Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, January 30

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Even though the weather was just plain terrible, many of our neighbors still gathered to enjoy the Winter Soirée Community Celebration hosted by the Bay View Pines and Water’s Edge civic associations, and the Friends of the Big Duck, on Saturday night.According to Janice Jay Young, president of Bay View Pines Civic and Taxpayers Association, about 100 residents endured the bitter cold to later dance the night away to the oldies with Vinnie V. and Rock Hill, while also enjoying the fantastic and warm surroundings of the Flanders Men’s Club.

Our community is very thankful for the three organizations responsible for this great annual event and the many other activities that they sponsor throughout the year. Many thanks to Theresa Bauer (Bay View Pines), Doris Schneider (Friends of the Big Duck), Vicki Farruggia (Water’s Edge Civic Association), Fran Cobb and Laurie Gallo who took on the decorating. Also, special thanks to Vinny V. and Rock Hill for the great music and to the Flanders Men’s Club for the fabulous food and nice warm venue.

Please be sure to support these great organizations, or at least take a minute to thank them for a job well done.

It seems like every day I see a post on the social media pages about someone super-excited about a brand new engagement ring, or a happy couple looking forward to becoming Mr. and Mrs. While all of the wedding planning is exciting, there is no aspect of the planning more exciting—or overwhelming, depending on one’s perspective—than shopping for the perfect dress.

The good news is that there is an event this weekend that should help brides-to-be remove some of the stress of that shopping trip while also helping a worthy cause.

Atlantis Banquets and Events in Riverhead will host Brides Against Breast Cancer’s Nationwide Tour of Gowns this Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1. For a $20 donation, brides-to-be can be a part of the “VIP Unveiling of the Gowns” reception from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday that will include light appetizers, entertainment, a pink signature drink and plenty of giveaways. The fun will be followed by a sneak peek at the gowns and the opportunity to “try and buy” before the show opens to everyone on Saturday.

The doors will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and there is a suggested $7 donation at the door. Once inside, future brides can shop from an inventory featuring hundreds of new and gently used designer gowns, some of which are priced at up to 85 percent off just for this show.

Brides Against Breast Cancer will donate $2 million this year alone to help those suffering from cancer. This is a great cause and a great opportunity to get a fabulous designer dress at a very deep discount. For more information or to register, please visit www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org and click on “Upcoming Events.”

Our community would like to extend a warm welcome to the two newest faculty members at the Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus. Meredith Starr, a professor of drawing and 2D designs, and Richard Mack, who teaches graphic design, are now sharing their knowledge at the Northampton campus.

As a special welcome, the college is giving the community the opportunity to appreciate the talents of these two new arrivals. Some of their creations will be on display at the Lyceum Gallery, located right on the Eastern Campus, now through Saturday, February 15. Titled “Feeling And Form,” the show will feature drawings, prints and collages designed by the two newest professors.

For more information, or to get directions to the Lyceum Gallery, please call (631) 548-2536.

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