Column | Around Town: September 21

Hallockville Country Fair is today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Experience live music, craft vendors, folk art exhibits and demonstrations, historical tours, exhibits, and plenty of children’s activities. Admission is $10 for individuals or $35 for a family of two adults and two children. Enjoy a day of fun at the 28-acre unspoilt farm property located at 6038 Sound Avenue in Riverhead.

The Riverhead Community Outreach Program (CAP) is seeking community volunteers to teach its 2022-2023 Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program to fifth and sixth graders at Pulaski Street School. The program includes 8 monthly sessions taught by community volunteers who are supported by peer leaders from grades 8-12. English and Spanish speaking volunteers are needed. Between the training and the monthly Pulaski Street presentation, the total time commitment is only about 2-3 hours per month during the school year. If you are interested in being a CAP volunteer, please contact Cynthia Redmond, Community Prevention Specialist at 631-727-3722, email [email protected] or visit

The Friends of the Riverhead Free Library will be hosting a fall outdoor concert on Saturday, October 1 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with Mambo Loco. Enjoy an electrifying performance from this Afro-Cuban ensemble featuring old school Latin music with a great mix of hot beats and cool jazz.

The Butterfly Effect Project will hold its 2n/a Annual Harvest Festival and Cookoff on Saturday, October 15 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1018 Northville Turnpike in Riverhead. They return this year to celebrate the harvest season and their intergenerational community garden. There will be lawn games, browsing vendors, enjoying entertainment, tasting tasty food and much more. They are inviting supporters to sponsor the festival, local chefs to enter the kitchen with a dish containing the main ingredients found in their garden and win $300, $200 or $100 in prizes and you can register as a vendor and sell your goods. Admission to the festival is free and $10 to sample the tasty dishes and vote for your favorites. For $20 you can register to be a chef at the cookoff and your dish must include one or more ingredients found in the intergenerational garden. Enter the barbecue and show your cooking skills and earn money. Call 631-905-8858 or email [email protected] with your name, address and phone number, what you could cook and how you pay. They will contact you in a few days to confirm registration and dish details. To be a seller you can register with your name, address, phone number, what else you are selling and the fee is $30. It looks very fun.

Butterfly Effect Project is now open for registration for the 2022-2023 program. Young girls and boys ages 6-18 interested in building healthy relationships, building self-confidence, learning self-care, developing critical thinking and leadership skills look no further. Visit and click the sign up button to register. Feel free to call the office at 631-591-0759 or email [email protected] for any questions regarding registration.

Participate in the Riverhead Fall Cleanup. On Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., you can be part of the group to beautify the City. Supplies can be picked up at Riverhead Town Hall prior to cleanup time. Volunteers with vans needed to transport the bagged waste would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers are needed and community service credits are available. Sign up or a team on [email protected] and you can find them on Facebook at

Southampton Youth Bureau Open Mic nights at the Hampton Coffee Company are back. If you’re in grades 5-12, come to Coffee Company, 749 County Road 39 on Friday, November 4 from 6-9 p.m. to share your talent. Share your Karaoke, Spoken Word, Poetry and Comedy numbers are all welcome to participate. To book a performance time slot, please email [email protected] or call 631-702-2425 or visit

The Southampton Youth Bureau and Southampton Youth Services will team up to host their annual Extreme Rec Day on Friday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (registration 9:45 a.m.) at the Southampton Youth Services Recreation Centre, 1370a Majors Path. Kids from kindergarten through 6th grade will enjoy a day filled with inflatables, arts and crafts, board games, movies, basketball and more. Admission is $15 and includes lunch, snacks and refreshments. Early morning 8:00 am return is available for $25 (breakfast not included). Space is limited and is available on a first, first served basis. Pre-registrations must be submitted by Tuesday November 1st. For more information, call 631-702-2424 or visit

Happy birthday to Patrick Lynch on September 18; Edwin George on September 19; Diane Collins and Tincy Groover on September 20; Barbara Pelis on September 21; Tommy Reichel on September 22; Frank Rotenberg will be 75 on September 23; Patti White on September 24; Dennis Kenter on September 25; Heather Hodun and Nick Luparella, Jr. on September 26; Jeanne Doroski on September 27; Karin Galea and Kathy Berezny on September 28; Doc Greenberger on September 29; Isabel Luparella and Jayme Seal turn 18 on September 30; Casey Jo Hubbard, Grace Tocci and Evelyn Skop on October 1. Have a great day.

Happy 23rd wedding anniversary wishes to Dave and Amelia Lantz on September 19; Dennis and Pat Hamill on September 21; Sharon and Thomas Anderson celebrate their 48th birthdaye September 22; Barbara and Martin Lennon on September 23; June and Peter Cybuslski and a happy 34eto Marie and Jimmy Barnes on September 24; Ellen and Nes Kramer celebrate their 23rd birthdayrd and to Bob and Kathy Kujawski on September 25; Frank and Pat Doroski celebrate their 42nd birthdayn/a on September 27 and to Kim and Kenny Nash on October 1. Be sure to celebrate.

Best wishes to Ray Atkins, Ellen Kramer, Joyce Montag, Joan Fleischman and Trudy Wold.

A Happy Rosh Hashanah on September 26-27 during the celebration of the Jewish New Year. It is also the beginning of the Great Holidays.

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