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My good friend Richard Delano, who serves on the Bridgehampton School Board and is also a well regarded educational consultant, will present a free talk, “Millennials and K-12 Education,” on Wednesday, January 21, in the Bridgehampton School gymnasium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

“Known as Millennials, the younger members of this generation now fill our schools, and older Millennials are our newest teachers and parents. Understanding the unique collective personality of this generation can help schools and employers capitalize on its significant strengths and avoid its potential limitations,” Mr. Delano said in a press release. “The oldest Millennial is now 27. We know them as our sons and daughters, perhaps as our grandchildren. What you will learn about them as a generation will surprise, intrigue, inspire and inform you.”

I must point out, though, that it’s primarily holdovers from the last Millennial generation who help the Bridgehampton Village Improvement Society underwrite its annual Christmas Tree Fund. This year, the BVIS would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for helping out: Arkinson Electric, Bobby Van’s, the Candy Kitchen, the Bridgehampton Florist, the Bridgehampton Inn, Christopher Brougham, Bruce and Martha Brougham, C.&W. Mercantile, Comerford Hennessey at Home, Dayton, Ritz & Osborne, DePetris Liquor Store, Golden Pear Cafe, Maison 24, Mark Borghi Fine Art, Kathrine F. McCoy, Architect, Loaves & Fishes Cookshop, Pulver Gas, Sotheby’s International Realty, Tutto Bene, Diane Johnson Wade, World Pie and Yama-Q.

The Bridgehampton Historical Society will present a new exhibition, “Bridgehampton’s Historic Turnpike,” beginning January 26 and running through March 6 at the Corwith House.

In researching the history of the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, curators Stacy Dermont and Julie Greene found many colorful historical details, including what it cost to herd a score of hogs through the toll gate to Sag Harbor (4 cents) and that, in addition to the traditionally black community, the turnpike once supported diverse communities including Native Americans as well as neighborhoods of Italian and Polish immigrants.

“We also know that the huge brick kiln to the north of Scuttle Hole Road was in operation from at least 1891 through the early 1920s. We are now looking to the public to come in and tell us about their family members who worked there. We hope that this preliminary exhibition will help us to significantly expand the holdings of our permanent archive in this geographic and ethnographic area. In other words,” said the society’s program director, Stacy Dermont, “we want to scan family albums, genealogies and documents to capture a better, fuller picture of local history.”

Winter hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admisssion is $5. Groups are always welcome.

In a related event, Tony Garro of the Southampton Trails Preservation Society will lead a free Turnpike Hike along the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike at the end of Scuttle Hole Road to explore historic turnpike sites at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 21. The walk is free.

On Saturday, February 7, at 2 p.m., singer/songwriter Terry Winchell will perform at the historical society. Reservations can be made by calling the society at 537-1088. Admission is $5.

The League of Women Voters will host a Beat the Winter Blahs Luncheon on Wednesday, January 21, at 12:30 p.m. at Bobby Van’s on Main Street in Bridgehampton. Reservations were due by January 14 at 324-1498 or 267-3062. Payment of $27, including tax and tip, may be made at the door by cash or check to Bobby Van’s.

The Hampton Library will present “Kids in the Kitchen” on Saturday, January 24, at 2:30 p.m. The class is for children 5 and older and is limited to 10 participants. Kids will get to learn how to measure the dry ingredients to make pumpkin bread. The children will get to bring home the ingredients to make the bread at home.

“Brush Up Your Shakespeare” will meet the fourth Friday of each month, starting on January 23 at 10 a.m. Participants will gather to discuss some of Shakespeare’s sonnets before moving on to his plays.

“All about eBay” will be presented at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 17. In this lecture and demonstration workshop, participants will learn how to use eBay, the world’s most popular online auction website, to buy and sell items. Some of the topics covered are creating a user name and password, maneuvering through the site, finding what you’re looking for and for posting things to sell, checking reliability of sellers and buyers, resources available to insure transactions, and much more. There is a $5 fee due at registration.

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