As much as I like to start this column with something more substantive than the weather, it seems to me that last weekend’s picture perfect days are definitely worth mentioning right off the bat. It seemed everyone was outdoors, yet the beach was delightfully uncrowded, mostly populated with families of young children enjoying the day. And we were so pleased to find my son’s glasses at the beach the day after they were left there.
The gorgeous weather continued into the evening although the wind did kick up a bit, which put a kink in the planned rocket launches at the Water Mill Community Club’s barbecue on Saturday evening. The wind was taking the rockets too far from the launch area so the committee had to limit the number set off. No matter, the 75 to 80 people who attended had a great time anyway.
At the barbecue, four graduating high school seniors were presented with Water Mill Community Club Scholarships for community service rendered to the club. The recipients were Sean Noonan, Emily Wesnofske, Caleb Muller and Ryan Corwith. In addition, Michael Bunce and Christopher Bunce both received the Calder Scholarship, which is given to Water Mill residents who are continuing their education after a gap between high school and college.
Michael will be attending Adelphi to major in adaptive physical education, and Chris is currently at Suffolk Community College studying culinary arts.
The plans of the four seniors are as follows: Sean will be attending Cortland, as a musical theater major, and Emily is headed to the University of Georgia where she will major in elementary education. Caleb was accepted into a pilot program called the Uncollege Gap Year program, making him one of 30 applicants out of 400 that were accepted into this new program. He will start in San Francisco for three months, and then will go abroad for three months. Ryan is going to Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to become a machinist and diesel mechanic.
A veritable truckload of peanut butter and jelly was collected at the event as the cost of admission and this will be donated to the local food pantry.
In other local news, Water Mill artist Bruce Lieberman will have a show at Hampton Hang, a gallery in Water Mill behind Suki Zuki, of a collection of his works called “Portraits of Summer.” I am a big fan of Bruce and a fan of his work and so I am particularly excited about this show because Bruce gets to show his work in his home hamlet and the drive for me to see it is very manageable. The show will open on July 8.
The Water Mill Museum is now open and has a featured exhibit of historical penny postcards. Dozens of vintage postcards depicting local antique views of Water Mill and environs from 1907 to 1955 will be on display, telling the story of what Water Mill looked and sounded like last century.
Also on display at the museum is a stereoscopic viewer and scenic view cards, a very popular form of home entertainment in the 19th century. Visitors to the museum can use the viewer to see what Niagara Falls and other national sights looked like to Water Mill residents who would never be able to see them any other way. This exhibit will let you enjoy a little “low tech” entertainment and learn something, too.