Notes from Southampton


Last week I shared the tale of my father being locked in a shoe store. This week brings the even stranger saga of my aunt who was forgotten at her gynecologist’s office. Like the preceding week’s incident, this event happened up-island, so all area gynecologists can breathe a sigh of relief.

My aunt had scheduled her regular exam and arrived promptly at 3 p.m. She was led into an examination room, told to undress and to put on that familiar and delightful paper gown. She waited about half an hour and decided that the doctor must have had an emergency, so she fished around in one of the exam room cabinets, found an equally delightful blue paper “blanket,” curled up on the exam table and promptly fell asleep.

She woke up some time later, still alone in the room, and poked her head out the door to see about the delay. As she shuffled down the hall in her crinkly and front-less gown, she noticed that there was not a soul in the office, the other exam rooms, or anywhere to be found.

She heard the distant sound of a vacuum and headed in that direction only to be met by a nurse who was sweeping up the waiting room. With a look of horror, the nurse asked my aunt what she was doing to which my aunt replied, “I’m here for my annual exam.”

In unison their heads swiveled to the clock on the wall which read 7 p.m. My aunt, a champion sleeper, had dozed off for four hours, while the staff and doctor went about their day, forgetting she was there.

Fortunately, my aunt has a very good sense of humor, as did the vacuuming nurse, and the two of them got hysterical at the mix-up. She was immediately rescheduled for the first appointment the very next morning. The next day, in between fits of laughter on both my aunt and the doctor’s part, the gynecologist offered his profuse apologies. He explained that her chart had not been placed on the exam room door and the staff had assumed it was an empty room.

Lord knows we will laugh about this story for years to come but if it had been me, I would have asked for a complimentary pap smear, a lifetime supply of paper gowns and a shiny speculum to hang on my wall.

The 110th meeting of the Southampton Historical Museum will be held on Friday, May 16, at 5 p.m., at the Rogers Mansion. Election of new trustees and officers as well as the establishment of an advisory committee will be on the schedule.

The annual fund-raiser for “Time for Teens,” a non-profit organization that aids teens who have been affected by bereavement and loss, was held on April 30 at 75 Main in Southampton. The event, which attracted approximately 100 professionals and community members including Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman and Mayor Mark Epley, raised $12,000 through ticket sales, silent auction bids and donations.

“The teenage years are challenging enough but to have the added burden of dealing with the loss of a loved one complicates these years. ‘Time for Teens’ bridges the gap created by loss and the event at 75 Main allowed all in attendance to feel the importance and necessity of their mission,” said Mayor Epley.

Speaking at the gathering, Laraine Gordon, a Southampton therapist and founder of “Time for Teens” detailed plans for the upcoming year and what is in the works for the organization. A film workshop is scheduled for May 17 and 18, where teens will create a short DVD from script to completion of editing under the guidance of film professionals. There is still space left for two more teens and the only requirement is that the teen has suffered the loss of a loved one and has an interest in creating film.

This year’s annual bereavement retreat for teens age 12 to 19 will be held at Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch in Riverhead from August 11 through 14, and registration is taking place now.

For more information, contact Ms. Gordon at 338-7258. Donations can be sent to Time for Teens, Inc., c/o Laraine Gordon, 42 Post Crossing, Southampton, New York 11968. More information can be found on the website

Father Jeff Madley, Pastor of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church is presiding over First Communion on three Sundays this month for more than 80 children from area public and private schools.

On May 4 and 11, the church was filled to overflowing as little girls in white dresses and veils and boys in white suits and snappy blue blazers proceeded solemnly down the aisle to make their First Communion.

At the Library

Southampton Hospital will sponsor a “Family Fun Health Fair” on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Rogers Memorial Library. The event is free and will be held rain or shine. The fair will include free screenings and fun activities for children, plus giveaways and refreshments.

“Music at Mid-Day: From Schumann to Schoenberg,” a series of brown bag lunches and illustrated talks about great composers with pianist Katherine Addleman will continue on Friday, May 16, at noon. The session will feature an illustrated talk about Felix Mendelssohn. Guests should bring lunch; the library will serve coffee and dessert.

“The Romantic Cello,” with cellist Olga Zilboorg and pianist Alvin Novak will be offered by the Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library on Sunday, May 18, at 3 p.m. The program will include works by Faure, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Joaquin Nin.

The legal thriller, “Michael Clayton,” will be screened on Monday, May 19, at 3 p.m. The two-hour film is rated R.

Author and “O, The Oprah Magazine” contributing editor Judith Stone will be the library’s guest at a brown bag lunch and book chat on Wednesday, May 21, at noon. Her most recent book, “When She Was White: The True Story of a Family Divided by Race,” was named to the Washington Post’s “Top 100 Books of 2007” list. Bring lunch; the library will provide coffee, tea, and cookies.

For reservations and information on the above programs, call 283-0774, extension 523.

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