Bridgehampton Community News, August 8

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One of the best things I’ve done in the past decade, besides take up fishing and quit smoking, is to pull out my old tennis racquet. For the past couple of years, my wife, Elizabeth, and I have played at Buckskill Tennis Club over in East Hampton, where I’m sure we provide the pros with plenty of laughs when we take to the courts.Buckskill is owned by Doug and Kathryn DeGroot, and Mr. DeGroot is also a member of the Bridgehampton School Board. As such, he lobbied long and hard for the school to start a tennis team. Plans are in place for Bridgehampton to team up with Pierson High School in Sag Harbor to field a seventh and eighth grade team this year. To prime the pump, they are holding free tennis clinics for Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor children in grades five through eight on the school courts Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. If your child is not already taking part and you’d like to sign them up, call the Hamptons Tennis Company at 283-8244 and ask about the Bridgehampton junior program.

If you have an appetite, head over to the Hayground School on Mitchell Lane at 4 p.m. on Friday when Edible East End presents its second annual Great Food Truck Derby. You’ll be able to find an incredible selection of ethnic foods, regional wine and craft beer. The cost is $60. Call (631) 537-4637, e-mail info@edibleeastend.com or visit http://www.edibleeastend.com for more information.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church will host its annual “Evening of Art” on Saturday 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.

The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will hold its monthly meeting at the nature center at 1061 Bridgehampton Turnpike (just north of Scuttlehole Road) at 6 p.m. on Monday. Immediately following the meeting, at 7 p.m., Peter Warny, a former ecologist with the Nature Conservancy and National Audubon Society, will give an illustrated talk in which he will discuss the issues affecting coastal pond ecology in both rural and urban landscapes. Pond origins, succession and productivity as well as exotic species, pollution and other factors affecting wetland plants and animals will be discussed along with rare and declining species of frogs, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. Call (631) 745-0689 for information.

The Hampton Library will hold a Garden Gnome Hunt at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14. According to the library, garden gnomes really know how to play hide and seek and they have begun a game in the library’s backyard. Everyone has been invited down to help the library staff find them. (Personally, I’m surprised they aren’t hanging out at that shop on County Road 39, although the giant T-Rexes may have scared them away.) Contact Josh Perry at josh@hamptonlibrary.org or (631) 537-0015 for more information.

Remember, too, that on Saturday, 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.

Morton and Joan Hamburg, the authors of “Commitment,” will speak at the Friends of the Hampton Library’s Fridays at Five series on August 9. James Salter, the author of “All That Is,” speaks on August 16. Tickets are $15.

The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons and Marders Nursery have teamed up to sponsor a lecture by David Culp, entitled the “The Layered Garden,” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 17. The talk is based on Mr. Culp’s book, which demonstrates how to design, choose plants for, and maintain a layered garden throughout the seasons. The talk will take place at the Marder Gallery at Marders on Snake Hollow Road. Admission is free.

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