It’s that time of the year again! The fourth annual San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons is all set for this Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day, along Good Ground Road. The festivities kick off with a parade on Saturday morning, starting at 10:30 a.m., from the water authority building on Ponquogue Avenue.The two-day event features more than 100 vendors selling their wares and traditional Italian specialties, and there will be a carnival set up on the grounds of the Hampton Bays Fire Department. Pay one price of $25 for a bracelet and ride all day.
Live music will be performed in rotating sets by Johnny Avino, Franco Corso, Badlands Tribute Band and Project Vibe, to name just a few. You can see the lineup of entertainment at www.sangennarofeastofthehamptons.com.
A Grucci fireworks extravaganza is planned for 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 4. The rain date for the display is Sunday, October 5, at the same time. See you there!
Happy (belated) birthday wishes are being sent out this week to Asha Kamta. Asha’s day to shine was last Sunday, September 28.
Gerry and Sandra Ogris are celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary this weekend on Saturday, October 4. Daughters Alexandra, Steffanie and Katarina send their best wishes and love.
And happy birthday to Melissa Micari of Flanders. Melissa’s cake-and-candle day falls next week on Wednesday, October 8.
Let’s hear it for Hampton Bays High School senior Alexandra Peterson! Alexandra has been named a 2015 National Merit Semifinalist, ranking her as one of 16,000 students on the National Merit Scholarship Program list.
Having qualified for this honor because of her high SAT score, Alexandra will now have the chance to compete for one of 7,600 National Merit scholarships, which will be offered in the spring.
In addition to being active in the Key Club, Show Choir, Mock Trial Team and the school’s theater program, Alexandra earned a top score of 5 on all five of her AP exams last May. She is currently working on an Intel Science entry on allergic reactions to lone star tick bites.
Alexandra has her sights set on studying biology/medical research at Duke University next year. Go girl!
More applause for 26 other Hampton Bays High School students who, along with Alexandra, earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional scores on AP exams taken last May.
Congrats to our AP Scholars with Distinction: Christen Bellucci, Joseph Duncan, Daniella Greene, Amanda Kenny and Kasandra Philips. Our AP Scholars with Honor: Mia Fasanella, Adem Hadrovic, Rebecca Harris, Sara Jiudice and Josue Mejia. And our AP Scholars: Nicholas Berglin, Stefanie Blanco, Thomas Capuano, Bart Carey, Ryan Cavanaugh, Sean Deery, Mackenzie Engeldrum, Charlotte Forman, Victoria Garnett, Annika Kennedy, Gloriana Mejias, Noah Montague, Anyerlin Mora, Sara Schabe, Darby Tupper and Michelle Vega. Go Baymen!
Robert Bloom, a published photographic artist, has his landscapes and seascapes on exhibit this month at the Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue. Photographic art combines photography and computer-facilitated painting, which is then edited to produce digital images that resemble paintings. Stop in and check it out.
Calling all teens! The Hampton Bays Public Library is raising money for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. Binders with pictures of the shelter pets are located in the library Children’s and Teen’s departments.
Donations can be made online at Strut Your Mutt link, www.strutyourmutt.org, and by searching for the “Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation,” or you can just drop off a check or cash at the Teen Department. Teens who are able to raise $10 will be given a ticket to attend an awesome party that is planned for Friday, October 24, in the library.
Friends of The Big Duck members are holding an Autumn Antique Auto Show on Sunday, October 19, over at the Big Duck Ranch on Flanders Road.
Owners of cars and trucks that are 25 years of age and older can enter their vehicles in the show for $20. All vehicles must be registered, insured and have fire extinguishers.
For an application to show your antique wheels, visit www.bigduck.org. A limited number of non-food vendor spots are also available for $40 each, and you can find out more about that by calling Neil Young at (631) 284-3737, or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 3: Bay View Pines Civic & Taxpayers Association will meet at 7 p.m. at the David W. Crohan Community Center at 655 Flanders Road. Code Enforcement issues will be discussed. Scheduled guest speakers are Southampton Town Councilwoman Christine Scalera and Assistant Attorney Kara Bak. All members are encouraged to attend.
Sunday, October 5: Harvest America “One Day, One Church, One Message” live simulcast with Greg Laurie, MercyMe and Phil Wickham, 7 p.m., Hampton Bays Assembly of God, 109 Ponquogue Avenue. Call (631) 723-1847 or log on at www.hamptonbaysag.net.
Monday, October 6: Hampton Bays Beautification Association meeting, 7 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue.
Saturday, October 11: Hampton Bays Fire Department open house, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at fire department headquarters at 69 West Montauk Highway.
Saturday, October 11: Women of Substance Domestic Violence Chinese Auction Fundraiser, 6 to 10 p.m., at the Boardy Barn on West Montauk Highway. Tickets purchased in advance cost $15 and include a deejay, a 50/50 raffle, food by Chef Marty, food butler service and an all-you-can-eat ice cream sundae bar. Visit www.womenofsubstance.org for all the details.