Eastport Community Notes, August 1

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August. Don’t eat oysters in August or in any month that does not have the letter “R” in it! Or so they say. I think it has something to do with the warm waters in months like May, June, July and August. I don’t know. I’ll Google it and get back to you!August is famous for its dog days and the waning of summer, sorry to say. The days are getting shorter. The grass is getting drier. I saw spiral school notebooks at the checkout at the grocery store. People are making plans to bring their kids to college, but I won’t go there … yet. I am not counting the days until I have to do that (23).

So, August also means Vacation Bible School at the Eastport Bible Church. It will take place the week of August 5-9, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. It is open to kids from pre-K to the sixth grade and is free! Call the church at (631) 325-8164 to preregister or just stop by on Monday, August 5.

August also means Eastport South Manor Marching Band Camp, which will take place at the high school the week of August 19. The camp is mandatory for all high school band students. The week-long camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, with a break for lunch.

Parents are asked to donate water and/or snacks for the students. For more information, please call the high school at (631) 874-6500.

The men and women of the Eastport Fire Department are gearing up to celebrate the department’s 100th anniversary this fall. Save the date of Saturday, September 21, for a big parade and free barbecue at the Union Avenue firehouse.

Festivities are set to begin at 4 p.m. on the corner of North Bay Avenue and Montauk Highway. Following the parade there will be a celebration that will include food, music and more. All are invited to attend.

A lobster bash for Maureen’s Haven will take place on Thursday, August 22, at the Dockers Waterside Restaurant and Marina on Dune Road in East Quogue. The fundraiser will feature live country music, lobster, cocktails, line dancing, auctions and more.

There are a lot of ticket options with prices starting under $100. For ticket information, please call (631) 727-6831. Maureen’s Haven is an organization whose mission is to protect the East End’s homeless by providing shelter and supportive services. Visit www.maureenshaven.org for more information.

Check out “Freegal,” a music download service offered to Westhampton Free Library cardholders. Using your library card you can download three songs a week to your computer, tablet or smartphone. Call the library at (631) 288-3335 for more details.

And regarding those oysters:

The old saw goes something like this: “Never eat oysters in a month without an ‘R’ in it.”

This stern dictum raises the obvious question in some inquiring minds: What happens in May, June, July and August? And why shouldn’t you eat oysters then?

Oysters spawn during the summer. Spawning takes a lot of energy. During reproduction, an oyster consumes the energy stored in its plump little body to aid in its heroic and taxing effort. The result is a tired, flaccid, mushy oyster with a milky appearance.

In actuality, it’s not that you can’t or shouldn’t eat healthy oysters in the summer. It’s that they’re, er, busy and, as such, not at their prime for eating.

You learn something new every day!

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