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Aquebogue News: Calling all woodcarvers!

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

Happy first week of summer! I can’t believe it’s really here!

Summer festivities have begun at Hallockville Museum Farm. An opening reception for the special exhibit “Defense of the Eagle” was held tonight. Learn about an overlooked battle that took place right here on the shores of the Long Island Sound during the War of 1812. Hallockville commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the Eagle, which took place over three days in 1814. The exhibit will be open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

This Sunday, the 29th, the Hallockville Carving Club invites experienced woodcarvers and woodworkers for an afternoon of skill-building and camaraderie. Bring your own projects or come to watch. Admission is $3; free for museum members. For more information on Hallockville events, click here or call 298-5292.

Summer day camp at Living Water Church begins Monday, June 30, and continues through Thursday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. This free camp is open to kids ages 4-12. This year’s theme is “Game Plan.” Kids will learn and do what they love to do: run, jump, kick and sing. They will also discover that God has a special and unique plan just for them.

On July 6 at 3 p.m. Living Waters Church will host its annual “God Bless the USA” show for the entire community. The show is a patriotic display that includes dance, vocal and drama segments and celebrates the freedom we have in the United States. Admission is $10. U.S. Military members (past and present) are free of charge. For more information on the kids camp and/or the show, call 722-4969, ext. 204, email [email protected], or visit

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church is now accepting registrations for its after-school care program. The church is also preparing for its annual yard sale, to be held Saturday, July 19. More details to follow! Call 722-4000 for more information on the after-school program and the yard sale.

Save the date! Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue will host its annual chicken barbecue Saturday, July 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu includes chicken, potatoes, corn on the cob, cole slaw, rolls and watermelon. Tickets are $15 in advance; $17 at the door. Call Jean at 722-4171 or email [email protected] for tickets.

Can you believe July Fourth weekend is just around the corner? I feel like we were just shoveling snow not so long ago. What a long winter and chilly spring. Get out to the beach and the farm stands and participate in all the fun activities. Take a “staycation” and enjoy the North Fork like a tourist. Have a safe and happy July Fourth weekend.

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