07/27/14 2:09pm
07/27/2014 2:09 PM
Greg Swords, who is visiting from Georgia, having a good time at Saturday's lobsterfest in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photos)

Greg Swords, who is visiting from Georgia, having a good time at Saturday’s lobsterfest in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photos)

The Rotary Clubs of Southold and Greenport hosted the annual Lobsterfest Saturday night at the Wharf House at Founders Landing in Southold.

Guests had their choice of lobster or steak. Hot dogs and burgers were available for kids.

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07/27/14 5:00am

Lately, I’ve been noticing a shift in my relationship with my sons — actually, they’re starting to get on my last nerve. They mean well, but …

Let me qualify my opening words: Greg and Jeff hold the undisputed title as the “world’s greatest sons.” Both have seen me through the most grindingly difficult challenges of my life. Although they live on the West Coast (only “time away”), we remain a close-knit family. But lately, they’ve become a tad overprotective.  (more…)

07/26/14 6:00am
Paul Stoutenburgh once wrote in his 'Focus on Nature' column that standing beneath the Great Arches of Utah made him feel 'humble and proud of this great country of ours.'

Paul Stoutenburgh once wrote in his ‘Focus on Nature’ column that standing beneath the Great Arches of Utah made him feel ‘humble and proud of this great country of ours.’

Longtime Cutchogue resident Paul Stoutenburgh’s “Focus on Nature” column ran in The Suffolk Times for 50 years. He taught many to appreciate nature while giving back to the community he loved. Southold Town will reap the benefits of his vision and dedication to the environment for years to come. He will be sorely missed; heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.  (more…)

07/25/14 11:23am
Friday was the start of the man's three-day journey. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Friday was the start of the man’s three-day journey. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Did you notice a man carrying a cross down Main Road Friday morning?

The man, who identified himself only as Donald, started his morning at Mattituck Presbyterian Church where he had spent the night in preparation of what will be a three-day journey on foot — carrying a three-foot tall cross weighing in about five pounds — throughout his trip, he said during a brief interview on the Main Road sidewalk by in Aquebogue. (more…)

07/25/14 10:00am
Helen Chalmers (pictured with her husband, Edward) has become something of a mystery to several community groups on the North Fork since she left them her life savings. (Credit: The Chalmers Estate)

Helen Chalmers (pictured with her husband, Edward) has become something of a mystery to several community groups on the North Fork since she left them her life savings. (Credit: The Chalmers Estate)

Shortly before last month’s vote on a resolution to accept a $150,000 bequest from the estate of Helen Chalmers, Greenport School District Superintendent Michael Comanda asked the Board of Education if anyone knew of the recently deceased Orient resident.

No hands were raised.

Ms. Chalmers, who died last fall at 82, didn’t have children who attended school in the district. In fact, she never had any children. No close family, either.  (more…)

07/25/14 6:00am
Photographs by Victor Friedman will be discussed Sunday in Greenport.

Photographs by Victor Friedman will be discussed Sunday in Greenport.

• Shelter Island photographer Victor Friedman will discuss his work  as part of the ‘Judaism and Art’ series presented by Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27.

According to a press release, Mr. Friedman’s images “have been called timely and timeless. From his New York City street scenes to his lyrical cubistic compositions, he captures the emotions and heart of the era in which he has worked for more than 50 years.”  (more…)

07/25/14 5:00am

Ever wonder why I put birthdays first? It’s simple. To me, birthdays are a celebration of your life and how I am happy you were born and in my life. So let’s celebrate life! Belated birthday wishes to Jaime Engles, who turned 11 July 14. Yao Yao Reilly blows out candles on July 26. Sue Boivin and Kaitlyn Kettenbeil celebrate birthdays on the 29th. Melanie Grigonis and Jonathan Baumann blow out candles on the 30th. Happy birthday to Judi Fouchet on Aug. 1 and, finally — a BIG O birthday — happy birthday to Kate Panetta on Aug. 6.

Happy 20th anniversary to my husband Jim, on Aug. 6. Also celebrating that day are Deanna and Brian Walker.

Saturday, July 26, is a busy day in town. The Presbyterian women will hold a barn sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine offering jewelry, furniture, fishing rods and reels and more. Proceeds go to local charities. The barn is behind Bank of America on Wells Avenue.

The Greenport and Southold Rotary Lobster Fest runs from 5 to 8 p.m. the same day at Founders Landing in Southold. Adult tickets are $40 in advance; $45 at the door. Meals for the 12-and-under crowd are $7, with a choice of hamburger or hot dog. Treat yourself to a delicious lobster or steak dinner with local corn and watermelon and enjoy continuous live music until 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from Hampton Jitney, Capital One Bank and Bridgehampton National Bank, Greenport; Ameriprise Financial and Bridgehampton National Bank, Southold; Suffolk County National Bank, Cutchogue; and Bridgehampton National Bank in Cutchogue and Mattituck, or call 276-1993, 765-5100 or 298-5868.

Speaking of ELIH, its summer gala Saturday, Aug. 9, at the House of Seven Gables in Orient comes with views of Bug Light and Latham’s Farm, a farm-to-table meal and a performance by Perlman Music Program alumni and a cappella group Voices Only from TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” Reserve tickets online at ELIH.org/gala or call 477-5164

A summer family favorite — Southold Historical Society’s Ice Cream Social — is set for Saturday, Aug. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Maple Lane museum complex across from the firehouse. The historical society will also host its first “North Fork Annual” juried art exhibition Aug. 9-23 in the Reichert Family Center’s Cosden-Price Gallery on Main Road. For more information on these events call 765-5500.

News from Southold Free Library: Hours have changed! The library will now open at 9:30 a.m. year round. Donald Garside’s whimsical artwork is on display through August. Each piece is titled and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Rose Crabbe won the Friends raffle for Orient artist Fran Liburt’s seascape painting. The current prize is a “Get Caught Reading” package, including a canopy mesh chair, zippered tote bag and, of course, books! The drawing is Friday, Aug. 15. Chances are $1 each.

My next deadline is Aug. 3 by 8 p.m. Don’t get caught by the alternate week schedule; send me your dates now. I’ll keep them on file.

No matter the weather, I challenge you to put your face to the sky, take a deep breath and smile, just because you can. Guaranteed to make you feel even a little bit better.

Contact Southold columnist Tina Koslosky at SoutholdTina@aol.com or 631-765-2774.