Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, May 9


Why do we have to plant grass? When God gave us dominion over the Earth, didn’t he throw in the grass?
Not at our place. But it’s not God’s fault or ours for that matter. The ducks did it.

Our place used to be a duck farm and that type of farming seemed to involve replacing topsoil with sand. So, where you would normally have grass, we have acres of sand. We mulch and add dirt and water, and hope the rain and sun will transform the ground into soil or, in the very least, stuff that is as fertile as the dirt lining in our driveway—where the grass has no trouble growing.

Drop in at Island Bead, located on Montauk Highway in Eastport, for a Bird’s Nest Pendant workshop and make something special for mom. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. There is a $5 fee for materials.

East End Hospice is holding its 19th annual Pig Roast at Pindar Vineyards on the North Fork on Saturday, June 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be inflatable bounce houses, face painting and crafts. Food and drinks will be served from 4 until 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids 14 and under. Call (631) 288-7080 or visit for more details.

Three couples, an indiscretion, a cover-up, accusations and crumbling alibis all lead to confusion and uproarious comedy, not in Remsenburg but in the Hampton Theatre Company’s revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s “How The Other Half Loves.”

The show opens on Thursday, May 23, for a three-week run at the theater in Quogue. William and Mary Detweiler, a couple in the show, will be played by New York actor Mark McCarthy and another New York actor and part-time Remsenburg resident, Jane Cortney.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for senior citizens and $10 for students under age 21. Dinner packages are also available. Visit

The Remsenburg Association’s Board of Directors met last week and decided to add a new membership category, called “nonresident members,” for those members living in Speonk and Westhampton.

Children from Remsenburg and Speonk performed in the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s production of the “Swan Lake Ballet” alongside professional ballet dancers. Alexandra Behmoiram, Paige Garrett, Lilah Caputo, Caroline Connelly, Grace Martin-Tsoupas, Emma Palmer, Emily Solano and Eva Wax all performed.

The ArtRemsenburg 2013 season swings into high gear with an opening reception for acclaimed abstract expressionist Barbara Bilotta on Saturday, May 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Remsenburg Academy. Ms. Bilotta has won multiple awards and, most recently, exhibited her works at the East End Arts Council. Her paintings can be viewed at the academy on weekends through May 19. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On May 1, Makayla Hofmann, a fifth-grader at Clayton Huey Elementary School in Center Moriches, received the Leadership and Excellence in Physical Education Award from the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Makayla, who is the granddaughter of Kathy Hofmann of Remsenburg, lives for lacrosse and plays attack and midfield. She loves meatloaf, as well as macaroni and cheese, and works hard to keep her grades up because she is already focused on college.

She is a 10-year-old with a great future ahead! Congratulations, Makayla.

The Westhampton Aviators, our local baseball team, needs host families for the 2013 summer season. Host families are asked to provide our visiting athletes with a bed, kitchen and washing machine access, and a roof over their heads. The players are responsible for their own transportation. In exchange, the children of the host families will receive free baseball clinics and private lessons.

If you are interested, please send an email to

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