Community Columns

Oysterponds: PTA chinese auction coming up

The Oysterponds School PTA will hold a chinese auction at Poquatuck Hall on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in conjunction with Orient Historical Society’s annual holiday house tour. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided and all auction proceeds will help support programs for Oysterponds students. Questions? Call 477-8130.

Orienteer Holly Mastrangelo is excited because an exhibit of her photographs opens this Sunday, Dec. 5, with a reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sparkling Pointe tasting room in Southold. She’s been spreading the word but didn’t share till now that her husband’s NYC band, Knockout Drops, will perform after her event. Sure sounds like a great way to pass a Sunday afternoon. Call 323-2311 to learn more.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend the Oysterponds Historical Society Winter Benefit, you’re in luck, as there are still a few tickets left for this Saturday’s soiree. The Webb House comes aglow and resembles what it might have looked like back in the 1700s, when it was built. This is a magical, elegant evening and one to be remembered. Tickets are $100 for members; $135 for non-members. Call 323-2480 for more details
Don’t forget the North Fork Chorale concert this Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m at the Congregational church. It’s always a special tradition for the holiday season. Tickets will be available at the door.

Congratulations to Orient kid Lt. “James Michael” Reeves, who tied the knot with Crystal Johnson Saturday in St. Augustine, Fla. Among those on board for the celebration were Orient grandparents Bob and Marge Reeves; Jim’s parents, Tom and Cheri; Crystal’s folks, Susan and Niles Johnson; East Marioneer Adam Hukill; and, of course, “my kid” Sarah. Making it a super-special occasion was the presence of Jimmy’s sister, Keri, who snagged a leave from her duties as an Army sergeant in Iraq and made it in the nick of time via trains, planes and automobiles. Jimmy, a naval pilot, and Crystal, a lawyer, live in Jacksonville, Fla. We all wish them abundant amounts of happiness in their marriage.

A few of our talented Oysterponders are part of the Peconic Bay Masterworks Choir, which will perform at Mattituck Presbyterian Church Dec. 10 and 11. Tickets are $15 and flying out the door. Please call for more info.

Helen Cox and I were taking a trip down memory lane and the name Joe Woglom came up. The mention of his name will most likely bring a smile to the lips of longtime Orienteers. Simultaneously, both Helen and I said, “Gee, I still have some of his $2 bills.” For any occasion, Joe would gift multiple $2 bills. That is a great legacy. (Is anyone else hoarding his currency treasures?) He was a very generous man and supported many local needs.

That segues me to a few of our many needs here. Poquatuck Hall needs a new floor. Please respond to the recent membership drive. OHS is trying to preserve our past and is hosting many events to raise funds. John’s Place at St. Agnes needs money for the homeless. And Heather Walker is still collecting hats, gloves and scarves for those in need. Her number is 477-8456.

God bless you if you can help.