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Oysterponds News: Residents invited to school’s Thanksgiving Feast

Fun things are starting to pop at Oysterponds Historical Society.

Members should keep an eye out for an invite to the annual winter party on Dec. 5, which is a Victorian affair this year. The Beach Plum Shop will open for three weekends beginning Nov. 28. It’s always a great place to find a special holiday gift.

Mark your calendar for the Holiday House Tour Dec. 12 and the Community Sing Dec. 13. Details in my next column.

The East Marion Community Association will meet at the firehouse this Saturday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. (come at 9:30 for goodies). Pat Hanley, local birder and nature enthusiast, will discuss the best bird-watching areas in and around East Marion and the best times of year to expect various migrants and breeders. As the new compiler for the Orient Christmas Count, Pat will also discuss various opportunities to get involved. All are welcome.

There’s a friendly new face behind the counter at the Orient post office. Please extend a big Orient welcome to Megan Martino, who travels from Smithtown to fill in the gaps when needed.

Former Oysterponder Steve Burt continues to win accolades and awards for his writing of children/teen literature. Check out his latest publications at

Congratulations to Orienteer Roscoe King, who is 10 days into his 96th year, having turned 95 Nov. 2. His family wants him — and you — to know how special he is to them. Belated happy birthday, Roscoe!

The entire community is invited to Oysterponds School’s annual tradition, the Thanksgiving Feast prepared by its students, at noon Tuesday, Nov. 24. The school’s PTA is very involved with this effort. Thanks to Peconic Landing for donating the turkeys for this special event.

Speaking of the Oysterponds PTA, do consider buying your poinsettias from them this year. All the great colors — red, white, marble and burgundy — are available. The deadline to purchase is Nov. 30 and delivery will be Dec. 4. Email [email protected] and keep an eye out for fliers.

Kathy and Taz Smith are once again tucked in on Village Lane after a 9,652-mile odyssey across our great country. They visited 12 national parks and 23 states and were gone for 33 days. The cheapest gas they found was in Ohio and Arkansas ($1.97) and the priciest was in Idaho ($4.10). Kathy summed up by saying we live in a sensationally beautiful country and if you are contemplating this kind of journey, do it and don’t put it off. Welcome back, folks.

Geoff Proud will once again be in the pulpit at Orient United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. to talk about “Jesus in a somber mood,” based on the Gospel of Mark, where Jesus speaks of the destruction of Jerusalem. All are welcome.

Durell Godfrey of Oysterponds Lane and East Hampton has launched a fun new project. She has created an adult coloring book called “Color Me Cluttered” that will be released Dec. 8 and is available at Amazon. Her inspiration is her organized, eclectic, cluttered home. A former longtime illustrator for Glamour magazine (one of her many careers), Durell says this a relaxing pastime that will appeal to pack rats and neat freaks alike.

There’s an early deadline for my next column, which will publish the day before Thanksgiving. Please get your news to me by Thursday, Nov. 19.

Back here the 17th See you then.

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