Bridgehampton Community Notes, May 14

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At the Suffolk County Legislature’s General Meeting on April 28, at the Riverhead County Center, Legislator Jay Schneiderman honored Josh Lamison, Bridgehampton High School basketball player, for scoring 1,000 career points. When a high school basketball player scores 1,000 points in their career, it usually takes place during their senior year. Josh accomplished this milestone a bit earlier, becoming the fourth player in Bridgehampton school history to reach 1,000 points as a junior. After graduating from high school, Lamison strives to play college basketball and major in sports management. The Killer Bees were undefeated in League VIII play and became the 2015 Class D New York State Champions.Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church of Bridgehampton has just received a very generous gift from the family of the late Charlotte Fordham Rogers Smith of Water Mill, who died this past December. Joan Miller and others have been working on behalf of the church in securing the donation of a very fine organ and is now working on raising funds to underwrite moving the organ from the Smith home to Holy Rosary. I’m told the organ is about 18 feet high and moving it, and getting it up into the balcony of the church, is going to be a major feat. Dismantling of the organ will take a day and then it will probably take another two days to reassemble. Then a day or two will be necessary for “voicing” the organ, which is the process of giving “speech” and tonal quality to the organ’s pipes.

The Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) has also received a major gift in the form of a $15,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation to support its after-school program called “Ciencia en CMEE.” The program aims to inspire an interest in and excitement for science among young learners while providing parents and kids from around the area with opportunities to learn and create together. In addition to making science education both fun and accessible, “Ciencia en CMEE” expands the English proficiency of participating families while providing these families with tools to help negotiate educational institutions such as museums, schools, and libraries in and around the East End. The program also utilizes bilingual high school students to help facilitate each class, allowing these students to share their passion for science while gaining valuable teaching experience and building self-esteem. The grant will enable CMEE to purchase program supplies, teaching materials, and to help offset the cost of field trips like the now-annual “Ciencia in the City,” a visit to the American Museum of Natural History where students meet and learn from practicing scientists.

In other news, on Saturday, May 16, from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m., the Bridgehampton Museum will preview their newest exhibit in the Corwith House at 2368 Montauk Highway. The exhibit, titled “A Stich In Time,” celebrates the artistic endeavors of women of the mid 19th century who were often left behind by their husbands who were off whaling, fighting in the Civil War, or seeking riches in the gold rush out west. In addition, Museum Curator Julie Greene will be available to sign copies of her new book titled “Bridgehampton’s Summer Colony” which will be available for sale at the museum.

On that same day the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will be holding its annual plant sale on the museum’s grounds. It follows the alliance’s Friday evening cocktail party, also on the museum’s grounds.

The South Fork Natural History Museum has just announced that two additional esteemed speakers have signed on for its first annual climate change forum and benefit, “Climate Change: What It Means for the East End” scheduled for Saturday, June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. The additional speakers are Peter Boyd, Senior Advisor and Climate Lead for the B Team, and Dr. Robert Stein, Sag Harbor Trustee and child psychoanalyst. Tickets are available through SoFo’s Director of Development, Diana Aceti at (631) 537-9735, (631) 903-7217, or at sofodevdir@optonline.net. Individual tickets are $150 suggested donation, and $75 for students (children under 16 are free). $500 VIP ticket prices include a post event dinner with the evening’s featured speakers and special guests, hosted by SoFo Founder and President Andy Sabin. Discounted group rates are available.

The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons (HAH) is planning ahead for another one of itd fabulous tours, this time to Philadelphia, to visit the Scott Arboretum, the Scott Associates’ Plant Sale and Chanticleer Garden on Friday, September 11, and Saturday, September 12. The tour costs $315 per person for double occupancy and $365 per person for single occupancy, and includes bus transportation, admissions, hotel accommodation, and breakfast, lunch, and a box lunch on the trip home. Payment must be made by July 1, and you can call for more information at (631) 537-2223.

Finally, 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.

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