2007-10-17 / Columnists

Heard It On The Grapevine

By Frick and Frack

THE WEATHER COOPERATED AGAIN for the 12th annual Apples and Art festival held at the Conklin House last weekend, and the place was more crowded all weekend long than we've ever seen it. Sixty eight artists exhibited their work and a reception was held on Friday night. It was a sight to behold. Larry Nye and Karen Petz were the chairpersons. The opening night reception featured wine and hors d'oeuvres and beautiful floral arrangements by Antoinette Maiorino. In fact it was so successful that for the first time ever, the committee ran out of wine. There's so much talent in our community, all of the work was excellent. Loved Jane Kane's paintings, ditto Barbara Schlerf 's. I could go on and on, but suffice it is to say that everyone who exhibited did a fab job. It was a great place to meet and greet. Chatted with Gerry Leo, Elizabeth Karoly and Gene Turner (just back from a trip to Nova Scotia) and Judy Skillen and more.

THEN MORE OF THE SAME ON SATURDAY, only this time the kids had their day. Lots of games and Halloween fun - paint a pumpkin,, make your own scarecrow, etc. Tricia McDermott made up a really fun game with questions about the works on display. there was lots of young people's art in the barn painted by 13, 14, 15 and 16-yearold artists. All of the kids that we saw seemed to be having a fine time. They really seemed interested in finding the answers to the questions in the quiz. Lots of kids "hung out" in the barn to see the farm tools representative of the times and other farming equipment. Of course, Karen Petz and Larry Nye were there, along with lots of other volunteers. Saw Mary Beth Wright and her husband, Lucy Trumble, Mary Freund, Mary Rinklin and Mary Ellen Sullivan. What a day for the while family to celebrate. And we have the name of the winner of the beautiful painting - Giselle Weidman of Babylon Village. Congratulations to all who worked so hard on the raffle. Lots of money was raised.

ALSO ON SATURDAY a Scavenger Hunt was held by the Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce at their annual Fall Merchants' Fair and the winners were Debbie Bininzi and her daughter Amanda. A large Chinese auction was also held with over 20 terrific prizes. Some winners were present at the drawing and others were called with the "winning" news. A great day was had by all!!

REMEMBER WHEN? From the files of "The Buzz, " March 24, 1938. "On Monday, March 21, there was a forest fire on the back road to Bayshore, just beyond the new factory. The alarm rang about 8 p.m. and they didn't get the fire under control until nearly 5 a.m. The fire spread from one side of the road to the other. It was over the radio about 4 a.m. that it was very bad and the firemen couldn't get it under control.

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