The Riverhead Garden Club celebrated its 90th anniversary with a luncheon at the Cooperage Inn on Oct. 5. Present members attended this affair along with past presidents Nancy Binger, Doramay Pearce, Maureen Sanok, Fay Young, Michon Griffing, Barbara Nordlund, Helen Zurawinsky, Linda Gianelli, Ann Moran and Brenda Prusinowski. A member who is a centenarian, Jo Dolan, will be turning 102 years old next month. Honorary members Shirley Simon, Mary Rogers and Frit Mapes received a custom tote bag with embroidered their initials. All enjoyed the celebratory luncheon.

The Riverhead Garden Club currently has 37 members. The club takes care of the boxwood garden located at the Davis-Corwin House (East End Arts gallery) on Main Street in Riverhead and helps the Rotary club with its plant sale. Every year the club donates 10 Christmas wreaths to Hallockville Museum Farm and awards two scholarships to local high school seniors who are pursuing a career in the field of horticulture. They are a very busy group under the leadership of their president, Christine Schmitt.

Halloween is just around the corner and Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue in Riverhead, will hold a Trunk or Treat fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 per person ages 5 and up. Children under 5 are free. Admission for a family of four is $50. Ghosts and ghouls of all ages should don their Halloween costumes for a fun, interactive Trunk or Trick event. The Hallockville Museum Farm is sprawled over a 28-acre preserved farm homestead which will feature a fabulous silent auction and raffle, pumpkin decorating and Halloween crafts, family-style lawn games, a mummy wrapping contest, Mike the Silly Magician’s magic show at 4 p.m., scary storytelling, a costume parade and contest around Naugles Barn will culminate in a trunk or treat among Hallockville volunteers’ festively decorated cars parked throughout the pasture. Tour, browse, visit the pigs, sheep and chickens and relax under the apple trees. Take time to visit Miss Ella’s Gift Shop too. A great day afternoon of family fun!

The Southampton Youth Bureau will be hosting an Open the Mic Night at Flanders Youth Center, 655 Flanders Road on Friday, Nov. 5. If you are in grades 5-12, then come on out for your chance to share your talent. The mic is opened from 6 to 8 p.m. and acoustic performers, bands, karaoke, spoken word, poetry and comedic acts are all welcome to participate. Refreshments will be available and a gift card raffle will take place at the end of the show for participating performers. Space is limited, so pre-register is required by Thursday, Nov. 4. To reserve a time slot please call 631-702-2425 or visit

Winter is just around the corner and the Women of the Moose, at Riverhead Moose Lodge on Madison Street in Riverhead are collecting items for those in need. Donations can be left in the box outside the women’s office at the lodge. They are collecting socks, hats, gloves and scarves for men, women and children of all ages.

Lighthouse Mission is collecting donations of hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss and hand sanitizer. They would appreciate the community’s support too.

Riverhead Free Library on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. will host an in-person program called Wild Long Island with Chris Paparo, where you can learn about the fascinating wildlife on land, in the air and in the waters of Long Island. Register at (RVA710).

Check out Chef Rob Scott’s cooking class on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. and learn how to make Italian salad and tomato caprese crostini. There is a $7 charge due at registration. Please bring a to-go container to class. Call 631-727-3228 and sign up today.

On Friday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. join an adult book discussion via Zoom, when librarian Lisa will discuss Janet Beard’s “The Atomic City Girls” set in Tennessee during WW II. Register at (RVA551).

Learn about Buddhism in an introductory class, the Fundamentals of Buddhism on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. with Susan Semerade at Riverhead Free Library, please register at (RVA 761). There are so many worthwhile programs for all ages so check them out!

On Saturday, Oct. 23 Downtown Riverhead will host a Halloween Fest. Check out the coffin races on Griffing Avenue from 3 to 4 p.m., Trick or Treat along Main Street from 4 to 6 p.m., and enjoy the costume and float parade on Main Street starting at 7 p.m., with stage performances and awards ceremony at 8 p.m. (Rain date: Oct. 24.) For more information, to register for coffin races, distribute candy or walk in parade call 631-440-1350 or email [email protected] [email protected].

The Riverhead High School Blue Masques proudly presents “A Bronx Tale” on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at door at the Riverhead High School auditorium, 700 Harrison Avenue. Call 631-369-6723 to reserve yours today. The students do an awesome job in performing these shows and some may be off to Broadway with their awesome talents.

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Karin and Austen Galea on Oct. 18; Butch and Darlene Taylor on Oct. 20; Peter and Debbie Van der Creek on Oct. 21; Ginger and Jerry Duvall on Oct. 23; to Brad and Arlene Tuthill who celebrate their 50th on Oct. 23; Lucy and Jim Creighton on October 28; Anthony and Nadia Chiaramonte on Nov. 1 and Madeleine and Len Van Vilet on Nov. 3.

Happy birthday wishes to Felicia Scocozza, Cheryl Daters, Dorothy Peeker and Ronnie Bobinski on Oct. 17; Michelle Smith, Danielle Doll and Mark Hodun on October 18; Trudy Wold, Tommy Chew, Michael Reichel, Alison Paulos and Maxine Utter on Oct. 19; Jacob Smith, Tom Gallo, Sr. and Nancy Pollard on Oct. 20; Tyler Dick and Amy Boyle on Oct. 21; Twins Nicholas and Allison Goss on Oct. 22; Mark Bauman and Rebecca Gallo on October 23; Phil Kenter and Thomas Pipczynski on October 24; Christine Floege on Oct. 25; Hudson Muller turns one year old, Madison Stromski, Bruce Edwards and Chrissy Prete on Oct. 26; Mike Osip and Karen Quartararo on Oct. 27; Peter Cybulski and Nicole Levasseuer on Oct. 27; Marge Sears and Tracey Densieski on Oct. 28; Cheryl Arnau, Austen Galea and Damon LeCann on Oct. 29; Frank Klodoski, Joey Reichel, Diane Reeve, Nadia Chiaramonte and Tonya Trent on Nov. 2; Kyle White, Sarah Halpin, Christine Block and Johnathan Muller on Nov. 3; Dawn Ambrose on Nov. 4; Stacy Seal, Marge Lawrence, Barbara Vail and Laurie Koplinka on Nov. 5 and Arianna Brooks on Nov. 6.

Get well wishes to Ray Atkins, Frank Totten, Trudy Wold and Harry Wilkinson.

Halloween is just around the corner on Sunday, Oct. 31. Be on the lookout for the ghosts, goblins and witches out and about so please drive carefully.

Don’t forget to vote on Nov. 2, Election Day! Every vote does count!

Ah, its that time of the year when daylight savings time ends and we will “fall back” one hour back on Sunday, Nov. 7 — enjoy that extra hour of sleep!

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]