04/24/15 7:00am
04/24/2015 7:00 AM

Thank you, Laura LaSita of Wading River for the “Get Well” card and phone calls that keep me company as I heal from major surgery. There’s nothing in the universe like love. With every pill that every doctor prescribes, they should include “one measure of love.” I think love is not only the healing force that keeps us together but also the force that makes us whole.  (more…)

04/23/15 7:00am
04/23/2015 7:00 AM

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…)

04/18/15 7:00am
04/18/2015 7:00 AM

If you heard a happy yell Sunday afternoon, that was me. It finally reached 60 degrees. For a minute it seemed like this winter wasn’t ever going to end. Now May is coming, and sometime during the second week I’ll make the trip to Oneonta one last time until August. I don’t mind it really — it’s nice to spend some alone time with my baby girl and catch up. (more…)

04/17/15 7:00am
04/17/2015 7:00 AM

Colleen and Jim Marron are getting ready for the competition in Albany on May 2 with the L.I. Sound Chorus, a chapter of the Sweet Adelines International. The group held a retreat in January at St. Josephat’s in Glen Cove, with lots of coaching practice, and its membership drive from January through March was very successful. (more…)

04/11/15 7:00am
04/11/2015 7:00 AM

Times Review Media Group, publishers of the Riverhead News-Review, came out on top in the New York Press Association’s 2014 Better Newspaper Contest. Winning 22 awards, the News-Review’s editor, Grant Parpan, is happy to see the hard work of his staff recognized. I’d like to say as one of the contributing writers that it is a pleasure working with such great people in such a fine newspaper and I am happy to be part of the effort.  (more…)

04/10/15 7:00am
04/10/2015 7:00 AM

Well, I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. We had a great time with the kids. They make any holiday perfect, and this one was no exception. From the basket blessing at St. Isidore to the egg hunt at the Peconic River Herb Farm and the Easter parade in Port Jeff, we were all tired and very content.  (more…)

04/09/15 7:00am
04/09/2015 7:00 AM

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.