Southampton Community News, October 2


The Southampton High School Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th reunion with a host of activities on a beautiful September weekend just a few weeks ago. The festivities began on Friday, September 12, with a cocktail party in Bridgehampton. The next day, Saturday, the class toured their old high school—which is now the intermediate school—led by the Southampton Intermediate School Junior National Honor Society. A party was held that evening at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish Hall in Bridgehampton. The weekend culminated with a Sunday morning breakfast at 10 a.m.Fifty-eight classmates attended, out of a total of 100 graduates from 1964. Seventeen “empty nester” bedrooms were offered by classmates who still live on the East End to those graduates who live out of town. Sandy Raynor said this week that for those who hosted out-of-town guests, the fun was doubled—catching up with old classmates and having a great weekend!

The Class of 1964 just so happens to be the class that donated the anchor which sits outside the current high school on Narrow Lane. It certainly sounds like everyone who attended had a great time. Here’s to many more reunions to come!

And, the Instagram of the Week goes to The Southampton Historical Museum. This past weekend, the museum featured both videos and photos of all the goings-on during SeptemberFest. The museum consistently posts photos of current exhibits, the grounds of the Rogers Mansion on Meetinghouse Lane or The Halsey House, located on South Main Street.

The museum hopped on the Instagram bandwagon just under a year ago, but since then, it has used social media to its advantage, making sure everyone who follows the museum knows about all of its events and happenings. Follow it by doing a search for the historical museum or by typing in its handle: Southampton_Museum.

Speaking of the museum, Tom Edmonds will host a 2-day historic Burying Ground Workshop for adults this Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at the Old Southampton Burying Ground on Little Plains Road in the village. The workshop is free. For more information, call 287-5740.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Southampton is fully prepared. If you happen to walk or drive around the village this month, you’ll notice a few store owners will have pink lights in their windows or around their doorways—pink is the signature color of breast cancer awareness. Even the National Football League gets involved. The players, coaching staff and even team owners don their favorite pink attire—adding pops of color anywhere they can including helmets, cleats, mouthguards, socks and more.

Local organizations such as the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center or the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital look for donations this month, especially. These organizations help women at every stage of breast cancer and rely on donations from community members to ensure women receive all the care they need. So, this month, be sure to add a little pink to your wardrobe. If football players can do it, so can you, and remember to donate to your local breast cancer organizations!

It’s that time of year again! The Southampton Press is seeking nominees for its annual Community First Award. If you know of someone who is having a positive impact on our community, we want to hear about him or her. It can be a neighbor, friend, relative or a co-worker whose actions benefit the lives of others and the local community. It can be someone who has been nominated in the past but did not win. To nominate someone, write a brief, compelling story about the individual, what distinguishes your nominee from others, and highlight how his or her actions benefit the lives of others. A donation will be made to an organization affiliated with the winner who will be featured in our Hamptons Holiday publication. Email nominations, no later than October 24, to

At The Library

The Southampton Historical Museum and the Rogers Memorial Library will offer “Fiesta Latina!” on Saturday, October 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be dancing, games, food and music, all with a Latin theme.

Howard Oboler will discuss the life and work of actress Greta Garbo at the library on Monday, October 6, at 2 p.m.

Larry Strickland will offer a series of classes for citizenship preparation on four consecutive Thursdays at 7 p.m., beginning on October 7, in the library’s Cooper Hall classroom.

James McMullan, an artist whose graphic work has appeared on the pages of virtually every American magazine and on posters for more than 76 Lincoln Center Theater productions, will be at the library on Wednesday, October 8, at noon, to discuss his memoir, “Leaving China.”

The library and Southampton Historical Museum will offer a presentation by Marilyn Carminio about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis on Thursday, October 9, at 11 a.m. at the museum. Fee is $5, includes talk, gallery tour and lunch.

The Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library will offer a performance by pianist Alina Kiryayeva on Sunday, October 12, at 3 p.m. She will present a program of classical compositions featured in classic cartoons throughout the years, including works by Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven and others, in conjunction with projected images from the cartoons.

Register at or call (631) 283-0774 ext. 523.

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