Bridgehampton Community Notes, May 16

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I guess this is the last weekend before all hell breaks loose hereabouts, although I have to point out that it has already seemed busier than ever this year, if it’s possible. Maybe that’s because I often drive down Lumber Lane on my way to the post office in the morning. They sure knew what they were talking about when they named it Lumber Lane—there is plenty of lumber being cut and nailed and tossed into Dumpsters up and down that road, where houses are popping up like mushrooms after a summer rain. I kind of miss the farms you used to see around here, but I’ve always been old-fashioned. They tell me food is overrated anyway.
This Saturday, the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will hold its annual garden fair plant sale on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society’s Corwith House. My initial press release said the event would run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but I’m fairly certain the sign I spied this morning said it would only go until 1 p.m. That seems more likely because the wonderful plants and shrubs they sell go quickly—especially if they are the kind that deer won’t devour. Admission to the fair is free, but if you’d like to get first crack at the plants, you can always attend the preview cocktail party, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday night. This year’s party will honor David Seeler, owner of The Bayberry nursery in Amagansett. Admission to the party is $60. Call (631) 537-2223 for more information about either event.

On Saturday, the Group for the East End will hold its annual fauna-thon fundraiser across the East End. All day, group staffers and friends will wander far and wide, searching for mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, and dragonflies in an effort to beat the previous record of 266 species. Volunteers are needed to join teams, form their own teams or pledge donations, which will go directly toward funding the group’s environmental education programs. For more information, contact Steve Biasetti at (631) 765-6450, extension 205, or at sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt have two events scheduled this Saturday. The first is a group effort to clean litter from Old Farm Road, the friends’ adopted road. Volunteers should meet at 8 a.m. at Poxabogue Park and bring work gloves. Bags will be provided. Call Jean Dodds at (631) 599-2391 for more information.

From 6 to 7:30 p.m. that same day, the friends will sponsor a “Signs of Spring Long Pond Paddle in Long Pond. Kayak rentals are available for $40 for a single kayak or $60 for a double. All rentals include paddles and life jackets. Reservations are required as parking is limited. Please contact Juliana Duryea at (631) 745-3165 or hulums@gmail.com for details.

Reminder that tomorrow, Slow Food East End, together with the Edible School Garden Group, is sponsoring a Jamie Oliver “Food Revolution Day” 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.

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 department will also hold a fundraiser pancake breakfast at the firehouse from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 26. And although I haven’t received any word yet, I’m sure the department will be overseeing the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the monument at Ocean Road the following day as well. Memory tells me, people usually start to gather at about 9 a.m.

Final call for the Bridgehampton Association’s annual Benefit Golf Tournament will be held next 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.

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