Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, November 28


My son was asked to write a poem or essay about Thanksgiving and what it means to him. I guess his teacher wants to hear about shopping lists, eight hours of cooking and 15 minutes of eating? Wouldn’t they rather hear about Black Friday?I consider my experience a warning rather than a warm memory. I had no idea that so many people would wake up so early for a half-price television set. The store I visited had lines as long as the gas lines after a hurricane. I don’t mind getting up early, but you won’t find me standing in a line for gas or gifts.

The other day at school, one of my middle school students listed Black Friday as a national holiday. She said it is her favorite holiday of the year. Just wait until she is a mother—she will have an entirely different perspective. I told my son to go ask his father about the meaning of Thanksgiving.

Like most families, we spend the holiday together and are thankful for all that we have. We say a prayer for all that we have and all that needs to be changed. Recently, the change part seems to be taking over the prayer part of our meal. I will need to do some serious editing this year.

Of course, the holiday is always busy as our family will finish preparations for winter around the barn. We now can get a deep freeze and even the chicken water needs a heater. My husband suggested we let them stay in the garage for the winter. I love my chickens, but not that much.

So, we are all getting ready to see a little more of each other and most likely will suffer from cabin fever come February. Then we will be greeted by spring and the daffodils will pop up after all of the planting that we will finish this week!

But first things first. Please don’t forget to order your holiday greenery from The Remsenburg Garden Club! Call Dorothy Labowski at (631) 325-8603 and place your orders early. The ladies always do a great job with these holiday decorations.

The Westhampton Free Library has a program called “Game On” where children from 12 to 18 can play video games. They may even find a good book to read. The program is free, but please call for a reservation, (631) 288-3335.

Bell ringers are needed for the Salvation Army kettle that is set up outside the Eastport King Kullen. Call Joyce Kelley at (631) 325-1582 if you can spare some time. You will enjoy the experience and will be helping the Salvation Army carry on its many programs, including assisting the needy at Christmastime.

Books & Books on Main Street in Westhampton Beach will host author and Press columnist Phil Keith this Saturday, November 30. Mr. Keith will discuss his new book “Fire Base Illingworth: An Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds,” from 4 until 7 p.m.

Save this date. The Westhampton Beach Village Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting will take place on the Village Green on Saturday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. There will be free hot cocoa and cookies. Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck. The Westhampton Beach High School Chorus, The Hampton Synagogue Youth Choir and all in attendance will perform holiday songs.

Need to take a break after all that holiday cooking? If so, the Family Service League’s Great Chefs of Long Island tasting fundraiser is your ticket. The event will be held on Sunday, December 8, from 2 until 5 p.m., at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Representatives of more than 40 of the top restaurants and wineries will be on hand for this event. Tickets are $200 each and can be purchased by calling (631) 427-3700, ext. 255, emailing or online at

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