Bridgehampton community notes


The missus and I are off to Chicago this weekend for the wedding of the godson we sort of forgot we had. While my wife is made of the finest fiber and enjoyed the best upbringing possible, I can’t for the life of me figure out why anyone would entrust me with providing moral guidance to their child. (About the only tip I could give him is to make sure to sneak out of work or school the first warm day of spring and catch an afternoon game at Wrigley Field—You’re bound to see at least one Major League team.) So, perhaps our laissez-faire approach has been a blessing in disguise.

On the other hand, maybe the stiff back and excruciatingly painful sciatic problem I’ve been suffering from for the past month is some kind of karmic payback for my having failed to take a more proactive approach. It’s a pity the weather’s going to be lousy in Chicago this weekend. I’d start playing catch-up by trying to convince him to sneak out of the wedding early so we could catch a few innings.

The First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton has announced that the Male Chorus will observe its 15th anniversary with a concert at the church at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The public has been invited to attend. Next week, from Wednesday, April 16, through Friday, April 18, the church will host a Youth Revival at 7 p.m. each day, with appearances by guest choirs.

Congratulations are in order to the Reverend Alison Cornish, who was officially installed as minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork on Sunday.

Although it doesn’t feel like it, with temperatures struggling to stay above 50, the gardening season is upon us. To celebrate, the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will present Stephanie Cohen, who will give an illustrated talk, “New and Underused Perennials,” at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at the Bridgehampton Community House. Ms. Cohen, who has taught at Temple University for 20 years, will show slides and photographs of some 300 perennials that she considers worthy of your attention. Admission is $10 for non-members. Members of the Alliance get in for free.

When you are out and about during the coming weekends, you are sure to come across volunteers with the Bridgehampton Association who will be selling raffle tickets at the Post Office, Candy Kitchen, Sagg General Store and Bob’s Country Market to raise money for the organization’s many local charities. Raffle tickets are $2 apiece or six for $10.

In addition, the association’s annual Mary Brennan Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, May 14, at the Bridgehampton Club. Foursomes can sign up for 18 holes of golf and lunch for $80 a person. Call Diane Wade at 537-7859 to register.

The Parrish Art Museum will continue its series of weekly art workshops for children in kindergarten through sixth grade at the Hampton Library this Saturday. The workshops offer children instruction in origami, the ancient art of paper folding, as well as other Asian art forms. The final session will be held at the Parrish Art Museum with a tour of the exhibition and a reception for the participants and their families. The workshops run from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. and are open to cardholders only.

“Social Networking on the Internet,” a program that will explore everything from blogs to MySpace, will be held on Thursday, April 10, from, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is required.

To celebrate the work of Kurt Vonnegut, the library will present a Vonnegut Movie Marathon all day on Friday, April 11. Check the library’s website for movie titles and times.

Liz Small, an East Hampton resident, will present a workshop about the history of henna and Indian mendhi art before applying temporary henna tattoos to teens who are 12 and older, on Saturday, April 12, at 2:45 p.m. The workshop is limited to 12 participants. Registration is required.

National Library Week is April 13 to 19. As part of the library’s celebration, it will raffle four baskets: one each for adults, teens, school-age children and preschoolers. To enter, visit the library during National Library Week and earn a raffle ticket toward the prize basket of your choice when you check out materials. The drawing takes place on Saturday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. You need not be present for the drawing. The raffle is limited to cardholders.

The library will hold a discussion on the book “Aloft” by Chang-rae Lee, who is also the author of “Native Speaker” and “A Gesture Life,” at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 18. His earlier books explore what it means to be an outsider in another culture, one as a spy and the other as a medic treating Korean “comfort women” during World War II. In “Aloft,” a pilot makes a solo flight flying above his problems, or so he thinks. Korean food prepared by Mi-Sook Dickinson, a local chef and caterer, will be available. Reservations are required, and copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

The library’s Movies and Munchies series will continue with “Dead Poets Society,” on Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m., to observe the end of National Poetry month. The film, which features Robin Williams and Robert Dean Leonard, is rated PG.

Call the library at 537-0015 for information about any of its programs.

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