10/11/11 4:00am
10/11/2011 4:00 AM

Wedding, take two, was a great success on Oct. 2, when Oysterponds’ own Aly Sabatino tied the knot with Ryan Golden at the Port Jefferson Country Club/Lombardi’s on the Sound. Aly, daughter of Linda and John, and Ryan, son of Christopher and Danielle, had planned their wedding for the last weekend in August but Mother Nature, AKA Irene, had the last laugh. Greenport’s Brin Klinge served as best man and East Marioneer Kristen McLaughlin was a bridesmaid. Rumor has it that the one that had the best time was John’s 87-year-old mother, who was queen of the dance floor. The newlyweds honeymooned in Quebec and are back in Orient, helping to renovate their new home, The Osprey Shop (proprietor Dick Keogh) circa 1960 or ’70s and The Little Old Gift House on the Corner (John Sabatino proprietor) circa 2000s. Congratulations to all and many wishes for happiness to one of “our kids” all grown up.

Speaking of our kids all grown up, congratulations to Kate Lauber Criss and her husband, Andy, on the arrival of Benjamin David Criss, born in the state of Washington on Sept. 16 weighing 7 1/2 pounds and measuring 19 1/2 inches. All excited about his entrance into the world are grandma Peg Lauber and her husband, Paul Kreiling, and grandpa Joel Lauber and his bride, Chris Hascoat Lauber.

Within days of his birth, Ben was introduced to fellow North Fork offspring Margo Borum, 3-month-old daughter of Kate Gould Borum and her husband, Noah. Both daddies are employed by Amazon. During that visit Uncle Jon Gould (who works in NYC law enforcement) was on the West Coast for a holiday also visiting his new niece. A belated congrats to Kate and Noah, grandma Jenny Gould and grandpa Tim Gould. All of these new babies make me feel really old.

The OHS traditional American craft series continues with quilting a Thanksgiving table runner. Classes are Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 and 15, 1-2:30p.m. The course is $50 ($45 for OHS members) plus a $20 materials fee. The instructor is master quilter Cathy Mathews, who promises not to disappoint. Call 323-2480.

Congratulations to the recently elected new officers of the Oysterponds Rod and Gun Club: Robert Sorenson, president; Kent McCarthy, secretary; and Tom Murray, treasurer.

This Sunday is Laity Sunday at Orient United Methodist Church and lay leader Bud Jackson has designed the 10 a.m. worship service, which will feature organ and cello renditions from Jason Cockerill and guest cellist Aidan Walker. As always the service is open to all.

It sure has been an interesting baseball season but the postseason is shaping up to be pretty much a non-event for Northeast/East Coast fans. Although I admit that being a Mets fan is humbling, there’s still an expectation the World Series will be played between teams whose uniforms we at least recognize. On the ferry Sunday (after a weekend in 87-degree Maine) I was trying to find out who was winning the Milwaukee/St. Louis game and was laughed at, as it seems the world has moved on to football (also a bad weekend for N.Y. fans). BTW, Miriam, ask Uncle Richard how he’s feeling about his Phillies now? They did, however, get to play three more games than my Mets. See you all at spring training.

10/03/11 12:59pm
10/03/2011 12:59 PM

Last week I asked Jeffrey Lyons, author of several baseball trivia books, to check in and share some insight on the unraveling of his obsession, the Boston Red Sox. At the time he was hopeful but quiet. After I posted a Happy New Year to all my Jewish friends on Facebook, Jeffrey responded that the first day of the New Year was not a very happy one for him since it started off with the Tampa Bay Rays taking the wild card. Back in 1994, I remember writing that if you ran into an aphasic-looking man possibly in his PJs roaming the Sound beach and mumbling, it was most likely Jeffrey, suffering the side effects of 232 days without baseball. After last week’s results, I bet Orient’s favorite movie critic would have been happy for a repeat of the ’94 walkouts that eradicated all post-season baseball and the World Series. After all, it is only a game.

Speaking of wandering and aphasic, this week that might be Ron and Linda Apostle, who will be going through withdrawal from their favorite libation and the ritual of a morning run to Starbucks in Greenport. Since that establishment closed this week, Ron is hoping to round up some other Oysterponders and car-pool to Mattituck for his morning cup of Joe.

