Southampton Community News, October 16


Fall means many things: crisp air, comfy sweaters, days spent apple or pumpkin picking. A word that comes to mind when I think of the harvest season is tradition. Every year, as summer turns to fall, I partake in some pretty awesome traditions. This past weekend was one example of that.Each Columbus Day weekend, my family and I travel to Chincoteague, Virginia, with about 30 other people from Southampton, Water Mill and even extended family members from Virginia, for an Oyster Festival. We all gather for three days of camping and celebrating—but mostly, eating! The Oyster Festival, which celebrated its 42nd year this past weekend, is traditionally held on the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend. From Friday to Sunday, it is nonstop fun for our group. We consume everything oyster—fried, half-shell, Rockefeller, and more. It is a tradition we all love and look forward to each year as the cool air rolls in and the summer green leaves change to every shade of yellow, orange and red. Tradition—truly what the harvest season is all about.

The 10th annual Birdhouse Auction to benefit Lucia’s Angels will be held on Saturday, October 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Southampton Social Club. Advance tickets are $50, or $60 day-of.

According to its website, Lucia’s Angels is an organization committed to helping women and families on Eastern Long Island with late-stage women’s cancers including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and uterine cancer. Lucia’s Angels provides group and private therapies for these women, as well as transportation to treatments, dental care and more. The organization also offers family services, such as counseling for children, snow shoveling, house cleaning and help paying for groceries.

For more information regarding the Birdhouse Auction, call (631) 726-8715. If you can’t make it to the auction, you can still donate online at Be sure to visit their website to learn more about this great organization.

Don’t forget, this is the last week that The Press will be accepting nominations for its annual Community First Award. Know someone who is having a positive impact on our community? We want to hear about him or her! Submit a brief, compelling story about the individual and tell us what distinguishes your nominee from others, highlighting how this person’s actions benefit the lives of others. Nominations are due no later than October 24. Please email submissions to

I can’t believe that we are halfway through October already and you know what that means—Halloween is just around the corner. The Mariner Athletic Club will host a Halloween Fundraiser this Saturday, October 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Hampton Party Island, located at 56 Hampton Road. Ten percent of the day’s sales will benefit the athletic club. The store is host to more than 250 costume selections, party supplies and more. Buy your Halloween costume and support the Mariner Athletic Club in the process! For more information, call (631) 287-9040 or email

Speaking of Halloween, Hampton Dental Group will once again host its Operation Gratitude candy collection after Halloween. Dr. Gary Manowitz and Dr. Brian Park will collect candy and offer $1 per pound and toothbrushes in return. Candy will be collected during the week of November 3 through 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily, at Hampton Dental Group on Meeting House Lane. Unopened, collected candy will be sent to Operate Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that sends candy overseas to troops and servicemen. Call (631) 283-0352 with any questions.

Up next in the “Who to Follow” series: Hampton Coffee Company. Photographs of yummy treats posted on Hampton Coffee’s Instagram account are enough to make you want to leave your desk and go get a pumpkin muffin or latte. You can also find mouth-watering specialty sandwiches, offered only on occasion, like the Turkey Apple Brie Melt. Every Wednesday is Movie Night at the Coffee Experience Store in Southampton. Be sure to follow the handle HamptonCoffee and check out all they have to offer at any of their three locations.

At The Library

There are several seats available on The Rogers Memorial Library’s bus trip to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on Wednesday, November 12.

Hungarian-American pianist Zsolt Bognár will return to the library on Sunday, October 19, at 3 p.m. to perform Schumann’s “Faschingsschwankaus Wien,” the beloved Schubert/Liszt “Soirées de Vienne,” and Beethoven’s “Waldstein.”

Music and literary critic Fred Volkmer will be at the library on Thursday, October 23, at 7 p.m. to discuss the life and work of Jan Morris (1928-present), a journalist, historian and travel writer who began life as James Morris.

(631) 283-0774 ext. 523.

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