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Aquebogue News: Busy winter for food pantries

Belated wishes for a very happy birthday to Brian Sinclair, with much love from your friends and family. We hope your day was wonderful!

I have a confession to make. I’ve been praying very hard for a snowy winter. I would much rather have snow outside than look at gray skies and dead grass. But I think I’m just about over it. 

It’s been a rough winter for everyone. The food pantries and Maureen’s Haven have been very busy this season. So even though we are past the holidays they could still use our help. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church accepts pantry donations Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about the pantry and Maureen’s Haven, call Linda at 334-1069. The Spiritual Renewal Center at First Parish Church takes donations on Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Grange Hall. For more information visit Old Steeple Community Church also participates in Maureen’s Haven. Call the church directly at 722-3070. Joseph’s Storehouse at Living Water Church is another local outreach that helps people in need of food and clothing. To make a donation to Joseph’s Storehouse, call 722-4969, ext. 202, or email [email protected]. Thank you for your generosity.

As I’ve mentioned in my prior column, you can learn the craft of needle felting with wool-roving and pin-felting needles through a simple gnome project on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Hallockville Museum Farm. You will also discover other techniques to create projects at home. The cost is $45, or $35 for museum members, which includes materials and expert instruction. Limited space is available. Call 298-5292 to register by phone or email [email protected].

Mark your calendar! Jamesport Meeting House’s Spring Concert Series will start a little earlier this year. Hopefully spring will cooperate. Opening the season on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. will be the Cassatt String Quartet, featuring Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” along with quartets by Cutchogue native Douglas Moore and composer-in-residence Peter Susser. Advance tickets are $20 for adults ( or $25 at the door. Student tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. This concert is sponsored in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Any women who are looking for some inspiration can join me and Heart and Hands Women’s Group as we host a morning retreat/breakfast on Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at The Birchwood of Polish Town. The title of the talk/retreat is “Supernatural Joy.” Details to follow. Email or call me at 833-1897 for more information.

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