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Aquebogue News: Check out what’s going on at Hallockville


Hallockville Museum Farm in Northville is hosting some really fun spring classes this month. For information or to register for a class, call 631-298-5292 or visit

“Crazy Quilting” focuses on a style of quilting made popular during the Victorian era. It’s for quilters of any skill level, including beginners. You’ll learn the simple sew-and-flip method, as well as embroidery stitches. You’ll make a complete pillow from start to finish during two three-hour classes, which take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23, and Saturday, May 21. Space is limited, so advance registration is required. A fee of $80 ($65 for museum members) includes expert instruction from quilter Connie Klos and most of the materials you’ll need.

New or experienced woodworkers are invited to join the Hallockville Carving Club, which meets Sunday, April 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your own projects, tools and supplies or come to watch and learn some new techniques. The club meets the last Sunday of each month indoors at the museum or outdoors weather permitting. There is a $3 suggested donation; the club is free for museum members. Visit the website for more details.

On Friday, April 29, from 1 to 3 p.m., Hallockville will host its annual spring tea. A beautiful assortment of delectable savories, sweets and teas will be served in the historic Naugles Barn, which will be decorated with vintage linens and tea sets. Seating is limited; reservations and an advance fee of $30 per person is required. Call to check for availability.

The Meeting House Chorus will return to Jamesport Meeting House for its third season with a concert entitled “You’ve Got a Friend” on Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. The evening promises to be wonderful. The suggested donation is $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

It finally feels like spring is warming up. My tulips are blooming and beautiful dandelions dot my yard with pretty gold blossoms. I know I’m weird, but I love dandelions! Some of my best childhood memories involve the many crafts we made with dandelions in bloom and gone to seed. From necklaces to fairy houses, those weeds are just perfect for child’s play. I won’t let my adult idea of a weed change my  perceptions!

Have a wonderful week!

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