Cutchogue-New Suffolk: A fairy-tale wedding, and getting to know goats

‘It was the best day of our lives’ — words every parent lives to hear on their child’s wedding day! Days before their wedding, Annie Stype and Wes Baker arrived at Sue and John’s home, along with Wes’ mom, Maureen, brother Patrick and friend Olivia. The house was a flutter of activity with preparations for the big day. The stress of a wedding can make or break a family, but the Stype and Baker families showed what they were made of through newly formed team-building skills. The groom’s dad, Joe, and younger brother Kevin arrived via a “fun-loving coach bus” filled with family and friends from Pittsburgh. It was a fairy tale wedding at Our Lady of Ostrabrama. Annie looked like Cinderella and Wes like her Prince Charming in his Army uniform. The mass was celebrated by three priests — all Baker and Stype family friends. Then it was off to East Wind to eat and dance the night away. Wishing Annie and Wes a life full of health and happiness!

Shortly after his gig as father of the bride, John answered the call to join longtime friend and former Red Coach band member as drummer for Attractive Nuisance, which was scheduled to play at the “Banding Together 2011” fundraiser in Washington, D.C. Loving it, Sue played groupie and tagged along to the event, where 12 law firm bands raised $140,000 for the homeless!

Happy birthday to Bill Burns on July 25.

This week’s Peconic Land Trust Connections activities include goats and ponies at Catapano Dairy on Wednesday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Children can learn about the care and keeping of goats, try milking a goat and taste goat’s milk cheese and fudge made on-site by Karen and Michael Catapano. All children receive a child-sized bar of goat’s milk soap. $8 single, $15 duo, $20 family of three. Rain cancels. Kids can also help Tipi Ted build a tepee at Downs Farm Preserve on Main Road, Cutchogue, Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to noon. They will connect to the past through games, activities and crafts, and trails will be open. All ages welcome. $5 single, $10 family. Heavy rains cancels. For information and registration call 283-3195, ext. 19.

The Friends annual book sale at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library is just around the corner, on Friday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles in good condition may be brought in anytime during library hours. Volunteers are needed for sorting donations from now until Aug. 3 and for the sale day. Sign up in advance at the information desk.

Speaking of the library, film offerings for Friday, July 22, are “Gulliver’s Travels” (PG) at 4 p.m. and “The King’s Speech” (PG-13), at 7 p.m. Children’s Book Donation Week is Monday, July 25, to Saturday, July 30. Receive a book coupon for every five books contributed.

Also at the library, Mark Gugliotti and Nancy Simington will present a program on arthritis Monday, July 25, at 2 p.m. Children in grades 3 to 6 can learn Mexican Tin Art, Wednesday, July 27, at 11 a.m. A Zumba fitness series begins Wednesday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m. and continues weekly through Oct. 5. $60 for 10 classes. Registration required for all, call 734-6360.

Have a good week!