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Oysterponds News: Watch out for turtles crossing roads

Applications are being accepted for the William Steeple Davis artist in residency that starts Oct. 15. The program provides a temporary home for a person who has been actively engaged in artistic and cultural pursuits and can’t afford accommodations like this. The application deadline is June 15. Email [email protected] for more info.

Speaking of artists, Alan Bull will hold a watercolor workshop this weekend from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call the Oysterponds Historical Society at 323-2480 for details and to sign up.

OHS welcomes its new director, Dr. Elsbeth Dowd, who takes the helm on Monday. She is returning to Long Island after living in Oklahoma. Stop in and give her a big Oysterponds welcome.

Welcome to Anne Murray, new president of the East Marion Community Association. The group’s next meeting is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the East Marion firehouse. The topic is summer safety from tick bites to poison ivy. Anne is one of EMCA’s founding members and has lived in the hamlet since 2000. We are all so blessed out here by the folks who step up and fill these volunteer slots.

There’s so much happening at our Floyd Memorial Library, I can only grab a couple. A summer reading program for adults starts July 1 and, through July 3, there’s a wonderful exhibit of photographs by Tom D’Emic titled “Along the Shoreline.” This Saturday, June 11, the Basically Baroque chamber group will give a concert at 3:30 p.m. that’s open to all. For more events, visit or call 631-477-0660.

Pastor Ann Van Cleef and husband, Bob, will represent Orient Congregational Church at the UCCNY annual meeting in Rochester next weekend and Minister Kevin Ford will be filling the pulpit at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday. Kevin, better known to many of you as the East Marion postmaster, is always well-received as he delivers a stirring message. All are welcome.

Congratulations to Oysterponds alumnus Collin Baker (son of Laura and Ched Baker), who married Dr. Nina Rawtani this past Saturday, June 4. The traditional Indian wedding took place in Annapolis, Md. The newlyweds live in Washington, D.C. We all wish them much happiness.

Tickets are still available for North Fork Fresh, which takes place Saturday, June 18. Beautiful venue, wonderful tastings and great company. It’s always a hit. Call OHS at 631-323-2480 or check it out at

To support New York State’s “Path Through History” program, the OHS education team has collaborated with Orient State Park ranger Sue Wuehler and OHS curator Bill McNaught to create a special day. On Saturday, June 18, hands-on activities for children will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to noon in the OHS School House. The fun will focus on whaling and the Bark Washington. OHS will host special hours for everyone from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to explore Village House and its six new exhibits.

My birthday wishes are always limited to significant birthdays and anyone over 90. So in case you missed it this past Tuesday, grab Jessie Pemberton and wish her a happy 91st. There’s still time until June 17 to catch up with Sophie Staron and wish her a joyful 96th birthday. That same day is a significant birth anniversary for Dede Campbell; she’s going to kill me for this but she does enter a new decade. Enjoy your days, ladies.

The Oysterponds sixth-grade graduation, which is always memorable, is Wednesday, June 22, at 7 p.m. Why not stop in and see what our great students have accomplished over the past seven years? Then mark your calendar for our students’ Greenport High School graduation on June 26.

Two public service announcements: Turtles, turtles everywhere, crossing the road. I encountered six this week. Please don’t pick up the snappers; they will take your hand off. And if you’re nudging a box turtle along, send it in the direction it was headed. Finally, dump standing water; it breeds mosquitoes.

Before the next posting of this column we will celebrate the summer solstice on June 20, the real first day of summer. Sunset that day is 8:25 p.m. and then, sadly, the days start getting shorter again. Soak every ray of extended daylight between now and then.

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

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