OK, I’ll start with the fun stuff, small worlds at their best. Orienteers Peggy and Bob Scott were on their way back to Oysterponds Feb. 21 after two weeks in Florida and after arriving in Baltimore, their connecting city, were told Islip airport was closed due to weather and the next flight they could get would Feb. 25 — four days away!
There were 400 people trying to get train tickets and availability of rental cars was minimal. Peggy, who was under the weather, said she felt so helpless. When they went down to get their luggage, Peggy hit the ladies room and spotted Janet Hands, whom she has now dubbed her Orient angel, walking by. Peggy explained their predicament and Janet said, “I’ll drive you home.” She had been in another part of Florida and stopped in Maryland to see daughter Kerri at the Naval Academy on her way home. She picked the Scotts up at their hotel the next morning. Peggy is still counting her blessings on such a great chance meeting and is ever so grateful to Janet.
East Marioneer Barbara Koch has also been south escaping snow at their place in the Carolinas and then met up with family in Orlando. Husband George went off with his cousin and Barbara decided to take in “Philomena” in Downtown Disney. As she climbed the stairs she heard a voice: “Barbara, is that you?” The enquirer was San Simeon board member and fellow Island’s End golfer Ruth Werking, with her husband, Gardner. Of course, lots of laughs followed.
Renowned pianist Alexandra Le will be at Poquatuck Hall this Sunday, March 16, at 4 p.m., performing Gershwin, Ginastera, Rzewski, Frank, Ruo and Schubert. Tickets are $20; call Jane Smith at 323-1378 to reserve.
Another great concert is set for Friday, March 21, when award-winning country songwriter Hugh Prestwood will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library. This is definitely an event not to miss.
East Marioneer Susan Rackett-Rossetti reported her sightings of the snowy owls last week. She first spotted them at the state park in early December and has spotted an adult and a juvenile almost every week since, by Long Beach and out toward the lighthouse. She also observed and photographed a bald eagle on the roadway to the state park and was totally thrilled.
Well, we North Forkers sure do love our birds, which brings me to my next request. Sadly, we have lost some of the most devoted winged vertebrae reporters — Carol Taylor, Gertrude Rich and Donna Tweedie, to name a few — so someone please get in touch when our beloved osprey makes its way home. Helen Proud, Chris Franke, Susan Rackett and Sue Cherepowich, send a carrier pigeon to let me know. They will be back for sure before the next printing of this column.
Congratulations to Coach Gene Walker and the 7th- and 8th-grade girls who received CYO’s highest honor, the Sportsmanship Award. The team includes Grace Syron, Brittany Walker, Emma and Kathleen Mcabe of East Marion, Greenporter Jules Atkins and Southolders Sam Dunne, Ale Cardi and Olivia Daddona.
Ruth Ann Bramson and Ellen Zimmerman will present a program this Saturday, March 15, at 3 p.m. at the OHS Schoolhouse about the St. Thomas summer home in East Marion, which was founded in 1893 by St. Thomas Church of Manhattan for the poor of the parish. Admission is free and it is open to all.
The snow delayed CAST’s Have a Heart dinner, which has been rescheduled for March 21. Call 477-1717 for details.
Lots of news from the EMFD this week but you’ll have to wait till next column tor read about it. Stay tuned.
Oysterponds extends sympathy on the passing of John Bredemeyer, patriarch and nonagenarian, to his bride of 6 1/2 decades, Jeanne, and his sons Jay and Eric and their families. John was devoted to his family, his country and his community. May he rest in peace; he will be missed.
And to the rest of you, may the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back and may your soul be in heaven an hour before the devil knows you are dead. Enjoy the wearin’ of the green!
Contact Carol Gillooly at [email protected] or 631-323-3899