I’ve noticed lately that the birds aren’t chirping just before sunrise the way they had been doing all summer long. I guess most birds are done nesting and so now they’re sleeping in. Since the katydids have started their all-night calling, maybe they’re keeping the birds awake all night, hence the sleepy-heads in the morning. In any case, it has been a couple of weeks since I began hearing katydids in their nightly ritual, making more noise than music as the males sing from early evening well into the night. In the daytime, it’s the dog day cicadas that drone endlessly. They’re named after the time when the star Sirius of the constellation Canis Major (the big dog) is visible in the night sky.But it’s always been the katydids that have served as a reminder that summer is drawing to a close and fall isn’t far away. Katydids are large green grasshoppers with green textured outer wings that look like leaves. They also have extremely long antennae that arch backward over the length of the body. Their song is harsh and repeated about once a second, and to some listeners the rhythm suggests the insect’s name: ka-ty-did. Often hordes of the insects seem to be singing in unison, forming a genuine chorus.
As thoughts turn to fall, I’ve been reminded that the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons (HAH) back in July asked their members if they had plants to dig for their September Plant Sale and I’ve heard from Susan M. Seidman, the alliance’s publicity chairman, that many of their members responded with a yes. Now they need more volunteers to help them dig those plants.
They’re digging now and will continue to do so into early September. There are gardens in Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, East Hampton, Water Mill, Hampton Bays and Riverhead, so if you think you can give them some time, they will provide the know-how. This will all end in their September plant sale scheduled for Saturday, September 20. All sale proceeds for this event will benefit their newly renovated John LoGerfo Library. The public can obtain details on all HAH events by phoning the alliance office at (631) 537-2223, or by visiting their website at www.hahgarden.com.
Over at Bridge Gardens, the Peconic Land Trust and the Perfect Earth Project have announced that local lawn and landscape expert Paul Wagner of Treewise will provide free advice and problem solving for lawn and landscape pests using a toxin-free approach. Paul will be available to the public every Thursday through October, from noon to 4 p.m. at Peconic Land Trust’s Bridge Gardens. Both homeowners and landscape professionals are encouraged to visit. Additionally, you can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org., or get info at www.peconiclandtrust.org/bridge_gardens.html. Bridge Gardens is located at 36 Mitchell Lane. Also, on August 22 their “Fridays at Six” program will present the live music of Joe Hampton and the King Pins amid a beautiful, flower-filled setting. Just bring your picnic supper and a blanket and enjoy the magic of a summer evening. Music begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at dusk. Admission is $15 per person, but is free to Bridge Gardens members. Parking is provided on-premises.
Anne Marshall has sent word that this week’s Fridays at Five will present playwright, screenwriter, and television producer Jon Robin Baitz on August 22 at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. His play, “Other Desert Cities,” was nominated for Lortel, Drama Desk and Outer Circle Awards, winning the latter. Among other plays are “Mizlansky/Zilinsky or ‘Schmucks,’” “The Film Society,” “The Substance of Fire,” and “The End of the Day.” He is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Award, a Drama Desk Award, is a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist for “A Fair Country.” He won a Humanitas Award for the PBS-TV’s “American Playhouse” version of “Three Hotels” which he also directed. He created the highly praised and award-winning TV Drama “Brothers and Sisters.” Gates open at 4:30 and hors d’oeuvres and beverages are served in the rear garden of the library. Admission is $15.
The Southampton Trails Preservation Society (STPS) has a Narrow Lane Cleanup scheduled for Sunday, August 24, from 8 to 8:45 a.m. All are welcome to help STPS pick up litter on their adopted road in the Long Pond Greenbelt. Meet on Narrow Lane and the east corner of the Sag Harbor/Bridgehampton Turnpike. Bring your own gloves. Right after that, from 9 to 11 a.m, STPS is sponsoring a fast-paced four mile hike through the Long Pond Greenbelt South Circuit’s grasslands and oak forest with views of Crooked Pond and the Capote Stone. Meet at Poxabogue County Park on Old County Road in Sagaponack. Call hike leader Dai Dayton for info on either event at 745-0689.
Over at the Bridgehampton Museum, two exhibits will remain open Monday through Saturday. At the Archives Building at 2539-A Montauk Highway, the group Plein Air Peconic is exhibiting paintings and photographs of local vistas, many of them preserved by the Peconic Land Trust. Art works are available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Bridgehampton Museum and the Peconic Land Trust. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the Corwith House, at 2368 Montauk Highway, the museum is exhibiting Claus Hoie’s Green Grocer series and is open from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 537-1088 for more info.