Notes from Southampton

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Once again, a lot is going on in Southampton, so here’s the scoop.

The Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons will observe Easter (Pascha) on April 27. Holy Week leading up to Easter includes Palm Sunday service on April 20, Holy Wednesday evening service on April 23 at 6 p.m., Holy Thursday evening service on April 24 at 7 p.m., Good Friday afternoon service at 3 p.m., and evening service at 7:30 p.m., Holy Saturday evening Easter resurrection service on April 26 at 11:15 p.m., and Pascha Sunday at 11 a.m. For more information, call Father Alexander Karloutsos at 283-6169.

Southampton Hospital is sponsoring a spring blood drive on Thursday, April 24, from 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., in the Teaching Center on the hospital’s third floor. Donors will receive a thank you coupon toward a meal in the hospital’s cafeteria and a coupon donated by the Southampton Publick House for a “Pint for a Pint.”

Those between the ages of 17 and 76, in good health and weighing at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate. Participants should allow 45 minutes for the complete sign in and donation process. A photo ID and social security number are required. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you’d like to make an appointment or get additional information, call Gerry Minerva, blood drive coordinator, at 726-8336.

The Choral Society of the Hamptons will be holding auditions on Monday, May 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., by appointment. Rehearsals begin on Monday, May 5. Performances and rehearsals are held at the Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Bridgehampton. For more information or to schedule an audition, call 204-9402.

The Choral Society, now celebrating its 62nd year, is composed of 80 members who live on the East End. The chorus presents three concerts a year with professional soloists and instrumentalists.

The 2008 Fred & Adele Astaire Awards recognizing excellence in dance on stage and film have announced that its annual Lifetime Achievement Award will be renamed the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of the critic and writer who has served as chairman of the awards nominating committee since its inception in 1980. Mr. Watt and his wife Ethel have maintained a home in Southampton for more than 50 years.

Nine-time Tony Award and two-time Astaire Award winner Tommy Tune will be the first recipient of this award at a gala slated for June 2, at the Grand Ballroom, Manhattan Center Studios in New York City.

“We can think of no better person than Douglas Watt to be honored with this award in his name. For over half a century working with both The New Yorker and The New York Daily News, he has been widely recognized as one of country’s most esteemed observers of the cultural landscape from theater to music to dance. He has been for over three decades the guiding force behind the Astaire Awards in recognizing excellence in dance,” said Jennifer Dumas, executive producer of the awards for The Auditory Oral School of New York.

The State University of New York in Plattsburgh has announced the induction of Caitlin Bailey of Southampton into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society. Caitlin will be inducted during a ceremony on Saturday, April 26.

To be eligible for this honor, students must have shown exemplary character, work ethic, leadership and involvement both on and off campus. ODK invites only the top academic students with outstanding leadership capabilities in one or more of the following areas: scholarship, athletics, communications, creative and performing arts and community service.

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