Westhampton Community Notes, July 18


What a weekend! On Saturday afternoon, Retta and I attended the wedding of Genevieve and Joseph Caputo. It was held at Land’s End, overlooking the water in Sayville. The venue was beautiful, but the weather, unfortunately, was not—at least at first.As the wedding party was about to emerge from their rooms and proceed to the beach for the ceremony, the skies opened up and it started to pour. I looked at the weather radar on my phone and realized it was just a passing shower and would be over before we knew it. Sure enough, 10 minutes later, the dark clouds passed, the sun began to shine and the ceremony was ready to begin.

Every so often during the ceremony, a ferry heading to Fire Island would pass by and the riders would start clapping and cheering. Even the captain would sound the horn to wish the bride and groom well.

Since Gen is a friend of Retta’s, I didn’t expect to know too many people at the reception, but there were a few nice surprises. I spotted many familiar faces from my days of living in Sag Harbor, people I have not seen for ages. Longtime family friends Jan and Joe Federico were there; it turns out Joe works with the groom. Maureen Stafford, who I have known since I was knee high to a grasshopper, was also there with her boyfriend, who is in the fire department with Joe. And we even got to hang with “nice” Anthony from Boom Burger in Westhampton Beach and his girlfriend, Heather, who works in the East Moriches School District with the bride.

Small world.

After a number of laughs, and even some happy tears, we had to leave the wedding a little early, so I could make it back to Westhampton Beach to take photos at the Family Service League’s annual summer gala that evening on the Great Lawn. And on Sunday morning, I ran down to Cupsogue and Pikes beaches to take some photos of the lifeguards, beach attendants and concession stand workers for our occasional “Meet The Beach Crews” photo spreads. Finally, at around 2 p.m. Sunday, I got to turn off my brain and relax for the rest of the day.

Is it September yet?

The Westhampton Free Library will host its annual book sale this weekend. Hours are 9:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, and noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 21.
The library is located at 7 Library Avenue in Westhampton Beach. Call (631) 288-3355.

The Joe Koziarz Memorial 5K is set for Saturday, July 20. Check-in at the Village Green begins at 7 a.m., with the race starting promptly at 8:30 a.m. There will also be a 1K fun-run for the youngsters right after the start of the 5K. Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead will be offering glucose and cholesterol screenings before the race. For more information, call (631) 288-3337 or email digg@optonline.net.

The Westhampton Beach Junior Fire Department will hold its 10th annual car wash on Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. until noon, behind the Sunset Avenue firehouse. Proceeds will benefit the Stony Brook Burn Center. The Juniors are conducting the car wash in memory of Reina Nash and ex-chief Andy Anderson.

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge will host its seventh annual “Wild Night for Wildlife” gala on Saturday, July 20, from 7 until 10 p.m., at the Quogue home of Paul and Jane Dietche. There will be cocktails, plenty of hors d’oeuvres, live music, dancing, auctions and raffles. Tickets start at $175 and can be purchased by calling (631) 653-4771 or by visiting www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.

East End Hospice will host its fifth annual luncheon to benefit Camp Good Grief on Monday, July 22, over at the Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue. The festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. and it will feature psychic medium Dawn Joly. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased by calling (631) 288-7080 or by visiting www.eeh.org.

Bideawee, located at 118 Old Country Road in Westhampton, will host an outdoor movie night on Wednesday, July 24. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the movie, “Monsters, Inc.,” starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend but only 200 people can be accommodated—so get there early. Call (866) 262-8133.

It is almost circus time! The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will host the Zoppé Italian Circus on the Great Lawn next Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m., Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 27, at both 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $29 for children and $54 for adults. There is also a VIP option for $2,500, which gets you ringside seating for four adults and 10 children, a workshop with the circus stars, a post-show reception, reserved parking and more. To get tickets, call (631) 288-1500 or visit www.whbpac.org.

The third annual “Tour de Pour” bar crawl to raise money for pancreatic cancer research in memory of Mark Raynor will take place on Sunday, July 28, starting at 4 p.m. at Jonesey’s on Montauk Highway in Westhampton Beach. A portion of the proceeds will benefit cancer research.

The Knights of Columbus, Father Joseph Slomski Council 7423, will host its fourth annual summer concert on Friday, August 2, in the parish center of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, off Meeting House Road on Quiogue. The doors open at 6 p.m., with the concert starting at 8 p.m.

There will be a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, and snacks and beverages will be available. Tickets are $25 for general admission, or $60 for VIP, and are available in the parish office or at Lynne’s Cards and Gifts and Westhampton T-Shirts, both on Main Street in the village. Proceeds will benefit the local food pantry, the parish’s homeless shelter program and other community-oriented charities. Call (631) 680-9879.

Maureen’s Haven will host its third annual Lobster Bash fundraiser on Thursday, August 22, from 6 until 10 p.m., at Dockers Waterside Restaurant and Marina on Dune Road in East Quogue. This year’s event will have a country theme and actress Susan Lucci and her son, Andreas Huber, are the honorary chairs.

Tickets start at $175 per person and can be purchased online at www.maureenshaven.org. You can also call (631) 727-6831 for more information.

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