Southampton Community Notes, June 20


Jobs Lane florist Topiaire has recently been featured on two, count them, two, book covers. The storefront graced the cover of the latest book by the writer and publisher of a well-known, weekly publication and on the cover of a book of by one of the New York Housewives. Although flattering, the only problem is that no one ever asked if they could use the image of the beautiful store on their cover. Having taken many a photograph and having worked in design for many years, I know it might be legal, but it’s just not in good taste to use the image of a business or a person for profit without their consent. Next time, ask.

Plan on taking extra time to get around Southampton starting on Monday, June 24, through Sunday, June 30, as the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open comes to Sebonack Golf Club. Good luck ladies! For extensive coverage of the U.S. Women’s Open check out this week’s sports special section or visit the Open’s official page at

The Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum will host its Strawberry Harvest Festival on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day. Families can enjoy foods, dance performances, cultural demonstrations, games, activities and more. Admission is free.

St. Andrew’s Dune Church is open for the season for worship services featuring a rotating slate of officiants at its idyllic seaside location. Services will be held beginning on Sundays, starting June 23, at 11 a.m. Communion services will be celebrated on July 7, August 4, September 1 and September 29.

The Start of Summer Carnival will be held on Wednesday, June 26, through Sunday, June 30, from 6 to 10 p.m. on the grounds of the Southampton Elks Lodge on Route 39 in Southampton. Families can enjoy games, food, rides and more. Admission is free, but you have to pay to play and ride.

The members of the Olde Towne Garden Club will present its standard flower show entitled, “Through Rose Colored Glasses,” on Friday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Rogers Memorial Library. Admission is free. African/ Caribbean dance styles and techniques classes taught by Forreztt will be held on Mondays, from 6 to 8 p.m, through the end of the summer at the United Methodist Church on Main Street. On Saturdays, from 2 to 4 p.m., food tastings, history lessons, and dance video sessions will be held to round out the cultural experience. For details call (631) 283-0951.

Congratulations to Abby Barry Roden, a member of the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital. Abby was the recipient of the Long Island 2-Day Think Pink Community Award, on June 9. The award was given to Ms. Roden in recognition of her outstanding community service to children whose mothers are affected by breast and gynecological cancers through her charity Tara’s Children.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but, Fourth of July is right around the corner! Southampton has hosted its parade for the delight of local and visiting spectators every year for more than 100 years. The massive undertaking is the work of the volunteers of the Village of Southampton Commission on Veterans Patriotic Events and costs more than $30,000 annually! The commission is currently seeking donations from members of the community in order to pull off its annual celebrations. If you would like to support the veterans by contributing to the parade fund this year, call (631) 283-0247.

At The Library

Shannon O’Neil, Ph.D., Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies on the Council on Foreign Relations, and Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Bureau Chief of The Dallas Morning News will offer a talk titled “U.S./Mexico: A Conversation,” on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., at the Rogers Memorial Library. The hour-long session will be moderated by Hope Reese, a frequent contributor to The Atlantic and a 2002 graduate of Southampton High School. Ms. Reese met Mr. Corchado, a Nieman Fellow, while employed at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

Call (631) 283-0774, ext. 523 to make a reservation for any library program.

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