Water Mill Community Notes, January 16

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As we entered the deep freeze last week, the photographer in me was hoping the ice boats would be out on Mecox. Alas, the freeze ended following a harrying day on the roads and sidewalks with mishaps and fender benders (the police scanner at The Press office was working overtime), when heavy rains set in, dashing all hope of a frozen bay (or Mill Pond for skating). It is only January, so there’s still time for the temps to drop long enough to freeze things up.The Water Mill Community Club sent out an email reminder recently, asking members to be sure to renew their membership for 2014. The WMCC is unique. Founded on the premise of community spirit, meaning that what you give to your community comes back to you and the community at large in myriad ways, the club offers a variety of events throughout the year. Most of the events are just good old-fashioned fun, having been a staple of the club’s calendar for many of its 50-plus years of existence. But the club has also grown with the times, changing its events or adding new ones that will appeal to the families of today.

Among the 2014 events are the Winter Soup and Game Night in February and Trivia Night in March, both for adults only; the Easter Egg Hunt in April; the annual Business Meeting combined with a covered dish supper in May; and the Family Barbecue (and rocket launch!) in June, at which the club awards its annual scholarship to graduating high school seniors whose families have been active in the club. And the Christmas on the Green is always a favorite for member families. There are more events throughout the year.

It remains probably the best club membership value at just $45 for the whole family. If you and your family wish to make use of the club’s wonderful (and recently renovated) tennis facility, the cost of membership goes up to $400.

If you have not yet renewed or become a member, send your payment to: WMCC, P.O. Box 182, Water Mill, NY 11976. If you have any questions, email Jill Raynor, the club’s membership director at jilray1@optonline.net.

In other news, the Flying Point Foundation for Autism, of which I am the founder and which was named for the favorite beach of my son who has autism, continues its fundraising efforts throughout the year to raise money for its programs. Last year, we spent money on respite sessions, an eight-day summer camp preceded by our SibPower group for siblings, and purchased classroom items for teachers working with kids with autism that will augment their programs. We host events and raise money in other ways, such as selling our wonderful puzzle cheeseboards made by students at Southampton Intermediate School, throughout the year to help pay for it all.

And right now we’ve got another fundraising opportunity: we are selling raffle tickets to win a beautiful quilt made especially for the Flying Point Foundation. The quilt, which was made by the woman who owns the quilt shop where my mother is a very frequent customer, is appropriate for a boy or a girl, with autism or without, made from bright fabrics. You can see a picture of the quilt on our website, www.fpf4autism.org, or our Facebook page.

Tickets are just $5 each or you can get five tickets for $20. We will draw the winning ticket once we’ve sold 100 tickets so your chances of winning are pretty good. If you wish to purchase raffle tickets or would like to see the quilt, send an email to info@fpf4autism.org.

Have you got a Water Mill anecdote? A wonderful story from yesterday or days gone by? A Water Mill event? A new baby in the family or an accomplishment worth bragging about? Send it to me … it’s all Grist for the Mill.

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