The calendar tells us the season changes in mid-September, but we all know that the unofficial end of summer is Labor Day. Before the routines of back-to-school and autumn set in, enjoy the last lazy days of summer North Fork-style! Savor the flavor of fresh-picked vegetables and fruits. Weather permitting (depending on what Hurricane Earl brings our way) enjoy the nightly summer serenade and beautiful starlit sky before homework, after-school activities and early sunsets are upon us.
Don’t miss the Polish Festival this Saturday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 5, noon – 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church on Depot Lane.
The streets of Cutchogue and beyond enjoyed the sweet aroma of the famous Cutchogue Fire Department chicken barbecue. Word has it that the deliciousness could be smelled on the South Fork. Thanks to all who worked so hard to, once again, provide a memorable event.
Vendors wanted for the Old Town Art and Crafts Guild snow fence show and sale slated for Saturdays, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16 on guild grounds. For more information call 734-6382.
Stop by the Knights of Columbus on Depot Lane this Sunday, Sept. 5, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for a delicious all-you-can-eat family breakfast.
Belated birthday wishes to Laura Bozsnyak and Louise Cardinale – Busch.
North Fork Reform Synagogue presents the fourth annual Foodie Tour Sunday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A day of tours and events celebrating the unique artisanal foods produced on the North Fork. Talks and demos by chefs John Ross and Tom Schaudel. Behind-the-scenes visits to many farms, vineyards and more. New additions to this year’s tour are Krupski Farm, McCall Wines, North Fork Egg Farm and Sacred Sweets. Tickets are $25, children under 12 are free. For information and tickets call 722-5712 or visit northforkreformsynagogue.org.
NFRS also welcomes you to join its extended family for High Holiday services: Rosh Hashanah evening, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Rosh Hashanah morning, Thursday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m., and Tashlich at New Suffolk, approximately 1-1:30 p.m. Yom Kippur services are Friday evening, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m; Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Yiskor Memorial 4:30 p.m. Concluding Service 5 p.m. and Communal Break Fast following Concluding Service. No tickets required.
Jewish and Islamic calendars both follow the lunar cycle, and this year, the second day of Rosh Hashanah is also the end of Ramadan. Muslims around the world will celebrate with the joyous festival Eid al-Fitr — the Festival of Breaking Fast — as Jews around the world are in the midst of the Ten Days of Repentance.
L’Shana Tova. May you have a happy, healthy, sweet New Year!
Thanks to Labor Day, tomorrow is my deadline for next week’s column, so contact me right away with your news for Sept. 9 … and have a good week!