Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, June 20


A few years back we went on a family vacation to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. By late afternoon, we were bored, hungry, grumpy and lost somewhere in the woods when we came upon an old Dairy Queen that had a wooden pig sign nailed over the front door. It was a barbecue place and had a “Dueling Banjos” kind of feel—the sort of place frequented only by outlaw bikers and lost travelers—but we were hungry.And it turned out to be a delightful place, with a friendly cook who took the time to explain the differences between sauces, rubs and smokes. We left loaded up with the house specialty: “Rubbin’ Butts Sauce.”

Yes, we had discovered Southern barbecue.

This year for Father’s Day I planned to smoke our own brisket. So, before the baseball game, I carefully loaded the smoker with hickory and dry rubbed meat, and plugged it in.

This may not seem very authentic, but after much research I learned that this was the “perfect” beginner smoker. Almost immediately huge clouds of smoke began pouring out of the smoker—and then back into the house through the second story windows. After a few hours of running around and fanning smoke, we sat down to a Southern barbecue, a meal the family will remember at least as long as it takes for us to get the smell of hickory smoke out of the house.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Westhampton has moved its annual carnival to Lufker Airport, off Montauk Highway in East Moriches, due to pending construction at the club’s old site at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton.

The carnival, which began on Wednesday evening, runs through Sunday, June 23, from 5 until 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and include parking, admission and unlimited entry to rides. On Saturday night the cost will be $30 per person because it will include an incredible fireworks display! Be sure to bring money for the carnival foods that we all love!

The Remsenburg Academy is now displaying a collection of abstract paintings by Will Day of Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Day uses his art to motivate others to become more creative. He worked in the financial services industry, then as an architect before he became a full-time artist.

Mr. Day has a connection with the Hamptons as it was an area he visited frequently while growing up. One of the landscapes on display reflects the unique colors of our area.

The exhibit will be open Friday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., through Sunday, June 30. To preview his art you can visit

There will be a Community Yard Sale sponsored by the Seatuck Creek Rotary Club on Saturday, June 22 (rain date Saturday, June 29), at the South Bay Bible Church. The church, the former White Truffle Inn building, is located at 578 Montauk Highway in East Moriches.

All sale items have been donated so that proceeds will benefit various charities. Appraisals will be done by Wendy Walsh of Eastport, a certified estate appraiser and a Rotarian.

Congratulations to the sixth grade class at the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School! These kids will be high school graduates in 2019! As difficult as it is to imagine them “grown up,” it is sweet to remember them as kindergarteners on their first day of school.

Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary student Simon Moskowitz, of West Hampton Dunes, performed in the Adventures in Acting Showcase on June 11 at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Great job, Simon!

The Remsenburg Association’s annual Summer Solstice Party will be held this Saturday, June 22, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., over at the Remsenburg Academy. Members and their guests will be able to enjoy a raw bar, hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Tickets cost $55 and can be purchased at the door. For membership information, visit

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