The Big Duck, quacking since 1931, celebrated 90 years with a birthday party yesterday. How awesome is that! It was a fun-filled day for the whole family with the games, raffles and East End folksinger Caroline Doctorow, who performed her song “Big Duck Ramble,” which her fans consider the anthem of the Big Duck. More information on the Big Duck is available from Friends of the Big Duck at 631-284-3737 or by email to [email protected] or on Facebook. All raffle proceeds benefit the Big Duck Ranch which encompasses landscaping the garden, maintaining the L.I. Duck Farming Exhibit in the Victorian Barn and services the public bathrooms. We are fortunate that the Big Duck is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Big Duck was built in 1931 by Martin Maurer on West Main Street in Riverhead. Be sure to notice the roadside sign which was placed there recently to mark the original location.

The Friends of the Big Duck is hoping for a Boy Scout who is interested in working on an Eagle Scout project. The Friends received a donation of a duck feeding car from a former duck farmer and it needs to be restored. The Friends hope a Scout looking for an Eagle Scout project would be interested in taking this on. The duck feeding car is currently located at the Long Island Railroad Museum in Riverhead and the project can be worked on there. For more information call 631-284-3737. Eventually, this restoration project may be housed at the Big Duck Ranch in Flanders preserving a piece of history on Long Island duck farming.

Mark your calendars for the Rubber Duckie Race on Saturday, August 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Flanders Men’s Club. Cost to enter the races is $5. More to come.

The Riverhead Free Library has something for everyone with upcoming events Shia month. Natalie Boyle will teach country line dancing live on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Aug. 2. 9, and 16. All levels are welcome; both basic and intermediate steps will be shared. Email [email protected] to register.

There will be an outdoor games night on Thursday, Aug. 5 at the Riverhead Free Library at 6 p.m. This promises to be a memorable night of outdoor lawn games outside.

Want to learn sign language? Interpreter Jennie Sardone, will be teaching basic signs and the alphabet at the Riverhead Free Library on Saturdays, Aug. 7 and 14 at 10 a.m. Register at (RVA458).

Enjoy these programs as well as many others that may catch your interest. You can call 631-727-3228 for more information on these programs or to receive the library newsletter.

The Women of the Moose in Riverhead are collecting school supplies the school district has asked for. If you can, donate black and white marble notebooks, pocket plastic folders, Fiskars scissors, glue sticks, Elmer’s glue, box of 24 Crayola crayons, 12-pack pencils and index cards. You can drop off donations in a box at the Riverhead Moose Lodge foyer. Women of the Moose thank the community in advance for making this a successful endeavor.

St. John the Evangelist Church Food Pantry is seeking donations for those in need. If you can help, they are asking for donations of eggs, oil, dried black beans, complete pancake mix, syrup and jelly. Non perishable items are always needed to fill the shelves.

Getting ready for the Polish Fest on Saturday, August 21. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Polish Hall and co-chair Lisa Dabrowski and her volunteers are working hard to make the Riverhead Polish Hall come alive from 11 a.m. to midnight

Enjoy a piece of Poland where the festivities begin at 11 a.m. Be ready to Polka to the sounds of RBO, featuring vocalist Eddie Biegaj from noon to 5 p.m. Then the Polish Hall will up the pace when guest DJ Danny brings a taste of the nightlife scene of Poland to Riverhead from 7 p.m. to midnight. Entry to the day Polish Festival is $5. The admission fee is included with the purchase of a Polish Platter ($18) upon entry (available 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Kielbasa sandwiches are $8 and available 11 a.m. to late night. Nighttime admission for the DJ Danny event is $20 for anyone 13 years and over, children 6-12 years are $10, and children under 5 are free. There will be tables available inside and out and on the lawn and beverages will be available throughout the day and night. Polish Babka will be available for purchase, as well as a few vendors with authentic Polish offerings. For more information email Lisa Dabrowski at [email protected] Polish Hall is located at 214 Marcy Avenue also known as Ziggy’s Way.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Jim Zaleski on July 29. Currently he is a little under the weather and truly missed at Lolly’s Hut for breakfast. Lolly McKay, Paula Smith and the crew along with the regular breakfast customers wish him a speedy recovery and great birthday year! Sto Lat!

Happy birthday wishes to Zach Daters on August 1; Sue Arnua and Nicole Mielnicki on August 2; Laaura Lobiak, Nicole and Kim Staib on August 3; Georgie Prete, Frank Totten and Rosalie DelQuaglio on August 4; Gen Hettrick, Phil Wilkinson and Mary Frazier on August 5; Robert Kujawski on August 6; Pat Bilski, Krista Flammia and Sandy Szczepanik on August 7; Wendy Ruskowski and Logann Carey on August 8; Ann Cotton-DeGrasse, Jeff Falisi and Tom Serpico on August 9; Christopher Kenter and Jason Hubbard, Jr. on August 10; Donald Kulesa and Lisa Dabrowski on August 11; Kevin Zaneski, Ed Schaefer Sarah Halpin, Laura O’Kula and Thomas Pipczynski III on August 13; James Mongori and Louise Leja turns 90 years old on August 14.

Happy 11th wedding anniversary wishes to Paul and Vanessa LeCann on August 7; Regina and Phil Kenter on August 10 and Pat and Bill Carey celebrate 50 years on August 14.

Get well wishes to Jim Zaleski, Karen Fleischman, Ann Cotten DeGrasse, Marian Bingham, Betty Stewart, Grace DeFriest and Everett Rossert.

Got news to share? Send it to Kathy by email to [email protected], write to her at 124 Kings Drive, Riverhead NY 11901 or call her at 631-727-6148. “Around Town” will appear on RiverheadLOCAL on the first and third Sunday of the month.

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Kathy Berezny is active in the Riverhead community, where she has lived for 46 years. She is chaplain of the Riverhead Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, which she joined in February 1979. She is a longtime member and past president of the Riverhead Board of Education. Email Kathy: [email protected]