As I write this column one son is on a Greyhound bus on his way back to St. Lawrence University, and the other is learning how to be a medieval stonemason during the three-week winter session at Williams College. Christmas vacation is officially over!Yes, it’s January and it’s cold, but the good news is that sunset these days is right around 5 p.m., which means you can actually cook burgers on the grill without using a flashlight if you eat dinner early enough. We are not out of the woods yet by any stretch of the imagination, though.
The wind chill today (Sunday) is a mere 19 degrees. I found this out after I tried to put clothes on the clothesline only to realize that the clothespins were frozen shut. But already everyone is trying to rush us into spring, which is a LONG way off. The clothing stores are sporting shorts and pastel-colored T-shirts, and the seed catalogues are arriving in the mail.
The Eastport South Manor High School music and theater department will present the musical “The Sound of Music” this spring. Auditions are taking place and the cast will be announced soon. The dates of the show are March 21, 22 and 23, so mark your calendar now to save those dates!
The annual ESM band and chorus fund-raising volleyball marathon will take place all day at the high school on Sunday, January 26. People sponsor the high school’s band and chorus students to play for however many hours they can last! The fun starts at 10 a.m.
Also, the Eastport South Manor Community for the Arts will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, January 27, at 7 p.m.
If you missed the January 12 concert by the East End Women’s Choir, you can catch their second performance this Sunday, January 26, at 4 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church located at 30 Brooksite Drive in Smithtown. Check out their website at www.eastendwomenschoir.com for details.
The Westhampton United Methodist Church will host a free “Dinner and a Movie” evening at the church on Friday, February 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the church located at 116 Montauk Highway in Westhampton. The movie to be shown will be “Unstoppable.” Call (631) 996-2509 for more information. Free childcare will be offered for the evening!
Members of the Smith Point Rugby Club will hold their first practice for the upcoming spring season this Saturday, January 25, at the field next to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Center Moriches. Practice begins at 10:30 a.m. and local young men age 14 to 18 are invited to stop by and see what it’s all about. Check out their Facebook page “Smith Point Rugby Football Club” for more information.