Eastport, Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, October 23

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Fire drill time! Who’s ready to stop, drop and roll this Friday night?Members of the Eastport Fire Department are inviting the community to join them at their annual open house tomorrow night, Friday, October 24, from 6 until 9 p.m. Enjoy a free pasta dinner and meet the firefighters. Staged car and turkey fryer fires also will be demonstrated at the event!

It is a perfect night for our community to come together, children and adults alike, to learn more about fire safety. See you there!

We enjoyed plenty of fun and fresh air this past Saturday at the Eastport South Manor Fall Festival, held next to the new Tuttle Avenue School in Eastport.

The real excitement was out in the field, where students participated in many great activities, from pony rides and Hula-Hooping competitions, to apple eating contests and pumpkin painting. The pie-eating contest was hysterical. After having their hands tied behind their backs, the kids dove face-first into a huge piece of apple pie topped with whipped cream and did not come up for air until their plates were clean! Skylar Bachisin was one of several contest winners, finishing her piece before the rest of the competitors.

Thanks to the many donations from our community businesses, the Chinese auction was a huge success. Vendors at the festival included: East End Shop Girl by Stephanie D’Gracia and Michelle Ferrara; Scentsy by Jennifer Bigora (that’s me!); Sweet & Treats by Danielle Grecky; Sally’s Stuffers by Sally Salvo; Thirty One Gifts by Robyn DiLeone; Partylite Gifts/Origami Owl by Renee Acquista; Pink Ladies Bakery by Tina Marie and Aria Connolly; Loretta’s Cart by Loretta Winnie; Janet Powers with her hand painted crafts and gifts; Lyrical Children by Marie Kaminski; McDade’s Gifts by Mary McDade; Shabby Chic Signs by Lisa Corey Oehler; and ESM Sharks apparel by Linda Ogeka.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our local small-business owners. And our hats are off to the Eastport South Manor Parent Teacher Organization for doing such a great job in pulling the community together once again for what was an extremely fun day!

That positive energy continued into Saturday night over at the Oktoberfest Dinner Dance fundraiser held at the Eastport American Legion Post 1545. Keith Kostuk and the Post would like to thank community members who attended the event, as well as the local businesses that donated door prizes. The Eastport Cemetery Association would like to give extra special thanks to the American Legion Post for hosting the event and to all its members for making the fundraiser a great success.

I am excited to learn from one of my readers that a new theater production—one starring a few familiar faces—is opening tonight over in Quogue. John and Pamela Kern of Remsenburg are performing in the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic comedy “Harvey,” the Hampton Theatre Company’s opening production of its 30th anniversary season. This show is about the pandemonium caused by the friendship between Elwood P. Dowd and a 6-foot-tall rabbit that is visible to only a select few.

This is Pamela Kern’s fifth production with the Hampton Theatre Company. She is playing the role of Veta Louise Simmons (Elwood’s sister who is not fond of her brother’s invisible friend). John is enjoying his first time on stage since moving to Remsenburg 13 years ago. He is playing Dr. Chumley (a noted psychiatrist).

Remsenburg and New York City resident Matthew Conlon will be playing the part of Elwood Dowd. Diana Marbury, the director, and her son, Sebastian Marbury, who plays Dr. Sanderson, live in East Moriches. As you can see, there are several locals in the cast.

Performances begin tonight, Thursday, October 23, and run through Sunday, November 9. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays over at the Quogue Community Hall, 125 Jessup Avenue in Quogue. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for senior citizens (except Saturday performances) and $10 for students under the age of 21.

To purchase tickets and reserve seats, visit www.hamptontheatre.org or call (866) 811-4111. For more information, call (631) 653-8955. Good luck and, as they say, “break a leg!”

The third- through sixth-graders at the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School recently participated in an Anti-Bullying Poster Contest coordinated by their health teachers, Guy Napolitano and Tracy Davis. The winners included Megan Card-Gimpelman, Molly Skorobohaty, Jared Jacino, Ashley Vasquez, Katie Lanning, Dresden Dunn, Courtney Bigora, Gia Spagnolo, Erich Schaumloffel and Emma Way. Molly Skorobohaty’s poster received special recognition as she earned first-place honors.

Congratulations to all the kids who participated! Way to be creative and do your part in helping to raise awareness about bullying. If you want to check them out, all posters are now on display throughout the Mill Road school.

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