For a young girl growing up in Brooklyn in the 1940s, life was very basic. Times were tough for everyone in my East New York neighborhood but, as kids, we never realized we were poor or that we were missing anything. No one had televisions to compare lifestyles and Dick Tracy’s radio watch was the ultimate “hi-tech sci-fi.”
Reading was something you did in school and, afterward, only when you had to. But not for me. I’d sneak off to the library, excitedly pick out a new book as if it were a delicious piece of candy and tuck myself into a cozy corner eagerly awaiting the beautiful world I found in the always mesmerizing words. And I would say to myself: “Someday …”
I thrilled and cried at Anna Sewell’s “Black Beauty.” And from “Lad: A Dog” to “Grey Dawn,” I loved all of Albert Payson Terhune’s collie stories and I strongly suspect that is why Christie is my fifth collie. So, for me, to see my first book, “Maria’s Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories From My Garden,” on the shelves of the Quogue Library is this little girl’s dream come true!
Signed copies of my book are available for $14.95 at Roses and Rice on Main Street. E-book and paperback editions are also for sale on my website, www.mariadaddino.com (shipping is free).
And speaking of libraries, books and local authors, join my fellow columnist Reynolds Dodson at the Quogue Library on Sunday, November 27, at 3 p.m., when he will be signing his marvelous new book, “A Cockeyed Guide to the Hamptons.” It’s a witty and acerbic look at our fabled Hamptons’ playground and Ren takes on everything from trophy wives to what today’s Hampton birds demand in their birdhouses. To register for this free program, please call 653-4224.
And, finally, congratulations are in order for my favorite library. The Quogue Library was named as a “four star” library by the prestigious Library Journal!
Annual Meeting Set: Please be sure to attend the East Quogue Civic Association’s annual meeting on Saturday, November 19, starting at 10 a.m., in the parish hall of the East Quogue United Methodist Church.
East Quogue’s very own Linda Aydinian plays Ernestina in the Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre’s upcoming production of “Hello Dolly.” Performances are scheduled for the next two Fridays, November 11 and 18, and Saturdays, November 12 and 19, at 8 p.m. each day. There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday, November 13, at 2 p.m. The play will be performed in the Charles Cardonna Auditorium at Riverhead High School, 700 Harrison Avenue in Riverhead. Tickets are $12 each if bought in advance; they jump to $15 at the door. Students age 17 and under pay $5. Call 725-2009 for more details.
Hitting The Jackpot!: All you need is a dollar and a dream! For most of us, that dollar for a lottery ticket is well spent, providing untold dreams of what we would do with our newly acquired riches. But for East Quogue’s Edward Parsley, that dream became reality on October 7 when he won $10,000 in the Mega Millions lottery game. Ed purchased his ticket at Dev Cards and Gifts on County Road 111 in Manorville. Way to go, Ed!
And, speaking of taking a chance, the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons is holding its annual raffle, with proceeds benefitting the hundreds of injured wild animals that are cared for at the facility. Tickets are $5 each ($25 for a book of six tickets) and the grand prize is $1,000 worth of groceries at the supermarket of your choice. In case you did not receive your tickets in the mail, please call the Rescue Center at 728-4200 and organizers will gladly send you a book.
Mark Your Calendars: The Holly Tea held at the East Quogue United Methodist Church and the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony that’s sponsored by the East Quogue Beautification Committee and held on the Village Green, will both take place on Saturday, December 3. More info to come soon! Also, the East Quogue Fire Department will hold its annual Christmas tree fundraiser sale starting on Sunday, November 27.