Happy Thanksgiving! There are so many things to be thankful for: Family and friends. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Walks to Moriches Bay. Football. And all of those pinned recipes that I cannot wait to try.Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday, as it is the least commercial to me. It is also a reminder that we should be thankful every day, especially for the things we have and can share with others. Please remember our local food pantries and, if you would, dig into those closets and find some clothing that you can donate to those in need this holiday season.
More than 75 community members enjoyed The Remsenburg Academy’s second annual Fall Community Party, held on Saturday, November 12, at our beautiful historic building. Attendees enjoyed getting to know their neighbors before honoring Fred Meyer, president of The Academy, for his commitment and vision to make The Remsenburg Academy a reality.
The stakes were pretty high for the cash raffle as all 200 tickets were sold. Congratulations to winner Neal Kelly who took home the grand prize of $3,500! Additional winners included Rich Baldwin, Stephanie Davis, and Marlene and Ari Goodman.
Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School students enjoyed their own tradition last Wednesday evening, November 16, in the form of “Holiday Story Night.” The kids returned to school dressed all cozy in their pajamas, with sleeping bags and snuggly animals to cuddle up with, so they could listen to stories about Thanksgiving. School Superintendent and Principal Dr. Ronald Masera shared “Turkey Bowl” by Phil Bildner, and Assistant Principal Adrienne Cirone read from “Turk and Runt” by Lisa Wheeler and “Albert’s Thanksgiving” by Leslie Tryon. Hot chocolate, as well as homemade cookies and treats, were enjoyed by all.
The following day, the entire school gathered for the annual Thanksgiving feast, which is prepared with extra special care by cafeteria staffers Lisa Senn and Terry Mozer. Kindergartners, also known as “K-Kids,” heralded in the feast. They dressed as Native Americans, complete with class-made headdresses and vests, and shook their Native American rattles to the beat of “Blessings On This Day.” Their Native American names were shared by Ms. Cirone and children sang “The Earth is Our Mother” and “We Are Thankful.” It was a day that our children won’t soon forget.
In case you forgot, Ava Dawydiak of Remsenburg was awarded the Remsenburg Association’s 2016 Andrew Jordan Scholarship over the summer. I’d like to congratulate her yet again as, on November 12, she was awarded the Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association’s 2016 Sailing Scholarship. Ava’s parents, Walter and Paula Dawydiak, are so very proud!
Ava is currently in her freshman year at SUNY Geneseo studying business, and plans to return to the Westhampton Yacht Squadron this summer for her third year as an instructor. Congratulations on your achievements, Ava!
Sunday, November 27: The Eastport Fire Department’s Sunday Buffet Breakfast Series continues at the Union Avenue firehouse, 8 a.m. until noon. Tickets can be bought at the door and are $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for children age 5 to 12. All children age 5 and under eat for free. The final breakfast is on Sunday, December 4, and includes a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. They will arrive via firetruck at 9 a.m. and be available for photo-ops for a $5 fee.
Saturday, December 3: Annual Wreath, Poinsettia, Bake and Boutique Sale supporting the Remsenburg Garden Club at The Academy, 130 South Country Road, 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The club’s Bake Sale items include holiday pies, cakes, cookies, quiches, cupcakes, breads, cranberry sauce, and jams both sweet and savory, as well as items that freeze well and can be saved for the upcoming holidays. High-quality tag sale items will be available for purchase. Call 631-325-8603.
Saturday, December 3: Westhampton Presbyterian Church’s annual Tea and Bazaar, 90 Meetinghouse Road on Quiogue, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Gift items, including jewelry, baked goods and handmade ornaments will be available for purchase. Call 631-288-2576.