When I was a child, I always had mixed feelings about the month of September. I lamented the end of summer vacation, and every few years I resented having to celebrate my birthday on the opening day of school. I’ve since learned to appreciate the month, especially the opportunities that abound for sky watching. Early this month, around 9 p.m., the “Summer Triangle” of three bright stars (Vega, Deneb and Altair) is nearly overhead. In the northernmost portion of the Summer Triangle, you’ll be able to see the brightest portion of the northern Milky Way. If using a telescope, you’ll discover that the fuzzy outlines of the Milky Way will resolve into fields of glittering stars. During this same time of the month, low in the northeast sky is another galaxy, separate from our Milky Way, called the Great Andromeda Galaxy. From a very dark, moonless sky, this galaxy is visible with the unaided eye as a slightly fuzzy spot. A pair of large binoculars will give you a much better view and a telescope will reveal some of the subtle dust lanes in the neighboring galaxy.Meanwhile, back on Earth, Bonnie Michelle Cannon, Executive Director of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center, is looking for local individuals who can commit to volunteering for one-on-one tutoring for children at the Margo Cottage at the center. Call them at (631) 537-0616, ext. 16 for more details on how to be a star for some local children.
On Thursday, September 4, the Southampton Trails Preservation Society (STPS) will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the lower conference room of Southampton Town Hall, 116 Hampton Road. All are welcome. For further information call (631) 283-2638. Then on Sunday, September 7, they will host a moderately-paced 1.7 mile hike around the Whiskey Hill Loop from 10 to 11 a.m. Meet on Mill Path off Lopers Path (heading east) in Bridgehampton. Call hike leader Jean Dodds at (631) 599-2391 for more info. And on Sunday, September 14, they will host another trail ride with horses. As always, bring your own horse and helmet, and you must be a member of STPS but you can join the day of the ride. Call Leslie Lowery at (631) 603-8661 for reservations and details on the meeting place and time.
On Saturday, September 6, at 2 p.m., The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton will welcome best-selling young adult author Patricia McCormick. McCormick will speak about her recently released collaboration with Malala Yousafzai: a young readers’ edition of The New York Times best-selling book, “I am Malala.” Ms. McCormick, a two-time National Book Award finalist, is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, and was named a New York Foundation on the Arts fellow in 2004 and a MacDowell fellow in 2009. For more information, contact Kimberly Zettwoch, young adult librarian, email@example.com or at (631) 537-0015.
The Hampton Library will also be offering philosophy classes this fall. If you have ever wondered what was going on in the thousand years between Plato or Aristotle and Renaissance thinkers like Descartes, Hobbs and Kant, you can find out beginning on Monday, September 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., as Dr. Susan Pashman begins a course in Medieval Thought at the Hampton Library. The classes are open to the public without charge, and will start with a discussion of the late Classical Greek philosophers and move on to the Romans. After a few simple lessons in classical logic, the discussion will move to Medieval Jewish and Islamic thinkers, Saint Thomas, and the early empiricists. Students may purchase a text of readings and a Xeroxed collection of readings specially selected for this course. No prior studies are required. For more information, contact The Hampton Library at 537-0015 or Dr. Pashman at 725-9818. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Peconic Land Trust has reminded me that they have teamed up with the Perfect Earth Project and Paul Wagner of Treewise to provide free advice and problem solving for lawn and landscape pests using a toxin-free approach, every Thursday, through October, from noon to 4 p.m. to answer questions from both homeowners and landscape professionals. Bridge Gardens is located at 36 Mitchell Lane, in Bridgehampton.
All those concerned about climate change will be pleased to know that the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, based in East Hampton, has recently established and endowed a fund to support and expand the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. The $3.5 million gift over five years will strengthen and expand the center’s groundbreaking work. Andrew Sabin is an active conservationist who helped establish the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) here in Bridgehampton twenty-five years ago (where he currently serves as board president). In 2013 alone his foundation contributed a total of more than $400,000 to more than 80 East End organizations.
There is still time to reserve your seats for the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center’s live concert this Saturday, September 6, featuring the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University. The concert will be presented at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church and starts at 4:30 p.m., with the doors opening at 4 p.m. Donation is $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and advanced reserved seats are $50 each. For ticket reservations and information call (631) 537-0616, extension 16 or email to email@example.com.
The Child Care Center is also holding its benefit golf tournament on Monday, September 22, at the Atlantic Golf Club, one of the Hamptons’ premier golf courses. The day starts at 10 a.m. with brunch, practice, 18 holes of golf, the 19th hole cocktail hour and then a celebratory buffet dinner with awards plus a few surprises. There is also a silent auction for prizes including golf rounds at other legendary Hampton’s golf courses. This is a major fundraiser for all of their programs. You can go online to BHCCRC.com and sign up for the September 22 event. If you cannot attend on September 22, you can bid online for the auction items at the website BHCCRC.com.
And don’t forget that space is limited so make your reservation early for the late September “Stars Over Bridge Gardens” presented by the Peconic Land Trust and the Town of Southampton Dark Skies Advisory Committee. Noted Long Island naturalist and educator John Turner will discuss light pollution and, when sky glow is reduced, how easy it is to locate the constellations in the night sky. The program is free, but reservations are required by September 24. Light refreshments will be provided. For info call (631) 283-3195.