Westhampton Community Notes, June 27

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I know summer is officially in full swing for me when my camera is around my neck on weekends more often than it is not.I covered the Westhampton Beach High School graduation ceremony on Friday night. It was a nice change from being held on the usual Sunday afternoon. The setting sun made for very nice lighting and I’m sure all the grandparents and family members who sat in chairs on the track were thankful for the lack of heat that usually emanates from below.

On Saturday evening, Retta and I headed over to the Kiwanis carnival being held at Lufker Airport in East Moriches. Frank, my editor, had asked for some art for the paper and Retta had a hankering for some funnel cake. There were tons of games, many I had never seen before and, of course, I couldn’t resist the aroma of the sausage and peppers, so I had to indulge with a spicy hero. I got some neat shots of the rides and a few of the fireworks display. Somehow, we ended up going home with a couple of caramel apples, too.

On Sunday afternoon I got to ditch my camera for a few hours and ruin a good walk at Great Rock Golf Club with Joe Shaw, from The Press, Andrew Botsford, from Stony Brook Southampton, and Bryan Boyhan, from The Sag Harbor Express. I’m not sure what was worse, my golf game or the sunburn I got on the back of my neck. On the way home, as consolation, I stopped at The Lobster Roll Northside on Sound Avenue in Riverhead and picked up a couple lobster rolls for Retta and myself for dinner.

Graduation, carnival and lobster rolls—I don’t think anything says summer more.

Congratulations go out this week to Danielle Parry, who attends the University of Delaware, and Ashley Farrell, who attends Fairfield University. They were both named to the dean’s list for the spring semester. Nice job, ladies!

Congratulations also go out to Mia Mulvey who graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Way to go, Mia!

The Westhampton Cultural Consortium has announced the lineup for its 24th annual Thursday night Gazebo Concert Series on the Westhampton Beach Village Green. All the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and there is no charge to attend, though donations are always accepted.

Just make sure you bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and maybe even some snacks. In case of a rainy Thursday night, the concerts will be held indoors over at the Westhampton Beach High School auditorium.

The Atlantic Wind Symphony kicks off the series on Thursday, July 4. This group was founded in 1968 and is the oldest, fully professional concert band on Long Island. They have played at the gazebo numerous times over the years and are always a big hit. After the show, you can probably catch the fireworks display at the other end of Main Street.

Here is the rest of the lineup for the season: The Boomers take the stage on July 11; the Long Island Opera Company will belt out some tunes on July 18; and Rhonda Denét will sing some jazz and soul favorites on July 25. For August, the Swingtime Big Band will get the crowd moving on the 1st; the New York Exceptions will perform oldies from the 1950s and 1960s on August 8; The Sound Symphony will grace the gazebo on August 15; Leslie Orofino will perform a night of cabaret on August 22; and, last but not least, the North Shore Pops will perform on August 29.

East End Hospice will hold its annual summer gala on Saturday, June 29, starting at 7 p.m. on the Sandacres Estate in Quogue. The theme for the evening is “An Enchanted Evening,” and the 14th annual Dorothy P. Savage Good Samaritan Award will be bestowed on the Reverend Dr. Charles M. Cary, from the Westhampton Presbyterian Church on Quiogue. Bonnie Grice, of 88.3 WPPB Peconic Broadcasting, will be the “mistress of ceremonies.” Cocktails and dinner will be provided by Beth D’Alesio and music will be performed by the Julie Bluestone Band.

Tickets prices are as follows: $225 for those over age 35 through Saturday, and that goes up to $250 if you buy them at the door. “Junior” tickets, for those under 35, cost $125 if purchased in advance and $150 at the door.

In addition to dinner and dancing, there will be plenty of auction and raffle items to be won and, of course, the gaming room will be open for those who enjoy roulette, blackjack, craps or even some poker. For tickets or more information, call (631) 288-7080.

On The CalendarSaturday, July 13: The Family Service League will host its annual summer gala, “South Beach Comes To Westhampton Beach,” on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach. Tickets are $250 each and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For details, call Tricia O’Hare at (631) 288-1954, ext. 249.

Saturday, July 20: Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s seventh annual “Wild Night for Wildlife” benefit gala at the home of Paul and Jane Dietche in Quogue, from 7 until 10 p.m. Visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org for ticket prices and more information.

Sunday, July 28: The third annual “Tour de Pour” bar crawl to raise money for pancreatic cancer research in memory of Mark Raynor will start at 4 p.m. at Jonesey’s on Montauk Highway in Westhampton Beach. A portion of the proceeds will benefit cancer research.

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