My father is gravely ill. A writer and collector of things, like old scraps of paper that have meaning only to him, he wanted to spend his last days poking around inside an old barn where he had stored a lifetime of artifacts. He told me that he wanted to visit the barn one last time. Since that was not possible, I brought the barn to him instead.I filled a box with the things I found. I picked the items I had read about in his writings, and pictures of people I did not recognize. We spent an hour or so looking at what I found in his “wonder boxes,” him remembering, and sharing, many things long since forgotten.
And I got to learn more about my father.
Maureen’s Haven will host its annual Lobster Bash Fundraiser next Thursday, August 22, from 6 to 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, will serve as the honorary chairs.
Tickets start at $175 per person and can be purchased online at www.maureenshaven.org. Call (631) 727-6831.
The new show at the Remsenburg Academy on South Country Road is called “Harvesting the Land and Sea.” Sag Harbor artist Barbara Maslen will be displaying her paintings of local fishermen and farmers hard at work on the water or in the field.
Ms. Maslen, who began her career as a professional illustrator working in the contemporary impressionist style, has created a collection that celebrates the joy of working with one’s hands. It is an examination of man’s relationship to nature where she has captured the moment of total absorption in the task at hand.
The opening reception is set for this Friday, August 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. the next few Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The Remsenburg Academy is currently being painted. If anyone would like to make a donation to help pay for this refurbishment effort, please make out a check to “The Remsenburg Academy” and mail it to P.O. Box 372, Remsenburg, NY, 11960. All contributions are tax-deductible.
The annual “Love on a Leash” walk in support of Bideawee in Westhampton is set for this Saturday, August 17, starting at 8 a.m., in Westhampton Beach Village. Registration and check-in begin at 7 a.m. on the Village Green, located next to the Westhampton Beach Post Office. The walk starts promptly at 8 a.m. and a pet fair will run from 9 until 11 a.m. on the green.
Registration for the walk costs $25 and includes a shirt and some treats. Visit www.bideawee.org/walk for additional details.
The fourth annual “Celebration of Our Bays,” a fundraiser benefiting the Peconic Baykeeper, will be held on Friday, August 16, starting at 5:30 p.m., at the lovely “Port of Missing Men” home in Southampton. Enjoy a night of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while helping a great group.
The Peconic Baykeeper is dedicated to protecting our drinking water and restoring our bays. Officials assisted with the push to get the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation to take another look at the Speonk Solvent Plume; it would be nice if locals turn out to support the Baykeeper.
Tickets start at $125 each. For information, visit www.peconicbaykeeper.org or call (631) 653-4804.
Finally, the Westhampton Beach Fire Department, which helps protect the hamlets of Remsenburg and Speonk, will host its annual open house on Sunday, August 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at the firehouse, located on Sunset Avenue in Westhampton Beach Village.
There will be water games, rescue demonstrations, fire truck rides, as well as plenty of food and refreshments. There is no charge to attend.