As Geoff Proud delivered a eulogy for Betty Rose on Wednesday, he quoted St. Francis of Assisi. When asked what he would do if he knew he’d be meeting the Lord that night, St. Francis said he would be right there in his garden tending to his flowers and his wildlife. As Geoff asked that question my thoughts went from the ethereal to the practical. I decided that if I were going to meet my maker I’d better get home and fold all the wash I left in baskets in the middle of the living room floor. After all, friend Elyse Romano — who always promised to head straight to my house and unclutter upon hearing that I encountered an emergency — is now doing her wonderful things in Vero and is too far away for a spontaneous tidy-up.

The Orient-East Marion Park District’s monthly meeting is Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Jade Duell has put out a call to all Clippers alumni to get in touch and sign on for an alumni field hockey game at noon on Saturday, Oct. 22, before the current Clipper team plays. You can find their page on Facebook or contact Jade at [email protected] More details next week.

The East Marion Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary invites you to a “Just Jewelry” fundraiser next Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the firehouse. You can start your holiday shopping early or just enjoy the company and the refreshments.

Barbara and Steve Schott are still exhilarated from the Sept. 10 nuptials of their daughter Elissa and Bob Peixoto. Bob and Steve and various family and friends traveled to Rehoboth, Mass., for the outdoor wedding at the Inn at Five Bridges, followed by a reception on its sprawling grounds. The newlyweds are tucked back in Taunton, Mass., after an amazing honeymoon in Australia. Congratulations!

The annual OHS local artists fall Art Show and Sale starts Friday night at 5 p.m. for members and artists and runs all weekend. Call 323-2480 for the exact time.

The ‘other Times’ wrote a story this week on the mysterious purchase of all the print copies of The Suffolk Times (thousands of them) and the speculation on which article someone was trying to squash/censor. I confess I heard the rumor that whoever did this really just wanted to make sure they didn’t miss the Oysterponds column. (As Hugh Sidey said, “A sense of humor is needed armor.”)

09/26/11 1:56pm
09/26/2011 1:56 PM

Baseball season will be winding down, but Saturday was a great day for us Mets fans. Miriam, make sure you tell your Uncle Richard (see last week’s column) that I was thinking of him as “my” Mets whooped the Phillies in two games in one day. It will be sad to see the boys of summer pack up the bats and balls and head for the dugouts — but there’s always the World Series for those of you lucky enough to have a team participating. Jeffrey Lyons has been quiet as of late. Check in with some of your baseball wisdom or maybe some “wild” news. Betcha this is the first time Red Sox fans are rooting for the Yankees. There must be a statistic here.

All of Oysterponds is invited to the firehouse for Orient Fire Department’s open house/community day this Saturday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 9 p.m. This free party is OFD’s way of saying “thank you” to the community for their support throughout the year. The menu is hot dogs, hamburgers, shrimp, clams, salads, etc. — plus wine, beer and soda. Music will be provided by “The Locals.” There will also be a 50/50 raffle and, as Bud Griffiths (my source once again) says, the odds are better here than across the Sound!

Since I’ve been doing a catch-up on those who rose to the occasion during Irene, I failed to mention that Orient Congregational Church also opened as a shelter during the storm and hosted a family (without a parrot). OCC is used to setting up in a heartbeat for guests, since they are a backup facility for the homeless shelter, John’s Place. As Pastor Ann scooted across the grass to fetch some milk for coffee from the parsonage the morning of the storm, she missed the falling of the huge tree by just a few minutes. Timing is everything.

OCC will host its monthly fellowship supper on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share. All are welcome.

Speaking of timing and Irene, Oysterponds extends its sympathy to Tiffany Bell and her family on the death of her mother, Anne, who was one of those unlucky Irene statistics who didn’t survive the falling tree in Maryland. May she rest in peace.

Sympathy also goes out to Brianna and Colin Van Tuyl and Miriam Buckley on the loss of their father-in-law/grandfather/husband, Don Buckley. He was a very kind man and hopefully enjoying catching up with daughter Janet, whose tragic accident occurred 17 years ago, almost to the day. May the family be comforted by the love of family and friends.

That segues me into the passing of another Oysterponds silhouette, Betty Rose, who most likely was Orient’s “oldest” resident. (Help me out here: Do we have any other centenarians in Orient/East Marion?) Betty reached the milestone of 100 this summer and has moved on to the great yard sale in the sky. I guess she took the term “no early birds” seriously. Betty was a fixture at OHS and operated Shinbone Alley for decades. (For you newbies, Shinbone was a retail antique shop that is now the curator’s residence.) There will be a memorial at Orient United Methodist Church  Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. It promises to be an interesting and memorable exchange of stories.

