Congratulations to Domenico Pensa III and Alison Pensa on the conclusion of their first year performing with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (MYO) in New York. MYO is committed to fostering a community of talented young musicians from the Long Island area, providing them with an opportunity to rehearse and perform orchestra masterworks with recognized leaders in music education and performance.Domenico “Dommy” and Alison “Ali” began playing violin seven years ago and were selected for MYO based on a solo audition. The two virtuosos had the honor of performing their final concert this year at Carnegie Hall, one of the most prestigious venues in the world. They took the same stage as Judy Garland, Benny Goodman and The Beatles, to name just a few.
The performances by the Symphony Orchestra (Dommy) and Concert Orchestra (Ali) were spectacular!
Very proud parents are Patricia and Domenico Pensa Jr., younger brother Christian, and grandparents Marie and Domenico Pensa Sr., and Patricia Lechleider, all of Hampton Bays.
Girl Scout Troop 468 members are in the final steps of earning their Bronze Award, which is a big Community Service Award. They had to come up with a project that would benefit our hamlet, and also make a permanent change.
The girls put their heads together and came up the idea to create a Sports Equipment Cart. They collected used equipment, in good condition, for every sport playable at Red Creek Park. They also collected other fun things, like Hula-Hoops and jump ropes.
The troop plans to host certain days where the cart will be available for families to come and borrow the equipment. The goal is to boost physical activity among kids, as well as give them a chance to play sports that they might not otherwise be able to try without having the proper equipment. The girls also raised funds for a bike rack to be installed at the park.
The kickoff event is this Sunday, June 22, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Red Creek Park. The entire troop will be there and everyone is welcome to come and use the equipment and have a great time.
The Shinnecock Marlin and Tuna Club invites the community to attend its inaugural Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, June 22, at 11 a.m., at the northwest jetty at Shinnecock Inlet on Dune Road.
After the blessing, a barbecue will be provided over at Oakland’s along with a nautical swap meet, so gather up your old or extra fishing gear and tackle.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for the Hampton Bays Fire Department’s Benny Lupia Memorial Fluke Tournament, which is planned for Saturday, July 12. The cost is $45 per adult and $20 for kids 15 and younger.
Eighth-grader Mackenzie Tyler has organized a “Locks of Love Hair Happening” for Monday, June 23, from 2 until 7 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Middle School, 70 Ponquogue Avenue.
Hair donations need to be at least 10 inches in length and hairstylists will be on hand for the event. Appointments are not necessary. “Before” and “after” photos will be taken of those donating their tresses, and prizes will be awarded by the Hair Happening Committee for the longest hair donation, best makeover and the most dramatic change.
For those who want to donate, but don’t have any hair to spare, a Chinese auction will be ongoing. To learn more, please contact Pam Renna at (631) 723-4700.
St. Rosalie’s Church is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win $10,000, $5,000 or a one-week vacation in Florida (transportation not included). Tickets are $100 each and only 500 tickets will be sold! All proceeds support the church’s community outreach programs and the food pantry. The drawing will be held at the church’s Gala on the Bay event on Saturday, June 28, at St. Joseph’s Villa.
While I’m on the subject, tickets for the Gala on the Bay can be purchased in advance for $60 for adults and $20 for children. Call the Parish Center at (631) 728-9461 for more information about gala and/or raffle tickets.
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The Flanders Farm Fresh Food Market opens this Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Flanders Community Center at 655 Flanders Road. The market will be there every Saturday through October 18. Stop by for some fresh produce delivered straight from the farm.
The Southampton Town Youth Bureau is starting up a summer enrichment program for kids in grades three through six called Adventure Days.
Campers will meet Monday through Thursday afternoons, from 1 until 5 p.m., beginning on Monday, July 7, and running through Thursday, August 28, at the David W. Crohan Community Center, 655 Flanders Road, Flanders. Call Caprice Crippen at (631) 702-2432 for more details and to register.