Father’s Day was conceived by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., in 1909. She wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. Because it was the month of Smart’s birthday, a day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration 101 years ago. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 70.1 million fathers across the nation. Happy Father’s Day to all!
Here on the North Fork we celebrate Father’s Day and “Strawberry Season” at the same time. As the strawberries reach their peak, the Mattituck Lions Club brings the community together for four days of fun and purpose. Tonight kicks off the fun with hulling night 5 to 9 p.m. Grab a family member or friend and gather with others under the tent at Strawberry Fields. Festival proceeds support the Lions’ mission of helping the blind and a wide array of community and nonprofit organizations.
The Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council invites you for Membership Day and a Father’s Day cookout Sunday, June 19, noon to 2 p.m. Tour the historic buildings and have a picnic at the Village Green. There will be photo ops for Dad in the vintage 1926 Model T truck and free hot dogs, lemonade and iced tea. Learn more about the council and its events, including the annual antiques show, lobster feast and antique car show. For more information, call 725-7122 or visit cutchoguenewsuffolkhistory.org.
A triple play for the Serrano family: Sharyn received her master’s in education, Luis received his a Bachelor of Science degree in emergency management and their son, Michael, received his third scholarship to summer camp from the Eastern L.I. Audubon Society. Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to Mildred Behm of Cutchogue on being crowned this year’s prom Queen at the MHS/Senior Center prom. Never say never!
Congratulations to Susie and Jeff Smith on the birth of their seventh grandchild, Ryan Elizabeth Smith, born May 27 at 10:20 a.m., weighing seven pounds, six ounces and measuring 20 1/2 inches. God bless you and your family!
Last week, the North Fork Alliance, SADD, Southold Youth Bureau and Mattituck PTSA sponsored an evening with John Venza, vice president of adolescent services for Outreach Project Inc. He spoke about the realities of alcohol and substance abuse among youth, and parents listened as he offered solutions to combat the problem. Contact the North Fork Alliance at 631-833-0609 for more information.
Cutchogue New Suffolk Library’s book discussion on “Sag Harbor” by Colson Whitehead takes place today. Other upcoming programs include Krazy Kangaroos for ages 2 and 3, Friday, June 17, 10-10:30 a.m. A Zumba Fitness series will be held Mondays, June 20-Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The fee is $60 for 10 classes. Class size is limited, so register early. The NYS Driver Safety Program will be given Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21-22, 6-9 p.m. Fee: $30. For information and registration call 734-6360.
Have a good week!