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Cutchogue News: Author-illustrator Olivia Bouler workshop

Snow, rain, sun, temperatures in the 30s, 40s and 50s, April showers bring May flowers. I think that about covers it and it’s only April!

Gary Zuhoski left this world all too soon and sadness enveloped many. The heartbreaking news of the passing of Frank McBride followed. Our sincere condolences and prayers go out to the Zuhoski and McBride families and friends for their loss.

The Cutchogue Homemakers will make a day trip Tuesday, April 26, to the Bayard Cutting Mansion in Oakdale for a high tea luncheon. Bus pickups will be in Cutchogue and Riverhead. The day also includes a tour of the mansion manor house and a snack on the bus. The total cost is $99 per person. Call Mary Pedersen at 631-765-9243 for more information.

The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild in Cutchogue welcomes author-illustrator Olivia Bouler, a talented artist and aspiring ornithologist, who at age 11 raised $200,000 to support recovery from the BP oil spill by donating her drawings of birds. Olivia will give a workshop for young people at the guild Saturday, April 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by a book signing and reception until 5 p.m. An exhibit of her photographs and illustrations celebrating our natural world and local wildlife will be on display the weekends of April 16-17 and 23-24. Hours are the same as above. For more information, visit, email [email protected] or call 631-734-6382.

The Mattituck High School jazz band traveled to Jazz at Lincoln Center recently to take part in a master class with clinician Paul Nedzela. The excitement continued with a tour of the facilities, a performance by two Juilliard jazz combo groups at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and a walk through Central Park. The band looks forward to showing the community what they learned at their spring concert May 12!

Congratulations to all the students who participated in this year’s Cut-chogue East Science Fair! Honorable mentions go to Mick Billinghay, kindergarten; JP Hinch, Charlotte Johnson and Madison Tomaszewski, grade 1; CeeCee Abbbott and Claire McKenzie, grade 2; Declan Morris and Daniel Gamboa, grade 3; Will Gammon, Jack Kalish and Lily Jansen, grade 4; and Violet Johnson and Megan Rakoczy, grade 5.

Congratulations also go to the following first-prize winners, who will represent Cutchogue East at Brookhaven Lab: Sullivan Dwyer and Charlie Kalish, kindergarten; Jacob Malkush and Tyler Malkush, grade 1; Gianna Calise, grade 2; Matthew Rosato, grade 3; Brodie Morris, grade 4; Kevin Koch, grade 5; and Sidney Brewer, grade 6.

Cutchogue East’s third-grade chorus sang “An African Suite” by Orff at their Music in the Schools Month afternoon performance. Congratulations on what was hopefully the first of many wonderful performances!

Cutchogue New Suffolk Library events this week include: New Advances in Shoulder Surgery, Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m., registration requested; Introduction to Aromatherapy with North Fork Naturals, Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 p.m., registration requested; Sea Star & Heart Wall Hanging, Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m., registrations and $12 materials fee; and LegoMania for grades K-2, Thursday, April 14, 4-5 p.m. For registration or more information about these programs, call 631-734-6360.


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