Bridgehampton Community Notes, August 15


Come August, this place is a bit like a teakettle sitting on a hot stove. And that whistle you hear is the sound of people just about ready to boil over. I know I almost did Sunday afternoon when one of our dogs, Eddie, got loose. I drove slowly around the neighborhood, looking for him. Apparently, too slowly. As I pulled out from a driveway on the Bridgehampton Turnpike, the driver of a bright blue BMW heading my way thought it was funny to veer across the lane toward my car, pretending he was going to hit me. Fortunately, my plan to hunt him down was sidetracked when a nice woman, who saw Eddie out on the road, was kind enough to stop and bring him home.Still, I’d like to find the driver of that BMW and make him join the members of the Long Pond Greenbelt who will gather at 8 a.m. on Saturday to clean up Old Farm Road. Volunteers should meet at Poxabogue Park and bring work gloves. Garbage bags will be provided.

The Friends and the South Fork Natural History Museum will engage in a more enjoyable activity when they take part in a Full Sturgeon Moon Hike on Tuesday, from 8 to 9 p.m. Native American fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this moon, since sturgeon were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. The walk will take place in Vineyard Field behind the natural history museum. Participants should meet in the museum parking lot on the Bridgehampton Turnpike. To make a reservation for this program, call the museum at 631-537-9735, or, on the night of the event, contact Jean Dodds at 631-599-2391.

Next Wednesday, the Group for the East End will sponsor its annual Full Moon Paddle on Sagg Pond, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will take a slow paced half mile paddle across the pond to the ocean beach where a fish barbecue will be prepared by Peter Ambrose Catering. After watching the sunset and enjoying a bonfire, you get to paddle back under the light of the full moon. Participants should bring their own drinks and a chair or towel to sit on that will also fit in your kayak. Needless to say, this is not a free event. Go to the group’s website to find about fees or to register. You can also make reservations by contacting Krstina Lange at or by calling 631-765-6450, extension 216.

James Salter, the author of “All That Is,” is this week’s speaker at the Friends of the Hampton Library’s Fridays at Five. The series concludes on August 23 when MaryAnn Calendrille and Kathryn Szoka discuss their book, “Sag Harbor Is: A Literary Celebration.” Tickets are $15.

The Outdoor Art program, held in conjunction with the Children’s Museum of the East End, will present a beading class at 11 a.m. on Friday. Next week, on August 23, it will be “Working With Clay.” The program concludes on August 30 when kids get to tie-dye shirts.

“Read to a Dog” returns on Saturday at 2 p.m. when Sam, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever and a certified therapy dog, will be on hand to listen to children read their favorite stories.

Call the library at 537-0015 for more information about its programs.

The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons and Marders Nursery have teamed up to sponsor a lecture by David Culp titled, the “The Layered Garden,” at 10 a.m. on Saturday. 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.

We don’t usually run political fundraiser announcements in the Chatterbox but since Jeff Mansfield, who is running for the Southampton Town Board on the Republican ticket, lives here, we’ll make an exception. So here goes: The Friends of Jeff Mansfield will hold a party to support his campaign from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday at the Bridgehampton Community House. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres catered by Elegant Affairs from 6 to 8 p.m. and dancing to the music of the Realm from 8 to 11. Tickets are $175 or $325 for a couple. If you come only for the dancing portion, at which beer and wine will be served, tickets are $75. For information, call (631) 655-9764, e-mail or visit

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