Bridgehampton Community Notes, October 17


In his 1897 travelogue, “Following the Equator,” Mark Twain wrote “the only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d druther not.”Twain’s words suddenly have new meaning for me after I spent three days in Southampton Hospital last week. It appears that I have been condemned to follow a straight and narrow path of dietary purgatory, but thanks to the expert attentions of my doctors and the skills of the nursing staff on 2 North, I still have a path to follow.

The hospital stay was my first ever, and I can tell you that listening to doctors telling you how it’s going to be from now on is a lot more impressive when you’re listening from a hospital bed wired up to all kinds of buzzing and clicking contraptions.

It always amazes me how selfless and generous health providers are, but we all know folks in our own lives who really do make a difference through their generous actions toward others.

The Press would like to hear about these people and is inviting nominations for The Press’s Community First Award. If you have a relative, friend or co-worker who is having an impact in our community, let us know. Write a brief, compelling story about the individual, what distinguishes them and how your nominee’s actions benefit others. The Press will choose one nominee to honor with the award and profile that person in its Hamptons Holiday supplement. The deadline for submissions is October 25 and you can email your nominations to: Kim Covell at

Take time from writing that nomination on Saturday, October 19, and visit the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons, members of which will be demonstrating their skills at the Bridgehampton Historical Museum Archives from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Folks are welcome to visit, learn, and even purchase items lovingly crafted by guild members. The Archives is located at 2539-A Montauk Highway, right next to the Nathaniel Rogers House and across the street from the Topping-Rose House.

In case you’re wondering what’s happening at the Nathaniel Rogers House now that the four front columns have been restored and reinstalled, the Town of Southampton will be re-advertising a request for bids to complete needed foundation repairs to the front of the house. No bids were received by the town for the last RFB, with several interested contractors citing a need for more time to complete the rather complicated bidding documents. So, the town will re-advertise a RFB and hopefully that foundation work will be done quickly. Once that work is done, exterior and interior restoration work will commence with an expected completion date of mid-2015 for the entire project.

I’ve been reminded that for the Saturday, October 19, Long Pond Greenbelt Horses On Trails (HOT) ride, you do need to have your own horse, and you must wear a helmet. You also must be a member of the Southampton Trails Preservation Society but you can easily join the day of the ride. Riders should call Leslie Lowery at 631-603-8661 for reservations and details.

Susan Kennedy Zeller, librarian for the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons, has informed me that HAH is having a grand re-opening of their library on Saturday, October 26, from noon till 5 p.m. Their library is a great community resource for all gardeners, and if you haven’t visited it, you should. It’s located in the Bridgehampton Community House, on the School Street side near the parking lot. Everyone is welcome to visit, browse through their horticultural books, and even take home a free book of your choice from their sale books. Visitors can also register to win a fall shrub, purchase deer-proof bulbs, learn about garden events and enjoy refreshments while you meet and chat with fellow gardeners. Everyone is welcome.

Finally, Judy Musnicki is helping Julie Greene at the BH Museum to put together a special exhibit presenting some of her late husband Jack’s vintage Halloween pieces. I’ll tell you more about that next week.

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