Our warm, sunny days have been awesome, but even more amazing to me than our beautiful Indian summer are the migratory ruby-throated hummingbirds that are now feasting on the flowers on my terrace. I’m thrilled that these northern beauties sporadically stop by my garden to “fill up” as they continue their daunting, non-stop trip across the Gulf of Mexico to Central America.And, now, let’s hear it! Do you like pizza, focaccia, Italian pastries, parades, music and rides? If the answer is a big resounding, Yes!, then the San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons is a must for you.
The huge party takes place this coming weekend—on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. both days—all along Good Ground Road in Hampton Bays, near the train station.
The fantastic fireworks extravaganza starts at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. And, on Sunday evening, at 8:30 p.m., two lucky winners will go home with a Fiat or a Vespa.
For a full schedule of events and activities, please visit www.sangennarofeastofthehamptons.com.
Shifting gears now, I’d like to say that I’m looking forward to taking my Christie to the annual Blessing of the Pets that takes place this Sunday, October 5, starting at 4 p.m., over in Westhampton Beach. Just imagine cats and dogs—and perhaps, even a bird or two—converging on the huge lawn of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church on Main Street. The delighted woofs and meows will probably be heard for miles around!
The event is free to all, but any good-will offerings will go to the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation in Hampton Bays.
In case you missed last week’s column, here’s the scoop on The Press’ annual Community First Award.
If you know someone special who is contributing to or having an impact on our hamlet, please write a brief, compelling story about that person, highlighting how their actions benefit the lives of others, as well as our local community. Please also state what distinguishes your nominee from the competition.
The Press will choose one person to honor with its Community First Award and the winner will be profiled in the Hamptons Holiday supplement. Also, a donation will be made to a charity of the winner’s choice.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 24, and you can send your nomination to Kim Covell at firstname.lastname@example.org. So get moving and start writing!
Saturday, October 4: Artist reception at the Quogue Library for Carol Young, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The iconic landscape paintings of the Jamesport artist will be on exhibit in the Art Gallery throughout October.
Monday, October 6: Eastern Long Island Audubon Society meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Guest speaker Todd Gardner, a professor of marine biology at Suffolk County Community College, will present an exciting and educational program titled “Life Beneath the Waves: An Uncommon Look at Some Common Marine Life.” All are welcome to this free event.
Wednesday, October 8: The East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the library of the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.
Tuesday, October 14: East Quogue Chamber of Commerce meets at 6 p.m. at the home of Donna Lanzetta, 6 Barracuda Road, East Quogue, for a pizza fundraiser benefiting the group’s scholarship fund. Cost is $20 per person. Stay tuned for more information.
Wednesday, October 15: Eastern Long Island Audubon Society’s annual dinner celebration at The East Wind, 5720 Route 25A in Wading River. Guest speaker is renowned falconer Chris Paparo. Tickets cost $50 each. For more information, please visit www.easternlongislandaudubon.homestead.com.
Saturday, October 18: St. Mary’s Church, located at 165 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays, hosts its annual wine and beer tasting, from 7 until 10 p.m. Tickets are $35 if purchased in advance, or $40 at the door.
Sunday, October 19: Autumn Antique Auto Show, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Big Duck Ranch located at 1012 Flanders Road in Flanders. For an application to show your antique car or truck, visit www.bigduck.org. For information on vendor spots that cost $40 each, call Neil Young at (631) 284-3737 or email him at email@example.com.
Tuesday, October 21: The East Quogue Elementary School Board of Education meets at 7:15 p.m. in the cafetorium of the school on Central Avenue.