I hear that changes are happening at Bridge Gardens. The season is officially under way, and improvements to the grounds, planting beds, entrance and rose garden continue to be made. Garden members have complete access to the gardens throughout the season to stroll with a friend, and take it all in at their leisure. Their community gardeners are just getting started, and the demonstration turf beds that were installed in the fall are starting to come to life.Friday, May 8, is National Public Gardens Day and to celebrate, Bridge Gardens, LongHouse Reserve and Madoo Conservancy will be offering a day of free one-hour tours. The tours begin in East Hampton, move to Madoo in Sagaponack and end up at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton at 3 p.m. While admission is free, reservations are required. Also, on Saturday, May 9, Bridge Gardens will be offering “Building Your Soil: From Compost to Fertilizer” from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet Paul Wagner of Soil Foodweb New York and an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist for a presentation on the differences between compost and fertilizer, and learn how to make your own compost and compost tea. Admission is $5 but free to Bridge Gardens members. Rain or shine. For more information and for reservations, call the Peconic Land Trust at 283-3195.This Saturday, the second annual Bridgehampton Half-Marathon will take place. The organizers are still looking for volunteers for an event that benefits Southampton Hospital and the Bridgehampton Museum. The event starts and ends at the Beebe Windmill on Ocean Road and meanders through the beautiful byways of Bridgehampton and Sagaponack. Even the Topping Rose House is participating. This year, they have partnered with the Hamptons Marathon to offer a brunch on the day of the half-marathon, and to keep with the spirit of the event they will be donating a portion of the proceeds they collect from the brunch to the Bridgehampton Museum. To purchase a ticket to the brunch, go to http://toppingrosehouse.com/restaurant/. If you would like to volunteer for the half-marathon, show up at the Beebe Windmill at 7 a.m.
Later that same evening, Houston Person, internationally renowned tenor saxophonist, will close out the Bridgehampton Museum’s parlor jazz concert season. Then on Tuesday, May 12, The museum will be opening an exhibit of work by the Plein Air art group, the Wednesday Group, at the museum’s Archives Building, 2539-A Montauk Highway, which will run through June 5. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. There will be an opening reception and meet the artists on Saturday, May 16, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale for a fundraiser for “Summer Shakespeare at Mulford Farm” which will be held on Saturday, May 16, with “Shakespeare on Wine,” an effervescent sixty minutes of Shakespeare designed to delight your senses (and whet your appetite for Summer Shakespeare under the stars at Mulford). The proceeds will benefit HITFest, Non Disposable Productions, and the East Hampton Historical Society. There will be wine, convivial company, laughter, and, of course, a shared love of Shakespeare. The doors open at 7 p.m. at 2357 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton (next door to the Candy Kitchen). The performance will run from 8 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.shakespeare-on-wine.bpt.me or by calling (516) 725-4205.
At the Suffolk County Legislature’s General Meeting on April 28 at the Riverhead County Center, Legislator Jay Schneiderman honored the Bridgehampton High School Boys Varsity Basketball team. The Killer Bees, under the legendary tutelage of head coach Carl Johnson, became the 2015 Class D New York State Champions. The Killer Bees defeated defending champions New York Mills, 62-49, to win their ninth New York State championship. “I had the honor of recognizing the Killer Bees in 2013 for winning the Class D County Championship,” stated Mr. Schneiderman. “This year they took it to the next level and became state champs. I’m proud to see these young men achieve their dream.”
Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt are encouraging folks to help keep garlic mustard and mile-a-minute vine at bay, and perhaps suggest trying a new pesto recipe. The early growth of two of our area’s most prolific and persistent invasive plants, garlic mustard and mile-a-minute vine, will be showing up in May and early June, so they want to alert us to be on the lookout and to encourage us to remove any occurrences of these plants on our property. And, if you’re willing to take the leap from Pest to Pesto, visit the following link to see a great collection of recipes featuring garlic mustard, published by the good people at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. http://www.phcwpma.org/GarlicMustard/2013/gm_recipes.pdf.
FLPG will be holding its monthly meeting on Monday, May 11, at 6 p.m. at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center, 1061 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. All are welcome. For more information, call (631) 745-0689.
Finally, on Sunday, May 10, there will be a Poxabogue and Sagg Swamp Meander from 10 a.m. till noon. Sponsored by the Southampton Trails Preservation Society, this easy-paced three mile hike will begin at the park entrance on Old Farm Road in Bridgehampton, just south of the railroad trestle. Hikers will enjoy views of grasslands, ponds and swamp. Contact the hike leaders, Ken and Sue Bieger, at (631) 283-5432.