With the U.S. Women’s Open Golf Tournament in “full swing” and traffic barely crawling along Route 39 from points west, I am very grateful to be living on the less hectic side of Southampton in North Sea. My little family lives near the North Sea Fire Department, the North Sea Community House and Fireman’s Field where we enjoy peace and relative quiet for the majority of the year. The only real disruptions to that calm are few and far between but are reason to celebrate, not to complain.My favorite exception to the rule, the annual North Sea Fire Department Carnival will kick off on Tuesday, July 2, and will continue through Saturday, July 6, from 7 to 11 p.m., nightly, at the department’s field on Noyac Road. Living across the street we get a front row seat for the fireworks every year. They will be launched this year on Wednesday, July 3, and Saturday, July 6, at approximately 10 p.m. each night. Bracelet nights will be held on July 2, 4 and 5, with admission for $25, or $20 with coupon from The Southampton Press.
The Commission on Veterans Patriotic Events will host its Independence Day Parade for the delight of locals and visitors alike on Thursday, July 4, at 10 a.m. starting at Railroad Plaza and traveling down Main Street and Jobs Lane in Southampton Village.
Afterward, head over to the Southampton Center (the former Parrish Art Museum building) on Jobs Lane for a free family-friendly celebration featuring the immensely talented sideshow and circus performers of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, music by Jim Turner, a bounce house, face painting, refreshments and more. The festivities start at 11 a.m. and will continue through 3 p.m. The celebration at the Southampton Center is the start of a very active summer, full of art openings, performances and cultural events. It will be exciting to see what develops there.
The Southampton Fresh Air Home will host its American Picnic benefit on Friday, July 5, from 7 to 10 p.m. at 1030 Meadow Lane in Southampton. Tickets are $300 for adults and $150 for children age 2 to 20. Fireworks by Grucci will be launched over Shinnecock Bay at dusk. For those without deep pockets, don’t despair, you can watch for free from Coopers Beach. Rain date is Sunday, July 7.
Southampton Review authors Roger Rosenblatt, Jules Feiffer, Julie Sheehan, Genevieve Crane and Christopher Byrd, will read from their work at BookHampton in its new home at 16 Hampton Road in Southampton Village on Saturday, June 29, at 5 p.m. The Southampton Review is the literary and fine arts journal of the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program at Stony Brook Southampton. Stop by and check them out!
The St. Agnes Cathedral Choirs and the Diocesan Boys Choir of Rockville Centre under the direction of Michael L. Bower and Deanna Muro will present its Festival Choir Concert on Saturday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary on Hill Street. Admission is free, but a donation of $20 per person is requested. Call (516) 764-9519 for more information.
The Rogers Memorial Library trustees were pleased to award four $1,600 scholarships to Southampton students Andrea Abbate, Paris Hodges, Paulina Kepczynska and Bryce Krzenski on Monday, June 17. A fifth $1,600 scholarship was awarded to Marielle Ray from Westhampton Beach High School and it was presented to her at the library on June 20.
The students were selected based on a 500 word essay they each wrote entitled, “The Role of the Library in the Community.” The library’s scholarships were funded by donations from the Friends of the Library, the Library Foundation, Suffolk County National Bank, Hudson City Savings Bank, Inter-Science Research Associates, Inc., Ellen Jo Myers and Harry L. Hackett III.
Although graduation marks the end of a chapter here in Southampton for this talented bunch, they are on their way to new adventures in college and the world beyond our little town. Congratulations!
At The Library
Certified Zumba Instructor Anastasia Azanova will lead Monday Night Zumba at the Rogers Memorial Library for four Mondays in July, from 7 to 7:45 p.m. There is a fee of $25 due at registration for the class.
Jen Senft, MFA, will offer a workshop for the writing novice at the library’s Cooper Hall on eight Tuesday evenings, beginning July 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will develop creative skills, master important concepts, and create fiction and memoir in a supportive environment. There is a fee of $80 due at registration.
Award-winning Pitmaster Brian Collins will demonstrate authentic barbecue on his 10-foot smoker on Monday, July 8, at 5:30 p.m. He will offer samples of pulled pork, grilled vegetables and a dessert. Space is limited; the class is for residents of the Southampton/Tuckahoe School District. There is a fee of $15 due at registration.
Valerie diLorenzo will offer a three-part series taking Mac computer users beyond the basics on Thursdays, July 11, 18, and 25 at 1 p.m. Topics for discussion will include iPhoto, iTunes, and iWork-Keynote/Pages. There is a fee of $15 due at registration. This class is for residents of Southampton/Tuckahoe School District only.
Call (631) 283-0774, ext. 523 to make a reservation for any library program.