Neighborhood News: Community Garden Opening Day at Hallockville

Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Riverhead Recreation Department is sponsoring “You Betcha Can Sing” workshops at the Senior Center on Shade Tree Lane in Aquebogue. The sessions started Monday, March 31, and will continue through May 12.

There are six classes: 6-7:30 p.m. for children ages 8-12 and 7:30-9 p.m. for ages 13 and up. Instructor Maribeth Mundell will teach students proper vocal skills, breathing exercises and techniques to develop their voices, build self-confidence and increase musical awareness. This is a really fun workshop for anyone interested in developing their vocal ability for performance and/or personal enjoyment. The fee for the class is $42 for residents and $52 for non-residents. Register online at or call 727-5744 for more information.

News from Hallockville Farm Museum: This weekend, Saturday, April 5, at 9 a.m. is Community Garden Opening Day. Join fellow gardeners to prepare plots for the 2014 growing season. Plots must be reserved in advance by filling out an application at Call 298-5292 or email [email protected] for more information. Volunteers are welcome. On Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to noon Hallockville will present a workshop, “Preserving the Harvest: Marmalades.” Beat the winter doldrums and evoke warmer days in the second class in the series presented by A Taste of the North Fork and Hallockville. Learn the differences between marmalades, jams and jellies while making your own. Participants will enjoy samples and take home two jars of their own. Advance registration is required. Cost: $35/$25 members, plus $8 materials fee. The class will be held at a commercial kitchen facility in Cutchogue. The address will be provided at registration.

Easter is just around the corner! Living Water Full Gospel Church presents its annual Easter production, “Behold the Lamb,” a power-filled production portraying the life of Jesus through song, dance and drama. Performances will be held at the Living Water Theatre, 24 Shade Tree Lane in Riverhead, Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m and Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 722-4969, ext. 204. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and children 17 and under. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Living Water Summer Camp, which is free to kids ages 4-12.

As I write this column it is snowing and hailing. But spring is really here! In the next few weeks, Johanna and I will be starting our zinnia and sunflower seeds indoors. We have to plant in hope of warmer tomorrows. Stay warm and think spring!

R031209_Benthal_R.jpgContact Eileen Benthal at [email protected] or 833-1897