Well, I guess it’s all downhill from here, at least as far as summer traffic goes. Our family survived the long Fourth of July weekend with little more than a few aggravations, as drivers everywhere seemed to have checked their common sense at the door. Maybe it was the heat and humidity that had people pulling out into traffic left and right from here to Montauk. Sometimes I’m happy that the two kids I still have at home don’t have their licenses yet. It can be a pain to chauffeur them around, but I sure sleep better at night.I noticed the other day that a new Habitat for Humanity house on Scuttlehole Road, just off the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, is rapidly taking shape. The house is framed, with the doors and windows in. I hear that a crew from Farrell Building in Bridgehampton, which volunteered its services, was a large reason for the quick progress.
Lily Koppel, whose latest book is “The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story,” is the guest this week at the Friends of the Hampton Library’s Fridays at Five series. Chris Knopf, the author of “Dead Anyway,” will speak on July 19. Tickets are $15, and you can buy a series of four for $60.
The library is holding a “Shred Day!” on Monday, July 15. And, no, I’m not talking about surfing, snowboarding or speed metal rock guitar riffs. I’m talking about paper. The kind that you have stuffed in file cabinets and plastic bins in your office and elsewhere in your house, just like me. If you want to get rid of some of that stuff, you can bring it to the library between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., where a truck equipped with a shredder will be on hand to help you lighten your load.
There seem to be dozens of other ongoing programs at the library for adults. A few examples:
Do you want to learn Salsa and other Latin dances? Check out “Salsa with Jaime.” Instructor Jaime Ruiz teaches the basics of these popular dance steps on Tuesdays through August 27 at 5:30 p.m. The fee is $40 for eight lessons.
Valerie diLorenzo will lead “New Age Potpourri” at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 15. Participants will explore astrology, tarot, feng shui, I ching, candle rituals and more on the library’s back lawn.
Call 537-0015 for more information about these or other library programs.
The Bridgehampton Museum, also known as the Bridgehampton Historical Society, will host a talk by Geoff Gehman on the release of his memoir, “The Kingdom of the Kid,” about growing up on the East End, circa 1967 to 1972, at the Corwith House Museum on Main Street at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 14.
The book covers the six packed years when the young Mr. Gehman, whose family had a house in Wainscott, learned to love everything from Carl Yastrzemski to the Bridgehampton Race Circuit. Admission is free.
Tonight, Thursday, July 11, the Friends and the South Fork Natural History Museum will present “The Night Sky: Celestial Viewing” at 7 p.m. at the SoFo museum on the Bridgehampton Turnpike. Leaders from the Custer Institute on the North Fork will offer a brief presentation, with topics on astronomy, telescopes and the celestial objects that can be seen. Then, weather permitting, telescopes will be available for viewing the heavens. Light refreshments will be served. This program is for adults and children age 8 and older. The rain date is Friday, July 12. To make a reservation, call the museum at (631) 537-9735.
On Saturday, July 13, the Friends will join with the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society and SoFo, to present “Birds of the Meadow and Woods” from 8 to 10 a.m. Birder and SoFo board member Eric Salzman will lead a walk exploring the avian life of the meadow behind the SoFo Museum and the adjacent Greenbelt woodlands and wetlands. This will be an opportunity to see and hear some of our locally breeding birds with their recent hatched offspring. The two-hour walk will be followed by a short introduction to the Audubon Society. Light refreshments will be served. To make a reservation for either program, please call the museum at (631) 537-9735.
“Your Garden, Month by Month: Planting for Late Summer Harvest” will be presented at Bridge Gardens on Mitchell Lane this Saturday, July 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Garden Manager Rick Bogusch will offer a tour of the expanded vegetable beds and offer suggestions for what types of vegetables to sow now for a late season harvest. The fee is $5. The program is free to members of Bridge Gardens. Reservations can be made by calling the Peconic Land Trust at (631) 283-3195, extension 19, or by email to Events@PeconicLandTrust.org.