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Riverhead: Key Club to host Pirates Christmas Show

John Kurpetski recently visited his son John Henry and grandson Logan for a week in Florida and had a grand time. They went out for a turkey dinner buffet at the Golden Corral and shared some good memories together. They took a trip to New Smyrna Beach, where Logan collected seashells to add to his collection. John truly enjoyed his time with his grandson. They are like two peas in a pod. Logan can’t wait to see his grandmother Pat, who couldn’t take the time off from work to visit with him. Hopefully they’ll all get together at Christmastime.

The Riverhead Key Club will be hosting a Pirates Christmas Show, starring the Maritime Pirates, on Thursday, Dec. 16, at Pulaski Street Elementary School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; showtime is 7:30 p.m. Admission for those under 18 years is $5; with a canned food donation, $2. Those 18 and up are $3; with a canned food donation, free. This is an evening of family fun with refreshments, crafts and pictures with Santa. All proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Pediatric Care Center for a trauma kit.

The show at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall scheduled for Dec. 9 has been postponed until January 2011 due to the holiday season rush. It also turns out that the students who were scheduled to perform on Dec. 9 are busy with their dress rehearsal for “Stage Door,” a play the Riverhead Blue Masques will present Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. at Riverhead High School. Be sure to get your tickets at the door and enjoy great entertainment while supporting these talented students.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, Jan. 13, for the Indie Teen Concert Series, which spotlights original teen singers and songwriters at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall. The concert will feature half choral music and half instrumentalists (quartets, quintets, etc.) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Hope to see you there.

Karen Paulick welcomes the community to a Christmas Tea tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Riverhead. Tickets are $13. Featured will be a guest speaker on quilting and a chinese auction. For more information, call Alice at 878-2179.

The annual Lions Christmas parade will be held Sunday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. on Main Street in Riverhead. As always, various organizations will be marching to help lead the way for St. Nick. Do attend and help bring the holiday spirit to Riverhead.
Happy wedding anniversary to Marie and Bob Madigan on Dec. 7. Be sure to celebrate.

Happy birthday wishes to Kathy Schaefer and John Frosina (with love from Karen, Michael, Madeline Irene and Grace) on Dec. 2; Mildred Nash, Erik Kloppenburg (who turns 10) and Sean Brennan, Dec. 3; Art Apicello, Shannon McAlister (who turns 12) and to twins Tim and Joseph Hampson, Dec. 4; Karen Kelly and Doreen Wilk, Dec. 5; Penny Hensley, Maria Harris, Anthony Heppner, Carolyn Smith and Shanita Arrindel, Dec. 6; Darlene Taylor and Holly Chew, Dec. 7; and Amanda Muller and Sarah Grathwohl, Dec. 8. Hope your day is extra-special.

Take a moment to reflect on Dec. 7 (1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor), a date that will live in infamy. Be sure to fly your flag and take a moment to say thank you for our freedom. God bless the men and women who served our nation at such a critical moment in time.