Don’t forget that this weekend is the last chance to catch the OHS summer exhibit.

09/19/11 2:05pm
09/19/2011 2:05 PM

When I pulled up in front of the Country Store on Friday, I was greeted by a man wearing a Phillies hat and I kiddingly said, “I guess we can’t be friends,” since I am an avid Mets fan. Little did I know how true that statement was since “Uncle” Richard Foster, husband of Becky, who had just arrived from Roanoke, Va., pontificated on just how much he loved his Phillies. I will leave it at that.

Well, Uncle Richard was in town for a wonderful event: the marriage of his niece Miriam Foster and Grayson Murphy, who tied the knot that evening at the Peconic home of her parents, Dinah Seiver and Tom Foster. For that event, they hosted 30-plus folks and Miriam, baker extraordinaire, made her own champagne butter cream wedding cake with hand-piped rosettes. The celebration continued Saturday with a soiree in Poquatuck Hall, where 75 guests came from as far away as Japan and as close as Orient to toast the newly married couple. The largest contingent came from Harlingen, Texas, the groom’s hometown. That group included Grayson’s mom and dad, Michael and Deanna Murphy, plus his brothers John and Matthew, paternal grandmother Annette Cornelius and aunts Doris Sage and Kathy Bonner. Saving the best for last, paternal grandparents Robert and Lynn Murphy serenaded the spellbound crowd as they played a program of love songs from the American songbook. On Monday morning, in the afterglow of such a memorable weekend, Miriam and Grayson flew to San Francisco to visit more relatives and enjoy their first week as a married couple. Let’s hope they don’t leave their hearts there, since their hearts belong in Orient. Congratulations and best wishes to all.

All are invited to attend Saturday’s annual meeting of the Oysterponds Historical Society at 9 a.m. in Poquatuck Hall. A light breakfast will be served as you catch up on the news of OHS and its plans for the East Marion property and future restoration projects.

We know our Oysterponds vamps are here for us, but two weeks ago they proved that they are also there for their fellow men in blue. After the hurricane, members of the Vestal, N.Y., fire department were beyond spent, working 24/7 to supply aid to those affected. So Chief Sue Worth, Captain Bill Wysocki, Jay Bredemeyer, Michael Bredemeyer, Bud Griffiths, Andy Ruroede, Richard Milligan and Luis Yoh hopped in their suburban and motored west and north to lend a hand. As they passed Southold they snagged three of their finest, Paul Renkin Jr., Barry Standish and Jim Van Gorden. My informant Bud said they were a great asset to round out the team. For four days they supplied relief to the Vestal locals, including rescue calls, distribution of ice, etc. WTG “guys”; we are all proud of and appreciate you.

I left a name out of the list of shelter volunteers during Irene. Brierly Reybine, daughter of the late Larry and Ethel, was in for a visit from California and was “rushed” into service. Thanks to her and all the other helpers.

If you’re looking for an idea for dinner on Sept. 22, why not support the ELIH Auxiliary’s Italian Dinner at the Soundview? Carol Sieban will be happy to give you the details at 477-2047.

Close to a decade ago, when I started entertaining in my Florida home, Ted Webb suggested I contact Orient “summer kid” Bill “Steve” Stephenson, who it turned out lived about 10 miles from me. So Steve went on the “party” list and was invited and showed up every year. Steve, a graduate of the Naval Academy and a nuclear engineer, was always an engaging guest. He was a true gentleman. He died suddenly on Sept. 13 and will be missed by many. Oysterponds extends sympathy to his sister, Donna Tweedie. You can leave a note at strunkfuneralhome.com. May he rest in peace.

Friday is the first day of fall. Get out the cider and the rakes.

09/12/11 2:10pm
09/12/2011 2:10 PM

There was a very special moment at Saturday’s annual OCA meeting when Supervisor Scott Russell presented a proclamation to Ed Wright for his years of dedication and service to Poquatuck Hall, OCA and our community in general. It was perhaps also a sneaky way to get Mr. Russell to witness firsthand the enormous amount of labor that has gone into renovating this historic building. He also inspected the sidewalk and the corner and, because Poquatuck Hall is a polling place, agreed that the sidewalk needs to be made handicapped accessible, which will be added to the town’s “bucket list.”

