Bridgehampton Community Notes, May 30


To err is human, but to acknowledge mistakes is not usually my policy. However, I made such a boneheaded blunder in last week’s column that I have no other choice but to own up to it. Despite receiving a listing with the proper time—9 a.m.—for the Bridgehampton Memorial Day observance, I managed to add 30 minutes to that time, with the unfortunate result that the ceremony was done and over by the time those people who relied on this column for their information arrived. My apologies. And, in case you are wondering, I have already marked my calendar for next year with the correct time, so unless they move the ceremony up a half hour on me, I should be prepared.
The Bridgehampton Museum’s first of two summer exhibits, “From Pastures to Putting: Bridgehampton’s Golfing Tradition,” will open with a reception at the archives building at 2539A Montauk Highway, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday. “From Pastures to Putting” highlights the development of golf in Bridgehampton and the history of its associated clubs. It will show original equipment and fashions and document the local origins of a popular local sport. Curator Julie Greene will explain the exhibit and the “19th Hole” will feature a caddy sharing club stories.

In June, the Corwith House will be the site of “Next Stop: Seaside Board,” reenacting the boardinghouse era circa 1870 from the perspective of the owner. In July, the museum will again host its popular “Cartoon Festival,” which will offer drawing instruction in the Charles Addams style. Several other events are planned for the summer of 2013, such as Beebe windmill tours, cemetery tours, antiques shows and folk artist presentations. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for more calendar information.

The historical society will hold its annual cocktail party fundraiser at the Ludlow Grange house on June 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. The house on Montauk Highway is now owned by Andrea and Douglas Madaio, who have painstakingly restored it. Tickets range from $100 to $500 and can be purchased through the society by calling 537-1088.

The 11th annual yard sale will be held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be art, books, clothing, furniture, housewares, jewelry, plants and clothing. Admission is $1 for adults. Proceeds of the sale will be used to benefit the congregation’s Helping Hand Fund, an outreach program for the community. Call (631) 537-0132, e-mail or visit for more information.

The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will hold their annual members meeting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center. The day will begin with an award ceremony, election of officers, reports and updates followed by a light lunch. At 1 p.m. arborist Jackson Dodds will lead a guided tour of the Tree Identification Trail. If you are not a member, this is a great time to sign up. Call Diane Lewis at 725-7984 to make reservations.

Bridge Garden on Mitchell Lane will present “Your Garden, Month by Month: The Rose Garden,” on Saturday, June 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The rose roundel is part of Bridge Gardens’ “outer garden,” and features a variety of hybrid teas, grandifloras, floribundas, antique and climbing roses. Find out about the evolution of this specimen bed, how sustainable rose care practices have enhanced the health and blooms of the roses, and what you can do to implement these methods in your home garden. Garden Manager Rick Bogusch will discuss the basics of rose care, the varieties that have performed especially well on the South Fork and his future plans for the rose garden at Bridge Gardens, all with an emphasis on sustainability. Admission is $5; garden members get in for free. For more information and to reserve a spot, call the Peconic Land Trust at (631) 283-3195, extension 19, or email to Rain will cancel the event.

Southampton Town has declared the Bridgehampton School as the winner of its “Plastic Bag Challenge.” As a prize the school will receive a bench made out of recycled plastic at a ceremony on Tuesday, June 4, at 2:15 p.m. During the challenge, Bridgehampton and other school districts collected plastic bags for recycling. More than 27,000 bags, weighing more than 385 pounds, were collected during the contest.

Last, but not least, happy birthday to my daughter, Olivia, who turns 22 on Tuesday.

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