Oysterponds: Beach Plum Shop to open this weekend

As usual, East Marioneer Paula Thorp is in the middle of a San Simeon “fun raiser” — a trip to Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods on Sunday, Dec. 4, via the 10 a.m. Sea Jet ferry. Tickets are $25. Call Paula at 477-2392 to sign on or get details.

If you aren’t gambling on Dec. 4, the North Fork Chorale will perform their holiday concert at Orient Congregational Church that afternoon at 3 p.m. It’s the 75th anniversary of the group, originally known as the Southold Town Chorale Society. Ann Welcome will be a guest artist.

This year’s Thanksgiving eve church service will be Wednesday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m. at the Congregational church. It’s a nice way to calm yourself before the onslaught of family, food and shopping. Speaking of food, as is his custom, Father Tom Murray will bless the wine and bread you plan to serve at your Thanksgiving table at the 9 a.m. Mass on Thanksgiving morning. And as for shopping, Saturday, Nov. 26, has been branded “shop local” day. So after your midnight excursion to Tanger, please patronize our local merchants,

Speaking of shopping local, Oysterponds Historical Society launches an abbreviated season for the Beach Plum Shop this weekend. It will be open at the schoolhouse, noon to 5 p.m. Folks rush Walmart’s doors on Black Friday but if past years are an indication, you’ll be surprised that there will also be a line outside OHS. It’s always popular.

If you see or talk to Alice and T Jester on the 28th, please wish these North Fork originals a happy 47th anniversary. Congratulations, folks.

Orient United Methodist Church will host an Advent luncheon series entitled “Studies in Spiritual Preparedness for Christmas.” The first session is at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and the series continues the following three Wednesdays. Adjunct minister Geoff Proud will moderate. For details call him at 323-3523.

The East Marion-Orient homemakers have been very busy this fall with cooking lessons and outings and planning what comes next. They meet Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon and are always welcoming new members. Right now, they are preparing boxes to send to local military members serving in the Mideast and are seeking addresses for anyone they may have missed. Call Mary Ellen Connors at 477-0095 to share.

Not to be outdone by his sister, Matt Duell is part of organizing the first North Fork All Star Basketball Alumni Game, scheduled for this Friday night, Nov. 25. I’m missing some details so it will be fun to hunt for them.

Jay McKasty asked me to inquire if anyone has an extra filter basket/post for a 36-cup electric coffeepot. OCA is missing these guts for its pot. Please let someone know if you do.
Save the date, Dec. 10, for the annual Christmas House Tour. More details next week.

I heard through the grapevine that Doris Morgan was hospitalized with a touch of pneumonia. I also heard she’s been discharged and is, hopefully, on the mend. If you want to send good wishes to this special 95-year-old friend, her address is 610 Harmony Drive, Apt. 111, New Oxford, PA 17350. Doris, we all send you some virtual chicken soup and a big hug.

As we once again approach the season of thankfulness, I know I don’t have to remind you how grateful we all are to live in such a wonderful community. But I will remind you that it was two years ago on Thanksgiving that a deer decided to try and wreck my day. I was/am thankful that he just detoured it, so my reminder is, once again, watch out for deer and, over the next few weeks, black ice. Aren’t I the bearer of good tidings? Happy Turkey to all.

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