Southampton Community Notes, March 28

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Sometimes the universe puts you in the right place at the right time when you need it the most.

On Saturday, I was on my way to pick up my uncle from LaGuardia after he flew back at a moment’s notice from the bedside of my grandmother Rebecca in South Carolina to attend to his mother-in-law, who had herself been rushed to Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport. I was bleary-eyed from lack of sleep and sheer emotion, heading down the Long Island Expressway, when traffic crawled to a standstill due to a tractor-trailer accident.

As police directed cars onto the service road, who pulled up beside me but my best friend of more than 20 years! She rolled down the window in utter disbelief, and we talked window-to-window for about a half mile as traffic inched along, until we moved past the accident and were rerouted back onto the highway. It was great to talk to her—and knowing she was there for me and my family was much needed and appreciated.

The birth of a baby is always reason to celebrate. Congratulations to North Sea residents Dana Frances Hilbert and Christopher Ryan Murphy, who are still celebrating the birth of Keene Francis Murphy, who weighed in at 9 pounds on December 12. Now 3 months old, baby Keene is an awesome and much loved baby, according to his proud mama. I am a Sagittarius too, and I’m sure Keene will bring a lot of energy and keep his parents on their toes the way I did mine!

75 Main was named number six on USA Today’s recent “Top 10 Best Restaurants on Long Island” list. The recognition is proof positive that the village eatery is a force to be reckoned with, having beaten out thousands of other Long Island restaurants. Pop in for a leisurely lunch, dinner or cocktail and check it out.

Alice Mattison will read from her work on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, as part of its free Writers Speak Wednesdays series. Ms. Mattison, who teaches fiction at the Bennington Writing Seminars, is the award-winning author of four story collections and five novels, including “Nothing Is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn.” Her new novel, “When We Argued All Night,” was published by Harper Perennial in June. For more information, contact the school at (631) 632-5033, or visit www.stonybrook.edu/mfa.

Coming up on April 6, the Paul Koster Memorial Benefit and Have A Heart Community Trust will host the annual “Viva Las Vegas!” Casino Night from 7 to 11 p.m. at Seasons of Southampton. The festive event will feature a hors d’oeuvres buffet, music, dancing, an open bar, a Texas Hold’em tournament, a Chinese auction, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and more. Each guest will receive $100 in casino chips to gamble with. Tickets are $60 in advance and $70 at the door. Groups of 10 or more are $50 each in advance. Call (631) 283-6681 for more details and to purchase tickets.

The Town of Southampton will hold its 10th annual East End Mental Health Awareness Day at Southampton High School on Saturday, April 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event will include guest speakers, panel discussions, information and support from mental health and disabilities resource exhibitors, and morning and afternoon workshops, as well as lunch. This event is open to anyone concerned with mental health issues, including family members, individuals living with a mental illness, community members and professionals. Advance registration is requested and can be made by calling (631) 702-2445 or emailing vbennett@southamptontownny.gov.

North Sea Tavern will be the place to see local Southampton and North Sea band Turnaround B*tches on April 6 at 9 p.m. This is the three-piece band’s first show of the year, and they promise to blow the doors off the Tavern with all-new hard rock, alternative and new wave covers.

At The Library

Comedian and historian Peter Bales will offer a “Lighthearted Look at the American Presidency” at the Rogers Memorial Library on Monday, April 1, at 5:30 p.m.

Music and literary critic Fred Volkmer will talk about the life and work of novelist, essayist, travel writer, and literary critic Rose Macaulay on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m.

Carol O’Connor will offer a charm bracelet workshop for adults on Saturday, April 6, at 3 p.m., at the Rogers Memorial Library’s Cooper Hall, which is located just next door to the library. There is a $10 fee for this program, due at registration.

Russian-born and Juilliard-trained pianist Vassily Primakov, hailed as a pianist of world-class importance, will perform a concert of works by Frederic Chopin, underwritten by the Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library, on Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. A reception for the artist will follow.

Reservations are recommended for all programs, unless otherwise specified. Call (631) 283-0774, ext. 523, or visit myrml.org.

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