An ancient Chinese curse went something like, “May you live in interesting times.” Well, our winter weather so far has been most interesting, with foggy, snowy and rainy days all following one another. I think I most dislike, though, the black ice that we’ve had occasionally on back roads. But a close second is the alternating ice and mud out in the pasture that makes fetching my horse an adventure in itself. Even the dog has been resisting our usual long walks.I’m even starting to suspect that there might be a connection between my new telescope and all the cloudy evenings we’ve been experiencing. Since the contraption arrived just after Christmas, I can count on one hand the opportunities I’ve had to use the darn thing. But, as Mark Twain once wrote, “Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it.”
If you’re a gardener thinking of better weather to come, and if you’re not yet a member of the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons, here might be a good reason to join. HAH is offering two special watercolor painting classes led by Lois Bender. The classes are open to members and friends of members of HAH, but are not being advertised to the general public. The sponsors promise two sessions of “laughing, painting and enjoying your creative side” on Saturday, January 25, and on Saturday, February 8, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the John LoGerfo Library in the Bridgehampton Community House. The fee for each class is $25 and is payable directly to Lois. Watercolor kits will be available for an additional $20.
HAH members and friends of a member should sign up in advance to ensure a place in what is sure to be a full library! Email your reservation request to HAHMember@optonline.net and make sure to put the word “painting” in the subject line. Lois is an artist and a teacher who has a special affinity for all things in the garden.
And if you’re a hiker and would like to spend more time on local trails, you can purchase Long Pond Greenbelt maps for only $5 each at www.longpondgreenbelt.org. If you check out its website you can read about one of New York State’s most environmentally significant areas right here in our own backyard.
Meanwhile, the folks at The Bridgehampton Museum are busily planning this year’s schedule of events. Their next concert will be in March, but for February, the museum is organizing an exhibit opening in the Corwith House featuring North Fork artist Bernard Springsteel. The museum staff is also planning their late February “Annual Potluck Supper” for members and volunteers. The 2014 membership drive is also ongoing, so if you haven’t renewed your membership, or have never been a member, this is a good time to join. You can check out the website at www.bhmuseum.org. Being a member is a great way to get a heads-up on all of their activities and events. You can also call them at (631) 537-1088.
Looking toward this coming spring, there are plans afoot for a half-marathon for our area. Hamptons Marathon, Inc. has informed me that the inaugural Bridgehampton Half-Marathon is to take place on May 10. The team that created the acclaimed Hamptons Marathon & Half is partnering with Running Away Inc. to establish a new endurance event for the East End of Long Island. The race will travel through scenic Sagaponack and Bridgehampton. Hamptons Marathon Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) corporation and the beneficiaries of the 2014 Bridgehampton Half will be the Bridgehampton Museum (formerly the Bridgehampton Historical Society) and Southampton Hospital. Last year, the Hamptons Marathon donated more than $75,000, including $30,000 each to Southampton Hospital and Project Most. Registration is now open for the Bridgehampton Half at bridgehamptonhalf.com. For more information contact email@example.com.
Finally, I’m still hearing rumblings from local residents who don’t want the historic bridge on Bridge Lane destroyed and replaced with a wider one. Hopefully our existing bridge will still be in place this spring, not just for the half-marathoners but for the rest of us, as well.