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Cutchogue News: North Fork Designer Show House extended

The 1845 parsonage farmhouse is owned by the Cutchogue Presbyterian Church. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
The 1845 parsonage farmhouse is owned by the Cutchogue Presbyterian Church. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

In a world torn by pain and sorrow, we are blessed to be surrounded by so much natural beauty and wholesomeness! One need not look far to see the bounty of the North Fork!

There are a plethora of local opportunities to demonstrate thankfulness and give back. A recent one was the Mighty North Fork Triathlon, which brought together participants interested in both good health and raising money to care for others. The event raised $10,000 for CAST. 

Momentum is a good thing — especially when you’re raising money for four good causes! With that, the North Fork Designer Show House has extended its run to include this weekend, Aug. 22-24. Enjoy the expertise of the 16 local decorators who spent hours and hours working to beautify the historic Cutchogue Presbyterian Church manse. For more information, visit

Congregation Tifereth Israel invites you to its annual Journal Dinner-Dance on Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Soundview Inn. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m. will be followed by dinner, dancing and a silent auction of goods and services. This event will honor Peter Clarke and Leah Freidman. For more information, contact Debra Riva at 456-5903 or Gayle Kaplan at 765-1578.

The fun continues at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library: Terrific 2’s & 3’s, Thursday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m., register; Thursday Afternoon Movie. Aug. 21, 1:30 p.m., featuring “Noah” (PG-13); Friday Family Flick, Aug. 22, 4 p.m., featuring “Walking with the Dinosaurs” (PG); Dunegrass family concert (at Floyd Memorial in Greenport) Friday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m.; bring your own picnic; Recycled Tops Art Mural for all ages, Monday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m., register; Dancing Obleck for grades 3-6, Monday, Aug. 25, 3 p.m., register; Kitchen Science for grades 3-6, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 4:15 p.m., register; Back to School Bingo for grades 2-5, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m., register; and Four-Season Organic Garden with Renato Stafford, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m., register. Call 734-6360 for registration and more information.

North Fork Reform Synagogue invites you to join in the last of its summer Shabbat Beach Services Friday, Aug. 22, at Kenney’s Beach in Southold at 6:30 p.m. Mediate, pray, sing or dance. Bring a chair and a picnic supper; services begin at 7 p.m. If it rains, services will move to NFRS’ home at Cutchogue Presbyterian Church. Call 722-5712 or visit

This is a time of excitement — and maybe apprehension — for young men and woman entering their freshman year of college. And sending children off to school can be a bittersweet experience for parents. May you make the most of the experience and grow!

The upcoming Labor Day holiday means I will have an early deadline for my next column. Please send me your good news and events for the Sept. 4 issue no later than Thursday, Aug. 28.

 Until then, enjoy your days and be a blessing!

Contact Cutchogue-New Suffolk columnist Barbara Sheryll at [email protected] or 734-5242.