Westhampton Community Notes, August 21

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As most have seen over the last couple of weeks, there have been many buckets of ice water dumped over people’s heads. In case you live under a rock and do not know what is going on, these seemingly random acts are actually helping to raise awareness—and donations—for the ongoing battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS and often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Locally, Hampton Coffee Company officials got in on the act when one of their customers, Mitchell Feldman, agreed to donate $1 for every beverage sold at their Westhampton Beach shop between 6 a.m. and noon this past Sunday, August 17.

Not only did Mitchell get a bucket of ice water dumped on his head, but he also helped raise $521 for a great cause. Great job, Mitchell!

Personally, I’ve known a few people afflicted with this awful disease, and it is traumatizing to witness how fast the body can deteriorate among those afflicted with ALS. Whenever I’m reminded of this dreadful disease, my thoughts and prayers immediately go out to the family of my friend David Spizuoco, as well as the family of Dave Golder. Both of these gentlemen lost their battles with ALS.

To paraphrase the words of the man for whom this disease was named: “You may have had a tough break, but you had an awful lot to live for.”

There are only two more performances left in the Westhampton Cultural Consortium’s Thursday Night Summer Concerts Series on the Westhampton Beach Village Green. This Thursday, August 21, Rhonda Denet will perform jazz and soul hits from artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Etta James and Gladys Knight, to name a few.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and, in case of rain, head on over to the Westhampton Beach High School auditorium on Lilac Road. The Atlantic Wind Symphony will be the final performance in this year’s concert series, and that show is set for next Thursday, August 28.

The Quogue Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 will hold its annual arts, crafts and gifts outdoor fair this coming Saturday, August 23, from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., at 125 Montauk Highway in Quogue. The sale will feature more than 90 vendors, as well as a $50 per ticket cash raffle and a Chinese auction. The rain date is Sunday, August 24. Call (631) 728-1367 or (631) 653-9898 for information.

The Hampton Theatre Company will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a benefit cocktail party that runs from 5 until 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 24, at the Quogue Field Club junior sports clubhouse on Club Lane in Quogue. Tickets start at $150 and go all the way up to $1,000, with different reward incentives for different donor levels. Tickets and more information are available online at www.hamptontheatre.org, or by emailing info@hamptontheatre.org.

The sixth annual Westhampton Festival of the Arts will be held over Labor Day weekend, August 30-31, on the Great Lawn here in Westhampton Beach. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, and 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 31. Admission is free. Visit www.paragonartevents.com for all the details.

The Westhampton Free Library will hold an end of summer book bash at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, at the Library Avenue facility. Authors Ann Hood and Jason Mott will share some of their favorite summer reads, there will be some great raffle prizes to win, as well as some delicious seafood to enjoy courtesy of Sherin’s Seafood.

There is no cost to attend and all are invited. Please call (631) 288-3335 if you have any questions.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will host the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Saturday, August 23. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $75 to $100. Interested? Stop by the box office on Main Street in the village or visit www.whbpac.org.

Save the date! The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s annual golf outing will be held on Monday, September 22, at The Bridge. More details on that event as the day draws closer.

And, speaking of golf outings, Human Growth and Understanding Seminars (aka HUGS Inc.) will hold its 12th annual golf outing on Tuesday, October 7, at Hampton Hills. Again, more details to come after Labor Day.

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