Water Mill Community Notes, May 9

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Did you know that Anne Jarvis, the woman credited with creating the modern Mother’s Day observance was appalled at the commercialization of the holiday and, just nine years after it was official, spent the rest of her life and her inheritance protesting it? In 1948, she was arrested protesting the holiday, and later said she wished she’d never started the day because it had gotten so out of control. She died later that year.
An interesting note about the holiday: Jarvis specifically stated that “Mother’s” should “be a singular possessive, for each family to honor their mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world.”

So remember your mother on Mother’s Day, this Sunday!

Seven teams competed in the Water Mill Community Club’s adult Scavenger Hunt on April 27. The teams solved puzzles and raced throughout Southampton to Sag Harbor competing tasks and collecting items along the way. The winning team consisted of Brandon Arnister, Kirstin Kraszewski, Katie Bliss and Jonathan Corwin. Second place was Jill Raynor’s team, and in third place the Andreasen/Liehr/Maran team made a strong finish in the end.

Members of the committee—Tase McCulley, Aileen Murch, Sharon Schreiber, Tracey Mackie, Kelley Zorko and Robin Farnam—that organized the event wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to the following local merchants who generously donated prizes for our winning teams: Hildreth’s Department Store, Hampton Coffee Company, Strong Oil Company (Dave Hawke), Serenity Nails, and Southampton Wines at Water Mill. Many thanks to Chris “Sine” Zorko and Sandy Fullam for your assistance before, during, and after the hunt.

A dog-friendly “Yappy” Hour will be held at Foodys in the Water Mill Square on Saturday, May 11, starting at 3 p.m. Bocker the famous labradoodle will be on hand “Pawtographing” his new DVD “Chasing Bockers’ Tale,” Foodys will be serving delicious sliders for the people and the Hampton Pet Chef will serve gourmet treats to pups. Friendly dogs invited. For more information, email lisa@lisathedogtrainer.com or call (786) 942-7387. This event is free to the public.

A yard sale, Pennies for Ponies, will be held at The Green Thumb Organic Farm on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the rescued horses at Amaryllis Farm. “Horse”wear, housewear, jewelry and much more will be for sale. For additional information, call 631 537-7335, email rascal11968@hotmail.com.

I am so happy for my friends and neighbors, Lesley and Mark Middlekauff, who are the force behind Grace Presbyterian Church in Water Mill. Mark has been the minister at the church for about six years and this year the church will celebrate the purchase of the building that has been its home. The community is invited to the building dedication on May 19 at noon. A reception will follow. As part of the ceremony, a young oak tree will be planted on the grounds to commemorate the occasion.

On a personal note, Lesley, Mark, and their three daughters have been a delightful presence in the Farmstead Lane neighborhood since they moved here from Missouri. I consider myself fortunate to count them among my friends.

Spring is in the air, sort of, which means it’s planting time. If you want to get the freshest vegetables, grown organically, perhaps you should sign up for the Community Supported Agriculture program at the Green Thumb. Members of the CSA get to stop at the Green Thumb each week to pick up a box overflowing with the freshest seasonal produce, including unusual varieties you may have never tried. Stop by the Green Thumb to sign up.

Another event in Water Mill to note: Introduction to SoulCollage, with Bridget LeRoy on Sunday, May 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hampton Hang gallery, 688 Montauk Highway (behind Suki Zuki). This workshop is for those looking for a new way of expressing yourself with art in a fun, non-judgemental environment. SoulCollage gives participants a new way of looking at both themselves and their own perspective on the world around them. Even those who insist that they can’t “do” art create beautiful and meaningful images in a workshop of only a few hours, said Bridget. The cost is $30 and may be paid at the door, although everyone must register in advance by emailing SoulCollageHamptons@yahoo.com. There is only space for 10 people.

Those who wish to get their hands dirty and have more control over the produce they bring home might want to take a space at the Good Shepherd Farm in Bridgehampton. (But hurry, because there are only a few spaces left). The group plants a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Those who sign on are required to spend about two hours a few times a week caring for the garden, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Excess produce is donated to local food pantries. The “farm” is located behind Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church and has members—limited to 20—from Bridgehampton, Water Mill and Southampton. For more information call Ann Cully at 725-2378.

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