East Quogue Community Notes, July 11

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I hope that you all had a fantastic Fourth of July weekend. Mine was filled with birthday celebrations and special kisses and hugs from my grandchildren—albeit mainly from Julia and little Matty. The 10-year-olds, Luke and William, are at that age where hugs and kisses are hard to get from boys.And, then, there were those delightful stolen moments spent playing with my new toy—my birthday iPad.

When it comes to balsamics, I will never use the word “vinegar” again! At a tasting at Vine and Branches, I discovered that shop owner Rita Winkler has so many wonderful balsamics to choose from that salad creation has, once again, become fun for me.

My favorites though had nothing to do with healthy salads. Her marvelous chocolate balsamic is decadent when dribbled over chocolate ice cream and her heavenly orange and vanilla balsamic, reminiscent of my favorite childhood treat, those frosty orange creamsicles, is divine over vanilla ice cream.

If you would like to sample the specialty olive oils and balsamics, just stop by her stores in Westhampton and Southampton.

And, speaking of delicious food, have you tried our hamlet’s newest hot spot? Station, located at the point of Montauk Highway and Old Country Road, is fun and filled with laughter and great food—so great that I even took home my salad. In fact, I would have been content to eat only my salad and Marina’s delicious warm bread topped with homemade herbed butter.

If you haven’t eaten there yet, give it a try. Just remember, it is crowded, so be sure to make reservations by calling (631) 996-4050 or via email at reservations@stationeq.com.

And, finally, East Quogue was well represented at Sacred Heart University’s commencement ceremonies held in Fairfield, Connecticut, this spring.

Emily Pepe received a Bachelor of Arts degree in media studies while Kaitlin Allen and Megan Pepe earned their respective Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Congratulations, ladies!

On The Calendar

Tuesday, July 16: Songs in the Attic will perform the music of Billy Joel, starting at 7 p.m., as part of the second Summer Concert on the Village Green. Bring a chair and bug spray.

Saturday, July 20: Quogue Wildlife Refuge hosts its seventh annual “Wild Night for Wildlife” benefit gala, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the historic Quogue home of Paul and Jane Dietche. Tickets start at $175. For more information, call (631) 653-4771.

Saturday, August 10: The East Quogue Fire Department’s 35th annual seafood party, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the firehouse on Montauk Highway. Tickets cost $50 if purchased in advance and $60 if purchased at the door. Tickets are available at Fourth Neck Realty and East Quogue Wines and Liquors, both located on Main Street. For more information, send an email to asacks@eqfd.com.

Saturday, August 24: East Quogue United Methodist Church’s annual chicken BBQ, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $7 for children age 3-10. For information, call Peggy Sanders at (631) 834-4778 or Carole Heller at (631) 653-5102.

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