Eastport, Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, August 21

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Fall is already in the air. I’m just praying for a few more warm summer days before the leaves begin to turn color and drop. School supply lists have been posted online for our younger students, and many of our older ones are already heading back to their respective colleges to prepare for the fall semester.I’d like to get things going this week by giving a big shout-out to two very special people from the ‘Burg.

My daughter Taylor celebrated her fourth birthday on Wednesday, August 20! She had a great day, complete with a homemade Queen Elsa birthday cake, and is now off camping in Montauk with her sister and neighbors. Is there a better way to celebrate at that age?

And Cassidy Fox of Remsenburg also celebrated her 21st birthday yesterday, and she will be heading off to the University of Buffalo today, Thursday, August 21 to start her senior year. Your parents and everyone from your hometown wishes you all the best!

We have had quite the stretch of beautiful summer days. That, no doubt, has made the members of the Remsenburg Garden Club very happy as they continue their beautification efforts in our community.

Members and guests put down their shovels, spades and gloves last Thursday, August 14, to attend the group’s annual summer luncheon, held on the lawn at the Remsenburg Academy. Those in attendance, including Remsenburg Garden Club President Rosemary Bloem, enjoyed a meal along with some spirited conversation.

In celebration of the start of its 30th anniversary season in October, the Hampton Theatre Company is hosting a benefit cocktail party with live entertainment this coming Sunday, August 24, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Quogue Field Club junior sports clubhouse on Club Lane in Quogue.

HTC Board President and Executive Director Sarah Hunnewell will be announcing the lineup for the company’s 2014-15 season at the benefit, which will feature hors d’oeuvres from the finest East End caterers and restaurateurs, wines from Long Island vineyards, as well as a raffle.

Show up casually late if you must, but not too late or you might miss the highlight of the evening! That will be when eight actors who are well-known to HTC audiences will present scenes excerpted from a contemporary comedy. The performance is scheduled to begin at precisely 6:30 p.m. Taking the stage will be Artistic Director Diana Marbury, Rosemary Cline, Ms. Hunnewell, Jessica Ellwood, company co-founder James Ewing, Joe Pallister, George Loizides and fellow columnist Andrew Botsford.

Tickets to this benefit range from $150 to $1,000. For tickets and more information, please visit www.hamptontheatre.org.

The sixth annual Westhampton Festival of the Arts is planned for Labor Day weekend, August 30-31, in Westhampton Beach. The Great Lawn across from St. Mark’s Church will blossom with artwork created by a spectacular cast of national and international artists.

The show runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, and from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 31. Many of the creations—paintings, jewelry, sculptures, photographs, etc.—will be available for purchase, so come on down and check things out. There is no charge to attend and public parking is available.

Don’t miss tonight’s show, “From Jazz to Soul” by Rhonda Denét, that will be the second to last installment in the summer concert series on the Westhampton Beach Village Green. Rhonda Denét and the Silver Fox Trio will perform a collection of jazz standards and soul classics that span five decades.

The final concert of the series—I told you earlier that fall is almost here!—will be offered next Thursday, August 28, when the Long Island-based Atlantic Wind Symphony takes the stage at the village gazebo, located on the corner of Main Street and Mill Road in Westhampton Beach.

As always, the shows start at 7:30 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs. If it rains, head on over to the Westhampton Beach High school auditorium.

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