I learned on Sunday, the day before Veterans Day, that there are four verses to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” This was news to me, so I Googled it (of course) to learn the history of the song. Actually, Oliver Wendell Holmes added a fifth verse in the 1800s, but it never really stuck like the Francis Scott Key version. Interesting.Thank you to all the veterans who served our country to help keep the words, “Land of the free and the home of the brave,” true.
The curtain goes up this weekend over at the Eastport South Manor High School as Noel Coward’s comedy “Blithe Spirit” will be performed as the fall high school production. The show will be performed Friday, November 15, at 7 p.m., Saturday, November 16, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, November 17, at 1 p.m. Tickets are available through the school website, www.esmonline.org.
This coming Saturday at the Eastport Music Scene there will be a fundraiser for Unwanted NYC Pets, a nonprofit organization that rescues and finds homes for animals. The event will begin at 11 a.m.
There will be refreshments, music demonstrations and clinics. Bring your guitar or bass down for some new strings! Anyone who makes a donation is eligible to win a Fender Stratocaster guitar.
The Eastport Music Scene is located at 374 Montauk Highway in Eastport, across from the Adelwerth Bus Company. For more information, please call Tom at (631) 325-6972.
The next day you can head down to the Eastport Firehouse on Union Avenue for breakfast! Buffet breakfasts are being served up on Sundays during the entire month of November, from 8 a.m. to noon. Stay tuned for the date Santa will arrive at the firehouse!
The Choral Society of the Moriches will perform Handel’s “Messiah” for the 77th season in December. Three concerts will be performed on the following dates and locations: Friday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m., at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches; Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m., at the Patchogue United Methodist Church; and Sunday, December 22, at 3 p.m., at the Center Moriches Presbyterian Church.
Admission is free and all are invited to attend.
The Quogue Historical Society invites all to an upcoming lecture on Saturday, November 23, at 11:30 a.m. Betsy McMahon, a teaching volunteer at the American Museum of Natural History, will give a talk entitled “Whaling in Quogue: From Shore to the South Seas.” The event will take place at the Pond House, located at 114 Jessup Avenue in Quogue.
Finally, Kevin and Gina Skarka of Eastport celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary last weekend. Congratulations to the Skarkas. The celebration continued on the heels of Kevin’s birthday, which was on November 7.