Southampton Community Notes, January 16


I am happy to report that after almost two full weeks, I am finally feeling better. I emerged from my hibernation and self-enforced quarantine on Saturday to a curious sight in North Sea Harbor. During the worst days of the “Polar Vortex” last week North Sea Harbor froze over and was a beautiful expanse of frigid ice.As temperatures climbed on Saturday the warm air and water below the surface heated up the plates of ice that formed on the harbor and to my and many other spectators’ surprise caused the water to appear as if it were a large pot of hot soup casting plumes of billowing steam across the landscape as the ice melted. It’s as close to seeing a Nordic hot spring as I am getting any time soon and it was truly a sight to behold.

You might have noticed a change over at the post office in the village recently. Our faithful postmaster, Walter Marsicovetere announced that after almost 42 years of service with the federal government he retired from his post at the beginning of the month. He is sure that James Pummell, who has taken over as interim postmaster, will continue to provide the same level of service to the village. Mr. Marsicovetere expressed appreciation to the community for its years of support and friendship.

Thank you for your hard work Mr. Marsicovetere, and enjoy your retirement!

Congratulations to Maude Wilson. Maude, the daughter of Nancy Silverman and James Wilson of Southampton, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Hamilton College. She is a first-year student at the school and is certainly off to a good start. Keep up the good work!

The Southampton Historical Museum is still looking for donors for the adopt-a-window program at the Thomas Halsey Homestead in the village. The homestead was established in 1648 by the pioneering Halsey family. The home, built in 1666, serves as one of the few remaining homes from the 17th century on the East Coast. As can be expected, a building of that age needs careful upkeep and periodic restoration.

Back in October, the museum launched a campaign in the hopes of raising the $100,000 needed to restore the 43 windows on the homestead that range in age from the 17th century to the early 19th century. A matching gift of $50,000 was promised by an anonymous donor and the society’s goal has almost been reached.

To help raise the rest of the money, the society is asking donors give a gift of $2,000 to adopt one of the windows. The sum entitles the donor to have one of the windows dedicated to them, and their name will appear on a plaque. Since taxes are on people’s minds at this time of the year, you will be happy to know that any donation to the campaign is 100-percent tax deductible. To donate, checks can be mailed to the Southampton Historical Museum, P.O. Box 303, Southampton, NY 11969. Donations can also be made by credit card by calling (631) 283-2494.

At The Library

Submissions are now being accepted for the Rogers Memorial Library’s “Southampton Scenes,” juried art show and postcard contest. Images in any medium should highlight the many remarkable places in and around Southampton village and town.

Artists, age 16 and older must be an East End resident and may submit up to three entries each. There is a fee of $10 per entry. Entries can be submitted through the library’s website at and are due by March 1. A junior division for young artists age 8 to 15 is also available.

U.S. Congressman Tim Bishop will offer a Washington legislative update on Wednesday, January 22, at 6:30 p.m.

Carol O’Connor will lead a workshop making a necklace from chains and beads in icy colors on Saturday, January 25, at 3 p.m. There is a $10 materials fee for this class.

Flutist Jean Hendrickson and pianist Alvin Novak will perform works by Christoph Willibald Gluck, César Franck and Francis Poulenc on Sunday, January 26, at 3 p.m.

To register for any program, contact (631) 283-0774, ext. 523, or visit

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