In William Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet,” one of Prince Hamlet’s soliloquies could have been describing Halloween. He pronounces: ‘Tis now the very witching time of night, when churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out contagion to the world. Now could I drink hot blood and do such bitter business as the bitter day would quake to look on.” (Act Three, Scene Two.)Yes, Halloween is upon us, a time for celebration, for the suspension of disbelief, and for trick or treaters to do some “bitter business” if not rewarded appropriately. And if there are not really ghosts or goblins, one anonymous wit asked, “then why are there always more trick or treaters about than there are children in the neighborhood? Perhaps American poet, storyteller, and critic Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) knew something when he wrote: “…Alas! the grim legion of sepulchral terrors cannot be regarded as altogether fanciful….” (“The Premature Burial.”)
Last Saturday, on October 25, the Hampton Library held its annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat Parade down Main Street following the library’s 10 a.m. story time. Librarians led the costumed children and their families trick-or-treating along Main Street, visiting local businesses that hung an orange flier on their front door to indicate that they were prepared to avoid any bitter tricks by handing out some tasty sweets. The children’s costumes were fun and creative, and even some parents got into the spirit of things and wore costumes.
This was followed by the Bridgehampton Lions Club’s “Carving Contest 2014” on this past Monday, an event that is never gloomy or sober. Those Halloween festivities will be followed by the Bridgehampton Nutrition Center which will celebrate Halloween with a party on Friday, October 31, starting at 11 a.m. Don’t be scared. Wear your costume and join the fun. Call 537-3072 for info. The center also welcomes all seniors to join the many activities offered throughout the week. Its address is 585 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike.
Last week’s nor’easter hung around almost long enough to get in the way of the scheduled program “The Night Sky—Celestial Viewing” that was being sponsored jointly by the South Fork Natural History Museum and Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt. The folks from the Custer Institute made the trek to Bridgehampton to discuss astronomy and telescopes and the weather actually cooperated. The clouds disappeared and visitors had a chance to view the night skies through the telescopes the presenters had brought.
On Saturday the Bridgehampton Museum hosted its program on “Farming’s Future on the East End.” A good-sized crowd showed up to hear Scott Chaskey of Quail Hill Farm, David Falkowski of Open-Minded Organics, Mary Woltz of Bees Needs and John Halsey of The Milk Pail discuss their agrarian endeavors. The museum, by the way, has plans under way for a series of additional lectures celebrating the history and culture of Greater Bridgehampton that will get under way in early 2015.
Looking ahead a bit, on Thursday, November 6 at 6 p.m., there will be a Full “Frost” Moon Hike cosponsored by SoFo and FLPG. The “Frost” Moon is also known as the Full Beaver Moon. Join them for this leisurely paced one-hour hike in Vineyard Field behind SoFo, and afterward, for some convivial conversation and refreshments in the moonlight. For reservations call the museum at 537-9735, or on the night of the event call Dai Dayton at 745-0689.
And over at the Topping Rose House, on the third Saturday of each month beginning on November 15, there will be a farmers market from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. You’ll be able to purchase goodies from some of the East End’s local farmers and artists.