I always look forward to sharing the personal announcements and anniversaries of Southamptonites here in my column. This week, the whole community gets to celebrate a special anniversary. Southampton Youth Services, better known as SYS, will celebrate its tenth anniversary of serving Southampton with a fun-filled weekend of activities for everyone in the family.The festivities kick off with a tennis tournament for adults on Friday, October 11, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Future Stars of Southampton. The tournament will be played following a random mixed-doubles, round-robin format with men’s and women’s round-robin doubles competition to follow. Entry is $150 per person and proceeds will benefit the SYS Scholarship fund.
On Friday, October 11, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., the fun continues with the Teen Extreme Rec Night. Kids in seventh grade and up can play dodgeball, tug-of-war and many other games, take on the giant inflatable boot camp, enjoy pizza and more while listening to music by DJ Double S. Admission is $5 per teen and round-trip transportation, arranged in advance, will be available for $2. Call the Southampton Youth Bureau for information at (631) 702-2432.
Join SYS on Saturday, October 12, for its Tenth Anniversary 5K at 9 a.m. Entry is $25 in advance and $35 on race day for adults. Kids age 8 to 14 can run for free. An additional free Fun Run for kids age 7 and under will start at 10:30 a.m. After the race, the activities don’t stop! The Family Fun Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for kids of all ages and their families. The celebration will have giveaways, DJ music, inflatables, arts and crafts, face paintings, temporary airbrush tattoos, food auctions and more. Admission is free for kids age 12 and under, $5 for teens and $10 for adults. Call SYS at (631) 287-1511 for details.
If films are what you are after this weekend, you need not go too far to enjoy all that The Hamptons Film Festival has to offer. Films, including “About Time,” “The Armstrong Lie,” “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” “Camille Claudel 1915,” Exit Marrakech,” “Jimmy P.,” “A Short History Of Decay,” “Tanta Agua,” and more will be screened over the long weekend at Southampton Regal Cinemas on Hill Street. Visit the filmfest’s website at www.hamptonsfilmfest.org for a full schedule and ticket prices.
Southampton Hospital and East End Advocates will celebrate National Midwifery Week with “Birth Monologues: An Evening of Birth Stories” on Friday, October 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Parrish Memorial Hall, adjacent to the hospital at the corner of Lewis Street and Herrick Road in Southampton. The evening will also honor Betty Commander, longtime Nurse Manager of the hospital’s Kathleen D. Allen Maternity Center. The public is invited to share their individual birthing experiences and refreshments will be provided.
Also at the hospital, the Hamptons Center for Weight Loss Surgery will host its annual walk for patients, families and the community on Saturday, October 12, starting at the Parrish Hall at Southampton Hospital. The walk steps off at 8:30 a.m. For more information call (631) 726-0455.
With Halloween mere weeks away, The Southampton Historical Museum is offering a series of Ghost Hunting expeditions with ghost hunters Colleen and Oliver Peterson. First up, on Saturday, October 12, at 4 p.m. the Petersons will lead an exploration of The “Lost Indian Fort and Seaport,” at the Conscience Point Historic Marker and Nature Walk in North Sea.
North Sea Harbor has been home to Native Americans for more than 10,000 years and English settlers since 1640. By 1650, North Sea had become a lively shipping port complete with shops, taverns, warehouse and more. Although none of those structures remain, the inhabitants of those early dwellings still linger.
The program is $18 per person and is limited to 20 brave participants. Proper outdoor clothing is recommended and it is highly suggested to bring recorders, flashlights, and cameras, if available, to capture any ghostly visitors. Maybe you’ll run in to a long-lost relative!
The annual Paul Koster Memorial Pig Roast will be held on Sunday, October 13, from noon to 3 p.m. at Seasons of Southampton. The event features an all-you-can-eat buffet for $25 per person, or $35 per person for the buffet and open bar. Kids can dine for only $10. Call (631) 283-6681 for details.
Congratulations to Maude S. Wilson, daughter of Nancy Silverman and James Wilson of Southampton. Maude was recently matriculated as a first-year student at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. The highly competitive liberal arts college selected her from a pool of more than 5,000 applicants and she will join a class of only 492 when she begins.
Book and music critic Fred Volkmer will be at the Rogers Memorial Library on Thursday, October 10, at 7 p.m. to talk about English novelist Barbara Pym.
There are still seats available on the Rogers Memorial Library’s bus trip to the New York Public Library to tour an exhibit titled “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,” on Thursday, October 17. There will also be a visit to Grand Central Terminal. There is a fee of $40 per person; lunch is not included. The bus will board at 7:30 a.m. Advance registration is required.
To register for any program, contact (631) 283-0774, ext. 523, or visit www.myrml.org.