Memorial Day is upon us once again. For those of you who do not know, the holiday dates back many years and was originally called “Decoration Day.” In fact, you might know some older people who still call it that.
The holiday’s origins trace back to the Civil War, when the widows and daughters of Confederate soldiers would place flowers on the graves of their husbands and fathers. The tradition quickly spread across the country, north and south, and now honors all veterans of our armed forces.
But we, the living, often remake our holidays for ourselves and, in the Hamptons, Memorial Day marks the time when local gardeners, cooks, waiters, tennis and golf pros, and caterers gear up for the summer crowds.
We are all invited to attend the 10th anniversary celebration of the East Quogue Village Green, located off Montauk Highway. The party will run from 2 to 6 p.m. this Saturday, May 25. There will be plenty of activities for the kids including an inflatable slide, face painting, balloon twisting and a magician. An assortment of fantastic foods will be available for purchase. Just remember to bring a blanket or lawn chair so you can enjoy the live music. There is no charge to attend.
A new exhibit is going up in the Remsenburg Academy this weekend and you will not want to miss it. The exhibit, titled “Birds & Co.” will feature photographs taken by Andrea Parker and sculptures created by Jonathan Pearlman.
An opening reception is scheduled for this Friday, May 24, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Academy located at 130 South Country Road in Remsenburg. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The exhibit will be on display through Sunday, June 9—check it out before it hits the road.
One of my favorite things about summer—the Westhampton Beach Farmers Market—is back! The market is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday.
The Remsenburg Association recently made a contribution to support a community garden at our Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School. If you are interested in contributing, please email Deborah Busking at Dbusking@gmail.com.
Finally, on Saturday, May 25, the Garden Conservancy is sponsoring a garden tour and the creations of two local residents will be on display. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Finkelstien, who live at 3 Kingfisher Cove, and Fred and Monica Meyer, who reside at 7 Tuthill Lane, both in Remsenburg, will have their gardens featured on the tour, which runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission costs $5.