Aquebogue-Jamesport: Fall festivals on the way

Fall is in the air! With the official start to autumn just eight days away, you can already feel it in the temperature change and the breeze and see it and smell it in the mums for sale at all the farm stands. Fall festivals begin this weekend.

Hallockville Museum Farm’s 31st annual Fall Festival and Craft Show is this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is a North Fork tradition and gives visitors an authentic country fair experience. It will feature over 50 handmade craft vendors, tractor pulls, antique automobile displays, food, live music, hayrides, tours of historic buildings and children’s games. Local artisans will demonstrate traditional crafts such as basket weaving, woodcarving and spinning, and an onsite farmers market will provide local produce and wine for sale. The East End Livestock and Horsemen’s Association will have an animal display. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and children under 12.

The four-person family rate is $18 and all admissions permit two-day entry to the festival. The festival is the largest fundraising event for the museum farm. All proceeds benefit the organization’s educational programming and mission. For more information call 631-298-5292 or email [email protected]

Aquebogue School’s annual fall craft fair and chinese auction is just around the corner, on Saturday, Oct. 8. As they prepare for the event, the school is looking for more vendors of handcrafted items. The fair will run from 10 to 4 p.m. Each 10 x 10 space is $50. Call Tabatha at 631-998-3043 for more information.

I want to take the time to wish a very special lady a very happy birthday. Hannelore Janis is turning 70 this weekend, Sept. 17! On Labor Day weekend, Lore’s children came together from Long Island and other parts of the country to host a beautiful birthday party. They chose a Hawaiian theme, complete with floral decorations, banners and table runners imported directly from Hawaii. To Lore’s surprise, the party began with beautiful Hawaiian dancers. Over 130 guests came to honor Lore and celebrate her big day. The Hawaiian theme was also in honor of Lore and Jerry Janis’ 25th wedding anniversary; Lore and Jerry honeymooned in Hawaii. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 25th anniversary!
Lore and Jerry are longtime residents of South Jamesport and a wonderful part of the local community. Their family and friends came to celebrate with them and most especially to honor Lore, a dedicated wife and mother. All through Jerry’s struggles with Parkinson’s disease, Lore has been a beautiful helpmate and support. Jerry helped build many of the homes in and around our local community and is well-known for his kind demeanor, as well as his professional gifts.

My husband and I were honored to attend Lore’s special birthday party and meet their children. Lore and Jerry’s kids and grandchildren are a wonderful family.

Lore, thank you for being a shining light to so many people! Happy 70th birthday!