In his book, “Mark Twain and I,” Opie Read quoted Twain as having said, “Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we’d all have frozen to death.”Well, it wasn’t and we didn’t, and now January is behind us, so spring can’t be that far off. I’ll be glad when the spring thaw gets under way and the frozen, rutted lawn around the Bridgehampton Museum becomes smooth again. It will make the walk from the museum’s parking lot to its front door a whole lot easier.
In the meantime, there are some folks who enjoy walking over the frozen tundra. On Sunday, Feb. 9, there will be a “Hike for Harbor Frost” from 11 a.m. till noon hosted by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt. For information, call Dai Dayton at (631) 745-0689. And then on Monday, February 10, the group will be holding its monthly meeting at the Bridgehampton Senior Center, 585 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and all are welcome. For more information, call (631) 745-0689.
The group, along with the South Fork Natural History Society (SoFo), will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a “Full Moon Hike” on February 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. The hike is being billed as a “romantic stroll in the lovely moonlight” and promises to be a leisurely-paced hike in the Vineyard Field behind the SoFo Museum parking lot at 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. There will be hot cider and donuts afterward. To make a reservation, call (631) 537-9735. On the night of the event you can call Jean Dodds at (631) 599-2391.
Also on Sunday, February 9, the Southampton Trails Preservation Society will be hosting its own hike through Whiskey Hill from 10 till 11 a.m. Meet on Mill Path off Lopers Path in Bridgehampton. This is billed as a moderately-paced 1.7 mile hike with fantastic views. The leader is Jean Dodds, and you can call (631) 599-2391 for more details.
For those who prefer staying indoors, this Sunday, February 9, at 2 p.m., there will be an illustrated talk entitled “The Tyranny of Landscaping” in the Bridgehampton Community House, main auditorium. Admission is $10 for non-members of the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons, and free for members. There will be refreshments.
The HAH is still accepting advance reservations for its 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.”
The Bridgehampton Museum has received a request for any photos it might have of the old Bobby Van’s restaurant and bar from the 1970s. It appears that an HBO documentary on a local celebrity is being considered. If you have any photos you’d like to share with the museum, you can leave word at (631) 537-1088.
Finally, Ruth Stout, the famed gardener (and sister to Rex Stout, author of the Nero Wolfe mystery novels) once noted that “Only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.” I guess winter isn’t all that bad, after all.