Lewis Carroll, author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” wrote in its sequel “Through the Looking Glass,” “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’” I’m sure Ebenezer Scrooge would have responded, “Humbug!” My sentiments, exactly.Meanwhile, some exciting things are happening in Bridgehampton. Southampton Town is reviewing the recently opened bids for work at the Nathaniel Rogers House, and it is expected that work will resume on the building’s restoration in March. In the meantime, all the specs and documents necessary for the remaining exterior and interior work are being prepared for the next bidding phase this spring. The Bridgehampton Museum continues to fundraise for the project, and if you would like to help, call (631) 537-1088.
Also, the Peconic Land Trust has issued a request for proposals to lease approximately two acres, plus the farm stand, of the 20 acres known as Hayground Farms on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton that the Trust acquired last year. This is part of its ongoing efforts to support food production agriculture on Long Island. The balance of the farmland will be leased by an established local farmer. The applications are due by February 15, so if you are interested, contact Project Manager Luke McKay at (631) 283-3195 before the deadline.
Members of the local Citizens Advisory Committee are focusing, among other issues, on the size and nature of any store proposed for the site previously occupied by the beverage store at Montauk Highway and Lumber Lane. Members seem in agreement that a large box store-sized business with high volume and traffic, neon signs and holiday specials and ads would not be in keeping with our hamlet’s character.
The Horticultural Alliance will be hosting on Saturday, February 15, at 10 a.m., an “Informal Roundtable on Pruning Woody Plants” with plenty of time devoted to general questions. The event is being moderated by Pamela Harwood in the library in the Bridgehampton Community House, and is open to members and non-members. Admission is free.
Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and the South Fork Natural History Society will host on Friday, Feburary 14, a “Valentine’s Day Full Moon Hike” from 7 to 8 p.m. This will be a one-hour leisurely-paced hike in Vineyard Field, the field behind the SoFo Museum. Hot cider and donuts will be offered after the hike. Call (631) 537-9735 to make reservations, or on the night of the event call Jean Dodds at (631) 599-2391.
SoFo’s board president, Andy Sabin, will be leading an “Eastern Tiger Salamander Search: Family Walk” on Saturday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m. Sabin, a herpetologist, will lead this nighttime search of the largest of our native salamanders, the endangered Eastern Tiger Salamander. Bring a flashlight and wear boots, as late winter rains will make the ground soggy. This walk will take place only after heavy rains. For reservations, call SoFo at (631) 537-9735. The fee for non-members of SoFo is $7 for adults and $5 per child.
The Southampton Trails Preservation Society will conduct a Narrow Lane Cleanup on Saturday, February 15, from 8 to 9 a.m. If you would like to help STPS clean up litter from its adopted road, meet on the east corner of Narrow Lane and the Bridgehampton Turnpike. Bring gloves. The leader will be Dai Dayton, and you can call her for more info at (631) 745-0689.
On Sunday, February 16, STPS will be hosting a “Mulvihill Great Swamp Traverse” from 9 to 11 a.m. Hikers, who should meet on Bridge Hill Lane and Brick Kiln Road (about 1/2 mile north of Scuttlehole Road), will be visiting vernal ponds, streams and the remains of an old brick kiln. This is a moderately paced 4 mile hike with some hills, and the hike leader will be Dai Dayton, who can be reached at (631) 745-0689.
On Thursday, February 20, at 6 p.m, STPS will be hosting its “Annual Winter Dinner” at the Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton. For information, call Leslie Lowery, at (631) 603-8661.
Then on Saturday, February 22, there will be a Horses On Trails (HOT) Ride. Bring your own horse and helmet. You must be a member of STPS/HOT to participate due to insurance requirements. You can join on the day of ride. Call Leslie Lowery at (631) 603-8661 for reservations and details on the meeting place and time.
The Bridgehampton Museum’s next exhibit will be opening on Saturday, February 15, from noon till 2 p.m. at the Corwith House. Exhibited will be a collection of Bernard Springsteel’s landscape watercolors, paintings that reflect the beauty of the East End, including images of old barns, houses and watercraft. Call (631) 537-1088 for more info.
Finally, I just want to note the passing of my friend Nora Cammann, who worked tirelessly for the Bridgehampton Museum for more than two decades as its collections manager and curator. She was largely responsible for professionalizing the museum’s policies on collections’ care and exhibitions. She worked tirelessly on behalf of the museum, and she will be sorely missed. Her husband, Fred, expressed the hope that “Nora’s passing is, not so much a time to be sad, as it is a time to be happy for the lovely way Nora treated all of us.” Amen to that.