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Oysterponds News: Land use discussion at Poquatuck Hall

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year when the call goes out for volunteers for John’s Place, a very dedicated ministry to the homeless on the East End.

St Agnes Church hosts the group from November through March and Orient Congregational Church houses the overflow and serves breakfast from January though March. To volunteer, call St. Agnes at 477-0048 or OCC at 323-2665. Although it takes the efforts of many to orchestrate this endeavor, I can’t talk about it without acknowledging Orienteers Noreen Bischoff and Jane WInsch, who have worked tirelessly from minute one and have continued doing so now for 13 years.

Speaking of OCC, all are invited to their church supper on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m., where the discussion will revolve around a brainstorming session about how to celebrate the 300th anniversary of their church. Bring a dish to share.

CAST will hold a food drive this Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Greenport and Southold IGAs, King Kullen in Cutchogue and Waldbaum’s in Mattituck. Please buy something extra to put in their bins.

There is still space in CAST’s free beginner computer classes, which start Oct. 7 at the Peconic Community Center on Peconic Lane. Call 477-1717 to enroll.

To honor St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day, Father Richard Hoerning will host the annual blessing of the animals and pets at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 4, in front of the St. Agnes rectory garage. Make sure your cats and dogs are on leashes.

Monica Rowsom and Liz Holtzman recently continued their two-decade tradition of kayaking adventures. This year they had a phenomenal day on the water … mostly. They were transported by Whaler to Gardiners Island by Monica’s husband, Peter, and son Alexander. The island is six miles long and three miles wide, with 27 miles of coastline. Peter and Alexander went fishing to pass the time and Alexander caught a large porgy. The first three hours were picture-perfect but the wind kicked up for the last two, creating waves that crashed against their kayaks. The trip home in the Whaler was a bit dicey and took triple the time of the morning voyage. Since ’98, Monica and Liz have circumnavigated Shelter Island, Robins Island and Block Island. They also took kayaking trips to Mexico (LaPaz, Baja California) and Tulum/Sian Ka’an Biosphere and continue to kayak weekly every summer. Who besides me is jealous of this fun?

This Saturday, Oct. 3, at 9:30 a.m. (rescheduled from Sept. 26), the Orient Association will sponsor a meeting on land use at Poquatuck Hall, where the discussion will cover the issues from where we are to where we’re going. For more info, email [email protected]

Also at Poquatuck Hall, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 9 and 10, you can see a  live performance of “Blest Like Me … Exorcising the Stigma of Mental Illness.” The 90-minute story is a work-in-progress by Babs Davy. The suggested donation of $20 will go to Poquatuck Hall.

Mark your calendar for a concert by globally renowned cellist Andrew Smith, an associate professor at the University of Nevada and principal cellist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. The concert is Sunday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. I will remind you, but you can call 323-1378 for details.

Lisa Martin, are you missing mail? Since I am also Carol Martin, I was asked if it should be mine. If you do live in Orient, Lisa, stop by the post office and identify yourself.

It’s been a long time coming, but “my Mets” finally made the playoffs after a decade of drought and years of kidding about my team (no one is laughing now). Between the visit of the pontiff and the crowning of the eastern National League champs, it sure was a good weekend. Hope yours was great also.

See you back here on the 15th.

Back here the 17th See you then.

Contact Oysterponds columnist Carol Gillooly at [email protected] or 323-3899.