The days are getting shorter and I can see the oh-so-subtle changes that are slowly taking place in my garden. I can almost feel summer slowly slipping through my fingers, bringing a certain sadness.The only thing that makes my end of summer blues go away though is knowing that my very favorite September event takes place next Sunday, September 8, when our East Quogue Chamber of Commerce hosts its always fabulous End of Season Lobster Bash at Dockers Waterside Restaurant and Marina on Dune Road.
Tickets to this event cost $65 each ($120 for two) and include an open bar with beer, wine and champagne served from 6 to 8 p.m. And, afterwards, there will be a delicious lobster dinner, dancing to the wonderful sounds of Noiz and a cash bar.
All proceeds will benefit the organization’s Westhampton Beach High School Scholarship Fund. For information or tickets, please call (631) 728-5555. Tickets are also available online at the chamber’s website, www.eqny.com.
Kudos to East Quogue’s very own superstar! Gianni Mongelluzzo pitched a complete game to bring home the 2013 Town of Brookhaven summer league baseball championship trophy. Gianni’s team, the Atlantic Tides-MacDonald, defeated the Long Island Junior Ducks in the 12-and-under league. Gianni and his teammates also played in the coveted Cooperstown Dreams Park tournament.
A graduate of our East Quogue Elementary School, Gianni is now an eighth-grader at the Westhampton Beach Middle School. Way to go, Gianni!
Congratulations to Rene Bond who was named general manager at Sportime over on Quogue-Riverhead Road, near the Quogue border. Rene has been the assistant general manager since January.
And, finally, just in case you missed last week’s column, the East Quogue Beautification Committee’s annual summer raffle is in full swing. This year’s prizes are fantastic: an iPad with retina display (16 GB); an Amazon Kindle Fire HD (16 GB); a $150 gift certificate to the Stone Creek Inn; and a $150 gift certificate to Dockers Waterside Restaurant and Marina.
The organization’s projects have included the restoration and maintenance of the East Quogue Post Office gardens on Bay Avenue, as well as the purchase and maintenance of the flowering baskets that hang from the antique lampposts along Main Street. The group also decorates the holiday tree on the Village Green and funds the tree lighting ceremony.
The raffle tickets, which are on sale at Roses and Rice, Calico Garden and East Quogue Wines and Liquors, all located on Main Street, cost $5 each or you can get three for $10. Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting the Village of East Quogue Beautification Committee’s Facebook page and clicking on “Get Tickets.”
Monday, September 9: The East Quogue Homemakers will meet at the East Quogue Firehouse on Montauk Highway at 10 a.m. Members will hold a business meeting and then work on their projects. New members are welcome.
Sunday, September 15: The Quogue Library’s “A Wildlife Garden Native and Natural” takes place in my garden, starting at 2 p.m. For reservations, please call (631) 653-4224 or sign up online at www.quoguelibrary.org/registerforprogram.htm. Hope to see you there!