The next “small town at its best” moment will be the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30, which kicks off at 7:30 a.m. at the firehouse and marches down Tabor to Bay and then up Village Lane. It’s always special.
When News Channel 12 did a documentary over a decade ago on Long Island’s most patriotic towns, Orient topped the list. It featured all the monuments, and those who flew the flag daily. Many of you will remember former USMC veteran Champ Thiel raising the flag at his Village Lane home every morning at sunrise and retiring it at sundown. Let’s all keep that reputation. Please fly the colors to show the world our pride in our country still exists.
As promised, here is the information on funeral arrangements for Village Lane’s Mooreen Terry. There will be visiting hours tonight, Thursday, May 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Horton Mathie in Greenport followed by a memorial service at the Congregational Church on Friday, May 27, at 1 p.m.
East Marioneer Linda Goldsmith has lots of good news this week. In mid-May, she went to Elmira, N.Y., to attend her college roommate’s retirement party. Her friend, who suffers from breast cancer and is going through treatment, was walking in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on May 15. Linda, who’d never done this before, signed on for one mile but changed to the 5K. She was so proud of herself that she ran rather than walked, finishing in the top 80 percent. However, she said she couldn’t walk the next day due to the muscle pain. Linda felt she was running on happy adrenaline since May 15 was also her daughter Cindy’s birthday and the week before, on Mother’s Day, daughter Tina shared that she and husband Kevin Quarty expect their first child in December. Congratulations all around!
The next classes in the OHS series on traditional American crafts start June 2 and continue for five Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Webb House. Fees are $65 for members and $70 for non-members plus materials. Call 323-2480 to sign up. Space is very limited.
There’s so much more going on at OHS, including an architects’ house tour and a local artists show and sale, both on June 4, and the annual North Fork Fresh on June 25. Visit Oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org for times and details.
Steven Blier, who’s been described as one of the most amazing musicians on the planet, will perform Aug. 13 at Poquatuck Hall. Save the date and visit poquatuckhall.com to hear a sample of his recent CD.
Speaking of talented musicians, neophyte Country Store proprietor Grayson Murphy organized a spontaneous jam session on the porch of the Village Lane establishment and rumor has it that it was wonderful. What a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We all look forward to another one popping up.
Oysterponds extends sympathy to Rebecca Lillis Cartselos on the sudden and premature death of her husband, Charlie. Rebecca, who teaches at Oysterponds, is the daughter of a former Greenport High School science teacher and the niece of Orient’s former postmaster.
Healing wishes to Ed Blesch, who is hopefully on the mend after his recent back surgery.
You all know the drill: This is a holiday weekend so the deadline for my June 2 column is tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.