Notes from Remsenburg/Speonk

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Calling all local artists. Whatever your preferred medium, now is the time to pick up your brushes, start molding your clay or dust off your sketchbook because The Remsenburg Academy is seeking entries for the 2008 Summer Art Series.

Selected artists will have the opportunity to present their work in a solo exhibition over the course of three summer weekends at the Academy. Local entrants are preferred. Please call 325-2249 for more information.

Raynor Country Day School sixth-grader Abbey Ferrigno just won the “Best in Fair” prize at the school’s annual Science Fair. She also took home first-place honors for her sixth-grade entry and will go on to represent Raynor Country Day School at the Brookhaven National Lab Science Fair on Saturday, May 3.

If reading is your thing, as it is mine, then you might be interested to know that Eastport Books and Brew has a book club that meets once a month to select and then discuss new books.

The store-sponsored reading club meets on the first Thursday of every month and the next meeting is on May 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the bookstore, which is on Montauk Highway in Eastport.

The novel up for discussion at the May 1 meeting is “Four Wives” by Wendy Walker. The book is Ms. Walker’s debut novel and it tells the stories of four women in a wealthy suburb. The book is set in fictional Hunting Ridge.

For information on upcoming titles, or to learn more about joining the Eastport Books and Brew Club, call 325-8595.

Remsenburg resident Jim Fogarty asked me to tell you about tours that are being offered at the Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center in Riverhead. Mr. Fogarty is a concierge at the center so he has all the inside scoop about what goes on during the tours that happen every Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Two industrial kitchens, a culinary theater, classrooms, a Baker’s Workshop bakery and the on-site bistro/cafe are all included in the tours. No registration is needed to attend. Mr. Fogarty says, “come on down” to learn more about what happens behind the scenes.

The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center offers a large curriculum, including one-day adult education courses and a kid’s cooking summer camp. For more information about the center, located at 30 East Main Street in Riverhead, call 548-3700.

The Speonk/Remsenburg Civic Association will continue to do good works this Saturday, April 19, by sponsoring the “Adopt a Highway” cleanup program. You don’t have to be a member of the organization to participate and all hands are welcome as long as they are 18 and over. Interested volunteers need to be at the Speonk train station at 9 a.m.

Speaking of good works, U.S. Representative Tim Bishop presented the Eastport Fire Department with a check for nearly $238,000 during the Annual Inspection Dinner on Saturday, April 5, at Giorgio’s in Baiting Hollow. The money was secured by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and will go toward the purchase of a new tanker truck for the department.

The month of May is “Older Americans Month,” according to Southampton Town Senior Services Director Pam Giacoia. Ms. Giacoia wants all mature Southampton Town residents to know that there are many programs available—such as meditation classes, food and nutrition programs, fitness activities and more—at the center on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays.

Call 728-1235 if you would like to find out more.

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