Eastport Community Notes, January 16

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As I drove past East Pond in Eastport one night last week during the frigid cold snap, I saw someone ice fishing on the pond. This made me wonder who was the first person who decided to go cut a hole in some thick ice, grab some bait and sit on a frozen body of water just waiting for a sluggish, half-hibernated fish to happen by for some smelt or a fake lure.It’s gotta be one of the coldest sports someone can take up but I have to admit that from a distance, in my warm car, there was something alluring and even peaceful about seeing that single light out there on the pond.

The 50-degree weather over the weekend squelched the ice fishing and ice skating for the time being. Sunday was almost spring-like compared to what we’ve been experiencing!

The East End Women’s Choir held its premiere concert at the Center Moriches Presbyterian Church on Sunday, January 12. The women’s chorus is under the direction of Kamilla Ozman who has been a music educator in Suffolk County for more than 30 years.

The chorus is made up of more than 40 sopranos and altos who performed a diverse repertoire, entitled “Songs from the Heart,” that had an emphasis on contemporary choral composers such as Gwyneth Walker, Z. Randall Stroope, Paul Basler, David Childs, Greg Jasperse and more.

If you missed Sunday’s AMAZING concert, you can see this group perform at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Smithtown on Sunday, January 26, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 for adults; there are discounts for senior citizens and students.

The group rehearses on Thursday evenings, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at the Center Moriches Presbyterian Church. Visit their website at www.eastendwomenschoir.com to get in touch with them.

The Westhampton Presbyterian Church will host a free dinner and a movie on Friday, February 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the church located at 116 Montauk Highway in Westhampton. The movie will be Kirk Cameron’s “Unstoppable.” Child care will be provided. Call Audrey at (631) 996-2509 for more information.

“Manga Italia,” a dinner fundraiser sponsored by the Eastport South Manor Community for the Arts and originally on the schedule for later this month, has been pushed back until the spring. We will let you know the new date as soon as it becomes available.

The Eastport South Manor Music Boosters and high school music students will hold their annual fund-raising volleyball marathon at the high school on Sunday, January 26. Parents of music students who are participating are needed to help out during the day if possible. The Music Boosters are also looking for volunteers to help out at upcoming Hampton Music Educators Association rehearsals and concert, and an upcoming fund-raiser at Applebee’s slated for February. For information, please visit their Facebook page at “ESM Music Boosters.”

Finally, happy birthday to Jordan Steinroeder who turned Sweet 16 on Friday, January 10. Jordan is a sophomore at Eastport South Manor and the daughter of Duane and Hilary Steinroeder of Eastport.

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