July is almost gone, and August is upon us. An old folk saying has it that for every foggy morning in August, there will be a snowfall during the winter. Another warns that if the first week of August is unusually warm, the coming winter will be snowy and long. And another forewarns that if a cold August follows a hot July, we will have a winter hard and dry. Frankly, after last weekend’s heat, snow almost sounds like something to which we can all look forward.August, by the way, is considered the final month of meteorological summer and while there are plenty of hot and humid spells, we sometimes experience days in which you can sense an approaching autumn. Youngsters, perhaps, sense the impending threat of another school year about to commence, thereby necessitating a frenzied enjoyment of the last month of freedom. Parents, not so much.
Meanwhile, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton is offering one more brief respite this Thursday July 28, with a midday concert. The thirty minute program will start at noon with solos, duets and trios. Admission is free and no reservations are needed.
This “Fridays at Five” at the Hamptons Library will be featuring Richard Reeves, the bestselling author of such books as “Infamy: The Shocking Story of Japanese American Internment in World War II” and “President Kennedy: Profile of Power.” He is an award-winning journalist who was the chief political correspondent of the New York Times, a writer for The New Yorker, and chief correspondent for Frontline on PBS. He is currently the Senior Lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. As always, the evening begins with wine and hors d’ oeuvres, followed by the guest’s presentation. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the program is from 5 until 6 p.m. Single tickets cost $20. For more information contact the Hampton Library at 631-537-0015.
This Saturday, July 30, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church will be hosting a “Midsummer’s Evening Silent Auction and Art Sale” in their Parish Center from 6 until 9 p.m. to help fund painting and refurbishing the church. Auction items include golf packages, a week’s stay in vacation homes here and abroad, luxury items, meals in local restaurants, a pig roast for twenty people and much more. Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets cost $50 and for more information contact Lisa at 631-537-0156.
Looking ahead, the annual “Bridgehampton Benefit” is taking place at The Campbell Stables located on West Pond Drive here in Bridgehampton on August 6 from 6 until 11 p.m. Charities including the Starkey Hearing Foundation, the Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (LICADD) and the Needlers Foundation will all be present. The benefit will allow guests to meet and mingle with guest celebrities, enjoy a fashion show, artist performances, and more. Money raised will help support the charity organizations involved. Contact Rick Eberle at 516-729-6872 for more information.
Finally, The Bridgehampton Museum is gearing up for its Silent Art Auction and Cocktail Party on Saturday, August 13, from 6 until 8 p.m. It’s expected that over one hundred items, including paintings, carvings and sculptures, will be available for bids while guests enjoy hors d’oeuvres by Dark Horse Catering and music by Jim Turner. Tickets cost $100 each and are available now on line at bhmuseum.org or by calling the museum at 631-537-1088.