I love fairy tales, especially the special ones about the frog who turns into a handsome prince. Well, in my wildlife garden, my prince–a northern saw-whet owl—turned into a frog! It seems that the call of one lone spring peeper is very similar to that of a saw-whet owl. It took birding expert Eric Salzman to make the distinction.
A special thank you goes out this week to East Quogue icon Betty Haderer. When I first started writing this column, Betty gave me Mayapple plants from her garden. I’m glad to report that I now have a very large, lush patch and when the fruit ripens, I’m certain that the deer and turtles will also send their thanks to Betty.
CC, Hannah and Lulu Wagner, together with Laura and Grace Schmelzer, are hosting the third annual Charity Yard Sale. All proceeds will benefit the Smile Train, a charity that provides assistance to those children born with cleft lips and palates. So far, the girls and their moms have raised enough money for 17 surgeries! And, this year, an anonymous donor has pledged to triple whatever money the girls raise.
The yard sale takes place at 20 Bay Avenue in East Quogue on Saturday, May 19, and Sunday May 20. Donations can be left on the porch. For more information, call Laura at (516) 729-1075.
Heartfelt thanks from all of East Quogue go to Specialist Donald Wilson who has reenlisted and will continue serving our country in the New York Army National Guard, Company B, 3-142nd Aviation.
And congratulations to Michael Huber for making the dean’s list at Villanova University. Michael is a student in the College of Engineering.
Carol Combes, also known as “legs,” has done it again. At 73, she placed first in East Quogue’s Wildcat 5K in the 70 to 99 age group, beating last year’s winning time by 13 seconds! Way to go!
On Friday, May 18, starting at 5:30 p.m., Sally Spanburgh, chair of the Southampton Town Landmarks and Historic Districts Board, will present an illustrated lecture, “The Need for Preservation in Quogue,” at the Quogue Library. Refreshments will be served. For reservations, call 653-4224.
East Quogue’s Patrick McCormack, together with his partner, Scott Spanburgh, are very excited about the season opener at Shuckers Lobster and Clam Bar on Saturday, May 19. Chef Brian Mazzio, formerly of Della Femina and Almond, has some delicious surprises on the menu. Lobster specials, happy hour and live music are back. So be sure to stop by and say “hi.” For more information, visit www.shuckerslobsterbar.com.
On The Calendar
Monday, May 14: The East Quogue Homemakers will meet at the East Quogue Firehouse on Montauk Highway at 10 a.m. to work on their projects. New members are welcome.
Tuesday, May 15: East Quogue Elementary School 2012-13 budget vote takes place from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. in the gymnasium of the school on Central Avenue.
Thursday, May 17: Kindergarten Parent Night at the East Quogue Elementary School begins at 7 p.m. The informational meeting is for parents who have children entering kindergarten in September.