Water Mill Community Notes, August 8

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The Taste of Water Mill fundraiser went off without a hitch on Saturday evening thanks to its amazing committee and a slew of volunteers. As always, Tom White came through and led the effort to raise the tent and Kristen and Jeff Wilson stepped in at the last minute to help out with a number of tasks. Jill Raynor headed the appetizer committee, which also included Sandy, Karen and Ellen Raynor. Preparing the wonderful array of local produce was Beth Gardner, Kirsten Squires, Faye Andreasen, Vivian Corwith, Jeanne White and Marilyn Burden, plus Bob & Louise Kelly. The clams were once again donated by Chuck Steidle and opened by Wayne Bezubek and Jim Corwith, and delicious desserts were brought by many of you.Karen Corwith and Halsey Farms donated all the hydrangeas and flowers, while the Halsey Farms, the Green Thumb, Rick Wesnofske, and Lynne and Hank Kraszewski donated potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and roasted corn. The ice was donated by the Nuzzolese Bros. Ice, and Hampton Beverage provided the beer and mixers.

Jenn Warner was the coordinator of young volunteers, who helped serve, clean and sell raffle tickets.

Every year at our Taste of Water Mill party, the Founders Award is presented to deserving members of the club. This year it went to Faye and John Andreasen and Mary Maran.

Mary’s involvement in the club is legendary. She and her husband, Tom, wore a number of hats in the old days when the club still hosted its annual auction, Trash and Treasures. In recent years, Mary has been on the Soup and Game Night committee and she has been involved in the annual Scavenger Hunt. She is also very active in the Water Mill Museum.

Faye and John, after moving to the area full time, quickly became invaluable members of the club. They have worked on the Soup and Game Night and the Scavenger Hunt. They put in a lot of hours to make the Taste of Water Mill party a success. They have instilled the same sense of community pride in their daughters, Beth Gardner and Kirsten Squires, who are also very active in the WMCC. They are both active in the Water Mill Museum, where Faye serves on the board.

Congrats to the Founders Award recipients and the entire club on a successful event!

Back on July 25, I wrote about young Drew Birdsall who is waging a battle with leukemia. The three-year-old son of Dan and Shawna Birdsall, he’s currently being treated at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis. The medical bills are mounting and so it will come as no surprise that several people in our community, especially members of the Southampton High School Class of 1997, have organized a fundraiser for young Drew that will take place on Friday, August 9, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at 230 Elm in Southampton. The event will include an open bar, sponsored by the D’Italia family, dancing, music, food and an array of auction prizes. Tickets are just $50 and all the proceeds will go to Drew’s medical care. And if you can’t make it, you can still donate by visiting the fundraising website by searching for “Drews Crew.”

Dr. Kyle Philip Spagnolo graduated with honors on June 10 from AT Stills University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. He was born and raised in Water Mill and moved out west in 2006. He is a graduate of Rochester University and Southampton High School. His residency is at Albany Medical Center in Diagnostic Radiology. Kyle is also a Sigma Sigma Phi Honorary Osteopathic Fraternity member.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to see the grounds of the Watermill Center, this Sunday is your chance (and you should take it) to see it. From 3 to 6 p.m., the grounds will be open to the public (admission is free) to roam the gardens and buildings. I can assure you, it is never dull there.

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