It hit home again this past weekend—how very much I love living on the East End. The beauty of the land and our amazing wildlife are awesome, but it is the people who live here that are most special to me.I had a “pond emergency” on Friday—two days before my wildlife garden program with the Quogue Library. Hornwort, a submerged oxygenating pond plant, was inadvertently removed from my pond. This bushy plant, which grows rapidly and covers the bottom of the pond, hides a multitude of man-made “sins” and makes my pond look natural.
So, on Saturday morning, a panicked me visited Lynch’s Garden Center in Southampton and after recounting my tale of woe, I left with an armful of plants, as well as a big bag of floating plants—all for $10.
An hour later, John, the amazing young man from Hampton Bays who built my pond several years ago, arrived unannounced with a huge bushel full of pond plants that he proceeded to plant.
And, finally, Cathy, with her four kids in tow, made a special trip to my home on Sunday when her store was closed to tie balloons on my mailbox.
So, a great a big thank you to Pam from Lynch’s, John from Pond Masters and Cathy from Roses and Rice for their kindness and their generosity of spirit.
And extra special thanks also go to my friends at the Quogue Library for inviting me to share my passion with 35 new friends, as well as for the beautiful pewter butterfly candle holder (from Roses and Rice) which I will always treasure.
The East Quogue Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Friday, September 27, at 7 p.m., in the parish hall of the East Quogue United Methodist Church on Montauk Highway. Afterward, refreshments will be served next door at the Asbury House and society members will give a tour of the museum.
Thursday, September 19: Join the Volpe Family, of the La Volpe Restaurant in Center Moriches, for a San Gennaro Feast at the Quogue Library at 6 p.m. The fee is $15 (bring your own beverage). For reservations, call (631) 653-4224.
Saturday, September 21: Hampton Bays Civic Association Family Fun Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at CowFish restaurant on East Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. Tickets cost $5 each, or $15 per family.
Sunday, September 22: The 15th annual Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce’s Chili-Chowder Contest, noon, at the Boardy Barn on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $3 for children. For information, call (631) 728-2211.
Monday, September 23: The East Quogue Homemakers will meet at the East Quogue Firehouse on Montauk Highway at 10 a.m. Members will work on their projects. New members are welcome.
Monday, September 23: Hampton Bays Civic Association meeting, 7 p.m., at the Southampton Town Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays. All the candidates running for office in Southampton Town have been invited to discuss their views on local issues and politics.