Ed spoke very graciously about our community, the honor of having the opportunity to live here and all the volunteer opportunities Oysterponds provides. Congratulations, Ed!

Speaking of volunteering, many thanks to Ted Webb, Ann and Bob Hulsemann, Jim Franke, Sarah Olmstead, Bob Scott and Diana Whitsit (let me know who else I left out) who were on duty at the Southold Town emergency shelter that was opened at the school during Irene. Since it was a “pet- friendly” shelter, the first challenge was to figure out how to accommodate the first guest, who arrived with a huge parrot in a cage. The parrot was not dog-friendly. But all was well that ended well on many fronts. Thanks to everyone, including our Orient vamps.

More on this next week, but the Orient Fire Department has been sending lots of aid to our upstate neighbors in Vestal, N.Y., whose firefighters have been overburdened due to the wrath of Irene. I will give you the specifics next column.

East Marioneer Alice Lehmann, who lives at the end of Rabbit Lane, reported that a canvas boat cover, snaps intact, washed up on her beach after the recent hurricane. You can contact her at [email protected] or 477-1237. Thanks for being a good neighbor, Alice.

Skip Wachsberger shared some exciting news last week. His memoir, “Into the Garden With Charles,” has been picked up by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux with a publication date of Jan. 31, 2012. The book brings to light Skip’s love for Orient and his garden and how, after he met Charles, the garden flourished, as did their relationship. It also talks about this very loved Orienteer’s struggle with incurable cancer. The original limited edition copy won the Garden Writers Association 2011 Award for Best Illustration. The upcoming hardcover copy will feature one of Skip’s watercolors in each chapter. It has been his dream to have this happen and we all congratulate him on this milestone.

OYC had a super year-end soiree thanks to Kathleen Becker and Debbie Parker and their committee. Even the raccoon that startled everyone by rubbing against people’s legs as they ate dinner outside seemed to have a good time. Good for the raccoon; scary for the diners. It was one way to get everyone up on the dance floor.

When you see Helen Moisa next Tuesday, Sept. 20, be sure to wish her a happy 94th! WTG, Helen.

Mea culpa; I confused my days of the week. A very special belated happy birthday to Pep Kalin, who turned 80 years old on Sept. 14. He’s sure had a difficult year and I’m sure he will be happy to be looking at his 79th year in the rearview mirror. Let’s all hope for him that 80 is the charm. You can still drop him a note at P.O. Box 246, Orient.

After endless hours this week watching the coverage of the 9/11 10th anniversary, once again I feel the need to say “God Bless America.”

08/30/11 4:32pm
08/30/2011 4:32 PM

My Facebook status this weekend said “Man plans: God laughs.” Well ain’t that the truth? If you don’t agree, ask the Sabatinos, the Goldens, Steven Blier, members of Big Band East, Rona Smith, OYC and OCA members and scores of folks who took off the last week of August for a tranquil vacation.

I’ve never seen Steven Blier perform and felt so lucky to catch a part of his rehearsal in Poquatuck Hall Thursday afternoon. (I was the one with an ear pressed to the window on the corner of Village and Skippers.) Now I understand how magical the concert would have been. I hope someday we will be able to reschedule this talented group.

For others who didn’t know, Aly Sabatino and Ryan Golden had planned to be married Sunday in Port Jefferson. I say planned since this no-electricity thing has thrown a monkey wrench in communication. Speaking of planning — and Aly — Southold Town is lucky to have snagged such a bright, educated young woman to be part of its planning team. Congrats on your new position, Aly; please check in and share your wedding adventure.

One group that didn’t cancel its event was St, Agnes Church, which went forward with its  annual picnic (sans tent and the al fresco ambience) Saturday afternoon followed by a jam-packed 4 p.m. Msass. (I assume parishioners were hoping to pray Irene away.) All things considered, it was probably effective since Irene left only marginal damage here compared to places like North Carolina and Vermont. Having said that, I am only taking that from hearsay since on Friday afternoon, with the scars of Gloria/Bob still in etched in my memory, I hopped the Cross Sound Ferry, high-tailed it to Kennebunkport and knocked on my sister’s door, where Irene was a non-event.

