04/23/16 5:00am
04/23/2016 5:00 AM

The First Grader

Wading River Historical Society will host a presentation, Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. about a diary written in 1854 by Wading River teenager Kate Dayton. When she was just 15, Kate wrote about what life was like at the time. Stephanie and Sid Bail will discuss the insights her diary provides about the hamlet as it was nearly two centuries ago. A slideshow based on the diary will also be presented. For more information, call 631-929-4082.

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04/21/16 2:00pm
04/21/2016 2:00 PM

Bill Kitzerow as Satan and Sarah M. Storjohann as his wife, Mother Nature, in "Supreme Beings." (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Mother Nature wants to quit her job. Mrs. God is mad at Mr. God for not helping around the house. And he’s got problems with his untrustworthy brother-in-law, Satan.

Those are just some of the family issues tackled in “The Supreme Beings,” a new comedy being produced by Northeast Stage at Holy Trinity Church in Greenport.

Written by Michael Horn of Riverhead, who takes on the lead role, the play emerged from his love of improvisation and a sketch he created 20 years ago.

“It’s taking some of the issues and problems that we all face as humans and putting them on the divine,” he explained. “Something as simple as making a bed becomes an issue.”

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04/21/16 6:00am

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In May 1854, Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, allowing both states to choose if they wanted to allow slavery within their borders. This measure allowed for the growth of the Know-Nothing Party, or the American Party, throughout the country.

The party was strongly pro-slavery and against immigration, Roman Catholics and the Irish. By the time of the 1856 presidential election, however, it had lost a majority of its support.

The Know-Nothings’ popularity seemed to fade even sooner in Wading River. READ