The recent batch of personal videos circulating around Facebook to commemorate the company’s tenth birthday got me thinking. What would the time capsule-like videos look like if they spanned 25 years, 50 years or even 100? What key moments would tell someone’s entire life story and paint a picture of who they are?As I pondered the videos over the weekend I was pleased to get a letter from Carolyn Calandro, which, in a sense, was the answer to my question. In her letter, Carolyn described the recent 100th birthday celebration held for her mother, Cicely Mary Moore, on January 16, and detailed Ms. Moore’s life and accomplishments. She even included a photo, which is shared here in this column.
Cicely Mary Moore, a native of Clevedon, Sommerset, England, known better to her local friends as “Mary,” came to America with her husband Thomas and their young daughter in 1948. They made a happy life in Southampton for more than 60 years, where Mary was an active member of the choir of the First Presbyterian Church for more than 25 years. She also acted as an instructor for the Happy Homemakers Women’s Group, teaching Japanese embroidery and chair canning amongst other things. Although Thomas has since passed away, the couple enjoyed 67 years of marriage and were well-known square and round dancers, avid beachgoers and bird watchers.
Mary now lives with Carolyn and her husband Ed Calandro in Connecticut and still remains social and active. At the party, she was thrilled to be surrounded by friends and family members including grandson Jamie, his wife Dympna and their son Bryson. A younger sister, Poppy (age 95), still lives in England. Happy belated birthday Ms. Moore. I hope to be reporting about your 101st celebration next year!
Congratulations also go out to Southampton resident Cassidy A. Guida! She was named to the Rhodes College dean’s list for the 2013 fall semester. To qualify for the Memphis institution’s dean’s list, a student must be enrolled in at least 16 credit hours of academic work and must achieve a semester grade point average of 3.70 or better. Good work Cassidy!
Great things are going on over at the The Hamptons Dance Authority on County Road 39. They have new dance programs and events being held this month to get everyone out of their winter funks and off their butts.
On Tuesday, February 18, The Hamptons Dancers AARP Group will offer a free lunch with information on making our area more livable for those 50 and over with guest speakers and representatives from local organizations and at Hamptons Dance Authority. The event starts at noon. For additional information call (631) 283-1488 or email info@hamptonsAARP.org.
The next batch of free Writers Speak Wednesdays literary talks at Stony Brook Southampton kicks off this week with readings by Ursula Hegi, Susan Scarf Merrell, Robert Reeves, Roger Rosenblatt, Julie Sheehan and Lou Ann Walker from the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program on Wednesday, February 19, at 7 p.m. The talks and readings are held in the Radio Lounge in Chancellors Hall on the Stony Brook Southampton campus. Get there early, at 6:30 p.m. for a wine and cheese reception before the readings start.
Southampton Hospital will hold a Blood Drive on Thursday, February 20, from 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Donors must be between the ages of 17 and 76, in good health, and weigh more than 110 pounds. Volunteers ask that participants bring a valid photo ID and social security number. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can be made by calling (631) 726-8336.
Violinist Akiko Kobayashi and pianist Eric Siepkeswill be at the Rogers Memorial Library on Sunday, February 23, at 3 p.m. to perform works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Prokofiev. This concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
To register for any program call (631) 283-0774 or visit www.myrml.org.