Memorable Event - 27 East


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Memorable Event

The Hampton Bays Civic Association held the ninth annual Family Fun Day and Rubber Duckie Race on September 12. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was broadcast virtually. Beautiful weather and a wonderful group of volunteers, donors and “duck owners” created a memorable event.

Thank you to the multi-tasking HBCA members Maria Hults, Janice Landis, Bonnie Doyle, Bob Ricke, John Capone, Scott Bolster and Ken Deneau.

A big thank you to Chief Christian Jansen, 1st Assistant Chief James Kappers, 2nd Assistant Chief Rick Nydegger, 3rd Assistant Chief Don Downs and the Hampton Bays Fire Department Drone Team for filming the duck race, which can be viewed on our website, Also, there are virtual presentations by Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center and The Great Grady.

A gold star thank you to sponsors CVS and Canoe Place Inn by Rechler Equity.

O’Shea Funeral Home offered vital support for our Year of Fine Dining Raffle, joining the restaurants that generously donated the grand prize: Southampton Publick House, BOA Thai Fusion, Jobs Lane Ristorante, Domino’s Pizza, Sundays on the Bay, Oakland’s, Centro, 78 Foster, One North Steakhouse, Out of the Blue, Villa Paul, and Buckley’s Inn Between.

Sincere thanks to contributors to the Silent Auction: Angel Tips, Hampton Bays 7-Eleven, Le Chef, Canoe Place Fuel (Shell Station), E Day Spa, Epic Spa & Nails, Edgewater, Canal Café, The Local Bike Shop, Cowfish, Good Ground Antiques, Hampton Auto Wash, Hampton Nursery, King Kullen, Bar Boy, La Carezza, Farm Country Kitchen, Digger’s Ales & Eats, The Garage, Scotto’s, The Hamlet, Fowler’s Garden Center, Hampton Maid, Domino’s Pizza, Pure Dental, La Parmigiana, Nurel’s, Edward Archer, Salon East, Rumba, Skidmore Sports, Mario’s Barber Shop, James Maguire Antiques, Hampton Gyro, Hampton Bays Bagels, Panera Bread, Matsulin, Riverhead Lumber, Yoga House of Wellness, Stop & Shop, New Moon Café, Fandango, Good Ground Cleaners, and Janice and Steve Landis.

Ocean racing ducks require special ballast; thank you to J.J. (Johnathan Lorber) for Duckie Race prep.

Thank you, duckie owners/trainers, and fabulous duckie decorators. Panorama Deco Duckie was voted No. 1; Weber and Grahn were second, and Aitana Garcia was third.

Congratulations to Duckie Race winners: win, Ricky Plumbing; place, Papa by Philip Crawford; show, Alicia Russo. And a special thank you to the “starting gate” Rumba Launch crew: Southampton Town Trustee Scott Horowitz, and the Duckie Wranglers, who dealt with difficult winds and tides, Janice Landis, Johnathan Lorber, Desa Schult and Ken Deneau.

Again, a particular thank you to Eric Miller and the staff at Cowfish for the perfect venue and the exceptional service.

And a very special thank you to all who watched and supported our event.

See you next year!

Maria Hults


Hampton Bays Civic Association


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