I guess Old Man Winter has finally made up his mind to stop fooling around. As I write this, it is cold out, about 12 degrees, and the cold apparently is going to be around for a while. However, there is a surprise supernova that has erupted in a relatively near-by galaxy that is visible with a large telescope that may draw me outdoors one night, if we get warmer temperatures accompanied by clear skies. The supernova, identified as an exploded white dwarf, is in M82, and is situated in Ursa Major, where the Big Dipper lies.M82 is a near neighbor as galaxies go, at a distance of 11 or 12 million light-years. It’s a favorite for amateur astronomers and researchers alike, with its thick dust bands, sprays of gas, and bright center undergoing massive star formations. Kind of sounds like Main Street, mid-summer.
Cold weather doesn’t seem to deter the folks at the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons at all. The following three events sponsored by HAH in February are open to the public. You can obtain details on all events by phoning the Alliance office, (631) 537-2223, or by visiting www.hahgarden.com.
On Saturday, February 1, at 11 am, there will be a meeting of the book discussion group, moderated by Carolyn Gemake. Reviewers will talk about four works: “Eating the Landscape” by Enrique Salmon; “How Carrots Won the Trojan War” by Rebecca Rupp; “The Drunken Botanist” by Amy Stewart; and “The 20 Minute Gardener” by Tom Christopher and Marty Asher. The group meets in the Horticultural Library on the ground floor of the Bridgehampton Community House. Admission is free.
On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 pm, there will be an illustrated talk entitled “The Tyranny of Landscaping,” by Suzanne Ruggles, a Westhampton-based naturalist known professionally as “The Barefoot Gardener.” The talk will be held in the Bridgehampton Community House, main auditorium. Admission is $10 for non-members of HAH, and free for members. There will be refreshments.
And then on Saturday, February 15, at 10 a.m., there will be a “Roundtable on Pruning,” moderated by Pamela Harwood. This will be an informal study and discussion of which woody plants to prune, when, why, and how much. The event will take place in the Horticultural Library, and admission is free.
The HAH would also like folks to note that advance reservations are being taken for the Horticultural Alliance’s full-day seminar on garden health with experts from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will take place in the Horticultural Library in the Bridgehampton Community House, and the fee is $100, which includes lunch. Space is limited. For enrollment details, leave a message at (631) 537-2223 with your name, phone number and reference to “Karish Seminar.”
Members of the Bridgehampton CAC also don’t seem to let the weather deter them. At their December 16 meeting, members held elections for officers. Cathie Gandel was reelected as chairperson, and Norman Lowe was elected as vice-chairperson, succeeding Carey Millard. Alejandro Saralegui was reelected as secretary.
During that meeting there was a discussion of the bridge on Bridge Lane, and it was noted that the plans for replacing the bridge seem to include “enormous” guardrails and the removal of pedestrian walkways. It was also noted that the Village of Sagaponack last year spent funds to narrow the street leading to the bridge and now the town is looking to widen the bridge.
Members also brainstormed about possible topics the CAC should address in 2014, including Agricultural Reserves, summer traffic and parking issues, the school district boundaries that will put any Konner Gateway projects in the Southampton, not Bridgehampton School District, as is the case with the Bridgehampton Commons. Also, it was reported that Tom Neely is looking for a Bridgehampton resident to serve on the town’s Transportation Committee. That committee meets every fourth Wednesday in Town Hall. Ian MacPherson had done it for years and did a great job.
The CAC’s agenda for their January meeting included an expected presentation by Ari Meisel about a new commercial building at 2183 Montauk highway, further discussion on the proposed changes to the bridge on Bridge Lane, and a discussion of a possible CVS being built on the corner of Sag Turnpike, Lumber Lane and Montauk Highway, where the old beverage store stood. Members were also asked to be prepared to discuss their “pet peeves.”
Looking to March, Alternatives Counseling Services will be presenting “Exploring Alternatives—A Fun Day For Families” with children age 6 to 11, from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 15, at the meetinghouse of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork, 977 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. To register, call (631) 283-4440. This conference is intended to help mitigate risk factors for early use of drugs and alcohol. There will be musicians, artists, movement and yoga practitioners, and the goal is to show kids there are positive outlets for dealing with the stress they may face down the road.
In the meantime, stay warm, and stay safe.