Memorial Day is upon us, and this important holiday will be observed on Monday at 9:30 a.m. when veterans, the Bridgehampton Fire Department and the Bridgehampton School Band gather at the war memorial at the corner of Montauk Highway and Ocean Road for the annual services. If you have never made it down to the event, I’d suggest you make it a priority. It’s a real slice of Americana, small-town life and a heartfelt way to pay tribute to the men and women who died for this country. If it rains, the event will be moved to the firehouse on School Street, but that’s not going to happen.
Congratulations to Marjorie Ludlow who was honored during Southampton Hospital’s annual Volunteer Luncheon at the Southampton Publick House on May 15. Mrs. Ludlow had volunteered in the hospital’s admissions department for more than 30 years before retiring last fall. The hospital has a lot of dedicated volunteers, but it was always nice to see Mrs. Ludlow when you had to have something taken care of at the hospital.
Congratulations also go out to Latisha Ellis, a Bridgehampton High School graduate, who received a doctorate in education, leadership and technology last weekend from Dowling College. Dr. Ellis is a fourth grade teacher and alternative high school administrator with the Southampton School District. Joining her in graduating was Bertha Richard, principal of Southampton Elementary School, who received a doctorate in the same program.
Kudos as well to Bridgehampton High School senior Jacob Hostetter, who was named the Bridgehampton Historical Society’s 2013 scholarship program winner. In March, Jacob submitted an essay about his grandfather, Raymond H. Topping Sr., who passed away last winter. The essay will be published in the society’s “Bridge Journal,” due out soon. In addition to having his essay published, Jacob also received an award certificate and check for $1,000.
The historical society will hold its annual cocktail party fundraiser at the Ludlow Grange house on June 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. The house on Montauk Highway is now owned by Andrea and Douglas Madaio, who have painstakingly restored it. Tickets range from $100 to $500 and can be purchased through the society by calling 537-1088.
The Bridgehampton Senior Center has invited all senior citizens to its monthly birthday celebration on Friday, May 24, at 11 a.m. The event honors seniors age 90 and older with a festive luncheon featuring roast turkey. There will also be a special Memorial Day observance. Please call 537-3027 for reservations by May 23. There is a $3 suggested donation.
The Senior Center Thrift Shop holds surprises for everyone, including gently used clothing for men and women and small household items. The shop is open during the week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contributions are welcome.
The annual Memorial Weekend Art and Craft Show will take place on Saturday on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The juried show is sponsored by the South Fork Crafts Guild and features a group of local artists including Kristin Taliercio, a painter from Water Mill, John Todaro, a nature photographer from East Hampton, and Matt DiBernardo of East Quogue who specializes in primitive wood carvings and decoys. There will also be several jewelry artists and painters. The show is in its seventh year. There’s free admission, and as always, kids are welcome.
The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will hold a final clearance sale of plants left over from last weekend’s Garden Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House. Plants as well as gardening books will be discounted 50 percent or more.
The Friends of the Long Pond Green Belt will sponsor a Full Flower Moon Hike, starting at 8:30 p.m., on Saturday. The hour-long stroll will begin in the South Fork Natural History Museum. Refreshments will be served afterward. Call Dai Dayton at (631)745-0689 for more information.
Looking ahead, mark your calendars for Saturday, June 8, when the friends hold their annual members meeting at 11 a.m. at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center. The day will begin with an award ceremony, election of officers, reports and updates followed by a light lunch. At 1 p.m. arborist Jackson Dodds will lead a guided tour of the Tree Identification Trail. If you are not a member, this is a great time to sign up. Call Diane Lewis at 725-7984 to make reservations.
On Sunday, the Southampton Trails Preservation Society will sponsor the Long Pond Greenbelt Journey, a moderately paced 5-mile hike with views of Little Long Pond, Long Pond and Crooked Pond, from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants should meet in the parking lot of Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor. The hike will be canceled if it rains. Call Bob Wolfram at 631-848-2255 for more information.
Time to clean out your closets. The 11th annual yard sale will be held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be art, books, clothing, furniture, housewares, jewelry, plants and clothing. Admission is $1 for adults. Proceeds of the sale will be used to benefit the congregation’s Helping Hand Fund, an outreach program for the community. Call (631) 537-0132, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.uucsf.org for more information.