Aquebogue-Jamesport: Country fair, artists’ blessing and 10K run all on the way

Congratulations to the Aquebogue students of the week for September. Kindergarten: Isaac Haynes, Olivia Smith, Jamie Ellwood, Olivia Haupt, Jaxson Hubbard, John Galarza-Moreno, Dannel Evans, Morgan Stromski, Marieline Amaya, Erika Zuniga. 1st grade: Nohelia Sicajau-Lopez, Connor Moos, Jaedyn Stocki, Aela Bailey, Raul Roman-Pablo, Gianna Niewiadomski, Timothy Wooten, Aiden Reither, Travis Hansen, Abigail Heck, Elmer Gonzalez, Alexander Andres Pedro. 2nd grade: Shawn Alvarado, Amelia Stevenson, Reanna Menotti, Rachel Rempe, Kenneth Alvarenga, Adriana Paladino, Ryan Allen, Margarita Basurto, Natalia Radziwonski, Joanna Burkowsky, Beyonca Bryant, Alexander Carter, Emily Lewin, Ava Lily Sumwalt. 3rd grade: Kaillyn Ochoa, Sophie Ruschin, Madeline Hoyt, J.D. Davide, Keilana Campo, Brody Moorman, Faryn Schmitt, Madison Toolan. 4th grade: Laura Allen, Marquise Hatcher, Wilmer Alvarado, Ce’Ahnie Khan, Paris Garcia-Kayel, Miasha Pittman, Sy’rai Clayton, Hanna Morreale, William Burkowsky, Alexandra Confort, Isabella Drobny.

The Riverhead Country Fair will be held Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entries (one per person) for its annual pumpkin- and vegetable-decorating/carving contest will be accepted from 7 to 9 a.m. at the south end of the East End Arts property, 133 E. Main St. Open to ages 4 to adult. For more information and contest rules, call 722-3873, email [email protected] or visit

The Spiritual Renewal Center is hosting its third annual Blessing of the Artists Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon to 4:30 p.m. This is not a religious service but an opportunity for all in the local community to appreciate the talents and creative gifts of others in our area and become inspired. All artists are welcome to be blessed at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Parish Church. Also, from noon to 4:30 p.m. featured artwork will be on display at The Grange. Refreshments will be served. Local photographer Jake Rajs ( and local author Georgeann Packard (“Fall Asleep Forgetting”) will be the guest speakers. For more information, email Mary Ann Suozzi at [email protected] or call her at 631-905-1614.

Plan ahead for Jamesport Fire Department’s 10K race, which has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Jamesport Town Beach and the race begins at 9 a.m. at Iron Pier. Registration is $20 in advance, $25 the day of the race. For more information visit or email Robert Sikora at [email protected]

Kudos to Kathleen Taylor of Jamesport, a Riverhead Garden Club member who has worked very hard to advance her craft. She has successfully completed the Advanced Floral Design Study program at the Floral Design Institute and is now certified.

I am so glad the weather is finally turning cooler and more fall-like. Take advantage of the local fall produce and, of course, the pumpkins! Have a beautiful week!