Happy May Day and, even though it is a week away, happy Wildflower Week as well! The dark winter juncos have left for colder climes and the colorful towhees have arrived in abundance in my garden. So, let’s celebrate springtime and delight in all the brightly colored flowers.Speaking of the spring migration, over at the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, May is “Warbler Madness Month.” The organization has scheduled many exciting and educational field trips to view these tiny avian wonders and the field trip chair is none other than our hamlet’s master birder, Eileen Schwinn.
It’s a great way to spend the merry month of May outside. Most of the field trips are free and everyone is invited. For detailed information, please visit the organization’s website, www.easternlongislandaudubon.homestead.com.
“Tempus fugit” and, yes, time certainly does fly by. It seems like only yesterday that I congratulated Jessica and Tony Stalters on the birth of their beautiful son, Andrew. Well, Andrew celebrated his seventh birthday on Friday, April 24.
His parents and his brother, Jack, hope he had a great day and they all wish him a “wonderful year.” Happy birthday, Andrew!
Attention all kids: Summer is almost here and it’s time for fun. The exciting Westhampton Beach Summer Recreation program starts on Monday, July 6, and runs until Friday, July 31. The program takes place from 9 a.m. until noon each weekday over at the Westhampton Beach Elementary School.
All elementary and middle school students from our East Quogue School District, who will be enrolled as of September, are eligible to attend. Registration forms will be sent home from school with students. Forms can also be found on the Westhampton Beach District website, www.whbschools.org., starting the first week in May.
And, last but certainly not least, on Saturday, August 22, the East Quogue Volunteer Fireman’s Benevolent Association will be sponsoring a trip to see the Long Island Ducks take on the Camden Riversharks. There will be lots of fireworks both on the field and in the sky, as well as a delicious pre-game buffet.
The game starts at 6:35 p.m. and takes place at the Bethpage Ballpark located at 3 Court House Drive in Central Islip. For tickets or information, please email Tom Mendenhall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 2: East Quogue Cub Scout Pack 261 will host two simultaneous fundraisers. Both events will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Bay Avenue, just south of Montauk Highway. A flower and plant sale will take place at the East Quogue Post Office while, across the street, the Scouts will be washing cars in the rear parking lot of the East Quogue Firehouse.
Monday, May 4: Meeting of the East Quogue Homemakers, 10 a.m., at the East Quogue Firehouse on Montauk Highway. Afterward, members will work on their projects. New members are welcome.
Monday, May 4: Eastern Long Island Audubon Society meets at 7:15 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Guest speaker is noted nature photographer John Brokos. All are invited to this free event.
Tuesday, May 5: The East Quogue Elementary School Board of Education meets at 7:15 p.m. for a budget hearing. The meeting will be held in the cafetorium of the school on Central Avenue.
Tuesday, May 12: The East Quogue Chamber of Commerce meets at 6 p.m. at the New Moon Café on Montauk Highway.
Wednesday, May 13: The East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the library of the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.
Tuesday, May 19: East Quogue Elementary School budget vote, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., in the gymnasium of the elementary school on Central Avenue.
Tuesday, May 19: The East Quogue Elementary School Board of Education regular meeting at 7:15 p.m. in the cafetorium of the school on Central Avenue.