Southampton Community News, July 21

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Attention all businesses in the village! Southampton SeptemberFest is currently seeking sponsors to underwrite this year’s weekend-long festivities. The sixth annual SeptemberFest to celebrate the spirit and beauty of Southampton is scheduled to be held September 23 through 25. Events for 2016 include concerts in Agawam Park, the Chowder Contest, “Taste of Southampton” and more. Any businesses interested in offering sponsorship for the event can call Karen Connolly at the Chamber of Commerce at 631-283-9128 or download the sponsorship form at southamptonseptfest.org.Earlier this month, foreign diplomats from the United Nations met with marine scientists to observe the success of the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program, currently run by Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. On hand for the day-long excursion through the marine sanctuary was Mark Newhouse, president of Ocean Sanctuary Alliance, and Dr. Ellen Pikitch, chair of the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance Board of Scientists and executive director at the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook. The two were met by Sebastiano Cardi, the permanent representative of Italy to the U.N., as well as diplomatic representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Maldives, Palau, Poland and elsewhere. Following their day in the field, a dinner and reception was held to honor their visit.

Members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, alongside various members from other coastal tribes of the Northeast, will participate in this year’s Paddle to Nisqually in Washington state. The annual canoe journey through the Pacific Northwest celebrates indigenous peoples and the physical and spiritual discipline of their ancestors. The paddle is also a means of highlighting issues of preservation, water quality, and water access rights of many coastal indigenous peoples. Since its beginnings in 1989, the journey has grown to include more than 100 participating canoes piloted by canoe families from various canoe cultures such as the Inuit, the Maori, native Alaskans, native Hawaiians and others across the world. The journey includes several stops along the way, allowing time for traditional prayers, drumming, songs and dances among the various cultures.

The Shinnecock canoe team is currently organizing a fundraising effort for their participation in Paddle to Nisqually. Donations can be made to their crowdfunding page at gofundme.com/mishoon. The team will leave Sunday, July 24, and will conclude their paddle Saturday, July 30.

A reminder to all you animal lovers out there of the fifth annual Summer Benefit by Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue. The party is a great opportunity to give back and support an important local charity organization that helps to save dogs on death row, pay for spay and neuter programs, and provide necessary medical care to dogs waiting for adoption. The party will be held Saturday, July 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the home of Ellen and Chuck Scarborough in Southampton. Tickets are $200 in advance or $250 at the door. Partygoers can enjoy live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction.

At the Library

Author Frances Cole Jones will discuss her most recent book “How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Selling Your (Brilliant) Self in Any Situation” on Thursday, July 21, at 5:30 p.m. at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton. Ms. Jones is the author of a blog voted one of the top 100 websites for women by Forbes.com. Admission is free.

Local architect Eric Woodward will discuss his extensive vintage postcard collection, which includes historic views of various locations around Southampton, on Monday, July 25, at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

A patio concert featuring the Zigzag Quartet will be held Thursday, July 28, at 6 p.m. Latin American music from the tango to the cha-cha, bossa nova and more will be performed. Admission is free.

Register at myrml.org or call 631-283-0774 ext. 523.

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