I’d like to start this week’s column by wishing two people a happy birthday. Anthony Bonner celebrated a big birthday with his family and friends on Saturday, July 27, and local barber and ice cream connoisseur Antoinette Mundinger celebrates her big day on Monday, August 5. Happy birthday, folks!The Swingtime Big Band will take the stage at the Westhampton Beach gazebo tonight, August 1, as part of the latest show featured in the 2013 Summer Concert Series on the Green. The 20-piece band will perform hits from the 1930s and 1940s, as well as music from the Great American Songbook, marking its 24th year performing in Westhampton Beach.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and, in case of rain, head on over to the high school auditorium on Lilac Road. Next Thursday evening, The New York Exceptions will perform hits from the 1960s and 1970s.
The Pioneer Chapter of Hadassah will hold its annual Woman of the Year fundraiser luncheon on Monday, August 5, at Oceanbleu at the Bath and Tennis Hotel on Dune Road in Westhampton Beach. This year’s honoree will be Vered, of the Vered Gallery in East Hampton.
Tickets are $140 each and include a cocktail hour, three-course lunch, fashion show, gift bag and donation to Hadassah to benefit its medical organization. The boutiques and silent auction begin at 10:30 a.m., and the luncheon program begins at 12:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, call Elisa Greenbaum at (631) 288-5705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the first thing you see as you drive south on Potunk Lane and make a left onto Main Street? It is hard not to notice the beautiful steeple and clock of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Well, it is need of some repairs, which are expected to cost $5,500.
The church is asking parishioners, and admirers of the steeple, to help offset that cost by chipping in and buying a “minute” on the clock for $92. There are presently 50 more “minutes” available for purchase to bring this iconic clock back to life. If you would like to help out, write out a check to “St. Mark’s Episcopal Church” and drop it off at the parish center or mail it to P.O. Box 887, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978. Thank you in advance.
The Knights of Columbus, Father Joseph Slomski Council 7423, will host its fourth annual summer concert on Friday, August 2, in the parish center of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, off Meeting House Road on Quiogue. The doors open at 6 p.m., with the concert starting at 8 p.m.
There will be a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, and snacks and beverages will be available. Tickets are $25 for general admission, or $60 for VIP, and available in the parish office or at Lynne’s Cards and Gifts and Westhampton T-Shirts, both on Main Street in the village. Proceeds will benefit the local food pantry, the parish’s homeless shelter program and other community-oriented charities. Call (631) 680-9879.
The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce will host the 41st annual Mary O. Fritchie Outdoor Juried Art Show on Saturday, August 3, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday, August 4, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., on the Village Green. More than 140 artists will be in attendance. For more information, please call the chamber office at (631) 288-3337.
While you are perusing the items on the Village Green, stop by booth number 23, near Beach Road, and check out the artwork being raffled by local artist Mym Tuma to benefit Healing Art Energy. Raffle tickets will be sold both days of the show and the drawing will take place in the afternoon of Sunday, August 4, and the winner does not need to be present to win. For more information, call (631) 878-0287.
The Rotary Club of Westhampton will host its annual Bill Hautmann Flea Market on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach on Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday, August 11, from noon until 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children between ages 6 and 12. There will be tons of vendors, live music, refreshments and plenty of free parking. This event will take place rain or shine.
Bideawee will host its annual “Love on a Leash” walk on Saturday, August 17. The walk begins at the Village Green at 8 a.m. (registration starts at 7 a.m.) and will wander around Westhampton Beach and end up back at the Village Green. You can register to walk, raise funds or donate at www.bideawee.org/walk.
The Westhampton Beach Fire Department will host its annual Open House on Sunday, August 18, from 2 until 5 p.m., at the Sunset Avenue firehouse. There will be water games, rescue demonstrations, fire truck rides, as well as plenty of food and refreshments. As always, there is no charge to attend.
Maureen’s Haven will host its third annual Lobster Bash fundraiser on Thursday, August 22, from 6 until 10 p.m., at the Dockers Waterside Restaurant and Marina on Dune Road in East Quogue. This year’s event will have a country theme and actress Susan Lucci and her son, Andreas Huber, are the honorary chairs. Tickets start at $175 per person and can be purchased online at www.maureenshaven.org. Call (631) 727-6831.
Do you have “The Hottest Grill” in the area? 27east.com is holding a Beefed Up Barbecue Contest and will be giving away gift certificates to Catena’s for the top three grill setups. Upload a photo of your grill/outdoor kitchen at 27east.com and tell us why it makes you king of the grill. Judging will take place on Monday, August 26. Good luck.