Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, June 27

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Life’s simple pleasures are often sacrificed due to our over-scheduled lives. That, sadly, includes homemade pasta salad.No matter how good the deli pasta salad is, it just does not taste like the kind I remember. You know, crunchy and creamy enough to risk the possibility of botulism.

So, armed with an internet recipe that was “guaranteed” to be old-fashioned, I attempted to make my own version this weekend. The recipe was from chef Paula Dean, and apparently created when no one thought anything was wrong with eating blocks of butter and gallons of mayonnaise.

Things did not start out great as I could not find any large elbow macaroni at the Westhampton Beach Waldbaum’s. They had the small size. How could this be? Why would someone want smaller when the point is to hold the sauce?

Sensing my confusion, one of the stockers tried to help; she was as determined as I was. (The best customer service is at Waldbaum’s.) Finally, we agreed that it would be better for me to use other noodles.

The kids, only one of whom eats deli-made pasta salad, did not notice the change in noodles, and all declared it to be “delicious.”

What a great use for the tent after Saturday’s Summer Solstice Party at the Remsenburg Academy! The Remsenburg Road Show moved in on Sunday, June 23, and raised funds for the maintenance of the historic building. Lloyd Gerard of Lloyd’s Antique and Auction Service of Eastport and Terri Gerard Davison of Phi Beada Kappa contributed their services and appraised items for the public.

Congratulations to the students of the sixth grade graduating class at the Raynor Country Day School in Speonk. Special recognition goes to Ryan Haber, the class valedictorian, and Jacey Rubin, the class salutatorian. Both scholars hail from Remsenburg. Way to go!

Westhampton Beach Middle School graduates were treated to a motivational speech from Rohan Murphy. Mr. Murphy wrestled at Penn State University after losing his legs.

Some of the students participated in a Community Read during the school year and really connected with Mr. Murphy’s “can-do” message. The students also learned about how differences between people can lead to bullying. The middle school is taking an aggressive anti-bullying stance. Good luck to our new high school students!

Although artist Will Day has returned to his home in Colorado, his brother, Tom, will continue hosting the current exhibit over at the Remsenburg Academy. Mr. Day’s paintings have an amazing quality. One shimmers under the academy light while another looks as if it is layer upon layer of paint but, after closer inspection, reveals itself to be a thin layer.

The artist specializes in creating art for patrons wishing to preserve the light, feeling and magic of their home or favorite place. The paintings boast beautiful colors and evoke visions of mysterious places. Those now on display at the academy feature lovely spring colors.

Hopefully, Mr. Day can come back next year and, perhaps, offer to teach an art class. Please stop by and check out this special exhibit before it closes on Sunday, June 30. Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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