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Southampton enjoyed a little bit of a snowstorm this past weekend and I always get a kick out of how people go into survival mode when the first flakes begin to fall. As I drove past Waldbaum’s on Saturday, I noticed that the lot was packed with people stocking up on provisions to tide them over for the grueling seven hours the storm was predicted to last. There was probably not a loaf of bread left in the store by the end of the day. The gas stations were jumping as people topped off their gas tanks and I’m sure my friends at Herrick’s did a brisk business with people purchasing salt and shovels.

Having a house in Vermont has eased my hunker-down mentality. We get feet of snow versus inches up there and my need to pad my pantry with survival food has been pared down to a can of coffee and some fresh milk.

With a hot cup of brew, I sat by the window and watched the snow fall. After listening to hours of breathless updates by TV weathermen, I have to admit I was sort of unimpressed with the few paltry inches Southampton received. I’m waiting for the blizzard that I know is coming. My prediction is February 12.

Former Southampton resident Edmund P. Zaloga, who now lives in Sun City Center, Florida, was surprised by a visit from members of his family who helped him celebrate his 85th birthday on December 21. Mr. Zaloga, a Southampton native, is the former owner of the Hobby Land Marina and later ran a home health care agency with his wife Violet. He said he was especially proud to have lived to see his six grandchildren all graduate from college.

The First Presbyterian Church on South Main Street will host “A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” on Sunday, January 18, at 3:30 p.m. Guest speaker Linda Y. Woodall of Atlanta, Georgia, will present a program titled “Do You See What I See?”

On the historic weekend celebrating both the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama and the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 80 years ago, the church will host a special afternoon ecumenical event with participants from several churches on the East End. This service is free and open to the public. Following the service there will be a supper provided by the hosts. For more information, call Reverend Bill Evans at 283-1296 or (520) 270-0497

Two new exhibitions will open at the Southampton Historical Museum’s Rogers Mansion on January 17. The first is titled “Heart to Hand: Love in Early American Tools and Design” which will feature the image of the heart that was frequently used in the making of tools and furnishings in Colonial America. Curator Gerri MacWhinnie has been collecting heart-shaped pieces for many years and has mounted her considerable collection of early American antiques for the exhibit.

The second exhibition is titled “Paintings of Southampton” by Hank Schneider. Mr. Schneider painted landscapes in Southampton for most of his life. He was an active member of the Southampton Artists Guild and showed his work in many galleries and museums on Long Island. He died last fall leaving a legacy of artwork that documents the changing scene of the region he loved.

An opening reception for both exhibits will be held on Saturday, January 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 283-2494.

At the Library

The Rogers Memorial Library will hold its sixth annual “Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast” on Monday, January 19, at 10 a.m., in the Morris Meeting Room. The popular event, a community breakfast to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, will include food, fellowship, music, and a short talk by Southampton Village Trustee Bonnie Cannon about living, working and being the dream. There is no charge for the program, but reservations are required and early registration is suggested.

Dr. Ronald Halweil, a student of the history of medicine and nutrition, will present a discussion on sustainable health, nutrition, diet, exercise and other topics on Wednesday, January 21, at noon. Dr. Halweil will share wisdom from doctors of antiquity including Hippocrates, Galen, Maimonides and Avicenna. Bring lunch; the library will serve coffee, tea and cookies.

Totally lost in the kitchen? The library is hosting two instructional sessions on Wednesday, January 21, and Wednesday, February 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., titled “Cooking for the Clueless: Dinner for Two.” Jeremy Palmer, executive chef at Four Seasons Catering will give hands-on advice and expert tips to novice chefs and participants will enjoy their creations after each course. The first evening will include hors d’oeuvres and a salad; the second session will feature a main course and dessert. Registrants must sign up for both evenings and the cost for both lessons is $25. Bring a small cutting board, a knife, and an apron. Advance registration and payment required.

Kicking off the start of a new administration, U.S. Congressman Tim Bishop will visit the library on Thursday, January 22, at 7:30 p.m., to discuss the implications of the new political landscape for the congressional district and nation in 2009 and beyond. A question and answer session will follow. Reservations are suggested.

There are still spaces available for Doris Dunn’s Tuesday noontime “Introduction to Tap Dancing for Seniors,” Carla Riccio’s Wednesday morning “Personal Essay Workshop,” and Larry Strickland’s Wednesday evening “Conversational Spanish One” classes.

For information and to reserve a space in the above programs, call 283-0774, extension 523.

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