Water Mill Community Notes, September 5

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No, folks, it was not Fleet Week in Water Mill.If you noticed the huge spotlight on the field on the north side of Deerfield Road, just north of Head of Pond Road, you might have been taken aback by the lines of “sailors” waiting to board shuttle buses. The strange sight was the parking lot for the annual Labor Day party hosted by Ivan Wilzig at his home farther up Deerfield Road. I have it from one partygoer that it was an, ahem, unforgettable evening.

If you shop at the Milk Pail or Halsey’s Green Thumb in Water Mill, then you may have spotted the display for the beautiful Southampton Soap Company soaps. The soaps are crafted by a friend of mine, one of the loveliest and most creative women I know, in her home workshop with help from her family. The soaps are all natural, beautifully packaged and come in a variety of “flavors.” At the moment, the company is in the running for a big prize (as in $10,000!) from marthastewart.com and its American Made contest. As with so many contests, it’s all about generating web traffic, so it’s about votes, which requires a visit to Facebook or the marthastewart.com website. You get six votes per day. Look for a story in this paper with complete information about the business and the contest. Wouldn’t it be great to see a local business win this prize? Please vote!

The annual Classic Car Show hosted by the Water Mill Village Improvement Association is this Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If it’s rainy, which is not predicted, the show will be moved to Sunday.

That night, September 7, tune in to News 12 at 6:30 p.m. to watch the featured story about the Water Mill Museum on Doug Geed’s “East End.” It will air again on Sunday at the same time and also be available for viewing on the News 12 website.

Congrats to my next-door neighbors, Linda and Gary Aldrich, on the birth of another grandchild. Callie Lynn Aldrich was born on August 15 to Matt and Brandy Aldrich, who live in North Carolina. She weighed in at 5 pounds, 8 ounces. She has an older brother, McCoy.

This might be of interest to some Grist readers:

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of a major South Fork suffrage rally that took place in East Hampton in August 1913, and in commemoration of Women’s Equality Day on August 26, when the Women’s Suffrage Amendment became law in 1920, the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons is sponsoring a talk by historian and League member Arlene Hinkemeyer on “The Suffragist Movement in East Hampton, Sag Harbor and Southampton: Women Work for the Right to Vote.” The program takes place on Monday, September 9, at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.

School opens for Southampton School District students on Monday. As you know, that means it’s time to be extra careful on the roads while little ones become accustomed to the new routine.

September is an exciting time around here. The seasonal transition brings with it a sense of anticipation, almost as if we can wipe the slate clean and start over. Enjoy these last days of summer while it’s still warm enough to swim in the ocean but a chill takes over as the sun goes down.

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