Summer is winding down, the days are getting shorter and, frankly, it feels like fall as I write this! The Staples commercial from a few years ago is one of my favorites. It shows a father gleefully dragging teenage children to shop for school supplies while “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” plays in the background. As my own children get older, I wish for summer vacation to be longer. It’s a time for us to enjoy time off, sleep in and just relax. If I had my choice, we’d live in the world of Phineas and Ferb, 104 days of summer vacation!
Birthdays first: Happy birthday to Victoria Tondo on Aug. 22; Josh Kettenbeil on the 28th; Adam Panetta on the 29th; and Irene Stulsky on Sept. 3.
In anniversary news, John and Linda Bertani will celebrate 45 years of marriage Aug. 24. Congratulations to such a nice couple.
The Southold Presbyterian Women will hold another barn sale Saturday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, behind Bank of America on Wells Avenue. Proceeds are contributed to local charities.
Tickets are still available for the ELIH Dream Green Extravaganza raffle, with a top prize of $50,000. Tickets are $100 each. Winners will be chosen Sept. 21 during the Maritime Festival in Greenport. For tickets call 477-5463.
The Southold chapter of the DAR was invited recently to an exhibit at the Three Village Historical Society in Setauket on “Spies: How a Group of Long Island Patriots Helped George Washington Win the Revolution.” The patriots carried coded intelligence from British-occupied New York City to Washington’s headquarters at West Point. Among them was Long Islander Anna Strong Smith, whose clothesline carried coded messages that assisted Washington.
The Labor Day holiday is — yes — right around the corner, which means an early deadline for my next column. News for the Sept. 4 issue must reach me by Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. Email is preferred, but you can call with short items. If you don’t have email, call for my mailing address to send longer items.
Have a wonderful couple of weeks. Remember to smile at all you pass; you have no idea the sunshine you can spread!
Contact Southold columnist Tina Koslosky at SoutholdTina@aol.com or 631-765-2774.