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Barefoot and Wagons
Volume 49, Issue 5
By Crabby Åbbey

Hello Ocean Beachers and anyone else interested in the inside scoop on what’s been going on in the Times Square of Fire Island. Sandy Drawers is off this week, so yours truly, guest columnist Crabby Abbey, is here for a brief rant–brief because the baby pix are crowding me on three sides, putting a squeeze on the text box I call home and you call the-happy-place-I-take-you-to for just this week...well, I suppose it’s good to start small.

This week the watchword was BABIES. Babies, babies, babies. Um, I wanted to give my faithful new readers the d.l. (that’s “down low”) scoopage (or even better, the e.l., aka “even lower”), but after having attended the Day of 1,000 Kiddies... well, let me just say they are marching across my memories, and the sheer color and wonderfulness of the day may perhaps be clouding my perceptions. But in a good way.

After witnessing another gloriously loose assortment of excited kids and proud parents winding their way through the town center I can honestly say Ocean Beachees are truly a spirited lot. After all, it takes guts to don a goofy hat, face paint, and have everyone gawk at you, surrounded by the blare of the bands and glare of the sun. I’m surprised one or more of the little babes didn’t jump out and try and snap someone like I heard–from unnamed sources–Uncle Sam the bald eagle did in Kismet this weekend.

I think their guts and bravado, all in the name of a truly deserved celebration, are to be applauded by all. Now go and enjoy those extra pics.

Been peeking over a lot of fences lately to see those beautiful gardens? Take the Ocean Beach Garden Tour on Saturday, July 9 to quench your curiosity. The self-guided tour begins at 10 a.m. at 653 Ocean Breeze Walk. The tour includes Surf View Road through Denhoff Walk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Cottage Road through Surf Road from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 583-5357.

Also on Saturday at 11 a.m celebrate the completion of the new Community Center at its dedication.

Not enough knick-knacks in your cottage? Check out the White Elephant Sale this Saturday at the Free Union Church. Raffles, food and furniture.

Music lovers should be excited about “An Evening of Classical Music” on Saturday at 8 p.m. Sung by our dynamic duo Diana and Richard Hein and Michael Vannoni and played by Joshua Greene on piano. The performance is free and will take place at the Free Union Church on Midway and Ocean Breeze.