Speaking of St. Agnes, all families with children in religious education programs there must reregister their children for classes. Please pick up a form at the church or the rectory. Registration closes Sept. 8 and classes begin Sept. 19.

East Marioneer Ellen Williams will read from her very special recent book, “We Are All in This Together,” at Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. The book comprises memories from 40 local people, including Stash Droskowski, John Woodhouse, Elinor Faust, Rose Columbini and Jeannine Jayne. Ellen will also read from some of her others books. For those of you who don’t know, Ellen writes and reads from her heart. Don’t miss it.

The annual OCA meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. at Poquatuck Hall. A couple of weeks back I asked if anyone had a roomba to donate. How about a roomba to try out? Before OCA invests $400, it would be prudent to see in advance if it meets the hall’s cleaning needs. (Seems like a no-brainer, a big flat surface, no obstructions, etc.)

There is a very early deadline for next week’s column due to Labor Day. So if by some miracle the electricity has returned by Thursday, email me or call 323-3899 (I do have phone service) if you want to see it in the Sept. 8 issue.

Let’s all join in our nation with remembrance and respect and fly Old Glory on Sept. 11.

08/23/11 5:42am
08/23/2011 5:42 AM

It is a ‘small world’ after all — and I almost had a classic one Saturday. East Marioneer Corinne Fitting was enjoying her annual pilgrimage to the mouse (aka trip to Disney World) and Sarah saw on Facebook that she was there with her family. We didn’t run into each other at “It’s a Small World” as I had hoped, but Corinne did have a couple of good ones. She and daughter Gabriella popped into the boardwalk for lunch and noticed that the hostess’ name tag said “Mattituck.” Of course, the young lady’s mom was an English teacher with whom Corinne had collaborated when transitioning Oysterponds sixth-graders to Greenport.

Speaking of annual pilgrimages, the East Marion Thorp clan is recovering from the scores of family that recently descended on their bayfront compound. Close to 40 family members arrived from Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York to catch up, chill out and break bread (in this case lobster). It was exhausting and fun for all.

Congratulations to Oysterponds fifth-graders-to-be Xavier Kahn (son of Deborah Kusa and Peter Kahn) and Bryce Grathwohl (son of Nancy Williams and Glenn Grathwohl), who took top honors at the East End Soccer Tournament on Aug. 12. The young men have been playing with their GEMO team since first grade. An injury kept Xavier’s twin Jacob from participating but he hopes to return to the active roster soon.

Don’t forget the second Steven Blier concert this Saturday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. at Poquatuck Hall. Limited tickets are still available. Check poquatuckhall.com or call Jane Smith at 323-1378. It promises to be an unforgettable evening.

Big Band East (the authentic 1940s Glenn Miller-type swing band) will be back by popular demand Sunday, Aug. 28, and will share their talents in the Orient Congregational Church sanctuary at 5 p.m. (This way you can be home before dark and avoid the deer that are determined to wreck your day.) Tickets are $15 at the door. For more info call 323-2665.

If you open the dictionary to the person you thought least likely to have a heart attack, Mina Van Cleef’s picture would be there. The bad news is that she did have one on Friday; the good news is we have wonderful ER staff at ELIH who diagnosed it, packed her in an ambulance and sent her on the wings of a lot of people praying to Stony Brook, where the cath lab folks were waiting to make her “all better.” Is that a happy ending or what? We all continue to send her good wishes for a speedy 100 percent recovery.

Last week I asked folks to share their Oysterponds/North Fork memories of where they were and what their day/life was like on Sept. 11, 2001. A blog has been set up, so please send anything you’d like to share to [email protected] Next week, I’ll tell you how to access it. OHS has been compiling a written/oral history that, when completed, will be passed on to future generations for preservation. I chewed on this since it’s very painful for folks to even talk about 10 years later, but decades ago so many folks could tell you exactly what they were doing when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Thanks in advance for participating. Please, no political comments, just facts and feelings.

You know the phrase “Good night, Irene”? Mine for this week is “Go away, Irene.” Keep safe.

08/15/11 2:08pm
08/15/2011 2:08 PM

Our own Sandra Chapin and her Dune Grass colleagues will perform their bluegrass music in the Floyd Memorial Library garden in Greenport at 6 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 19. Bring picnics, blankets, kids and grandkids for a multigenerational experience.

