Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, July 25


I’ve heard that the music you listen to during your late elementary school years becomes the music you enjoy later in life.You see, I was exposed to all sorts of music. No one ever thought much of the country music that was always playing in the horse barn where I kept my pony. For years I have tolerated funny looks when a friend overhears what is playing on my car radio. Much like the salsa “made in New York City,” country music is finding its way to Long Island. We now have not one, but two radio stations!

My teenagers tell me it is now cool to listen to country, though they have no desire to explore wide-open spaces or wear cowboy hats.

Still, it is nice to see that the folks over at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center are keeping up with this hot new trend. On Sunday, August 11, Vince Gill will perform at the Main Street theater and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Vince Gill is known for his amazing voice and has won five male vocalist awards from the Country Music Association to go along with 20 Grammy Awards. It might be just as interesting to see who goes to listen! Tickets range from $100 to $185. Visit to see what is available and to order them.

An artist’s reception for local photographer/artist Cheryl Machat Dorskind will be held this Friday, July 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., over at The Remsenburg Academy, located at 130 South Road in Remsenburg. Her beautiful photo-painting creations will be on display at the gallery between noon and 5 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday until August 11. For more information, visit

The annual “Love on a Leash” walk that supports Bideawee in Westhampton is all set for Saturday, August 17, over in Westhampton Beach Village. Registration and check-in begin at 7 a.m. at the Village Green, located next door to the post office. The walk starts at 8 a.m. A pet fair will run on the green from 9 until 11 a.m.

Registration is $25 per person and includes a shirt and some treats. The folks at Bideawee are always looking for those who are willing to solicit donations on their behalf. If you would like to help, visit their website at

Frank Leotta Jr. of Remsenburg, a student at the Westhampton Beach High School, utilized the short-term Youth Exchange program that’s offered through the Rotary Club of Westhampton to experience Valencia, Spain. A high school student from Valencia visited here for a few weeks and Frank will now be visiting his home. This program allows both students to continue attending their schools while experiencing another culture—pretty cool stuff.

Don’t forget that the Westhampton Rotary Club’s annual Bill Hautmann Memorial Flea Market will be held this year on Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach. More details will follow when we get closer to the date.

Finally, the Rotary Club recently dished out its annual scholarships, and congratulations go out this week to Sarah Laadt for winning the Carl Eng Scholarship and Price Scholarship, and Wyatt Foglia for taking home the Arnie Schultz Memorial Scholarship. Both live in Remsenburg. In fact, I enjoyed spending some time with Sarah helping give pony rides at flea markets. Great job.

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