Once again it is time to pack away the holiday decorations. Around here it is a lonely job because my family, purely out of concern that someone might damage an ornament, has elected met as sole ornament packer. My family is good at making me feel important. Also, I am the only person who can be trusted to load the toilet paper spindle so that it unrolls in the correct direction. Dubious honors at best!After several hours of boxing ornaments, I started seeing things—or so I thought. I was sure, however, that I had caught a glimpse of a small black head poking out of the bay behind the house. My husband told me it was probably just a duck. After several more sightings, I found the binoculars and one of the kids to confirm that a seal had found its way to our little part of Moriches Bay.
Do you want to see a seal? Well, “Seal Walks” are being offered by the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island. The group is hosting several one-mile walks that last about two hours and provide an opportunity to see harbor and gray seals up close.
The walks begin at the western end of the Cupsogue Beach parking lot on Dune Road. It is best to arrive about 15 minutes early. Preregistration is required for the walks and can be made online. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and younger. Season passes are available and start at $30.
The walks are scheduled for most Saturdays and Sundays through April 27. The walk set for this Saturday, January 11, will begin at 9 a.m. and the one on Sunday, January 12, will start at 9:30 a.m. For more times, registration and more information, call (631) 244-3352 or visit www.cresli.org.
“Shored Up,” a film by Ben Kalina, will be shown on Thursday, January 9, at 7 p.m., at the Westhampton Free Library in Westhampton Beach. Hank Beck of the Citizens Advisory Committee-West has organized this free screening because it is a documentary about coastal communities and their relationship to the land and sea.
The film explores the impact of rising seas on our communities. Although it is a documentary, it has received reviews stating that it is both entertaining and educational. For more information on the movie, please visit www.shoredupmovie.com.
The Hampton Theatre Company is presenting “Heroes,” a play translated from French and adapted by Tom Stoppard and written by Gerald Sibleyras. The play won an Oliver Award in 2005 for Best New Comedy. The show is about three high-spirited World War I veterans confined to an old soldiers home where they fantasize about their freedom despite their advanced age and other limitations.
“Heroes” opens this Thursday, January 9, and runs though Sunday, January 26, at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for senior citizens and $10 for students. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org.