Bridgehampton Community Notes, November 13

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Mark Twain is credited with having once said, “Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get.” Unfortunately, weather is what we got when the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt’s Full “Frost” Moon Hike was canceled last week due to rain.If the rain clouds cooperate, the rest of this month will offer some spectacular views of Jupiter as it reaches high overhead in the early-morning sky. In addition, the famous Leonid meteor shower peaks in the early-morning hours of November 17. The moon will not be around to obscure faint meteors, so this is a good year to see the Leonids. Expect 15 to 20 meteors per hour to appear anywhere in the sky. The Leonids are usually modest in number, but they have been known to surprise viewers with the amount of “falling stars” that can appear.

And as bright summer light changes to a softer golden hue in the autumn garden, you can still learn to capture the beauty of the season during a relaxing watercolor session with Lois Bender, a professional artist and skilled educator. Classes meet on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are limited in size. Prepaid registration is required. Classes are $45 each plus materials. You can bring your own materials or purchase them from Lois. To register, contact Lois at loisbender@gardenspiritsny.com. On Saturday, November 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. there will be a POP-UP Art Show featuring works by Lois’s students from the season and light refreshments.

Also on Saturday, November 15, at 10 a.m., HAH will be offering a “Roundtable on the Fall Garden” in the Horticultural Library on the ground floor of the Bridgehampton Community House. This will be an informal study and discussion moderated by Pamela Harwood and will cover plants providing autumn bloom and foliage color, broadleaf evergreens, landscape cleanup for winter and other timely seasonal topics. Admission is free and for info call (631) 537-2223. Then on Tuesday, November 18, at 10 a.m. “Friends of the Garden” will meet at the School Street side of the Bridgehampton Community House for their last gathering of the year. They’ll be preparing the garden for its winter repose, reflecting on the summer that has just concluded, and putting together their wish list for next spring. As usual, refreshments will be served at noon accompanied by laughter and conviviality. Rain date is Thursday of the same week.

On this same Saturday at the Topping Rose House, the first of the season farmers market will be open from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. They’ll be hosting the market through the winter on the third Saturday of every month.

On Monday, November 24, Bob DeLuca, President of Group for the East End, will be at the Bridgehampton CAC meeting focusing on the historical evolution of groundwater protection, clearing restrictions, and the effect on surface waters. The CAC meets in the ground floor meeting room of the Bridgehampton National Bank, and all are welcome to attend.

The Bridgehampton Museum will be announcing its full 2014/2015 jazz concert schedule soon, but I can share with you the news that the first concert will be on Saturday, November 29, when Antoinette Montague will be joined by pianist Jane Hastay and bassist Peter Martin Weiss at the museum’s Archives Building, 2539-A Montauk Highway. Telescopes are not needed to view these stars, but you do need tickets which are $15 for members of the museum and $25 for non-members. They can be purchased through PayPal at www.bhmuseum.org or by calling 537-1088. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and reservations are strongly recommended.

Finally, New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele has announced that his district office will again be accepting donations for the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” program. Fred’s office will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children from Monday, November 24, through Friday, December 12. Donations may be dropped off at his office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 2302 Main Street, Suite A, in Bridgehampton. Fred encourages residents to take part in the Toys for Tots program and if everyone does their part, Fred says “We can make this holiday season a magical one for children.” The Toys for Tots charity was established in 1947 by the Marines’ Los Angeles Reserve Unit to collect and distribute toys to less fortunate children whose parents were unable to provide presents for them. Since the inception of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Marines have distributed more than 469 million toys to more than 216 million needy children. For more information on the Toys for Tots program, feel free to call Assemblyman Fred Thiele’s office at (631) 537-2583.

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