Notes from Bridgehampton, September 16


Members of the Bridgehampton Village Improvement Society gathered on Friday morning behind the Hampton Library to dedicate a bench in memory of the BVIS’s longtime president, Jim Riordan, who died last fall. Those of you who didn’t know Mr. Riordan may remember the annual appeals letters he wrote on behalf of the BVIS, which made you feel guilty if you didn’t chip in at least $25 to help pay for some geraniums or maybe a Christmas tree, just for having had the pleasure of reading them. That, my friends, is a good solicitation letter. If the Internal Revenue Service could figure out a way to duplicate his method, people would actually look forward to paying their taxes each year.

Personally, some of my fondest memories of Mr. Riordan come from meetings of the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee, which I had the “honor” of covering as a young reporter. I soon realized that some people actually liked meetings—any kind of meeting—while others, myself included, hated them. While BCAC meetings were typically as dry as plaster dust, you could always count on Jim Riordan to wake us all up with a thunderous discourse on some wrongheaded idea the town was trying to impose on the good people of Bridgehampton. When he was done, he was likely to drum his fingertips on the tabletop—loudly—which I always took to mean that he wished, just as I did, that they’d hurry up and adjourn the damned meeting already.


Southampton Town will again sponsor Long Pond Greenbelt Fall Movie Nights, starting on Wednesday, September 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Long Pond Nature Center on the east side of the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike just north of Scuttlehole Road. The evening will feature “An Introduction to Dragonflies,” a documentary focusing on common species of dragonflies and damselflies found in the northeast.

This showing is free and open to the public, but parking is limited and may require a short walk along a dirt drive. For more information, call Laura Smith, principal environmental analyst with the town at 287-5720.

With classes back in session, the Bridgehampton School will hold its annual back-to-school picnic on Thursday, September 23, at 5:30 p.m. on the school grounds. There is usually a spirited softball kickball game for the kids and plenty of food to go around, so if you are new to the school community be sure to drop by.

Congratulations to Connie Kalish who celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday, September 11, at a party hosted by three of his sons, Tony, David and Dan Kalish. It’s hard to believe that Mr. Kalish is 90. I’m willing to wager he’s in better shape and more active than a lot of people half his age, including this correspondent.

October will soon be upon us, and that means that the Bridgehampton Racing Heritage Group will once again celebrate the long gone but not forgotten Bridgehampton Race Circuit. This year’s celebration takes place on Saturday, October 2. Some of the Trans-Am cars that ripped around that track during its heyday, as well as sports cars, open wheel race cars and early automobiles will be on display, also photos and racing memorabilia at the Bridgehampton Corwith House museum grounds, starting at 10 a.m.

The celebration will feature the society’s annual Vintage Automobile Rallye to be held over local roads around Bridgehampton, starting at noon. For rally information, call (631) 537-1088 or visit

The week following, the Bridgehampton Lions Club will host its annual Antiques Show at the Community House on Saturday, October 9. More than 30 dealers offering furniture, folk art, jewelry and other collectibles will be on hand. Admission to the show, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is $5. Early birds can get in at 9, for $10.

The Hampton Library will present “Computers and Technology: Introduction to the Apple Computer” on Saturday, September 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program will introduce participants to the wonders of the Apple computer and all the things it can do, apparently without freezing every few minutes. There is a $5 fee due at registration.

“If Walls Could Talk, Oh, the Stories Your House Could Tell” will feature Sally Spanburgh, the Bridgehampton Historical Society’s program director who will discuss researching the history of your home on Thursday, September 23, at 5:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to navigate Suffolk County records and about the detective work required to gather “genealogical” information about their houses.

Spanish for Beginners will be held on Thursdays from September 23 to November 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. In the eight-week class, students will learn basic conversational Spanish to help in communicating effectively in personal and professional day-to-day situations. A $30 fee is due at registration.

Eileen Obser will lead a Creative Writing Workshop on Tuesdays from September 28 to October 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a lively, supportive workshop for those wishing to work in fiction and nonfiction. There will be discussions on reading, technique, voice, and style—all components of good writing. Participants will experiment with narration, characterization, dialogue and plot through class assignments and sharpen their critical skills in revising and making editorial choices. The class is open to writers of all ages and levels of writing. A $40 fee is due at registration.

For children 4 and older, “Lego Mania” will be held on Thursday, September 16, at 3:30 p.m. The Tuesday Tales Writing Club for kids age 8 and older will meet on Tuesday, September 21, at 4 p.m. “Afternoon Tea with ‘T’” will return on Sunday, September 19, at 2:30 p.m., for children 4 and older.

For teens, “Wii Wednesday” returns on September 22 at 5 p.m., and in honor of National Comic Book Day, there will be a trivia contest from September 16 through 26. To commemorate the august day, the library will also hold a special “Movies and Munchies” with a screening of “The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” at 2 p.m. on September 25.

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