Even though fall doesn’t officially start until next week, it begins this weekend on the North Fork with the Fall Festival and Antique Tractor Pull at Hallockville Museum Farm! Don’t miss this 30th annual event filled with demonstrations from artisan vendors, animals, music, food and games on Sept. 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 298-5292 for more information.

Special thanks to Richard Wines for sending me the following press release. Please note that the pre-tour cocktail party is at one of the South Jamesport homes, not at the Meeting House as I had indicated last week.

Following the success of last year’s event, the Jamesport Meeting House Preservation Trust will hold its second annual Historic Jamesport House Tour on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at, by phone at 631-722-0008 or you can send a check to Jamesport Meeting House, P.O. Box 330, Jamesport, NY 11947. Tickets are $40 in advance; $50 at the door. Proceeds will go to repair and maintain the Jamesport Meeting House, the 1731 building purchased several years ago by a group of local citizens intent on keeping this architectural gem, the oldest public structure on the East End of Long Island, in community hands. The tour features a dozen Jamesport and South Jamesport homes, none of which were on last year’s tour. Some date back to the founding in the 1830s of “James’ Port” as a harbor for whaling ships. Others date to the late 19th century, when the sleepy fishing village emerged as a popular vacation resort with several major hotels. A few houses were either built or rebuilt more recently as Jamesport gradually changed into a mixed residential and second-home community.

Tickets are also still available for the pre-tour cocktail party on Friday, Sept. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at a wonderful Jamesport home not on the tour. Combined tickets for the tour and party are $100 for the benefit of the Jamesport Meeting House. Don’t miss the party and tour! The Meeting House belongs to all of us. Please support it.

There is another opportunity to attend a Labyrinth Workshop at First Parish Church on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop will focus on the history of the labyrinth, different designs and uses, journal writing, dowsing and group sharing. The workshop is conducted by Lisa Barrow of Sacred Spaces Organic Gardening. Lisa is a graduate of New York Institute of Chinese Medicine, with a background in acupuncture, western and eastern herbology, and alcohol- and substance-abuse counseling.

I enjoyed the hummingbirds in my gardens this year, and I sure hope they started their migration before the chill in the air hit this past week. I love this time of year! Have a great week!