Bridgehampton Community Notes, August 1


I’m back from yet another whirlwind trip to the Midwest. This time, our family flew out to Milwaukee last Wednesday to spend a couple of days visiting my family, most of whom still live in southeastern Wisconsin, before joining up with my wife’s family for the wedding of our niece, who also happens to live in Milwaukee.I guess this really isn’t the place to go into all the details, but suffice it to say that we had a splendid time seeing everybody and trying to acclimate ourselves to a much slower—and friendlier, I might add—pace. After spending eight bucks to treat five of us to ice cream cones one night, I started to think that maybe I’ll move back there some day. Of course, by the time I get around to something like that, my doctors will have put me on a low-fat diet, which would spoil half the fun of living there.

In my rush last week to get my column done and my bags packed, I discovered that I forgot to mention that the Bridgehampton Fire Department was holding its annual cocktail party last weekend. On the other hand, a press release would have helped too.

The Bridgehampton Museum will hold an open house at the Beebe Windmill at the corner of Ocean and Hildreth roads on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. The structure is on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places as well as a Southampton Town landmark. It will also be open on August 17 and September 7. For more information, including hours for the museum’s ongoing summer exhibits, call (631) 613-6730, e-mail or visit

The artist Eric Fischl, the author of “Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas,” will speak at the Friends of the Hampton Library’s Fridays at Five series on August 2. Morton and Joan Hamburg, the authors of “Commitment,” will speak on August 9. Tickets are $15.

Next Thursday, August 8, another installment in the library’s ongoing series on technology, “eResearch: Databases 101,” will be held at 10 a.m. Participants will learn how to access the many online databases that the library offers.

On August 10, Richard Milella of R.F. Milella Advisory Associates, will discuss the different strategies couples can use in setting up their Social Security benefits, during the “Delicious Discussions” seminar at 1 p.m., in which the library pairs important topics with a light lunch. After reading that there are “729 different Social Security timing strategies to choose from” and that picking the wrong one could result in a sizable reduction in benefits, I don’t think I’d have much of an appetite.

For kids, a new program held in conjunction with the Bridgehampton Children’s Museum, Outdoor Art, starts with “Art Explosion” on Friday at 11 a.m. The press release says something about “Let’s get messy!” and “be sure to wear your painting clothes,” so consider yourself warned. Next week’s installment will tackle a kids’ favorite, “Goop,” and a similar warning about attire no doubt applies.

Check in at the library, at 537-0015, to learn about its many other programs.

Violist Richard Wolfe and his chamber music group, which includes Elisabeth Perry, Matthias Naegele and Elaine Hou, will be accompanied by renowned Swedish soprano Lisa Larson in a program of Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, Respighi and Brahms at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork on Sunday, August 4, at 4 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children. The congregation is on the east side of the Bridgehampton Turnpike, just south of Scuttlehole Road. For more information, call (631) 537-0132, email or visit

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church will host its annual “Evening of Art” on Saturday, August 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the parish center. The event includes a cocktail party and silent auction, which will showcase the works of Ted Asnis, Susan Alessio, Gayle Tudisco and Alice Ryan, among others.

Admission is $35, and proceeds are used for the parish’s outreach programs.

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