Bridgehampton Community Notes, July 18


The carnival is coming to town. No, seriously. The Southampton Kiwanis Club will host its annual Bridgehampton Carnival at Sayre Park on Snake Hollow Road, just north of the train tracks, beginning Wednesday, July 24, and running through Sunday, July 28, from 6 to 11 p.m. daily. There will be plenty of rides and games to keep the kids happy for hours.I don’t know about you, but I’ve been really bummed out by the dearth of turtles I’ve seen this year. Every year, come June, I keep a sharp lookout for them as they cross the road to get to their favorite pond to lay their eggs. Twenty years ago, I used to rescue a dozen or more a year. More recently, it’s been reduced to a handful. This year, I’ve seen only one box turtle, and it was crossing my driveway.

But last Friday, my daughter, who was out running on a trail in the Long Pond Greenbelt, stumbled upon a huge snapping turtle that was chilling in the middle of the trail. The thing had to be as big as a manhole cover. Now, snapping turtles aren’t endangered like box turtles are, but that must have been an incredible sight to see.

This Sunday, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual Jazz Mass at 9:30 a.m. Three local musicians, Steve Shaughnessy, John Ludow and Max Fledshuh, will perform. The church choir will sing Bob Chilcott’s “Little Jazz Mass.” The public has been invited.

Christine Fetton, Southampton Town’s director of Municipal Works, will discuss storm water education, and John v.H. Halsey, the president of the Peconic Land Trust, will talk about his organization’s mission, when the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee meets on Monday at 7 p.m. in the community room at the Bridgehampton National Bank. The public is encouraged to attend.

The Children’s Museum of the East End will hold its fifth annual Summer Family Fair this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at its Bridgehampton Turnpike location, This year’s fair will feature an “Around the World” theme with internationally inspired arts and crafts, a water slide, entertainment, games, music, food and lots more. The rain date is Sunday.

Theater comes to the Hampton Library on Saturday when the East End Special Players presents “The Fish Juggler” at 2 p.m. The performance will follow the library’s Family Fun Day picnic, which starts at noon.

The Friends of the Hampton Library’s Fridays at Five lecture series continues with Chris Knopf, the author of “Dead Anyway,” this Friday.

Peter Wolf, the author of “My New Orleans, Gone Away,” will be the guest speaker on July 26. Tickets are $15, and you can buy a series of four for $60.

There are a slew of other adult programs at the library. Delicious Discussion, which combines a light lunch with a discussion, focuses on transcendental meditation, this Saturday at 1 p.m. A Jewelry Workshop with Kim, at which participants will learn how to make a double strand necklace, will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival presents: “Kings Park” on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Looking ahead, a Saturday Summer Concert Series will debut on July 2 with a performance by local musicians at 3 p.m. in the library’s backyard.

For additional information, call (631) 537-0015, or e-mail

Unfortunately, heavy cloud coverage last Thursday forced the postponement of “The Night Sky: Celestial Viewing,” an event that was jointly sponsored by the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and the South Fork Natural History Museum. The event will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Speaking of stars, congratulations to Bridgehampton’s Nina Channing who made the dean’s list at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where she recently completed her first year of studies.

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