Southampton Community Notes, February 6

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Let me start out by saying that I do not follow football. So my opinion of the big game, and the Seahawks slaughter of the Broncos has no relevance and I won’t share it here. It’s not that I don’t understand the game or think its too violent, I’m just not that into it.With that said I do watch the Super Bowl every year. I enjoy the excitement, the get-together, the friendly betting and more than anything else, the food.

We eat a fairly balanced diet in my household, but all bets are off when it comes to Super Bowl snacks and dishes. This year it was an intimate affair over at a friend’s house in Southampton Shores boasting a decadent menu of smoked chicken and ribs, pulled pork sliders with homemade coleslaw, baked beans, sausage and peppers, buffalo chicken dip, homemade football shaped cookies, really good wine, Tate’s delicious chocolate chip pie and a huge cheese and dip platter. We also had a crudite platter with humus that was there more for show than anything else.

As we watched the game we talked about the food, the commercials, the halftime show, which players were hot and which were not, but mainly got excited for our friend Toby, a Seattle transplant, as his team won in spectacular fashion. By the end, we all made our way home, full and happy. And I won $25 in our office pool which was a pleasant surprise!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you are stuck for a romantic spot to go out with your honey try one of the many Southampton restaurants offering special menus, prix fixes and more.

Make it dinner and a movie at Paul’s Italian Restaurant, located right by the movie theater, where they are offering a 4-course prix fixe for $26.95 starting at 5 p.m. Or try and get a table at 75 Main. They are offering a $39.95 3-course menu. My perennial favorite, Shippy’s, is offering specials all weekend long, in case you can’t make it out on Friday. If that’s not your speed, RedBar, The Plaza Cafe and Tutto il Giorno will be open and serving on Valentine’s day starting at 5:30 p.m.

If you are looking for a getaway not so far from home, The Southampton Inn is offering a night of romance where lovebirds can dine at Café Oso and receive two complimentary glasses of wine. After a romantic overnight stay, guests will be treated to a Valentine-themed breakfast for two the following morning. Chocolates, flowers and more can be added on to the package making it truly a night to remember.

At The Library

The photography exhibition, “Off Island,” by Danielle Leef has been extended for another month. Stop by and check out the images in the Madelle Hegeler Semerjian Gallery throughout the month of February.

Dorothy Reilly will be at the library on Thursday, February 6, at 5:30 p.m., to discuss cutting-edge entries for the Department of Energy’s recent Solar Decathlon in Irvine, CA, for which she served as an official. She will also explain the Living Building Challenge.

Dr. Gerard Buffo, a western-trained physician, will talk about Ayurvedic medicine through the lens of western medicine on Friday, February 7, at 10:15 a.m. He will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of both and how they can be combined.

Singer Tierney Ryan, a 2013 graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, will perform classic jazz standards and original compositions, backed by guitarist Nils Weinhold and bassist Raviv Markowitz on Sunday, February 9, at 3 p.m. Reservations are appreciated.

Mackie Finnerty and Walter Skretch will offer “Russia: The Voyage, the Volga, and the Vodka,” the first of the library’s 2014 Armchair Traveler series, on Monday, February 10, at 5:30 p.m.

Kathleen King, the founder and owner of Tate’s Bake Shop, will serve samples of and talk about some of her favorite confections on Wednesday, February 12, at noon. Reservations are required by February 9.

The library and the Southampton Historical Museum will present a “Talking History” program hosted by Penelope Wright on Thursday, February 13, at 11 a.m. at the Historical Museum. Local couples Elizabeth and Dick Haile, Bernice and John Holden, and Susan and Howard McElroy–who have been married for a century and a half combined–will talk about courtship in a simpler era. After the program, soup and cookies will be served. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call 283-2494 to register. Donations will be accepted at the door.

To register for any program call (631) 283-0774 or visit www.myrml.org.

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