Southampton Community Notes, August 29


Sunglasses, bathing suit, hat and flip-flops, check. Sunblock, check. Beach chair and cooler full of drinks and food, check. With my checklist complete, the sun high in the sky and not a cloud in sight, on Sunday I finally made it to ocean. For some god-awful reason, it was my first time at an ocean beach this season! After spending five hours surrounded by friends, family and some good tunes at Road G, I am kicking myself for wasting the summer months so far.

The mile-long stretch of trucks sported every imaginable type of tailgate setup and the crowd, both locals and non-locals, was a pleasure to hang out with. We even got a ride back to our car from a friend of a friend who was leaving at the same time we were. I’ve learned my lesson and plan to spend as much time there as possible before the weather changes. Next time, we’ll bring the dog, too, as he will have plenty of other canine playmates to keep him occupied.

Head on down to Coopers Beach on Saturday, August 31, to see all of the artful creations in the beach’s annual Labor Day Sandcastle Contest. Judging starts at 3 p.m. and prizes will be provided by Southampton merchants.

I will take a break from hitting the beach to stop in at the Shinnecock Nation’s 67th annual Powwow starting on Friday, August 30, and running through Monday, September 2, on the reservation’s powwow grounds.

The highly anticipated festivities attended by thousands will again include Native American drummers, dancers, as well as other entertainers, including award-winning recording artist Arvel Bird and the Aztec Dancers. Traditional war, blanket, and smoke dancers in various age groups will compete for trophies and more than $50,000 in prize money. Also featured will be sunset fire lightings, blessings, Native foods, vendors and arts and crafts demonstrations.

The grounds open Friday, at 3 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 10 a.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids, seniors and the handicapped. Kids age 5 and under are admitted free. Pets, unfortunately, are not allowed. And there is no need to stress, parking is free. Call (631) 283-6143 or visit www, for up-to-the -minute details.

Another old-school Southampton event is making its return on Saturday, August 31. Father Mike Vetrano, Pastor of the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary is bringing back the church’s annual End of Summer Tent Party on the parish’s Great Lawn on Hill Street.

The cocktail party, titled “A Celebration of Life,” will be held in remembrance of longtime parishioner, the late Mary Steinbrecher, who co-chaired the last party some years ago and, although she was dealing with a terminal illness, spearheaded its revival under the new pastor. The event, chaired by Pat Corrigan and Joan Heinz, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will include cocktails, delectable hors d’oeuvres by Tim Burke’s 230 Elm, and dancing to the music of Doug Dwyer. Drawing of the church’s 50/50 raffle led by Charles Mottern, will also be held. The raffle tickets are $100 each with a maximum of 500 chances to be sold. So if you do the math, it gives each participant 50 to 1 odds of winning one of the ten prizes, totaling $20,000.

Tickets for the Tent Party are $40 at the door or $35 in advance by calling the church at (631) 283-0097 or by emailing Good luck with the festivities and here’s to hoping this old annual tradition becomes a new annual tradition.

For those looking to hit the links instead of the powwow, cocktails or the beach, The Southampton Elks Club will host its annual “Play and Dine” golf outing on Friday, September 6, at Cherry Creek Golf course in Riverhead. The day will begin with a barbecue lunch at 11 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and boasts prizes, raffles and more. Entry is $185 per golfer. Call (631) 513-2016 or (631) 725-5018.

The Southampton Historical Society will host its Late Summer Cocktail Party on Saturday, September 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the circa 1843 Rogers Mansion on Meetinghouse Lane. The festive party, sponsored by Marge Sullivan and Peter Hallock, has been a favorite of both summer people and locals for many years. Imbibe well-crafted libations at the open bar, dine on hors d’oeuvres by Schmidt’s Market and meet up with old friends or make some new ones while supporting the museum’s education programs. Festive dress is highly encouraged at this annual fête. Tickets are $60 or $50 for members and can be purchased by calling (631) 283-2494.

The Southampton Animal Shelter Thrift Shop will hold a Labor Day weekend sale Sunday, September 1, and Monday, September 2. The store, located on Jagger lane will offer patrons a hefty 75 percent off on all clothing and 50 percent off on all other items in the shop. If you haven’t had a chance to visit them, this sale will surely entice you to stop by.

Royalty, in the form of the reigning Miss USA, Erin Brady, attended the Same Sky charity jewelry trunk show hosted by Francine LeFrak at her Southampton home this past weekend. The event raised money for Same Sky, a jewelry initiative in Africa that offers employment to women living with HIV/AIDS. Trained as artisans, women working with Same Sky earn on average 15 to 20 times the average wage in their countries. Ms. Brady purchased a titanium prosperity bracelet and an African Violet sky bracelet which will be featured as part of the organization’s holiday collection. It’s always a win-win in my book when you can do good and look good at the same time.

It’s always nice to reach a goal, let alone exceed it! Earlier this month, Team Heaven Can Wait co-captains Stacy Quarty and Susie Roden traveled to Smithtown to receive grant money for the team at the LI2Day Walk for Breast Cancer. The ladies cheerfully reported that, “We’ve surpassed our $100,000 goal!” and brought back a whopper of a check for $110,600 presented at the organization’s luncheon by LI2Day Walk’s president Ginny Salerno and Treasurer Noreen Wohlgemuth. The funds will be used to support Lucia’s Angels, The Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital and the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center.

The ladies also shared the news that after meeting with key board members from the LI2Day Walk and urging them to expand their mission to include other gynecological cancers, back in November, the group has announced that it will expand to cover ovarian, uterine and other gynecological cancers.

Good work ladies!

At The Library

A bus trip to the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and the Cloisters in Manhattan planned for Thursday, September 19 will be offered by the Rogers Memorial Library. A $60 fee includes bus, admission, and two tours and is required at registration.

Breakfast at the Princess Diner followed by a tour of the Wikun Village at the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum will be offered on Thursday, September 26. A $15 fee includes full breakfast and tours and is due at time of registration.

A bus trip to the New York Public Library to tour the exhibit “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” will be offered on Thursday, October 17. A $40 fee includes bus, admission, and tour and is due at time of registration.

Register at or call (631) 283-0774 ext. 523.

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