Bridgehampton Community Notes, March 21


I’ve said for years that, contrary to what T.S. Eliot said about April, March is truly the cruelest month. One day you are ready to store your winter jacket in the back of the closet, and the next you are shivering and trying to get closer to the wood-burning stove.

One good thing about March, though, is that the ospreys always return, give or take a day or two, right around St. Patrick’s Day. I saw my first of the season on Monday morning as I approached Water Mill on my way to work.

Seeing my first osprey allows me to abandon the short-lived plan to hustle into the garden to plant lettuce, spinach and the like, and to head down to the cellar to see if I can rig a working fishing pole out of the assortment of broken pieces lying around down there, still waiting for me to do my promised winter repairs.

A tour with curator Julie Greene of “Bridgehampton Whalers—A Farmer’s Life at Sea,” the exhibit at the Bridgehampton Historical Society’s Corwith House museum, which was scheduled for today, will be offered instead next Thursday, March 28, at noon. The exhibit relies on whaling logs, artwork by Claus Hoie, furniture that once belonged to whaling captains, scrimshaw, and exotic mementos brought back from around the world to tell the story of local men who left home in search of riches.

If you can’t make this tour, Ms. Greene will give a final one on Saturday, April 13, at 11:30 a.m. before the exhibit closes. Call the society at 537-1088 or send an e-mail to for more information.

Easter is right around the corner, and this Saturday, the Hampton Library will hold its annual egg hunt at 10 a.m. The event is for children up to age 8 and will be preceded by a special story hour. The rain date is March 30 at the same time.

A collaborative mural painting for the children’s room wall will be held at the library on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The event is for children 5 and older.

For more information about these and other library programs, call 537-0015.

Photographer Mick Hales will conclude a series of garden lectures at the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack on Sunday at noon when he presents “Catch the Eye.” The lecture is $30, or $20 for members of the Madoo Conservancy. Seating is limited, and reservations at are encouraged.

Every month, the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt sponsor a hike on the evening of the full moon. Well, this month’s full moon is known as a Worm Moon, and the hike, which is open to humans—and robins, I presume—will take place on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The meeting place is the South Fork Natural History Museum on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, and the leader will be Jean Dodds. She can be reached at (631) 599-2391.

Looking ahead to Easter Sunday, the Southampton Trails Preservation Society will sponsor its annual East Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. on March 31, at Poxabogue Park. The event is open to children 8 and younger, who should bring their own basket. The egg hunt will be led by Dai Dayton, who can be reached at 537-0660.

Finally, if you are wondering about church services for Palm Sunday and beyond, check out the comprehensive listing elsewhere in this section.

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