Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, September 19


In February 1913, 30 volunteers decided that our community needed a fire department. They raised $1,020 to buy a hand-drawn chemical engine. Upgrades were made over the years and, eventually, they purchased a pump that could be drawn by a horse and, later, a Model T truck.Our fire department—the Eastport Fire Department—now boasts the most advanced equipment. I once visited the Union Avenue firehouse during a Cub Scout event. While the Scouts were checking out the heavy equipment, volunteers showed the adults pictures from a fire at a farm located adjacent to my home.

The Baker Duck Farm Fire took place nearly 50 years earlier, and the photos showed the trucks backed right up to the duck ponds, using their water to douse the flames. After the fire was put out, firefighters had to tow their trucks out because they were stuck in the mud!

The Eastport Fire Department is celebrating 100 years of service to the communities of Eastport, Speonk and Remsenburg this weekend. A parade featuring more than 40 fire departments, bands, floats and marching units will begin at 4 p.m. this Saturday, September 21.

The parade route begins on South Bay Avenue and marchers will proceed to the firehouse on Union Avenue. Afterward, all are invited to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, salad and beverages at the firehouse. There will be live music, games, and commemorative T-shirts, mugs and medallions also available for purchase.

The current show at the Remsenburg Academy, “Contrasts in Style and Medium,” features the mixed media creations of Nicole Franz and photographs taken by Ronald Diel. There will be a closing reception with wine and cheese this Saturday, September 21, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Academy.

The Remsenburg Community Church has scheduled its 2013 fundraiser, “Oktoberfest 2013,” for Saturday, October 12, at the Westhampton Country Club in Westhampton Beach. There will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing from 6 to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $150 each. Checks should be made payable to the “Remsenburg Community Church” and mailed to P.O. Box 546, Remsenburg, NY 11960.

Over the past year the church has undertaken many important and much-needed projects including: repainting the exterior of the White Chapel; renovating the Manse; and strengthening of the red brick church’s buttresses, roof and bell tower.

But much work remains to preserve and maintain the beauty and operation of the church’s sanctuary, chapel, the Manse and the cemetery. Please attend next month’s fundraiser if you can.

And, just so you know, the church has hosted several community events over the past year, such as the P.G. Wodehouse Society Dedication Ceremony, the Ruth Bennett harp recital and, most recently, the dedication ceremony for its new organ. Church officials plan on offering similar events in the future. Please call (631) 325-1834 for details.

Human Understanding and Growth Seminars (HUGS) will host its 11th annual golf outing at the Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club in Westhampton on Tuesday, October 1. The cost is $275 per player and that includes 18 holes of golf and cart, range balls, a barbecue lunch, cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert. There will also be an auction, raffles and prizes. Call (631) 288-9505 for tickets.

The Kiwanis Club of Westhampton will hold its second annual Greater Westhampton Oyster Festival on Saturday, October 12, at the Westhampton Beach Village Marina at the southern end of Library Avenue in the village. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., will feature a chowder contest, boat displays, rides and educational programs. The rain date is Sunday, October 13.

And the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show will be held on the Westhampton Beach Village Green on the same day. That event, which is always a huge draw, will be held on Saturday, October 12, Sunday, October 13, and Monday, October 14, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Visit for additional details.

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