We received a letter this week from Ruth Plock, President of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post No. 7009 in Southampton reminding everyone that May is “Buddy” poppy month here in the village. Those little red paper and wire flowers are given out when you make a donation to the VFW’s fundraising campaign. Poppy canisters will be available in many village businesses throughout the month and members of the Ladies Auxiliary will be stationed in Agawam Park this Memorial Day. Donations benefit the VFW National Home for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans, the VA hospital, the Hamptons Rehab Center and homeless veterans outreach programs. I hope to see a lot of poppies gracing the lapels of locals and visitors around the village this month.
A very happy birthday is in order for two of my favorite people in Southampton. Saturday, May 4, was the 20th birthday of twins, Gerardo and Raul Meza. I work with the Meza men at Suki Zuki in Water Mill where I waitress at night and the guys are both bussers. The staff cheered them on with not one, but two delicious cakes. Congratulations to you both. I can’t wait for next year’s celebration!
Beta XI, the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International, is sponsoring a $1,000 grant for women entering the education field. The grant is open to any women who legally reside east of William Floyd Parkway in Shirley. The candidate must be an undergraduate with an education major or minor currently completing her junior or senior year of college with a GPA of 3.2 or better. Deadline for applications is May 10 and applications can be submitted to Hope Gazza, Scholarship Chairman at IHope08@aol.com or by calling (516) 356-1567.
Stop in to Southampton Town Hall this month and view the splendid paintings and color enhanced photography of East End artist Jo-Ann Corretti. A portion of all sales from Ms. Corretti’s work will benefit the Southampton Fresh Air Home. Call (631) 786-3467 for details.
The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation was represented by two young scouts, Carlin and Keegan Byrne on Tuesday, April 23, at Town Hall, where the foundation was the recipient of a grant awarded by the Southampton Youth Services Bureau, for the second year in a row! Carlin is a member of Boy Scout Troop 58 and Keegan is a member of Cub Scout Pack 14 in Southampton.
The foundation will use the grant to build a fenced-in outdoor visitation area at the shelter. There are many pets that need a good home there and an outdoor area for potential owners to interact with potential adoptees is a fantastic idea.
There is a lot going on over at the Southampton Elks Lodge this week. Friday, May 10, through Sunday, May 12, the Elks will hold a family carnival featuring international foods, rides, a midway and more. Admission is free, but you have to pay to play or ride. The carnival will continue next weekend as well. On Wednesday, May 15, the Ladies of 1574 will host their annual Chinese auction beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is $5. Come out and support the Elks!
Tuckahoe School will host its second annual Community Fair on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair will offer free health screenings, fitness classes, a computer class, games, and a senior citizen/ community brown bag lunch with book discussion of Sarah Addison Allen’s “The Girl Who Chased The Moon.” Children’s activities will be available throughout the day. Kids can also learn about the community garden and sign up to become a member gardener. Call Wendy Myer, Tuckahoe’s school nurse at (631) 283-3550, ext. 313 for details.
The Southampton Colony Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Olde Town Garden Club will hold its next meeting on Monday, May 13, at noon at the Southampton Historical Society’s Rogers Mansion in Southampton. Museum Director Tom Edmonds will speak about Captain George White, Southampton’s first preservationist. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call (631) 283-6409 for more information.
At The Library
There are spaces available in The Roger’s Memorial Library’s Tuesday 5:15 p.m. yoga classes for May/June. Fee will be prorated for remaining sessions.
Exercise and kinetic therapist Gail Pudaloff will lead a four-part workshop in balance, posture and alignment on four consecutive Fridays, beginning May 10, at 10:15 a.m. Registration and a $20 fee are required.
Rachel Foster will lead a workshop making a no-bake cheesecake just in time for Mother’s Day at the Rogers Memorial Library on Saturday, May 11, at 10:15 a.m. Registration and a $10 fee are required.
Don Longo, a retired police officer, licensed private investigator, and frequent traveler, will discuss how to increase your personal safety on trips, on Monday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m.
Artist and Jazz aficionado Christian Scheider will offer a five-part series of talks exploring the landmark works of solo Jazz piano artists from the 1920s to today on consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on May 14, at 10:15 a.m.
Tickets are now on sale for the library’s bus trip to the New York Historical Society on Thursday, May 16, for a tour of the exhibit “World War II and NYC,” and as an added attraction, a visit to Audubon’s Aviary. Cost is $60, which includes bus, admission and tour. Lunch is not included. The bus will board promptly at 7:30 a.m. Registration is required.
Mary Sammon, a Kripalu yoga instructor, will offer a two-hour restorative yoga session on Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. There is a fee of $25, and registration is required.
Belgrade-born American Pianist Tatjana Rankovich will perform a program of works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev, on Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m.
Call (631) 283-0774, ext. 523 to make a reservation for any program.