Autumn has arrived, enveloping us in a surprisingly gentle embrace. And for those of us who thoroughly enjoyed last month’s weather, Richard G. Hendrickson can tell us why. The 101-year-old Bridgehampton native still monitors the weather for the U.S. Cooperative Weather Service and he has officially reported that September was an ideal late summer/early fall month.According to Mr. Hendrickson’s records, high daytime temperatures started out the month in the seventies and then dropped into the sixties during the last half of September. Nighttime temps started out in the sixties, and ended up mainly in the forties for the last half of the month. I can’t remember a September ever being this pleasant, with only four days having any measurable rain, according to Mr. Hendrickson’s official report.
It’s hard to complain about weather like that, and October has started out with equally splendid weather, perfect for gardeners, fisherfolk and trail riding equestrians, among others.
Speaking of equestrians, here is an early heads-up for an event later in the month. The Southampton Trails Preservation Society hosts a number of hikes and horseback rides, many of them in and around Bridgehampton. On Saturday, October 19, there will be a Long Pond Greenbelt Horses On Trails (HOT) ride, starting at 10:30 a.m. Riders should call Leslie Lowery at (631) 603-8661 for reservations and details. I’m told that not many folks take advantage of these organized rides that generally occur once a month. That’s a shame. There’s almost nothing finer than sightseeing from the back of a horse. I hope to one day take advantage of HOT’s organized rides.
By the way, this is my first foray as columnist for the Chatterbox. I’m still the director of the Bridgehampton Museum (formerly known as the Bridgehampton Historical Society) but have added the pleasure of writing this column to my weekly activities. I have always looked forward to this column to see what’s going on in our hamlet and with your help, and timely notices, the Chatterbox will continue to offer a voice to our community.
I promise not to bombard you with BH Museum news, but I do want to congratulate the winners of the Bridgehampton Museum’s annual Poker Rally held last Saturday. Best poker hand was put together by Dennis and Ellen Clark in their 1960 MG with a full house, kings over fours. Best time was won by Barry Rice and Tony Harris in a 1974 Lotus II, and most correct answers to the History Quiz were gathered by Russell and Judith Thorsen in their 1980 MG B Roadster. The Best in Show Award went to Michael and Susan Nash in their 1954 GMC Pickup.
All together, twenty-three cars registered, but Peter Larkin’s 1926 Bugatti decided to sit this rally out. So, Peter and his designated driver, Jeffrey Vogel, spent their time trying to figure out what the temperamental Bugatti’s problem was. Peter confided that his Bugatti often decided to be obstinate, usually when there was a crowd of people around. Alan Patricof was also a late cancellation with his beautiful 1927 Franklin due to an unavoidable conflict. Still, twenty-one eager rallyists set out under cloudy skies on the 65 mile route. We’re very happy to report everyone either made it back safely or was accounted for by the end of the day.
Getting back to weather, if you missed the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton’s exhibition on the 75th anniversary of the 1938 Hurricane, you will have another chance to see it. The exhibition was reopened in the library’s downstairs gallery space on Sunday. Hopefully, that will be the closest we all get to a hurricane this season.
Finally, some of you have noticed that the Beebe Windmill on Ocean Road is in need of repairs, and Chris Bean, Superintendent of Parks for the Town of Southampton, has assured me that the town is seeking bids from contractors to do the repair work. With luck, the weather will continue to cooperate while repairs are made to the windmill.