Babies, babies everywhere! A very chubby groundhog spends most of the day in my bowl of cracked corn while baby hummingbirds, newly emerged from their nest, quickly dart from blossom to blossom following their mama. But the biggest thrill of all is watching the twin spotted fawns scamper about and tasting my hydrangeas.While August is always a delightful month for me in my garden, it is also an exciting time at the Marsh residence on Box Tree Road. Ellen turned 76 last Thursday, August 15. And Nick and Ellen, who were married in East Quogue in 1956, will celebrate 57 years of wedded bliss on Sunday, August 25.
Happy birthday and happy anniversary wishes to two very special people!
If you haven’t already done so, please buy your tickets for the East Quogue Beautification Committee’s annual summer raffle. This year’s prizes are fantastic: an iPad with retina display (16 GB); an Amazon Kindle Fire HD (16 GB); a $150 gift certificate to the Stone Creek Inn; and a $150 gift certificate to Dockers Waterside Restaurant in Marina.
The organization’s projects have included the restoration and maintenance of the East Quogue Post Office gardens on Bay Avenue, as well as the purchase and maintenance of the flowering baskets that hang from the antique lampposts along Main Street. The group also decorates the holiday tree on the Village Green and funds the tree lighting ceremony.
The raffle tickets, which are on sale at Roses and Rice, Calico Garden and East Quogue Wines and Liquors, all located on Main Street, cost $5 each or you can get three for $10. Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting the Village of East Quogue Beautification Committee’s Facebook page and clicking on “Get Tickets.”
Congratulations to the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. The organization has received a $3,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to fund a program that will support the spaying and neutering of approximately 75 companion animals on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton. A well-deserved grant for an organization that does so much for our animals.
Saturday, August 24: The 10th annual Art, Craft and Gift Fair, sponsored by Quogue Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350, takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 125 Montauk Highway in Quogue. All proceeds benefit veterans’ assistance programs and students in our communities. (The rain date is Sunday, August 25.)
Saturday, August 24: East Quogue United Methodist Church’s annual Chicken BBQ, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Montauk Highway church. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $7 for children age 3 to 10. For information, call Peggy Sanders at (631) 834-4778 or Carole Heller at (631) 653-5102.
Sunday, September 8: The East Quogue Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Lobster Bash at 6 p.m. at Dockers Waterside Restaurant and Marina on Dune Road. Tickets cost $65 each. For information, contact me at the telephone number or email address listed above.
Sunday, September 15: The Quogue Library’s “A Wildlife Garden Native and Natural” takes place in my garden, starting at 2 p.m. For reservations, please call (631) 653-4224 or sign up online at www.quoguelibrary.org/registerforprogram.htm.