Happy birthday wishes are going out to Patti Marano today, Thursday, January 23. And a champagne toast to Bob and Bonnie Loetscher. Bonnie and Bob celebrate their wedding anniversary this Friday, January 24.Congrats to John Marano! John has been named to the fall provost’s list at SUNY Oneonta. To qualify for this honor, John maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average while carrying a course load of at least 12 hours. John was also named on the dean’s list for the fall semester. Well done, John!
Additionally, Austin Ferreira, Daniela Gutierrez, Monica O’Connor, Johanna Poremba and Lawrence Robertson each earned dean’s list acclaim for the fall term at SUNY Oneonta.
Join the Lioness Club of the Hamptons for a fun evening of Bingo tonight, Thursday, January 23, at the Hand-Aldrich American Legion Hall, 55 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the drawing begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 and that includes one Bingo packet, as well as coffee, tea and dessert. A cash bar will be available. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and other Lioness charities. For more information, give Mary a call at (631) 375-7182.
Beat the winter blahs at the Hampton Bays Booster Club’s eighth annual Winterfest this Saturday, January 25, from 7 until 11 p.m., at Oakland’s Restaurant on Dune Road.
Tickets are $30 in advance and you can purchase those at Gigi’s Kids and Skidmore’s Sports & Styles, or by calling Maryann at (516) 527-7155. There will be lots of hors d’oeuvres, raffles, a great Chinese auction and a cash bar. Tickets will be sold at the door for $40 each.
The Hampton Bays Historical and Preservation Society is hosting its annual benefit dinner on Sunday, January 26, from 4 until 9 p.m., at Villa Paul Restaurant on Montauk Highway.
The menu includes a choice of appetizer and one of four entrée selections—veal Parmigiana, chicken Francaise, broiled salmon or penne a la vodka—as well as dessert, coffee or tea. Tickets are $35 each and $12 for kids age 12 and younger. Take-out will be available. For reservations, call Villa Paul at (631) 728-3261.
Both the Hampton Bays Public Library and Westhampton Free Library are Broadway-bound to see Tennessee Williams’ classic, “The Glass Menagerie,” on Wednesday, February 5, at the Booth Theater in New York City.
Non-refundable tickets are $156 apiece and include round-trip transportation aboard a North Fork Express bus. The bus will depart from the library at 9 a.m. and return immediately after the 2 p.m. matinée. For reservations, stop by the library’s front circulation desk.
Closer to home, you can still catch the Hampton Theatre Company’s production of “Heroes” this weekend at the Quogue Community Hall, 125 Jessup Avenue in Quogue. The play stars Tom Gustin, George Loizides and Cyrus Newitt, and is directed by my friend and co-columnist Andrew Botsford.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $23 for seniors (except Saturday night) and $10 for students under 21. To purchase tickets, go to www.hamptontheatre.org or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.
The Good Grief Family Bereavement Center is offering a seven-week Children’s Bereavement Group every Monday beginning on February 3 and running through March 24, at 5:30 p.m. those evenings, at the center at 195 Mill Road in Westhampton Beach. A parent/guardian group will also meet at the same time. For more information or to register, please call Angela Byrns at (631) 288-8400.
Monday, January 27: Hampton Bays Civic Association meeting, 6:30 p.m., at the Southampton Town Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue. Guest speaker will be Hampton Bays Water District Superintendent Robert King. Come find out what makes our drinking water as good as it is and meet the man who is responsible for it.