Summer activities on the Village Green are warm and inviting, from library programs to Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild events and Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council’s free guided tours and Carriage House Gift Shop, which is open Friday through Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. Take a stroll through our hamlet and enjoy Americana. Here’s to our town’s 375th anniversary and the years to come.
The Strawberry Festival has come and gone. A big thank-you to the Mattituck Lions Club, whose yearlong hard work, along with the help of local youth, government and civic associations, make the event an all-around success! The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the 2015 Strawberry Queen contestants. Reigning 2014 Strawberry Queen Jasmine Clasing, who said her experience was a gift that went too quickly and suggested that her predecessor cherish the moment, crowned Caroline Keil and gave her the strawberry scepter, robe and tiara, crowning her the 2015 queen. Caroline wants to take this opportunity to be a role model for girls and boys and represent the community in the best way. Knowing Caroline the way I do, I have no doubt that will be the case! Congratulations! Here’s a little tidbit Caroline’s mother, Brenda, shared: The skirt Caroline wore for her role in “Bye Bye Birdie” belonged to her grandmother, who wore it when she was a student at MHS.
Weather-wise, the festival weekend wasn’t great, but on Father’s Day, the most amazing thing happened: the sun came out and there were rainbows galore! We saw a double rainbow at Bedell Cellars and social media was aflutter with the most beautiful pictures. One that stood out was of a rainbow spanning what looked like Handy Pantry and Robins Island, with the pot of gold being on Robins Island.
Jonah Conologue, a second-grader at Cutchogue East, was awarded a scholarship for one week of Sea Adventure Marine Camp with Cornell Cooperative Extension. Jonah has a special interest in horseshoe crabs. I remember that when my boys went to this camp they had touch tanks. Sounds like Jonah will enjoy that very much! His mother, Lisa Triglio, wants to thank Sarah Olsen, chair of the PTA scholarship committee and the PTA, for their generosity. Congratulations, Jonah!
At the heart of the hamlet of New Suffolk lies 3.4 acres of waterfront property with sweeping views of Cutchogue Harbor and Robins Island. Cutchogue Harbor and New Suffolk were the lifeblood of this waterfront community during the 18th century, with flourishing oyster and scallop industries at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Over the past 30 years, the property has seen a decline and proposals have been made by private developers to build condominiums, a large marina and conference center and a “rack and stack” boat storage operation. The New Suffolk Waterfront Fund purchased the property and is working hard to raise funds and develop it in keeping with the hamlet’s historic character. If you missed last week’s “Historic Gems of New Suffolk House Tour” — a rare peek at several of the hamlet’s most fascinating old homes and buildings — you might want to mark your calendar for “Happy Hour at the Waterfront” at the beautiful New Suffolk Beach. The informal event takes place Saturday, July 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All proceeds go toward the revitalization and restoration of NSWF’s property at First and Main streets. A limited number of tickets will be sold. To purchase, go to newsuffolkwaterfront.org or call 566-0806.
This week’s events at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library include: BBQ & Outdoor Games, Friday, July 3, 2 to 3:30 p.m. for grades 5-8; Toys, Tots and Tales, Tuesday, July 7, 9:30 a.m. Children up to age 36 months with caregiver; Tween Tuesday Superhero Movie Trivia, 1-2 p.m. For ages 10-14 (grades 5-8); Bubblemania, Wednesday, July 22, 10 a.m., all ages, Cutchogue Village Green; and Tween Storytime Yoga, Wednesday, July 8, 4 p.m. for ages 5-8 and 5 p.m. for ages 9-12. The library is filled with programs and events for folks of all ages this summer. Register by calling 734-6360, visit cutchoguelibrary.org or stop by to learn more.
Be safe, be happy and enjoy. God bless America and happy Fourth of July!
Contact Cutchogue-New Suffolk columnist Barbara Sheryll at [email protected] or 734-5242.