Southampton Community Notes, June 6


There are a lot of “old” family names in Southampton. If you are lucky enough to live here year-round you have undoubtedly come in contact with a Halsey, a Corwith, a Rogers, a Raynor, a Hildreth or a Pell at some point. Each family has its traditions and reunions that seem to get larger every year, but I have never heard of any of those families being presented with a fatted calf by the village.

The City of New Rochelle will celebrate its founding in 1688 by French Huguenot settlers from La Rochelle, France, with a celebration held June 4 through 9. On Sunday, June 9, New Rochelle Mayor Maxime Bono will present the Pell Family with “One Fatt Calfe” honoring the requirement of the Huguenot purchase of 6,100 acres of land from Sir John Pell, 3rd Lord of the Manor. At the ceremony held at the Thomas Paine Cottage, Thomas Pell’s 1654 treaty with the local Sachems will be displayed.

A special brunch and a visit to the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum will be held Sunday morning, as well as a Pell family dinner on Saturday night to build interest in the future of the Pell Family Association. Any Pell is welcome to attend the events and special accommodation rates have been made available. I wonder who gets to keep the cow and if it will be making its way home with the Southampton Pells? Call (203) 255-6140 for details of the festivities.

The Southampton Chamber of Commerce will hold its Membership Luncheon on Friday, June 7, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Coopers Beach Cafe. The luncheon will feature a “Washington Update” from Congressman Tim Bishop. Tickets are $20. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call (631) 283-0402.

The annual 5k run/walk in memory of Christopher Lesta will be held on Saturday, June 8, at Agawam Park in Southampton. A kid’s fun run begins at 9 a.m. and the 5k starts at 9:30 a.m. Entry is $25 in advance and $30 day of race. Kid’s fun run entry is $5 on day of race only. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Duke University Medical Center. Visit

The Arthur Murray Dance Center in Southampton is more than just a great place to learn how to dance. Co-owners James West and Dennis Milone have committed to giving back to the local community and have raised more than $40,000 for a variety of charities since they took over the studio in 2010.

In addition to supporting outside charities, the Southampton dance center has in-house community programs including ballroom dance programs for the GLBT Community and free dance and yoga classes for those with HIV/AIDS. The dance center has also recently added a “Freedom Circle,” sober gathering program and a Hamptons Dancers AARP Community Group for participants age 50 and up.

Along with offering the traditional AARP monthly meetings, the dance center will expand the offerings to include low cost exercise, yoga and dance programs for seniors and those with health issues such as Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, heart conditions and others along with a comprehensive fall prevention program.

The newly formed group’s first meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. Yearly dues are just $10.

Also, the Hamptons Dancers AARP Community Group will hold a “Back in Time” Musical Review on Sunday, June 30, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the dance center. Tickets to the recital are $25 before June 15, and $35 afterward. Call (631) 283-1488 for tickets or more information about any of the above events.

At The Library

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. at the Rogers Memorial Library. A reception for the artists will follow.

Architectural historian Caroline Rob Zaleski will lecture on the trove of modern structures built on Long Island between 1930 and 1980 designed by a roster of renowned architects, on Monday, June 10, at 5:30 p.m.

Author Alysia Abbott will discuss her book, “Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father,” on Wednesday, June 12, at noon. The book gives a moving account of Abbott and her father, the bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott.

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

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