The days are getting shorter and so is summer vacation. I’ve said before I’m one of those moms who loves summer vacation — the lack of structure and the freedom to just do whatever and go with the flow. Last week, a photo went viral online of a mother literally jumping for joy as her children, looking very unhappy, lined up waiting for the school bus. I am not one of those. Anybody else with me?
First, a list of belated birthdays Dan McCarthy sent me: Cathie Dunn, Aug. 3; Joan Tamin and Terry Hofer, Aug. 13; and Brian Schubert, Aug. 22. Belated wishes also go to Richard Perry, who reached the big 5-0 on Aug. 22; and Ashley Hilary, who celebrated her Sweet 16 on Aug. 24.
Coming up we have Jim Woodhull, Aug. 25; Josh Kettenbeil, Aug. 28; Adam Panetta and Megan Kennedy, Aug. 29; Lydia Numbers, Sept. 2; Irene Stulsky, Sept. 3; Nancy Mullen and Rachel Terry, Sept. 4; and Fred Kettenbeil, Sept. 5. Happy birthday, one and all!
Don’t forget Southold Historical Society’s art auction at Castello Di Borghese Vineyard this Saturday, Aug. 27. The preview starts at 6 p.m. and the auction itself begins at 6:45. One of our own, Randee Dadonna, has several pieces in the auction. The Annie Lewis, by maritime painter Joseph B. Smith (lot # 101), is also featured. This important oil painting, which depicts the 1863 two-masted schooner Annie Lewis under full sail, measures 24 by 40 inches and is valued at $65,000. It can be seen at the society office (call 631-765-5500) or, along with all other auction entries, viewed online at invaluable.com, where bids can also be placed.
Southold Free Library is displaying artwork by the late Jim Murphy through the end of August. Enjoy the local watercolor scenes he lovingly painted.
Don’t forget the library has fishing poles and tackle boxes for rent. The Book Cottage is also a great place to stock up on reading material. They are open Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come out and support our volunteer firefighters, who selflessly help those in need, by attending the Southold Fire Department’s annual steak night dinner Saturday, Sept. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $40 and credit cards are accepted.
Our town animal shelter in Peconic needs everything! That translates to old towels and bedding, canned dog and cat food, dry cat and dog food and peanut butter.
I often mention events three weeks in advance, so be sure to check out the community calendar each week to find all the great things to do around here.
My next column has an early deadline due to the Labor Day holiday. Your news should get to me to me no later than Thursday, Sept. 1. Remember, if I do not reply to you, I did not hear your message or get your email.
As summer winds down, I beg everyone to please be more aware while driving. I’ve had near-accidents with a certain bus, almost had my car door taken off by a distracted cyclist and hear screeching tires daily in front of my home. This can be avoided, for the most part, if we all just take extra time to get where we’re going. Be aware, patient and considerate!
Contact Southold columnist Tina Koslosky at [email protected] or 631-765-2774.