Water Mill Community Notes, May 14

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I recently wrote about how simple and easy it now is for residents of the Southampton and Tuckahoe school districts to get a free, yes, you read that right, membership to the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. I had signed up for it online and the confirmation message instructed me to pick up my membership card at the museum.After several weeks of driving past without remembering to stop, I had a few extra minutes last week so after I once again drove mindlessly past, this time I turned around and went to the museum. At the front desk I said I was there to pick up my card.

When I mentioned to the very friendly front desk ladies that I think it’s great (and about time) that the museum offered the free membership to the taxpayers who have been supporting it for years, they told me the response has been incredible. Several hundred people signed up shortly after the postcard was mailed out.

I was given my membership card and the young woman who handed it to me said she remembered filing mine because her aunt, who is a romance novelist, writes books using the last name Covell. Intrigued, I tried to find more information, but I came up empty.

Grist for the Mill doesn’t often get information about what’s happening over at Mercy Villa on Rose Hill Road in Water Mill, but this week was an exception. An interesting gathering is being planned there for Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. called a “Women’s Day of Encouragement” and the day will honor St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as The Little Flower.

According to a website about St. Therese, she had a conversion that transformed her life at the age of 14. “From then on, her powerful energy and sensitive spirit were turned toward love …. At 15, she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to give her whole life to God. She took the religious name Sister Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Living a hidden, simple life of prayer, she was gifted with great intimacy with God. Through sickness and dark nights of doubt and fear, she remained faithful to God.” She died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24.

A lay Carmelite will be at the event to talk about St. Therese. In addition, there will be lunch, fair trade sales, door prizes and raffles. Tickets are $35 in advance only. For more information, call 255-1995.

There is no good segue from an event honoring a saint to an event about bras, so I’ll just jump right in: next Thursday, May 21, the annual Reconstructed Bra Fashion Show & Auction will take place at the Southampton Social Club. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and all proceeds benefit Lucia’s Angels and the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital.

Tickets for the fun-filled and very entertaining event are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. To purchase tickets, go to www.luciasangels.org/bra, or visit Catena’s Market or the Breast Health Center at Southampton Hospital. More information is available by calling 726-8715.

This Sunday, I’ll be making my way by foot from Water Mill to Montauk Point, as part of the Real-Aid for Autism relay walk that sets out on Saturday from East Islip. It could get interesting since my ankle is still healing from a fall a few weeks ago, but I’m going to give it a try … it’s the least I can do since the EJ Autism Foundation, which sponsors the relay, provides some financial support to the Flying Point Foundation for Autism. If you see me out there, give me a beep.

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