Scott Hunzinger and Gene Gluck decided that playing croquet and tasting Peconic Bay wines would be a great way to raise awareness and funds for the Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society and Museums.
So on Saturday, the first Mallets and Merlot Fundraiser took place on the society’s 2-acre property.
“We have a great facility here. We hope to raise money and make people aware that this property is here with this fundraiser. This facility is underused,” said Hunzinger, co-chair of the event. “We just use the property for board meetings. We want to do more community based events here. We would love for people to stop by and tour the grounds.”
The society usually holds a yearly antique car show at Mattituck High School to raise funds. Unfortunately, the school property was unavailable this year.
"I've been working with the Historical Society since 1980. I knew I had to be here to volunteer today and have fun playing croquet," said Edna Schaedel, 90, of Mattituck.
Hunzinger's 4-year-old twins, Madeline and Jack, even gave the game a try.
"This is wonderful," Madeline said.
It was also the perfect opportunity to walk the grounds touring the one-room New Egypt School House, the Milk House which displays equipment for skimming milk and butter churns and the 1799 Jesse Tuthill House.
The past is a significant part of history that should never be ignored, according to Norman Wamback, curator and historian with the Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society and Museums.
"We should know where we came from, how we got here."
Thrilled about the fundraiser, Gluck hopes to see more visitors in the distant future.
“I’m excited about this event and hope more people come visit us,” said Gluck.