Our community is located between two amazing farm stands. When I first moved to Long Island, I was sad that I would no longer get to enjoy the best corn during the summer. But my husband, who was quick to disagree, settled the challenge when he brought home fresh corn from Olish’s Farm Stand, located on Eastport Manor Road in Eastport.I was surprised to see bicolored corn as thick as my forearm. It was sweet and delicious, and I had to admit that it was better than the corn I grew up with. Tracy Olish told me that they have been operating their business since the 1950s. They have recently added gourmet foods and a gift shop to their thriving business, which already includes spectacular homemade pies.
To the east of our town, along Montauk Highway, is a new farm stand located just west of Buoy One. I drove in one day and was pleasantly surprised to see Sandy Raynor of Remsenburg behind the counter. This farm stand sells local produce, clams and scallops, as well as honey produced by bees kept at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.
I drove in one night as they were closing and the wonderful owner reopened to sell me the best homemade ricotta cheese that I have ever had.
Long Island might have the best corn, but I still believe that Cape Cod has the best stuffed quahogs. I enjoy the ones at John Scott’s on Dune Road but somehow they just do not seem as good as the ones I enjoyed at the shack in Falmouth!
The New York City Ballet and Metropolitan Opera just opened their respective box offices for the 2013-14 seasons, just in case you did not get your notices. This year I got both mail and email versions.
East End Hospice’s annual Box Art Auction at the Ross School in East Hampton will be held on Saturday, September 7, at 4:30 p.m. Visit www.eeh.org for more details.
This week Camp Good Grief is being held at Peconic Dunes in Southold. Local volunteers Bette Sturgis and Connor Federico are serving as counselors and directors. The camp helps ease the grieving process for siblings and children who have experienced loss.
Quogue Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 will host its annual Craft Fair on Saturday, August 24, from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., on VFW grounds, located at 125 Montauk Highway in Quogue. The rain date is Sunday, August 25.
There will be 80-plus vendors, as well as a Chinese auction and several raffles. All proceeds will be shared with veterans’ assistance programs and help fund local scholarships.
The last two Westhampton Beach Gazebo Series Concerts will be held the next two Thursday evenings, with the shows starting, as always, at 7:30 p.m. This Thursday’s show will feature Leslie Orofino and is titled “Leslie Orofino, An Evening Of Cabaret.” And next Thursday, August 29, the annual concert series concludes with a performance by The North Shore Pops! This 55-piece concert band is not to be missed.
There is no charge to attend—just bring a lawn chair, some bug spray and enjoy the performances.
The Center for Creative Retirement (CCR) is holding an open house on Wednesday, September 4, at 10 a.m., at the eastern campus of the Suffolk County Community College. The event will be held in the Long Island University building, located off Speonk-Riverhead Road.
Classes are held three days a week, from September to January, and are part of Long Island University’s continuing education program. There is no homework or tests—these classes are to be enjoyed. If you are retired and enjoy meeting new people, intellectual stimulation and participation, this program could be for you. For prices and more information, call (631) 287-8316 or visit www.liu.edu/Riverhead/CE/CCR/Membership.