I can tell local political races are beginning to heat up around town by the increase in the number of signs I see staked on front lawns in and around North Sea. It seems like in only two short weeks since the unofficial end of summer there has been a sign explosion. Honestly, I think the signs serve more to let your neighbors know which side you lean toward than as a sales pitch or marketing tool for a candidate. Does anyone truly vote for a candidate because a bombardment of lawn signs swayed their decision? I think not.To become better informed on who to back, I suggest keeping up with news coverage, attending candidate events and educating yourself on the issues at hand. To help you out, the Southampton Chamber of Commerce will hold a Buffet Breakfast and networking event on Thursday, September 19, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Seasons of Southampton. The early morning meeting will feature a continental buffet breakfast and panel discussion with Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot, moderated by Southampton Press Western Edition Editor Frank Costanza. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards and RSVP for a printed name tag. Tickets to the breakfast are $35 in advance and $40 at the door for non-members and $30 in advance and $35 at the door for chamber members.
Good luck to Mr. Costanza! He better be prepared for some verbal jabs between these two contenders as they go head to head for the Southampton Town Supervisor position for the third time. Or is it fourth? I can’t remember.
Stop in at the Southampton Cultural Center on Sunday, September 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. for an artists’ reception in celebration its 2013 Juried Exhibition. The show will be up until October 5, for those who can’t make the opening. For more information visit www.southamptonculturalcenter.org.
The First Baptist Church of Southampton will hold a reception and service to celebrate the third pastoral anniversary of The Reverend Henry Faison, Jr., also on Sunday, September 15, at 4 p.m. The Reverend Herman Washington and the congregation of the Shiloh Baptist Church of Rockville Centre will be the church’s special guests for the celebration.
The Southampton Reunion Committee will hold its 4th annual Southampton Hospital Reunion on Monday, September 16, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Edgewater Restaurant in Hampton Bays. Tickets to the get-together are $45 and can be purchased through Monday, September 9, by contacting (631) 276-6829 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Southampton Town Trustees will screen the documentary “Shored Up,” for free on Saturday, September 21, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Southampton High School. The documentary discusses the challenges of coastal communities and the impact rising seas have on homes, businesses and the environment. As we approach hurricane season I can’t think of a more important topic to explore and discuss. Call the Trustees office at (631) 287-5723 for more information.
Poet and all-around nice guy Mr. Ron Neuwirth of New York City and Southampton periodically sends me his reflective poems about Southampton. Here is his latest, “Shifting Puzzles Of Summer.”
Not very far east
The Long Island train
A staccato murmuring transition
Reflecting the re-march
A distance from ocean
These are homes
In and of a turbulent quietude
The Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library will offer a performance by the Roldán, Valte, Mallon Trio on Sunday, September 15, at 3 p.m. A reception for the artists will follow.
Elder law and estate planning attorney George Roach, Esq. will discuss the best planning strategies for legal, financial and medical care matters at the library on Monday, September 16, at 5:30 p.m.
The library will offer a bus trip to the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and the Cloisters Museum in Manhattan on Thursday, September 19. A $60 fee includes bus, admission, and two tours. Payment is required at registration.
Gail Pudaloff, exercise and kinetic therapist, will offer four sessions to help alleviate back pain, beginning on Friday, September 20, at 10:15 a.m. There is a $20 fee due at registration.
Take a midday break to listen to some timeless stories at Once Upon a Time … a Story Time for Grown-ups on Friday, September 20, at 12:05 p.m. at the library.
Award-winning vocalist Valerie diLorenzo will offer “Swinging on a Star: An Evening of Cabaret,” accompanied by Barry Levitt on piano, at the library on Friday, September 20, at 7 p.m. They will perform works by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more.
Come to breakfast at the Princess Diner followed by a tour of the Wikun Village at the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum on Thursday, September 26. A $15 fee includes full breakfast and tours and is due at time of registration.
To register for any program call (631) 283-0774 ext. 523 or visit www.myrml.org.