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Oysterponds Historical Society's headquarters in Orient. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Oysterponds Historical Society’s headquarters in Orient. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Come meet people, exchange recipes and enjoy the day in Orient at Oysterponds Historical Society’s first-ever Cookbook Swap set for later this month.

Here’s the idea: Participants bring one or more cookbooks they no longer use and are willing to give away. They drop them off and leave with a new cookbook, free of charge.

“We wanted to bring in more people to the historical society who might not know about us,” said Karen Haley, an administrative assistant for the historical society.

Haley described it as an old-fashioned way to share new and favorite recipes.

“It’s just a very casual way to stop by and browse, get rid of old cookbooks and pick up a new one,” she said.

Oysterponds Historical Society works to collect and preserve the history of the Orient and East Marion communities. Its campus includes two schoolhouses, several homes, a barn and thousands of artifacts from the area, representing more than 200 years of North Fork life and culture.

“We do plenty of fundraising events and we just wanted to have some things on the calendar that are no charge and an opportunity for people to come over to visit our campus,” Haley said.

The Cookbook Swap will take place Sunday, May 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the historical society’s schoolhouse lawn. Refreshments will be served and cookbooks meant to be swapped can also be dropped off during the week.

Oysterponds Historical Society is located at 1555 Village Lane in Orient. For more information call (631) 323-2480 or visit