What wonderful weekend weather we’ve had. I spent a few hours out on the beautiful local waters and I have to say I’m confused. When I was a kid, you waved at every boat you passed, be it motor or sail. I still practice this and when my children were little they joined in. But these days, we get more stares than waves. I realize our pontoon boat is fairly uncommon here — kind of a floating patio — but why not wave back? When did this age-old practice become so uncommon?
Birthday news: Jack Reilly, July 18; William Grzegorczyk and Deanna Walker, July 19; Lucas Grigonis, July 20; Erin Kaelin, Darlene Fulda, Melinda Hanold and me, July 21; Richard Osmer and Carolann Losquadro, July 22; Chris Reilly, July 24; Yao Yao Reilly; July 26; Kaitlyn Kettenbeil and Susan Boivin, July 29; and Melanie Grigonis, July 30. Happy birthday one and all!
Happy 30th wedding anniversary to Robert and Robin Klotz. Here’s to many more!
The town animal shelter is seeking donations of sheets, blankets and dry dog and cat food. Items can be dropped off at the Peconic Lane facility between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Southold Elementary student Katie Heath will perform during an Opera of the Hamptons event at Duck Walk Vineyard this Saturday, July 18. The “Broadway to Opera” concert, in memory of vineyard founder Dr. Herodotus Damianos, features Cristina Fontanelli and starts at 7 p.m. Get there early and bring a picnic dinner to enjoy under our beautiful skies. For tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/1673300 or call 1-800-838-3006 for event 1673300.
CAST turns 50 this year and is seeking memories and information to mark the occasion from former board members, friends, supporters, donors and clients. If you have recollections to share, contact director Linda Ruland at 477-1717 or [email protected]holdtown.org.
The Southold Historical Society is busy! A couture and antique clothing sale takes place next Thursday-Saturday, July 23-25, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Reichert Family Center’s Cosden-Price Gallery on Main Road. Proceeds from sales of handbags, dresses, hats, shoes and more will be added to a $7,500 grant the society has received for textile conservation work on a silk banner from the Civil War and Lincoln’s presidential campaign.
‘Local Color,’ an exhibit of oils, acrylics and watercolors by members of the Cloud 9 artists group, takes over the Cosden-Price Gallery July 31 through Aug. 15. Their work will be on view there Thursdays through Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Finally, the historical society has released a new book of historic photographs, “All That is Lovely: George Brainerd’s Images of the North Fork, 1878-1879.” Though Mr. Brainerd was primarily associated with Brooklyn, his work holds special meaning for Long Islanders, as he captured and created a record of what the island was like before suburban development. It is available for $30 at the SHS museum gift shop. For information about the book or any society events, call 765-5000.
My next deadline is July 26 at noon. Please send your information along so we may celebrate with you.
I also want you all to go play tourist in your own neighborhood. Rediscover all the wonder and beauty that the North Fork has to offer. Remember to take it slow and watch the traffic. Take your time — and smile!
Contact Southold columnist Tina Koslosky at [email protected] or 631-765-2774.