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Aquebogue News: Spring Tea at Hallockville set for Friday

Spring has sprung!

Volunteers have been diligently working to get Hallockville Museum Farm cleaned up in time for their busy spring season! The annual Spring Tea is this Friday, April 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. A beautiful assortment of delectable savories, sweets and teas will be served in the historic Naugles Barn, to be decorated this year with a display of hand-hooked rugs by local craftspeople; the tables will be adorned with vintage tablecloths and tea sets. 

A raffle will feature beautifully handmade items by the talented Hallockville knitters. Don’t forget to wear your spring hat! Seating is limited; reservations and advance payment of $30 per person are required.

On Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to noon, Hallockville will sponsor a creative sewing class in which you can make a wool appliqué brooch or ornament featuring a variety of fun designs. In the class, geared to any skill level, including beginners, you will learn the blanket and french knot embroidery stitches, as well as the basics of appliqué layering and working with wool. No sewing machine needed! All materials and expert instruction by quilter Connie Klos will be provided. Class space is limited and advance registration required; the fee is $40, $30 for museum members. Register for the Spring Tea, the sewing class or both at using credit card or Paypal, or call 298-5292.

Can you believe May begins next week? Finally, spring flowers are in bloom! It’s even time to mow the lawn this weekend. Next Friday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Riverhead-Jamesport Homemakers will hold their annual Achievement Day & Craft Exhibit at the George Young Community Center. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. In addition to the display of members’ crafts, there will be raffles of handmade items and theme baskets, a special quilt raffle and plants and homemade cookies for sale. Come support our local homemakers club. For more details call Loretta Buscemi at 298-4084.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Aquebogue has a new website ( It’s filled with great information on their community outreach and church events. On the website, click on the tab for the “One Guitar Project.” This is a really cool story of how East End songwriters got together at the church to record original songs on one guitar. The group mixed and produced a double CD that is now being made available for purchase. These artists have come together to host a benefit concert entitled “One Guitar” at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. Tickets, $30, include the double CD, and all proceeds benefit Maureen’s Haven. Tickets may be purchased at; more information is available from Don Bracken, 872-5370.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the month of April outdoors and in a garden! This year I am creating a straw bale garden ( I’ll keep you posted!

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