The month of March has arrived, and this Sunday we can all welcome the return of daylight-saving time. In two weeks, spring arrives, and shortly after that we can start complaining about the traffic, heat and humidity.In the meantime, while we’re waiting, we can enjoy ourselves at a number of activities. Even without a telescope, the planet Venus is visible for viewing in the southeastern sky just before the sun rises above the horizon, and the planet Jupiter is still visible at night. With a pair of binoculars or a telescope, you can be reminded of the multitude of stars in the night sky twinkling over the East End that are all but invisible to the naked eye, thanks to light pollution.
For more earthly pleasures, the Southampton Trails Preservation Society (STPS) will be holding their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the lower conference room of Southampton Town Hall. All are welcome to attend. For further information call (631) 537-5202.
The next day, on Friday, March 7, the Bridgehampton Museum’s Parlor Concert Series continues at their Archives Building at 2539-A Montauk Highway. Greg Galavotti, described as a “smooth-voiced singer,” will blend R&B, blues and jazz in “My Charmed Life,” a program of well-loved standards and original songs from his new recording. Pianist Jane Hastay, bassist Peter Martin Weiss and versatile tenor saxophonist Richie Scollo will also be performing. Tickets are $15 for members of the BH Museum, and $25 for non-members. Seating is limited so call for reservations at (631) 537-1088 or visit its website at www.bhmuseum.org.
Then on Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m., the Southampton Trails Preservation Society will be offering a moderately paced 1.7 mile hike of the Whiskey Hill Loop. Folks interested in the one hour hike should meet on Mill Path off Lopers Path (heading east) in Bridgehampton. You can call the hike leader, Jean Dodds, at (631) 599-2391. Later this month, by the way, on Saturday, March 22, there will be a Horses On Trail ride. Bring your own horse and helmet, and riders must be a member of STPS, which you can join on the day of the ride. For reservations and details on the meeting place and time, call ride leader Barbara Bornstein at (631) 537-6188.
On Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m., the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons (HAH) will be offering an illustrated lecture by Tatiana Holway. The lecture is entitled “The Flower of The Empire: An Amazonian Water Lily, the Quest to make it Bloom, and the World it Created” and will be held at the Bridgehampton Community House’s main auditorium. Admission is $10 for non-members and free to members of HAH. Refreshments will be offered. Call (631) 537-2223 for details.
And on Monday, March 10, at 6 p.m., the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FLPG) will be holding its monthly meeting at the Bridgehampton Senior Center at 585 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. All are welcome to attend. For more info call (631) 745-0689.
Also on Monday, March 10, the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons has announced an open “Conversation With the Two Town Supervisors” at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Library. Newly-elected East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell and reelected Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst will speak at the library about their priorities and plans for their administrations. The library is located at 2478 Montauk Highway. Refreshments will precede the town supervisors’ presentations, and a question-and-answer session will follow. For more information, call the League at (631) 324-4637, the Hampton Library at (631) 537-0015, or the League’s website at www.lwvhamptons.org.
The Peconic Land Trust’s “Peconic Land Trust’s Watercolor Classes” will be held on Saturdays, March 8, April 12 and 19, and on Sunday, March 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton. Greet spring and Mother Nature during this 4-part series of afternoon watercolor classes led by professional artist and educator Lois Bender. Beginner and experienced artists will paint landscapes and floral bouquets in a “nature sketchbook-style.” The fee is $45 for each class, and space is limited, so prepaid registration is required. Register in advance through Lois Bender’s website at www.GardenSpiritsNY.com.
Recently, the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton hosted directors and trustees from libraries throughout New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele’s district in a congratulatory cake and coffee breakfast. Mr. Thiele was recently appointed as the new chair of the New York State Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology. Well done, Fred!
We’ve just learned that four students from Studio 3 in Bridgehampton have been accepted to top ballet schools in the country for elite summer intensive programs. Congratulations to 16-year-old Rachael Pepper, 11-year-old Brooke Bierfriend, 14-year-old Chloe Gavalas, and 14-year-old JanieMae Westergard. Studio 3, by the way, was founded in 2005 and is home to more than 130 dancers from Southampton to Montauk and holds classes daily in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop. For more information about the school, contact Meredith Shumway at (631) 766-8444 or email Meredith@dancestudio3.com.
Plans for the new Bridgehampton Half Marathon, scheduled for May 10, are starting to come together. Race Director Amanda Moszkowski has sent out a call for volunteers. Anyone who might want to volunteer can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. They need help the night before and especially for the day of the race on various shifts from 7 a.m. to noon.
Finally, our thoughts go out to the family of Richard H. Hendrickson, known to many as the “bike man,” who recently passed away. Dick, son of local “weatherman” Richard G. Hendrickson, was an extraordinarily gentle, kind man who will be greatly missed.