East Quogue Community Notes, February 6

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As East Quogue George blissfully slept away Groundhog Day, his cousins, Malverne Mel and Holbook Hal, were out and about. Since they did not see their shadows, it is now “official,” despite Monday’s snowstorm, that our frigid winter weather will soon be gone and spring will surely arrive early.The 42 days until March 20, the day the spring equinox actually begins, will simply be a mere formality—from my laptop to God’s ears!

If you need an extra dose of spring, stop by Roses and Rice on Main Street. Cathy has a marvelous selection of brightly colored primroses and tulips. I bought three little primroses for my kitchen table and their delicate scent makes breakfast so much more enjoyable.

Now that the Super Bowl is over, I’m getting ready for my February treat: the 138th annual Westminster Dog Show. Because of my pretty little Christie, I am always hoping that a rough collie will win. So I did some research and was surprised to learn that only one collie has ever won “Best in Show,” and that was way back in 1929.

And, of course, a la Lassie, there was drama, tragedy and tears that went with the win. A 9-month-old puppy, “Laund Loyalty of Bellhaven,” won the hearts of judges and spectators alike with, to paraphrase Dog Fancier Magazine, his “sweet expression, grace and beauty.” Loyalty, as he was called, was shown on a long lead and the crowd cheered as he pranced about, his tail excitedly waving in the air.

Loyalty retired very suddenly after his big win, never to be shown again. A New York Times article announced the closing of Bellhaven Kennels, stating that after Loyalty’s Westminster win, “acid was thrown into the dog’s eyes” by a competitor. After reading this, I gave Christie extra big hugs, glad that she’s just my little collie girl.

And, finally, if you are looking for a fun way to spend a February evening, you will not want miss this. The Builder’s Club of the Hampton Bays School District is hosting a Soup and Sundae Night to raise money for the district’s Good Ground school-community garden greenhouse.

The fun takes place next Wednesday, February 12, from 5 until 7 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Middle School located at 70 Ponquogue Avenue. Savory soups created by chefs representing more than a dozen local restaurants will please your palate on a cold winter’s eve and ice cream from Carvel will complete the feast.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. There is also a discounted admission for families with five or more members. For more information, please visit “Good Ground Community Garden” on Facebook.

On The Calendar

Tuesday, February 11: The East Quogue Chamber of Commerce meets at the Quogue Library at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 12: The East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the library of the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.

Tuesday, February 25: The next East Quogue Elementary School Board of Education meeting starts at 7:45 p.m. at the school off Central Avenue.

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