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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!

Scarecrow Contest in Stony Brook Village

DSCN0111The Suffolk County Cluster of Au Pair in America has entered the Scarecrow Contest in Stony Brook Village.  The au pair scarecrow and her host baby scarecrow are dressed all in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

You can see all the Scarecrows now through Halloween in Stony Brook Village!  To learn more about the contest and events on Halloween in Stony Brook, on the link below:


Keila from Brazil and Community Counselor Cindy Garruba

Keila from Brazil and Community Counselor Cindy Garruba

Visit the APIA Scarecrow and please vote for us.  Scarecrow #105 in front of Mint, near the Brook House and Post Office in the Harbor Crescent Section of Stony Brook Village. Boutique in Market Square section.

Au Pairs Decorate Tree for Stony Brook Village Promenade of Trees

012Suffolk County Au Pair in America Au Pairs decorated a holiday tree in Stony Brook Village Promenade of Trees.  The theme of the tree is “we bring the world together!”  All the trees are on display through the New Year’s weekend.  The au pairs enjoyed decorating the tree and walking through the village to view the other trees on display.  We even saw Santa arrive in his sleigh!  We hope all our host families and friends visit Stony Brook Village for the holiday season, see Santa and our tree!