2016-03-17 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

by Mary Gallagher

•Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck of the Irish be with you and yours from this day forward! (You’ve all heard or read at least one of the blessings, so please consider them all attached herewith!)

•This Sat., March 19, Almost Home Animal Adoption and Rescue will hold their annual Chinese auction at the Elks Lodge, 120 Edgewood Ave., Smithtown from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a fantastic fundraiser with terrific prizes including Broadway shows and bed and breakfast stays (Oheka Castle is one). Admission is $3 for adults (you get three raffle tickets). Almost Home does a great job rescuing and adopting out wonderful pets. Come and support a wonderful cause!

•Also this Sat., March 19, the Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce Egg Hunt will be held (rain or shine) throughout the shopping district from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Grove Place. You receive instructions there and then go hunting. The Chamber promises great prizes for the winners!

•On Sun., March 20, there will be a traditional (and reasonable) family fundraiser at Babylon Grade School. The Babylon Lions Club will hold their 48th annual pancake breakfast, featuring pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and breakfast drinks. There are all sorts of children’s activities, as well as raffles, etc. Events will start at 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., all for $6 per person. All funds raised go to local charities. Call 383-6052 for information on this worthy and delicious event!

•Don’t miss the Babylon Village Board meeting next Tues., March 22 at 8 p.m. There will be some discussion about the David Smith Homestead, 527 Deer Park Avenue, at the corner of Ketawamoke Avenue. The 1790 home built by David Smith after he served in Washington’s forces in the American Revolution has been the source of concern and controversy for the past four years. Come down to Village Hall to learn more about this sad situation.

•I just finished watching the last episode of “Downton Abbey.” What a great series this has been, and the ending was just as wonderful. Luckily, things were left in just the right way to perhaps develop a sequel. Compliments to everyone who was connected with this great production…what a collection of talent in every way!

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