Southampton Community Notes, March 21

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For the past several months, I have taken great pride and pleasure in reporting the joyous achievements and celebratory events taking place in and around Southampton Village. This weekend, as most of the East End celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, the decidedly somber news that Jack Rist Sr., owner of Herbert & Rist Liquors on Jobs Lane, had passed away came across my desk.

Mr. Rist, who also served as chief of the Southampton Fire Department, died on Thursday, March 14, at age 86. He was known as a generous supporter of local organizations and was known to many as the unofficial “Mayor of Jobs Lane.” My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends, of which he can count many throughout the village.

On a happier note, congratulations are in order for Sister Kathryn Schlueter, CSJ. Sister Kathy, as she is better known by the students and faculty of Our Lady of the Hamptons Regional Catholic School in Southampton, will become the first woman to serve as grand marshal of the Hampton Bays St. Patrick’s Day parade this Saturday. Cheers, and may the luck of the Irish be with you as you follow the green stripe down Montauk Highway on Saturday!

Southampton has another woman to be proud of this week. Southampton High School Class of 2009’s Julia Pucci was selected to deliver the student commencement speech during Yale University’s 2013 Class Day on May 19. It’s is the only event on graduation weekend where students have the opportunity to address all of the undergraduates. Julia will be joined on stage by the mayor of Newark, Cory Booker, which might be a little intimidating, as he is known as a dynamic speaker.

Julia’s speech will focus on the awareness and consciousness that she and other Yale students have acquired during their time in New Haven and how to take it with them into the world. Although her speech has a serious tone, she will deliver it wearing a funny hat—a trademark of Class Day. No stranger to performing on stage, Julia is also part of the Yale Symphony Orchestra and will be heading off to Brazil to tour Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro with the company after graduation.

Speaking of performances, this weekend is the last chance to take in “Motherhood OUT LOUD,” directed by Michael Disher, at the Southampton Cultural Center. Performances will be on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 for general admission and $12 for students 21 and under with ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Cultural Center’s website at www.scc-arts.org, or at the door starting 40 minutes prior to curtain.

I can’t believe that in the same week I am mentioning St. Patrick’s Day and Easter events—spring is truly here!

The Easter Bunny will visit Aunt Suzie’s Clothes for Kids on Main Street in Southampton on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Bring a camera to take photos with the Big Guy.

Not to be outdone, the North Sea Community Association will hold its Easter Egg Hunt, complete with a visit from the Easter Bunny, on Sunday, March 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the North Sea Community House and Field, on the corner of Straight Path and Noyac Road. Bring your own basket and camera.

Wrapping up his whirlwind tour of Southampton, the Easter Bunny will make an appearance at the Southampton Police Benevolent Association’s Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 29, at 10 a.m. in Agawam Park, in the heart of Southampton Village. Make sure to bring a large basket for all of those brightly colored plastic eggs.

On a personal note, I would like to wish my disgustingly inseparable and ridiculously in love parents, Roselie and Richard, a happy anniversary. They celebrated their 37th year of wedded bliss on Wednesday, March 20.

At The Library

Pianist Katherine Addleman and soprano Kate Hurney will perform the afternoon concert “And Then She Wrote …” at the Rogers Memorial Library, on Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. The concert will include songs by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach, and Pauline Viardot, as well as solo piano music by their friends, partners or siblings, including Felix Mendelssohn, Edward MacDowell, Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann.

Hilary Herrick Woodward, yoga teacher and lifelong Southampton resident, will offer samples of vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes on Wednesday, March 27, at noon. Reservations are required by March 24.

Tickets are on sale for the library’s Dinner and Theater Evening, featuring Michael Healey’s “The Drawer Boy,” presented by the Hampton Theatre Company, on Thursday, March 28. Patrons will meet at Stone Creek Inn in Quogue at 5 p.m. After dinner, the performance will take place at 7 p.m. at Quogue Community Hall. The fee of $50 includes a three-course dinner, tax, tip and theater ticket. Reservations and payment are required by March 25. Contact the Hampton Theatre Company at (631) 653-8955 or hamptontheatre@optonline.net with questions and for reservations.

Registration is now being accepted for a charm bracelet workshop with Carol O’Connor at the library on April 6, from 3 to 4 p.m. There is a $10 materials fee due at registration.

All programs are free and registration is recommend unless otherwise specified. Call (631) 283-0774, ext. 523, or visit myrml.org for more information.

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