Aquebogue-Jamesport Column: Fall birding walk at Hallockville and JFD 10K this Saturday

This Saturday, Oct. 15, is Jamesport Fire Department’s 10K run in Jamesport. If you recall, the race was rescheduled due to Hurricane Irene. I know this weekend will be just beautiful! Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Jamesport Town Beach; race begins at 9 a.m. at Iron Pier. Registration is $20 in advance; $25 the day of the race. It is a lovely route to run. If the course goes by your house, come out and cheer the runners on their way. For more information visit or email Robert Sikora at [email protected]

Jody Levin is a great North Fork birding expert! She will be leading the search for migratory fall birds through the woods and fields surrounding Hallockville on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m. Registration is required. Call 298-5292 or e-mail [email protected] Cost: $5 for Hallockville members; $6 for non-members. Bring binoculars, appropriate apparel and sturdy footwear. Heavy rain cancels the program.

The Save the Grange Campaign is sponsoring a sale of used, new, rare and out-of-print books on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Grange in Riverhead. If anyone would like to donate used or new books to help defray the cost of purchasing a new stove, they can be dropped off at The Grange on Friday, Oct. 28, between 7 and 9 p.m. For more information, contact the Rev. Dianne Rodriguez at 516-673-1231, 631-608-3827 or [email protected]

Save the date! On Sunday, Oct.30, at 3 p.m., the Jamesport Meeting House will present the Recorder Orchestra of New York in “The Unexpected Recorder,” an eclectic program offering music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, along with a variety of contemporary and swing selections. Donation is $15; students are $10. Refreshments will be available after the concert. For more information, email [email protected]

I hope you had an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weekend. The weather was great. It was wonderful to see all the tourists and residents out supporting our farms and events. It appeared as if the Aquebogue School craft fair was very well attended. The pumpkin-pickers and wine-tasters were out in full force. When the traffic slows us down on these busy weekends it is so good to keep in mind that we have the opportunity to enjoy the farms, the vineyards and a quaint country lifestyle every day.

On Sunday, we stopped by the Riverhead Country Fair, which was also flooded with people. We were able to visit with some friends, Diane and Glenn, who attended via boat, in a slip by the boardwalk. It was such a nice time to meet up with neighbors and friends. Steve and I and Johanna split a bison burger and a bag of kettle corn. I must confess, we did give Taffy a bite. She works so hard to keep Johanna happy.