Oysterponds: North Fork Chorale’s final 75th anniversary performance, Dec. 4

Small Business Saturday was a success in Oysterponds since customers at the Beach Plum Holiday Shop were lined up around the building this weekend. You’ll get another shot at this special boutique Dec. 10 and 11 from noon to 5 p.m. at the schoolhouse.

The annual OHS winter benefit is this Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Webb House. It’s always a magical evening as long as it doesn’t rain and create mud, and a delivery vehicle doesn’t get stuck, spin its wheels and cover the OHS president with splatter. Just ask Taz Smith; he knows firsthand. It’s a wonderful excuse to dress up and experience the holiday season as our first settlers did. Call 323-2480 for info.

A person who will be sorely missed there this year is Skip Wachsberger, whose passing last Sunday saddened the Village. Not enough room here to write more. See my letter to the editor.

Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. at the Congregational church is the North Fork Chorale’s last 75th anniversary performance. Special guest artist will be Ann Welcome, whose dad, Walter Williams, founded the original group, known as the Southold Town Choral Society. Ann will play organ and piano when Chorale accompanist Karen Bull Haley joins in with her beautiful gift of song.

The East Marion Community Association invites you to a Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to noon, at the firehouse. There will be seasonal music, yummy baked goods and socializing with neighbors. In the spirit of the season, please bring an unwrapped gift for a senior or a child, to be distributed by CAST. For more info call 477-2175.

Bob Sorenson, newly elected Rod and Gun Club president, got in touch to inform the community about the new conservation program the club hopes to launch. They’ll build osprey nests, wood duck nesting boxes and bluebird boxes. All labor is being provided on a volunteer basis, but donations for building materials will be gladly accepted at P.O. Box 442. Contact Bob for more details.

Speaking of a laborious effort, Jacob Thorp is on the brink of completing his Eagle Scout project. Lucky for Oysterponds that he’s chosen to help with the restoration of Poquatuck Hall, replacing the old decking and railing so the handicapped ramp will be functional for folks with disabilities. Aside from all the planning, he needs to raise close to $2,000 to pay for the materials. Jake will be assisted in the project by other scouts, and they plan to hold a fundraising breakfast at Poquatuck soon so the project can be completed by the deadline in January 2012. Other donations are also welcome, and can be sent to Scout Troop 51, P.O. Box 14, Greenport 11944 or to OCA, P.O. Box 34, Orient 11957. Please make checks payable to Troop 51-Jacob Thorp Eagle Scout project. This is a win-win for our community.

Orient vamps will transport Santa by fire truck on Saturday, Dec. 10, so he can visit all Orient children in their homes. They have a master list but if you are new in town, will have grandchildren visiting, etc, call 323-2445 so Santa will have a present for that child.

The Orient East Marion Park District’s annual meeting will take place Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. at Oysterponds School. Elections for commissioners will follow from 6:30 to 10 p.m. If you’re a registered voter in Orient/East Marion you are eligible to vote. For more info call 631-300-8470.