Cooking for a crowd
Kevin Goodale (left) and his brother Eric tend to the chicken cooking over coals Saturday afternoon for Old Steeple Church’s annual old-fashioned chicken barbecue in Aquebogue. More than 500 chicken halves, sprinkled with secret marinade, were served with corn, potatoes, cole slaw, biscuits and watermelon.

Reminder: There will be joint Sunday services this summer with First Parish Church and Old Steeple Church. On July 18 services will be hosted by OSC at 10 a.m., and on July 25 and Aug. 15 services will be hosted at FPC at 10:30 a.m.

A labyrinth workshop for beginners will be held at FPC on Saturday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about the history of the labyrinth, different designs, use of the labyrinth, journal writing and group sharing. A light and healthy lunch will be served. Call 631-630-0636 to reserve a space. Donation: $35 per person.

Taizà is offered at FPC every Thursday at a 7 p.m. candlelit worship service with singing of simple contemplative songs, prayer and meditation followed by a simple order of ecumenical Christian worship. All are welcome. Call 608-3827 or visit for more information.

Hallockville Museum Farm will hold its annual barn dance on Saturday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. The historic Naugles Barn, surrounded by preserved farmland, will provide an authentic and scenic venue for this family-oriented event. Chart Guthrie will call the dancing, with music provided by the Dance All Night band. Bring a picnic dinner; soda, wine, and beer will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling Hallockville at 631-298-5292. Cost: $20; $15 for Hallockville members; $5 for children under 12. Proceeds support programs at Hallockville Museum Farm.

We just returned from spending a family retreat week at the Marianist Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J. ( It was a lovely week for some family time, fun, prayer and fellowship with other families. The spiritual director there, Fr. Ted Cassidy, S.M., is a gifted priest. The first time we met him we felt connected because he grew up taking summer vacations in Jamesport. We spent time with Fr. Ted as he reminisced about his Jamesport childhood. We have invited him to come and visit us soon so he can revisit those memories and make new ones in our beautiful community. We are so blessed to live here!

We arrived home last Saturday night just in time to see the glorious fireworks display from our backyard view. The explosions of color were really a beautiful sight. Thanks to the Jamesport Fire Department and all the volunteers that made the carnival and celebrations a great success!

Send me your news of your fun family events and summer travel! Enjoy this hot but beautiful summer!