Junior Golf at the Rumson Country Club in Rumson, New Jersey, took place on Thursdays in the summer. I rode my bike over there from my house on Sailer’s Way. About a mile at the most.Either no one ever asked or I never offered to tell the golf pro that I was left-handed, so I learned to play right-handed. I kind of doubt that it really mattered because I didn’t seem to be very good at it anyway! Mostly I remember hitting balls in the water at all the water holes, washing the golf balls in the sudsy things at the tees, the frozen Milky Ways at the Halfway House and the blisters on my hands!
I remember laughing with my friends as we hit the balls helter-skelter, losing track of our scores because they were so high and loving it when the sprinklers would come on out of nowhere to cool us off. After golf it was a bike ride to the DQ (Dairy Queen) for a lemon-lime Mr. Misty float.
Summer was great when we were kids on the Jersey Shore. The days stretched out ahead of us, seemingly endless. Now I feel a tug of panic as I begin to feel the fleeting of the summer days, passing by faster than ever.
A graduation party in honor of Alyssa (Allie) Wood of Eastport was held “On the Pond” on Lily Pond Lane on Sunday, July 14. Allie graduated from Eastport South Manor High School in June and is headed to the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Allie was voted “Most Artistic” by her fellow classmates.
The beautiful and talented Miss Wood is the daughter of Gary and Lisa Wood. She is the sister of Katie Wood, a student at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, who, by the way, was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester. Katie will be a senior this year and has already performed at Carnegie Hall! Congratulations to all!
The Eastport Fire Department celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and department members are busy planning their centennial celebration. Festivities will take place on September 21, beginning with a parade at 4 p.m. Following the parade there will be a free barbecue at the firehouse, complete with live music. All are welcome to attend this special afternoon celebration.
The fire department is currently looking for individuals from the community who would be interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter. Anyone interested should please call (631) 325-0464. Complete training and equipment will be provided.
The fire department is now holding a fund drive and much-needed donations can be sent to P.O. Box 158, Eastport, NY, 11941. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.
Members of The Long Island Opera Company will perform opera favorites on the Village Green in Westhampton Beach today, Thursday, July 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Gazebo Concert Series. Songs by some of opera’s most popular composers including Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, Mozart and Rossini will be performed under the stars. Admission is free! Bring a lawn chair and bug spray!