It has felt like September for much of the past month, so it’s no surprise that it’s finally upon us. Ordinarily, kids would be long-faced over the prospect of returning to school, but they have won a reprieve. Because the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated next week, most public schools in the East End, including Bridgehampton, will begin classes a few days later than normal, on Monday, September 9. Sounds like a good deal to me.The Hampton Library will celebrate the end of summer with a family program, “Erik’s Reptile Edventure,” at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Erik will bring his collections of lizards, snakes, turtles, toads and other assorted creatures, reptile or not, for a fascinating presentation.
The library’s Outdoor Art program, held in conjunction with the Children’s Museum of the East End, ends this Friday at 11 a.m. when children will get to tie-dye shirts.
The Long Island Botanical Society and the South Fork Natural History Museum will host a field walk for adults on Saturday, August 31, from 10 a.m. to noon, in which the society’s president, Eric Lamont, will point out creeping St. Johnswort, Hyssop hedge-nettle, Virginia meadow-beauty and all sorts of other herbs and plants. Participants have been encouraged to bring lunch, water and insect and tick repellent. There is a $7 fee for participants who are not members of the South Fork Natural History Museum.
Also on Saturday, at 10 a.m., the natural history museum will sponsor, “Snapping Turtles: Prehistoric Monster Hunt.” Snapping turtles, which can grow to a length of 3 feet from head to tail and weigh up to 70 pounds, will be the focus of this search led by Andy Sabin, president of the museum’s board of directors. Expect to see a painted turtle and possibly a stinkpot turtle as well. The walk is appropriate for children.
There is a fee of $7 for adults and $5 for children for participants who are not current SoFo members.
Reservations for both programs can be made by calling the museum at (631) 537-9735.
A brunch celebrating the Peconic Land Trust’s Bridge Gardens will be held at the gardens on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The annual benefit features a wide array of foods prepared by Chef Bryan Futerman of Foody’s, delicious wines provided by Michael Cinque of Amagansett Wines and Spirits, and a special raffle, with cozy tables nestled among the landscapes of Bridge Gardens. Tickets are $125 for adults or $35 for children.
A little farther afield, next Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to noon, the land trust will celebrate Fall Harvest Day at Seven Ponds Orchard on Seven Ponds Road in Water Mill. There will be hayrides and participants will get to walk among the apple trees to pick ripe fruit. There will be a 3-acre corn maze, wood sculptures to climb and play on and flowers to be picked. Refreshments will be available for sale. The $10 per person entry fee includes a bag of apples, entrance to the corn maze, a hayride and bouquet of pick-your-own flowers. The event will be canceled if it rains.
For more information or to purchase tickets call (631) 283-3195, extension 19.
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church is once again holding a 50/50 raffle, which will take place on Sunday in the Parish Center at a reception beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets are $50. Besides the top prize, which will be determined by the number of tickets sold, there will be a second prize drawing of $500 and a third prize drawing of $300.
Proceeds will go toward the upkeep of the center as well as the programs offered there.