As I write this column, I am dreading what lies before me: completing this week’s East Hampton Press and then embarking on a 325-mile pleasure-filled drive to Washington, D.C., all this with a back that is still tender from an injury suffered a few weeks ago. Backs are funny things. I once took mine for granted, but after hurting it a decade ago, it has let me know on a regular basis that it’s attached to me and not going anywhere.
The good side to this journey is that I am going to pick up my daughter, Genevieve, who is completing her freshman year at American University. Somehow Genevieve survived a full academic year being wedged with two other students into a room designed for two. That alone qualifies as a major success.
With Mother’s Day this Sunday, the Hampton Library has two events scheduled for Saturday. First, Liz Small will apply temporary henna tattoos to participating mothers and daughters at 2 p.m. At the same time, the library will provide nail polish, decals and other supplies for a mother-daughter manicure session. Call 537-0015 to sign up.
Rick Bogusch, the manager of the Peconic Land Trust’s Bridge Gardens will present, “Your Garden, Month by Month: Planting for Summer Bounty,” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, at the gardens at 36 Mitchell Lane. He will offer advice on what you need to get your vegetable garden growing. Learn what you should be doing now and what you should plan to do in the coming weeks. The cost is $5 and free to members of Bridge Gardens. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (631) 283-3195, extension 19, or emailing Events@PeconicLandTrust.org.
That same day, from 3 to 5 p.m., Bridge Gardens will present a watercolor workshop taught by Lois Bender, “Greeting Cards for Mom.”
The fee is $30 per person, materials included. Prepaid registration is required and may done by contacting Ms. Bender at loisbender@GardenSpiritsNY.com.
Speaking of food, Ann Cully has asked me to put the word out that there are still a couple of spaces available in the Good Shepherd Farm behind Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church. If you love vegetables and enjoy growing them, this might be for you. Participants are asked to spend a couple of hours two or three mornings a week helping with the project. You’ll bring home lots of fresh produce with the surplus going to local food pantries. Call Ms. Cully at 715-2378 for more information.
Slow Food East End, together with the Edible School Garden Group, is sponsoring a Jamie Oliver “Food Revolution Day” on Friday, May 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bridgehampton School.
Food Revolution Day is a global day of action for people to make a stand for good food and essential cooking skills. It’s a chance for people to come together within their homes, schools, workplaces and communities to cook and share their kitchen skills, food knowledge and resources.
Participants have been asked to bring a fresh, local entrée, side dish or dessert for six to eight people to share. There will be cooking demonstrations by local chefs, farmers on hand to answer questions about growing vegetables and music by the school’s marimba band.
Also on Friday, May 17, the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will hold a preview benefit cocktail party from 6 to 8 p.m. on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society. Admission is $60 and guests will have first choice of the plants and shrubs that will be sold the next day at the organization’s annual garden fair.
This year’s party will honor David Seeler, owner of The Bayberry nursery in Amagansett.
The garden fair will take place the next day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Call 631-537-2223 for more information about either event.
The Bridgehampton Fire Department will hold a blood drive at the firehouse on May 20 from 2 to 8 p.m. Please donate if you can.
The Bridgehampton Association’s annual Benefit Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, May 22, at the Bridgehampton Club on Ocean Road. Call Pat Mohlere at (631) 808-3102 to sign up. A tax deductible fee of $100 per person includes 18 holes of golf, buffet breakfast and lunch, and, with a bit of skill on the greens, a variety of prizes. In case of rain, the golf outing will be played the following day, May 23.
All the proceeds of the event go the Bridgehampton Association, a non-profit group of volunteers which raises money to support charitable, cultural and educational organizations serving the area.
The association also holds a raffle in connection with the tournament. Volunteers will be selling chances on weekends before the event in front of the post office and the Candy Kitchen in Bridgehampton, the Sagg Store in Sagaponack and the Poxabogue Golf Center restaurant on the Montauk Highway in Wainscott. Chances are $2 apiece or a book of six for $10. Raffle prizes have been donated by generous local merchants and restaurants.
The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center at 1061 Bridgehampton Turnpike. Prospective new members are welcome. Call 745-0689 for information.
Tonight, May 9, the Friends will host a Spring Night Sky Viewing over Vineyard Field from 9 to 10 p.m. Ryan Horn will point out the constellations and stars that can be seen in the spring sky. Hot cider and doughnuts will be served. Participants should meet at the SoFo Museum parking lot, weather permitting. For more information, call (631) 599-2391.