Well, it’s that time of year again when the kids return to college, and dads like me get pressed into service as movers. By the time you read this column, I’ll be on my way home from a whirlwind trip to Washington, where I’ll be delivering my daughter, Genevieve, and her stuff for the fall semester. All I can say is thank God, kids don’t travel with book and record collections the way I did when I was young.You may have also noticed that the tents are up on Snake Hollow Road for the annual Hampton Classic horse show, which gets under way on Sunday, August 25, and runs through September 1. To people who ride or otherwise like to dress up like they do ride, the horse show is a big deal. To me, it’s the grand finale on another summer season and a weeklong stretch when I don’t even think about going to King Kullen or any other store in the Bridgehampton Commons shopping center.
Horse show or not, if you are interested in learning about the state of Southampton Town’s Community Preservation Fund, you should stop by Monday’s meeting of the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee, which takes place at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Bridgehampton National Bank. Paul Brennan, a broker and Hamptons regional manager at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, will discuss the status of the CPF.
The Fridays at Five lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the Hampton Library ends this week when MaryAnn Calendrille and Kathryn Szoka, the owners of Canio’s bookstore in Sag Harbor, discuss their book, “Sag Harbor Is: A Literary Celebration.” Tickets are $15.
The Outdoor Art program, held in conjunction with the Children’s Museum of the East End, will present “Working With Clay” this Friday at 11 a.m. The program concludes on August 30 when kids get to tie-dye shirts.
The Young Adult Summer Reading Club, which had a zombie theme this year, will celebrate end of summer with an “Undead and Well Read Party” at noon on Saturday. Participants will get a zombie makeup job and enjoy some snacks music and games.
The library’s summer concert series will conclude on Saturday with a performance by local musicians on the library’s back lawn at 3 p.m.
Call the library at 537-0015 for more information about its programs.
A performance of Jacques Offenbach’s one-act operetta, “The Babysitter,” will be performed at Nova’s Ark Project on Millstone Road on Sunday at 3 p.m. The one-hour performance of the comedic piece is geared toward children and families and will be presented as part of the Salome Chamber Orchestra’s music festival. Tickets are $20.
While the opera is a send-up of 1860s Parisian society, many of the parallels to the present are amusing. The dialogue has been translated to English and the fusion of melodious French arias with biting dialogue makes the work enticing to audiences across the age spectrum.
For additional information, call (917) 428-6629, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.salomechamber.org.
Also on Sunday, beginning at 7 p.m., there will be a Peace and Compassion Buddhist Meditation in the sculpture garden at Channing Daughters winery on Scuttlehole Road.
Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Norden will lead traditional chanted prayers and meditations of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. The prayers are set to beautiful melodies and combined with a guided meditation on compassion for all beings. The event is open to the public and will be followed by refreshments. The program will be presented by the Vajravarahi Meditation Center of Sag Harbor.
Last, but not least, happy birthday to my dear wife, Elizabeth, who celebrates on Wednesday, August 28.