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Cutchogue news: Library holds annual book sale

Running low on beach reading? The Friends of Cutchogue New Suffolk Library’s annual book sale is the place for you. A great selection of gently used books, DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles will be on sale Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5-6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Bargain Bag sale begins Saturday at 1 p.m. New this year is a preview sale Thursday, Aug. 4, 5-7 p.m. Admission is free for Friends members and $5 per family for others.

‘Such a memorable celebration with wonderful lifelong friends.” That’s how Peggy Dickerson described her recent 40th anniversary festivities. Their wedding party (and spouses) came from Colorado, Vermont and Connecticut to help Peggy and her husband, Bob, mark the occasion North Fork-style. Friday night was spent at McCall Wines, where they enjoyed dinner from the food truck. Saturday was spent on the Prime Time fishing boat Jenglow. After a successful outing, the group headed to Orient by the Sea, where the day’s catch was prepared for their dinner! Sunday featured an enjoyable day at the beach and a farewell dinner. Congratulations and God bless!

Students involved in last summer’s classes at Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild chose to plant a butterfly garden as their project and put a lot of effort into research, planning and fundraising. This year, students are pursuing “On The Farm,” a project focused on the North Fork’s farm animals, flowers, fruits, vegetables, insects and landscape. They planted the beginnings of a beautiful garden on Guild grounds to honor the work of those who put so much time and energy into saving the butterflies and making the garden a reality. On Saturday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m. those students will walk the red carpet on the Cutchogue Village Green and display their farm production. Thanks to guild members Ginger Mahoney, Elizabeth Wagner, David Arteaga, Chris Wruck, Adelaide Amend and Gayle Wagner, and helpers Will Voegel, Julianna Voegel, and Trimble’s Garden Center for their dedication to the children and making the butterfly project a reality.

Amanda Gatz, a junior engineering major at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, traveled with fellow students to Thailand to collaborate with students from Chulalongkorn University to create and implement a marketing plan for handmade products to benefit at-risk youth in northern Thailand. Amanda’s amazing junior year continued with a trip to Guatemala with the college’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA. There, they implemented a project to harvest rainwater as a source of drinking water. Way to go, Amanda!

‘Astronomy & What’s Happening in the Night Sky?” will be Steve Bellavia’s topic in the next installment of the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund’s summer lecture series Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture takes place in the Fireplace Room at Case’s Place, followed by a telescope viewing of the night sky. Reservations are suggested; call 631-566-0806 or email [email protected].

North Fork Reform Synagogue presents readings of the play “SEVEN,” a drama about seven women whose bravery made a difference for women, children and families around the globe. Readings are set for Saturday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Peconic Landing and Sunday, July 31, at 2 p.m. at North Fork Spanish Apostolate in Riverhead. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds benefit CAST and North Fork Spanish Apostolate. Purchase tickets at

NFRS also invites all to bring a picnic supper and chairs to Kenney’s Beach Friday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Services will follow at 7 p.m. Help us welcome Shabbat with song, prayer, friendship and meditation. Children and dogs are welcome. In case of bad weather, services will be held at the synagogue. For more information, call 631 722-5712 or visit the website.

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