Southampton Community Notes, May 30


If you enjoyed your backyard barbecues this past holiday weekend, thank a Puerto Rican. The word barbecue derives from the word “barabicu” found in the language of the Taíno people who were some of the earliest inhabitants of Puerto Rico. It later entered European languages as “barbacoa.” The word and the cooking process describe a method for grilling meats on a wooden platform resting on sticks over an open fire. If you have never made—or tasted—a melt-in-your mouth, fall-off-the-bone, juicy lechón (roast suckling pig) you’re missing how good Caribbean barbecue can be, and I suggest you make friends with someone who knows how to do it!
The First Baptist Church of Southampton will host a Gospel Jubilee featuring a variety of East End choirs on Friday, May 31, at 7 p.m. at the Halsey Avenue church. Admission is free. Call (631) 283-4651.

The Southampton Democratic Club will hold a Meet the Candidates night with candidates for Supervisor, Town Council, Town Justice, Highway Superintendent and Town Trustee who will appear on the November ballot, on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to noon at 230 Elm Street. Tickets to the meet-and-greet are $20 for adults and $15 for youth and students. Call (631) 470-6121 or visit

The Southampton United Methodist Church will hold a registration event for its “Jesus Can Dance” performing arts summer camp on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon and on Friday, June 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. The camp costs $25 per week and will be held Mondays through Thursdays, July 22 through August 15, from noon to 4 p.m.

The North Sea Community Association will host its annual Scholarship Dinner on Monday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. at North Sea Community House across from the North Sea Fire Department. Bring a covered dish and join the community in celebrating new and past scholarship award winners.

Congratulations to Southampton High School student Gregory N. Yahiayan. Gregory was admitted to the National Honor Society and was accepted to both CUNY Brooklyn and NYIT’s School of Management. I’m sure he will do great at either school this fall!

The Southampton Colony Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host its annual Scholarship Luncheon on June 4, at noon, at the Southampton Publick House. Call (631) 283-6409.

The Kiwanis Club of Southampton will host its benefit golf outing on Thursday, June 6, at Great Rock Golf Club in Wading River. Tickets are $175 per golfer. Call for schedule and details. (631) 728-0066.

The Southampton Rose Society will host its 37th annual Rose Show on Saturday, June 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Rogers Memorial Library. This year, the group will re-introduce competitive arranging to the show. Competitors must have their beautiful blooms in place and ready to be judged by Freda Smith, Louis Arce and Guss Preiser by 9:30 a.m. sharp! Demonstrations, rose garden tours, and “tricks of the trade” will be given throughout the day. Free admission to the public. Call (631) 740-4732.

An opening celebration for the newly completed Shellfish Hatchery at the Conscience Point Historic Site in North Sea will be held on Saturday, June 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. The project is a collaboration between Southampton Sea Scout Ship 908 and the Southampton Historical Museum and the Town of Southampton.

The scouts, along with their leaders, will give demonstrations on how they created this remarkable project. Information on a variety of summer children’s programs will be also available. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Call (631) 283-2494 or visit

John Tortorella of J. Tortorella Swimming Pools in Southampton was the honoree at IGHL’s 34th annual Spring Gala on Thursday, May 16, at Flowerfield in St. James. The event, attended by more than 500 supporters, raised funds for IGHL’s Independent Group Home Living facility for individuals with developmental disabilities and its ongoing programs for members of the community with special needs. Congratulations on the honor!
At The Library
Carol O’Connor will offer a workshop making stretchy summer bracelets from beads and thread at the Rogers Memorial Library on Saturday, June 1, at 3 p.m. There is a fee of $10 due at registration for this program.

Russian-born pianist Olga Vinokur, first-prize winner in the Prokofiev Piano Competition in Russia, will offer a program of works by Schumann, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff, on Sunday, June 2, at 3 p.m.

Howard Oboler will discuss scenes from manhunt-focused Hitchcock films, on Monday, June 3, at 3 p.m.

Opera of the Hamptons will offer “Great Drama in Opera: “Madama Butterfly,” “Cavalleria Rusticana,” and “Turandot,” featuring tenor Benjamin Michael Sloman, on Wednesday, June 5, at noon.

Cellist Antonio Lysy, and pianist/conductor Neal Stulberg, will perform a concert of works by Bach, Britten, and Brahms, on Sunday, June 9, at 3 p.m. A reception for the artists will follow.

Call (631) 283-0774, ext. 523 to make a reservation for any program.

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