04/23/15 7:00am

Spring has sprung!

Volunteers have been diligently working to get Hallockville Museum Farm cleaned up in time for their busy spring season! The annual Spring Tea is this Friday, April 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. A beautiful assortment of delectable savories, sweets and teas will be served in the historic Naugles Barn, to be decorated this year with a display of hand-hooked rugs by local craftspeople; the tables will be adorned with vintage tablecloths and tea sets.  (more…)

04/09/15 7:00am

I hope you had a wonderful holiday. As I write this, it does seem like spring is officially in the air!

It’s gardening time at Hallockville Museum Farm. Join the North Fork’s first community garden at Hallockville Museum Farm for another season of planting and help prepare the organic garden plots for spring. Community garden members have an organizational meeting this Saturday, April 11, from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by garden cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed and welcome! Dress for the weather and help clean, till and prepare the garden beds for spring planting. Sign up at hallockville.com.

Hallockville also needs volunteers on Thursday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for general spring cleaning all around the farm. Tasks will include raking leaves, cleaning garden beds, trimming trees, picking up debris, sweeping out exhibit space and more. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Register at hallockville.com or call 298-5292.

All the cleanup will be done just in time for a lovely afternoon at Hallockville’s annual Spring Tea on Friday, April 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. A beautiful assortment of delectable savories, sweets and teas will be served in the historic Naugles Barn, decorated with a display of hand-hooked rugs by local craftspeople, and the tables will be adorned with vintage tablecloths and tea sets. There will also be a raffle featuring beautifully handmade items by the talented Hallockville knitters. Don’t forget to wear your spring hat! Reservations and advance payment of $30 per person are required.

Hallockville will also sponsor a creative sewing class Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to noon, geared to all skill levels including beginners. Students will learn the blanket and french knot embroidery stitches and the basics of appliqué layering and working with wool, and they will create wool appliqué brooches or ornaments. No sewing machine needed! All materials and expert instruction by quilter Connie Klos will be provided. Advance registration is required, and the fee is $40; $30 for museum members. Register at hallockville.com or call 298-5292.

Save the date: Friday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Riverhead-Jamesport Homemakers will hold their annual Achievement Day & Craft Exhibit at the George Young Community Center. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. In addition to the display of members’ crafts, there will be raffles of handmade items and theme baskets, a special quilt raffle, a plant sale and homemade cookies for sale. For more details call Loretta Buscemi at 298-4084.

I hope spring continues to warm the North Fork so I can move outside for my morning coffee and prayer on the porch. Warmer days are surely ahead.

R031209_Benthal_R.jpgContact Aquebogue columnist Eileen Benthal at eileenbenthal@gmail.com or 833-1897.

03/26/15 6:00am

I need to apologize to Ava Robinson of Aquebogue. Somehow I missed her announcement for my column in early March. Ava is an avid doll collector — from the 1920s to the present — and competes in doll shows all over Long Island. On Jan. 25, Ava attended the Patchogue Doll Fanciers Club show at the UpSky Hotel in Hauppauge and won 12 ribbons. (more…)

03/12/15 7:00am

It’s beginning to look a lot like spring. I have been running around my house singing those words. This familiar Christmas song is being transformed into a tune of hope and it’s echoed in the birds singing in my yard. I actually ran out wearing just a sweatshirt the other day. It’s not yet time to pack up the winter coats and hats but the sunshine and warmer temperatures are definitely a sign that spring is on its way.  (more…)

02/27/15 7:00am

Happy birthday to Alexus Van Helmond of Jamesport. Alexus, who is up at college in Vermont, will be 19 on Feb. 28. Happy birthday, with love from your dad.

Congratulations to Bob and Paulette Sikora, who will soon be grandparents to a new baby boy. Their daughter, Ashley Sikora Pamer, is due May 1. The Sikoras celebrated their upcoming arrival with a baby shower Feb. 21 at The Birchwood of Polish Town. Many family members and friends attended, including Ashley’s godmother and 94-year-old aunt, Julia Praino. Ashley received many lovely gifts and a beautiful diaper cake made by Kerin Collins Voytek. Ashley and her husband, Greg, live in Baltimore, Md.  (more…)

02/13/15 6:00am

Belated wishes for a very happy birthday to Brian Sinclair, with much love from your friends and family. We hope your day was wonderful!

I have a confession to make. I’ve been praying very hard for a snowy winter. I would much rather have snow outside than look at gray skies and dead grass. But I think I’m just about over it.  (more…)