Water Mill Community Notes, November 7

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I love old photos. My father was a pretty good amateur photographer, so I am fortunate to have a treasure trove of photos of my parents when they were young, my grandparents, and me and my siblings. Slowly, I’ve been digitizing them all, sometimes paying my youngest son to put them through the scanner. Others are on stereo slides and so present a different challenge, one for which I have yet to come up with a solution that does not cost an arm and a leg.Anyway, that’s one of the reasons I was glad to run the photo alongside this column from Ann Lombardo who needs help identifying the gentlemen in the photo. She’s working on a grant for the Water Mill Museum and plans to use this photo in the presentation. Identifying some or all of them would be a great help to her. Some have guessed that they may be Halseys. If you know anyone in the photograph, shoot an email to Ann at aline99@optonline.net.

Incidentally, the Water Mill Museum is now shuttered for the season. It will reopen in May 2014.

Kathie McLauchen sent word of a special duplicate bridge game that took place on October 29 at the Water Mill Bridge Club in honor of longtime Southampton resident Marie Lipetz, who died last year, and Ed Brennan, now living the U.K. The two had been partners in duplicate bridge for more than 45 years. They began playing when Ed was in high school. Marie took him under her wing and taught him the skills of the game. They had many years playing bridge together and, of course, winning more times than not. For the special tournament, Ed flew in for the game and to make the trophy presentation.

At the tournament, there were 27 boards in play, everyone competing for the Lipetz-Brennan Silver Bowl trophy. Overall winners with better than a 70-percent game were Linda Lake and Conrad Kent. Second place was captured by Susan Denenholz and Karen Pollack, and third place was won by Diane Lamborn and Ed Brennan.

The Water Mill Bridge Club holds six games a week. For more information and a schedule of events please go to www.bridgeinthehamptons.com. All are welcome and partnerships can be arranged. Call Kathie McLauchlen, at 726-4540.

The annual Water Mill Community Club Scavenger Hunt is just over a week away. On Saturday, November 16, teams will gather at the Water Mill Community House at 5:30 p.m. for registration and a light supper before getting their first clue and heading out to solve riddles and collect the requested items. Participants should bring paper, pen and pencils, flashlights, a digital camera and a cellphone.

Advance registration is essential for this event. Call or email Cindy Corwith, 726-4772, or cindycorwith@hotmail.com without delay. The cost is $25 per team and there is a limit of 20 teams. This is a super fun way to spend a Saturday evening.

Such great news coming from Hampton Coffee Company: it has opened an espresso bar at SUNY Stony Brook! This wonderful company, under the ownership of the very generous and community-minded Jason and Theresa Belkin, started in Water Mill, where it still has its flagship cafe. They are certainly a couple deserving of such good fortune.

A new exhibition, “In Stereo, Ross Watts & Peter Sabbeth” officially opens this weekend at the Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill.

Also, the gallery will be open on Friday, November 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. to accommodate those visiting the Parrish Art Museum’s opening reception for Artists Choose Artists. There will be a second reception at the Parrish on Saturday night from 6 to 8 p.m., so plan on visiting both exhibitions at the same time. The Hampton Hang Gallery, behind Suki Zuki will be open as well.

Apropos of nothing except my support of Special Olympics and the wonderful teachers at Southampton School District who create these possibilities: Southampton High School will host a Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game on Thursday, November 14. The event, a combined effort of the Southampton Mariners and the Hampton Bays Baymen, partners two Special Olympics athletes with three unified partners in a game that follows the regular rules of basketball.

The opening ceremony is at 5 p.m. followed by the game at 5:15 p.m.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend and support the athletes with developmental disabilities and their peers who partner and support them. For more information, contact Brian Tenety at btenety@southamptonschools.org or (631) 879-1049; Darren Phillips at dphillips@southamptonschools.org or 591-4615.

The Unified Partners will also be collecting winter coats to donate to those in need.

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