Junkyard Ghia
Junkyard Ghia

Good Morning!

• It’s official! This year’s Am-O-Gansett Parade, ostensibly the world’s shortest parade, will be held Saturday, March 15 at noon sharp. Be there on time or you might miss it. This year, they’ll have games for kids and prizes for best dressed revelers on both two and four feet. If you want to march with them, beat a drum or drive a tractor, send an email espousing your talents to director@amagansettchamber.org.

• Speaking of Amagansett, The Riverhead Foundation heard that some of y’all were trying to feed a seal found on Atlantic Beach out there over the weekend. The seal went back in the water before the Foundation arrived on the site, but they want you to know it’s a violation of federal law for anyone who isn’t trained to come within 150 feet of a marine mammal. NOAA’s guidelines on responding to marine mammals are here. Or you can call The Riverhead Foundation’s 24 hour hotline at 631.369.9829 and ask them for help.

• If you just can’t wait to get near a seal but don’t want to break the law, The Riverhead Foundation is holding seal cruises Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the holiday week. According to The Riverhead Foundation, “seal cruises are a great way to safely and responsibly observe seals in their environment.” They provide knowledgeable staff and volunteers to answer questions from everyone ranging from inquisitive six year olds to bored teenagers, and an indoor heated cabin to warm up in. Call 631.369.9840 for reservations.

A well-supervised blue duck | Riverhead Farmers Market photo
A well-supervised blue duck | Riverhead Farmers Market photo

• The Riverhead Farmers Market got a surprise visit on Saturday from the giant blue duck at right, a friend of the folks at the Blue Duck Bakery, seen here posing with what looks to be Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter. The market will be open in downtown Riverhead through May 17. Don’t miss it.

• Speaking of Riverhead, Hamptons Singer-Songwriters is taking over The All Star for the next three Tuesday evenings, and maybe beyond, showcasing people who make their own music on the East End. More information is online here.

• If you missed Super Bowl Sunday, don’t fear. “Souper Bowls” Sunday is March 2, from noon to 3 p.m. in the cafeteria at Greenport School. If you bring an empty bowl and spoon, you can sample soups all afternoon. The Second Hands, a lovely acoustic duo from the North Fork, will provide music for this benefit for the school gardens at both the Greenport and Southold schools. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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