Bridgehampton Community Notes, December 17

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Wendy Butler sent along word that, for the first time ever, the blades on the Beebe Windmill are lit for the Christmas season, thanks to the sponsorship of the Bridgehampton Village Improvement Society. Take a ride down Ocean Road and enjoy the sight. Charlie and Kathleen Marder of Marders in Bridgehampton and Mike Gaines of CW Arborists in Sagaponack volunteered considerable time, effort and equipment to get this difficult task accomplished. They deserve a huge round of applause.This Saturday, December 19, there will be an Old Farm Road cleanup starting at 8 a.m. Volunteers are invited to help clean up the roadside along Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt’s adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park, 191 Old Farm Rd, Sagaponack and bring gloves. Bags provided. For more information, call leader Sandra Ferguson at (631) 537-3752.

Also on this Saturday there will be a “Hamlet to Hamlet Jaunt” from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. sponsored by the Southampton Trails Preservation Society. Meet at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor for a moderately-paced 5 mile hike along an abandoned railroad spur to Bridgehampton. For more information call hike leader Marilyn Kirkbright at (631) 726-7503.

If you would rather sit than hike you can head over to the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons (HAH) library this Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon, when HAH will be having its next roundtable discussion with Pamela Harwood moderating. The topic will be “Creating a Winter Garden.” Discussions will include the trees, shrubs, and decorative elements that can provide structure and beauty in your landscape during the long winter season as well as gathering items from your garden for use in holiday decorations and table centerpieces. As always, the floor will be open for other general questions as well.

The HAH John LoGerfo Library is on the ground floor of the Bridgehampton Community House on the School Street side of the building. Admission is free and open to the public. By the way, the library is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon as well as before and after the Sunday monthly lectures. It is also open most Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until noon. For more information call (631) 537-2223.

Greg Wiseman was recently elected to the board of HAH and is their new Volunteer Coordinator as well, taking over from Cathie Gottschalk. Greg has sent word that HAH is looking for volunteers to help out on a proposed new project of recording and putting their monthly lectures on their website. The goal is to make the lectures available to everyone even if they’re not able to attend the live presentation, and as the collection grows it would become a valuable resource to HAH and the entire horticultural community.

They’re looking for a volunteer (or volunteers) to look into the legal, technical and logistical challenges to help figure out if they can take on this project. If you’re interested in being added to their volunteer list or helping out with the lecture taping project, email Greg at gwiseman.hah@gmail.com. HAH can be contacted at (631) 537-2223.

And if you’re into clay pottery you can head over to the Bridgehampton Museum’s Archives building this Saturday and Sunday, December 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to admire and purchase handmade items courtesy of the members of the Clay Arts Guild of the Hamptons. Call (631) 537-1088 for more information.

Looking ahead to the day after Christmas, on Saturday, December 26, there will be a (Night After) Full Cold Moon Hike from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., co-sponsored by FLPG & SoFo. Join them for a leisurely paced one-hour hike in Vineyard Field, the field behind the SoFo Museum, and afterward, for some convivial conversation and refreshments in the moonshine. Meet at the SoFo Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike 200 yards north of the railroad tracks. For reservations call the museum at (631) 537-9735 or on the night of the event contact leader Jean Dodds at (631) 599-2391.

Finally, the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center has closed for the winter but the folks there are already starting to plan events for next year when it opens again in April. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in volunteering to man the nature center for an hour or two on Saturdays or Sundays (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) next season, or would be interested in leading a hike that would start at the nature center, contact Kathleen Shannon at (631) 591-1429 or send an email to greenbeltnews@aol.com. In addition, they’re setting up their 2016 monthly “Sunday at 2” series and are looking for 2016 program presenters to help them further explore the Long Pond Greenbelt and nature as a whole. If you’re interested in speaking or have suggestions for presenters, please contact Jean Dodds at (631) 599-2391 or email her at greenbeltnews@aol.com.

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