Grist for the Mill


Happy Mother’s Day!

Before you take your mom for brunch on Sunday, why not make it a weekend celebration by taking her to the Tea & Cookies event being hosted by the Clay Art Guild on Saturday? From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be beautiful cups and other vessels filled with fresh-brewed tea, plus homemade cookies, for $20. As noted by the Guild:

“We are happy to revive, for one special day, the tradition of sipping tea, enjoying a sweet treat, and relaxing with a friend in the same space as was once done every summer. As you enjoy your tea in a cup, mug or tea bowl crafted by the hand of an artist from the Clay Art Guild, reflect, if you will, on how history seems to come full circle, revolving like the Mill itself.”

After mention of the event in this column last week, I received a note from a reader who forgot to sign her name. It read:

“I read your Grist for the Mill column. It brought back memories. In the ’40s the tea room was run by Jessie Modzelewski and her sister Louise. I was one of the waitresses. I remember cinnamon toast and crab meat salad being very popular. Jessie’s cakes were to die for. The articles made by the blind were so beautiful and well made. Jessie, Louise and I even went to New York to help with the Christmas sale for the commission of the blind. Great memories.”

Johncarlos Routh presented a check representing the proceeds of one of his tag sales to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in memory of Carol Zuhusky, who lost her battle with breast cancer in August last year. Carol was chairman of the board of JC for JD (Johncarlos for Juvenile Diabetes) and was relentless in her quest to help find a cure.

The check included $7,500 donated in her memory in lieu of flowers. Her legacy continues as her son, Alex Zuhusky, joined the board of JC for JD and her sons Ben and Joey work with him and Johncarlos planning future fund-raisers for the foundation.

Eileen Noonan is seeking Southampton High School graduates from the Class of 1978. E-mail her at if you are or if you have contact information for anyone who was.

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