Fire trucks from all over the island started showing up early Saturday morning. The Eastport Fire Department celebrated its 100th anniversary (congratulations, volunteers!) with plenty of noise, cheers and fire trucks. My horses celebrated by snorting and running around their paddocks. The farm is usually a sleepy place, where the noisiest sounds are the crickets and the occasional startled duck.We’ve gotten familiar with the quiet of this hidden point of land. I know who is coming up the driveway based on the way the gravel crunches under the tires of their cars or trucks. Early Saturday afternoon, what first sounded like an alien invasion soon formed into a Scottish marching song. I’m guessing that my horses had never heard a bagpipe before; there is no reason to think otherwise. Still, they decided it must be part of a “human celebration” and decided to join in.
Students at the Raynor Country Day School in Speonk joined in the celebration by raising more than $350. They sold tickets to “Jeans Day,” which allowed those who purchase them to wear jeans instead of their school uniforms to school. They also marched in the parade dressed as ducks, the mascot for all of Eastport.
Congratulations once again to the Eastport Fire Department, and thank you for the protection you provide!
A “Candidates Night” will be held at the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School on Mill Road on Wednesday, October 9, starting at 6:30 p.m. The good folks over at the Speonk-Remsenburg Civic Association have invited all the candidates for town supervisor, town council, town trustees, highway superintendent and county legislator.
A question-and-answer session will follow their presentations. Coffee and refreshments will be served. For more details, call (631) 325-0673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge to attend.
The Remsenburg Association is selling an interesting book, titled “The History Of Remsenburg,” and copies can be had for just $25 each. This book offers a fascinating history of our hamlet. Supplies are limited, so if you want to buy one, please email Nancy Lombardi at email@example.com soon.
If you are interested in seeing the fall foliage from a different perspective, consider a 60-minute self-guided paddle on the Old Ice Pond over at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. On Saturday, September 28, from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., kayaks will be available to rent for $10 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call (631) 653-4771.
Human Understanding and Growth Seminars, better known as 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 next month. 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 www.westhamptonchamber.com for additional details.