On Friday evening I was able to get over to the Carl Hansen Memorial Field and catch my first Hurricane football game of the season. They were taking on the Comsewogue Warriors and both teams were sporting 1-2 records coming into the game.The Hurricanes looked pretty good, even after losing a number of players to graduation, and beat the Warriors by a score of 31 to 7. It was nice to get my camera back on the turf and capture some action shots. I just wish the sun didn’t set so early or the “Friday Night Lights” were a little brighter.
On Saturday afternoon I met up with the Westhampton Beach High School Class of 1963 in front of the middle school. They had just taken a tour of their old high school (the middle school) and the “new” high school. I snapped a few photos, one recreating their actual graduation class photo but with only about 25 of the original 75 graduates, and another with the building more visible in the background. It was a pleasure to meet you all.
And then on Sunday I stopped down at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for the annual Blessing of the Animals, which always makes for cute photos. I ran into my dentist, Dr. Eric Christensen, and his two pups, Tula and Targhee, my friend Kerri Langan and her yellow lab, Kelly, Gary Nesbitt and his two-wheeled/two-legged companion, Pal, and several other furry critters that were there to be blessed. There were mostly dogs but there were a couple of cats that were brave enough to surround themselves with canines.
The weather pushed the blessing indoors or else I think there would have been a few more animals and of different species. It was still a nice ceremony and my friend Kerri said her dog, Kelly, had her healthiest year after her previous blessing and she wouldn’t miss another.
From one busy weekend to the next … as this upcoming one is shaping to be a doozy.
The Westhampton United Methodist Church, located at 116 Montauk Highway, will be giving out free clothing (adult and children sizes), blankets, diapers, toys and food to those in need on Saturday, October 12. Stop by the church between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. if you or someone you know needs something for winter. There will also be free hot meals available.
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Westhampton will host its second annual Oyster Festival on Saturday, October 12, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., at the Westhampton Beach Marina, located on the corner of Library Avenue and Stevens Lane. There will be live entertainment, games, pumpkin and face painting for the kids, plus interactive educational activities. There will also be a chowder contest.
Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for children. If it rains, the event will be held on Sunday, October 13.
The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Fall Arts and Craft Show from Saturday, October 12, until Monday, October 14. The show will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day on the Village Green, on the corner of Mill Road and Main Street. More than 65 artists and craftspeople will be in attendance. For more information, visit www.westhamptonchamber.com.
Quogue Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 will host its annual golf tournament on Tuesday, October 15, at the Rock Hill Golf and Country Club on Clancy Road in Manorville. The cost is $200 per player, which gets you 18 holes of golf with a cart, a continental breakfast, buffet dinner with a two-hour open bar, plus tons of prizes and raffles. For more information or to register, email Mike McMahon at email@example.com or Gary Tetrault at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, the Rotary Club of Westhampton and A Love Shared, the latter being a collaborative effort between the North Fork Table and Inn and local chefs and farmers, are teaming up to host a fundraising poker and blackjack tournament on Thursday, October 24, at the Hotel Indigo, 1830 West Main Street in Riverhead.
The cost is $100 per person, which includes an open bar, plenty of food and entry into the poker or blackjack tournaments. You can also attend just for the food and open bar and watch the tournaments for $65.
Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and both tournaments at 7:30 p.m. There will be prizes for the top 10 finishers in the poker tournament and the top five finishers in the blackjack tournament. There are still sponsorship opportunities available if you cannot play and want to help out some great causes. There will also be special room rates at the Hotel Indigo for tournament players. Visit www.clubrunner.ca/westhampton/ for all the details.
The Westhampton United Methodist Church will host a barbecue on Friday, October 25, at 5:30 p.m. Organizers are trying to raise money for the church’s heating oil fund. There will be barbecue chicken, clam pie, meatloaf, as well as homemade side dishes and dessert. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children age 12 and younger. For more information, call Pastor Bob at (631) 288-1478.
The annual fundraising dinner to benefit the local Food Pantry hosted by the Westhampton Rotary, Westhampton Kiwanis and the Father Slomski Council of the Knights of Columbus will be held on Saturday, October 26. The Church of the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, located at 580 Main Road on Quiogue, will be the venue and the event will run from 5 until 8 p.m.
Dinner will be prepared by Sydney’s “Taylor” Made Cuisine, dessert will be provided by Shock Ice Cream and there will also be some delicious Hampton Coffee on hand. Tickets are $17 for adults if purchased in advance ($20 at the door) and $8 for children. A family discount is available. You can purchase tickets at Lynne’s Cards and Gifts, Flowers by Rori, the Hentschel Agency and the Immaculate Conception rectory. You are also asked to bring a nonperishable food item to help stock the Food Pantry.