Water Mill Community Notes, September 11

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It’s always so much fun to head over to the annual car show on the hamlet green. This year, the 14th annual show hosted by the Water Mill Village Improvement Association on Saturday, was no exception. It’s also yet another example of Water Mill folks coming together to support the community.According to Cindy Corwith, who was at the check-in table, this year without her brother Charlie, who was home sick, 106 cars were entered in the show and they were seen by more than 500 spectators. Awards were given out and here’s who went home with what:

The People’s Choice Award went to the 1913 Mercer Raceabout, owned by Silas Hiscock. There’s a great story behind this and I hope to get it down for print in our upcoming Drive Extra that will be inserted in the paper next month. The Committee’s Choice was the 1956 Mercedes Gullwing, owned by Mark Lemchem. Best Paint went to the 1969 Z28 Camaro, owned by Todd Tureski. Best Truck went to the 1954 Chevrolet owned by Greg Miller. Best Engine Compartment was awarded to the 1957 Chevrolet Belair owned by Rocky Boler. Most Original Vehicle went to the 1953 Chevrolet pickup truck owned by Glen Ficorelli. Best Convertible went to the 1959 Ford Galaxie owned by Mark Friedman and Best Custom Car went to the 1953 Chevrolet 210 owned by Ted Lelle.

The car show committee has expressed its gratitude to all the sponsors for their continued support and to all the volunteers who come out and make it all happen. This week, the Grist mailbag got two missives from afar.

The first was from former Water Mill resident Kristina Lewis. She sent a photo taken of her taken in the mountains of northwest Vietnam. While in Singapore visiting her new grandson, she spontaneously decided to go to Hanoi, since, she said, “I was on this side of the globe.” While at a museum in Hanoi, she learned about the Hmong and knew that if she was that far she could brave the 9-hour sleeper train to see them. And so she did.

Kristina also noted that she will graduate from United Theological in May with a master’s in Christian ministry, and will be, hopefully, ordained as a Methodist deacon. She has wanted to work in affordable housing and community development for a long time, a career path she could not make happen in the Hamptons, so she packed up for Dayton, Ohio, where she bought a house for $13.5K.

“I needed to be where I could, and Dayton, Ohio, certainly wanted me. I have bought my first house in Dayton for $13,500 and will buy more.”

Yes, you read that right, no zeros were lost. She ended her note by saying, “I love Water Mill but needed to be somewhere where I could follow my passion and do God’s work. I will be back to visit a daughter and grandson in Riverhead.” She offered blessings, which I will gladly accept.

Another missive came from Caleb Muller, son of Mosey and Kristina Muller of Water Mill, who is now living in northern California. He was there when the recent earthquake hit the area. He sent Grist a bit about that harrowing experience.

“I was comfortably asleep and having a perfectly nice dream when I started to hear someone in the dream calling to me, ‘Caleb…Caleb!’ I then sprang up in my bed to see my roommate, Igor, calling over from his bed in the dark, ‘CALEB! Earthquake!’ His voice sounded worried when he said this. I had woken up immersed in an absolute nightmare.

“… the entire house was shaking, the pictures, the mirror, the windows. There was this strong, deep and loud rumble that I will never forget. I could tell that this sound was not only coming from the movement of the house, but also from the solid ground below us itself. And there was this light flashing in from the windows lighting up the room. As I turned to look, I saw flashes of green and flashes of blue exuding from the dark and I was not sure where exactly it was coming from. And then it was over, and earth stood ever so still, quiet, and dark.

“The next day, we went into downtown Napa Valley and looked at the damage of a few older buildings that were made of not so flexible brick, stone, and cement. I also remember seeing a car that had been destroyed as it was covered with fallen bricks and a piece of the roof from the building above it. There was a myriad of news trucks, cameraman, and reporters all huddled around the most damaged parts of the town. We also tried to find a nice winery to visit while we were in wine country, but most them were closed because of the damage that was caused.”

Thankfully, Caleb and his friends are all okay.

If you want to get a taste of fall, head over to Fall Harvest Day hosted by the Peconic Land Trust on Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at Seven Ponds Orchard in Water Mill. Ride the hay wagon, pick your own apples, explore the corn maze and more. Fee is $10. Call 283-3195 or visit www.peconiclandtrust.org.

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