The best of Southampton Village will be on display this weekend. From road races to antique machinery displays to chowder contests and Broadway spectaculars there is something for everyone.Before you indulge in all the activities and food offered at this weekend’s festivals, do something good for your body and good for the community by participating in the Substance Abuse Mobilization Project’s 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 28, at the Shinnecock Community Center on the grounds of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the race starting at 10 a.m. Entry is $20 for adults and $5 for children age 16 and under. Call (631) 680-3326 for details.
The Southampton Chamber of Commerce will host its 3rd annual Southampton SeptemberFest starting with a cocktail party fundraiser sponsored by the Southampton Rotary Club on Friday night. The festive event will feature live music by Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks and the musical stylings of Beau Hulse. Gourmet treats provided by three area food trucks, and local craft beer and wine will be served. For the non-drinkers beverages will be provided by Hamptons Water and Honest Tea.
The event will take place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. under a spacious tent in Agawam Park. Tickets are $30 per person in advance and $40 per person at the door. Proceeds from the party help fund future Southampton SeptemberFests and provide college scholarships for local students.
The fun doesn’t stop there! On Saturday, September 28, Southampton SeptemberFest continues with a Farmers Market, Friends of The Rogers Memorial Library Book Sale, children’s crafts, a performance by Jester Jim and admission to the new Charles “Chas” Addams exhibit over at the Southampton Center. Live music with something for everyone will be performed by talented local acts at locations around the village and Wells Fargo will offer free stagecoach rides through 2 p.m. Over in Agawam Park more live music will set the mood for the “Best of The Hamptons” Chowder Contest and the “Taste Of Southampton” food expo. Chances are that is where you will run into me and my group of friends and family. We go where the food is!
While noshing on delicious bites, you can view the work of the extremely talented Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, winners of TLC’s reality competition “Halloween Wars,” in 2012. For the past couple of years they were on view on the steps of Village Hall, but this year the fun moves over to Agawam Park, which is where all the action seems to be this year.
The Southampton Cultural Center will hold its Center Stage Showstopper Showcase for free on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center on Pond Lane. The hour-long musical showcase will star Isabel Alvarez, Daniel Becker, Bethany DellaPolla, Valerie diLorenzo, Adam Fronc, Mary Ellen Roche, Jack Seabury and Sue Vinski with accompaniment by Peter Pece. The talented troupe will perform numbers from some of Broadway’s most memorable shows including “A Chorus Line,” “Into The Woods,” “Cabaret” and more. Visit www.scc-arts.org.
On Sunday, the celebration concludes with “Art in the Park.” This unique art exhibition will highlight work by some of the finest visual artists on the East End in Agawam Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. While perusing the art, enjoy a glass of local wine or craft beer and sample freshly prepared food from some of the Hamptons’ best restaurants and cafés while listening to the smooth sounds of jazz performed by Charles Certain. Admission is free.
Call the Chamber (631) 283-0402 or visit www.southamptonseptemberfest.com for up-to-the-minute details and a full schedule of the weekend’s events.
If that weren’t enough, The Southampton Historical Museum will hold its own celebration of all-things Southampton on Saturday, September 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Rogers Mansion on Meetinghouse Lane. The annual Harvest Fair celebrates Southampton life in the 19th century and will feature a variety of activities that harkens back to a simpler, hands-on era. Children and adults will pitch in to make or observe decoy carving, beekeeping, blacksmithing, candle-making, basketry and many more traditional skills. A Civil War militia will shoot rifles and the members of the Shinnecock Nation will perform sacred drumming. This year, silhouette artist Deborah O’Connor will be on hand. Using only scissors and paper she will create your silhouette in exacting detail, and musicians Edith and Bennett, from Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, will perform 19th century ballads and sea shanties.
Vendors and food will complete this family favorite event. Admission is free.
The museum will partner with the Long Island Antique Power Association in Jamesport to display a variety of antique steam and gasoline engines that fueled farm tractors and threshing machines since the 19th century. These antique machines are beautifully maintained and make a lot of noise! You can view these historic machines on the corner of Windmill Lane and Nugent Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Sunday, the museum will hold its Southampton Antique Fair at the White House on the corner of Main Street and Jagger Lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair includes antiques, furniture, jewelry, vintage clothing, glass, ceramics, artwork, and a variety of collectibles so you can take a piece of history home. For information on any of their events call the museum at (631) 283-2494 or visit www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.
Author Simon Van Booy will visit the library to talk about his recently-published novel, “The Illusion of Separateness,” on Wednesday, October 2, at noon.
The library and the Southampton Historical Museum will present a “Talking History” program hosted by Penelope Wright on Thursday, October 3, at 11 a.m. at the Historical Museum at 17 Meeting House Lane. Classmates Mary Cummings, Sheila Guidera, Chuck Guilloz, and Merritt White will talk about family, friends, and life during the 1950s. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Sharmila Cohen-Gold, a massage therapist, yoga teacher and educator, will discuss meditation through movement at the library on Friday, October 4, at 10:15 a.m.
The library and The Southampton Historical Museum will offer the free “Fiesta Latina!” on Saturday, October 5, at 2 p.m. with Latin themed games, food and music.
To register for any program, contact (631) 283-0774 ext. 523, or visit www.myrml.org.