The boat is in the water … finally. This year it needed a new bilge pump. After learning from Google just how easy it is to replace, I told my husband: “Honey, no problem. I can fix that doohickey.”I included “honey” only to frighten him; we use that term of affection every time there is a dirty job that needs to be done. I’ve had mixed success fixing things with online help. So, a friend was immediately called. The boat was whisked away and, the very next day, was in the water.
Every summer I pledge that we will use the boat for more than dragging the kids around the bay in a tube. I picture elegant friends, wearing lovely attire and sipping wine on the way to dinner, viewing the Hamptons from the water. We did this once before and it was the only time we hit sand.
“Hey, honey (he calls me that only when there is an awful job to be done), can you hop out and push us off this sandbar?”
I was dressed more like Ginger than Mary Ann on this particular night. (I had even pulled all of the hay out of my hair after I fed the horses.) After seeing the brownish water and green gook, I suggested that everyone stand on one side of the boat, to see if that would free us from the sandbar. Packed like sardines, we managed to tip the boat and quite a bit of the white wine in the process, but we were still stuck and, now, covered in wine.
The captain then hopped out and gave us a shove, and we agreed to go back home so we could drive to our dining destination. All were too polite to mention that our captain was now wearing wet pants.
However, I feel like enough time has passed for us to give it another shot. Why learn from past mistakes?
Congratulations go out this week Brian Hayes of Speonk who will be majoring in marketing this fall at SUNY at Oswego. Best of luck!
The Rotary Club of Westhampton will host its annual Bill Hautmann Flea Market on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach on Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday, August 11, from noon until 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children between 6 and 12 years of age.
There will be vendors peddling clothes, collectibles, antiques, jewelry and sports memorabilia. There will also be live music, refreshments and plenty of free parking. This event will take place rain or shine.
Bideawee’s annual “Love on a Leash” walk is scheduled for Saturday, August, 17, and will begin at 8 a.m. in Westhampton Beach. Registration and check-in will begin at 7 a.m. on the Village Green, located near the post office. The walk starts at 8 a.m., and the pet fair will be held on the Village Green from 9 until 11 a.m. Registration costs $25 and includes a shirt and some treats.
And a reminder: On Saturday, August 17, at 8 a.m., the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society is organizing a boat trip to the islands of the nearby Moriches Inlet. Attendees will get to view migrating shorebirds and other wildlife.
The organization hosts many cool field trips, bird counts and meetings. Membership costs only $20 and includes six issues of the society’s newsletter, “The Osprey.” Contact John McNeil at (631) 281-2623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the boat trip or obtain more information.