Bridgehampton Community Notes, June 27


What a splendid weekend we had. The weather was perfect, and that full moon on Sunday was as beautiful as they come. Chateau Kotz was rockin’ all weekend because my wife hosted a bridal shower for our niece, Elizabeth Mullins, who lives in Milwaukee and is getting married there next month.Bridal showers mean that after performing a few feats of heaving lifting—and by heavy lifting I mean carrying a few bags of ice or moving a few chairs around—the men get to make themselves scarce, so my brother-in-law and one of my nephews joined me on a Saturday jaunt to Montauk. Unfortunately, I got home about an hour too soon, and found myself elbow deep in dishwater.

Another year’s worth of graduations are over. My wife went to Bridgehampton’s this year, but I was too lazy to do so, not having any kids in the graduating class. It’s the first one I’ve missed in some time.

Hard to believe it but the Fourth of July is just a week away. That means the Friends of the Hampton Library’s Fridays at Five lecture series is ready to begin. Terrence McNally, whose most recent book is “Golden Age and Other Plays,” kicks things off on July 5. Tickets are $15, but you can buy a series of four for $60.

Speaking of the Friends, their annual fundraising cocktail party will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 20 at the home of John and Cassie Pouschine on Farmview Drive in Sagaponack. Contact the library at 537-0015 for information about tickets and raffles.

I know this is rushing things and all, but I might as well get it out there now, so you can mark your calendar. If you were expecting Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church’s annual art auction to take place in mid-July, as it used to, you’re mistaken. The event as been moved to Saturday, August 10, on account of all the other events, for-profit and otherwise, taking place in July.

Closer to the present, the Bridgehampton Historical Society will hold a reception this Friday, June 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Corwith House Museum to celebrate the opening of the second of two summer exhibits, “Next Stop, Seaside Board,” which reenacts the boardinghouse era from the innkeeper’s perspective.

Boardinghouses opened well before the railroad arrived on Long Island’s East End. When it was finally extended to Bridgehampton in 1870, the hamlet began marketing itself as a summer retreat. Join curator Julie Greene for one of her popular curator’s talks, or stop in for tea, observe the owner’s preparations for Independence Day, and see a local villager weaving a basket for beach picnickers. The museum will be open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Southampton Trails Preservation Society will sponsor a moderately paced 6-mile hike through the Long Pond Greenbelt from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. Participants should meet at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor. The leader, Bob Wolfram, can be reached at (631) 848-2255.

The South Fork Natural History Museum will sponsor Birding for Beginners with Frank at 10 a.m. This is the third part of a three-part series led by Frank Quevedo, the museum’s executive director. In June, the local woodlands are home to dozens of birds that flourish only in heavily treed areas. These birds include the American redstart, black-and-white warbler, scarlet tanager, and ovenbird. Searching for these birds, or any 
others, in the dense, deciduous forest can be a challenge, but if you are familiar with their 
songs and calls, identification will be much easier. Participants should bring binoculars, a scope, and a field guide to birds of eastern North America, if they have one.

The program is for adults and children age 12 and up. To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 537-9735. There is a fee for participants who are not current SoFo members of $7 for adults and $5 for children.

The sun rises earlier in the summer and so should you. The Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church has announced summer worship hours through Labor Day. Service will now be held at 9:30 a.m. Unfortunately, there is no childcare offered during the summer.

Finally, I knew it was going to happen sooner or later, but I have to admit I was still shocked to see the Tiska house on Lumber Lane obliterated over the course of a few days. It was just a simple, one-story house, the kind you used to see all around town. In most parts of the country it would have been someone’s pride and joy to be able to buy such a nice place for their family. Out here, though, it was a tear-down, waiting for a trophy that crowds the landscape to be erected in its place.

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