Orient Congregational Church is once again undertaking the monumental task of painting the church building, and they’re hoping the community will pitch in and contribute to their fundraising effort. Is there anyone in Oysterponds who hasn’t attended a concert, worship service, wedding, funeral, christening or house tour in that beautiful, historic building? The powers that be at OCC have done a yeoman’s job of maintaining it. Please call 323-2665 or just send money to P.O. Box 425, Orient, NY 11957.

Similar to when Kennedy was shot, or the space shuttle blew up, all of us will remember where we were when we saw or heard about the events of Sept. 11, 2001. I know a lot of the village gathered to pray that night at a spontaneous ecumenical service at OCC, the “upstreet church.” I was there. I am working on an online venue where you can share what you remember of that day and the days following. Stay tuned; I will write about that next week.

Oysterponds Community Activities’ annual meeting will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Poquatuck Hall, where Ed Wright Sr. will be honored for his incredible devotion to the community, OCA and the hall.

Many people over the years have given gifts/donations to OCA in honor or memory of a person or event. OCA is looking for someone to be keeper of and recorder of these memorials and gifts — flags included. The journal will be provided; what’s needed is someone to just log in the specifics. The book will be kept by this volunteer scribe and made available for events and meetings in the hall. Call 323-3899 to volunteer.

Speaking of Poquatuck Hall, the Steven Blier concert last Saturday night was smashing and sold out. Please don’t miss the next very coveted performance, scheduled for Aug. 27. Tickets are limited. If you are unfamiliar with this musical artist, I suggest you Google him. Call Jane Smith or go to poquatuckhall.com for more details and reservations.

There is one more Poquatuck Hall request. The newly restored floor is outstanding and needs to be kept clean. It was suggested that one way to do that would be to purchase a “roomba,” since the size and surface of the hall’s floor seems to be perfect for this visionary robotic technology. It would keep crumbs and such from settling in between the boards. Is there anyone out there with a roomba that’s no longer in use? Or who would be interested in donating a new one to OCA? (It will be recorded in the aforementioned journal.) If you don’t know what a roomba is, call, I will explain.

I had a personal ‘visualize this’ this week. Ever in pursuit of a bargain, I purchased a pair of black slacks at a major department store for $4. I was bragging to Sarah that even though they were a size smaller than I usually wear they were so roomy around the waist. We both roared when we read the label inside: “Baby on Board.” Anybody need a pair of maternity pants?

08/10/11 1:55pm
08/10/2011 1:55 PM

It seems the OHS summer benefit gets better and better every year. Many thanks to John and Marty Farris, who hosted this year’s gathering at their magnificent bayfront home. The rain stayed away, thanks in part to all of those who carried umbrellas — you know that if you remember to bring an umbrella it won’t rain — and Mother Nature signaled the end of the soiree around 8 p.m. by whipping up the wind. Thanks also to the many artists who donated their work for the live auction, allowing OHS the funds to continue its mission of preserving Oysterponds history.

Speaking of Marty Farris, she shared what I thought was a heartwarming story — and also a good “visualize this.” When the Farrises arrived in Orient more than two decades ago, they did so aboard their yacht, a 40-foot Post named My Marty. All the boats they’ve owned were named My Marty until the one they purchased eight seasons ago, which was christened KO after the stock symbol for Coca-Cola. A few weeks ago they purchased another craft, a 40-foot Sabre. As they chewed on the decision for its moniker, John hinted that he’d chosen a secret name. The boat arrived at OYC over the weekend. Marty spent Monday provisioning it and thought it was to be stenciled two days later. But that night, in the middle of the power outage, John asked Marty to join him at the yacht club for a surprise. With flashlight in one hand and Marty’s hand in his other, John escorted her down the dock where he shined his flashlight on the newly painted transom bearing the name “My Marty.” As you can imagine, Marty was thrilled.

Please don’t forget the very special concert at Poquatuck Hall this Saturday night, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m. Back by popular demand, Steven Blier and Darius deHaas will perform from their latest CD, “Quiet Please.” Open seating tickets are $30 and reserved front row seats are $50. Students with ID pay $15. Call Jane Smith at 323-1378 to reserve. Refreshments will be served.

OCA has a new Facebook page, so if you’re a Facebook member, please become a fan. When you do you’ll learn that the annual meeting is Saturday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m., at which time Ed Wright Sr. will be honored for hisservice to OCA and our community.

