Aquebogue-Jamesport: Seasonal events

04/11/2011 3:33 PM |
Deacon Michael Bonocore from St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead blesses the animals at the start of Sunday afternoon's Bark for Life walk at Martha Clara Vineyard. The event was a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Deacon Michael Bonocore from St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead blesses the animals at the start of Sunday afternoon's Bark for Life walk at Martha Clara Vineyard. The event was a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

I heard some great news from Barbara Palermo of Jamesport regarding her son, Bryan, a 2010 graduate of Riverhead High School who now attends St. Lawrence University, where he plays baseball. Bryan was just named the Liberty League Co-Rookie of the Week! He helped the Saints to a 3-2 week as he hit .563 with nine hits in 16 at-bats, scored six runs and drove in one. He had a .625 slugging percentage and a .588 on-base percentage and was four-for-four in steals. He was perfect in the field with seven putouts and 13 assists and was part of one double play. Congratulations, Brian, from family and friends at home.

This weekend will be a very busy one in our local community. There are many activities in and around the North Fork to welcome spring and begin the celebrations of the Easter season.

As I mentioned last week, on Saturday, April 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. Hallockville Museum Farm will host “Springtime at Hallockville.” Geared toward families of all ages, it will include egg hunts for children and adults, farming demonstrations, a cow bingo raffle, and much more. I really would like to see a cow bingo raffle! Rain date: April 17. The admission fee for members is $5 per person and $15 for a family of four. Nonmember admission is $6 per person or $18 for a family of four.

There are still a few tickets left for Living Water Church’s “Behold the Lamb,” a story of the life of Jesus. The Sunday matinee performances have sold out but there are some seats available for tomorrow, Friday, April 15, and Saturday, the 16th, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and information, call 722-4969.

In celebration of Palm Sunday on April 17, Old Steeple Community Church, United Church of Christ in Aquebogue will be having a worship service at 10 a.m., with a special guest appearance by “Petey” the Donkey. All are invited!

This weekend is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. Passover begins this Tuesday, April 19. Every few years, Easter in the eastern and western churches and Passover coincide. I love when these holy celebrations occur together. This year we will be visiting family in Illinois and hopefully the Annunciation of the Mother of God, a beautiful Byzantine Catholic church. I met its pastor, Fr. Thomas Loya, on a “Theology of the Body” retreat five years ago. He is an iconographer and has painted profound and awe-inspiring murals on the walls of the church. Visit byzantinecatholic.com to view some of his work.

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