News from Sid Bail of the Wading River Historical Society: The society’s next meeting will be held Thursday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. on North Country Road by the Duck Ponds and will feature guest presenter Richard Wines, a local historian who will talk about his fascinating original research related to the battles that took place on the North Fork during the War of 1812. The title of the presentation is “The First British Attacks: 200 Years Ago at Wading River and Penny’s Landing.” All are welcome to attend. For further information, call 929-4082.
North Shore United Methodist Church always seems to have insightful words displayed on their message board on Route 25A in Wading River. The latest reads: “Exercise Every Day – Walk With God and Run From the Devil.” The composer of those words is NSUMC’s own Diane Burkhardt. Thank you for the thoughtful messages, Diane.
Diane also invites everyone to an extremely special event happening at NSUMC Friday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. when it opens its doors and turns into Carnegie Hall with a concert featuring Stephen Gamboa. This concert, Stephen’s first since receiving his Ph.D. in music arts May 21, will feature the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, with Stephen playing the harpsichord and two friends, Louise Shulman and Amanda Tabor, playing the viola and French horn, respectively.
Louise is renowned in the metropolitan area and is the principal violist for the orchestra at St. Luke’s in New York City. Since 1970 she has been widely recognized as one of New York’s most dedicated, versatile and gifted instrumentalists. Amanda is a fellow doctoral student at Stony Brook University. Like Stephen, she is originally from California. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts, an MA from the University of California, San Diego, and is nearly finished with her DMA at SUNY/Stony Brook. Her career has taken her all over the world.
Anyone who’s attended one of Stephen’s previous concerts — which benefits the Good Samaritan House — will attest to the superb quality of music that will be provided. If you enjoy fine music, you are in for a treat. Please invite other music lovers to join you. A donation of $15 is suggested, but any amount will be welcomed.
That’s about all the room I have, so I’ll leave you with the optimistic note that we have special things going on in the community — historically, with those who pass along words of wisdom, and musically.
My next column will carry news about SWR Global Awareness Club’s own Kevin Mann. Until then, be healthy and enjoy the two weeks you have until we meet here again.
Contact Elizabeth Taggart at [email protected] or 929-5933.