Congratulations to the members of the Bridgehampton School’s Class of 2011—Brooke Burnside, Dominique Clark, Donovan Davis, Nina Hemby, Nathanael Hochstedler, Brandon Jenkins, Sergio Palacios, Oscar Torres, Gregorio Rojano, Modesto Martinez and Putu Aprillina Setyawati. This year’s class, the 100th to graduate from the school, was joined by members of the Class of 1961 at commencement exercises on Sunday. Jonathan Glynn, a founder of Wings Over Haiti, which started a school in that impoverished country after first ferrying in relief supplies after the devastating earthquake of 2010, was the commencement speaker. The school also received a proclamation from the State Legislature from Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. congratulating it on its 100th anniversary.
The Class of 2011 also had an honorary member. Jolene Ressing, an exchange student from Germany who lived with the Hochstedler family, received an honorary diploma before returning to her home on Monday. Auf Wiedersehen, Jolene.
If you were trying to navigate your way from Bridgehampton to East Hampton or vice versa on Sunday afternoon, I’m guessing you were caught up in the traffic jam that resulted when the Bridgehampton firefighters had to close down Montauk Highway between Sagg Road and Wainscott Harbor Road as they and volunteers from East Hampton, Amagansett, Sag Harbor, Southampton and North Sea battled a barn fire at the Schwenk farm across from the Poxabogue Golf Center. Then early Monday afternoon the scanner in our office went off with reports of a brush fire on Lumber Lane.
Busy as they’ve been, I’m guessing department members haven’t had much time to push tickets for the annual Bridge Bucks raffle, which takes place on Saturday, July 23, with a cocktail party at the firehouse that evening. If you run into a firefighter ask him or her about tickets, which cost $100 and can qualify you for a top prize of up to $30,000 and loads of other cash prizes. You can also attend the cocktail party, one of the best social events of the season if you are into seeing friends and neighbors, for only $20.
With the Fourth of July upon us, it is also time to turn our attention to the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church Art in the Garden benefit auction, the 24th installment of which takes place on Saturday, July 9, under a tent on the church grounds. This year’s featured artist is James Daga Albinson. On view will be works by Casey Chalem Anderson, Ted Asnis, Linda Barone, Susan D’Alessio, Terry Elkins, Aubrey Granger, Barbara Hadden, Katy Hayden, Janet Jennings, Mary Laspia, Pingree Louchheim, Mary Ann Lucas, Liz Malunowicz, Barbara Maslen, Page Patterson, Joanne Rosko, Alice Connick Ryan, Eileen Dawn Skretch, Frank Sofo, Janine Stern, Robert Tabor, Barbara Thomas, Joan Tripp, Gayle Tudisco, Richard Udice, Ilse Wolff and Lewis Zachs. The preview starts at 6 p.m., with bidding starting at 7:30 p.m. Bill McCuddy will be the auctioneer. Tickets are $35 each and wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
The Friends of the Hampton Library’s Fridays at Five author lecture series begins this Friday, July 1, with an appearance by Alan and Arlene Alda, who will discuss Mr. Alda’s book, “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself.” My Press colleague, Tom Clavin, will appear with his writing partner Bob Drury, to discuss their recent book, “Last Men Out: The True Story of America’s Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam” on Friday, July 8.
Although the series is called Fridays at Five, the gates actually open each week at 4:30 p.m. with refreshments before the speaker begins. A question-and-answer session and book signing follow the readings. Admission is $15, or $60 if you buy a pack of five.
The Friends of the Library will also hold its summer fundraiser cocktail party at a private home on Scuttlehole Road on Saturday, July 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets for the event start at $150. Raffle tickets, at $25 for a book of six, are also available. All proceeds go to library programs.
If you thought tie-dye went out with the ’60s, think again. The Bridge Kids program at the Hampton Library will sponsor a tie-dye T-shirt party at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The program is for children 8 and older. Kids should bring a clean, white T-shirt for dyeing out on the lawn, weather permitting.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, the library will offer programs for teens, including a screening of the film, “Glory,” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. The film tells the story of the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War.
Although it’s hard to think of anything related to the Civil War and all its carnage as “trivia,” the library will also hold a trivia contest for teens from Sunday, July 3, to Monday, July 18. To review some of the important dates, battles and people who participated in the war, you’ll have to answer questions that will be available to you in the young adult room. Research will be allowed. Here’s a fact I learned only this year: More than 53,000 New Yorkers died in the Civil War. It’s like the state had its own Vietnam War.
Mark Barylski of Bridgehampton, a student at Paul Smith’s College, has been named to the dean’s list for maintaining at least a 3.3 grade point average for the spring semester. Mark, who I would suspect is continuing in the family business, is majoring in surveying technology and is enrolled in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Paul Smith’s College is on the shores of Lower St. Regis Lake and is the only four-year institution of higher education in the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park of New York State.