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Oysterponds News: Orient Congregational Church fair set for Saturday

Don’t forget the much-anticipated annual Orient Congregational Church fair this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Believe me when I say there will be something for everyone and make sure you get there early so you can snag some wonderful home-baked pies. Carol Tuthill estimates that she and her crew will bake about 700 mini pies and cakes this year. They are taking advance orders so stop at the church this week when you see cars there and reserve your treats for Saturday pickup.

Speaking of pies, drop by Four and Twenty Blackbirds on Village Lane Aug. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the launch of the new art gallery in the rear of the shop. Paintings and sculpture by Mark Delong will be on display there until Aug. 24. For info, call Toby Bannister at 347-940-6717.

When I dropped in at the North Fork Parish Outreach food pantry at St. Agnes recently to deliver something to East Marioneer Dede Campbell, who was volunteering there, I had the pleasure of meeting two other volunteers from East Marion, Audre Pedersen and Terri Clinco. (Good representation from your hamlet, ladies.) Since school is out the children don’t get free meals and more food is needed. The ladies took a quick inventory and, if you can, try to donate any of these much-needed items: canned meats, sugar, oil, canned corn and coffee as well as baby wipes, shampoo, laundry detergent and toothpaste. If the pantry is closed, you can deliver donations to the church.

CAST, another Southold organization that helps the less fortunate, is celebrating 50 years of service and asks your help in locating former board members, supporters, etc. Call 477-1717 with any info.

A big Oysterponds welcome to Emma Quinn Peixoto, born July 1 in Providence, R.I., to Bob and Elissa (Schott) Peixoto. Emma weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 1/2 inches. Her proud grandparents are Barbara and Steve Schott of East Marion and Joe and Sue Peixoto of Rumford, R.I. Big brother Liam is thrilled. Emma attended a July 4th party at her aunt and uncle’s and slept through the fireworks. WTG, Emma. All are tucked in at home in Taunton, Mass., and enjoying their new family member.

Speaking of new family members, Paula Thorpe hosted a “tying the knot shower” July 12 for future daughter-in-law Shannon Audette. Now the countdown begins toward Aug. 1, when Shannon and Frank Thorpe III will be wed in East Marion.

OPU alumna and East Marion “kid” Carolyn Wells has launched an upscale handmade custom jewelry line. You can check out her beautiful creations and support one of our own at

As Priscilla Bull calls it, “Orient’s own Motif #1” (aka the crabshack) has been restored after numerous beatings from storms, including Sandy. The folks to thank are Charlotte Greene, her mom, Dinny Lomas, and her aunt, Wendy Lomas. For those who don’t know, they own the structure. It is for sure the most photographed, painted and recognizable landmark on the North Fork.

Eight years ago Rotarian Andy Kirsch threw a dollar in the pot so he could announce that, after a weekend of skiing, he’d decided to pass his skis on to his grandson, since 90 seemed a respectable and wise age to give up the sport. When news of his death at 98 spread this week a hush fell over Oysterponds and the words kind, devoted, compassionate, caring, genuine, giving and funny were tossed about in tribute. I pictured him being greeted at the heavenly gates with “Welcome, my good and faithful servant. Job well done.” East Marion and Oysterponds send sympathy to Andy’s family along with the wishes that he is settled in his heavenly home and once again enjoying the companionship of his bride, Albina.

My next column appears Aug. 6, with a news deadline of 8 a.m. Aug. 3. See you then.