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.

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

Happy Easter and Passover to all the friends and neighbors who are reading this column. I hope whatever you celebrate you celebrate with love, family and friends. It’s April so I’m hoping that it’s going to start getting a little bit warmer. This winter has been rough. When I woke up to snow Saturday and then it kept snowing all day, I have to admit, it kind of bummed me out. I was so glad to see blue sky and sunshine on Sunday, even if it was only 40 degrees. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that was the last, at least until next December. (more…)

04/03/15 7:00am
04/03/2015 7:00 AM

Kim Sanders, a former Riverhead resident and 1983 Riverhead High School graduate, was recently named human resources director for Transit Manager of Charlotte (N.C.) CATS bus operations division. She is the first woman to hold this position at TMC. Kim, who has worked since 2007 as a human resources manager at TMC, previously worked for MTA LI Bus Services in Garden City and in human resources for the banking industry. Cressie Blakes, her mother, is so proud of her daughter. Congratulations and good luck in your new job.  (more…)

03/26/15 6:00am
03/26/2015 6:00 AM

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…)

03/21/15 7:00am
03/21/2015 7:00 AM

Hello, friends and neighbors. Welcome to spring. Finally! I’m so excited to be over that February madness. It was just too cold and snowy this year. I don’t think I’d mind it around Christmas because it’s supposed to snow then — at least that’s what all the songs and movies say. Anyway, it’s time to dust off the body and get out and move. Just make sure you wear bright reflective clothing if you’re going to walk or run on our area roads. It’s very hard to see people who are wearing dark-colored clothing.  (more…)