After musing on how special Oysterponds is in the summer, Jerie Newman shared that grandson Sam and his mom, Nancy, spent over three weeks camping and hiking in eight national parks, where they saw wildlife most of us only imagine and camped on cliffs and canyons. After they returned to Orient, Sam left for his eighth year at Montreal Boys’ Choir Camp. After that, he’ll fly to Seattle with his father for more backpacking and hiking, returning east in time to start his junior year in high school. So if you’ve seen Sam this summer you are rare indeed.

Jerie and husband, Ken, hosted her 60th Greenport High School class reunion on July 30. Fifteen classmates and their spouses had a ball and decided to do it again in five years instead of the normal decade.

Jeffrey Lyons will be featured at East Hampton’s Author’s Night this Saturday, Aug. 13. Go to authorsnight.org for details of this impressive event.

When you see Marge Reeves today, wish her a happy birthday, but don’t tell her I told you.

08/02/11 8:46am
08/02/2011 8:46 AM

It’s so good to get lots of happy news to report from Oysterponds this week. Births, weddings, engagements, reunions, parties and puppies!

Let’s start with the most fun, the birth of six puppies in the Carol/Lyle Tuthill home. Resident black lab Stella gave birth on June 29 assisted by Carol and newly trained puppy midwife niece Sarah Tuthill. There were three boys and three girls. Stella is one step away from being a champion. But the father, whose name is Trouble, is a yellow Lab and a titled Westminster National Labrador Retriever. Congrats on the new additions.

The Tuthills are celebrating the recent engagement of daughter (summer kid) Katherine to Tom Quinn. Tom popped the question just before the July Fourth holiday and the plans are in the works for a wedding next June 16 in Orient.

Speaking of births, congratulations to the Reeves family on the arrival of their new daughter (Keri-Ann’s), granddaughter (Tom and Cheri’s), great-granddaughter (Marge and Bob’s) and great-great-granddaughter (Gert’s). Jordan LeeAnn was born one month premature on July 25 at Winn Army Hospital in Georgia, weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Mom and baby are doing fine — such a blessing, since a major part of her first trimester was spent in a war zone and on military transports winging their way back to the U.S.

Congratulations are also in order for another “Orient kid,” Ryane Rogers, who tied the knot with high school sweetheart Sean Hoeffling in Mitchell Park on July 10. Ryane was attended by sister Kaitlin Rogers and, as flower girl, daughter Madison Rose. Sean’s best man was best friend Sean Kansewick. Ryane was given away by her dad, Jeff Rogers, and arrived by boat captained by uncle Ed Caufield. A celebration followed at uncle Tim Caufield’s home in Cutchogue. It was a special family affair and we all wish them the very best for a happy/healthy marriage.

Then there was an amazing family affair that, like that of history’s most famous family (the Holy family), started in Israel. Many St. Agnes parishioners signed on for a pilgrimage to Israel in April 2010, including Noreen Bischoff and Jane Winsch. When Jane had to back out due to a family crisis, Noreen’s brother Denis, who lived in Charlotte at the time, jumped in to fill the gap. It was there in Jerusalem that Denis, a recent widower, and Peconic Landing’s Pat Becker, a recent widow, met and quickly fell in love. So on Sunday, surrounded by a gaggle of relatives (close to three score of them!) who came from North Carolina, Illinois and Texas as well as New York and Connecticut, Denis and Pat celebrated the sacrament of matrimony, witnessed by Father Tom, who declared that miracles still do happen at Cana (site of another famous wedding feast, where a “first” miracle was performed). Oysterponds sends only the best in thoughts for this serendipitous, meant-to-be union.

The monthly meeting of the Orient-East Marion Park District is Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. at Oysterponds School. All are welcome to attend.

Oysterponds is always a great place to revisit your childhood and Deane Fox Jr. (Skipper) did just that last week when he and his wife, Kay, were in town from Lewisville, Texas, for a holiday. On Thursday night at the foot of Village Lane, they enjoyed the sunset and reminisced about the early days of the Orient Yacht Club, which his father, Deane Sr., help to found in 1933. It’s always good to welcome back old friends.

Lastly, Oysterponds extends sympathy to Doris Sherman on the loss of her husband, Captain Dick Sherman, who was a familiar and frequent silhouette in Oysterponds.