Oysterponds News: Anne MacKay Song Swap set for May 17

Poquatuck Hall in Orient. (Credit: File)
Poquatuck Hall in Orient. (Credit: File)

It always amazes me that we all live in these tiny hamlets but our citizens’ influence permeates the globe. I was watching a Hallmark TV movie called “The Ron Clark Story” about an amazing teacher, new to a ghetto school in New York. It’s based on a true story and really held my attention; I highly recommend it.

My Orient connection came in a scene with Mr. Clark in his principal’s office. There on the shelf behind the principal was a reproduction of a bust of Lincoln by our own Bob Berks. I was in Florida; it made me homesick. How special are our neighbors!!

The East Marion Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will hold its 25th annual chinese auction this Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the firehouse. In addition to the auction prizes, there will be refreshments and while elephants.

Get out your calendars for a couple of “Save the Dates.” I’ll provide more information later.

The Anne MacKay Song Swap will be held Saturday, May 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. This is always a memorable event. A $10 donation to benefit Poquatocuk Hall will get you a spot in the audience and baked goods will be available for purchase.

The EMCA’s annual meeting will be Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. with an interesting program. Details next time.

Attention Oysterponds Elementary School alumni: At 9:30 a.m. on May 17 Orienteer and photographer Holly Mastrangelo will hold an alumni photo in front of the school. And while you’re there, why not sign up for the annual Oysterponds 5K Fun Run/Walk? Applications are available at the school. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for Oysterponds and Greenport students. Proceeds will benefit the Charles Woznick Scholarship Fund. Call Jennifer Wisseman at the school for additional info.

Last week there was a teaser about Oysterponds students’ participation in the upcoming Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Robinson Crusoe.” It will be performed Saturday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Greenport High School auditorium. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students. Call Lynette Crowley at 323-8008 for more info. I’ll remind you next column.

When I saw Ann Hopkins this past weekend, she said, “Oh good, you’re home. I guess the leaves must be on the trees.” Well they’re not. I spent five days freezing. It was good to see “you all” (my Southern showing) but I will be back when it’s warmer. I forgot that I promised sun, which we got, but not warmth. See you again soon.

It was sad to hear about the passing of retired Oysterponds teacher Essie Pilles. As the school’s computer teacher, she was a woman ahead of her time. When I asked alumni if they’d had class with her, those now in their 50s laughed at the thought of a computer class back in the 1970s. Nowadays, students each have their own iPads! If you opened the dictionary I often refer to, her picture would be under quiet, sweet, refined and obviously smart. She died way too young. We all extend our sympathy to her family. May she rest in peace.

Our own Sue Utz is tucked in on Youngs Road counting her blessings that her injuries from last Wednesday’s car accident weren’t a lot worse and grateful that the folks in the other car also escaped injury. As she said when I spoke to her, “God is good.” We would expect nothing less than that from Sue and wish her a speedy recovery.

Gillooly, CarolContact Oysterponds columnist Carol Gillooly at 323-3899 or [email protected].