‘Tis the season for fun in my garden. Edible fun, that is. Sage and basil are plentiful. The cheerful blossoms of nasturtiums look pretty in my salads and their slightly peppery taste adds a special flavor. My all-time favorite edible flower, though, is anise hyssop whose purple florets make delicious summer cookies.And, speaking of my garden, two baby hummingbirds remind me every day of why I love living here. The babies are much smaller than their mom, and watching their frenzied flights is absolutely enthralling.
On a creative note, I hope to see you at the artist’s reception for East Quogue’s Peter Beston that will be held this Sunday, August 17, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Rosalie Dimon Gallery, located inside the Jamesport Manor Inn at 370 Manor Lane in Jamesport. I’ve already had a sneak peek and all I can say is awesome!
The art show is a joint effort by East End Arts and the Jamesport Manor Inn to introduce exceptional artists to our local communities. Local wines and artisanal cheeses will be served.
As an extra incentive, starting at 5 p.m., the Jamesport Manor Inn offers a fabulous prix fixe dinner for anyone attending the reception. I’d suggest making advance reservations as the inn tends to be very busy following the exhibits.
A great big East Quogue welcome goes out to Lou Cassara who just opened a new Barth’s Pharmacy in our charming hamlet. Barth’s in Westhampton has been my pharmacy for more than 11 years and I can tell you from personal experience that Lou, and his great team, will always go the extra distance to see that you stay healthy and happy.
So, please stop by and say “hi.” I know that his friendly staff would love to meet you. Barth’s is located at 424 Montauk Highway (next door to the East Quogue Pizza and Deli).
The highly regarded Hampton Theatre Company will host a benefit cocktail party on Sunday, August 24, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Quogue Field Club junior sports clubhouse on Club Lane in Quogue. In celebration of the organization’s 30th anniversary, the lineup for the company’s 2014-15 season will be announced. The event will feature live music and hors d’oeuvres from the finest East End caterers and restaurateurs, as well as wines from Long Island vineyards.
Tickets range from $125 ($150 after August 15 or at the door) to $1,000, with different reward incentives for different donor levels. For tickets and more information, please visit www.hamptontheatre.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks payable to the “Hampton Theatre Company” may also be mailed to PO Box 400, Quogue, NY 11959.
Saturday, August 16: Quogue Historical Society’s Children’s Art Show, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Quogue Library located at 90 Quogue Street. Young artists will be exhibiting their creations at the juried art show and prizes will be awarded.
Monday, August 18: The Hampton Bays Civic Association meets at 7 p.m. at the Southampton Town Community Center located at 25 Ponquogue Avenue. Guest speaker and former Peconic Baykeeper Kevin McAllister will discuss his new environmental protection group, Defend H2O. Also focusing on our bays, Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor will discuss the dangers created by water run-off, illegal dumping and the use of salt on winter roads. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
Saturday, August 23: The Quogue Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 will host its annual arts, crafts and gifts outdoor fair, from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., at its headquarters, 125 Montauk Highway in Quogue. The event typically features approximately 90 vendors, and there will be a cash raffle and Chinese auction. The rain date is Sunday, August 24. Call (631) 728-1367 or (631) 653-9898.
Saturday, August 23: East Quogue United Methodist Church annual chicken barbecue, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Montauk Highway church. Tickets are $15 for adults. Chicken nuggets are also on the menu for children. Youth tickets (ages 4 to 10) cost $10 each; kids 3 and younger eat for free. Call Peggy Sanders at (631) 834-4778 for tickets.
Friday, August 29: Artists’ reception, starting at 5 p.m., for the invitational group show, “Clothing Optional,” at the Remsenburg Academy located at 130 South Country Road in Remsenburg. (Yours truly will be exhibiting a unique 400-piece stained glass panel.) Wine and cheese will be served and everyone is invited to attend this free event.