Water Mill Community Notes, November 14

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It was simply a gorgeous fall weekend. The farm stands are overflowing with beautiful seasonal produce and the apple orchards are still crowded with eager apple pickers. I picked up a bag of delicious apples from the Hugels roadside stand just the other day and my kids and I have been enjoying crisp apples with cheddar cheese as our afternoon snack. At the Halsey farm stand on Deerfield Road, I could not resist taking photos of the colorful cauliflower (yes, there is more than just white!) and the ornamental cabbages.I am happy to report that the men in the photo that ran alongside this column last week have been identified. Susan Sherry Clark wrote to Grist saying she was searching for something at her home and while doing so came across the brochure, “The Mill That Named A Town Water Mill, NY,” published in 1983 by the Ladies Auxiliary of Water Mill. There, lo and behold, was the photo on the cover with the names, T.A. Halsey, J.T. Halsey, J. Benedict, F.H. Rose, W.H. Benedict and R. Benedict. c. 1870. They were all Water Mill residents, according to the brochure.

Susan, who now lives in Southampton Village, has close ties with Water Mill because her grandparents, John and Helen Sherry, farmed for the William S. Halsey family at 173 Davids Lane in Water Mill from 1914 to 1948. She has many books about Water Mill and still considers the hamlet home.

You may have read in this paper a couple weeks ago, the story about Anna Tuzzolo, who has embarked on a fundraising mission for the Flying Point Foundation for Autism, which I founded and is, naturally, based in Water Mill. She started “Anna’s Virtual Walk to Montauk Point,” a walk the equivalent of the trek from her home in East Quogue to Montauk Point, 90 miles. It’s virtual in the sense that she won’t really be walking to Montauk, but doing the walk in incremental smaller walks, mostly in her hometown and over the Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays. Occasionally, she plans to venture to other areas, with a parent or her Life Skills trainer, and this weekend, she made her way to Flying Point, and I, along with my sister Carol and her husband, walked two miles with her.

It was really nice having her do a segment in our area, especially since it was the Flying Point 5K for Autism Awareness that sparked her interest in walking and subsequently inspired the virtual walk. If you’d like to learn more about Anna or get updates on where she is walking so you can join her (she loves company!) search for Anna’s Virtual Walk to Montauk Point on Facebook. LIKE the page and you’ll get updates in your feed. You can also find a link to make donations in support of 13-year-old Anna’s endeavor.

The annual Water Mill Community Club Scavenger Hunt is this Saturday, November 16. Teams will gather at the Water Mill Community House at 5:30 p.m. for registration and a light supper before getting their first clue and heading out to solve riddles and collect the requested items. Participants should bring paper, pen and pencils, flashlights, a digital camera and a cellphone. See if there is still space by calling or emailing Cindy Corwith, 726-4772, or cindycorwith@hotmail.com. The cost is $25 per team and there is a limit of 20 teams.

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