The Annual Big Duck Lighting hosted by the Suffolk County Parks Department will take place Wednesday evening after sunset on Dec. 1. The Friends of the Big Duck will have the Victorian barn open for viewing of the duck farming exhibit that evening. It’s always fun to see the Big Duck decorated in colorful lights.

The Southampton Youth Bureau will host a Glow Night on Friday, Dec. 3 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the SYS Recreation Center, 1370A Majors Path in Southampton. The illuminated gym will feature glow in dark games and opened up to grades 6 through 12 and participants are encouraged to wear white or bright neon colors to see the full effect from the UV black lights. Admission is $10 and transportation is available. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to view the transportation schedule, bus permission slip you can call 631-702-2425 or visit www.southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau. COVID protocols will be in place as masks are required during non-physical activities.

Southampton Town Youth Court is a popular program and a great way to earn community service credits. General youth court meetings are held on Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Southampton Town Justice Court, 32 Jackson Avenue. Youth in grades 9 through 12 living in or attending school in the Town of Southampton can participate. Students who are interested in being an attorney, improving public speaking skills and learning the justice system will find this program well worth it. Youth court registration is ongoing and to register call 631-702-2425 or visit www.southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau.

The American Legion Pearl Harbor Memorial Post 1941 will hold a brief solemn service in memory of Pearl Harbor on Tuesday, Dec. 7 observing and the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. Naval base in Hawaii and honoring the memory of those who lost their lives in the attack on that fateful day in 1941.

The service will be held on the grounds of Calverton National Cemetery at the Pearl Harbor monument located near the intersection of Calverton Drive and Princeton Boulevard. Parking is available in the lot behind the monument. Bring your own chair if you need to sit. The program will begin at 12:35 p.m. and last about 45 minutes. Post 1941 has a small membership and needs a color guard to assist with the service. If you have a small contingent that can be there by 11 a.m. contact Post 1941 at [email protected]

Hallockville Museum Farm will host its Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art and Gift Show Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 4-5 in the historic Naugles Barn on Sound Avenue. The barn will be transformed into a holiday wonderland offering a unique shopping experience: hand-crafted gift items, art work and holiday décor, including pottery, candles, soaps, and more. Friday hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information visit www.hallockville.org or call 631-298-5292. Happy shopping for that someone special.

It’s that time of the year for children to write their letters to dear old Santa. Letters to Santa can be dropped in the big red Santa box at the Recreation Department offices on 60 Shade Tree Lane or 55 Columbus Avenue in Riverhead. Be sure to include a return address so the Elves can reply. All letters to Santa Claus must be in by Sunday, Dec. 12 to be sure he gets back to you before Christmas. Thank you to the Town of Riverhead for having the spirit of Christmas.

The Suffolk County Historical Museum on West Main Street will have a new exhibit, “Inventing Childhood: Victorian-era Toys, Games and Dolls.” The opening reception will be on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. View the Victorian-era collection of dolls, toys, card games, board games, puzzles and so much more in the Weathervane Gallery from Dec. 11 through April 3. See life through the eyes of a child living in a century or more ago — a time of carefree innocence, whimsy, imagination and most of all fun.

The Riverhead Free Library is offering “Long Island Winter Birds” with Dianne Taggart via Zoom on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. She will speak about which birds stay here for the winter and where we should look for them. Meet our feathery neighbors. Call the library at 631-727-3228 for zoom information.

Enjoy a book trivia meeting on “The Time Traveler’s Wife” on Thursday, Dec.ember 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Grab a copy of the book or movie today and enjoy a discussion while meeting new friends at Riverhead Free Library.

The Woman’s Club of Riverhead’s PJs and a Book Project continues through Dec. 30. You can donate pajamas and a book for infants, children and teens up to age 17. Drop off at Riverhead Free Library or if your time is limited you can mail a check to the Woman’s Club of Riverhead, PO Box 848, Riverhead, NY 11901 for purchases on your behalf.

Jeanne Fallot enjoys picking up litter around downtown Riverhead and would like to know if others would be interested in walking and picking up litter with her. She is also part of the Riverhead Anti-Litter Committee, which does a phenomenal job around town. If you’re interested in joining Jeanne’s litter patrol, email [email protected]

Happy Birthday wishes to Brice Schoener and Mary Allen on Nov. 21; Katie Bogdanski, Conrad Danowski, Michael Schoener and Blakeley Lennon on Nov. 23; Laurie Zaneski, Liz VanVliet and Nicole Lennon on Nov. 24; Patty Kurpetski, Skee Chew, Izzy Doroski and Jessica Tenney on Nov. 25; Jamie Lorenz, Bert Vogel, Carol Ashby and Nicole Lennon on Nov. 27; Kelsey Saladino, Ceil Iannelli, Debbie Lukaszcyk and Kaylyn Rosko on Nov. 28; Kevin Kosciuscko and Georgette Keller on Nov. 29; Mary Dabrowski on Nov. 30; Dave Berezny Jr., Diane Sawchuk and Ken Davis on Dec. 1; Kathy Schaefer, Marion Hulse and John Frosina on Dec. 2; Mildred Nash, Erik Kloppenburg and Sean Brennan on Dec. 3; Art Apicello, Shannon McAlister and Tim and Joseph Hampson on Dec. 4.

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Greg and Louise Meyer who celebrate 33 years on Nov. 26.

Gobble, gobble, gobble: Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

And a Happy Hannukah to those who celebrate the festival of lights, which begins this year at sundown on Nov. 28!


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]