Oysterponds: A meeting, a lecture, an art show, a concert and more

Top o’ the mornin’ to you all. I hope it’s a great day all around, even if you’re not wearin’ the green. Two who will be wearing the green today are Sharon Bogden and Pat Cavanuagh, who are both celebrating the anniversary of their birth — especially Pat, who’s having one of those significant decade-changing ones.

Please join your neighbors this Saturday morning, March 19, at 9:30 a.m. for the Orient Association meeting in Poquatuck Hall. There will be a short presentation followed by lots of discussion and input on what Orient folks want to see in the town comprehensive plan. Discussion will touch on natural resources, community character, economics, land use, land preservation, agriculture, housing and more. Everyone is invited — even if you’re not a member.

The next lecture co-sponsored by OHS and Peconic Landing will be Saturday, March 26, when Clyde Mellinger will discuss “A Schooner in the Offing” at the Peconic Landing auditorium at 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more details call OHS at 323-2480 or go to

While you’re on OHS’ website you can read about the April fiber and glass art exhibition, featuring modernist fused glass pieces and abstract tapestries by local artists Yan and Francoise Rieger. The show runs April 2-23.

Next week’s Ecumenical Ministries Lenten service will be at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes in Greenport. Everyone is welcome.

Barbara Koch is still looking for women golfers to reach her goal of 36 for a Wednesday afternoon golf league at Island’s End. E-mail [email protected]

The Narrow River Singers’ spring concert is Saturday, April 2. Mark your calendar. More info to follow.

Orient sure is a globally connected community. When the crisis was happening in Cairo, I got in touch with Keith Wheelock to pick his emotional diary since he had served as a diplomat in the foreign service and had written a book on Egypt. We never did touch base at the time but it will be interesting to talk more about it this summer. Then, when the New Zealand earthquake happened, we learned that the Druetts made it through it intact, And when the horrific devastation occurred in Japan, my thoughts immediately turned to Village Laners Anne, Ed, Juliet and Hilary Papantonio, who spent much of the last two decades in Tokyo. Anne returned my e-mail and shared that they are all on the mainland and praying like the rest of the world for the folks of northern Japan. We all join them in that.

Pep Kalin is on the mend and working vigorously at his rehab on the South Shore. He would welcome visitors at the Westhampton Care Center, 78 Old Country Road in Westhampton, I know a few neighbors car-pooled for a visit last week and it was very appreciated.

On Sunday, open the windows, let in the fresh air and invite the first day of spring into your home.

And for today: “May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be forever at your back and may your soul be in heaven an hour before the devil knows you are dead.”