Happy Thanksgiving to all of my neighbors and friends. Enjoy your time with those who are nearest and dearest to you, and be grateful for all that you have.The folks over at the Eastport Bible Church really know how to get into the spirit of giving. They’ve collected all of the necessary ingredients, including uncooked turkeys, to provide a traditional Thanksgiving feast to 14 families in need in our community. This was a collaborate effort by the kids and leaders of the church.
The families received their holiday meals yesterday, and I’m sure many hearts were warmed by this wonderful display of generosity.
Now here’s an activity that everyone can participate in—assuming that you’ve had some time to clean out those closets while searching for your winter coats, hats, scarves, sweaters and gloves, and found that some things no longer fit.
The Eastport Bible Church is collecting gently used winter clothing now through Sunday, December 7. On that day, about two dozen people will board a bus and take all of the donations to New York City. The clothing will be hung on fences in Tompkins Square Park for those in need to take. The remaining items will be donated to The Bowery Mission, which serves the homeless, hungry and poor.
Please drop off your donations at the church office, located at 386 Montauk Highway in Eastport. The office is open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Thanks in advance for your generosity.
Don’t forget that this Sunday, November 30, is your last chance to enjoy one of the Eastport Fire Department’s famous buffet breakfasts. Head on down to the Union Avenue firehouse anytime between 8 a.m. and noon though, this time, you might want to get there a tad early!
That’s because the big man in red is scheduled to arrive via fire truck at around 9 a.m., and Santa will be ready to take photos with your little ones for just $5 each.
Tickets to the breakfast cost $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for children (ages 5 to 12). Anyone younger eats for free. Proceeds benefit the Eastport Fire Department.
Next, I would like to wish a belated happy 80th birthday to the unofficial mayor of Remsenburg, our neighbor and friend, Frank Moschetti.
And a little friend, Christopher Cafone of Remsenburg, turned 4 this month!
Finally, happy early birthday to Carol Pitney of Eastport! Enjoy your birthdays, everyone!
Be sure to mark your calendars as there is much happening in December to help us all get in the holiday spirit.
On Tuesday, December 2, the Eastport Winter Concert will be held in the auditorium of the Eastport South Manor Junior-Senior High School, 543 Moriches-Middle Island Road in Manorville. The curtain goes up at 6:30 p.m.
Please join our friends at the Eastport Elementary for their annual Holiday Lighting on Friday, December 5, at 6 p.m., in front of the Montauk Highway school. Students from the Eastport Elementary Band and Chorus will be leading attendees in a sing-along. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided by the Parent Teacher Organization. And organizers have also been in touch with Santa to see if he has time to make an appearance at the big event. Don’t miss it!
The Eastport South Manor Teachers Association is hosting a toy drive. If you would like to make a donation, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to next month’s Holiday Lighting, or you can drop them off at the school. Thanks in advance!
Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School students, meanwhile, had their annual Thanksgiving Feast last Tuesday, November 18. This is a very special event at the school, as the students and teachers come together to enjoy quite the show.
The kindergarten class, led by Debbie Johnson, dressed up as Native Americans and entered the gym while singing the “Earth is Our Mother.” School Superintendent Dr. Ron Masera welcomed everyone and introduced the Native Americans who were sporting handmade vests. All of the classes sang a joyful song called “Gratitude Attitude,” followed by “Blessings On This Day.”
And then the entire school enjoyed a feast prepared by cooks Lisa Senn and Terry Mozer.
Finally, Raynor Country Day School children began their winter concert series last Friday, November 21. The first of four concerts featured their Pee-Wee Theatre production of “The Littlest Pilgrims,” as well as the debut of their beautiful ballet troupe.
On Friday, December 5, the Speonk school’s Senior Chorus and Band—made up of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders—will take the stage. Then, on Wednesday, December 10, the first-, second- and third-graders—members of the school’s Junior Chorus, as well as recorder students—will get their turn.
And the final concert will be offered on Friday, December 12, and features the pre-K and kindergarten chorus, and ballet encore, as well as the “Big Chill” kindergarten and first grade theater production troupe.
All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and there is no charge to attend. All are welcome.