Southampton Community News, April 30

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David Bunn Martine, director of the Shinnecock Museum, recently presented Dr. John Strong with a 2015 Living Treasure Award at an awards ceremony at the Suffolk County Historical Society on Sunday, April 26. Awards were also presented to John v.H. Halsey, founder of the Peconic Land Trust; artist David Ebner; Richard Wines, Hallockville Farm Museum and the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies.According to the historical society’s website, awards are given to individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to Suffolk County in the realm of arts, culture, history, and preservation, and have thereby enriched both Suffolk County and the quality of life of its residents. Congratulations to all award recipients!

Southampton Chamber of Commerce will host a Networking Night this Thursday, April 30, at 5 p.m. at BMW of Southampton. Admission is $15. There will be passed appetizers and a cash bar. A portion of the proceeds from the evening’s festivities will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Don’t forget to bring your business cards! Call the chamber office at (631) 283-0402 or visit its website, www.southamptonchamber.com, for more information.

Looking for things to do this weekend? Search no more—there is lots happening around town!

The Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton, will host an opening reception for “East End Collected,” a group exhibition of works by East End artists, on Saturday, May 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit, curated by contributing artist Paton Miller, will remain on view through Sunday, May 17. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m. each day. The arts center is also currently seeking submissions for the “East To West” exhibition, which will be on view this summer. Email submissions to info@southamptoncenter.org no later than Friday, May 15.

The Red Knights Chapter XXV 10th annual Bike Blessing and Ride, to benefit the Volunteer Firefighters’ Burn Center Fund at Stony Brook University Hospital, will take place this Sunday, May 3, at the North Sea Firemen’s Memorial Athletic Field. The Red Knights are a group of East End firefighters and motorcycle riders. Bike registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Registration fee is $20 per rider and $10 for passengers or walk-in admission. Reverend Steve Howarth, the Red Knights’ Chaplain, will offer the blessing. A group ride to and from Amagansett will follow, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Back at the field, music, food, refreshments, raffles and door prizes. For more information, call club president Michael Davis at (631) 236-6578, visit www.redknightsny25.org or visit their Facebook page, by searching Red Knights NY 25.

I attended the bike blessing last year with my family and it was a great time! The weather is supposed to be beautiful—with a forecast of 61 degrees and sunny—so pack up the kids and head to the Firemen’s Field in North Sea (located behind the community house) for a fun-filled day, perfect for the whole family!

Also on Sunday: In celebration of Southampton’s ongoing, year-long 375th anniversary celebration, the Southampton Historical Museum will host a tour of the town’s houses of worship, including the First Presbyterian Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, The Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and more from 1 to 4 p.m. Register online. Call the historical museum at (631) 283-2494 or visit www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.

At The Library

A limited numbers of tickets are now on sale for the Rogers Memorial Library’s bus trip to New York City to attend a matinee performance of “The Audience” on Broadway on Wednesday, May 27. The $185 fee includes orchestra seats and round-trip Jitney tickets. Call the Rogers Memorial Library at (631) 283-0774, ext. 523 for more information.

The library’s yoga, chair yoga, tai chi, and writing classes are now open for registration.

A reading of personal stories by writers in the weekly Personal Essay Workshop will be led by Carla Riccio, on Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m.

A poetry reading by Virginia Walker and Michael Walsh will take place on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. Walker and Walsh have written “Neuron Mirror,” a book of poetry honoring Helen Shields, Diana Chang, Robert Long, Siv Cedering and Antje Katcher.

Lisa Carew will be at the library’s Cooper Hall on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. to offer English conversation practice, beginning on May 5. Reservations are not required.

Photographer John Spoltore will talk about the “big four” camera settings: white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, on Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. This program is for those who own a point and shoot, bridge, or DSLR digital camera.

Author Martin H. Levinson will talk about his book, “Brooklyn Boomer: Growing Up in the Fifties,” on Wednesday, May 6, at noon. Part memoir, part social history, his book is a portrait of Brooklyn and mid-twentieth century America.

Ava Locks will offer a workshop about how to create a website on Wednesday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. There is a $5 fee due at registration.

Writer and NPR book critic Joan Baum will discuss her book, “The Dirtiest Book in American Literature?” on Thursday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. in which she discusses “Sabbath’s Theater” by Philip Roth, particularly how this novel extends themes and subject matter explored in other Roth fiction. She will also consider the nature of obscenity and pornography.

Register for any program at www.myrml.org or by calling (631) 283-0774, ext. 523.

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