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Cutchogue News: Our Lady of Mercy fashion show Oct. 29

It’s official: Pumpkin-picking season is here!

According to traffic reports, visitors to our region are taking advantage of the beautiful weather and already enjoying time in our orchards and fields. Keep in mind that this is what some of our neighbors work for all year, so plan ahead, leave enough time to get to your destination, take a deep breath and enjoy the day!

Ghandi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Treat yours to the Blessing of the Animals Sunday, Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m. on the lawn at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck. Pets of all species are welcome. Bring water and a lawn chair. Register your pet by contacting Nancy Deegan at 631-298-8304 or [email protected]

Don’t miss the Cutchogue Homemakers’ Hudson River “Spirit Cruise” on Tuesday, Oct. 6. It includes a two-hour narrated sail and luncheon on the river. Motor coach pickup spots are Cutchogue and Riverhead and the cost is $103. Call Mary Pedersen at 765-9243 for reservations.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 29, when Our Lady of Mercy will host its popular annual fashion show at Vineyard Caterers. This event often sells out. Details will follow when tickets go on sale.

There’s no place like home. That might be what Tommy Boucher was thinking when he and girlfriend Michaela Mangas visited his parents, Anne and Tom, from California. While walking along the beach overlooking Peconic Bay, Tommy and Michaela became engaged. They are described as “a perfect match for each other” and the family looks forward happily to their wedding in California next year. God bless!

Cutchogue East Elementary School will hold back-to-school night for fifth- and sixth-graders at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 24. Similar evenings are set for Monday, Sept. 28: kindergarten and grade 1 from 6 to 7 p.m., and grades 2 and 3 from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Mattituck High School’s Yankee Candle fundraiser continues through Oct. 9. Purchases can be made online to support specific grades. Visit and click the link to view all news. Twenty percent of every sale goes to MCPTSA scholarships, mini grants and toward the cost of the prom and the senior class trip.

Here are the week’s events at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library: Terrific 2’s and 3’s, Thursday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. (register); Legomania for grades 3-5, Thursday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m. (register); Family Flick: “Home” (PG), Friday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m.; “Momoweta, Sachem of the Corchaug,” with John Strong, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2 p.m.; PJ Storytime, “The Cat’s Pajamas,” Monday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. (register); Toys, Tots and Tales for ages birth to 36 months, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 9:30 a.m. (register); free coffee all day to celebrate National Coffee Day, Tuesday, Sept. 29; bus trip to New York Botanical Garden, Wednesday, Sept. 30, for “Frida Kahlo: Art-Garden-Life” exhibit, $55 per person (register); and free Zumba toning class, Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m. For information and registration, call 734-6360.

My next column is Oct 8. Until then all the best!

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