BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO
Jamesport’s genteel past
Visitors approach Wisteria Court, one of the grandest homes in South Jamesport, during Saturday’s Historic Jamesport House Tour to benefit the Jamesport Meeting House Preservation Trust. Wisteria Court – named for the vine that once covered a cast-iron fence that surrounded the property – was built in 1913 by a wealthy New York City chocolate manufacturer who fell in love with the daughter of a Jamesport hotel owner. The second annual tour featured a dozen homes not seen at last year’s event.
A great time was had by the members of Eastport High School’s Class of 1940, who celebrated their 70th anniversary at the Meeting House Creek Inn last Thursday. Justine Wells reports that there are nine graduates remaining out of the original class of 24 students, and six of those nine have their original spouses! At reunions over the years they have told of their World War II experiences, recorded their 1938 hurricane stories, and this time taped “How I Met My Spouse” for some good laughs. They all want to keep meeting!
Reminder: First Parish Church is sponsoring a Blessing of the Artists day Saturday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. For reservations and information, e-mail [email protected] or call 905-1614.
This weekend is about pets of all kinds! In honor of the Feast of Saint Francis, which is Oct. 4 on my liturgical calendar, there are a few events happening this weekend that will celebrate our four-legged friends or creepy-crawly, slithering companions. Martha Clara Vineyards will host a fundraiser for Kent Animal Shelter on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. called “Wines and Canines 5K Run/Walk.” See Calendar for details.
Also on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 1:30 p.m. there will be a blessing of the animals on the lawn of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck, rain or shine. The event is nondenominational; all animals and responsible pet owners of all faiths are invited! To register, call Nancy Deegan at 298-8304 or e-mail her at [email protected]
If you drive by my house on Herricks Lane, please take note of the giant pumpkins on my front porch! Johanna and I, being the lazy farmers that we are, threw down some seeds in July and said a little prayer that something would grow in time for fall! Johanna was thrilled to discover her hard work and prayer yields such fruit! If only life were this easy!