Bridgehampton Community Notes, February 27


Bayard Taylor, a 19th century poet and author, wrote: “With rushing winds and gloomy skies the dark and stubborn winter dies: Far-off, unseen, Spring faintly cries, bidding her earliest child arise; March!”And once March is here, spring can’t be far behind. In fact, on this past Sunday I actually heard some “peepers,” those froggy harbingers of spring calling out. Of course, they’re probably back into hibernation this week, but it was good just to hear them for a day.

March, named after the Roman god of war, used to be the first month of the calendar year before the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752. The Anglo-Saxons called March the “Stormy Month” and the “Rugged Month.” Nowadays most people are familiar with bits of weather lore such as: “When March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb”, and “A dry March and a wet May fill barns and bays with corn and hay.” March also brings forth some exciting events in Bridgehampton.

The Peconic Land Trust has announced the start of its fifth annual “Conversations With…” This year’s series is entitled “Long Island Grown: Food and Beverage Artisans at Work,” and will feature, in four very unique panel discussions, men and women who are producing some of the most innovative and dynamic food items across Long Island. The series will be moderated by Laura Donnelly, local pastry chef, author and food editor.

The first presentation, “Small Bites” will be held on Sunday, March 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. and will focus on unique crops grown especially for local gourmands. It will include mushroom grower David Falkowski, Fred Lee of Sang Lee Farms who specializes in Asian greens, and award-winning cheese maker Pete Ludlow of Mecox Bay Dairy.

Upcoming presentations include: “From Vine to Wine” on March 23; “Hops and Brews” on April 6; and “Fruits of the Sea” on April 27. Bridge Gardens is located at 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton. Admission per event is $25/person or $20/Bridge Gardens member or the full series of 4 can be purchased for $90/person or $70/Bridge Gardens member. Seating is limited and prepaid reservations are required. For more information, call Robin Harris at 631-283-3195, or email to or visit

Among other business at the January 28 meeting of the Bridgehampton CAC, Cathie Gandel resigned as chairwoman, citing a conflict of interest with her new position on the town’s Planning Board. Interim co-chairs will be Jane Gill and Nancy Yvertes-Walter. Also, there was a discussion of the renovation of the Sagaponack Bridge on Bridge Lane. The CAC has been informed that plans for the renovation of the bridge were continuing, despite the displeasure of the Sagaponack Village Board and community neighbors. At their February 24 meeting, items on the agenda included an update on the possibility of a CVS being built on the grounds of the old beverage store at Rte 27 and Lumber Lane, a report on the Sagg Bridge issue, and a discussion of sustainability, led by Julie Burmeister.

The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons has scheduled for Saturday, March 1, at 11 am, a Book Discussion Group to be moderated by Carolyn Gemake. Reviewers will talk about “An English Garden in Provence” by Natasha Spender; “Garden People: Valerie Finnis and the Golden Age of Gardening” by Anna Pavord and Ursula Buchan; and “Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener” by Barbara Paul Robinson. The group will meet in the Horticultural Library on the ground floor of the Bridgehampton Community House. Admission is free. Call (631) 537-2223 for more info.

The Bridgehampton Museum’s latest exhibit at the Corwith House is ongoing. It features a collection of watercolors by Bernard Springsteel that captures the essence of eastern Long Island through images of barns, lighthouses, farm houses and small watercraft. It will remain open through April. Admission is free to members of the museum and by donation to non-members. The museum is located at 2368 Montauk Highway, and the exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. till 3 p.m.

On Friday, March 7, the BH Museum will be hosting its next concert in the annual Parlor Music Series with a performance by Greg Galavotti, said to have a voice that smoothly blends pop, rock, blues and jazz. The concert will be held in the museum’s Archives Building at 2539-A Montauk Highway, just east of the monument, and begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for BH Museum members, and $25 for non-members. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. Call 537-1088 or go to for advance purchasing of tickets.

Looking ahead, the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) is scheduled to present its annual Preservation Awards this year in late April or early May. The award ceremony will take place at a site to be announced in Bridgehampton.

Hopefully, March will bring with it some clear night skies with moderate temperatures so I can finally use my new telescope. But, as Mark Twain noted, “Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.”

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