It seems like the last few times my family has gotten together, it has been for wakes and funerals. Well, this past Saturday, we were able to get together for a joyous occasion, the marriage of my cousin, Danielle, to her best friend and wife, Holly.The ceremony was held at sunset on the beach in Montauk, and the reception followed at Navy Beach, a restaurant I had never been to before. Both brides looked radiant as the setting sun, and the glow of happiness on their faces, was matched only by the euphoric expressions on the faces of their parents.
For me, it was great to see family and friends, from close and far, assembled for this wonderful event. I was able to catch up with cousins, aunts and uncles I have not seen in ages.
Also, I would like to congratulate Danielle and Holly Dunn-Lobosco, and wish them all the best in their new life together. “Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together.” —Barbara Cage
The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce will hold its September Networking meeting on Wednesday, September 18, at Agave’s Tequila and Rum Bar right here in the village. Check-in will begin at 6:15 p.m., hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and networking will take place from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m., and dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m.
RSVP is suggested before Tuesday, September 17, and can be done by calling (631) 288-3337 or by emailing email@example.com.
Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead will host its annual Black & White Benefit on Friday, September 20, over at the Westhampton Country Club on Potunk Lane in Westhampton Beach. There will be dancing, great food and a silent auction.
Tickets cost $250 per person. To purchase them or obtain more information, call (631) 548-6080 or visit www.pbmchealth.org.
The second annual Beach Family 5K Pedal, sponsored by the Beach United Methodist Church on Mill Road in Westhampton Beach, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 21. Organizers are trying to raise money to make some needed church renovations.
The entry fee is $15 per person, or $40 per family. Registration and check-in will be held prior to the start. Visit www.beachumchurch.com for more information and to print out a registration form.
The Westhampton Beach High School Class of 1963’s reunion weekend is a few short weeks away.
Attending alumni will enjoy a Hurricanes football game on Friday, October 4, at 6 p.m., and then cocktails and appetizers at The Patio restaurant on Main Street following the game. On Saturday, October 5, they can tour their former high school, which I’m guessing is a lot different from when they graduated 50 years ago. That night, they will gather at the Westhampton Country Club for dinner and dancing.
If you are a member of the Class of 1963, make sure you give John Bandrowski a call at (631) 754-3117, so he can get a head count. You can also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This next event is worth the trip east. The Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce will host its 15th annual Chili-Chowder Contest on Sunday, September 22, at the Boardy Barn on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. The contest will run from noon until 4 p.m., and nine different trophies will be up for grabs.
The cost is $10 for adults and $3 for children. Besides the awesome chili and chowder, there will be raffles with great prizes and face painting for the kids. For more information, or to enter the contest, please visit www.hamptonbayschamber.com.
East End Hospice’s Children’s Bereavement Group will meet from 5:30 until 7 p.m. every Monday starting on September 23, through November 11, at the Good Grief Family Bereavement Center, 195 Mill Road in Westhampton Beach. A parent/guardian group will meet at the same time. For more details and to register, please call Angela Byrns at (631) 288-8400. RSVP must be done by today, Thursday, September 12.
Tuesday, October 1: Human Understanding and Growth Seminars Inc. (HUGS) 11th annual golf outing at the Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club in Westhampton. The cost is $275 per player and that includes 18 holes of golf (scramble start at 10:45 a.m.), as well as a cart, range balls, a barbecue lunch, cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert. There will also be an auction, raffles and prizes. Call (631) 288-9505 for tickets.
Saturday, October 12: The second annual Greater Westhampton Oyster Festival at the Westhampton Beach Village Marina, on the corner of Stevens Lane and Library Avenue. Rain date is Sunday, October 13.
Saturday, October 12 through Monday, October 14: The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show on the Westhampton Beach Village Green, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Visit www.westhamptonchamber.com for more information.
Tuesday, October 15: Quogue Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 will host its annual golf outing at the Rock Hill Golf and Country Club, Clancy Road, Manorville. The cost is $200 per player. For more information or to register, email Mike McMahon at email@example.com or Gary Tetrault at firstname.lastname@example.org.