Aquebogue-Jamesport: Get the scoop on the ice cream social

I need to extend my apologies to Tom and Diane Erwin, former Aquebogue residents, who sent me the coolest news in the heat of this summer. I somehow missed the announcement in my email and didn’t get it into the column in time. Tom and Diane rode cross country on their Harley to visit with their granddaughter, Alison Erwin, at her home in Mattituck. The five-week trip totaled 6,651 miles with stops in Fort Worth, Texas, Memphis and Nashville, Tenn., Bowling Green, Ky., York, Pa., and in New York in Albany, Chestertown, and Lake George. They rode their Harley with a ’55 Chevy Nomad replica trailer-hitched to the back. Their return trip took them through many other beautiful states and back home to Sierra Vista, Ariz. I am sure your visit was wonderful. Thanks for sending us the news!

Remember, there are a lot of local events to choose from this weekend. On Saturday, July 30, the Barn Dance at Hallockville begins at 6:30 p.m. Pack your picnic dinner and come out for some good old-fashioned fun. Soda, wine and beer will be available for purchase. Tickets are available at the door: $20 for the general public; $15 for Hallockville members; and $5 for children under 12.

I received more of the ‘scoop’ on the ice cream social happening at the Jamesport Meeting House on Sunday, July 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. Richard Wines reminded me that the ice cream is all-you-can-eat and there will be lots of old-fashioned games for people of all ages. The ice cream is from Bruster’s Ice Cream, which isn’t available anywhere else on Long Island, and is being donated by former Sound Avenue resident Anthony Trubisz, who now lives in Virginia and owns three Bruster’s stores there. This event is a great way to celebrate an old-fashioned summer in the heart of historic Jamesport. Proceeds will benefit the preservation and restoration of the old Meeting House.

We really enjoyed Jamesport Fire Department’s parade. It was wonderful to see so many friends and neighbors come out for the celebration, at which two local heroes were honored for their dedicated service to the U.S. Marine Corps. Congratulations to Cpl. Robert Peeker Jr. and Cpl. AJ Grossklaus, both Riverhead High School graduates. These young men were honored as grand marshals of the parade. Congratulations again to John Anderson, retired JFD member, who was also honored at the parade for his 60 years of service.

I must admit I missed the fireworks because I was away at a seminar for the weekend but I heard that they were wonderful. My husband and kids watched them from the hot tub. I was enjoying my educational retreat, even though the old buildings were not air-conditioned. Thanks again to the fire department for another great show.