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Aquebogue News: Celebrate your Irish on Saturday

I need to apologize to Ava Robinson of Aquebogue. Somehow I missed her announcement for my column in early March. Ava is an avid doll collector — from the 1920s to the present — and competes in doll shows all over Long Island. On Jan. 25, Ava attended the Patchogue Doll Fanciers Club show at the UpSky Hotel in Hauppauge and won 12 ribbons. Her dolls Vogue Jill and Jeff, the darlings of the ice, are now four-time blue ribbon winners. Ava also won ribbons for her Shirley Temple dolls, Armand Marseilles doll (pre-1930), Miss Revlon doll, Women’s Army Air Corps doll from Madame Alexander and Princess Elizabeth doll, complete with crown. Ava also came home with a new Cissy doll, which will probably be entered into next year’s competition. Congratulations, Ava!

Living Water Full Gospel Church’s Easter production of “Behold the Lamb” will be held Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m. The life of Jesus will be portrayed through song, dance and drama. Don’t miss this fabulous holiday production. Tickets ($12-$15 ) can be purchased at the church, by calling 722-4969, exts. 203 or 204, or by ordering online at Proceeds will benefit Living Water’s summer camp program.

Don’t miss the second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Jamesport this Saturday, March 28, at 1 p.m. The parade, which includes 40 departments and three bagpipe bands, starts at Washington Avenue, continues along Main Road in Jamesport and ends at Manor Lane. Immediately following the parade, hot dogs, hamburgers and soda will be served for families with young children at the Jamesport firehouse. Also following the parade, an appreciation lunch sponsored by East End Emerald Society will be hosted at Jason’s Vineyard. Join members and participants for corned beef and cabbage, wine, and beer from Greenport Harbor, Long Ireland and Crooked Ladder, all available for purchase. East End Emerald Society will also be selling memberships, T-shirts and $50 tickets for a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds help support East End Emerald Society and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Jamesport. For more information, visit

This year, Passover and Holy Week coincide perfectly. Check the paper for announcements on services at local churches.

I will be giving a talk entitled “Breathing Underwater: Immersion in the Mercy of God” on Sunday, April 12, at 1:45 p.m. at St. Isidore Church in Riverhead. The event marks the final day in what is called the Octave of Easter, or Divine Mercy Sunday.

Whichever season you celebrate, I wish you a very joyous Holy Week, Passover and Easter!

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