sunday, Dec. 7th Suffolk County Au Pair in America host families and au pairs decorated a tree for the Promenade of Trees in SB Village.  Cindy Garruba, Senior Community Counselor for Au Pair in America, provided ornaments for the kids to decorate.  She also handed out holiday coloring books to the children gathered to give their wish list to Santa. Santa arrived at 2 pm in a horse drawn carriage!

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The trees are on display through New Year’s Day!


Au Pair in America Holiday Tree

DSCN0407On Sunday, December 8th the Suffolk Cluster of Au Pair in America gathered to decorate a holiday tree for Stony Brook Village’s Promenade of Trees.  Host families, au pairs and Community Counselor, Cindy Garruba decorated a beautiful tree with handmade ornaments. Over several years au pairs have made these ornaments at one of the cluster meetings at Cindy’s house.  This year the au pairs painted peace signs celebrating their home countries.  It is a truly International Holiday Tree!DSCN0416

DSCN0422There was a petting zoo, puppet show, carol singers and lots of fun while the crowd waited for Santa Claus to arrive.

Santa arrived in a horse drawn carriage!  Then the kids lined up and waited to tell Santa their holiday wishes.

Santa in SB


Meet Au Pair in America at Stony Brook Holiday Festival!

On Sunday, December 8th at 1:30 meet Cindy Garruba, Suffolk County Au Pair in America Community Counselor in Stony Brook Village at the Holiday Festival.  Visit with au pairs and host families, enjoy the festivities and learn about how Au Pair in America can serve your childcare needs!


Halloween in Stony Brook Village!


Jenny and her host kids check out the APIA Scarecrow

Jenny and her host kids check out the APIA Scarecrow

Stony Brook Village hosted a fun filled Halloween for families this year!  Au Pair in America Senior Community Counselor Cindy Garruba invited host families and au pairs to join her at the festivities.  Cindy handed out Halloween coloring books to the children who stopped to see the Au Pair in America Scarecrow.  DSCN0224

There were crafts and games for the children and a really big crowd.  Everyone loved the scarecrows and the entertainment from the local dance school.  Even Walkie Bear from radio station 97.5 was there with the DJs from the station.  It was a great place to spend a safe and happy Halloween!DSCN0226

Au Pair in America Halloween in Stony Brook

Meet Cindy Garruba

Suffolk County Senior Community Counselor

for Au Pair in America

Halloween in Stony Brook Village

3:30- 4:30 PM

Check out the APIA Scarecrow near the Post Office

Costume Parade for the Kids

October 31, 2013-October 31, 2013
Stony Brook Village Event(02:00 PM-05:00 PM)

23rd Annual Halloween Festival

Join us in the Stony Brook Village Center for our 23rd Annual Halloween Festival! Trick or treat in the shops, meet Walkie Bear from WALK-FM Radio, enjoy a performance from Spotlight Dance Academy, receive a free mini pumpkin, participate in a Halloween costume parade with Monster Merlin, and play games in Inner Court. This event is free!

Location: Stony Brook Village Center


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