Southampton Community Notes, May 23


For most people Memorial Day is the unofficial start to the party season, the beach season, the busy season, the profit season and the summer scene out in the Hamptons. For me, its the start of something better. Yard sale season!
What better way to kick off my annual treasure hunt than to shop at the North Sea Association’s annual yard sale at the North Sea Community House on Saturday, May 25. Donations come from members of the community so there is always a mix of housewares, clothing, vintage items, books, furniture and more that give you a window into the homes and personalities of the area. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the North Sea Burial Grounds Restoration Project. And, if your house is overflowing with items, like mine, the association is still accepting donations for the sale through Friday. For more information on donation drop-offs or to volunteer at the sale call 283-3858.

Stop by the newly opened Hampton Coffee Company location on County Road 39 in Southampton on Friday, May 24, starting at 9:06 a.m. to grab coffee and breakfast with Peconic Public Broadcasting’s Media Mavens. Bonnie Grice, the Press’s Dawn Watson, Kathryn Menu, Annette Hinkle, Brendan O’Reilly and logo designer Adam Baranello will be broadcasting live! Find out how to get a Media Mavens T-shirt, and more. If you can’t make it in, the Mavens can be heard on WPPB 88.3FM and streaming live from the radio station’s website. What a great way to start off the weekend!

The Southampton Chamber of Commerce kicks off its farmers market on Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the still-in-development Southampton Center (former Parrish Art Museum) on Jobs Lane. The market will be open on Saturdays, through October 13. Check out all of the delicious and specialty varieties of produce, artisanal foods and baked goods. The market also will have a variety of artists, vendors and special events throughout the season. I can’t wait to get this year’s bounty of fairytale eggplants, heirloom tomatoes, specialty cheeses and local honey.

Uniting Against Lung Cancer will hold its 2013 Kites For A Cure benefit on Saturday, May 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. at our village’s beautiful and award-winning Coopers Beach. Guests can enjoy the summer sun while flying a kite to raise funds for lung cancer research and awareness. Tickets are $30 per person or $300 for a family of up to 5 participants. Free parking. For more information visit

The Commission on Veterans Events will hold its Memorial Day Services on Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m. in Agawam Park. Preceding the service, a short parade will be held starting at the First Presbyterian Church and marching down Jobs Lane to the park. Master of Ceremonies William Jones will welcome members of the Polish American Legion of American Veterans and auxiliary, the Malcolm Ross White Post American legion and auxiliary, and “The Dunes” Post Veterans of Foreign Wars and auxiliary.

Patriotic songs will be sung this year by Kristen Steinke and the Southampton High School Chorus. The invocation will be given by Father Michael Vetrano of the Basilica of The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and a benediction will be given by Rabbi Rafe Konikov from the Chabad of Southampton Jewish Center.

Guest speaker NBC News Anchor Chuck Scarborough will speak about his four years as a Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Specialist with the United States Air Force. The services are open to all veterans, their families and the public.

The Elks will be holding a blood drive this week on Tuesday, May 28, from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 605 County Road 39 in Southampton. There will be lobster bisque and snacks for those donating blood. For details, call 875-8525.

Our Lady of The Hamptons 7th grade students Kate Wilkie and Olivia Valle, as part of their National Junior Honor Society service project are collecting new or gently used men’s size large or bigger T-shirts for the “Britches For Boys” campaign. Donations can be dropped off at Southampton Stationery on Hampton Road through Saturday, June 8. The shirts will be turned into shorts to help underprivileged boys through the Mission To Heal organization.

The girls, along with Girl Scouts from the Southampton area, will host a “sewing party” on Sunday, June 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary on Hill Street. The party is open to Girl Scouts to fulfill their service requirement. Members from Mission To Heal will be on hand to give the girls a presentation on the organization and its more than 40 years of charitable work around the world. Admission is one T-shirt per Girl Scout. Good luck with the fundraiser, girls!

The Public Relations Professionals of Long Island recently honored Robert Zimmerman, founding partner of the public relations and marketing firm, Zimmerman/Edelson Inc., with the Jack Rettaliata Lifetime Achievement Award at its 23rd annual Awards Gala in Carle Place. Mr. Zimmerman, who resides in Great Neck, is a part-time resident of our fair village. Congratulations on the honor!

On a personal note, I’d like to wish happy birthday to my favorite (and only) sister Rachel and my lovely aunt Carol who both celebrated this week. I love you both and wish you could spend the glorious start to summer here with me in Southampton with a drink in hand and sand between our toes.

At The Library

Tickets are on sale for the Rogers Memorial Library’s Dinner and Theater Evening of “How the Other Half Loves,” staged by the Hampton Theatre Company, on Thursday, May 30. Meet at Stone Creek Inn in Quogue at 5 p.m. After dinner, the performance will take place at 7 p.m. at Quogue Community Hall. The fee of $53 includes a three-course dinner, tax, tip and theater ticket. Reservations and payment are required by May 24. Contact the Hampton Theatre Company at 653-8955 or for reservations and information.

Carol O’Connor will offer a workshop making stretchy summer bracelets from beads and thread at the library on Saturday, June 1, at 3 p.m. There is a fee of $10 due at registration for this program.

Russian-born pianist Olga Vinokur, first-prize winner in the Prokofiev Piano Competition in Russia, will offer a program of works by Schumann, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff, on Sunday, June 2, at 3 p.m.

Call (631) 283-0774, ext. 523 to make a reservation for any program.

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