I was just beginning to wonder when the strawberries would start to come in when voilá! As I drove past the Comfort Farm on Lumber Lane, I spied them at its self-serve farm stand. I resisted the urge to buy the whole kit and caboodle as I used to do, fearing there wouldn’t be any remaining the next day. Instead, I settled on a single quart. And to reward myself for my self-restraint, I’ll return again tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the day after that until they truly are all gone.
I love surprises and if I weren’t going to be out of town this weekend, I’d surely go to the annual meeting of the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, where the winner of the Champion of the Greenbelt Award will be announced at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center. In the past, the Friends gave me a heads-up about who the honoree would be, so the suspense is killing me. After the award ceremony, the election of officers, reports and whatnot, those assembled will be served a light lunch before arborist Jackson Dodds leads a guided tour of the Tree Identification Trail starting at 1 p.m. If you are not a member, this is a great time to sign up. Call Diane Lewis at 725-7984 to make reservations.
The Hampton Library has announced the lineup of the Fridays at Five lecture series, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Hampton Library and serves as an important fundraising activity. This year’s series kicks off on July 5 with an appearance by Terrence McNally, the author of “Golden Age and Other Plays.” Other speakers are Lily Koppel, Chris Knoph, Peter M. Wolf, Eric Fischl, Morton and Joan Hamburg, James Salter and MaryAnn Calendrille and Kathryn Szoka. Admission is $15 per lecture, or five for $60.
The library has tons of programs getting under way now that summer is upon us. You can find out about the adult summer reading club at this Saturday’s “Delicious Discussions” program, which starts at 1 p.m. Basically, you’ll get a raffle ticket for each book you read and log in with the reference desk. Prizes will be awarded all summer and there will be a grand prize drawing at the end.
The Bridgehampton Historical Society, which is slowly changing its name to the Bridgehampton Museum (history can’t be rushed, you know) 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 Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons and Marders Nursery will team up to present “A Sense of Place,” a lecture by Arne Maynard, a British landscape designer known for his ability to create city and country gardens that relate harmoniously to their surroundings and the wider environment, on Saturday at 10 a.m. His talk will take place at the Silas Marder Gallery at Marders at 120 Snake Hollow Road. Admission is free. Call (631) 702-2306 for more information.
April Gonzales will present “Trends in Modern Landscape Architecture” on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House. Ms. Gonzales is the owner of a landscape design firm in Southampton. Admission is $10. Members of the alliance get in for free. Call (631)
537-2223 for information.