Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, July 4


As I close the cover on my first beach read, I realize that it is distinctly human to long for exotic adventure. The problem seems to be that an adventure might really be a disaster still waiting to unfold.My father wrote of a South American cruise describing his excitement about an upcoming romantic trip featuring gracious passengers, all conversing in foreign languages. As he walked down the dock in his formal whites, he was directed away from a beautiful ship and to a boat he described as a “floating black hole where a steaming mass of humanity hung bat-like from hammocks along the decks.” He realized he was overdressed. The journey provided him with stories and ideas rich enough to be included in his travel book.

I chuckle as I wonder what a normal reaction to this adventure would be. Would an argument ensue with the man who sold me the ticket, or would I have welcomed the adventure in much the same way as I wriggle my feet deeper in the sand anticipating the next chapter of my book?

My father consciously greets adversity as a friend. Because of this, he has much to write about.

Will I remember that life can be an adventure only if we welcome it? Will I lose the ability to reflect on my adventures?

My father was recently diagnosed with cancer. He has greeted it in his formal whites and is preparing for the journey that lies ahead. It makes me realize that I need to stop arguing with the guy who sold the ticket.

An opening reception for artists Fred Bender and Ed Cortez will be held at The Remsenburg Academy, located at 130 South Country Road, on Friday, July 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. During the opening reception there will be a concert of patriotic music between 6:30 and 7 p.m.

The exhibit will feature marine art and ship models and runs through Sunday, July 21. Exhibit hours are noon to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Check it out.

Congratulations go out this week to Kevin DeVivo, who lives in Speonk, on being named to the president’s list at SUNY at Potsdam. Mr. DeVivo is majoring in music education at the world-renowned Crane School of Music. Congratulations!

Save the date. There will be a reception for local photographer Cheryl Machat Dorskind on Friday, July 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., over at the Remsenburg Academy on South Country Road. Ms. Dorskind’s photographs celebrate our local beach community and capture misty moods, crashing waves and subtle colors. Gallery hours will be noon to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, or you can make an appointment for a private viewing by calling (888)395-1666.

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