On Saturday morning I went down to Rogers Beach to take some photos of the annual Junior Lifeguard tournament. There were boys and girls age 11 to 15 competing in a variety of tests and drills. I have to say that I was quite impressed with their ability to handle such a long swim in pretty big waves. Even the active lifeguards got into the swing of things, showing off their skills in the flag grab where T.J. Murphy beat out his brother, Jack, for the title.That afternoon the Hampton Bays Knights of Columbus and Hampton Bays Fire Department opened the carnival being held on fire department grounds for a few hours to local adults with special needs. The visitors got to enjoy many of the rides for free. We decided to take a ride and meet some of the residents of the house that my girlfriend, Retta, manages and who were going to take advantage of this very generous offer.
I got to meet five of the eight house residents who made the trip to Hampton Bays from Manorville: Marc, Danny, Chris, Ida and Devin. Marc asked me to ride on the Ferris wheel with him and then we got to tour all of the fire trucks, which I’m pretty sure was the highlight of Marc’s afternoon.
On Sunday morning we took a nice long walk on Lashley Beach, looking to add to our beach glass collection, but we found only a couple of tiny pieces. The water was beautiful, though, and a lot calmer than the day before.
After our walk I was able to get into my garden to pull some weeds and plant a new batch of sugar snap peas, edamame (soy beans) and herbs (thyme, dill and basil) for a late harvest. Our first batch of peas was so good that I wish I had planted a whole garden of them. But Retta loves her cherry tomatoes, so we had to make room for several plants of all different varieties.
Now we water and patiently wait. I am anxious to see how our corn tastes, too; we have a bunch of ears popping and the stalks are almost as high as an elephant’s eye, which I’m told is the right height for harvesting.
While watering and inspecting my flowers and vegetables around the property, I discovered that some inconsiderate person had snapped off the top of not one, but two of my multi-flowering sunflowers near the front of my office window. I am guessing they don’t read my column, but in case they do, I would like to say that I don’t appreciate you destroying my hard work, and that I do believe in karma.
The New York Exceptions will take to the gazebo stage at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, August 8, as part of the 2013 Westhampton Beach Summer Concert series. They will be performing hits from the 1950s through the 1970s. Don’t forget your blanket or beach chair, and I would also recommend some insect repellent.
Next Thursday, August 15, The Sound Symphony will perform a summer pops concert program featuring the works of both classical and contemporary composers. As always, in case of rain, the concerts will take place in the Westhampton Beach High School auditorium.
The Rotary Club of Westhampton will host its annual Bill Hautmann Flea Market on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach this weekend. Market hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, and noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 11. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children between ages six 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 next 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.
The 10th annual Moon & Stars Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, August 22, at Rock Hill Golf and Country Club, 105 Clancy Road in Manorville. The tournament is held in honor of Samantha Jo LeBrun, a Westhampton Beach high school senior who was killed in a car accident in March 2004.
The cost to play is $175 per golfer and that includes range balls, food and beverages on the course, and prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and team scores. Registration starts at noon and the shotgun scramble start begins at 1:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Charlie LeBrun at (631) 875-3716.
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? Well, 27east.com is holding a Beefed Up Barbecue Contest and will be giving away gift certificates to Catena’s in Southampton 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.